Fixing the Dramaless Life

Posted by Stephanie on April 22, 2015


graphic antisocialIt’s been so long since I’ve been in the game, I’m afraid I’ve forgotten how to play. Now that I have actual time which doesn’t need to be filled with madly copying pasting, and reformatting found posts (final tally, about 650 salvaged, about 900 lost) I’m not sure where to start.

Dare I actually sit on my couch and watch a drama?

To say I’ve been completely drama-less is actually a lie. I’ve tried a few here or there, but, partly because I knew I was so busy and didn’t want to get sucked in, I didn’t choose any big or important ones. Surprise, surprise, my drama experience has not been great. It’s been bad, almost grey even.

flower grandpa

I mentioned in the podcast that on Easter I took a break and watched that Grandpa Flower Detective show. I know—I said I didn’t like it when I attempted it back during the Christmas Kdrama Cram after just one episode—but since then I have been infected by a random Heechul obsession. An odd Super Junior conversation made me look up his Instagram and since then I’ve been hooked on this delightful weirdo.

So when I was reminded he was in the drama, I decided to give it another go—and you know what? Yeah, I was right the first time, it was pretty terrible.

And yet I watched the whole thing. That’s what a Heechul obsession will do to a girl.

we are dating now

Then I tried my hand at an older drama, We Are Dating Now, which I’m sure not many of you have heard of despite it starring a very young So Ji Sub. At first I didn’t like it, then I didn’t hate it, but now? I totally hate it. The entire fudging plot is a love triangle between a girl, the boy next door and her ‘friend’. I put friend in quotes because if I had a friend like that, I’d probably punch them in the mouth. Although, I’m fairly passive aggressive and non-confrontational so I wouldn’t actually punch them in the mouth I’d internally fume and then talk about them behind their back.  Before you think less of me, trust me, this girl is a very, very bad friend.

So I dumped it.Roommate-Season-2__4

To the shock and awe of everyone after much swearing against, saying there would be no way in heck I’d watch, I actually started watching season one of Roommate—and I liked it! GASP! Yes, I still hated the fake match ups, but it was much more real than season 2. You could see the roommates actually trying to live and get along with each other. Season Two seems to be relegated to relying on Jackson’s cuteness and the ‘surprise’ guest of the week. But now I’m almost at the end of both and with the last two week push of nothing but copy paste, copy paste in all my spare time, I have no drive to go back to either.

Sorry guys, my attention span is fickle like that.the lover

I had been looking forward to the drama The Lovers and actually caught the first couple of episodes, but during the last one? I realized I just didn’t like it that much. There is a lack of plot which I usually wouldn’t mind if I liked any of the characters but since most of them irritate the pants off me? It makes for uneasy watching. Add those things into the ‘plots’ which just seem to be a succession of innuendos and sex jokes–this show isn’t for me.

Time is too precious for bad dramas.

So where do I go from here? I need a drama that makes me remember again why I love dramas. There seem to be a few in the works which I’m excited for, like Orange Marmalade and now (still a surprise to me) Producers, but they all start next marmalade

Not to mention after talking comfort watches with Cherry, there are some which I’ve been hankering for a rewatch like Pasta, or Coffee Prince, or When It’s At Night. At a time like this, a crucial juncture in my fandom, do I go and try something new which might not stick for me, which might not be good? Or do I go for a tried and true, one I know that at one point made me go SQUEEEE?

I just don’t know.

Not to mention, the new site still needs tweaking and the last few weeks I’ve put off a writing project I’d been happily working on (yes, yes I’ve been caught into the sink hole of fanfiction—good lord, what has happened to my life???) so if I don’t start something soon, I’ll manage to procrastinate my way out of watching yet again.

So tell me, what are you watching? Do you love it? When you get into a mood like this, how do you get yourselves out, watch something new or go to a tried and true? Help a girl out!



  • Reply KaeKae April 22, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    I’m watching the girl who sees smells/smelly couple. It’s pretty good. I’m also rewatching the Taiwanese version of You’re Beautiful. You could try that (it’s on Viki). It’s not a carbon copy so it will be a rewatch with twists.

    • Reply Stephanie April 24, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Cherry and I tried the first episode of the TW Version of You’re Beautiful! I fell asleep, but that might have been the fact that I was really tired and no reflection on the actual drama…

  • Reply Amber Kmuse April 22, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    I am loving Falling For Innocence. Yes, I know you said death because of the heart transplant plot… but it has Jung Kyung Ho and Yoon Hyun Min and I am in lust….. I mean love…. with both of them. And this is actually a much better version of heart transplant then that drama that shall not be mentioned from last year.

    • Reply Stephanie April 24, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      You’re right, I’d forgotten about that one–although it breaks my heart to think of those two boys competing.

  • Reply kfangurl April 23, 2015 at 7:04 am

    I’m in a mild drama rut myself.. Life’s been hectic and so I’ve been tired. Usually when I’m in this kind of mood, and I’m uncertain about whether a shiny new drama will be cracky enough to help me fall into drama love, I’ll go with a tried & true fave. Y’know, just to remind myself all over again why I love dramas 🙂

  • Reply Aimee April 23, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    If you haven’t watched Foolish Love, I really enjoyed it. Of course I’m watching Witch’s Romance and so far so good. I have been in a terrible drama rut for over a year. There’s not much in the back catalogue I want to watch and I have a hard time waiting for new dramas to finish. I’ve found myself watching a ton of variety and rewatching old favorites. I feel your pain.

    • Reply Stephanie April 24, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Hogu’s Love? And I do have to watch WItch’s Romance, I promised to give it a try.

      • Reply Aimee April 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm

        Yes, Ho Goo’s Love. It was very sweet even though there was some dark subject matter.

  • Reply Maripaz April 23, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Angry mom!! I’m really loving it, and when I’m caught up I plan on checking out falling for innocence and/or girl who sees smells. Also want to wait and see if that divorce lawyers in love series is good. I have residual love for Yeon woo Jin from marriage not dating.

    Excited to hear you may be considering producers!! Have you seen My Sassy Girl? It’s an Asian movie staple that may wash your negative associations with cha tae hyun (?) away. Watching angry mom is quickly washing away my memories of ji hyun woos disastrous turn in Trot lovers so I can go back to thinking of him as Kim boong do. : )

    I tend to watch old episodes only if I’m in a bad mood and need a quick pick me up or don’t have time to invest in anything long. Otherwise there’s always so many more dramas. Bring on the new, I say!

  • Reply Purplerrr April 23, 2015 at 6:02 pm

    Healer and Heart to Heart are two I just finished and loved. Currently am liking The Girl Who Sees Smells. But sometimes I just need to watch some Coffee Prince!

    • Reply Stephanie April 24, 2015 at 8:22 pm

      I keep meaning to rewatch it but it always gets passed up–I may have to do it And Healer is apparently on the must watch list!

  • Reply cupkate April 23, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    You might wanna try Angry mom cause its really good. We all actually experience some sort of a drama slump and in my case Im rewatching some of my fave shows mostly romcoms just to be light.

  • Reply sisterdoc April 26, 2015 at 1:24 am

    I think I share your dilemma, Stephanie. Really too busy to be spending time on kdrama but cold turkey is painful! So, I’m watching Witch’s Romance b/c of the group, Healer at a snails pace, Hero occasionally (the old Kimutaku jdrama), with random dips to rewatch Master’s Sun b/c it makes me smile. Wow…this is my schedule when I’m not “really” watching??!

  • Reply Brenda April 26, 2015 at 2:53 am

    If you haven’t been watching the recent dramas, then definitely Healer, Kill Me Heal Me, and Ho Goo’s Love are excellent places to start.

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