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2011 Roundup Part 1: To All the Boys I’ve Loved This Year

So it’s that time of the year again to cast a retrospective eye on the events of the last 12 months. Kicking off the whole year-in-review process here at Midnight Express is my little tribute to the boys who contributed to many late nights and, uh, lost hours. Yeah, let’s just leave it as that.

But before we begin, a little song:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved This Year

To all the boys I’ve loved this year
Whose vids now clog my computer
Naked Shirtless hunks and high school hosts
I dedicate this post
To all the boys I’ve loved this year

To all the boys I stalked like mad
On Tumblr and the Internet
God, where did my time go?
I need a life I know
I swear I was never this shallow.

The year is coming to an end
‘tis now time to say goodbye
‘Cos other pretty boys are coming round the bend
And I’ve only 24 hours in a day…

To all the boys who shared my life
Who now are someone else’s vice
I’m glad you came along
It saddens me to say so long
To all the boys I’ve loved this year

(Adapted from To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before, by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson)

This was written in a hormonally charged fog so if you’re hoping to glean some intelligent insight into the dramas of the past year, I’m afraid I’ll have to refer you to Dramabeans. Otherwise, welcome! *mild spoilers here and there*



49 Days: Final Thoughts

First there were three and then there was none

I suspect your overall opinion of 49 Days will depend on your reaction to the last episode. If you’ve already seen it, chances are it made you do either one of these things: delete all the episodes from your hard drive and burn an effigy of the scriptwriter or put 49 Days on your list of dramas for 2011. *Spoilers everywhere*  (more…)

49 Days: Pre-finale thoughts

Okay, I’ve finished watching episode 19 and I gotta say I don’t understand why everyone over at Dramabeans (to be fair, rampant speculation is taking place everywhere) is assuming that Han Kang and Yi-kyung are going to end up together. Reading the comments in the forums, it’s as if the conclusion has been set in stone. If there’s one thing this drama has proven time and time again, it’s that it’s totally capable of pulling the carpet out from under your feet when you least expect it.

Look, I like Yi-kyung and Han Kang a lot but not together. I don’t get it. Why do they have to end up as a couple? It doesn’t make sense if you consider the fact that the drama has been driving home the JH-HK pairing forever. Even though I’m not wildly enthusiastic about this, it doesn’t mean that I’d rather see him with a woman he’s only known for what, slightly over two weeks at best? Ji-kyung I’d understand but Yi-kyung and Han Kang? I don’t know…I just don’t feel it. Also Yi-kyung, despite having been in the throes of a major depression for most of the drama, seems like a pretty grounded and sensible person to me. Even if a romance were to blossom between them, I don’t think it’s going to materialise immediately. For starters, she’d definitely know that he still has feelings for Ji-hyun and I don’t think she wants to be anyone’s rebound.

My Long Overdue 49 Days Spazz Post: Episode 18 Highlights

My Han Kang Fever status: somewhere between yellow and orange so I guess that would make it ochre?

You know you’ve got it bad for a drama when it makes you dredge up your long-forgotten language skills so you can watch the Mandarin-subbed version on Tudou. I didn’t even do this with Sungkyunkwan Scandal and y’all know how that drama was all I could talk about for the longest time.

I watched episode 18 yesterday a few days ago and my heart – it is full of love for this show. 49 Days has been a real surprise for me since I didn’t think it was going to be a keeper at first. But once it moved past laying the foundations of the story and started delving more deeply into the characters’ relationships, that was when the drama shifted gears and became my newfound crack.

This post comes ahead of this week’s finale (I wanted to blog about 49 Days earlier but Life, as usual, got in the way) and come Thursday (or Friday), I will probably be crying enough tears to flood the Han River.

So without further ado, 49 Days, how do I love thee? (more…)