So…it’s been a while, hasn’t it?
I started this blog as a pet project when I was a junior in college, largely without direction for the material I wanted to produce. I was, and still am, interested in many things. You can get a taste for a range of topics in the tags posted on the side of this blog. Retaining motivation to continually post is challenging when your subject matter is all over the place, and you have no established structure. This is a topic to delve into in another blog post, but my brain personally doesn’t work very effectively that way.
Let’s get to the point.
I want to turn this little corner of Internet that I’ve set up into a space to review and comment on media that I’m consuming. Being exposed to a site like Dramabeans has been an eye-opening experience when it comes to reading witty, sharp analysis on content that is relevant culturally and yet not immune to intelligent dissection and discussion. Now, I am not Korean or Korean-American, but I have grown up watching Bollywood and Tollywood movies. As I’ve learned and grown and been exposed to the world, it’s been fascinating to see how many times, a second-watch of a childhood favorite reads very differently to me as a 20-something adult.
There is nothing wrong with the casual viewing experience, but there is something special when the discussion is taken beyond the presented story and talked about in the framework of the entertainment industry, how it’s informed by the cultural and moral values of its people, and how all of that intersects to produce the media that we’re consuming. I’m interested in exploring the tropes that make Bollywood movies distinctive, and expanding my own view of the Indian movie industry.
I also want to extend this to the Korean dramas that I so love watching. There are many high-quality blogs and discussion forums out there on the Interwebs that one more Korean drama review blog doesn’t need to exist. However, I’m more interested in exploring and analyzing the process of the drama-watching experience. Whether it be the unique high of the fandom experience while the drama airs, how I keep track of everything I’m watching, or how to know when to cut off a drama, no topics are off-limits here! I will also not promise to completely abstain from drama reviews. I do not have the self-control to not share my unsolicited opinions on this blog that no on asked for.
Speaking of unsolicited opinions, the skating season is almost here! The huge ramp-up to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea is beginning, and we’re seeing the promotion of rising stars in the sport . Nathan Chen is the current Team USA hopeful in the mens’ discipline with Vincent Zhou kicking heavy on his heels. As for the ladies’, veteran 2016 World silver medalist Ashley Wagner has been a consistent figure in the sport for the past two Olympic cycles. There are always surprises in the Olympic year, however, and the new ladies’ talent is ready in the wings to splash onto the scene. Let’s not talk about USA pairs. And ice dancing is, as usual, the model middle child of USA figure skating. Trains diligently, never any complaints or scandals, and brings home all the medals, but will never receive the same love or attention that a star ladies’ champion will. As you can see, I have a few thoughts on the sport so there will likely be some commentary here throughout the season.
So many exciting things coming up this year! I’m looking forward to hanging in there with all of you. It’s good to be back.