In anticipation of Halloween, which originally was, millennia ago, simply some kind of prehistoric harvest festival (that’s what I was taught), why not a brief thought or two about the K-drama hotties it might be wise to avoid?
Park Seo Joon is one of my faves when it comes to meticulous acting and a high hottie rating. I have never seen him do less than stellar work. However . . .
Ji Sung is another one of my faves, but his most really amazing drama had me alternately screaming in shock and weeping at the tragedy of the character he so amazingly portrayed . . .
Who else has been in dramas that make you say, “I’m hiding until Thanksgiving!” . . .
Park Seo Joon is the GOOD guy! He even has stigmata! (It’s a Catholic thing - I don’t know if other Christian religious groups recognize stigmata.)
Park Seo Joon is FIGHTING off the bad hottie who is Woo Do Hwan! He’s a real cutie in real life but I do have to admit his character scared the bejeezus outta me! I had to make the sign of the cross while watching that movie to keep him at bay! YIKES! EeeeEee Scary dude!
Here he is as just a plain old body guard in King:Eternal Monarch
I’m a fer-shure Presbyterian, but growing up, I had several friends who were Catholic, and my parents had no problem with me going to Mass with my grade school bestie. I learned all about stigmata, bilocation, Lourdes, Fatima, and burying a statue of St. Joseph in the front yard if you are trying to sell your house (though that’s more of an American folk superstition).
I tried hard to watch Divine Fury because the synopsis was so compelling, but it just creeped me out.
A few things happened when I was a little kid (about this time of year) that have always made it hard for me to cope with ghosts and monsters creeping around in the dark. If it had been more in the mold of a good, solid “I’m taking the bad guys DOWN” kind of drama . . . maybe I would have watched the whole thing.
What? No! Halloween is in fact the festival of the dead and the undead. Each year, on October 31st, relatives and friends who have passed away pay us a visit, so it’s always a good way to receive them with joy and plenty of food.
Of course, it’s taken on a commercial spin, but the concept hasn’t changed: Remembering the deceased.
After the arrival of Christianity in Europe, a lot of pre-Christian traditions got at upgrade. Where it is celebrated, Halloween has a lot of symbolism related to the end of warm weather and crop growing, preparing for a season of rest and meditation, and remembering people no longer part of a community.
However it’s done, Halloween marks a turn in the year.
And it looks like, at least as far as Viki is concerned, this year things will be spinning, baby!