Personal Taste, The Perfect Taste

Well, hello there, guys, how are you all? It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my blog and I feel terrible for not being able to clear some of my scheduled activities every day to sit down on a fresh page and spill out my thoughts or inspiration. But it’s not like I forgot actually, because there were loads of moments I drove my brain down lanes to give me a great idea to write on, the lanes which ended up being cul-de-sacs.

Ah well.

There’s nothing a writer can do at once when you bang headlong into cul-de-sacs, because you have to wait patiently to see whether it’s an illusion that actually turns out to be a gate or not. I didn’t stress on them much and distracted myself, waiting for the perfect idea when just last week, I revisited a folder on my hard drive, after so long, that contained a sitcom I loved immediately on watching it three years ago.

And I thought to myself, well it’s certainly been a while since I blogged any reviews, either for a book (this category is currently been taken care of on my Goodreads) or a movie, so why don’t I blog one for Personal Taste?

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I don’t know how many of you guys have heard about this or watched it, but I’ll give you an intro nevertheless.

Okay, so Personal Taste is a Korean drama that was released back in 2010, starring Lee Min Ho and Son Ye Jin. I trust anyone who’s in school or college or have recently graduated from both are aware that Korean dramas are incredibly famous among peer groups, especially girls. Aside from being popular in fellow Asian countries, these sitcoms are a huge hit in India, at least a handful, and especially the ones starring the Korean actor – Lee Min Ho – as far as I know.

I had no idea about Korean dramas while I was in college, since all I loved were Indian mythological shows, one of which I narrated to a close friend every day. That show was Devon Ke Dev – Mahadev and my friend never saw it on screen, because she loved my narration of it too much that she always painted her imagination with how I described each scene and wanted to know about the progression of the story from me alone. If this isn’t an honour to the way I tell a story, I don’t know what is.

A year after I graduated and decided to stay home as a full time writer, another best friend of mine interested me to watch a Korean drama, titled You Are Beautiful, at her house and it was such a beautifully and humourously created motion picture that I couldn’t resist finding out what happens after I came back home, finishing it within the weekend.

I came to know about Lee Min Ho and his fame later on and decided to give one of his dramas a try. I regretted choosing my first choice, since I couldn’t go as far as six episodes or so, and scrolled through the rest of his drama list to find out what the fuss was about. That’s when I came across Personal Taste that had a funny blurb and I clicked on episode one immediately, which had me laughing my head off after 10 p.m., when everyone else had gone to bed.

A sixteen episode sitcom, one hour each, Personal Taste circles around two protagonists who are located at the opposite ends of the spectrum. The male lead, a take-no-nonsense, ambitious and intelligent architect of common sense and few words; and the female lead, a scatterbrained klutz of a furniture designer whose physical appearance, house, financial situation and life is a complete mess.

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Park Gae-In, the female lead, suffers the brunt of her personality in episode one and though it has the potential to infuriate other viewers for the heroine being so silly and an impossible pushover, all I felt was ‘Poor lamb. I hope something good happens to her soon.’

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Enter Jeon Jin Ho, the male lead, whose suaveness is taken to a dashing level by the actor. I state this is Lee Min Ho’s best character of all, since I don’t think anyone else could have pulled off the character or his costumes that well. Sorry, Gu Jun-Pyo fans.

Now, Jin Ho is not even the last person to pay any attention to Gae-In or her mess but circumstances force them into the same picture that culminates in Gae-In thinking the dude is – much to his horror – gay.

This leads to a stream of hilarious scenes but Jin Ho uses her misunderstanding to his advantage, since Gae-In lives in a house whose secret contains his possible breakthrough in his architect career. Remember I mentioned him being ambitious? He’s ready to turn Earth over to nab that contract for the famous to-be-constructed art gallery and elevate the financial situation of his small firm, while battling heads on with his nemesis, whose father would have robbed Jin Ho’s father of his company and home.

As Jin Ho becomes a room renter and puts up with Gae-In and forces her to maintain a clean atmosphere in the house so humans can breathe, she, still under the false impression, confides in him as she would do to a close girl friend and earns his empathy. As the two lead characters impress us with the way they develop a bond and friendship, tension slowly mounts as they become attached to each other, with Jin Ho inevitably falling for the sweet lamb.

But he walks on eggshells at the same time, weighing a pack of deception he feels incredibly guilty about on his shoulders.

When I finished watching Personal Taste, I gave a round of applause at the screen for the incredible sequence of events, character etching, flavour of the emotions, and the style they were emoted. True, the story was dragged here and there but you forget all about it with the help of the truly amazing cast. Everyone, and I mean everyone, fit into their roles like they were meant for them. Compassion, love, friendship, evilness, deceitfulness, humour, ridiculousness, bitchiness, you name it – they were all delivered perfectly. I totally love the costume selection, especially for the male and female lead, which is most important.

I decided to watch Boys Over Flowers two days ago, currently ten episodes through, on recalling how a few of my friends and cousin sisters still gush over it and used to tell me to watch it several times before, and though Jeon Jin Ho will always overshadow Gu Jun Pyo in my opinion, I really do enjoy the classy and rich motion picture as well as the endless cuteness of the female lead and the constant banter with the male lead. My bestie told me the JunPyo-JanDi sequence is a little similar to Ross and Rachel’s – Will They? Won’t They? – and I kind of see what she meant.

While Boys Over Flowers is a Cinderella flavoured story of high school teenagers that has been creatively dealt with fantasy situations, without the fairy godmother or fairy tale creatures, Personal Taste takes on adult issues with each person struggling to find some justice for their lives. Since Lee Min Ho is the common lead in both sitcoms, it’s impressive to see the stark contrast he’s delivered between the childish and rash Gu Jun Pyo (There are times I think Jun Pyo is a doofus but an adorable one at that. And I also think straight hair suits him better than curls) and level minded and mature Jeon Jin Ho. The one common trait that exists is the love and compassion they have for their ladyloves.

I’d recommend Personal Taste to anyone and if any of you have seen this sitcom before, please feel free to drop your opinions and reviews in the comment section below.

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7 Comments Add yours

  1. NJ says:

    Amazing review dear 😊 I must confess I have never seen any Korean drama, I saw two or three Korean movies in college but I lost interest as they all were too cheesy romantic for me 😁 I am not a big fan of sitcoms though as they take lot of time and sometimes are addictive 😉 but I recently started seeing few of them on Amazon prime 😁 I am more into funny sitcoms 😂 I watch young Sheldon and old episode of two and half men 😊😊 but personal taste seems interesting, where can I watch this? I will add it to my to watchlist 😉

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    1. Thank you so much for loving the review, Neerja Di ❤ I haven't seen any Korean movies but yeah, I do agree with how Korean romances can be cheesy 😀 The drama I mentioned I couldn't watch for more than six episodes had that kind of cheesiness, but Personal Taste absolutely rocked! The romance in this sitcom was taken care of pretty well and just as you prefer, it has lots of humour in it. You can definitely give it a try!! I am so excited that you're interested to watch it. I've sent you a mail, darling

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  2. Jennifer says:

    Deepika ❤❤ Great blog and I know the feeling of banging into cul-de-sacs with writing! Time is running away on me lately. How are you doing? The actors in this sitcom look really sweet… I haven’t seen this show before but maybe I should!! 😁

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    1. Jen!! ❤ Hey, how are you? I'm doing great ❤ Been so long! How're things going? How's Canada? Thanks so much for the great comment, darling ❤ Man, cul-de-sacs are annoying but if they last only for a little while, then we have nothing to worry about 😀 You're right, the actors in this show do look really sweet 😀 It's such an adorable sitcom, Jen, you'll love it. I think you can watch it on DramaFever, it will be accessible for you from there 😀 Much love! ❤ XOXO ❤

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  3. Jennifer says:

    Thank you so much Deepika I’ll be sure to check it out soon with my kids!! ❤ I’m fine thank you and I’m glad you are too that’s awesome!! 😍 Spring weather will be here soon hopefully, we still have snow everywhere! Say a big hello to everyone for me ❤❤

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    1. Haha, the snow will be so beautiful to look at, won’t it? Have a beautiful spring season, Jen ❤ Thank you so much, tell your family I said hi too 🙂 Much love! ❤ XOXO

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      1. Jennifer says:

        ❤ ❤ XOXO!!

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