Flashback Thursday #2
Let’s rewind to 2010. More specifically, May. Asian Addicts Anonymous is only 5 months old. Why is May such a special month in AAA‘s first year? Because it’s the month when NeeNee finished recapping her first series ever! *Throws Confetti* I don’t count Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge in the recap category because I really didn’t write recaps for the drama, although the initial impressions and thoughts posts did kind of start evolving to recaps. But it wasn’t really until this drama that I started more so on the road to recaps. Oh, which drama? Korean drama Oh! My Lady.
Love, love, love this drama. This is actually another drama that I have watched multiple times and I still like it! People talk of a lack of chemistry between OTP Choi Si Won and Chae Rim, but I guess I never really felt that they lacked in that department for whatever reason. This drama follows a middle-aged house wife played by Chae Rim as she navigates the waters of divorce, struggling to find a job to take care of her daughter and bring her back to live with, and learning to trust her heart and in love. Choi Si Won plays an arrogant immature star whose life becomes forever entwined with Chae Rim’s character’s as she becomes his housekeeper and then his live-in nanny when he discovers he’s unexpectedly a father.
If you look at my first post of this series, Episode 1 posted at the end of March, it’s brief. Very brief (712 words brief…that doesn’t sound very brief does it, lol, but trust me that its brief for me). It introduced the main players and the overall plot with my thoughts and what I liked and didn’t. With Episode 2 the post was longer (931 words) and contained more information about what happened in the episode, again with about 1/3 of the post dealing with my thoughts and overall impressions of the episode. On Episode 3 the post word count jumped quite a bit (1,422)! Also, my thoughts section dwindled down to only a quarter of the overall post! By Episode 4 I hit nearly 1,300 words and again my overall thoughts of the episode’s events stayed small. And by episode 5 My Thoughts were practically nonexistent.
Okay, I won’t do a play by play of the rest of the recaps, but just thought I’d show you the evolution of just posting a brief summary with my review of a drama’s episode with starting to voice a little less of my own thoughts and more of the content. This is actually something as a recapper that you struggle with as you go. How much of your own opinion do you put in? How much of the events of the episode should you actually cover? Over the years the recaps keep evolving and changing and I can’t say if any one version is better than another. They are a pain, a pleasure, and a lot of work.
After 5 years, I’ve been moving back more towards episode impressions and thoughts than recaps. It’s actually really easy to get burned out on recapping. I’ll come back to it. I will, but for now, this is a comfortable place to be at the moment.
Here’s a question, how many dramas have been officially completely recapped on Asian Addicts Anonymous? If you follow our Facebook page, then you’ll know the answer to that. In the year 2010, our (why do I say “our” when this site is essentially me, although I have had a few on and off contributors?) site fully recapped four dramas – two Japanese (Sunao ni Narenakute; Naka nai to Kimeta Hi) and two Korean (Oh! My Lady; Personal Preference).
Food for thought. My first month of blogging only saw 52 hits. I found that depressing, lol. My second month of blogging and there was a jump to 958. A huge shock was moving into April of 2010 and then there’s the monthly total of 5,193 views! And…when we enter the month of May when I finished completely recapping my first series ever, the stats did another astounding jump up to 9,996 views! I’m happy with the success of AAA if you look at the statistics over all. I’m happy to have met some great drama-watching friends as well.