I’ve just spent the last ten minutes thinking of a title for this post—one to match the main image above. Alas, my creative juices have forsaken me (although they did proffer “Night,” which feels sort of right and also sort of wrong) and I can’t think of anything apt or witty. So “Goodbye” will have to do.
Because I will not be blogging for a long, long time. In the days ahead, there is simply no place for kdramas; my heart and my priorities lie elsewhere.
About three weeks from now (January 12) the blog will celebrate its third birthday. Since it is almost certain I will not remember that day when it rolls around, I want to take the opportunity now to thank all of you for reading, for commenting, and for lurking. You are the reason the blog exists.
Ockoala, Serendipity, Michael, Softy, Laica, momosan, leonardswench and supah, thank you for spending so many hours writing for Thundie’s Prattle. It has been such an honor for me and I hope you will continue to write, if possible. Thank you, too, for your friendship and for all the little notes of encouragement (they make me cry, dang!).
For rallying around me, for rearranging the year-in-review schedule just for me, I owe you heaps, javabeans. I’m so sorry that in the end I could not deliver. You’re my star among kdrama bloggers; your faith in my writing was the impetus that birthed this blog. Thank you for everything.
To end, let me quote from the intro for my year-end review (I did get started on a draft but had to stop after several paragraphs):
I do not know if my contentment with this year’s offerings is a sign that I’m losing my edge as a half-baked critic (thus disappointing those who expect me to toe the this-year-sucks line) or that I’m simply regressing, becoming the hopeful viewer that I used to be. All I know is that I expected two things from my dramas and they delivered: to entertain me, and, occasionally when real life got a tad hard to bear, to distract me.
In short, I really enjoyed my kdramas this year. The ones I love the most are Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, Can You Hear My Heart, and City Hunter. Months (or years) from now, if I do return to kdramas, the first thing I’m going to watch will be the last two episodes of Flower Boy Ramyun Shop. This drama (the fourteen episodes that I marathoned in two days) made me laugh so hard last week when I was in a dark and uncertain place; everything about it is perfect. Girl K, Ojakkyo Brothers, and The Princess’s Man are all wonderful as well, although they do not own my heart like the first three. Rounding up the list of dramas that I was going to include in my year-end review are Best Love, Protect the Boss, Royal Family, New Gisaeng Story, Tree With Deep Roots, Romance Town, and You’ve Fallen For Me.
I need to stop here. Thank you again and Happy Hols. Hug your loved ones A LOT.