'Orange Marmalade' Korean Drama: A Review [★]Monday, July 27, 2015
|The 'kiss' on the train that started it all. :D|
I really loved the manhwa (Korean comics). I discovered it via Webtoon app on Android and instantly got hooked. Yes it's a vampire-human romance kinda story, but the little twist here is that it's the girl who is the vampire. I've never heard of a story with this kind of setup actually so that's one thing that got me curious. The manhwa kept me busy for days as I followed the progress of their complicated relationship. Thus, I had really high expectations for the drama.
However, I was disappointed.
The drama plot was so twisted. Of course I know the writers had their freedom to move away from the original manhwa storyline, but they did not just went beyond, they even added plots (*ehem* Joseon era *ehem*) that seemed not to fit anywhere in the whole story. I was actually surprised that the first four episodes already covered the whole story of the manhwa. So what will happen in the rest of the episodes then?
I still watched it 'til the end though. There are still positive points, to be fair, in the drama adaptation compared to the manhwa. First, I loved that the drama added more emphasis on the vampire-human conflict and how it brought home the point that vampires should not be discriminated. Second, the vampire girl has a stronger personality here, compared to the helpless version in the manhwa. I liked that she stood up for her beliefs (even cooperating in the coexistence project of their vampire government) and she really pursued what she wanted.
Another reason why I watched it was the cast. I already liked the manhwa, but I got more interested when I learned that CNBLUE's Jonghyun would be playing the badass vampire in the story!!
|'Vampire To the Rescue' Scene 1: He assists a fainting Baek Mari to the school's hospital|
|'Vampire To The Rescue' Scene 2: He grabs Mari by the hand and leads her away |
from the whole school judgingly watching her drink blood.
These two scenes above are the best Jonghyun cuts for me. Actually these are very Edward-Cullen behavior. He was there when his lady mostly needed a knight in shining armor to save her.
This is the first time I saw Jonghyun act in a drama. I have mostly known him as just a member of the CNBLUE band. The vampire role really suited his looks. He was the 'bad boy' of the cast, but has a caring side for Mari (which is the killer combination for me, and he really nailed that character. I love him!!! ♥（ﾉ´∀`)). Also, I liked the fact that the cast was doing a school band in the story, and so we saw Jonghyun do some legit guitar playing and singing in the drama! Actually, Kim Jaejoong would have been a good choice for this role also, but he already entered the military by the time this drama began, and he's already too old for the role I think.
I also got to like the lead guy, which I have just known goes by the name Yeo Jin Goo, I initially know him as the young Yoochun in the drama Missing You. I didn't initially like him playing this role in Orange Marmalade actually. But as I watched the episodes, I just grew fond of him also. He sure can act! Apparently he has also starred in a number of dramas previously, including Moon Embracing the Sun. His smiles are just so eye-catching. He's now included in my list of actors to watch out for in future Korean dramas!
|That smile. ♥|
All-in-all, Orange Marmalade was still a nice watch. It sure kept me and my sister entertained for a couple of nights. :)
Orange Marmalade is a Korean drama aired at KBS.
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