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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Drama Review: My Love from Another Star (2013)

…s. Nowadays the only people who get lucky in dramas are ones that need to end up pregnant for plot reasons, like the lead in this spring’s Jang Ok Jung: Live for Love. Cable offers a more realistic alternative world where people have intercourse, but even that’s become less candid over the years—if you compare the original I Need Romance to the one that’s currently airing, you’ll see that things shown in the old version are only hinted at in the…

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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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