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Drama Addict Diary: Run On, Jo Seung-woo, and the Virtues of Scruff

Drama Addict Diary is back and it’s very silly and trivial and full of pictures, even though I did not manage to stick in that one Lee Jun-ki one that I can’t seem to let go of. This is a highly untidy version of what’s been going on for me lately in drama-watching-land, and it’s three days late because I was, well, watching more drama. 😅

Oh darn you know what. Have it. Here is Oppa:

(I’m really just playing with this post, so let us know if you like it and maybe we’ll do it again! Or tell us you hate it—that’s also a valid option!)



Everyone really loves Run On, but I don’t. I’m not bored but I’m not gripped. I definitely don’t hate it and I enjoy it when I’m watching it. But I’m not in a hurry to watch it, and I forget about it when I’m not watching it. So it makes me feel like I’m watching it wrong. Am I watching it wrong? 

I’m watching it wrong. 😞

Im Shi-wan / Colin Morgan

OH I’VE GOT IT, what it is about Im Shi-wan here: his somewhat fey character puts me in mind of a young, ingenue-ish Colin Morgan (of BBC’s Merlin fame), circa 2008. At times, he has this charming, offbeat innocence, while at others, there’s a dangerous gleam in his boyish face, and that is the face of “I was born with it”. Crouching puppy, hidden dragon—with a core of unacknowledged sadness.

Aaaahh. Finished Forest of Secrets S1 (aka Stranger S1) and I finally watched it right this time. Wow. How does someone write like that? How does anyone write like that?

I will never write again.

My friend vaguely expressed a possible interest in maybe trying a K-drama, perhaps. So of course I immediately went to my list to pick out fifteen dramas I know she’ll love.

Just kidding, I picked out one. Okay fine, two. And yes maybe I spent a whole evening “sampling” first episodes again but that’s the kind of thing I would do for a friend because I am a good friend.

Did you know:

  1. In the opening episode of I Hear Your Voice, remember how teen Jang Hye-sung (at this point played by Kim So-hyun) is wrongfully accused of injuring her classmate’s eye? WELL her tiny teen accuser is none other than KIM HYE-YOON! As in, Eun Dan-oh from Extraordinary You? I’d recognise that adorable pipsqueak anywheeereee, even when she’s crying “witch”!

  1. In Temperature of Love’s second episode (which is really the second half of its first episode), do you know what Yang Se-jong says to Seo Hyun-jin? “Saguillaeyo?” (“사귈래요?”/ “Will you date me?”) And she replies, “Michyeosseoyo?” (“미쳤어요?”/“Are you mad?”)

  2. Remember: Park Bo-gum was the first choice for this role (he turned it down). Like think about it. How many times was that one line replayed in Record of Youth (to actual Seo Hyun-jin!), while the show got lost in its own swoon every time? (One of the things I got super tired of in Record.) Just how much did Ha Myung-hee want Bogummie to say those words? But it was fun to (finally) recognise the callback, lol. Especially when you also consider that it was also riffing on Seo’s earlier role in Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim/Doctor Romantic. That’s like Level 7 Intertextuality.

  1. Also I would like to say that Yang Se-jong’s original rendition is decidedly superior. Like the way he looks at her, and the weighted silence before he says it: that’s what was missing from Record of Youth. The meaningful silences between the playful dialogue is a lot of what made it feel emotionally real, instead of a collection of quickfire quippery.

  2. There is also a teeny Ryeoun (baby Shi-woo in 18 Again!) as the maknae chef in Yang Se-jong’s kitchen in the opening eps of Temperature of Love!

  3. How nice is it to watch Park Ha-sun and Ryu Soo-young in Two Weeks now knowing that they not only got married in real life, but also have a baby daughter RIGHT NOW? That’s the best love story in that show, and also Two Weeks is a GREAT show, even the third time round.