Are you already mourning the impending end of Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, lamenting the overall lack of flower boy bromances in your current k-drama playlist, or like me, just really, really, really in love with Park Seo Joon? Whatever your motivation, here are my top five reasons (of so, so many) why you need to cancel your party plans for this weekend, give the middle finger to your laundry pile, and spend your weekend with the lovely boys of Hwarang.

  1. The Hwarangers

Hwarang translates to mean “flowering knights,” or as I refer to them, “flower boys next door in the palace.” Clearly, KBS2 finally responded to my letter-writing campaign demanding more flower boys in my life, and has obligingly created a show that is a venerable Valentine's Day bouquet of flower boys, including Park Seo JoonPark Hyung Sik, and Minho, just to name a few. I’m literally swooning right now just writing their names. In the show, this rag-tag bunch of handsome young men is brought together to protect the prince who is currently in hiding (though not as far away as everyone thinks, hint, hint, wink, wink.) What unfolds next is the stuff of fangirl legend. Legit.

2. Park Seo Joon, the Heart of the Hwarang

Dear So Ji Sub, it’s not you, it’s me. I am falling hard for Park Seo Joon's character, who enters the Hwarang with all possible elements against him, only to prove that my obsessive crush on him is well earned. While I never thought I could crush on anyone as hard as you, but Park Seo Joon's stoic yet comic turn as a man of low birth but great honor is So. Freaking. Cute. And the man knows how to look good in bangs. Like Zooey Deschanel good. The heart wants what it wants, So Ji Sub. Please forgive me. 

3. Bromances, Bromances, Everywhere Bromances

You can’t have all these flower boys together competing and fighting and scheming without friendships, hateships, and yes, love triangles abounding. I sometimes find twenty-episode shows a little tedious, but with this many characters and side stories, the show moves at a pace that will make the next twenty hours without sleep practically fly by! And I am fairly sure there are far worse things than having the image of these men burned onto your retinas. In fact, I would pay to have that happen. I am trademarking this concept right now. 

4. The Love Stories

Again, with twenty episodes, you need more than just your basic love story template to keep the story moving, and Hwarang delivers with twists, counter twists, and more than one romance. There’s even a little noona flirtation with the queen. If you like love, you won’t lose out with this show.

5. Boys to Men

I told you there were a bagillion attractive flower boys, including Park Seo Joon and Minho, bromances and romances, and you still need a fifth reason? Cancel the binge and go see a doctor, because something may be wrong with you. But okay, one other reason I love this show is that at its core, it really is about a group of young men growing up and learning what honor, friendship, and bravery really look like. Watching the different characters struggle to become their best selves is pretty moving in and of itself. Now seriously, cancel the doctor’s appointment I just told you to make and everything else you had planned this weekend. Let Park Seo Joon’s beautiful bangs lull you into a bingy hypnosis. You will awaken in twenty hours and thank me. 



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