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Dear David Review – Of Love, Lust, and Teenage Angst

Dear David Review – Teenage is a strange age to live. As you go from being a child to an adult, you experience not only physical but also emotional changes in you. It is a time when you think no one understands you or is trying to stop you from doing what you want to do. It is a time when the fictional world feels better than reality. You try to make sense of most of what is happening around you, but sometimes it is not so easy.

During times like these, thankfully, there are movies and other media to help you understand better. Netflix’s movie ‘Dear David’ is a coming-of-age story about a teenage girl as she navigates her social life and crushes on her classmate. 

Spoilers Ahead!

Dear David Netflix Trailer

‘Dear David’ Trailer

Dear David Summary

Laras is a teenage straight-A-achieving girl who lives with her mother. Her mother and she barely make their ends meet but live a respectable life in their small town. Laras’ mother is a staunch Catholic and takes her daughter to every religious event there is. They even host a food stall after mass sometimes. But Laras is somewhat of a rebel and she indulges the things that are considered sins by her religion. She has a crush on her classmate David and writes risque fantasy stories featuring her and David. These stories are her outlet for her feelings for David.

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Laras does not share the stories with the world, but one day during her computer class, she logs in to her blog to write a new story. She logs out but it turns out that the process did not go through and her stories are leaked. Laras gets her friend Dilla to date David all while feigning ignorance that she does not have any feelings towards him.

After Laras’ stories are leaked, what follows afterward is a series of humiliating comments, getting outcasted by the peers, and people calling her a devil incarnate. She also loses her friendship with Dilla. The incident turns out to be a wake up call for Laras and it also serves to point out the hypocrisy of the society.

Dear David Review
A still from ‘Dear David’ on Netflix. Image Credits: Netflix

Dear David Review | Dear David Netflix Review

‘Dear David’ is one of the few movies that tackles the delicate theme of sexuality and teenage life with a nuanced approach. Laras, the young protagonist of the movie, is a girl coming from a conservative background. The society she grew up in sees sex as a taboo, and hence any chatter around the topic is shunned. Imagine the plight of a girl in this society when her risque stories are leaked.

The people from her church began shunning her and her mother. Laras’ classmates, who probably have had similar growing-up experiences, call her names and label her an outcast. But then we see that these same classmates boast about their dating life and popularity amongst the opposite sex.

Laras’ friend Dilla is also ostracised by classmates for her risque photoshoots. People around her view her as a sexual object and label her as a loose woman for having done those photoshoots. They never look past those to actually see that Dilla has been suffering because of her personal struggles.

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What the movie tells the audience through Laras primarily is that, it is okay to have desires. It is only human to be curious about one’s growing physique and desires. All these years of keeping things hush-hush has led several people on the wrong path of misinformation and confusion. Sure, Laras did invade David’s privacy by writing stories about him and objectifying him in her stories, but all that was just her way to find an outlet for her feelings.

The movie also touches upon mental health issues faced by teenagers. David has panic attacks which he does not tell anyone about. The only person he initially opens up to, is Laras. David’s panic attacks were triggered more after Laras’ stories were leaked. They affected him as much as they affected Laras. The way people saw David also changed, which was completely wrong. A fictional tale about a living person cannot be held against them, regardless of what the content is.

Dilla, Laras’ best friend, is a lesbian. She comes out to Laras during one of their car rides and also confesses her love to her. Dilla’s life at home is not comfortable because of the estranged nature of her parents’ marriage. She has had to hide behind a veil of bold looks and indifferent behaviour in public to escape her feelings.

‘Dear David’ touches upon the common strains of issues that is often found in teenagers. It is not easy growing up in a world which judges you for every step you take and every decision you make. It is even more difficult when one is surrounded by a community which is not open to change or new ideas. ‘Dear David’ makes a good comment on the hypocrisy in the society and at the same time lends an understanding hand to the teenagers.

JAL gives ‘Dear David’ a solid 3.5 out of 5. Which other movies on similar themes have you watched? Tell us in the comments!

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Crash Course in Romance Season 1 Review – Is Crash Course in Romance Worth Watching?

Crash Course in Romance Season 1 Review – Is Crash Course in Romance Worth Watching? An annoying, nosy ahjumma running a side dish store and a stuck-up, trauma-ridden star teacher who can’t seem to digest any kind of food but hers. But of course, it would all be sunshine and rainbows if not for being a romantic comedy and since it is a romantic comedy, they obviously dislike each other. Against the backdrop of extreme exam pressure, education paranoia, and the deteriorating health of students, we have for you today Crash Course in Romance review! Let’s dive right into it.

Crash Course in Romance Trailer

Crash Course in Romance Season 1 Plot

Nam Haeng-seon runs a side dish (banchan) store while raising her niece as her adoptive daughter, Nam Hae-yi, along with her neurodiverse brother, Nam Jae-woo. On the other hand, we have the celebrity math teacher,  Choi Chi-yeol, of the popular private academy The Pride with an eating disorder arising from past trauma. In a series of fortunate events, Choi Chi-yeol ends up stealing Jae-woo’s mobile and breaking it, entering into a sweet laugh-out-loud situation with the Nam family. Interestingly, along the way, he also discovers that for once he is able to eat without puking his guts out. But where is this food from? Haeng-seon’s shop of course! It’s a romantic comedy remember!?

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Crash Course in Romance Season 1 Review

If we have to describe Crash Course in Romance, it would be something like an ordinary romantic comedy with a splash of comedy and warmth and a completely unnecessary criminal subplot. This quite literally sums up the entire review.

Crash Course in Romance is nothing special in terms of a romantic comedy. It has a typical enemy-to-lovers plot where the two leads come from entirely different backgrounds and experiences, and dislike each other to the point of “breaking each other’s bones” kind of hatred only to gradually start liking each other. The lead characters Nam Haeng-seon and Choi Chi-yeol are classic tropes of a struggling single mother versus the rich, snobbish male lead who eventually falls for the kind, simple-hearted female lead who on the surface is clearly anything but special.

It also features the classic kdrama romcom plot of a past history which eventually helps the two leads come together, again a trope that has been churning romantic comedies for a very long time in the kdrama industry.

Crash Course in Romance Season 1 Review - Is Crash Course in Romance Worth Watching?

Crash Course in Romance Season 1 Review – Is Crash Course in Romance Worth Watching? Source – TVN

Crash Course in Romance also features a completely unnecessary mystery/hidden murderer plot which honestly does not affect the story much. Even if they had not incorporated this plot, the show would still work perfectly as a romantic comedy. The addition of the hidden murderer seeking revenge for what happened in the past did nothing but unnecessarily extend and drag the plot.

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However, despite these factors, the kdrama still manages to work somehow, definitely not on the backbone of the romance part though. What makes the show work despite its very straightforward, not-so-unique rom-com nature is the backdrop of the high-stakes and insanely difficult Korean educational system. The show features the crushing educational pressure on high school students and the fierce competition that they face. It also highlights the pressure of their own parents who sometimes become their living hell rather than a support system. In this aspect, the show’s message resembles that of the highly acclaimed Sky Castle.

The show also portrays students like Bang Su-ah in a good light at the end. Bang Su-ah has been an antagonist in the show, frequently causing Nam Hae-yi and her family a lot of trouble, including kicking her out of a prestigious program of The Pride academy. Throughout the series, she is but an unlikeable character however the show tries to make the viewers understand the source of her actions. Bang Su-ah faces extreme mental pressure due to a highly competitive environment which eventually leads to her massive mental breakdown. In the end, she makes peace with Nam Hae-yi suggesting that it’s not the child’s fault but the system’s fault which pushes children to extreme psycho-social lengths.

Crash Course In Romance Review – JAL Rating

In conclusion, Crash Course in Romance still is a lighthearted, warm watch if you can pull through some sub-plots and at times annoying stock character tropes. The interactions and familial relationships are lovely to watch and one cannot stop rooting for the high schoolers. JAL gives it a 3 out of 5 ratings. That is it for our Crash Course in Romance review, watch the show on Netflix!

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The Glory Part 2 Review: Is The Glory Kdrama Worth Watching?

The Glory Part 2 Review – The most awaited series of the year is back and with it, we are back with our The Glory part 2 review! Grab a seat and a cool drink because this story will be a long and heavy story. Let’s dark dive into one of the most stellar thriller kdrama of 2023 up until now.

[The Glory Part 2 Review spoilers ahead]

The Glory Part 2 Trailer

Netflix’s original The Glory part 2 was released on 10th March 2023 to a lot of buzzes and rightly so. It continues the story of part 1 with the protagonist Moon Dong-eun planning to isolate her bullies and avenge herself and others like her. With part 2, which contains the rest of the highly anticipated 8 episodes, the popular revenge thriller starring Hallyu actress Song Hye-Kyo comes to an end.

The Glory Part 1 Ending – The Glory Part 1 Recap

Moon Dong-eun progresses with her plans. Park Yeon-jin is finally forced to dance to Dong-eun’s rhythm as she frantically brakes into her house and discovers the wall with photographs of all perpetrators. She comes face to face with Do-Yeong, who has now begun suspecting Yeon-jin. Meanwhile, viewers are hinted about Myeong-o’s murder and with the implied latent meaning of Yeon-jin’s green heels, she becomes the prime suspect but is she really? We don’t really know yet. Dong-eun further threatens Hye-Jeong into filing a missing person report for Myeong-o. Jae-jun is preoccupied and obsessed with getting parenting rights for Ye-sol. And thus, part 1 ends with Dong-eun gaining the upper hand on all her perpetrators.

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The Glory Part 2 Review | The Glory Kdrama Review

“Time is finally moving again, Soo-Hee. We’re 19 now, you and me” says Dong-eun with a faint smile. The time that stopped for Dong-eun and So-hee and all such victims who are but living corpses starts ticking again. One of the highlights of the show is Dong-eun’s voiceovers and quotes like these which make the viewer feel the emotions of the characters. To feel the pain of the victims who refuses to say goodbye. The pain that is transfixed in time, buried deep within the body leaves no scars on the surface but eats the rotting soul from the inside.

The Glory Part 2 Review
Source – Netflix

Interestingly, unlike usual revenge thrillers, The Glory is very Korean in its portrayal of a revenge thriller. Part 2 also becomes less dark and more hopeful and heartwarming in its content which is a very Korean thing to include in a revenge thriller apart from the sweet-romance arcs.

Although in part 1, it functioned solely as revenge for an individual but in part 2, instead of the fast-paced plot, the focus shifts to the different characters. Don’t take us the wrong way though, the story is still fast-paced and binge-worthy to the point that some eye drops may be needed to get through it all. However, part 2 apart from showcasing Dong-eun’s plans fall into place, also becomes a kind of bildungsroman for her as she begins to learn to love and cherish people around her in opposition to her pyscho-social prison and cold demeanor of part 1.

Further, the cast has done an insanely outstanding job in part 2, especially Lim Ji-yeon who plays the character of Park Yeon-jin. If we pay attention to her facial expressions, we find that in every scene, her expressions portray Yeon-jin’s character to the fullest – from her annoyance to her insane laughter to her manipulative crocodile tears. But at the same time, she is also human especially when Yeon-jin breaks in disbelief over her mother’s betrayal. Even in the ending scene when Ji-yeon’s character chances upon her mother in prison, she calls for her only to break down in pieces as a deeply hurt, abandoned child.

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If The Glory part 1 served as Dong-Eun’s game of Go against all those who made her life a living hell, part 2 becomes her source of divine justice. All in all, The Glory part 2, just like part 1, is binge-worthy goodness although the “thrill” aspect is quite less as compared to part 1, and the show overall mellows down as a thriller.

The Glory Season 2 Review – JAL Rating

For our JAL rating, we give The Glory part 2 a good 4 out of 5. Watch the second part of the show on Netflix and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

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A Todas Partes Review (All The Places Review) – A Tale of Estranged but Strong Sibling Bond

All The Places Review – Having siblings is like having a best friend around all the time. The world is often divided over who have it the best – single child or siblings – and the jury’s still out on that. Sure, there are times when one’s bond with their sibling is estranged, but it does not mean it is completely severed. There always comes a point of reconnection which brings back old memories and allows the pair to bury their differences. Netflix’s Spanish comedy film ‘A Todas Partes’ aka ‘All The Places’ tells the tale of one such pair of siblings who reconnect after long gap of 15 years on the occasion of their father’s funeral.

A Todas Partes Trailer | All The Places Trailer

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A Todas Partes Summary | All The Places Summary

‘A Todas Partes’ begins with a sad scene of a funeral. This is where we are also introduced to our leads, Gabriela aka Gabo and Ferdinand aka Fer. It is their father’s funeral and Fer is late. When the two finish the rites and go back home, Gabo is hostile towards her brother. The reason is soon revealed that Fer never checked on her or their father. He only cared and still cares only about his business and his life in Singapore.

The two have a few drinks and Fer heads to the store room. There he finds things from their childhood and gets nostalgic. Despite losing their father a few hours ago, the siblings laugh and quarrel just like old times. It is true what they say that the house which has seen death also carries with strains of laughter to heal the pain of losing a loved one.

Fer finds an old map of a road trip which he and Gabo had planned in their teens. There were rules, and places to visit – all written down in their squiggly handwriting – reminding them of a forgotten promise. They are clearly drunk but decide to do that road trip right then on a whim. Without any set of clothes or enough cash, the siblings set out on a road trip on their old motorcycles. They meet eccentric people on their way, have interesting conversations, and also catch up on the lost 15 years. Secrets are revealed, hearts are broken but the road trip reunited the brother-sister duo again.

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A Todas Partes Review | All The Places Review

‘A Todas Partes’ aka ‘All The Places’ is a good option if you are looking to watch a road trip movie. It has all the classic elements – comedy, run-ins with the locals and the police, whimsical bets, and of course moments of truth. Gabo and Fer grew up together thick as thieves with each other, but as they got older their interests changed which led them to take different paths.

These paths separated the two and drew a wedge between them. But a beauty of any relationship is that it is built on love for one another. As long as that love exists, no relationship can be broken. Sure, there are challenges that one has to face, but these challenges are what makes the relationship stronger. ‘A Todas Partes’ might be just a comedy road trip movie about an estranged pair of siblings, but it also gives a message to the audience. There is nothing which cannot be solved over a healthy communication. When there is love and trust amongst people, it gives them strength to face their strongest of fears and overcome any challenge life throws their way.

All the places review
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The pacing of ‘A Todas Partes’ is just right if you’re looking to spend a some time indulged in a good story. The music featured is mostly retro songs matching the theme of nostalgia. The movie captures the beauty of the Mexican landscape, and makes a statement that Mexico is more than the marketed stereotypes. There is lush greenery and vast stretches of the ocean which appeal the viewers to view Mexico to view it in all its natural glory.

‘A Todas Partes’ stars Mauricio Ochmann and Ana Serradilla in lead roles. Mauricio Ochmann is known for his roles in ‘El Chema’, ‘Amarte Asi’ among others. Ana Serradilla is popular for her roles in telenovelas like ‘La Viuda Negra’, ‘Dona Flor y sus dos maridos’ to name a few.

A Todas Partes | All The Places – JAL Rating

JAL gives ‘A Todas Partes’ aka All the Places movie a solid 4 out of 5 for its quirky and heartfelt storytelling. Like I’ve mentioned earlier, this beautifully portrays tale of one such pair of siblings who reconnect after long gap of 15 years on the occasion of their father’s funeral. Definitely recommend this!

Which other road trip movies have you watched? Tell us in the comments! Don’t forget to check out other articles as well. I will see you in another article. Until then, stay tuned and safe!

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Mr Queen Review – What’s Wrong with the Queen?

Mr. Queen Review – Imagine you are going about your day, as you always do. Washing dishes? Check. Cleaning up after your dog’s stray hair? Check. When suddenly, your to do list drops from your hand and hits the floor. “Well, shit” you sigh, tired from all the chores you’ve been up to and bend to pick it up only the to do list isn’t there anymore. “What just happened? I swear it was right there” you convince yourself.

At this moment, you look around and well, the new, polished grey of the walls you painted last week isn’t there anymore nor is any of your furniture from IKEA. You are in an open space, a market of sorts with people riding on horseback and carts. The cemented tall skyscrapers are nowhere to be found. Where are you exactly and how did you get there?

Something similar happened to our Mr Queen protagonist, Jang Bong-hwan. In today’s edition of our kdrama reviews, we have for you one of the insanely popular, Mr Queen! Let’s get right into our Mr Queen review.

Mr Queen Review – Trailer

Mr Queen Review – What’s wrong with the Queen?

Mr Queen is a romantic comedy historical kdrama starring the famous Shin Hye-sun and Kim Jung-hyun. The story is based off of a Chinese web series called Go Princess Go. Just when the world needed a break from the raging pandemic, this TVN masterpiece premiered on 12th December, 2020. It went on to become one of the highly rated kdramas in cable television history of South Korea with the last episode reaching a nationwide rating of 17.371% and 18.554%  in the national capital of Seoul. Not only this, Mr Queen has been rated 9 out of 10 on MyDramaList.com by viewers from around the globe.

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Mr Queen Review – Plot

Mr Queen revolves around Jang Bong-hwan, a star chef in the Blue house, who on a fateful day wakes up in the body of a Joseon Queen-to-be,  Kim So-yong. As he struggles to figure out a way to return to the modern era, and to his own body, he gets involved in the power struggle between two rival families, a political war of scandals, controversies, rumours and death to win the throne of Joseon.

Mr Queen Review

Shin Hye-sun, without a doubt, is the highlight of the show. Mr Queen is one of her best performances in her kdrama acting career. Riding on the trope of a gender-bender, the portrayal of the character of Bong-hwan becomes extremely crucial. She portrays the role of a stereotypical, modern cis-man so well, that sometimes you wonder if the gender reversal is actually true! From her mischievous Bong-hwan expressions to her stereotypical man demeanor and gestures, everything about her portrayal of Bong-hwan is flawless. Mr Queen might have not been so popular if not for her impeccable acting skills which truly brought the character to life.

Moreover, the insane comedy that the kdrama portrays is just a cherry on the top. From slapstick to situational comedy, Mr Queen has it all. For instance, it is hilarious to watch a modern man, in the body of a woman, proclaiming to be the first woman in Joseon to go bra-less as Bong Hwan is seen struggling with the extensive wedding attire.

Mr Queen Review
Source – TVN

The characters perform their functions as part of a historical kdrama. For instance, the historical kdrama tropes of political tension and struggle, political violence and so on are preserved in Mr Queen and the characters perform their stock characters as a puppet king, a corrupt government and so on. However, the fun factor of the show comes into play when the characters while performing their stock roles, also participate in laugh out loud comedy, slapstick, and dramatic irony.

[Mr Queen review: spoiler alert – description of a comic scene]

For instance, in one of the scenes, King Cheoljeong played by Kim Jung Hyun can be seen intently reading a book. For the record, in many of the historical kdramas, the importance on the necessity of acquiring scholarly knowledge by a king is highlighted in order to rule the nation effectively. Similarly, the viewers realise that our dear king is quite intently engrossed in this one particular book, possibly of scholarly importance. The camera zooms in on the book, only to reveal that our king is reading historical equivalent of porn and not any book of national importance.  

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The show also features many modern sentiments and functions as a satire. For instance, in one of the scenes, one can infer the latent capitalism at work when Bong-hwan comments that the palace workers are easy to please as he offers them beverages while they tiringly work to fill up the lake. There is an instant change in the workers’ attitudes upon this delicious paycheck and that’s how Bong-hwan keeps them working while also threatening to chop their heads off periodically.

Moreover, the scenes where Bong-hwan as the queen takes control of the royal kitchen as a chef to make modern delicacies like ramen from scratch are fun and entertaining to watch, as if one is watching a historical cooking show or a mukbang!

Mr Queen Season 1 Review – JAL Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

As for our JAL rating for it scores a complete 5 out of 5 for being a hilarious binge worthy kdrama to fill your weekend with the fun it deserves! So, what are you waiting for? Catch Mr queen on Netflix.

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Little Women Kdrama Review: Season 1 – What’s with the Ghost Flower?

Little Women Kdrama Review: Season 1 – A suicide. An accident. A death. Many crime scenes joined by a single thread. A rare blue flower. A ghost flower. One question that floats like a suffocated mystery, who killed them all? In this edition of our little women Kdrama review, we have for you the Little Women review! We will discuss what’s up with the hype surrounding this thriller and just what is this ghost flower and where did it come from.   

Little Women Kdrama Season 1 Trailer

Little Women Review – What’s with the Ghost Flower?

Little Women is a 2022 mystery thriller Kdrama which premiered on 3rd September on TVN. It is loosely based on American author Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel Little Women. It stars a high profile and ensemble cast including Kim Go-eun of Guardian: The Lonely and Great God fame, Nam Ji-hyun from Suspicious Partner and Park Ji-hu of All of Us are Dead and Wi Ha-joon of Squid Game. It is directed by Kim Hee-won known for the hit kdrama Vincenzo.  

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Little Women Kdrama Cast & Season 1 Plot

Little Women follows the lives of three sisters, In-ju, In-kyung and In-hye who are raised in poverty by their absent parents. In-ju is an outcast employee in a company, In-kyung is a reporter who cannot report a news without her eyes brimming with tears and In-hye is a budding art prodigy. When their mother steals the cash that the two elder sisters saved for their youngest’s trip and flies off to a different country, they are but left to their own means.

The dread of poverty couldn’t sink deeper before In-ju’s close friend suddenly commits suicide and apparently leaves a bag full of cash for her. Her boss dies in a car accident shortly after. Thus, begins the three sisters and their fateful relationship with the ghost flower, which makes its appearance at every crime scene.

Little Women Kdrama Review – Season 1

Little Women kdrama is an interesting adaptation of Alcott’s novel of the same name. If one is not aware about the novel, it is quite difficult to find resemblance in both the works which is what makes the kdrama interesting. From the backdrop of an American civil war, we are transposed into modern contemporary South Korea with one thing common in the girls’ lives – poverty. In-ju, In-kyung and In-hye are transposed figures of Alcott’s characters of Meg, Jo and Amy respectively.

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The highlight of the show is definitely the mystery and the thrill. Although, initially it seems quite slow, but by episode 3, the kdrama picks up and thrusts the viewer in a game of a typical “who dunnit” mystery but with insane surprise twists. Even if someone were to guess, the events that unfold are so crazy that one cannot help but root for the protagonists who fight for their lives against this one ghost flower.

Now, you must be wondering what this curious little ghost flower that we keep talking about is. The ghost flower in the series is portrayed as a rare orchid species from Vietnam and it has a plot relevance in the show. It is also known to be so deadly, that even the scent of the flower can produce strong hallucinations. Apart from this, the ghost flower, that is the blue orchid, appears multiple times in the series and on many occasions symbolize danger and death. The flower is smuggled into South Korea and is illegally placed in the house of the antagonists in the show.

Little Women Kdrama Review: Season 1
Source – TVN

[Little Women review: spoiler alert]

What’s even interesting is that the flower is not only deadly but extremely beautiful; a rare, unique beauty which needs intense care and a suitable environment to flourish otherwise it dies. This flower works as a metaphor for the women in the show, the ones expected to be beautiful flowers but beware, they might be dangerous. And since it causes powerful hallucinations, it also works as a metaphor for insanity, excess and greed – something that makes you lose your mind and packs you up for an early grave.

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Little Women Kdrama Review – JAL Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

As for our JAL rating, Little Women Kdrama season 1 scores 4.5 out of 5 for its thrilling and mystery filled plot, characterization and for the crazy twists and turns. This is a perfect binge-watch for a long weekend. So, what are you waiting for? Catch Little Women on Netflix and let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Arthdal Chronicles Season 1 Review – A Tale of Love and War

Arthdal Chronicles Season 1 Review – It is a story. A tale about when “Homo sapiens didn’t have dreams, and had not yet reached the top of the great pyramid of nature”. The camera thrusts into a war zone amongst the trees. Something invisible seems to be chasing the humans. Hunting them. One by one. A torn out piece of limb. A head. Bodies lying on the ground and dangling from the trees, dead or painfully dying. Who is hunting them? Let’s get right into the review!

Arthdal Chronicles Season 1 Trailer

Arthdal Chronicles Season 1 Review

Arthdal Chronicles is a historical fantasy kdrama which narrates the tale of the mythical land of Arth and is more like a study of human nature. The show aired on 1st June, 2019 with humble ratings on TVN and was engulfed by controversies. Many compared the series with American fantasy show Game of Thrones. However, many critics also acknowledged the individual appeal of the show. Writer of Arthdal Chronicles Writer Park Sang-yeon commented that, ” I tried to create a great series by building a fictitious world of our own with our imagination and I hope you see our series as it is.”

Although, the ratings of the kdrama was on the low end side in South Korea, for global audiences it fared relatively well to have been renewed for a season 2 which is scheduled to air some time in the first half of 2023. There have been some major changes in season 2, with the transition of lead actors from Song Joong-Ki to Lee Joon-gi and Kim Ji-won to Shin Se-kyung.

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Arthdal Chronicles Season 1 Plot

Arthdal chronicles follows quite a few storylines as it progresses but the emphasis is on two parallel storylines, one of the Wahan tribe featuring the main leads Eun-seom and Tan-ya, and the second featuring Ta-gon and Tae Al-ha. Eun-seom and Tan-ya are peacefully living in a tribe secluded from the centre of the land of Arth where Ta-gon and Tae Al-ha scheme to become the first rulers of Arthdal by hook or by crook.

Arthdal Chronicles Season 1 Review

Arthdal Chronicles Season 1 Review
Source – TVN

Arthdal Chronicles is based during the bronze age, when humanity was settled as tribes without the idea of a nation or a single ruler. It feels like a study of humankind, a study of the human species and documents the transition from clan/tribal societies to the making of a centralized nation-state, one that we now call “countries”.

The differences are quite clearly portrayed in the show. The Wahan tribe, the tribe where Eun-Seom and Tan-ya are from, is shown as a tribe enmeshed with nature and the natural. They live amongst the forests, use the resources of the forest and worship them. The members of the tribe have a strong sense of familial ties and the idea of the family reigns supreme. The tribe is a collective force and highlight the importance of a community, traditions and community values.

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In stark contrast is the central land of Arth, ruled by the Arthdal union including the heads of the various tribes residing in Arth. Ta-gon is son of the leader of the union who begins the process of centralization as he aspires to be the first king of Arth. The centre is plagued by scheming rulers where each wants to gain power. There is a clear degradation and break from the values portrayed by the Wahan tribe in the centre of Arth where people live in misery and fear while the rulers aim to preserve their own political interests.

Moreover, Arthdal chronicle’s cinematography is quite visually appealing and the characterization and narrative are extremely interesting especially with the neanthal storyline. Neanthal and humans are portrayed as two different and rival races with neanthals physically superior than humans (saram) . There are also existence of hybrids known as Igutus, who are offsprings of both the races and highly scorned upon in Arth for being mixed, neither fully neanthals nor humans. Similarly the show features many different tribes with their own cultures and storylines which are not only entertaining but interesting to watch. With the impending autocracy of Ta-gon, the neanthals and other various tribes of Arth, excluded from the minority living in the centre, must forge forces and fight.

Arthdal Chronicles Season 1 – JAL Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

We give Arthdal Chronicles for its storyline and narrative, scope, visuals and characterisation a 4.5 out of 5. It is a slow paced kdrama which builds as it progresses so it might not appeal to those wanting to watch a historical fantasy kdrama with a fast tempo and quick unravelling of events. That is it for our Arthdal Chronicles review, catch the show on Netflix! Let us know your thoughts in the comments and stay tuned for Arthdal Chronicles Season 2!

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo Season 1 Review – A Must Watch Heartwarming Kdrama For All Ages

Extraordinary Attorney Woo Season 1 Review – It was yet another day at Hanbada, one of the top law firms in South Korea when someone enters senior attorney Jung Myung-seok’s office. She introduces herself as Woo Young-woo and goes on quite oddly for the viewers, “Kayak, deed, rotator, noon, race car, Woo Young-woo”. And so, we introduce you to the lovely Woo Young-woo and her adventures being the first autistic attorney in South Korea at a top Korean law firm.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo Season 1 Trailer

Extraordinary Attorney Woo Review Season 1

Extraordinary Attorney Woo has been all the rage since it first aired on 29th June, 2022 on ENA. It went on to become a global favorite while achieving extremely high ratings in South Korea and becoming the eight highest rated drama in Korean cable history! It has been loved so much by the viewers that the production team is positive about a season 2 of the show sometime in 2024.

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo Season 1 Plot

Extraordinary Attorney Woo follows the life and adventures of an autistic attorney, Woo Young-woo. After graduating from the top law school in her country with honors, Young-woo found it difficult to get a job due to being autistic until she joined Hanbada. At Hanbada, her co-workers initially find her behavior odd and difficult, question her abilities due to her special condition until she proves her excellence time and again in her cases.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo Season 1 Review

Watching Extraordinary Attorney Woo is like basking on a sunny day, a cool breeze dancing with your hair, a lemonade in hand surrounded by the laughter of the people you love. It has that feeling of being home, of warmth and cheerful delight. There is a reason why this kdrama has become so popular and is loved by people of all ages.

The highlight of the show in terms of performance is hands down, our lead woman playing Woo Young-woo, Park Eun-bin. Extraordinary Attorney Woo is definitely her best performance. Her gestures and mannerisms as Young-Woo makes the character come to life and makes her vibrant enough to be adored by fans across the world.

Young-woo’s character also goes through many new experiences for instance learning to and conquering the revolving doors in her office building, a seemingly simple task but a great challenge for her. The show through Young-woo’s character also sensitizes the viewers about the challenges and needs of autism and that not every autistic person is the same. It helps the viewers understand autism as a spectrum which cannot be judged or tackle with by a common yardstick.

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The relationships between the characters, be it romantic relationships or friendships are also a source of healing and warmth. For instance, Young-woo’s friendship with her childhood friend Dong Geu-ra-mi and their iconic greeting has fans bombarding their own versions on social media sites. Young-woo’s college friend Choi Su-yeon, supports and looks after her when nobody does. Her romantic interest in the show, Lee Jun-ho played by Kan Tae-oh, has fans swooning. We mean, what kind of a guy dresses up as a whale to protest for whale welfare just because the person he likes cares too much about whales!

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Extraordinary Attorney Woo is a lovely, heartwarming kdrama which does not just play out the story of an autistic character but also, along the way touches upon difficult ethical questions. It’s definitely not your regular legal kdrama. For instance, in one of the cases, the show questions the institutional pressure on school children. The Korean education system is known to be merciless and rigorous. School children are often studying till late at night or attending after-school classes. More often than not, there is no social life for children to just enjoy their childhood. This idea is questioned by the idiosyncratic character of Bang Gu-ppong who announces that:

"Children have to play right now. Later is too late. It's too late after getting into university, after getting a job and after getting married. Playing with marbles, taga, Red Rover, double dutch. Later is too late. In a life full of anxiety, it'll be too late too find the only way to happiness."

Extraordinary Attorney Woo Season 1 Review – JAL Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

All in all, JAL gives Extraordinary Attorney Woo a smashing 5 out of 5. It is definitely worth a watch and re-watch since it fills you up with all the yummy good energy that you’d need to tackle a difficult day. Don’t think and watch the first episode of Extraordinary Attorney Woo on Netflix! Until next time, happy binging!

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Alchemy of Souls Season 2 Review – Is It Worth A Watch?

Alchemy of Souls Season 2 Review – A tale about a land inhabited by mages who protect the citizens from hideous looking dangerous soul sucking monsters anyone? Today we have for you the Alchemy of Souls Season 2 Review. Is Alchemy of Souls light and shadow watch watching? Let’s get right into it and find out.

Alchemy of Souls Season 2 Trailer

Alchemy of Souls Review: Season 2

Alchemy of Souls is an action-fantasy, romance, period kdrama. Alchemy of Souls season 1 first premiered on 18th June 2022 with 20 episodes, followed by the season 2 on 10th December 2022 having 10 episodes. Season 2, Alchemy of Souls: Light and Shadow continues the story of Season 1. It is written by the Hong sisters of Hotel Del Luna fame.

Alchemy of Souls Review: Plot

Alchemy of Souls narrates the story of mages in a fictional country of Daeho. Legend has it that one of the great mages saved the country from destruction which also led to the birth of one of the most powerful objects in Daeho called the ice stone. The ice stone contains in itself enormous and unlimited power. It is also the only way that the forbidden magic of Alchemy of Souls can be fulfilled without petrifying the soul shifter.

Nak-su, a powerful assassin, while escaping the mages shifts her soul into a weak body of an orphan Mu-deok. While she tries to stay hidden and she must find a way to survive only Jang-uk, one of the descendants of the mages figures out who she really is.

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Alchemy of Souls Season 1 Ending Recap

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In the last episode of season 1, Jin-Mu tests shaman Choi’s potion on Mu-deok. The potion has the power to hypnotize soul shifter upon the ringing of bells. Jin-mu proceeds to hyponotise Mu-deok, who under the influence of the potion, goes on a rampage killing whoever stands in her way. In such a state, Jin-mu orders Mu-deok to kill Cho Yeon’s father. Park Jin and Songrim chase a hypnotised Mu-deok into the forest where Mu-deok ends up killing Jang-uk and drowns in Gyeongchangdaeho lake as she petrifies. Two unknown figures drag the petrified Mu-deok out of the lake while Jang-uk reborns with the help of the ice stone inside him.

Alchemy of Souls Season 2 follows Jang-uk’s responsibility as the wielder of the ice stone, slaying soul shifters and protecting the people while mourning Mu-deok’s death. Jinyowon and Jin Ho-gyeong’s lost daughter, Jin Bu-yeon returns.

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Alchemy of Souls Season 2 Review

Alchemy of Souls Season 2 can be described in one word: underwhelming. Considering the expectations of season 1, season 2 performed quite disappointingly regarding the character arcs and storyline. Considering how anticipated this season was, it did not perform up to expectation. The pacing and tempo of the season 2 is definitely narratively better since season 1 began with a bang, ended with a bang, but it was quite bland most of the times.

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However, season 2 lacked in the providing the action and thrill of season 1 until the very end. Firstly because season 2’s emphasis on romance and reconciliation of the two leads, in a way, overpowered the fantasy and action of the show until the climax. Further, Nak-su’s powerful female character in season 2 was also subdued. In season 1 Nak-su, even as Mu-deok, still echoed her strength, power and knowledge which seemed lost in her season 2 version.

Many of the off-shoot character plots of season 1 seemed hurriedly put together by the end of season 2, not to forget that many of the important characters of season 1 such as, Park Jin, did not have much of a role in the second season and only appeared to facilitate the main story arc.

Despite this, the cinematography and special effects remained at par with season one. Alchemy of Souls is an extremely visually appealing kdrama, with great CGI and special effects. The acting skills of the cast is great especially Lee Jae-wook who plays the character of Jang-uk. Jang-uk’s personality change in season 2, post the events of season 1, is quite well-portrayed by Lee Jae-wook, who changes into a completely different version of the bubbly, cheerful, child-like Jang-uk that viewers are familiar with in season 1.

Alchemy of Souls Light and Shadow – JAL Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

All in all, JAL gives Alchemy of Souls season 2 a 3.5 out of 5. Even though the tempo of the show and the unravelling of events is better than season 1, the romance overpowers the show many times. It also feels awkward how fast a mourning and trauma ridden Jang-uk accepts Jin Bu-yeon. Similarly, how the show handles the downfall of the antagonist Jin-mu seems quite anticlimactic.

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Everything We Know So Far About Bridgerton Season 3 Release Date, Cast, and Plot


Bridgerton Season 3 Release Date – Are you a fan of the famous Netflix show ‘Bridgerton’? If so, get ready to be excited! It appears that we won’t have to wait much longer for the highly anticipated Bridgerton Season 3. And, if you’re someone who loves a bit of juicy gossip, then you’re in luck, because this update is for you!

In this article, we will be keeping you up-to-date on all the latest news and developments related to ‘Bridgerton’ Season 3. From casting announcements and plot details to release dates, teasers, trailers, and even Instagram posts from the show’s beloved actors – we’ve got you covered. So, be sure to save this article and check back often for the latest updates on your favourite show. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Bridgerton family, and we’re sure you can’t either!

Is Bridgerton season three confirmed?

Yes!! It is!! On April 13, 2021, Netflix not confirmed the third season for the award-winning show, but a fourth one too. It is indeed announced in typical Bridgerton style – via a letter from the Lady Whistledown herself. The letter read:

Esteemed members of the Ton, 

It seems we have a rather special announcement. Bridgerton shall return for seasons three and four. This author shall have to purchase more ink! 

Yours Truly, 
Lady Whistledown
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Haha! Excited, Isn’t it? This was reconfirmed again by Shonda Rhimes in an interview with Entertainment Tonight, who revealed that the Bridgerton season three is being written, but didn’t reveal much about the plot, cast, etc. Simon Ashley (Miss Sharma, aka Lady Bridgerton now), has confirmed with Deadline that “We’re going to be back! Kate and Anthony are just getting started”.

Who will be playing the main roles in ‘Bridgerton’ Season 3?

Well!! Who else will, other than Nicola Coughlan (Penelope Featherington, aka Lady Whistledown) and Luke Newton (Colin Bridgerton). Bridgerton is based on Julia Quinn’s series of eight books, following each of the eight siblings as they find love. The new showrunner Jess Brownell confirmed in an interview with Variety that season 3 is skipping ahead to book 4 and will be focusing on Colin and Pen’s love story. Hence, I am sure they will be the focus of season three. I am not sure about you! But I can’t wait for another season to see some improvements between these two.

Must need to mention this here that their storyline ended in a pretty difficult position in the Bridgerton season 2 after Penelope overheard Colin mocking the idea of a romance with her to his friends. Hence, I am really excited and eager to see how the story is going to start and will travel throughout the season 3.

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Who all will be leaving the Bridgerton Season 3?

We will be missing Ruby Stokes, who starred as Francesca Bridgerton for the last two seasons of Bridgerton, who is leaving for a role in another Netflix series – Lockwood & Co. It’s been confirmed that Hannah Dodd (Enola Holmes) will be taking over Ruby Stokes’ role as Francesca Bridgerton

It also seems that Charithra Chandran, who plays Kate’s sister Edwina Sharma, won’t be back for season 3. In a interview with Digital Spy, Charithra said “For Edwina, I’d say she’s not a Bridgerton,” And at the end of the day, the show is about the Bridgerton family. Edwina exists in the Bridger-verse, as we like to say, but I’ve been so happy to be, to have such a great part this season. And I’m just grateful for that.”

We will be also missing Regé-Jean Page (Duke of Hastings). It was announced on April 2, 2021, by Netflix again via a letter from the Lady Whistledown, that Page’s character wouldn’t feature in season two of the hit show, stating: ‘We will miss Simon’s presence onscreen, but he will always be a part of the Bridgerton family.’

The latest news is that there is going to be another cast member who won’t be returning for Bridgerton Series 3 is Phoebe Dynevor, who played Daphne Bridgerton (Duchess of Hastings). She told Variety in January 2023: “Well I did my two seasons. I’ve done what I wanted to do with that character and she had a great arc. If they ask me back in the future, who knows?”

Who are all confirmed in Bridgerton Series 3 Cast?

Here is the list of people who are confirmed and will be part of the Bridgerton season 3 so far.

  • Nicola Coughlan – Penelope Featherington
  • Luke Newton – Colin Bridgerton 
  • Claudia Jessie – Eloise Bridgerton
  • Jonathan Bailey – Anthony, Viscount Bridgerton
  • Simone Ashley – Viscountess Bridgerton
  • Adjoa Andoh – Lady Danbury
  • Golda Rosheuvel – Queen Charlotte
  • Ruth Gemmell – Lady Violet Bridgerton
  • Hannah Dodd – Francesca Bridgerton 
  • Luke Thompson – Benedict Bridgerton
  • Will Tilston – Gregory Bridgerton
  • Florence Hunt – Hyacinth Bridgerton
  • Polly Walker – Lady Portia Featherington
  • Kathryn Drysdale – Madame Genevieve Delacroix
  • Julie Andrews – the voice of Lady Whistledown
  • Daniel Francis – Marcus Anderson 
  • Sam Philips – Lord Debling
  • James Phoon – Harry Dankworth 

Will New Characters Be Introduced in ‘Bridgerton’ Season 3?

It seems, the new Bridgerton season 3 will include Marcus Anderson (Daniel Francis – Stay Close), Lord Debling (Sam Philips – The Crown), and Harry Dankworth (James Phoon).

Is There Any News On the Plot of ‘Bridgerton’ Season 3?

Although the exact plot of the upcoming season is still unknown, just like I’ve mentioned earlier, I am sure the show will run around Pen and Colin. The showrunners have also hinted at what we might expect to see.

Jonathan Bailey has suggested that Season 3 will be “delving deeper into existing relationships” while Phoebe Dynevor has hinted that we may see some of the returning characters embark on new adventures. All I can say that it is going to be an interesting one again!

Does Bridgerton season three have a release date?

Unfortunately, there’s no official release date for Bridgerton series three just yet. It seems that the Bridgerton Season 3 will arrive late 2023 or early 2024.

However we are getting a Bridgerton Prequel – Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story which is to be released on May 4, 2023. This period drama is set decades before the events of Bridgerton and centers around Queen Charlotte’s rise to power as well as her early love story with King George III.

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Is there a Bridgerton season 3 trailer yet?

Sadly! Nothing yet! Still, there’s the whole of seasons one and two to re-watch again and again on Netflix for the time being just like me. Haha!! I will be adding more Q&As, updates and official announcements in the coming weeks. So, stay tuned and subscribe to our platform to get all the latest updates from us.


Do you have any questions? Do you have any other updates? if yes, do drop those in the comments section. I will see you in another article. Until then, take care.

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Taxi Driver Review: Season 1 – A Team of Robin Hoods or Mere Criminals?

Taxi Driver Review: Season 1 – A sleek black premium taxi stops outside a karaoke bar. A woman steps out with an open envelop and enters a room. She presses the numbers written on the envelop. The screen lights up. “Deluxe Taxi by Rainbow Taxi” shows up on screen. An automated voice thanks the woman for opting for their services and proceeds to list the safety precautions. Then, it asks, “If you wish to get your revenge on the people that harassed you, push the blue button on the left. If you don’t want to punish them, push the red button on the right. Please make your choice.”

What would you do if you had a chance to punish the people who wronged you and got away with it? In this Taxi Driver review of season 1, let’s get into why this Kdrama is so popular that unlike the usual tradition of single seasons in Kdrama, Taxi Driver has bagged another season!  

TW: Sexual assault, graphic scenes of murder

Taxi Driver Trailer

Taxi Driver is an action-crime Kdrama which premiered on 9th April, 2021 and would go on to become one of the most popular and highly acclaimed kdramas of 2021. Taxi driver’s season 1 finale has achieved the titled of the fourth highest rating in the SBS (channel) history in the Friday-Saturday drama category. The Korean media outlet Dispatch has mentioned that the series has been inspired by various real-life incidents and has incorporated those incidents in the story. Season 2 of Taxi Driver is currently ongoing, it premiered on 17th February, 2023 with new episodes coming out every week on Friday and Saturday KST.

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Taxi Driver Review Season 1 Plot

Taxi Driver revolves Kim Do-gi, the actual taxi driver in question, a former military official who joins a taxi company after the murder of his mother. Now, the interesting bit is that the CEO of the taxi company Jang Sung-chul, is a victim of such crimes as well. He decides to put together a group of such victims in order to provide revenge services to similar people who have been wronged by the loop hopes and incompetence of the judicial system. Together, the group functions as an extra-judicial authority who carry out revenge for their customers, kidnap the culprits and lock them up in an effort to properly “reform” them.


Taxi Driver Review Season 1 – Is Taxi Driver Kdrama Worth Watching?

The production team of our Korean Taxi Driver took, quite literally, what Martin Scorsese’s Travis Bickle mentions in the 1976 iconic film by the same name:

This city here is like an open sewer, you know, it’s full of filth and scum. Sometimes I can hardly take it. Whatever ever becomes the President should just – really clean it up, know what I mean? Sometimes I go out and I smell it. I get headaches, it’s so bad, you know. It’s like – they just never go away, you know. It’s like I think that the President should clean up this whole mess here. He should flush it down the fuckin’ toilet.

So, it doesn’t come off as a surprise as our team of Korean Robin Hoods decide to do exactly what Bickle suggests. They start cleaning up the filth.

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This Kdrama features not only thrilling storyline but also fantastic action sequences. The entire cast has also been praised for their spectacular acting. One of the highlights of the show, that keeps the viewers hooked is the teamwork of the Rainbow Taxi team and the ingenious ways that they come up to reveal and catch the criminals. They disguise themselves, hack into company systems, cameras and escape the police and the government unnoticed. They highlight the loopholes in the system and how criminals run free despite being convicted or live a life without remorse in the prisons while the family of the victims suffer every single day.

This group of Robin Hoods or well, as according to the police and the law, criminals find out ways to catch the culprits who are manage to escape. So, would you call them a team of Robin Hoods or are they just another group of vigilantes?

Something to consider as viewers is that although Taxi Driver is a brilliant thriller to keep you on your toes, it is also one of the dark and extremely violent one. The plot is loosely based on actual crimes and some of these crimes can be triggering for certain viewers. There are also quite a few gory scenes of death and murder. So, this is definitely not a light watch.

Taxi Driver Kdrama: Season 1 – JAL Rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

JAL gives the Kdrama Taxi Driver a rating of 4.5 out of 5. All in all, Taxi Driver is a must watch for fans of thriller and those who can stomach it. Catch Taxi Driver season 1 on Netflix!

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The Midnight Library Summary and Review


The Midnight Library Summary and Review – “Between life and death there is a library, and the shelves go on forever within that library. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices… Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?”

TW: suicide, depression

Have you ever regretted living the life you are living right now? Maybe that one time you could have done things differently. Maybe if you’d just had those painting lessons in school or been in that popular acapella group or said yes to many things that you ran away from because you weren’t ready or felt scared? We’ve all wondered about the possibilities in which we wouldn’t have been the version of ourselves right now and maybe we would have liked ourselves better.

In a world where people, things and ideas are so interconnected, almost like a spider web, there is a pandemic of personal regrets. Social media certainly doesn’t help when you see all those perfect people with their supposedly perfect little lives. And you cannot help but wonder, “what if I could be someone else and maybe I’d be happier”. I don’t know about you, reader, but I certainly have done this regret rapid fire with myself which still continues to this day. In this The Midnight Library review, we will dive into why you should read this book if you feel like a beaten-up ball of personal regrets like I do and how it might help you tread on a path to find yourself.

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The Midnight Library Summary

Matt Haig’s The Midnight Library took the Goodreads world by storm when it won the 2020 Goodread’s choice award for Best Fiction category. The timing couldn’t be better with the pandemic raging on full-swing, giving us overthinkers, time to to overthink. Time to think about every minuscule aspect of our lives gone wrong. Dissecting our life choices and making us feel even more miserable than ever.

The Midnight Library is such a book which follows the journey of Nora Seed, a woman who has but regrets in her life. Faced with the sudden passing of her cat, she decides to give up her miserable life. Only, she ends up in a library, the place between life and death. The midnight library, they call it. This library has endless shelves of books, each book a different life. A different choice. A possibility. And thus, Nora decides to live all the lives that she thought would make her happier. But would it?

The Midnight Library Review

The Midnight Library questions this idea of a perfect life, the idea of “what ifs.” It questions the idea of “right choices.” Can choices even be weighed on a standard scale of rights and wrongs when even reality is subjective? The entire premise of the library containing infinite number of possibilities of one’s life is especially interesting and refreshing to read. And none of those possibilities are the “right” choice. As protagonists of our lives, its up to us to make sense of all these endless possibilities. And well, at the end of it all, you might wonder whether all the “what ifs” are truly worth to torture yourself over for.

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It is quite a comforting read especially if you are feeling stuck in the rabbit hole of “what if I did that instead of this” and just want a light pick-me-up read. It has a tonne of fantastic inspirational and motivational quotes and analogies.  On the other hand, it could be viewed as overly-optimistic by some readers and even “didactic” at certain points. It does function as a quasi-self-help kind of a book as it progresses and might not be a cup of tea for everyone.

The Midnight Library Summary and Review - Just A Library
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The Midnight Library – JAL Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

As for our JAL rating, it scores a good 4/5 for the above stated reasons. Keeping everything in mind, it still serves as a beautiful read especially if you are looking for a reminder to live in the present and not in your past. Remember, “You are not meant to live like others, you are meant to live as yourself”. Let us know your favourite quotes and opinions on the book in the comments. Until next time, happy reading!


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The Glory Review: Season 1 – What’s The Hype About?

The Glory Review: Season 1 – “Please stop it!” a pleading scream in an empty school gymnasium echo, followed by a muffled laughter. A peep inside, behind the closed doors, reveal a girl pressing a hot iron onto the arm of another. Her arms are red blotches, physically and psychologically butchered and bleeding while a couple of others stand and laugh, amused. Sounds familiar? There are horrifying stories about bullying across the globe and The Glory brings this issue to the forefront. In The Glory season 1 review, we talk about why this show is selling like hot cakes while keeping it spoiler-free. So, sit back and let’s get right into it.

TW: Sexual violence, abuse, bullying, suicide.

The Glory Trailer

The Glory is a revenge thriller based on the issue of school bullying, successfully portraying the heart wrenching consequences of such experiences on the victims. For many years now, the kdrama industry has been producing shows which address social issues that plague not only the Korean society but are issues of universal social interest. Many of such kdramas, such as Sky Castle, have become instant hits with the viewers and The Glory is no less.

Its season one has bagged the rating of 8.9 out of 10 on the reviewing platform Mydramalist.com. The Glory consist of two seasons, each consisting 8 episodes. Season one first premiered on Netflix on 30th December 2022 while season two is scheduled to air on Netflix on 10th March, 2023.

Interestingly, although The Glory itself is a work of fiction, it is inspired by a few real-life incidents of bullying. It is written by veteran screenwriter Kim Eun-sook, known for global hits like Guardian: Lonely and Great God and Descendants of the Sun. She revealed in one of her interviews that certain scenes have been inspired by real-life bullying incidents in South Korea.

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The Glory Review: Season 1

The Glory revolves around Moon Dong-eun. Dong-eun is an underprivileged child with absent parents, living on her own in a dingy inn. She gets entangled with one of the rich kids, Park Yeon-jin. Yeon-jin and her friends subsequently bully Dong-eun, physically and sexually abusing her to the point that she considers jumping off of a building. With no one to lean on, Dong-eun leaves school and starts working while scheming an intricate and detailed plan set in the future to destroy her perpetrators and avenge herself.

One of the highlights of the show is Dong-Eun’s character itself. Song Hye-kyo’s Dong-eun resembles Rosamund Pike’s Amy of Gone Girl. Although Dong-eun is definitely way subtler and patient than Amy, waiting years to get her plan into action. Dong-eun worked in a factory and prepared for her college entrance tests while Yeon-jin and her friends were having the time of their lives. Now, she reappears as Yeon-jin’s child’s homeroom teacher with nothing to lose and determined to win.

The Glory Review
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Moreover, the motif of the game of ‘Go’ is also a recurring theme in the series where Dong-eun tries to learn the game from a medical intern Joo Yeo-jeong played by Lee Do-hyun.  The game of Go is one of the oldest and most difficult games in the world. It is an abstract strategy game where a player tries to win by surrounding more territory than their opponent.

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Interestingly and quite cleverly, this is exactly what Dong-eun seems to be doing in season one of the show. She makes her moves quietly, trying to win as much territory as she can and on her way tries to unravel the façade of Yeon-jin’s supposedly perfect life. This is what makes The Glory such a thrilling and interesting watch.  The characters are all but playing a game of Go against each other, trying to win as many stakes as possible to tumble the other over for good.

Moreover, as all well-written revenge thrillers, The Glory deals with extremely high-stake twists and turns. The kind that can make one’s life topsy-turvy in a second. But as viewers, what more could we ask for!

In a nutshell, The Glory’s season one with its experienced and talented cast gives a phenomenal performance. The action-packed, fast-paced storyline with the subdued scandalous secrets is a treat for any thriller lover. Without revealing a spoiler, must we say that you are in for a treat. So, what are you waiting for? Watch The Glory season one on Netflix and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Final Offer By Lauren Asher Book Review: Dreamland Billionaires


Final Offer By Lauren Asher Book Review – After devouring the first two books in the series and waiting almost a year for the next book, I had pretty high expectations for Callahan and Alana. Cal and Lana along with cami have reached those expectations. Final Offer is the third book in the Dreamland Billionaire series by Lauren Asher. The Series follows the lives of three Kane brothers who strive to fulfil their late grandfather’s will in order to receive their share of inheritance. 

Final Offer By Lauren Asher Summary

Cal and Alana are childhood friends and lovers who break up after a relationship of one summer and Cal promises never to return to the Lake house. He kept his promise for six years. As a part of the will, Cal returns to sell the lake house before his grandfather’s second death anniversary to receive his twenty-five billion dollars. He returns to Lake Wysteria and learns that Alana is a co-owner of the lake house. 

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Cal and Lana’s story is a second chance, small town romance. Our man Callahan Kane is a charmer. He can sweet talk you into doing anything for him. The Kane brothers go above and beyond for the ones they love and Callahan Kane is no exception. Alana Castillo is a single mother in a small town trying her hardest to provide the best life for her daughter. The 5 year-old Cami Castillo is a sweetheart. She has a big heart and is full of love and warmth. She makes a get well soon card for Cal when he wakes up with a hangover. 

The book also beautifully portrays life in a small town and the care and concern the residents have for one another. The bond between cami and cal was a treat to read. From being terrified of the possibility of a child to giving cami the best birthday by taking her to Dreamland they have come a long way. 

Final Offer By Lauren Asher
Source – Final Offer By Lauren Asher

The interactions between the Kane brothers and between Iris and Cal were too good. There are a number of cute and toe-curling moments in the book. “He makes me want to have fun, enjoy life, and dream in a way I have long since forgotten over the years. Even with the odds stacked against us, he makes me want to believe we can work out.” Although, both of them have never stopped loving each other, they each have issues to deal with. Lana has a tough time trusting Cal the second time around, afraid he is going to break Cami’s heart along with her own. “Not trusting him and his addiction isn’t a sign of immaturity, but experience”.

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The book talks about addiction. Cal is always running away from problems and trying to numb his pain using alcohol. The kind of effect addiction have on people’s lives and relationships. “Getting sober isn’t a goal, it’s a journey. YOUR journey. And as much as I wanted you to get healthy, I went about it all the wrong way. There isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t wonder what might have happened if I supported you rather than turned my back on you.” 

Dreamland Billionaires series has three strong women of color who know their worth and not let anyone tell them otherwise. Zahra, Iris and Alana are extremely talented in their respective fields and have certain dreams and aspirations. Personally, I think although Dreamland Billionaires is a story of three brothers the fmc’s take away the attention in each book. 

Lauren Asher’s Books

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Source – Lauren Asher Instagram

Author’s Suggestions

If you like reading similar romance stories like Final offer and other Lauren Asher’s books then give the following a try as well.

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Addicted to you (by Krista and Becca Ritchie): Lily and Lo are childhood best friends, then fake date each other, finally falling in love. Both of them battling with their individual addictions

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It Happened One Summer (by Tessa Bailey): It is a small town romance set in Westport. Brendan and Piper coming from two different worlds and lifestyles fall in love and navigate through life. 

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Every Summer After (by Carley Fortune): It is a small town childhood friends to lovers. Written in two different timelines, the story is all about past love and a apt read if you are thinking about your first crush.

Do let me know in the comments section if you guys want a detailed review on the above books as well. I will see you in another article. Until then, take care!

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OnePlus 11 Review: Is OnePlus 11 Worth Buying?


OnePlus 11 Review – When OnePlus first entered the market, it only had one goal: FLAGSHIP KILLER. OnePlus’ sole motive was to offer a smartphone with all of the top-specs at an affordable price. Remember the OnePlus One, Two, and X? Yes, those were the absolute flagship killers at the time. However, in recent years, OnePlus has altered its focus from being a flagship killer to a flagship maker. This strategy, however, was not as effective as they had planned, and the firm is now back to fundamentals with a more traditional formula: a phone with a top-of-the-line processor and a competitive price that undercuts many flagship models. Well, welcome back, bro!!

OnePlus has stated that there would be no Pro model this year, as the OnePlus 11 5G will be the company’s sole flagship model in 2023. But,  I believe they will issue a T model later this year, similar to how they do after 6 months after the first model launch. Right, enough on the intro, let’s get right into the review.

OnePlus 11 Specifications

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Source – Amazon
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
  • Display: 6.7″ 1440p OLED, 120Hz
  • RAM: 8GB, 16GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Operating System: Oxygen OS 13 (Android 13)
  • Front camera: 16MP f/2.4
  • Rear cameras(three): 50MP f/1.8 primary, 48MP f/2.2 ultrawide (115˚), 32MP f/2.0 telephoto with 2x optical zoom
  • Colours: Titan Black, Eternal Green
  • Charging: 80W (US), 100W (international)
  • IP Rating: IP64

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OnePlus 11 Design & Build Quality

When it comes to design, the OnePlus 11 is certainly one of the sleekest-looking phones you can get for this price. It has a thin design, with only 0.34 inches, making it even slimmer than the Google Pixel 7 (one of the competitors for a near similar price), but not as thin as the iPhone 14 or the Samsung Galaxy S23 models. I assume the curved screen, combined with the slim edges, makes it appear more sleek than it really is.

OnePlus 11 Review - Just A Library
Source – Amazon


The OnePlus has a 6.7-inch screen with a sharper 3,216 x 1,440 AMOLED display and a 120Hz maximum refresh rate. One minor limitation is that it only has two refresh rate options: standard (60Hz) and high (120Hz). Although it is not a big deal, an adjustment at 90Hz could have an added advantage.

Also, it has Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which is often found in the top flagship models and makes it extremely scratch-resistant. It also includes the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus, which is common in top flagship models, making this one extremely scratch resistant. The speckled and textured surface added by OnePlus to the phone’s Gorilla Glass 5 rear panel gives it a plastic-like feel. Still, the OnePlus 11 looks great thanks to the matte stainless steel with chrome accents on the camera housing and sides.

OnePlus 11 Software & Performance

The OnePlus 11 is a mid-range model that comes with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Chipset, which is superior to the Google Pixel 7’s Tensor G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S23’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. That top-tier processor is combined with 256GB of storage and 16GB of LPDDR5X RAM to help manage a dozen (or up to 44) apps cached in the background. Seems like nothing in today’s world, right? Trust me, you will know when you use it real time.

OnePlus 11 Review - Just A Library
Source – Amazon

OnePlus phones have also always been more tailored towards gaming than most other mainstream handsets, thanks to its built-in Hyper Boost Gaming Engine capabilities. If you’re already a OnePlus user, I’m sure I don’t need to explain that the “gaming mode” starts as soon as you start playing, freeing up Memory and optimising the device’s performance. The OnePlus 11 is especially enjoyable because of its 120Hz display and 1000Hz touch response rate. This phone will also attempt to maintain a consistent frame rate on the screen, similar to how variable refresh rate works on the Xbox Series X or PS5.

In terms of the operating system, it comes with Android 13, which OnePlus alters further and calls OxygenOS 13, which is essentially another iteration of its sister company’s ColorOS 13. I have to say this now! I miss the days when OnePlus had its own OxygenOS version that was a strong competitor to Android OS on Pixel phones. According to a post on the OnePlus community, the OnePlus 11 will receive four OS upgrades and five years of security updates.

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OnePlus 11 Camera & Other Specs

With the OnePlus 11, OnePlus continued their collaboration with Hasselblad on the software side of the camera to extract and deliver the best images from the 50-megapixel main camera, 48MP wide-angle, and 32MP Portrait Tele camera. The main camera also boasts Sony IMX890 optical and electronic image stabilisation which is now a default one all the top-end flagship models. It also comes with a 115-degree wide-angle field of view, and a special 13-channel Accu-spectrum Light Color Identifier sensor for accurate colour reproduction.

OnePlus 11 Review - Just A Library
Source – Amazon

The images from the OnePlus 11 appear to have a very contrasty look when we look more closely at the camera section, with an emphasis on darker shadows over brilliant highlights. The combination of Hasselblad’s colour calibration and the phone’s ability to shoot in 10-bit colour makes photographs from this device sparkle. 

Instead of a telephoto camera, the OnePlus 11 includes a portrait-enhancing camera that has been tweaked by Hasselblad to mimic bokeh portraits from its XCD 30mm and 65mm camera lenses. It’s adequate, but it’s no replacement for a telephoto camera’s excellent zoom option. While other handsets in the OnePlus 11’s price range don’t even have a telephoto camera, it is very disappointing that the Google Pixel 7 Pro has a 5x optical zoom and the Galaxy S23 Ultra has a 10x lens.

OnePlus 11 Battery Life & Charging

The OnePlus 11 has a large 5000 mAh battery, which is currently standard for most high-end smartphones. Also, with this battery capacity, heavy users can expect a full day of use, while light users can extend this to two days. The phone has an LTPO display and a power-efficient processor to further improve battery life. 

Nevertheless, battery life isn’t the most important topic here. What’s important to note here is the OnePlus’s fast charging. I don’t think I need to explain this to OnePlus users. I’m sure we all leave our phones at 10% when we go for a bath and get 50 – 60% when we return from the bath after 20 minutes. With its 100W rapid charging capability, the OnePlus 11 is even faster. The phone’s battery can be charged from 0% to 100% in about 25 minutes. Even a 10-minute charge can recharge the battery to roughly 50%.

It’s also worth mentioning that the phone comes with a 100W charger in the box, which is a big deal nowadays. Lol! The only drawback is the absence of wireless charging support, which is surprising given that this is a flagship killer phone.  However,  if you want a phone with a long battery life and charging that is so fast that you don’t have to set aside time to do it, the OnePlus 11 is the phone for you.

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OnePlus 11 Pros & Cons

OnePlus 11 Pros

  • Excellent specs, especially at this price
  • Can produce some pretty good images
  • Better battery life, even with heavy use
  • Ultra-fast charging (I meant really fast!!)

OnePlus 11 Cons

  • Camera performance is inconsistent when comparing to its competitors and the 2x telephoto lens isn’t worth much
  • No wireless charging (Come on!! You are supposed to be a flagship killer bruh!)
  • No IP68 Rating (Bruh! Why?)

OnePlus 11 Price In India, US, and UK

The OnePlus 11 comes in two different variants. The version with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage costs $699/£729/€849/₹56,999, while the version with 16GB RAM and 256GB of storage costs $799/£799/€919/₹61,999. The phone is available at OnePlus stores (in-person or online) and Amazon. I’ve included the links below for your convenience.

OnePlus 11 Review: Our VerdictIs OnePlus 11 Worth Buying?

Overall, the OnePlus 11 is a wonderful package at this price point, with impressive battery life, fast charging, and performance. Indeed, it falls short in some areas, such as camera performance, lack of wireless charging, and lack of an IP68 rating when compared to competitors.

Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a high-performance Android smartphone with top specs in 2023 that will be guaranteed to remain fast and have software support until 2028, then the OnePlus 11 is an excellent option I would strongly recommend!!

OnePlus 11 FAQs

Is OnePlus 11 Worth Buying?

If you’re looking for a high-performance Android smartphone with top specs in 2023 that will be guaranteed to remain fast and have software support until 2028, then the OnePlus 11 is an excellent option I would strongly recommend!!

Is OnePlus 11 Waterproof?

No, OnePlus 11 doesn’t have the IP68 rating. Although it is dust and water resistant, you should not use it in heavy rain for an extended period of time.

OnePlus 11 Colour Variants?

OnePlus 11 comes in two colours: Titan black and Eternal green.

OnePlus 11 Alternatives?

Google Pixel 7, iPhone 14, and Samsung Galaxy S23 are some alternatives for OnePlus 11.

Does OnePlus 11 have wireless charging?

No, OnePlus 11 doesn’t have wireless charging. This is one of the disadvantages we have in this model for this price.

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And there you have it! My thoughts on the new OnePlus 11. Did I leave anything out? If so, please add them to the comments section.


Don’t forget to read the other articles in our platform from other authors. I’ll see you in my next article. Meanwhile, take care!!