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Drama Addict Diary: Run On (Again), Pride and Prejudice, and K-Pop Novels

I have to do my due diligence and tell you that down below you may find some mild spoilers on the following dramas: Run On (up to ep.10), Pride and Prejudice (ep.7), and The Life of Saya. Of course, I say go ahead and read anyway since I am easily, like, three years behind everyone else. 😅

(And psst, if you missed an earlier Drama Addict Diary, you can find all the hundreds of past editions here!)

 

DEAR DIARY,

Run On got too good so I stopped watching it.

Like LITERALLY no sooner had I posted my grumbly last Diary, and grumbled about it on the Yak we recorded last weekend, it suddenly got gut-wrenchingly good.

“I was scared that things might end between us the closer we got. Your affection for me gives me meaning and value. But I wasn’t sure if you had feelings for me the same way I do about you.”

DRAMA WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME EAT MY WORDS LIKE A SILLY GOOSE ESP WHEN MY FRIENDS TOLD ME IT WAS GOOD AND I WAS A SILLY GOOSE

HOW DO YOU WRITE THIS GOOD

WHAT IS ACTING

LET GO OF MY HEART

I WANT TO GO BACK TO A TIME I DIDN’T HEAR THAT CONFESSION SO I CAN HEAR IT AGAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME

sigh

I also think writing and talking it all out so intensely last week got me to engage a little differently and a little more deeply with the show. Like combing your hair to get the tangles out and then suddenly it’s a shiny waterfall instead of brambles. But thinking is hard so I don’t really want to do it too much.

What? Oh, sorry. On task, right. Got you. Episodes 10 and 11. They got really, really good. Let’s start with:

Young-hwa and Dan-aH:

  1. How intense is it when Dan-ah breaks Young-hwa? SO INTENSE. And all this silence filled with the weight of nothing left unspoken until it fills up the all the spaces and suffocates us all but we love it.

  2. Also how thick is her hair??

So thick! 😍

  1. And she lies to herself that she doesn’t care and then knocks back a handful of jelly beans like they are beta blockers (they are, it’s medically proven by drama science!).

  2. Which is 100% understandable given the gaslighting she also has to swallow: look at how Dan-ah keeps having things taken away from her, not because she’s incompetent, but because her brother is, so things she’s done and achieved are just given to him to make up for his uselessness. It’s like being simultaneously worthless and priceless?

  3. Give the lady her jelly beans, she has earned them AND NO SHE DOES NOT NEED TO SHARE WITH NOPPA.

  4. “Noppa” is short for “nope not oppa, in this case literally”, even though he really wants to believe he is, the feckless gubbin.

Seon-gyum hearts Mi-joo and also puppies:

  1. “Yesterday, I watched Jerry Maguire.” Even I wanted to go watch Jerry Maguire before I started writing this just so I could say that yesterday, I too watched Jerry Maguire even though he probably doesn’t deserve it.

  2. But if Tom Cruise inspired that incredible, gorgeous confession, it might be the first thing he’s done in decades that I don’t hate.

  3. What really gets me about the way Seon-gyum speaks is how it’s like he’s choosing not just his words or how to say them, but there’s an extra beat where he’s keenly taking in how each word lands in real time. Like a live-shoot/ratings interplay, but one word at a time. It gives a cadence to his speech that just makes my heart hurt in a good, good way. Represent, Seon-gyumie. Represent. 😭

  4. The immediate return to Awkwardlandia post-confession, huhu

  5. Followed by them talking about their jobs and oh my Mi-joo well that is way too real. Like, literally in the same ways: looking up words I already know, listening and listening to the same line 50x and still unable to make it out. Forgetting how to grammar and covering real wastes of airtime for a pittance. It’s real, friends. Don’t do it if you don’t love at least some part of it, otherwise all that’s left is resentment.

  6. At one point in my notes, I have written “omg she is me” but I have no idea, a week later, what it refers to or even whom. You’d think I’d learn to take better notes after the LJS fingernails fiasco.

ISW fingernails: neat, clean, and well-kept.

  1. HE TELLS WOO-SHIKIE TO CALL HIM HYUNG

  2. BUT ALSO CAN’T LOOK HIM IN THE EYE SO LOOKS SHEEPISHLY DOWN TO THE SIDE WHILE HE MUMBLES IT

  3. And Netflix subs just translate away all the lovely subtleties of everything he says that makes this moment so 😭. Sad.

  4. And he is still writing his journal 😭😭😭

  5. I was thinking about love letters starting two seconds ago when I tried to give this section a clever title like “the love letter of Seon-gyum” (yes it isn’t clever after all, is it 🤣) but then I was waylaid by imagining what kind of love letter Seon-gyum could write. It would either be:

  6. Laconic and unrevealing, or:

  7. Concise, yes, but every word a tiny, glittering star of his inner truth that will leave you crying because it hurts you with the unique perfection of its expression

  8. Like his confession.

Okay all you Run On believers, you can stop laughing. O me of little faith. Repenting as we speak.