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Rain-soaked puppy love in She’s So Lovable

Here’s our first glimpse of Rain’s dramaland comeback in She’s So Lovable, SBS’s upcoming Wednesday-Thursday drama about future idol singers and the agency that turns them into stars. They really should’ve just called the drama Idol Factory, though maybe that’s just my wishful thinking that if we’re going to have a drama about idols, it would be one that goes beyond the obvious portrayal that we’ve seen time and again. I mean, you can’t cast Rain as a songwriter-producer and not make meta jokes about JYP, right?

I was expecting a flashy agency president surrounded by lots of idols, but the first teaser seems much more interested in getting the romance off the ground. We’re introduced to Rain and Krystal’s budding romance, which apparently includes her doing his chores (Full House flashbacks anyone?) while he steals glances at her. Mostly I find the puppy adorable and am pleased that it seems like a fixture in the show.

Rain will play a Daddy Long Legs type who supports the heroine and helps her realize her dreams of becoming a singer. Though of course he wouldn’t be a proper drama hero without some inner pain — his is from the loss of his girlfriend in a fatal car accident, and Krystal happens to be that girlfriend’s younger sister. He plays twelve years older than Krystal’s character so we’re not meant to ignore the age gap; it just remains to be seen whether they’ll have some chemistry.

The 16-episode drama will be helmed by the PD-writer team behind Scent of a Woman and Dr. Champ, and co-stars L, Cha Ye-ryun, and Alex. It follows It’s Okay, It’s Love and premieres September 17.

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Not a fan of this age gap at all. It feels creepy to me... But I love Rain! I feel so torn about this drama T_T

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What's the problem if they're both legal? They look cute to me. After the onslaught of noona romances (I loved most of them, too, but we need a rest by now), I say bring it on with the Oppa romances (?) ^^

If they have a good story, why not. I'm more worried about the dead girlfriend aspect of the show to be honest, but maybe they'll nail it in the emotional department and make it work.

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Lol, I like this.
We do need more Oppa romances based.on the sheer influx of Noona romances recently

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Ha! I'm not only a fan of oppa romance, but
AHJUSSHI ROMANCE yeah baby!!!

Waiting for this drama 'She's So Lovable' and 'My Spring Days' yeeeeehaaaa! So many good dramas!

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yes....more oppa romances please!

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Hear hear. I was just complaining about a lack of may-december romances done right because they can be just as good as noona romances. And if I can get over being skeeved out by that, I'm sure I can handle a little older man-younger woman action.

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I love Oppa romances!! Jane Eyre is my favourite book xD

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I'm not entirely against this for the age gap but I will say that it does bother me when teenagers are paired up with people so much older. Yes it's legal, but...well there's a lot I could go into but it would be boring. [And like you I mostly dislike the dead girlfriend part]

But I love noona romances, and I'm even ok with oppa ones. It's just how big a gap it is. I think age gaps mean less as you grow older but when one is a teenager it's pretty big in a lot of ways. I also get more bothered by the actual age of the actors rather than looking at the characters. I honestly can't bring myself to try the High School, Love On because those ages in real life to me would feel very uncomfortable...even if they're playing high schoolers.

Meanwhile some of the "noona romances" I've seen have actually had the "younger" guy being played by an actor older than the actress. I have felt odd about the ones I've seen with high school boys and older woman too. (I didn't see king of high school so I can't say on that...but again, in real life he's older).

I'm ok with age gaps to a point, but this is a pretty big one and she's pretty young.

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I've never been into noona romances no matter how cute they are, because I keep picturing myself as part of the OTP (don't we all?) and it doesn't work for me. I don't mind though if a new drama comes along and proves me wrong.

I do think we need more oppa romances. The butterflies in my stomach approve. With the right casting, it could be lethal. [I vaguely say right casting, but right now I only have in mind Jang Hyuk oppa :3 ]

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You can't even picture yourself being with a younger man? Why, because the dynamics don't automatically assure that the man is in charge? Because if you're uncomfortable or not into age differences just when the woman is the older partner, it's like you're equating older age with more power and authority, and then reacting negatively to the combination that goes AGAINST the social norm - against the traditional patriarchy that stresses the male should be older/more mature and thus able to "lead" his woman and family (because of his implied or explicit authority over them).

Sorry I'm getting a little overly sociological, but whenever women express instinctive distaste over the idea of being with younger men (something you rarely hear from men about younger women), that what the root mentality more often than not seems to be.

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it s funny how many fans disapprove Sulli and her bf's relationship because of the age gap, but they seem have no problem with Rain and Krystal here.

If you dont like the idea, you should hold your opinion whether it s reality or fiction

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Huh, what are you even talking about? Is Sulli a character in another drama or something?

Farhana is allowed to express negative opinions too, she does not need you telling her to be quiet if she doesnt like a drama or couple.

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agreed with @pigsnout,there's nothing wrong with farhana's comment and I like to read negative comment also for some reality check. do not expect all other people like certain dramas or actors just because you like them so much.

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I'm not so sure on the whole thing of dating a dead girlfriend's younger sister. I would never be able to date the same guy as my sister.

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When you said Rain-Soaked..I apologize. But I cannot be the only one.

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How'm I supposed to work today after this?!? :)

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No you are not the only one :P

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you and the many that read that... now I really want my rainy soaked

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I hate romances where it's the guy with the dead girlfriend's sister. They did it in Reply 1997 and I couldn't stand it there either. How can you go from your dead girlfriend to the younger sister?! When you're dating, she's only a sister to you, but then suddenly BAM! She's attractive!

Probably not watching now :/

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I agree. Dead exes little sisters....not my thing. Blargh. Especially since this is apparently the main romance. I will see if the reviews are good but mostly I'm not feeling this. Although I feel like the cast could be fun otherwise.

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Definitely not watching now. Why must it be her sister?

Rain is seriously looking really good though.

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I never judge things though, what if he accidentally loved someone without knowing that she's the sister? I'm definitely going to ship the heartbroken L-Krystal OTP when the dramatic scenes happen xD

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Krystal fighting, looks like a very good drama so far,

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Honestly, I'm worried about the chemistry. If we're supposed to buy in to them overcoming the age gap and the ex-girlfriend/sister obstacle then the chemistry has to be off the charts. I've seen Krystal in bits of Heirs (kinda gave up on the show without finishing it) and she did okay, but playing opposite Rain? With his experience? I'm skeptical, but a Rain fan so I'll give it a shot, but my expectations are pretty low.

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The music industry is all about attempted murder. Trot Lovers taught me this.

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that leads to amnesia... that leads me to abandon the drama

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I saw the video last night before going to sleep then I dreamed about them and they were so cute with each other in that dream. So I think I'm going to check this one.

I have no problem with the age-gap thing, they are all adult in and out of the drama, it's not like she is in high school or something. I find it strange how people viewing noona's love as all cute and lovely and the reverse of it is so disturbing in dramaland.*happened during prime minister and I* When this kind of age-gap happening all the time in real life.

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Well, an age gap where the woman is even just a few years older (6 years older in I Need Romance 3, Who Are You etc) gets marketed as a 'noona romance' while if the guy was the older one by that much (as they often are), it's never even noted and just let go as a 'normal' romance.

Let's not pretend there isn't a double standard against the women when they're older too. We've only had dramas where the heroine's character is a lot older (10-20 years) in recent years. I don't need kdramas to become like Hollywood or Bollywood, where men who started their careers before I was born are now onscreen romancing girls younger than me (while the actresses even ten years their junior are effectively retired by the time they hit 35)

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tell me about it。
with the likes of salman khan,akshay kumar,aamir khan romancing girls 25 years younger than them。
Believe me i kid you not。

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I understand exaggeration underscores a point. But here I think it is worthwhile to point out that you are actually wrong. The trend in American movies right now is that actresses also get to stay in the game as they pass 40. Or maybe you haven't watched any rom-coms in recent years? They pretty much all star people like Jen Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams, Cameron Diaz - all 40 or over - or Katie Heigl, Kate Hudson, etc. (35 and counting). I can't even think of recent big-budget rom-com starring a young actress in her early twenties, unless Silver Lining counts as one...

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Considering that romcoms in America are considered to be a dying/dead genre, you are grasping at straws. The big money now is all in franchise films and critically acclaimed 'Oscar bait', which mainly goes to younger actresses, especially the former.

Some actresses may get to stay in the game but the only women you named who have continuing relevance in Hollywood are Amy Adams and Sandra Bullock (and Angelina Jolie, currently the only woman in Hollywood capable of opening a film on the strength of her name alone) - the others are working much less frequently, not on as many magazine covers as the under-30 crowd, etc. And for their last couple of movies, Bullock/Jolie had no love interest at all.

Compare this with Jennifer Lawrence (22 years old and paired with 37 year old Bradley Cooper) or Emma Stone (25 years old and paired with 50 year old Colin Firth) or Scarlett Johansson (who, at 18 years old, was paired with 50something Bill Murray, and all through her twenties, was paired mainly in films with leading men in their late 30s/40s).

And note, I brought up Bollywood too. You chose to ignore that.

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@pogo. Yep. And Angelina Jolie recently said she's planning on shifting from focusing on acting to directing. Which is great (if she proves to be a decent director, and female directors are even more underrepresented), but even one exit like that has a outsize impact on the presence of viable "older" leading ladies in Hollywood.

Amy Adams is fantastic, but let's not forget that her roles in these prestige projects have mostly been wife/girlfriend/love-interest-of-male-main-character roles. She's not allowed to be a lead that often (certainly not in studio pictures with significant money put into them). Once again, don't you think a 40-year-old male actor who had five Oscar nominations under his belt would be headlining more films by now?

Jennifer Lawrence is only paired with boys her age for the Hunger Games. I can't even imagine a young male actor Jennifer Lawrence's age being cast repeatedly as the boyfriend/husband/love interest of actresses Christian Bale & Bradley Cooper's age (in the upcoming Serena, she's paired with Bradley Cooper's again, playing his wife, and in an upcoming Cameron Crowe project Cooper will play Emma Stone's (!) love interest as well. Taking into account he's dating a model almost half his age, I wonder if he's specifically seeking out projects that pair him with much younger females, or if Hollywood is just so ageist that that's normal).

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I think you're being a little over generous to the the Hollywood system. Rom coms in American cinema are pretty much dead. All the actresses you named haven't made a rom com in years!! I can't even remember Kate Hudson's or Katie Heigl's last films. Cammy did have a comedy out this summer ("Sex Tape") which flopped in the box office. Aniston isn't really doing much excepting providing paychecks for tabloid magazines. Sandy has had a great series of comedies and drama's these past few years, but none of them were rom coms. Amy Adams is great and has been consistently working, but she has long left the world of rom coms. Older women in Hollywood are constantly complaining about the struggles they face.

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I have seen one too many dramas with the same antics to not be interested.

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Damn Rain looks good. End.

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Yep, that was my main take away as well.

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Oooh... Hmm...

Nah, I'll pass.

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I managed to get through King of Highschool Savvy soo... I don't know. I may really be into this type of romance- lest I be judged.

Hoping this is a good drama to jump into after I wallow at the end of It's okay, that's love.

:'(

FIGHTING!!!

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Hm, well that teaser was very different from what I expected. I thought it was going to be flashy and stylish like you said, not pretty and natural. But it remains to be seen how the agency aspect will play out.

I wasn't planning to check this out but I do miss seeing Rain...That blonde hair on L is not a good look though.

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Me expecting bromance from Rain and Alex. That's all

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Oh, no! I saw the English speaking idol (from T-ara I think) in School 2013 who 1) couldn't act 2) was always looking directly at the camera.

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you forgot

3) was responsible for the random and nonsensical outbursts of English at odd intervals in the classroom.

I did like the girl who played the tomboy who was Lee Long-seok's friend though, she was good in that small role. Isn't she an idol too?

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Yes. Hyoyoung from 5dolls. I vaguely remember her in Best Love too as one of the mean idol girls.

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They look pretty good. Looking forward to Rain & Krystal. Hehe this will be my next drama after Fated To Love You

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Isn't that too early to release a preview of this drama,,, I'm hoping it will be good, but knowing she is 19 it wont work for me.

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Aw they're cute. Isn't the white dog Rain's own? I think this show is really another version of A Star is Born or Pygmalian/My Fair Lady. What ever is they look cute together and as long as the dogs aren;t hurt in any way I'm on board

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I don't like men with boobs....

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i should have written - i don't like men with BIG boobs...

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Me neither!that pic is just kinda meh to me

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those boobs are bigger than mine....

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Those definitely are not boobs. Those are pectoral muscles. Boobs are suspended from pectoral muscles. You can still not like that look in men. I just wanted to clarify.

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I wish Ailee was into acting. I think she'd make a great idol/actress lead for this drama.

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I love Rain and will surely wait and watch this drama, and after watching the Jessica & Krystal show, I think she is okay. But why the idea of casting couch jump my mind after reading that the plot will be about agency boss and its young starlet? Maybe I need a holiday and get real rest :D

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The age gap doesn't weird me out. I've watched Prime Minister & I and the OTP didn't make me squirm. Probably will steal a glance here and there for Hoya, though.

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12 yrs gappppp????
Well of course m gonna give it a try..cuz that's what m doin dese days...n also cuz I wanna c rain..after so long hezz doin a drama..I hav been waitin fr it...bt I dun lik krystal at all...fr main lead..noooooooo....bt gonna watch rain...if d drama is good

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Rain and Krystal together just does not compute for me. I'll probably pass on this drama, though I'll probably check out the 1st episode just to see Myungsoo's pretty face. LOL

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All i saw was L in black, crouching next to a cute dog and looking oh so adorable doing it. End.

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He looks a bit like the Golden Retriever in one of the other stills himself, their hair/fur is the same colour!

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Hmm, I admit to expecting something completely different. Like lots of flashy lights, bright costumes, people running around, busy sets, etc. But I also admit I like this. A lot, actually.

It feels easy on the eyes, and I like that they're jumping on the romance right off the bat because that's personally what I'm always here for. Rain looks adorable and young but I think it's too early for me to judge his chemistry with Krystal. I'll wait till a few more teasers are released or the first episode to see.

This is Rain's big comeback. I'll be watching no matter what so I hope it's fantastic like I expect it to be.

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I like Rain and look forward to a drama with him in it....BUT...I hope the script isn't stupid like Trot Lovers was.

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Rain looks good and I like his acting, my issue is with Krystal, she's so ordinary you never notice her, I like the group fx but she has never stood out. I wish the drama luck!, but I won't be watching.

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This is why this may work. When the female lead is too pretty it is threatening to female viewers.

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huh?

By that standard, Shin Mina, Jun Ji-hyun and Song Hye-kyo would never have had any hit dramas...

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I really don't understand this pairing at all. She is and looks way too young for him. I 'm not expecting too much from this drama.

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Rain's acting is solid, and I'll give Krystal this much - she has a very natural screen presence and doesn't appear to be consciously trying to keep her expression 'pretty'.

This looks like harmless fluff, but I have a feeling it's really just a placeholder for the drama that follows it aka the IHYV team reunion (cannot wait for casting news on that one, I would be thrilled if my faves got it)

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re: Rain's acting, I was speaking based on his past dramas! Can't judge much off some non-speaking teasers.

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the teaser doesn't attract me,i only watch rain in full house, he's acting is still lack there

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story line is different but feels too much like prime minister and I..didnt they already fail with a project involving an idol and experience actor..Rain can only carry krystal so far like yoona before u can see the inexperince crept into the later episodes when the drama starts to hit..prime minister and i pretty much fail me going through midway when yoona was actually force to act.. i can see this series having a couple decent first episodes but thats my highest expectations..then falling for your ex's little sister is already weird enough

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So if there's a dead older sister in this story, does this mean a potential SNSD Jessica cameo in a flashback?

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oh god I hope not. Krystal got all the acting ability in that family, whatever there was of it.

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Am I the only one who liked the teaser?I honestly thought it was really pretty, and had good vibes. Like noona romances, oppa romances creep me out---a lot. Especially when it's more than 4-5 years (like the 8 years and older ones). If I ever ship noona/oppa romances it's when the age gap is unnoticeable bc the actors look around the same age, or the age gap is not important so it's not mentioned and I am oblivious. In this drama krystal's bangs make her look a bit older (maybe 20-24 ish) and Rain looks young to me so I would think he's maybe 26 ish. With those ages (in my mind at least I am not going to dwell on the 12 years apart concept), I could be on board with this ship).

Also, I hope L( myungsoo) is better at acting this time around. I mean, he's the second lead so he kinda needs to step up his game.

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oh my god what has happened to my beloved L's hair
why do stylists think that blonde is always a good choice
he was so good in black

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this series should be called trot lover without trot. the story sounds so much alike.

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the first time I read the plot of an agency boss falling for his artist, it reminded me of YG's love story.

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Some of the comments here sound sexist... Ordinary.. pretty enough?
This looks much better than the Savvy couple..that was creepy.. \\
Krystal might be inexperienced but whatever I saw in Heirs, she has potential..her acting is naturally done..
Everyone is entitled to an opinion but I don't think being ordinary looking should be an insult...

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PUPPPPIES PUPPPPIES PUPPPPIES

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Damn, Rain's bod is just yummy. But it's not enough to pull me in. Pass.

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It's not even about the age gap for me.

I LOVED Rain in Sang-doo, Let's Go to School and have loved him ever since.

As for Krystal, she has a lot to prove to me with her acting. She's a good singer, but I seem to be the only one who hated her acting in The Heirs. I thought she was horrible!

I'll read reviews before I even start on episode 1.

I really like Eun-ji because she's so talented as an actor and singer, but I didn't even check out episode 1 of Trot Lovers.

These two dramas might be tossed to the back burner for me.

Also, this story line is SO like WHAT STAR ARE YOU FROM? with Kim Rae-won and Jung Ryu-won (that's her name, right?)

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p.s. I did not like the story line of Kim Rae-won's character falling for the dead girl's sister.

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Finally someone other than me disliked her in Heirs. She's a good singer but as an actress she was really really bad in Heirs, I still don't get how alot of people say they "watched heirs for Lee Bona"...... ?

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I plan on giving this one a fair go. Rain looks better than he ever did. In fact, I never saw him as particularly attractive before (cute, yes. But in a way that had me basically thinking, "Meh. Whatever..."), but now there's a maturity, a slightly seasoned look about him that has me interested in seeing more of him. It's like he's fully grown into his face, and now looks better than he ever has, or ever will again. He's a good and capable actor too, so at least I don't have to worry on that front.

A lot will depend on how the story is handled. I won't dismiss the premiss out of hand just because she happens to be the sister of his lost girlfriend. Here's how I think of it: The hero didn't see the younger sister as romance material exactly BECAUSE she was the little sister of the woman he loved. There was no room in that scenario for his mind to go there. It wouldn't have been appropriate, so it never even would have occurred to him while the older sister was his everything. And He'll probably not think of her as anything more than the kid sister of his lost love in the beginning. But because they'll be thrown together repeatedly, and under somewhat unusual circumstances, he come to see her as an extraordinary woman in her own right; a plucky, determined, and mature woman whose place is no longer strictly in big Sis' shadow. When circumstances change enough, people can change with them. Plus, it's not a betrayal of big Sis because she's dead, lost forever to them both. The living are entitled to happiness while they yet live, and that happiness shouldn't be limited by surface constraints. In addition, twelve years isn't necessarily that big of an age gap. It all depends on the people involved and their respective levels of maturity. May/December? Hardly! In what universe is Rain even close to December?

I'm perfectly willing to wait before pronouncing judgment on the acting abilities of Krytal Jung. She may surprise the nay-Sayers. I hope she has loads of chemistry with Rain, given that she's to play his love interest. My fingers are crossed that we'll be treated to a surprisingly fresh story, despite the seen-it-before elements.

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I'll keep my expectations low.

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Rain looks so freaking cute and it's been too long since I last saw him in a romcom and he's with Krystal :(
DamnitSment!!! WhyYruinthingsforme???

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I'm pretty sure Krystal's going to be awesomely cute with Rain. She has chemistry with everybody!

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