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Sunshine Award!

First of all – Thank you so much jyl / timeinthegray from sphere of gray for nominating me! Sorry for the lateness since I haven’t been in the mood to watch anything (except for fun episodes of Pleasantly Surprised / BFB) since Occupy Central happened. And I’m such a badass (not!) for breaking the rules. 😛 Sorry.

 

credit: smilesnomatter.blogspot.com

 

The Questions:

1. How were you introduced to dramas?

I wasn’t really one of those people who grew up watching TVB Dramas because when I lived in HK, I was only a kid who watched cartoons LOL. (I did remember one or two TVB dramas from my childhood, but that’s about it.) After I moved to Australia my family don’t rent tapes (remember them?) either… so friends would lend them to us so we watched maybe 3 or 4 per year.

 

For Taiwanese dramas though, I had a friend who was a huge Zai Zai / F4 fan so she introduced me to them. I think it was around 2006 since my first TW drama was Silence.

 

2. Which do you prefer: the marathon or the live watch?

I think I prefer to marathon. It’s hard to keep up the interest / momentum especially with weekly dramas. I also have a bad memory which doesn’t help. Even for dailies I prefer to watch maybe 2 to 3 episodes at a time.

 

3. What is the most important life lesson you’ve learned from watching dramas?

Most of my legal ‘knowledge’ probably came from 10+ seasons of Law & Order rather than my studies. Hrm. Is that a life lesson? In general though, maybe I just watch too much fluff to take anything profound away from dramas.

 

4. What is your go-to form of entertainment when you’re experiencing a drama slump?

Is fangirling a form of entertainment? Or watch variety shows. Less commitment and a bit of stress relief. Or random episodes of Law & Order. I’m weird like that.

 

this pic is moderately relevant since I’m starting (so late!) to ship Hao Wei x Kai Qi?!

 

5. As drama viewers, we sometimes experience something called Second-Lead Syndrome, wherein we “ship” a protagonist with a supporting character rather than the destined co-star. Oftentimes it is the second male lead we support in his pursuit of the heroine, and rarely do we ever root for the second female lead as a potential companion for the hero. What’s your take on this trend?

I’m not a drama expert, and because historically I’ve watched more HK dramas (where idol dramas are rare), the Second-Lead Syndrome is less obvious. Since HK dramas are more ‘rounded’ (whether it’s a police drama with a romantic storyline, or more family / business oriented), the romantic entanglements are often secondary to the main storyline. The main couple is not as clear cut as idol dramas. So Second Leads often find their happiness with someone else… or they do end up with the main character.

 

But in actual answer to the question – I think it has a lot to do with perceptions / traditional roles of men and women. The Asian culture (in general, or if you ask my mother) expects the man to take the initiative and be the pursuer. So whatever he does is more ‘noble’ or ‘justified’ than the second female lead if she takes the initiative.

 

The other thing I don’t know whether it has anything to do with this is the majority of idol drama viewers / bloggers are female (?). Even on a subconscious level you’re naturally going to think in the mindset of the female lead. eg. If a guy did this for me I would be so touched! But if it was the second female lead it’ll come across as competition? eg. How dare she does XYZ to steal him! I don’t know.

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply
    heisui
    October 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Congrats! 😀

    • Reply
      kat
      October 12, 2014 at 12:14 am

      Thanks! 🙂

  • Reply
    timeinthegray
    October 25, 2014 at 4:30 am

    I can’t believe I just saw this now! Clearly, I’ve been away from the drama blogosphere for a tad too long haha. :p Thanks for your responses!

    I’ve never really thought about SLS in terms of traditional roles, but that’s an interesting point. I agree that the majority of drama watchers are female, which is why we tend to see everything from the female lead’s perspective; and so the heroine ends up with someone either way, whereas the hero… does not necessarily. Heh, can you imagine if Kaiqi and Haowei ended up together? Poor Ah Jie! I’m actually two episodes behind on Pleasantly Surprised because of how busy I’ve been with school, but I’m sure it ended well, yes? 🙂

    • Reply
      kat
      October 26, 2014 at 2:34 am

      I like Ah Jie and all but as the drama progressed (probably ep 15 onwards) the momentum shifted towards Hao Wei so much I gave in and decided to ship KQ x HW instead. Episode 20 was my favourite episode, it was so funny and there was so much HW awesomeness LOL. Of course I’m too biased & not ashamed haha.

      If KQ / HW ended up together I can see a total meltdown on their Facebook page though, so the ending was always going to be what you expect. 😉

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