Really, I don’t know how to describe the exact feelings when it comes to my drama addiction. I thought I’ve experienced enough after years of watching dramas, but this time, it’s totally a new, higher level (or degree?) of addiction. sigh I think I really have to apologize for the lack of update and recaps here. I want to update, really, I want to write thousands of words to rant about dramas and do the recaps, but every time I sit and start to write, the words would just disappear, along with the motivation. They’re like…evaporating into the thin air.
All of this thanks to Queen Inhyun’s Man.
This is so going to be a rambling post, so I’ve given you the warning..mmm..
Like what I’ve said, I thought I’ve done everything…but actually not.
I usually stalk soompi’s forum since they have the largest community of drama-watching people around the world under one roof, hence the abundance of information available – all supplied by the forum members. When a new drama is announced, it’s pretty normal for me to check about it there and gushes happily along with others, anticipating the drama to air. When the drama starts, people would come flocking in, expressing their happiness to encounter such a great drama. Thus marking the beginning of waiting for the next episodes while agonizing over the cliffhangers.
Since my internet connection isn’t that great for the time being, I can’t download the videos directly right after an episode airs since torrent is moving at a snail’s pace on my computer. All I can do is read the recaps and laugh along with the description, although I haven’t watched it yet. So I will read it once and then happily wait for the direct download links to be available.
But now, it’s different.
Screw the language barrier. I’m not stalking soompi only; I jump from one site to another: baidu, naver, daum, nate, etc just to search about Queen Inhyun’s Man (Queen for short). Although my Korean is not that good (especially when it comes to reading), I’ll skim through the articles and blog posts just to make myself happy. Don’t even mention about my Mandarin. It’s awfully scarce, with me forgetting the basics and I sometimes (or most of the time) use Google Translate to get the gist of what they’re talking about and eventually come to understand that:
I just remember enough Chinese characters that it’s his nickname and not his real name since the Hanja is different from this one.
Luckily my computer is quite delicate and prone to virus, so I’m restraining myself to stalk DC gallery. If not…only God knows how many hours will be spent there. Phew.
And for the recaps reading session, it has multiplied. Not just one recap, but a few of them. And I constantly go back to read before and even after I’ve watched every episode. There are four sources of recap this time for Queen: 1) my friend at Twitter 2) Joonni 3) Dramatalk 4) Dramabeans. And I read all of them. ALL. I don’t know what is happening to me. And I even cry JUST from reading the recap, not even watching the actual episode yet.
Watching downloaded RAW videos was hardcore enough for me..but now, it’s totally different.
Since my internet is moving at the snail’s pace, so live streaming is out for me. Not that I haven’t tried it before, but it always end up making me angry and losing my mood after it fails. So…that leaves streaming in my top choice, which I always opt out because of the limited quota of internet (and I’m really stingy when it comes to spending it for streaming videos). Now, I don’t really care about the quota as long as I can watch the episode as soon as possible. Streaming? I’d gladly do that.
As if streaming isn’t enough, I’ll download the episodes since I like to keep the dramas in my hard disk (hence the number of external HDD is increasing) and for drama marathon purpose. So…come another round (or three) of watching without subtitles and another four or five rounds with the subtitles. While waiting for the next episodes, I’ll make another round from the first episode. So…how many times I actually watch each episode? Don’t bother to count, because I’ve lost count myself.
When I’ve had enough of the drama (read: my jaw hurting from too much grinning, head spinning because of excessive thinking, red eyes because of sudden crying), that calls for another activity: searching for the videos. Not limited to official BTS and previews only, but MVs, fancams, and even previous works of the actors and actresses, except lengthy dramas. That explains why Youtube is my best friend right now: so many hidden gems of Ji Hyun-Woo, Yoo In-Na, and Kim Jin-Woo.
The original Kim Joo-Won.
Ji Hyun-Woo can sing! He’s doing 2NE1’s It Hurts cover here.
His group, The Nuts. He’s in the MV…and I cried when I watched this.
Yoo In-Na’s singing with Humming Urban Stereo.
Apparently, our bratty Dong-Min can sing too. Kim Jin-Woo!
Guess I’m going to watch more by the time Queen finishes airing since I’ve been raiding Youtube non-stop. Not to mention tudou and youku…Aish, this is getting out of control!
Normally, my spazzing is divided to three parts (or sites?): on this blog, twitter, or tumblr. If I feel like editing photos, off to tumblr I’ll go. If I have so much to say, just like now, I’ll type to my heart’s content here. And if I want to do a short spazz, twitter is the place. But now, I can’t do anything except sighing happily and grinning like a lovesick puppy in front of the computer screen. So many emotions going on inside my head but it can’t be translated into anything. All I can do is watch Boong-Do and Hee-Jin staring into each others’ eyes and I just melt into a puddle of goo every time they do that.
Somehow, I end up spending more time on twitter and engage in endless spazzing with my buddies over there. Not just mindless and groundless conversation, but more like discussion about various possibilities of what could happen in the drama. As Queen is a semi-sageuk, so history is just another topic to be discussed. So this just proves that kdramas can be a great source of learning, am I right?
So…my words are running out…and now I know…addiction is endless.