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I learned about the Korean drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo when it flooded my Facebook timeline due to my Facebook friend's addiction to K-dramas. The bored me, who does not have a television at home, and is not even following what's the hottest or popular TV series seems to be missing a lot of great TV series, including this one.

So, I looked for the complete series Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo online. Apparently this drama aired in November last year, earlier than the popular Goblin (or The Lonely and Great God) and just finished on January 2016. I am searching for some data on how it fared in each episode, but I can't get a reliable data.

I always say I am not a fan of romantic stories, but there's something about Korean dramas that really makes me giggle, and think that such sweet moments can happen exactly as how it is in these light Korean dramas as it is in real life. I've seen a lot of Korean dramas since I was in high school, and I can fairly list down some memorable once. And I think Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo will now be a part of that list. The drama gave me the laidback, feel-good entertainment in just 16 episodes. Not too dramatic, not too comedic. The 16 episodes gave a perfect balance in everything, you cry at certain scenes, you laugh at other ones. You get annoyed with some characters and you just want to cuddle some others. It did not drown me of cheesiness between Joon Hyung and Bok Joo, yet it did not bore me with the secret love of Bok Joo to Jae Yi. The story is so fast pace you'd almost forgot that filler scenes exist. Others may give Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo a thumbs down when it comes to romance because the romance scenes between the lead characters Joon Hyung and Bok Joo came late in the total episodes, but I honestly like it. I think the story has established the budding relationship between the two characters well enough to bloom it to a formal relationship towards the end.

Shifting attention to the lead actress, Lee Sung-kyung in 3...2...1.....

I wrote this entry because I found a new love for the lead actress, Lee Sung Kyung. The girl amazed me with her portrayal of ace weightlifter Kim Bok Joo. She did justice to this boyish, non-etiquette girl who is passionate about strength development and metal lifting. I think most girls can relate to the character she portrayed; a studies/sports-driven girl who happens to experience teenage-to-adult-love, her experiences in gushing over someone, and going aboveboard to do things just to get the opportunity to come near that one person that makes their heart flutter, her issues with what she wants to do with her life, her losing motivation in what she's passionate about and her personal problems. Add to that, the story is set in a school, where most of our "firsts" occur.

I don't fangirl over actresses, but I give credit to those who I found great at the roles they have portrayed. I am not familiar with Lee Sung Kyung, because she is Kim Bok Joo to me. I read on some snapshot details about her acting career. Apparently she's the brat student in the Korean drama "It's Okay, That's Love", which I watched, but her long hair in the series made me fail to recognize her. 
She's also in the "Cheese in the Trap" with Kim Go Eun. I plan to watch the latter to check on Kim Go Eun's drama portfolio, not knowing beforehand that Kim Bok Joo. . .  I mean Lee Sung Kyung will be there. 
I think I will stick a bit longer knowing about Lee Sung Kyung (gee, I even searched her Instagram account after I finished watching TWFKBJ!) She interests me. She does not look like the stereotype timid Korean girl idol. She strikes me as a girl with so much loud personality and coolness to her. SWAG!

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