I know what you’re all thinking: TOO LATE. But I say it’s never too late to look back and relieve the feels of what’s turning out to be one of my favorite Korean dramas of all time: Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. Free of all the frills and grandeur of other Kdramas, this one is going to stay in my heart for a long, long time. If you’re still hesitant and don’t want to ride on the “Do you like Messi?” trip, then here are reasons why you should.
- Feminist Kim Bok Joo. This girl will make you so happy to be a girl and if you’re a guy, you’ll appreciate the females in your life. She knows what she wants and what she’s worth. Bok Joo is no damsel in distress and she’s no super Amazon either. She has faults, she knows it, and does something about it herself. Lee Sung Kyung was able to portray a strong female lead with all the right sensitivities of young woman in love. She’s also insanely talented in real life and I love her all cute and comfy outfits in the drama. I know everything is so connected. She’s a certified girl crush material.
- Jung Joon Hyung is the male lead from Kdramaland we have all been waiting for. I have long wished for a male lead that’s honest, has total respect for women, who’s not consumed by a tragic past, and one who’s… Well, generally not a douchebag. Jung Joon Hyung was the answer to my prayers. He fit the role of a boyfriend of a feminist so well I had to make a quick, powerful wish for my own Jung Joon Hyung. He’s totally in love with Bok Joo for everything that she is and didn’t have to go through some physical transformation for him. He didn’t become a jealous asshole and he supported her in the best and most realistic way. Nam Joo Hyuk hit the role on the nail! I have to thank the casting director for such good instincts.
3. The most relatable characters. From being hungry all the time, to pimples, to crushes and to dilemma between Song Joong Ki and Kim Soo Hyun, we all reacted the same way. This drama was in no way pretentious of its characters. Sometimes people are shallow and sometimes, most of the time, some people really prefer pop over classical music. Bok Joo’s charm was being true to herself and that made us appreciate ourselves even more.
4. Views food and eating in a healthy way. Food is delicious and nourishing and that’s how it was presented in this drama. There’s even an art to eating that just made my mouth water every time.
5. Family goals on both sides. Bok Joo’s family and Joon Hyung’s family are so supportive, loving, and NORMAL. Though both families are not traditional in some sense, the love around them is almost tangible.
6. Friendship goals. Just looking at the three musketeers in this drama makes me miss my own squad I left back at the city I once lived in. The friendship is really not superficial and I love the understanding of their personal problems without it affecting their friendship. Let’s not forget Joon Hyung’s best friend either. Tae Kwon was there to remind Joon Hyung of his goals, to help his love life even if he had to spy on him, and to warn him of his choices (Though I love Joon Hyung for defending Bok Joo’s eating habits).
7. Relationship goals. I don’t know how to explain this further except this is one of the healthiest relationships in Kdramaland EVER. They started as friends, REAL FRIENDS, without conditions or agenda and even as their relationship progressed, that friendship never faded. They gave each other realistic support and still remained cute and sweet in our eyes. Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk’s chemistry was over the roof! I cannot resist shipping them in real life. No pressure though. *cough*
8. No over the top drama we don’t really experience in real life. Bok Joo, Joon Hyung, their family, and friends had real problems and they were dealt with in a timely, healthy manner. Bok Joo went through an empty episode in her life and she was given space and time to recover. Soo Bin, who thankfully didn’t become a bitchy villain, was encouraged to see a therapist for her eating disorder. Joon Hyung himself regularly visited his therapist. Their families quarrel but they don’t blackmail or plot to kill each other. They communicated to solve things. Their problems were not blown out of proportion and the mental disorders weren’t glorified or presented as a personality flaw. Even the problem between Joon Hyung and his biological mom, which was a potential drama bomb for others, was solved beautifully and sensibly. I never realized how much I appreciate simplicity and levelheadedness so much after this drama.
9. Inner beauty is the most beautiful thing in the world. JUNG JOON HYUNG NEVER TRIED TO CHANGE KIM BOK JOO IN ANY WAY. NEVER. When Bok Joo’s dad asked him what he liked about her, Joon Hyung said she makes your heart feel warm. Awww. If I were Bok Joo’s dad, I’d approve of him too. He saw past the layers of her sweaters and saw her heart as the most important thing of all.
10. SWAG. ALL THE TIME- SWAG!
Gosh! All of these make me want to watch the drama for 20th time. Watch it, if you haven’t, and thank me later. Annyeong!