As I’m only two days from the beginning of summer here in the Western Hemisphere, I thought it would be the perfect timing to assemble a list of dramas that would be a great way to kick back and beat the summer heat.
Lee Min Ho is all over my blog. In case you didn’t know, he is my favorite Korean actor for a variety of reasons. I know that watching two of his dramas doesn’t qualify me as an expert, but there’s just something about him that continues to stand out and impress me. No matter how many k-dramas I watch, Min Ho is always a name and face that stays in the back of my mind. That said, I am not discrediting other Korean actors. There are quite a few that have wowed me, but I’d be lying if I said that Min Ho didn’t wow me a little bit more.
(I actually dread the thought of watching more of his work because it’s one less drama I’ll have to watch with him in it. That’s a big indicator of how much I enjoy his work.)
As far as any series goes, no matter what country it’s from, there are bound to be dramas that drive us crazy in all the worst ways. Maybe the protagonist is a complete idiot. Maybe the drama has the worst plot devices, ever. Maybe the central romance is a total crock and the better choice (occasionally the second male lead) is dumped like yesterday’s garbage. Whatever it is, I think any television or movie fan can understand my plight. Sometimes it happens, and when it does happen, it makes it very challenging to find the will to finish a drama.
Case in point: I am currently watching Cheongdamdong Alice on Netflix and I’m running out of plausible excuses to keep watching. I thought the main character was going to be someone I could really root for, but all she’s managed to do lately is test my remaining patience. I keep thinking that I want to shake some sense into her.
I really have a small threshold of tolerance when it comes to characters who blatantly make the conscious choice (more than once) to use other characters. Plus, her change was so radical that I’m still feeling whiplash. All it takes is for your ex to run off with your bank book and suddenly you want to find a sugar daddy to have ridiculously overpriced purses, clothing, and other accessories? It’s all so shallow and demeaning, especially for a character that prides herself on a strong work ethic. She is honestly a good person, but she’s making wrong choices for reasons that don’t even fit the personality that we’ve seen the show establish.
Maybe it’ll get better, but I’m feeling she took the cheap way out. Also, the lead actress? She feels like the American version of Kristen Stewart to me. She’s a blank canvas, and I wish she could show some more expressions and facial features. I just can’t do it — at least not without a few days to recoup from this train wreck of a series. Maybe a few days will give me the added strength to power through the back half of Cheondamdong Alice.
So, what do you do when you’re watching a hopeless k-drama? Either you can stop watching, take a break for a few days, or you can force yourself to continue with the hope that things might improve. It’s very easy to give up on a drama, but it’s difficult (and a true test of will or insanity) to stick through a bad one. I have every desire to give up on Cheondamdong Alice, but I’ve never been one to take the easy way out if I can help it. If I’m going to hate this drama, I am going to finish it so that I have the right to complain about it if it turns out to be a massive turd in the end.
Also, try to find something you like about the drama — anything at all. When you find that something, cling onto it desperately. I’ve found that this method helps me get through some pretty awful plot devices and plot twists. At the end of the day, what you decide to do is entirely up to you. Weigh the pros and cons. If you can’t even find something you like (as a lifeline) to grasp onto said drama, then maybe it might be time to throw in the towel and walk away. But if you’re going to hang in there, hang in there well and take it one episode, one day at a time. Fighting!
When I watch any kind of series or movie, there are a few key ingredients that need to be combined for me to thoroughly say I love it. And even if a drama has all of the key ingredients, sometimes they don’t mix well with other ingredients.
Overall, I thought Shining Inheritance was a good series that got better as it aged. There were some bumps in the road that drove me crazy, but I thought this drama was nicely balanced and didn’t become a soap opera. (One thing I can’t stand about any series is a crazy plot twist that only exists to create more unnecessary drama.)
At the end of the day, I think everything blended well with Shining Inheritance, but I’m not sure I “loved” it as much as I wanted to. (This doesn’t mean I didn’t like it. It was actually pretty awesome and had a strong re-watch value, but I wasn’t as emotionally invested in the characters as I usually am.)
The weather is pretty dreadful right now with dark skies and pouring rain. I had plans to get some yard work and planting done, but it looks like that will have to wait another day as I’m stuck indoors. Sometimes I wonder why my life can’t be half as interesting as they’re depicted in k-dramas. Le sigh.
I’m thinking I’ll finish Shining Inheritance. I have, maybe, 5 episodes left.
Below, I’ve added a poll of some k-dramas I’ve found on Netflix that have most caught my attention. I’m torn with what drama to proceed with after Shining Inheritance, so I’m open to any and all input. Thanks!
Shining Inheritance is a series I’ve seen recommended a lot by fellow k-drama fans.
Initially, I wasn’t really feeling the cover image or description on Netflix. I know to never judge a book by its cover, but as I tend to be picky in what I watch, I decided to give it a try. I’m about halfway through the series, and I have mixed feelings. There’s some stuff I’m really enjoying, but Hwan’s sister and mother are the most irritating, whiny female characters I’ve had yet to watch. Maybe their redemption story is on the horizon? At least, even though Hwan can be irritating at times, he shows promise with glimpses of his kindness and demeanor. Maybe Eun Sung is actually getting through to him?
I suspect it will take me a few more days to finish out the series. I had no idea it has a whopping 28 episodes! Due to my curiosity, I’ll probably have another sleepless night (or two) as I watch this in bed on my Kindle. Yep, I’m at the stage of my k-drama obsession where I have no qualms about giving up precious sleep just to keep watching.
I may be 26, but I’m still a huge fan of young adult novels. They make up a vast majority of books that I’m reading. And, for whatever reason, I tend to lean towards series that are mostly marketed for the teen demographic. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy programming and books that are targeted for adult audiences as well, but there is something to be said for a series that I can relate to so earnestly.
Shut Up & Let’s Go (also known as: Shut Up Flower Boy Band), hit the right notes—for the most part. Things got a little muddled in the middle with fame and other complications, but the series smoothed out the rough edges by the final episode. This is a series about life, love, happiness, friendship and pursuing your dreams.
I just don’t know when to stop. It’s gotten to the point where I watch 95% kdramas and 5% US shows.
This isn’t a bad thing, per say. Tonight, a few hours after finishing Brides of the Century, I decided to shift from drama fever to netflix as I’ve been neglecting my account for the past few weeks. I started Shut Up and Let’s Go/Shut Up Flower Boy Band.
From my limited experience of kdramas, I think it’s wise to mix up genres and styles. Too much of the same thing is emotionally taxing, especially if you’re the type like me that gravitate towards melodramas. That said, I’m absolutely loving Shut Up and Let’s Go so far. Even though I’ll probably wake up with less than four hours of sleep, I’ll have a ridiculous smile like this pasted on my face:
The family will likely ask me what I have to be so cheery about. And, as always, they won’t understand just how much these kdramas own a piece of my heart. #foreveraddicted
Bride of the Century, a romantic melodrama with supernatural/fantasy undertones, was a masterpiece from start to finish. It’s the story of a prominent family that runs a huge business called Taeyang Corporation, who believe in a one-hundred-year-old curse that’s been passed down through the generations. The basics of said curse are that the eldest son’s first bride will die.
Cue the drama, folks!
You know how you always seem to find a diabolical, scheming mother in every other kdrama (slight exaggeration… I know)? This one starts with two, but only one mother turns out to be just as bad—possibly worse—than Goo Jun Pyo’s mother, Kang Hee-soo, from Boys Over Flowers. What I will spoil is that one mother will suffer for her choices while another mother will rise above and get a second chance.
There’s also the mystery of how Yi-Kyung and Doo Rim could pass for twins. That story won’t be answered until the final episode, so practicing your patience skills is a must to truly love this drama. Were they separated from birth? Are they related somehow? Was it just a coincidence? Was it something else entirely?
The breakdown of the plot is that Yi-Kyung is the fiancee of Kang-Joo. It’s basically an arranged marriage. Na Doo Rim is brought in when Yi-Kyung vanishes. They want to keep up the facade because their company is going to go under unless they get some money. It turns out that the arrangement with Na Doo Rim was orchestrated because of the curse associated with Kang-Joo and his family legacy. Because of the curse, Ma Jae-Ran conspires with her daughter to bring in Na Doo Rim to marry Kang-Joo and essentially sacrifice herself. Na Doo Rim, needing money for her grandmother’s surgery, agrees to the conditions of the plan, but she has no idea about the curse or the family using her as a sacrifice.
Hello, fellow k-drama fans!
My name is Andrea, I’m currently 26-years-old, and the most important thing you need to know about me is this: I don’t take on new things lightly. So, when I discovered the addicting world of k-dramas, I hit the ground running. It’s been two and a half months since I started my journey, and I haven’t even stopped to catch my breath. I’ve watched more than a handful of dramas back-to-back at this point. There’s no stopping me now. I’ve even stooped to levels where I spend 90% of conversations with friends about families talking about k-dramas and how much everyone needs to watch them. Unfortunately, I haven’t managed to rub off on any of them yet, but there’s still plenty of time for me to up the ante.
With that heavy introduction aside, you can read my about page and get the 411 on how it all started. It’s not as cool or mysterious as Lee Yoon Sung, but it’s my story, and I hope you’ll get some enjoyment out of it.
P.S. If someone can direct me to a 12 step program for k-drama addiction, I’d be eternally grateful. Until then, I’ll just keep doing what I do best: watching k-dramas! Fighting!