One by one, they fell to it. After sons, hubby has been hooked to TWSSG now. With not much traveling in the past couple of months, he started with me watching TWSSG together, at a couple of episodes per week. Yes, patience is a virtue. The fun will last longer with this exemplified "moderate" pace, won't it? Especially from our bed, watching HRHHH (His Royal Handsomeness Hotness Highness) Damdeok on the 42" Plasma HDTV, a Christmas gift from hubby. And THANK YOU also to a special bae-sister who sent me the TWSSG DVD. Boy what a treat of watching HRHHH Damdeok on a bigger screen, I could even count his hairs. The last thing I need is to feel his breath! I am so grateful to my loving family and bae sisters.
We started out with the downloaded version, viewing on my laptop. He was wondering how I managed to download the whole drama, even with translations. I explained in a matter-of-fact manner, there is a world out there, that is beyond belief. There are fans (I did not want to use any adjectives to describe how kind and generous and talented these fans are, I just want to state the fact to hubby), yes there are a lot of fans out there, who freely, timely uploaded the original episode right after its broadcasting, then there are other fans translated them into English, in text and in subtitles, Chinese translated text, then Simplified and traditional subs, Korean subs, I wonder if there are Japanese subs as well, and there are fans to inform the isolated, forgettable person like me for the links and share with me the ways to download. Hubby did not comment anything. Hmmm... OKay, let's watch it.
After a few episodes of viewing, hubby sighed with satisfaction - "It's good to watch the Han-drama (that's what he calls all my Bae-dramas) with no cost, it's FREE! So good!".
I replied immediately - "Well, if the world is full of your kind of people (yes, we always tease each other like this) who only wants the good stuff FREELY, without thinking of giving back. Eventually there will be no good stuff any more in this world!"
After exactly two seconds, hubby calmly, joyfully claimed, "I fully support you and your circle of friends (this is how he calls my bae-sisters), keep doing it this way, so you can kill Hanllyu!". Now I see his evil grin. (Obviously, hubby would join the BYJ assassination team if he finds one, he finally found the best way to get rid of him.)
So my friends, if you want to keep our HRH alive, support him by purchasing his official TWSSG release when it comes out.
BUT, to be fair to BYJ, I don't think he would make it an obligation to his fans to support him financially, rather the immense love of his fans to him is the source of his strength, and it can come in many different ways.
After viewing almost half way through (in the preview, Damdeok was going to be tested with the sacred sword), yesterday hubby solemnly asked me this question with a testing voice "now that after you have viewed so many han-dramas (I know they are actually bae-dramas, but I won't correct him on this one), how do you grade TWSSG among your han-dramas?"
I've already got my answer "If rating based on which one is the most beautiful, most pleasing to my heart, most touching with comforting fancy memories, it is the Winter Sonata. If rating based on viewing rate in Korean history, it is the First Love. If rating based on styles, Hotelier is one of a kind, different from most of Hanllyu melodramas, it's modern, professional, fast paced, funny, no cancer/sickness/disease/crying too much, Shin Donghyuk, one of a kind businessman, mmmm... Shin Donghyuk (don't want to say more, haha...). If rating by seriousness, HWRL. These are my most favorites. As for TWSSG, my rating for its storyline is 7 out of 10.". (Pretty happy with my diplomatic approach for his touchy question, remember not to show any favor and emotion to certain GUY in these dramas.)
This is my official answer to him, but I did not tell him, Damdeok is Darn Handsome! I would rate 1000 out of 10 for HRHHH (His Royal Handsomeness, Hotness, Highness)
Coincidentally, today, I read an interesting artical from bb about A Reporter's View: From WLS to TWSSG. I think the reporter's view is quite fair and objective. Always love to read a non-fan's view about HRH.