my thoughts on put your head on my shoulder (thoughts on TV)

put your head on my shoulderPut Your Head On My Shoulder (2019)
Country: China
Genre: drama, romance
Rating: ★★★★.₅ – loved it

As Si Tu Mo’s graduation is nearing, she is confused about her future plans. She tries out all sorts of things all the time and is unable to make her own decisions. Her ordinary days are suddenly shaken up when the genius Physics student Gu Wei Yi appears in her life. The two accidentally end up living together and chaos begins.

Watch it here!

 

my thoughts on june 19

I stumbled upon Put Your Head On My Shoulder in my recommended videos on YouTube, and decided it was worth a shot. Weeks later, I find myself thanking YouTube because I’ve found another drama I adored. I don’t often watch shows where I have to wait for the next episode to come out, but that was the case with this one. Each Friday and Saturday at 2PM (my time zone), two episodes would be released. So you had to wait a little less than a week but you did get 4 episodes a week.

I haven’t seen many people talk about this drama, which is why I wanted to make sure to do a ‘thoughts on TV’ post on it.

What I loved about the show

⭐️ a main character I admire. I truly think Si Tu Mo is a heroine I could get behind. She’s trying hard to get a job in a field she wants to work in, even though her educational background doesn’t fit with it. She works hard when she finally gets a chance at an internship. She has a crush on her best friend, but doesn’t let him get away with taking advantage of her feelings or taking her for granted. She loves her friends, and supports them always. I absolutely loved her.

⭐️ soft boy! You all know how much I love a soft boy. Gu Wei Yi is such a kind person, and is the perfect love interest (in my opinion). He tries his best to do things she likes, to learn more about her interests, and to communicate in a way she understands. It’s all the little things that she doesn’t necessarily pick up on, but he tries so hard to make her happy.

⭐️ two people who are very different, falling in love. When I talk about being very different, I mean it in the way they process the world and communicate. Si Tu Mo is a very creative and outgoing person, who values relationships and communication. Gu Wei Yi is a scientist, and more quiet. He isn’t really used to expressing his thoughts and feelings, and struggles with communicating them to others.

⭐️ the best friend (who doesn’t deserve her) does not end up with Si Tu Mo. That’s not a spoiler, since you can tell from the poster and the description of the drama that the relationship will focus on Si Tu Mo and Gu Wei Yi. However, at the start of the show Si Tu Mo is very hung up on her best friend, Fu Pei. He takes her for granted though, and does not treat her well at all. I’m glad that this shows there’s no excuse for it, and you will lose the girl if this is how you behave. Sometimes, the best friend really doesn’t deserve the girl.

⭐️ don’t let go of your dreams because of a relationship. This is such an important message to me, so I’m glad this drama included it. I don’t want to spoil anything for you all, but they have to make a decision for their careers and lives that will make their relationship harder. Yet it’s an important opportunity, and I love the way they dealt with it.

⭐️ no tons of unnecessary relationship drama. I really hate having to watch the main characters get together only to have them separated an episode later. That’s not the case here.

There really wasn’t anything about this drama that I didn’t like. I’d highly recommend it, if my description sounds intriguing to you. It’s easy to watch as well, since they are all subtitled and available on YouTube! I will say, this is a very cute and bubbly show. If that’s not something you like, you won’t be able to watch this. I feel like I’ve gotten quite used to these types of shows because I’ve watched quite a few Asian dramas now, but I know not everyone will like it.

my thoughts on W – Two Worlds Apart (thoughts on TV)

w two worlds apart 2W – Two World Apart (2016)
Country: South Korea
Genre: suspense, fantasy, drama
Episodes: 16
Rating: ★★★★.₅ – loved it

A surgical resident is pulled into the webtoon world of W, which was created by her father, and becomes entangled in a murder mystery.

 

 

 

 

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After I finished Romance Is a Bonus Book and discovered that Lee Jong-suk had started his mandatory military service, I knew I had to watch his other shows as well. After all, it would be a while since I could see him in a new one… W, Two Worlds Apart seemed like the perfect fit for me, as it has a lot of elements I love: suspenseful story, comic books, murder, romance, and more. I’m so glad to say it lived up to my every expectation! Here are my thoughts on W.

What did I like about this show?

⭐️ fantasy + murder mystery + romance. This show is a perfect combination of three of my favorite genres! It follows a surgeon, whose father is a famous webtoon creator, as she accidentally gets dragged into the world of his webtoon and saves the main character. What she decides to do while in the other world, shows up on the webtoon as well, even though no one is drawing it. It’s an incredible blend of a romance and thriller with fantastical elements, and I loved it.

⭐️ incredible characters. I was so attached to all the characters in the show! I think the actors performed really well.

⭐️ binge-worthy show. I don’t always binge-watch shows. In fact, most of the time I don’t. I either don’t have the time, or the will to sit through an entire season in only a few days. With W, I almost couldn’t make myself stop watching.

There was one downside to this show, however.

 💥 became too convoluted at the end. Towards the end, the storyline felt a lot less suspenseful or intense to me, because it was just too convoluted. It seemed as if they had originally planned 14 episodes, but then threw in some stuff so they could extend it to 16. That just made it confusing at times, and more dramatic than necessary.


I would highly recommend watching this K-drama if you like stories that are action-packed yet have their romantic moments too. I haven’t been disappointed in a Lee Jong-suk show yet, and I hope that trend continues!

my thoughts on romance is a bonus book | thoughts on TV

romance is a bonus bookRomance is a bonus book (2019)
Country: South Korea
Genre: romance, drama
Number of episodes: 16
Rating: ★★★★★ – a new favorite

Cha Eun Ho is a successful author and a senior editor at a book publishing company. Kang Dan-i is a mother and former successful advertising executive. When Cha Eun Ho was a child, Kang Dan-i saved him from an accident and was injured. Cha Eun Ho helped her recuperate and they have been close friends ever since. When Kang Dan-i goes through a major life change and tries to re-enter the professional world, their lives become even more connected. They face personal and professional challenges as they slowly start to realize their true feelings for each other.

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This drama came up in my recommendations on Netflix, and I immediately knew I had to watch it. I started it right away, and was caught up in absolutely no time. It had been a while since I watched a show where I had to wait a week for another (two) episode(s), but I couldn’t wait for it all to be released first. This has become one of my favorite dramas now! Let’s talk about the reasons why.

⭐️ the main characters have been friends for years. It’s no secret whatsoever that I adore the friends to lovers trope. Of all the romantic tropes that exist, I think this one culminates in a healthy relationship more often. They already know one another so well, and it makes their feelings seem far more believable as a viewer.

⭐️ there’s no unnecessary drama relationship-wise. I know that the point of romance dramas is for the viewer to be involved in the relationship, and to create tension so we keep watching. However, it gets kind of annoying when things keep getting in the way of the couple. This show isn’t like that at all, and I love it. It’s clear how much the main characters love and trust one another.

⭐️ it focuses on Dan-i’s career. I like the fact that this drama is about Dan-i becoming a part of the workforce again after being a stay-at-home mom for years. It shows how difficult it is to find a job these days, especially if you have a gap between jobs. She goes on so many interviews, only to be shut down for reasons she cannot change whatsoever. I completely understand her frustration, and seeing that on screen was incredible.

⭐️ soft boy! Do I really need to say more? You all know how much I adore soft boys. Give me all the kind, sweet, funny, and caring leads and keep all the bad boys.

⭐️ side characters. As the show goes on, you get to know the people Dan-i and Eun Ho work with more. I loved getting to know them, and seeing the friendships they develop along the way.

⭐️ it’s about a publishing company. As a booklover, you know that this is a plus for me. Thumbs up, everyone.

Even though I gave this show 5 stars, there is one thing I didn’t love. It isn’t necessarily something I disliked, I just have a lot of questions about it.

💥 Dan-i’s daughter is absent for this entire drama. Like I mentioned before, Dan-i was a stay-at-home mom for years. Her daughter is now at a boarding school (abroad?) which is why they don’t live together anymore. You see them call each other once in a while, but that’s all the interaction you get. I would have loved to see them together more, especially once Dan-i starts dating someone new.


If you haven’t watched this show, please do. I promise it’s worth your time.

my thoughts on Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo | thoughts on TV

weightlifting fairy kim bok-jooWeightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo (2016)
Country: South Korea
Genre: romance, drama
Rating: ★★★★ – really liked it

Bok Joo is a weightlifter who is pursuing her dream of winning the gold medal but she then finds romance for the first time in her life. While she is a woman who trains with heavy steel weights, she is also very feminine when it comes to relationships. To focus solely on weightlifting would jeopardize her relationship but leaving her weightlifting career for love would keep her from attaining her dreams. Can she find a way to have love as well as glory at the age of 20? The characters within this drama are elite athletes in weightlifting, swimming and rhythmic gymnastics who work hard to reach their goals in life. It covers their coming-of-age stories and relationships through hectic life.

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As usual, I will talk through my thoughts on this show in bullet points divided into what I liked, and what I didn’t like. Let’s get started!

⭐️ the woman is a weightlifter, the man a swimmer. Can I just say how much I love the fact that this story is about a woman who is a professional weightlifter? YES. Thank you for showing that women can be both powerful, strong, beautiful, and “feminine”. And I meant strong in a literal sense.

⭐️ the romance is so cute. You know that has to be a positive in my reviews. I loved their relationship, it was so adorable!

⭐️ friendships. I adored Bok Joo’s friends! All three of the girls were competitive weightlifters at the same university, but they weren’t jealous of each other’s achievements. Instead, they supported each other all the time.

⭐️ the ex-girlfriend wasn’t made into a villain. I hate it when shows make the male lead’s ex-girlfriend into an awful person to make the female lead seem better. Yes, in this drama the ex did something that wasn’t very nice, but I think we’re all human and prone to doing not-so-nice things at times. Yet she was never made to look like a bad person, or a shallow one.

💥 while the show is fun to watch, it’s kind of forgettable. I binged this show when I watched it, so I definitely enjoyed it. And I gave it a 4 out of 5 stars! However, weeks later I can barely remember the details of this drama. I can only recall the main points. That tells me that while this show is fun to watch, it doesn’t have that special something to make it into a memorable one, or a favorite drama.


Have you watched this drama? What did you think of it?

My thoughts on Just Between Lovers | Thoughts on TV

just between loversJust Between Lovers/Rain or Shine (2017)
country: Korea
I watched it on Viki
number of episodes: 16
rating: 4/5 stars – really liked it!

The story of two individuals who lost their loved ones in an accident and try to carry on with their lives as if they are not in pain.

Lee Kang Doo (Lee Joon Ho) dreamed of becoming a soccer player, but an accident ended those dreams. His father died in the accident and he broke his leg. Lee Gang Doo spent 3 years in rehab. Now, he doesn’t have anything and just wastes his days. Lee Gang Doo then meets Ha Moon Soo (Won Jin Ah).

Ha Moon Soo makes architecture models. Ha Moon Soo also endured through the same accident that killed her younger sibling. She has suffered from guilt that she survived. She has lived her life earnestly, while suppressing her feelings. After meeting Lee Kang Doo, Ha Moon Soo begins to express her hidden feelings.

my review

I should’ve written this months ago because I binge-watched this series in May and the details of it have escaped me by now. However, I do remember how it made me feel which is why I still wanted to devote a post to the series.

Let’s start with the things I loved about this series.

⭐️ emotional impact of this story. The lives of the main characters had been so sad up to this point, and it’s interesting to see how they both dealt with it. Moon Soo by making architecture models and ensuring buildings won’t collapse again, and Gang Doo by doing his best to simply survive and drowning in guilt. It’s an emotional story, and you’ll become so attached to the characters by the end of it. I wanted to hug everyone, and just wrap them up in a blanket and keep them safe.

⭐️ Lee Jun-ho. There, I said it. This man is not only incredibly handsome, he’s also a great actor. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Won Jin Ah’s performance too! She portrays Moon Soo really well. But Jun-ho is just so… beautiful.

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⭐️ not too much unnecessary drama. Mostly because the show only has 16 episodes. However, that’s one of the things I love most about it. There was a clear story to tell, and they didn’t prolong it to make more money. They stayed true to what was needed. There weren’t 5 additional episodes to up the romantic tension, and I thank them for it.

⭐️ showed how complicated family can be. Family can be complex. First of all, we have the family we were born into. Like it said in the description, both Moon Soo and Gang Doo have lost loved ones. It has created a sense of guilt within both. Why did they survive when so many people didn’t? What would happened if they had made one different choice? Losing loved ones changes family dynamics. You can’t help but blame yourself and others, and that creates a strain on your relationships. But there’s also a chosen family, which becomes clear in Gang Doo’s story line.

⭐️ romance. I’m a sucker for a wonderful romance, obviously, and this one was so cute. Maybe it’s because I adored Jun-ho as Gang Doo? I don’t know, and I don’t care. I loved it. He seems so kind and gentle.

Usually, I also go over the things I didn’t love in the series. I honestly can’t remember disliking anything about this show? Aside from the heart attack it nearly gave me by the end of it… So no dislikes for today! Maybe if I re-watch the show one day, I’ll have something to add here.


Please give this show a try! It’s emotional, beautiful and you’ll end up binge-watching it. 

My thoughts on Uncontrollably Fond | Thoughts on TV

uncontrollably fondUncontrollably Fond (2016)
Country: Korea
I watched it on Netflix
number of episodes: 20
rating: 4/5 stars – really liked it!

People change but can the heart adapt? Sin Joon Young (Kim Woo Bin) and No Eul (Suzy) were inseparable and very much in love in their younger days. But uncontrollable circumstances separated them and they went their separate ways. Joon Young is now a superstar actor and singer, while No Eul became a producer-director of documentaries. When their paths cross again years later, Joon Young discovers that No Eul is now a very different person than he remembered — materialistic and willing to do anything to get ahead. Is there any hope for Joon Young and No Eul to rekindle their past relationship?

my review

Uncontrollably Fond had been on my to-watch list for a while, mostly because I love Suzy. It follows 2 main characters in their twenties, one a producer and one a famous actor. No Eul is a producer of documentaries who gets fired for taking a bribe in the first episode (seriously, not a spoiler), even though her bosses have done the same. She desperately needs the money, however, and can’t afford not to take it. Joon Young is a famous actor who has just received some less than great news. Through some circumstances, No Eul has to convince Joon Young to let her make a documentary about him.

I quite liked the way I did my previous #thoughtsonTV review, so I’ll keep the format similar. Let’s talk about the things I liked first.

⭐️ the acting. Seems straightforward, no? I adored the acting in this show. I didn’t cringe, nor did I feel awkward at times. Yes, that has happened with other shows! I especially loved Suzy because her character changes so much over time, yet she played both versions convincingly. In high school, she was an incredibly selfless person and always gave away everything. Now, she’s desperate for money and doesn’t care whether people know it. It’s a big change, but she did it so well.

⭐️ the chemistry and romance. If you know me, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of hate-to-love or enemies-to-lovers stories. This one is most definitely a hate-to-love. They don’t really like each other, especially in the current time line. No Eul needs this documentary though, and Joon Young has his own reasons too. So they work together, but bicker all the time. The back and forth banter… I live for it.

⭐️ family. You’ll also see family show up in the things I didn’t like about this show, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. No Eul’s relationship with her brother is so adorable. She does her best to take care of him, and he takes care of her in his own way. He’s so wonderful!! Also, No Eul’s best friend is basically her family at this point.

⭐️ fighting the wealthy and privileged. A large part of this show centers around a wealthy man who has manipulated and bribed his way out of punishment and justice. I hate the fact that there are people out there who are so rich they are basically untouchable, and I wish I could tear them down one by one. That’s why I love that this show addressed the power of the wealthy, and how they try to fight it.

⭐️ full of emotions. That was me by the end of this series. I cried my eyes out. I’m serious… It’s not like the ending is a surprise, because you can guess what happens from the beginning! Yet there I was, sobbing. By the way, knowing what will happen does not detract from the story at all.

What didn’t I like about this show?

💥 ‘why we can’t be together logic’ I have some patience while watching TV shows, because I realize they need to increase the tension and leave the people wanting more. At some point though, I got so frustrated! I don’t want to spoil anything, so I can’t say why but I just didn’t understand their reasons not to be together, and to push each other away.


If it wasn’t obvious already, I highly recommend this show. Be prepare to bawl your eyes out at the end of it though. I warned you!