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Idols headline Twilight-esque vampire web drama

What is it about vampire stories that are so compelling? I wouldn’t consider myself a particular fan of vampire lore, but all the dramas to come by about vampires have been pretty entertaining by my count, looking at sitcom series Hello Franceska and Vampire Idol, as well as crime procedural Vampire Prosecutor. Not to mention the fantasy sageuk in the works, Scholar Who Walks the Night. Now we’ve got Vampire Flower (I am studiously ignoring the title on the cover above, The Flower of Vampire, because eek Engrish), an upcoming web drama that is based on a popular Naver web novel.

Vampire Flower is calling itself the “Korean Twilight” and has cast Kim Ga-eun (Miss Korea, I Hear Your Voice) as the female lead after casting a whole slew of idols from the boy group A-JAX: Jaehyung, Hyeongkon, Seungyub, and Hyojun. The main hero is vampire Rui (played by Jaehyung), who goes in search of a vampire flower that’ll enable him to become a vampire lord. Kim Ga-eun plays the ordinary schoolgirl with a bright personality who helps him on his search and enters his world. That embroils her in danger, but in the process the two also fall in love. Of course.

The other A-JAX boys will play vampire friends, with Hyeongkon set to be the main rival and friend, Reka. Seungyub and Hyojun, meanwhile, are cast as stalwart bodyguards Baekhan and Akan. I don’t know about you but I’m having major Vampire Idol flashes, which are probably totally off the mark since that was a goofy take on vampire lore with slapstick comedy (and really cute vampire-human romances). This story sounds like it’s going more for the paranormal/dark romance stuff, though I’m hoping that it won’t be constrained by budget or production limits given that it’s going to be a web drama. It’ll be released “around May or June.”

Via Star News, ETO.co.kr

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So...

"Korean Twilight story"
+ cast of idol actors
+ production budget of a web drama

Don't want to sound defeatist but come on...

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Aw I don't think it's that hopeless...

If it's anything like that idol fanfic web drama Twenty Years Old, I think it'll hit that sweet spot of fun teen fluff.

Just set expectations low and maybe tolerance for cheese higher!

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Weirdly I think this will be fun /shrug

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I don't think Twilight should be the goal they're going for, not exactly high standards...

But it sounds cute, so I'll definitely watch it if there are subtitles available (web dramas are short, and short is nice)

I know idol "actors" aren't known for their skills, so I'll watch for the eye candy (Hyeongkon is nice to look at)

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Lol, keep them standards low and expectations lower!

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I always set my expectations and standard at minimum when watching idols. Only a handful of them are good or at least watchable.

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Well, one thing about calling yourself the Korean version of Twilight is that you set the bar pretty low to begin with. I never figured out what made that series so popular - but then, I thought "Frozen" sucked also.

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awwww, I like Kim Ga-eun, she was good in IHYV.

Also, Vampire Flower? That just sounds funny.

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ughh...everytime I see the words "vampire" I think, "where's my vp3?" I feel like I've been waiting a decade.

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As long as the storyline and execution is good, I think I can look past any mediocre acting...like Dream High!

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Sounds like a fun show. And well I hope he has skin that shines like a diamonds. ^^ I don't recognise the idols except the female lead, I must be old.

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*convulsive spasms and shudders, goosebumps all over*

Sorry. Couldn't help it. Me and "romantic vampire" genres just don't match. And a reverse harem sounding one as well. Cliche, clicheeeee.

Not that I'm dissing the attempt though, I mean go ahead, if they can execute this well than yayy. But. The premise already sounds hand shrivelling to me. This coming from a regular shoujo manga/manhwa reader, I've read thousands of them and can only think of less than 10 that I actually deserves to be published.

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I have no idea who they all are except for the girl.

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who are these nugu? o.O

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Well, they best save room for glitter expenses in order to fully get in the twilight-vampire spirit. Also, Kim Ga-eun should prepare for her role by emo-tussling her hair every 90 seconds.

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Wait. She was in Miss Korea?!

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I dont remember seeing her in miss korea either. JB must have been thinking of Kim Ye Won who kinda looks a bit like Kim Ga Eun.

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Yeah, I looked her up on AsianWiki and she wasn't in it. She was in Inspiring Generation though, as Mar said.

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For sure she was in My Love, Madame Butterfly.

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I don't recall her from Miss Korea. She was in Age of Feeling as SoSo.

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This sounds terrible so I will likely end up watching it :P

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"Vampire Flower is calling itself the “Korean Twilight” and has cast Kim Ga-eun (Miss Korea, I Hear Your Voice) as the female lead after casting a whole slew of idols from the boy group A-JAX: Jaehyung, Hyeongkon, Seungyub, and Hyojun. The main hero is vampire Rui (played by Jaehyung), who goes in search of a vampire flower that’ll enable him to become a vampire lord. Kim Ga-eun plays the ordinary schoolgirl with a bright personality who helps him on his search and enters his world. That embroils her in danger, but in the process the two also fall in love. Of course."

I was typing a lengthy reason as to why I've never seen the Twilight movies or read the books and realized in the middle of typing it doesn't belong here. Personally the plot would be better to me if instead of falling in love while helping each other, they fell in hate, but still helped each other.

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Why must all the idols come from the same group? I rather watch idols from different groups instead!!

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So should we just call A-JAX Vampire Idols?

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Oh dear.

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if anyone of u watching IRIS 2, Hyeongkon from AJAX is Lee Joon friend when they're together entering NSS. they always work together during mission. his character is Youngmin. the one Lee Joon shot in the car.

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my only problem is the girl character seriously an ordinary school girl with bright personality WHAT ELSE IS NEW -.-
i want more range for female roles honestly
well best of luck i will check it out

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Yeah, that caught my eye also, and the first thought was "oh yay, here we go again". At least the vampire guys are not chaebol sons... or are they?

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isn't that f(x)'s luna??

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Vampire?
Idol?
Could it be Kim Jae Joong-ssi??
or it could be Lee Jong Suk??
or you could added Kim Woo Bin.
I'm in!
Please... please..

Noo?
okay. It sound borrringgg

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Don't mean to be offensive but am I the only one who thinks that the boys look the same?

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or maybe alike would be a better word- they do have individual facial characteristics but I'm not really getting a distinctive overall vibe that sets them apart.

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Ha ha I have felt that after encountering almost every boy group for first time ! :P

I remember seeing one exo poster once with them all closed eyes and same reaction , and believed for long time that its all the same person ! :P
I had to play spot the differences to tell them apart !

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I never paid much attention to boys groups, but pulled up some images of a few on Google. And yeah, they are even more stereotypical in "let's all look the same" than girls are. It is more like clone groups than real people.

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Eh this'll be fun enough :) I'm not expecting much, but I doubt it'll disappoint me either.

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Personally, I would've translated the title on the photo (뱀파이어의 꽃) to Vampire's Flower and not The Flower of Vampire.

I kind of really like Kim Ga-eun but I'm not familiar at all with the boys of AJAX. This seems like a very heavy-handed production to promote the group. But we never know, they might surprise us with awesome execution.

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To be honest I just think it has to do with the word order... Flower of the Vampire would've sufficed, aha. Engrish these days. :|

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But can they act?

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When you said Naver web novel, I though you meant Noblesse. The main lead is called Raizel or Raizer, shortened to Rai and it's not a romance. There are school kids but he's not looking for a flower. I would love to see this made into anime though and not drama, coz the characters are awesome and I can't see any actors portraying them. LOL...

Anyway, I would love to watch this drama. Any flower, F4, F(n), eye candy, etc? I'm there...hahahah

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I don't understand the vampire fascination. It's a walking corpse. Plus, blood is dirty, not sexy.

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well, there is that thing they say about the neck being an erogeneous zone.....

I liked vampire stories, but not really the ones that are all ~vampires are sexy. Except for Buffy, of course, Buffy was iconic and deserves to be praised forever.

But honestly, I liked the Vampire Idol lampoony take on vamps better. They were such dorks!

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Ajax... isn't that a dish detergent?

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Asynchronous Javascript and XML...?

(If you laughed at this, you need help. We need help.)

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..or a Dutch football club?

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As someone who grew up with the vampire craze (Twilight was first published when I was 12, and the first vampire series I read was L.J. Smith's The Vampire Diaries) I can totally see the appeal of it. So that's why when I see Korean dramas with vampires in it, I totally fangirl. I'm still waiting for a Vampire Prosecutor season 3, but this will suffice in the meantime. I hope Dramafever or Viki sub it, since they are my main sources for English subbed Korean dramas.

Also, I like A-JAX well enough, but I'm not a huge fan. It'll be nice to see them venture into acting, though I hope they don't disappoint.

Looking forward to this!

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This sounds absolutely terrible but if it's campy and intentionally over-the-top, it could be fun. The premise also reminds me a little of the manga, Vampire Knight.

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Twilight
Let's see what makes people talk about it so much

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