Sunday, February 10, 2008
His Fans Made Who I am Today
Taking this as New Year's Meditation? So be it!
I've known HRH since 2004. Up until now, not a day I am not asking myself How? why? When? What? Who? Whence? Which? Basically, what exactly happened that I became a "fan" of his, the name "fan" that I had never imagined that I could be associated with in my entire life. I DID NOT have an idol and I admired nobody! That was essentially the old proud me. But since when I fell from the high above mountain flat down to the ground and then back up to the cloud nine? Was it the Hotelier, the Winter Sonata, the Have We Really Loved, or the Untold Scandal, or the First Love??? Hard to tell, still up to today, still, it's hard to tell which one is my most favorite, they all are.
Or was it that he was so handsome? But I vividly remember that after I watched the Hotelier in 2004, the very first South Korean drama I had ever watched in my life, I commented to hubby that this Frank Shin guy, although bearing a comfortable ordinary look, his clear-mind, determination and straightforward personality is quite outstanding and charming. Even at that time, I watched this drama twice, and believe it or not, I did not know the actor's name. I, being the ascent-minded drama watcher, never paid attention to the actor's name, only buried my mind in the stories and the characters.
Then someday somehow I mentioned to a friend's husband on the phone that I liked this Korean drama Hotelier, which is out of my expectation a quite fun, modern, bright Korean drama. So he said, "Oh, you like that famous actor Bae Yong-joon?"
I said "What? Who?"
"Ah, that glasses guy, he is very famous". The other end of the phone suggested, "We have his most successful drama Winter Sonata, wanna watch?".
"Well, only if it is funny and happy", I requested, "Did anyone get sick or die?"
"Hmmm... no one got broken legs or arms and so on", he replied, "but he got blinded".
"Forget it! Don't want to watch any sad drama like that! NOT my dish!" That's my verdict to Winter Sonata.
But somehow, I could not resist on checking this newly heard name Bae Yong-joon on the web. There I started my yet another "first time record" - surfing and reading about someone, something that is not work related. From then on, I could never stop.
The first bae-site I found was baidu.com BYJ Forum, there I found so many people talking about Winter Sonata. Clicking on some of the WLS pictures, and I saw two extremely ordinarily looking couple, nowadays I know they are Jun-sang and Yu-jin. Later on I found out a secret of BYJ - you got to watch him 3+ times to appreciate his beauty, the more you watch, the more you can discover about his beauty, the more you are addicted to him. After watching him 3 times, he magically transformed from being ordinarily looking into stunningly handsome. It's a mystery!
Well back then, before I found his beauty, 'twas only when I started reading about fans comments on the WLS stories, did I get attracted to this drama. After a few days of reading the Bae fans writings, I called up the friend who offered me the Winter Sonata, and begged "Can I borrow it, please?"
Then I read about "Have We Really Loved?". The brief description of each episode already got me hooked to this story. First time ever, I purchased the DVD HWRL, together with WLS and Hotelier. Before this, I had never ever spent a cent on DVDs - not worth the money and time, they are just the temporary pleasures that pass with time. But HRH's works are different, I know the value of owning them, they are absolutely great deals - I got to watch them countless times and obtained so much pleasure and joy.
In one way or another, I concluded that it was not his look that attracted me first, I largely believe that it was his fans who allured me into this bae-world, which he called "family" (Another concept that struck me).
Yesterday this proved my theory once more - I "accidentally" googled on "Bae Yong-joon", and found this article from Fillip - http://www.nst.com.my/blogs/fillips/191. Thought this was not a new discovery. I recalled that I reposted Fillip's posting about Winter Sonata in my blog before. Also vaguely remembered that Yokee or someone mentioned about this posting of Fillip's with the accounts of Bae Yong-joon. The information in this posting is completely familiar to me. The most fun part of reading this article lies in the reading of its reader's comments. Here are some of them that I found most amusing, some made me giggle and some made my heart burns.
I just saw my first K-drama which was of course by amazing chance, "Winter Sonata" and was totally mesmerized by the quality of acting...and now that I think about it...the way BYJ left that haunting impression on me...those looks...so I'm glad you filled me in on this apparently already much coveted actor...glad I didn't find out about him earlier (H: he is such a killer, glad that I lived care-free for so long before meeting him ...) ..or else I would have lost my mind being so far from him over here in the US. (H: That's exactly me ... lost my mind as a consequence of knowing him ...) But thanks-it's nice to know...and dream...
From wenvy ann salcedo
I love him tlga! I wish I can watch someday tha April Snow. I heard something about that drama and I want to see him again and his stunning smile that kills me softly. (H: "Stunning smile that kills me softly". Such an interesting expression of killing someone SOFTLY, only you can do it HRH!)
I can say with great confidence that I am his biggest fan. It started when I saw him in Winter Sonata.
The ending was great because he became more handsome! I wish I was Choi Ji Woo to taste his kiss!! ahhhh!!! I can imagine it quite vividly. (H: "Taste his kiss"???, wow some fans are truly lovely daunting, haha...)
From Lumi Luna
I too am mesmerized by his smile.
His voice makes my knees weak. (H: "His voice makes my knees weak", such a rare, lively expression, I could never ever create this expression even I love HRH's voice 10000%. Amazing fans always broaden my mind.) He is definitely a gifted and charasmatic actor. (H: No doubt his is a gifted actor. Thank God, but not fair God, I am pleading for other actors)
From carmi alas
BYJ is my cancer therapy. Was told I have 2 years to live. Watching BYJ's dvds keeps me alive. Where can I get in touch with him to let him know he is saving my life? Grateful. (H: Isn't this amazing? BYJ being a life-saver!)
I am also a fan of BYJ. Met him in Winter Love Song. He is what every woman would hope to find in a man.
Yes we know its his characters that make him special, but everyone needs a fantasy.
He has eyes that show all expressions, a killer smile (even in hotelier) and a voice that wraps you in a sensual blanket of words.
It's the tone(s) of his voice and the sincerity that speaks volumes.
Just gotta love the man for all his attributes and accomplishments. Wish he could visit the states and even better the east coast. (H: Got to make friend with this Sharon, she is also living on the east coast, Nice summary Sharon!)