Interview with PotUppers: Trotwood
It is recent compared to everyone else. I came to the site because my younger daughter told me that someone was trying to make an American version of Boys Over Flowers and that it was embarrassingly bad. So I looked it up. I didn’t want to watch only read recaps (which I do with a lot of dramas). The recaps were so funny that I started reading all sorts of other things on the site. That was 2013. I was a silent lurker until I started posting comments on the Full House Thai recaps I think--mainly because of my hatred for MinTramp. But I really started populating the comment section with my fan worship of Moony and evil Min Jung’s clothes in the Jang Bori was Here recaps. I read recaps of the show until episode 28 to be honest. I don’t really like long shows, but the recaps got me invested, and I started watching. That’s when I really felt like part of the community. I was so thrilled when people started referring to me in the recaps!
So far, you have recapped one drama. What do you like about recapping - what don't you like?
I enjoy rewatching and bringing attention to tidbits from the show that I found fun and why I started watching in the first place. The show I chose Thumping Spike isn’t a great show, but it provided a lot of entertainment in short increments, which I need. I liked doing a recap for a show I didn’t think anyone else would recap. I enjoyed the camaraderie of all the participants and getting to see what gifs Kakashi and Shuk would make for me (like the one below).
I also don’t think I’m that good. My recaps were as long for a 15-20 minute show as others are for full length. I don’t summarize well. Mine are rather paraphrasing instead.
You have a very, very full life due to your demanding, high-responsibility job. How do you manage your drama-watching time?
Who says I manage?!?!? Sometimes I feel like I’m barely hanging on :)
I really should sleep more. I don’t watch nearly as much as others or as much as I would like. I read a lot of recaps. I fast forward through subplots/characters I don’t like. I get up really early in the morning anyway. I do work, and I treat myself if I get a certain amount of work done by 4 AM and then I might watch an hour before going to gym.
I’m actually trying to complete this questionnaire, and it’s 4:30 AM!
What is your main reason for watching dramas?
Real life is busy, stressful, and reasonability laden. This past year has been especially dark, nationally, locally, and personally. I need to do something that doesn’t require a lot of energy that makes me feel good. It's very hard for to turn off work, especially when I'm technically on call all the time. Watching dramas and talking to my international drama friends helps me turn all of that off so that I can come back better focused and refreshed.
Is there someone in "real life" you get to watch dramas with?
Before my younger daughter went to off to university, I used to watch with her. Now I sometimes try to coordinate watching some shows with some of my twitter friends in different states, but that is hard.
I started watching dramas because of my younger daughter. When I would wash her hair, it would take quite a bit of doing to comb it out and condition it afterward. My daughter has a lot of hair. She is biracial, so she has combo African-American and Caucasian hair. I have broken brushes in her hair. I used to have to hold her down with one of my legs to comb her hair when she was a toddler. I’ve spent four hours straightening her hair. In my house, like in a lot of African-American houses with women, hair is A THING--it's an event for which you have to schedule time.
What type of Asian dramas do you like best? I know you watch all sorts; T, C, J, K.
I really can’t say because it depends on the mood I am in. I haven’t really watched many Chinese dramas, so I can’t really say much about the type. I’ve watched several Wallace Chung dramas. And I’ve seen Boss and Me, Love Me if You Dare, Snail, A Clear Midsummer Night, and The Queen of SOP. I think that might be it.
Is there a particular upcoming drama you are most looking forward to?
I had to do research for this one because I rarely pay attention to upcoming drama news since I don’t want to get excited before I know something will get subbed. But I do have a list in no particular order.
· Voice (Korean with Jang Hyuk)
· Koo Za Rot Zab (Thai with Weir Sukkollawat)
· Yilu Fanhua Xiangsong (Chinese with Wallace Chung and Aaron Yang)
· Solomon’s Perjury (Korea)
Any drama-wishes for 2017?
I will wish the same two wishes that I wish every year.
1. A drama about fabulous Personal Assistants (PAs) that we see in all of these dramas.
2. Dramas where the hero and heroine fall in love and work together to fight the obstacles instead of splitting up to fight obstacles alone and get together in the last five minutes of show.