What’s up in the blogsphere? Drama News and Recs

So I’m not really looking forwards to any drama coming out this week (thank goodness because there are already too many lakorns out there I want to watch), so instead I wanted to point out some posts I’ve seen that are interesting to us drama lovers.

I’m going to be busy this week and possibly next week finishing up projects and updates to my other blog so unfortunately won’t be getting to blog about the newly released lakorns until later on. Hopefully, this will give you a good idea on where to go to find more posts on lakorns and more reviews.

Drama News

My Husband in Law aired in both China and Thailand at the same time.
  • Because of the popularity of Asian content as demonstrated in this article, Netflix is pouring even more money and resources into making Asian content.
  • A lot of that will be South Korean of course, but lakorns in particular are gaining in popularity in Asia (see here and here – not in English), and this means more money will go into making them, a good thing if you ask me that should increase the production costs of lakorns, but hopefully also reward good writing, directing and so on.
  • Blobofcolour had a post about the rising popularity of lakorns in Singapore here.
  • Now sites like Viu.com and Dimsum.my have lakorns that are English subbed. It’s like we have viki back, but unfortunately only certain Asian countries can access the sites.

Drama Reviews, Recaps and Recommendations

  • Lovefia has been on a roll recently, taking a look at lakorns like Talay Luang, Mia Jum Pen, and Dao Kon La Duang, as well as doing recaps of a drama on my to watch list, Duangjai Nai Montra.
  • You can also catch Lovefia on twitter.
  • I love it when fansubbers do reviews of the lakorns they watched subbed, so check out Thippy‘s 2020 Lakorn Recap and Reviews. She did a rant on Rahut Rissaya 2020, which I sorta agree about, but I also liked it more than she did. And I still have to finish the last 3 episodes (I heard disappointing things about them so I’m not excited.😟)
  • Want to find more recommendations on 2020 dramas to watch, Chinese dramas in particular? I thought this post by mz4jun was really well made.
  • Lakorn Galaxy recently did a Best Lakorns of 2020 list here.

And that’s it for this post. Do you know of any bloggers I’ve missed? What are you favorite go to blogs?

What makes a good drama? Lakorn stereotypes

So I’ve just finished multiple dramas in September, and now I’m in a bit of a drama slump. Without watching many dramas, I’ve little to blog about as my ideas usually come from what I’ve been watching. Hopefully that’ll change later in October!

But I have been thinking about what makes a good drama. Oftentimes, I’ve dropped lakorns I’ve considered ‘bad,’ but what are my criteria and why? So I thought I’ll start with looking at lakorn cliches or stereotypes. Usually, if a lakorn has these stereotypes, and don’t contribute anything new, like great couple chemistry or changing up the stereotypes to be a little different, it’s boring and I drop it.

Lakorn Stereotypes

Source: Bangkok Post 2013

For anyone who wants to learn more about the history of lakorns in Thailand, this is a great read in Bangkok Post from 2013 and it’s where I got the poster from.

  • There are 24 stereotypes discussed here. I thought it would be fun to compare/contrast two 2020 lakorns to see which one is less stereotypical.
  • But what makes a lakorn less stereotypical can also be about what changes are in it, as well as the stereotypes it has.
  • I’ve decided to divide this up into categories, namely people and actions.

Lakorn Comparison

Lakorn Stereotype (from poster)Marn Bang Jai (2020)Mia Archeep (2020)
1. Snoopy maidHeck yes. No maids really
2. Camp ladyboyNONO
3. Camp gay manNOYes?
4. 2 women fighting over manYesYes
5. Mia noi – MistressNONO
6. Mia luang – Main wifeNONO
7. Nang ek disguised as manNONO
8. Someone with evil eyeProbablyProbably
9. Mean mom-in-lawNONO
10. Maid sitting on floorYesNO
11. Man having more than 1 loverYesNO
12. Mansion with Roman columnsYesMaybe?
13. GossipingYes Yes YesYes Yes Yes
14. Someone being poisonedNONO
15. Villains saying evil plans out loudYesYes
16. Nang rai drugging pra’ekYesNO
17. Nang’ek sleeping in fake eyelashesYesYes
18. Nang rai screamingYesYes
19. Nang’ek disguising herself as manNONO
20. Someone being pushed down stairsNONO
21. A slap followed by a kissYesNO
22. RapeYes, not nang’ekNO
23. Snuggling under white sheetYesYes
24. Pra’ek with overseas education, naïve about life.NOUnsure

Marn Bang Jai (2020) got 10 or 11 no’s out of 24 stereotypes, while Mia Archeep (2020) got 14 strong negatives, with 3 maybes so Mia Archeep (2020) has less stereotypes based on this chart. Yet on mydramalist,com, Mia Archeep (2020) has a rating of 7.4 and Marn Bang Jai (2020) has 7.8 so more people liked it (and watched it).

Marn Bang Jai (2020)

Both had their strong points. I really liked how strong the bonds were of siblings in both lakorns, but Mia Archeep (2020) felt like an updated lakorn plot, complete with employees instead of maids and modern apartments, while Marn Bang Jai (2020) harkens back to older lakorns in most ways, I did like the fact that both the nang’ek and her sister had jobs in it. In Mia Archeep (2020), the nang’ek’s relationship with pra’ek matches more with modern norms.

Mia Archeep (2020)

Stereotypes (which aren’t necessarily bad) can be a start in determining how good a drama really is, but it is by no means the only criteria or even the most important criteria you should follow. After all, we haven’t even considered things such as writing, directing, acting, production values, and more. But it is a step in the right direction at taking a more critical look at what you watch.

What lakorns can you think of that match most of these stereotypes? Or match it the least?

Credits: mydramalist.com, asianfuse.net, asianfuse.wiki

Monday Meeting – Watching Now and Blogging Updates

It’s been a year since I started Lakorn View and I’ve been enjoying myself, for the most part. But I do want to change up some things, so I do want to give an update on what I want to change regarding this blog. Also, watching lots of different shows at varying rates. Read on for my take of the good, the bad and the ugly (and yeah, I’m talking bout you, So Wayree). For now, I’m just using this space to mourn the ending of It’s Okay to Not Be Okay and talk about what I’m watching now.

Blogging News

So this year, I do want to continue blogging, but I also want to make sure my content has meaning. Over the past year, I’ve grown to be more engaged politically, and have really changed in some ways, thanks in part to COVID19. I don’t feel in point in blogging about dramas, lakorns, etc. that means nothing to me and are of little interest. And I want to talk more about what I’m watching, so I’m going to be using more social media sites like instagram, etc. from now on. So in the future, expect this:

  • More content looking at lakorns/dramas/movies/whatever through a focus on social issues, political issues, religious issues.
  • A variety of dramas, including lakorns, but also anything that catches my attention.
  • Increased social media presence, my instagram is here. I’ll also probably post to twitter and/or facebook as well about what I’m watching, blog updates and so on.

Watching Now

Synopsis: Six survivors of a car accident are trapped in a mysterious river valley where hair-raising events ensue. What is the shocking secret in the valley? The lone survivors of a deadly accident have their own secrets to hide. Unable to treat each other with sincerity, they become increasingly suspicious as tensions rise. As they try to find a way out of their ordeal, they experience strange circumstances. Escape may seem impossible yet they continue to make a desperate attempt in the hopes of salvation. (Source: Chinesedrama.info)

Missing Persons (2020) Wow! This show is amazing! Why aren’t more people talking about this show? This is a Chinese drama and in each episode, another piece of mystery is unfolded. We get to know the characters, one by one and how they are connected. And there are mysteries abound. A river of cans of peaches. A mysterious flood that arrives at set times. A buried body. I haven’t finished the series yet, so honestly, don’t know what’s going on here. But it is a good thing! This show really keeps you guessing and it’s already finished at 12 episodes. Definitely recommend this one to anyone seeking a good mystery/thriller, haven’t finished it yet, but this looks like it will definitely end up on my best of 2020 list. The GOOD

I really want to see more of these two and their interactions.

Stranger 2 (2020) started in August and I’ve watched 6 out of 16 episodes. It’s different from the first season as the main focus this time seems to be on the war between prosecutors and the police, each side trying to dig up dirt on the other side to gain leverage. It’s all very Machiavellian, you really have to pay attention to keep up with what’s going on. I like the show, but I feel like I should have watched Stranger again to better prepare myself as I’ve forgotten the show largely. My recommendation? Watch it if you’ve seen the first show and want to know more about South Korea’s criminal justice system. Also know you’ll have to pay attention to the drama or you’ll get lost on what’s happening. The GOOD

Mia Archeep (2020)

Mia Archeep (2020) We’re nearing the final stretch in this drama, and I’m continuing to enjoy it, full stop! It’s a solid romantic lakorn that shakes things up a little as a lakorn, like having a heroine who smirks at the nang’rai and in the relationships. I find I’m enjoying the fact that just about all the characters have warm, loving relationships with other people, their family members, friends. The 2nd male lead has an adorable brother who helps him at times. The pra’ek has a loving mother and father and bratty sister. Nang’ek has a close relationship with her father and close friend. Even the nang’rai has her friend, who even sometimes tells her when she’s going to far (kinda shaky on that). Even one of the main villains of the piece has a great family, if only she appreciated them more than getting money and power. Compare the relationships here to the toxic ones in Prom Pissawat

I know a lot of people prefer the 2nd male lead (and I like him too and want to see him starring as the main lead in more lakorns), but the pra’ek isn’t as awful as the one in So Wayree (2020). He has LEGIT complaints about the nang’ek’s behavior, even though that doesn’t justify his behavior (he definitely used his position of power over the nang’ek to get her to live with him and so on). Unlike in other lakorns, the pra’ek WAS being deceived by the nang’ek, even if she had good reasons for not telling him who she really is. THE GOOD

Prom Pissawat

I debated dropping Prom Pissawat, and almost decided to do so. This is just a bundle of cliches with little to no attempt to elevate this beyond the mediocre. But then I realized I’m more than halfway through the lakorn, which is 16 episodes, so I may continue watching this every once in a while.

Not sure what else to say, I don’t find the chemistry between the leads to be that great, but there is definitely a lot of kissing, shouting and slapping going around, so if you like the slap and kiss genre, the clingy and possessive male who chases the female, this is that drama. THE BAD

Upcoming lakorn So Wayree (2020)

So Wayree (2020) This drama. Ugh. I tried, but I couldn’t really wrap my head around the nang’ek’s sudden love for this dude. Like, say what? Did I miss something? I just don’t think I can continue, plus I really thought the lakorn would try to rehabilitate the rapist H, or give some other more reasonable reason for what he did, yet 7 episodes (24 15 total), I don’t see it. THE UGLY

What are you watching now? In the future?

Credits: mydramalist.com, asianfuse.net, asianfuse.wiki

What’s up in the blogsphere?

In this post, we’ll look at what other Thai bloggers are blogging about. Hopefully, this will give you a good idea on where to go to find more posts on lakorns and more reviews.

  • Lovefia has some recaps up of Nueng Dao Fah Diew by Greta, and I found Greta’s indepth analysis of Krong Karm to be very insightful. Krong Karm wasn’t on my to-watch list before, but it is now. It is not the usual lakorn with simplistic love stories, but is much more than that.
  • Meanwhile, you can catch Lovefia on twitter, where she’s more active these days..
  • Num Kala’s new mv and short film for the mv is subbed by neko, who is a fan of the singer. Listening to it now. Mmm. Hmm. It’s okay, like the story more than the music though.
  • neko also put up another informative post on Kaew Klang Dong, including looking at all the kisses, which, okay, I am totally putting this one on my to-watch list too😜. Again.
  • Lakorn teasers of 2020 for channel 7? I’m in. Watch them here on Thippy’s blog.
  • Thippy also has a review up of Huajai Look Phuchai.
  • Lakorn Galaxy recently did a review of Prai Pikaat. Ouch!

And that’s it for this post. I focused on blogs that have put out content recently in the last month or so. Do you know of any bloggers I’ve missed? What are you favorite go to blogs?

Welcome to Lakorn View!💖

Welcome to Lakorn View, connecting viewers across one land, one sky. My name is Jazmin and I’m a long time lakorn viewer. I’ve spent the last 10+ years watching lakorns, helping segment them and even blogging about them (I’m a part of JL Subbing and Jasmin’s Lakorn Blog). For more about me, check out the About me section in FAQ.

I wanted to make a blog where people could come together and talk about their favorite dramas, and express their views. How do you feel about the latest trends, what do you love, what you’re watching oh, and what is giving you feels? But this blog is not just about lakorns.  Instead, I hope we can talk about different aspects of the entertainment industry from the perspective of a lakorn viewer. So please join us in our discussions about lakorns and the world of entertainment (namely movies, books, and tv series)!

Lakorn View Rules: The 3 B’s

So expect to see posts about music, genre, trends, upcoming lakorns and more! But before we start our journey together, I do have some things I want to address as the lakorn subbing community recently have had a rash of trolls.

Be Kind – If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Does that mean you can’t talk about what you hated about a lakorn or the acting in a lakorn? NO, of course not. You can be as mean as you want towards lakorns as long as you’re following the other rules. Be kind to other viewers, other people, but you can be frank and open about tv shows, lakorns, movies, etc.

Be Factual – Please no gossip without credible sources. Be able to back up what you say.

Be Respectful – Please make sure to avoid cuss words or other language. Also remember, this is strictly a PG -13 rated blog.

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