My love affair with Love Affair

…ored funds to study abroad, and then landed a lucrative job that affords her every luxury.  But unlike all the other Candys out there, Hye Won’s standard-issue happy ending never seems to have appeared. At work she walks a tightrope over shark-infested waters, always a heartbeat away from a brutal ending. At home she babysits her needy husband, never once showing him any sign of affection or love. They seem less like a couple than a pair of…

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Drama Review: I Need Romance 3 (2014)

…n hold for now, Prime Minister. See you in 8 weeks when my new boyfriend leaves town. Final verdict Downplaying the strong female friendships that anchored the first two installments in the I Need Romance series, this show turned out to be a slightly sexier version of the standard-issue Kdrama love triangle. There are some interesting things here, including an oblique challenge to prejudice against single mothers and an insanely cute male lead…

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An open letter to the creators of Secret Love Affair

…woman to be with a younger man?) I am worried about this couple, but for different reasons. As I’ve written in the past, the Japanese movie and novel Tokyo Tower is apparently the inspiration for your drama. The Kdrama version seems to have addressed most of the things that concerned me about the source material—it’s starting with the beginning of their affair, rather than jumping into their love story years later. And it doesn’t look like it w…

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Substantial: Subbers on Secret Love Affair and the craft of subbing

…w that shapes how we see everything around us. And translating Korean into English is more than simply recording the things people say—it’s understanding the character’s essential meaning and capturing that meaning in words that weren’t necessarily created to express it. Thanks to my current mania for Secret Love Affair, my appreciation for subtitles has become even more intense. I’ve been watching each episode on multiple streaming sites and co…

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My favorite OTP moments: a brief catalog

…utives don’t seem to think is possible for an unvarnished love story. Asian dramas, on the other hand, are just the right length for love: In 16 or 24 episodes, a world is created, a love story told, and a happy ending found. And it seems there’s less prejudice against the topic of love in Asia. So when I read an Entertainment Weekly article about the best American television scenes of the past year, I got to thinking about my own version of the…

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