I’ve been watching Romance is a Bonus Book, a Korean series on Netflix, and have just seen the first episode of Younger, the American series Romance is based on. I can’t believe it’ll be in its sixth season this year — seems like just last year that it was a new series.
Romance is totally implausible, but I’m finding it quite easy to suspend my disbelief and just enjoy the story, absurd details and all. The protagonist, Dan-i, has irritating mannerisms, but I like how practical and kind she is. Not whiny at all, which is always a plus. The male lead? I call him The Poreless Wonder. Korean cosmetics are really advanced!
I did not like Younger, but I will continue watching to see if it improves. It’s less implausible than Romance, but I don’t like any of the characters. The protagonist, Liza, seems basic AF, the sort of person who stays home to look after her child and decides that this means she can tune out the rest of the world. And then, even her twenty-something self is inspired by Katniss Everdeen and listens to One Direction (the series premiered in 2015). Like come on, surely she doesn’t have to be that kind of twenty-something. Then again, I guess she is that sort of forty-something. I know people like that and this is probably why she annoys me as much as she does.
Oh, there’s a scene in which twenty-something women react in horror to Liza’s unshaved pubes. Sooooo, women feel that way too? Or is it just American women? I wonder what the norm is here in Malaysia. The men I meet through dating apps sometimes express a preference for hairless pubes (I think what they see in porn has a lot to do with it), but I’m not sure how millennial Malaysian women feel about their bits. And over in the West, are men’s tastes (dictated by porn), shaping the way women see and present themselves? Perhaps I should run a poll.
Anyway, let’s see how much more of Younger I can put up with.