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KING OF HIGH SCHOOL 

Starring Seo In-Guk and Le Ha-Na, as well as other accomplished actors.
Mondays and Tuesdays at 23:00 on tvN

The show follows an 18-year-old high-schooler, Lee Min-Suk (Seo In-Guk) leading a double life as his 28-year-old older brother, Lee Hyung-Suk (Seo In-Guk), a new director for a major company. He becomes involved with a 28-year-old temp worker there, Jung Soo-Young (Lee Ha-Na). The show follows the hilarity which ensues from a high schooler pretending to be a successful businessman, a love square which disrupts the lives of three employees and two sisters, and the many obstacles the characters face leading their personal and professional lives. 

It’s been a long time since I’ve watched such a refreshing KDrama. The acting from the cast is absolutely exceptional, the writing is witty and well-done, and the direction is spot on. One thing I’ve come to notice with the unconventional airing of most Korean Dramas, two episodes per week over a period of around ten weeks, is that the acting feels more raw due to most episodes being filmed days or weeks prior to the episode airing. Granted, this implies stressful filming schedules for the cast and crew, but allows the cast to become invested in their characters during the entirety of the show. With American television shows, I often become bored with the shows dragging on for too many seasons. The actors often become bored with their characters after so many years. With most KDramas, the show wraps up neatly in one season usually after 20 episodes or so. And within a matter of months at that. That’s impressive. And the plot lines aren’t always predictable; they typically shock the socks off me! American plot lines are usually just nothing like that; you can smell a plot line brewing from a scene away. Granted, viewers can expect similarities throughout most of the KDramas such as there is almost always a love square, but they’re never the same for each show; it really amazes me how many types of love squares there are! So, if like me, you are a lover of television, acting, writing, and media, I recommend watching a Korean drama. And better yet, watch one currently airing, such as ‘King of High School’! I cannot recommend it enough! 

Unfortunately, the only place where the show is available to watch in the US, that I know of, is from a streaming website. I suggest one called GoodDrama: http://www.gooddrama.net

Here’s a link to the shows page on the site: http://www.gooddrama.net/korean-drama/king-of-high-school

Additionally, if you’re interested in watching more KDramas, the best website I’ve found thus far is DramaFever:
http://www.dramafever.com

It’s a streaming website similar to Netflix or Hulu. You can pay around $9 a month to watch shows without commercials, or just watch shows for free with commercials! 

HAPPY WATCHING!
And feel free to ask me if you need any suggestions. 

P.S. Thank-you OMO! DRAMA! for the excellent screenshots.
Visit their Tumblr here: http://omodrama.tumblr.com

JANE AUSTEN BANK NOTES!

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I don’t care if I’m totally outing myself as a Jane Austen fanatic, but this is absolutely awesome!!!!

Jane Austen is going to be the face of the Bank of England ten pound note starting in 2017! While I realize this is a while away, it’s still so epic and exciting, I CAN’T WAIT!!!!! Hopefully, I’ll be in England or able to go to England upon it’s arrival. 

Here’s an article from BBC all about it: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-23424289

If you’re reading this and are one of the few (okay, many) people that I come across who tell me once I say her name, 'Who is Jane Austen?'. Let me fill you in. 

Jane Austen is one of the most famous female authors that ever lived. She wrote timeless classics such as 'Pride and Prejudice''Sense and Sensibility', and 'Emma'. She was born in England in the late 1700s and lived until her early 40s, passing away in 1817. Most of her work was published later in her life, actually during the last decade of her life. She wrote with such distinction, having a keen ability to create complex characters in a 2-d world.

The love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy (aka Mr. Darcy) in ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is perhaps her most famous. 

There have been several film adaptations of the book, my personal favorite being the 2005 adaptation directed by Joe Wright and starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. 

Here’s a link to the film’s IMDb page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0414387/

If you feel like you’re never going to watch the movie, here’s a link to a “trailer” that pretty much spoils the entire film: 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJA27Jujzq4

SO, in addition to the fact that I’m incredibly excited about Jane being on the bank note, this addition of a woman on currency raises some questions of my own. Why are there no women on American currency?

Of course, there is the gold coin with Sacagawea. Here’s a link: http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs/golden_dollar_coin/?action=sacdesign

But, does that really count?

I feel like England and other countries have a cool idea of cycling out various historical figures in their currency. Jane is actually replacing Charles Darwin. I mean, we have different colors now for the bills, but why have the “faces” on the bills never changed? Or even the coins for that matter?

Here’s a link to the current appearance of the $1 to $100 bills: 
http://www.moneyfactory.gov/uscurrency/smalldenominations.html

There have been all sorts of sensational women throughout US history, whether it was a First Lady, author, or suffragette. Why don’t they get representation in something like our currency? Something that reminds people everyday of how much they contributed to our society and the impact they had on our history.

The website ThinkProgress released an article with suggestions for women on American currency:
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2013/07/25/2355301/learning-from-the-brits-five-women-who-should-go-on-americas-banknotes/

I have some additional suggestions.
1. Eleanor Roosevelt
2. Harriet Tubman
3. Susan B. Anthony
4. Rosa Parks
5. Pocahontas, anyone?
& many many many more

Sometimes, I think the US forgets to keep up with the modern times. This is an excellent example of it, and I can only hope that it’s something that will change soon. 

MIRANDA.

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So, it’s always been a dream of mine to be a stand-up comedian.
I mean, I was the kid who memorized SNL sketches from the 70s and watched new episodes every Saturday night (and still do) with my dad.
I could perform entire episodes of ‘The Amanda Show’, with Amanda Bynes pre-whateverthehellshe’sgoingthrough. 

As I got older though, I realized how hard it is being a stand-up comedian.
I mean, what if only a few people (or NO ONE) thought I was funny?!
And I hardly had any role models in regards to funny women!

BUT NOW.
NOW.
The 00’s and 10’s have brought me a gift beyond imagination:
MORE FUNNY WOMEN.


Nora.
Mindy.
Tina.
Amy.
&more

But right now.
At this very f***ing moment.
The one I care about the most is Miranda Hart.

This woman.
This woman has shared her awkward, hysterical sense of humor in the most beautiful way possible:
She has a TV show that is a mock of her real life.

A mesmerizingly hysterical show, that I laughed and cried and screamed and squealed and smiled and frowned during.
She is a tall, curvaceous beautiful being. 
And she has taught me so much about being proud of who I am and being proud of my love for comedy.

I intend to further delve into the magic that Miranda Hart brings to her comedy, and it is my hope that after reading her Nora Ephron-esque memoir ‘Is It Just Me?’, I will have a better understanding and a more thorough grasp of her classy sense of humor.

If, like me, you enjoy a feminine touch to comedy, I advise you to watch her TV show, ‘Miranda’.

Sadly, I have yet to find a “legal” way to watch this show in the US (it’s not even available to purchase yet!), but here are a few links that should give you the ability to stream all three seasons. I honestly don’t even remember which sites I used to watch all three seasons, I recommend using Putlocker links and don’t ever download anything

1. http://watchseries.lt/serie/miranda
2. http://www.tvmuse.eu/tv-shows/Miranda_24370/

UPDATE: Season One is available to watch on Hulu!!
http://www.hulu.com/miranda

Thank-you for pointing this out, http://garyprestons.tumblr.com !!!!

I’m not sure if there are more seasons to come; I desperately hope there are!

In addition to this television show, she is also on a show called 'Call the Midwife', which is presently being aired on PBS. It’s actually a really wonderful show about midwifes in England during the post-WWII era. 

You can watch Season One on Netflix: 
http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Call_the_Midwife/70245163?sod

And some of Season Two is available on the PBS website:
http://video.pbs.org/program/call-midwife/

If you’re interested in reading more about (or just reading) her book, here’s a few links to whet your appetite :

1. http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18130484-is-it-just-me
2. http://www.amazon.com/Is-Just-Me-Miranda-Hart/dp/1444734148
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82g6zkBF_OE

Here is her website: http://mirandahart.com
And her Twitter: https://twitter.com/mermhart

ALSO, if you are fortunate enough to live in the United Kingdom, SHE IS GOING ON TOUR in 2014: 

1. http://mirandahart.com/?page_id=539
2. http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/Miranda-Hart-tickets/artist/1788611

And I shall leave you with this video which fully explains the picture above: 

WHERE’S MIRANDA?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtQAqFWmvw8

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever judged a book by its cover.
*Looks around*

If you have not raised your hand, you are lying. We’ve all done it, whether we like it or not. Book covers are often a big part of what initially attracts us to a book.

It’s the same thing with people; sure I intend to not judge a guy by his outer appearance, but I can’t help it. Ultimately, it is the personality of said guy that keeps me coming back and you know, not just gazing at him from afar (not in a stalker way, I SWEAR), but eventually but eventually saying hello and letting him know I exist.

I had a point somewhere… yes. This same attraction occurs with a book. You see the cover one day-it catches your eye. You continue to come back and visit it, picking it up and then reading a page. You spend a whole hour reading it in the bookstore and decide to just GIVE IN and buy it! Yep, you know the drill. *Winks*

Alright, long story short. 

One of my ABSOLUTE favorite authors, Dame Maureen Johnson (she’s a Dame already, right? She’s not!? Well, Queen Lizzie, get on that, please! I know she’s not British, your point?) has started a competition of sorts. Basically, you need to take a quasi-female book cover and make it into a quasi-male cover, or vice versa (AS MANY AS YOU WANT), and win books in the process. 

Read all about it here on Maureen’s Tumblr:
http://maureenjohnsonbooks.tumblr.com/post/49786559615/lets-do-the-coverflip

So, think of a book (or five). Find a picture which suits the gender opposite of the protagonist, and voila, the new cover. Submit to Twitter with the hashtag: #coverflip. And be entered into the running to WIN BIG. 

I chose:
1. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
-image from: 
http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/32500000/Central-Park-central-park-32583839-1920-1200.jpg

2. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
-image from: 
http://www.queensroyalsurreys.org.uk/1661to1966/militia2/militia2_d.jpg

3. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
-image from: 
http://lexiesaxion.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/puzzle-pieces.jpg

4. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
-image from:
http://img3.etsystatic.com/000/0/6185227/il_570xN.276702871.jpg

5. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
-image from: 
http://belovedlifeinlittlemoments.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/heart-book-15.jpg

I had a lot of fun; AND YOU CAN, TOO! ^_^

Today, I learned a lot about being a woman.

After watching two documentaries, listening to some intense slam poetry, and reading an intense response to a Dove advertisement, I learned that I have no clue what it means to be a woman in today’s society. I mean really, the representation of women in the media is NOT up to par. Gosh, it gives me chills to just think about that.

I’m a huge fan of popular media. To think that women are not being represented as they should be, and they continue to be poorly represented, it just really sad. I want to help change this. 


Damn, what have I been doing these past 20 years? It’s time for me to help make a difference. All of us women, everywhere-we need to help change the view of women. We don’t need to continue to be confined to what we have come to believe is how we ought to look or what society expects of us. SCREW THAT. Screw being confined to adjectives that make you feel LIKE SHIT and don’t represent who you are AT ALL.

I can’t even express my own words anymore. I have a lot to learn. And I have a lot of work to do.

What I watched:
1. Independent Lens: Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines
- which you can watch online at PBS for free 

http://video.pbs.org/video/2331042879

2. Miss Representation
- which can be rented for $2.15 on YouTube 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZYpAuUzDhU

3. "Pretty" by Katie Makkai

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6wJl37N9C0

What I read:
1. Why Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” Video Makes Me Uncomfortable… and Kind of Makes Me Angry by Jazz Brice

http://jazzylittledrops.tumblr.com/post/48118645174/why-doves-real-beauty-sketches-video-makes-me

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” -Lousia May Alcott