This drama has been very-very high on my “watch list” for a long time. In truth I was so extremely excited when it aired. Why didn’t I watch it then you ask? Well I had just finished My Queen, which is the Taiwanese drama that it is a remake of. With that drama fresh in my mind I was hesitant to watch the Korean Version.
The main reason was simply that I loved My Queen so much that I went back and re-watched several of my favorite scenes as soon as I finished the last episode. Ethan Ruan’s love for his Noona was the best, seriously one of my absolute favorite dramas and favorite examples of a Noona Romance done right! So I didn’t want to be constantly comparing A Witch’s Romance to My Queen. So I put it on my watch list for a later date.
Secondly, I wanted the story to be a little fresher. I’ve watched several renditions of the same story throughout many cultures before. For example the Playful Kiss story. When I watched the Taiwanese version almost directly after the Korean version it felt a little stale, despite the fact I liked the Taiwanese version much better.
Then 2015 happened and I was only active in blogging and watching dramas 6 months of the whole year, and that was spread out pretty sporadically. Adding into that I only watched 6 actual dramas the whole year I never got around to A Witches Romance again. However! I am remedying that right now!
So far I’ve got 5 episodes under my belt. I’m actually glad that I waited until now to watch. The story is new(ish) and I am glad to find that I’m not constantly comparing to My Queen. Of course I am mentally marking the similarities as the story unfolds, but it is a retelling of the same story so that is hard to avoid.
What do I love? You do ask the best questions! I love Uhm Jung Hwa! Her sassy and yet vulnerable take on the main lead is fantastic! She has depth and I can see her working to uphold the cold witch facade that has kept her heart safe. On the flip side I love those moments when her walls crumble down and you can see the soft and loving woman hidden within. Then of course there’s the dongsaeng, Park Seo Joon! *Squee* Yup, he’s fantastic. Enough confidence to make him a man in her eyes, and yet a perfect mix of youth and inexperience. His love for his Noona is going to be epic I can just tell! Plus these two have some really fantastic chemistry!
I can’t wait to see this drama through to the end!