2014 Lakorn Year In Review
Posted on December 29, 2014
It’s that time of the year again, and for once, I am happy to say that it hasn’t been difficult to pick my favorite lakorn of the year – especially since I did not watch many lakorns to its completion.
With a year full of anticipated lakorns, one understated lakorn came and swept me by surprise: Spinsters and Casanovas (Kuan Kaantong Gup Gang Por Pla Lai). With its witty and smart writing, loveable (relatable) characters, and charismatic pairings, Spinsters offered a story about friendship, finding peace with yourself (and your age) as well as love, even when it mired against traditional expectations.
Among the highly anticipated lakorns, Forget Me Not (Yah Leum Chan) is the most disappointing for me. Although the story felt similar to Jai Rao, the show missed a likable heroine and a love story that we (as viewers) can stand behind. What made the story endurable were the second leads, Kong and Rita.
Dao Kiang Deun, although touted as a sequel to Dao Kiaw Deun, got re-invented as another series of its own right, yet despite the pretty, the story failed to be as engaging as the first. I did find some distraction while waiting for the Rising Sun Series to premiere: My Sassy Rose, Nang Rai Summer, and Kularb Son Klin, which helped me to sit back and enjoy the small things in life.
The Rising Sun Series fell short of its expectations, but the pairings of Mario-Taew, Nadech-Yaya made up for the shortcomings for me. This story did a great job in presenting an engaging story world, gave us flawed heroes and a sizzling romance. The two series are far from perfect, but on a fangirl level, I’ve enjoyed it tremendously.
Now as 2014 come to an end, we can only hope for a better 2015. But unlike last year, I’m not going to anticipate anything; I’ll just enjoy the fruits of these actors labor. Who knows, maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised and we’ll get another great lakorn like that of Spinsters.
Thank you for joining me in 2014! What are your favorite/least favorite lakorns this year? I know that some of you have seen much more than me and will have great feedback to offer.
I haven’t watched as many lakorns this year, mostly because the ones I really want to watch aren’t being subbed fast enough like Jinxed Love, Phope Ruk and Spinsters. I was surprised to see that Bella and Aum have a lakorn together, so I’m looking forward to watching that. Still, I’m hoping 2015 will be the greatest year ever since it’ll be a lakorn heaven with all the dramas I can no longer wait for to air like the mafia series, ngao jai, etc.
Honestly, this year the lakorns fell very flat. Majority was disappointing. Even the ones that I didn’t anticipated, I honestly don’t think any made my favorites.
But here is to list my least favorite for 2014:
-Cubic with Bomb Tanin and Mint Chalida: Despite me being a Chalida fan, this lakorn was poorly written, it may have been better if there was a better scriptwriter and different production along with a different male lead.
-Yah Leum Chan with Tik Jesdaporn and Anne Thongprasom: I would like to note that I am NOT an Anne fan but I still looked forward to this anyway. My reason is the same as yours, Fia. The only reason why I continued was because of the twins and Rita/Kong. I didn’t pity the leads one bit.
-Spinsters vs Casanovas was also pretty disappointing because there was no story development though I did like the cast though.
That’s my list for 2014
Just when I was going to watch Dao Kiang Deun, now I wonder if I should consider? I’m still fairly new. A couple you mention looked interesting but I guess I will have to wait and see if they are ever english subbed. Thanks for the good read for 2014, looking forward to 2015!