Melody
These two dramas (2014) reviews are long overdue since I'd finished watching them a while back but haven't got around to writing them. Since both of them revolve around friends, love and relationships, I figured I'd compare and share about my likes/dislikes of each drama instead of writing up a full review like the others. Please note both blurbs (in italics) are extracted from Wikipedia and DramaFever respectively and are not my words.


Discovery of Love (aka Discovery of Romance)
Han Yeo-reum (starring Jung Yu-mi) is a furniture designer who owns a workshop space that she shares with other designers. For the past year, she's been dating Nam Ha-jin (starring Sung Joon), a plastic surgeon with a sweet and gentle personality. But Yeo-reum's peaceful existence is shaken when her ex-boyfriend Kang Tae-ha (starring Eric Mun) suddenly reappears in her life. The CEO of an interior design company, Tae-ha is a smart, confident man with a strong competitive edge who always gets what he wants. Meanwhile, Ha-jin comes across Ahn Ah-rim (starring Yoon Jin-yi), whom he recognizes as the girl he treated like a sister when they were both children living in an orphanage. As she begins working with Tae-ha, Yeo-reum is forced to re-evaluate her romantic history, which sets her off on a search for true love.

My likes :

  • Interesting set of characters. I liked Yeo-reum's determination when it comes to her work.
  • Ha-jin's gentlemanly and thoughtful demeanour. He was a perfect boyfriend in many aspects.
  • The many events which would lead you into thinking about different aspects of love and relationships.

My dislikes (may contain spoilers) :

  • Yeo-reum's fickle-mindedness when it comes to choosing between Tae-ha and Ha-jin. Really, is it that difficult? And why did she has to hurt Ha-jin the way Tae-ha had hurt her before? Is it necessary, considering she knew the pain and misery? 
  • Ha-jin being not honest enough to admit to Ah-rim that he was her long lost "brother" until the end. Why? I knew he felt bad for the adoption swap, but still, what's wrong?
  • The drag. This story would be over too soon if not because of Yeo-reum's indecisiveness. Then again, there wouldn't be a story without this, isn't it?

(3 stars)


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I Need Romance 3 (aka In Need of Romance 3)
Shin Joo Yeon (starring Kim So Yeon) is a successful 33-year-old career woman who, because of bad past relationships, is jaded and no longer believes in love. That is, until she is reunited with a much younger family friend, Joo Wan (starring Sung Joon), who has made a name for himself as famed DJ Allen Joo. He's smitten with her, having harbored a crush on her since their younger days, and pursues her relentlessly. Will his love heal her heart and make her believe in true love again?

My likes :

  • Joo Yeon's devotion in her work and never-say-die attitude.
  • Sweet and romantic. There's nothing like having a hero who is so totally into the heroine despite their age difference (he is six [or seven?] years her junior) and their clashing personality.
  • Joo Wan being totally supportive of Joo Yeon, even if it means she finds a man she loves other than him.
  • Joo Wan's patience and tolerance. How many men out there are willing to witness the women they love flirting and falling in love with other men while still hoping (and waiting) that one day the woman will realise his love (and her own heart) and return to him?
My dislikes :

  • Some secondary characters who got on my nerves (luckily they aren't the lead characters).
  • Love betrayal between one pair of couple. Again, thankfully they are only supporting characters.
  • Not a fan of love manipulation. Why does one has to make use of another to make your other half jealous? Thankfully it's not Joo Wan. I'm beginning to sound like a broken record here.

(4 stars)


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Verdict on Discovery of Love and I Need Romance 3 : Both are average romcoms which are entertaining. To be honest, actor Sung Joon was what drove me to watching these two dramas since I'd not seen any of his work as a lead character (the only one I'd seen is his role as a bodyguard to the daughter of a martial art master in a historical drama, Gu Family Book, and I thought his role was underrated. I know I know, Lee Seung Gi was the lead character there.) Anyway, his two roles in these romcoms are quite similar as we see him playing a devoted guy who is into his love and both of them have a respectable profession. The only difference is, Joo Wan knew how to draw a line when his love took him for granted, while Ha-jin totally submitted to his love without a direction, sigh. That said, love is a complicated thing and well, who can really judge aside from the said party themselves?


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8 Responses
  1. Jenny Says:

    I liked how you compared them. They sound sort of similar.


  2. Melody Says:

    Jenny - Yes, the two heroes seemed about the same except one has a HEA. As for the other, I think he deserved someone better who'd appreciate him more than the heroine.


  3. Iliana Says:

    I don't think I can find these here but these sound like fun films to enjoy!


  4. jenclair Says:

    Glad you enjoyed these two, even if they were similar. I often watch just to see certain actors. :)


  5. Melody Says:

    Iliana - Perhaps you can try logging on to DramaFever website if you wish. :)


  6. Melody Says:

    Jenclair - I'm currently watching a newer drama - Something in the Rain. It's a romcom about an older woman and a younger man in love and they're facing challenges from their family and friends, especially the woman's family since they think of the man as their own son.


  7. I feel like I haven't watched a romcom in ages. I really liked how you compared the two as well.


  8. Melody Says:

    Wendy - I guess I'm in the mood for some romcoms lately after reading all those thrillers, not that it's a bad thing. Gotta balance out the good feeling and the bad feeling, you know. ;)