Gu Family Book was one the dramas that I was anticipating the most this spring, and I know it wasn’t just me. There’s always a lot of saeguk’s coming out of Korea – and frankly, I didn’t watch them for a long time. What has always fascinated me about Korea is modern Korea – the buildings, the shopping, the relationships. Before I moved here I watched modern dramas to see what I was getting myself into and since I’ve moved here modern dramas are somewhat relatable. Though I will say that a Korean drama is as relatable as any (non-reality) television show. But this year, the Korean historical drama’s been growing on me. I think it had something to do with a cross between Lee Min Ho with a sword and Shin Min Ah looking amazing in hanbok.
The second part of Gu Family that I’m really digging is the Supernatural aspect. I remember when I was younger being obsessed with X-men and fairytale stories. It was and still is quite the combination – as I’ve happily never quite grown out of the stage. It has however, gotten a bit more Grimm as I’ve gotten older. (Yay bad pun!) I was really excited when I saw that Gu Family Book was going to have Bae Suzy play a rough combatant character. Mind you, I do like Suzy. I think her singing is great, and girl’s obviously got it going for her if she’s making 10 million in perks just for being the attractive nation’s first love with the squeaky clean image. I like that this drama seems a bit out of character for her. It’s a bit stronger of an image – and if she can’t get her image dirty at least she’s getting her hands dirty and taking on a challenge.
She’s not alone though, and whoever casted this one was smart to pick Lee Seung Gi. He’s got a great smile and energy that the camera captures oh so well. He really won me over with King 2 Hearts and while he can convincingly play opposite an older actress I’m glad in this one that he’s paired with someone younger to really draw in the younger crowd. The only qualm I’ve got with him in this role is that his “beast” really isn’t that scary. Instead it’s awfully unattractive and I totally laughed the first time I saw him roar.
Unfortunately you won’t see either of these two smexy specimens in the first episode of Gu Family Book, but that’s ok. Sometimes you just gotta have a little backstory to get things rolling and OMG Choi Jin Hyuk makes one smexy mountain gumiho spirit!!!!!