Being Tempted By Dramas

Posted by Stephanie on January 19, 2021


While I said that I wasn’t going to do any resolutions this year. I do have some things I’m aiming to do. One of those things is to finish the dramas I finish. Somehow over the last couple of years, I’ve developed the terrible habit of dropping dramas mid-watch. Doesn’t matter where I am, could be a few episodes in, could be at the halfway point, I could be at the VERY END, and I’ll look back, months later, and realize oh, I never finished that. There’s nothing wrong with these shows (not really), I’m just having some attention span issues. So I resolved, this year, I’m going to finish all my in-process shows. I’m going to eat what I have before I go back to the buffet. Which is good… in theory… but sometimes those other dishes are so appealing!

I’m guessing I might not be alone here.

Currently, not counting the BL and Bubbles shows (though if I’d had my way, I probably would have dropped Oxygen once it took the terrible turn), I’m watching Devil Punisher, where I’m about 10 episodes behind, I started Live On, but honestly never made it past episode one, I DID finish Handmade Love, which I wrote about last week, and Mystic Pop Up Bar.

The other week, I created a Netflix account and then spent the rest of the evening turning it Asian, adding ratings for all the shows I’d seen, adding on the shows I wanted to watch, and adding all the shows I always meant to finish. I’m not going to mention which list was bigger…

So I came into the year with a plan. A focus. And I’m going to say…its not going well. This weekend I may have caved and started the Chinese show, The Untamed and watched 12 episodes, thinking I’d burn through it in a weekend. I got to a super tension-filled part, looked to see how many episodes I had left, saw it was FIFTY… and moved on. I’m sure I’ll go back as even my lovely coworker and newbie Asian drama watcher, Maria, watched it and loved it, but I had things to do! I am very much past the days where I can binge a 50 episodes show in one weekend.

On top of that? I’m going to come out and say it. There are other shows that are tempting my focus right now. While I love Cha Eunwoo, I didn’t think I wanted to watch the show True Beauty, and there was nothing the pics, articles, and gifs could tell me different… and then I saw a Facebook video of what looked to be their first kiss (and man was it a KISS) and now I think I want in.

True Beauty is a romantic comedy about a high school girl Lim Ju Gyeong, who rises to pretty girl fame after she masters the art of make-up from YouTube. She turns into a goddess because of her makeup skills, but would rather die than reveal her bare face to anyone. It tells her love story with the only boy that saw her without makeup, Lee Su Ho. Lee is an attractive and handsome boy who appears cold because of his dark past but is actually very caring. They grow when they meet each other sharing their secrets and finding love with each other, but can Su Ho make Ju Gyeong find her true beauty?

If there are any of you out there who are currently watching this, please tell me, is it worth it? Is it as cute as it looks? Is it relatively real angst-free? Turns out, the first sign of angst, and I turn Runaway Bride. Cha Eunwoo is one of the prettiest people on the planet and I’d say that this was enough for me to watch, but if I’m not watching Minhyun’s drama, I’m not going to be swayed to a drama by a pretty face.

Sorry boys.

Weirdly, as much as I bitched about the number of episodes of The Untamed, there’s a currently airing drama called, Homemade Love Story. Its a weekend family drama currently airing on Viki with this synposis:

Three families live under one roof at a boarding house called Samgwang Villa. Sun Jeong’s family lives a pure and simple life and doesn’t have a lot of money. Jung Hoo’s family is rich but is far from peaceful. Jung Won’s family looks perfect from the outside but is actually quite rocky. Others join these families at Samgwang Villa, each with their own stories. What is the meaning of family in this day and age, with so many single-person households and people choosing not to get married? Let’s meet the people who open their hearts to one another to live and love as a family in Homemade Love Story.

The desire to watch this show doesn’t even make sense! It’s thirty-six episodes. Yeesh. As it’s a weekend family drama it’s going to be filled with angst and turmoil. I literally said IN THIS POST I wasn’t looking for any show that was filled with angst and yet here I am. I used to LOVE weekend dramas and that might be where this weird urge is coming from. Lately I’ve been thinking about a weekend drama I used to really enjoy called Assorted Gems and have been wondering if there’s still anywhere out there that I could watch it. Or maybe not do a full watch, but a highlight reel watch. This one, with all the families living under one roof, perhaps my mind thinks I can simply recreate my original feelings for Assorted Gems.

Anybody watching this one? Are weekend family dramas still the makjang angst fest they used to be in a time where I used to enjoy that?

Then? Isn’t it only a couple of weeks before Rowoon’s noona romance starts to air? I’m thinking it might be time to give up on that plan for the year. Orrrrr… maybe I start here! Forget about the past and start fresh! I can keep my vow but only to shows I actually started this year. Then I’m not backtracking on anything! Right?



  • Reply Nichole January 20, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    True Beauty is a delight. So far, very little angst!

    • Reply Stephanie January 26, 2021 at 8:40 pm


  • Reply Blissfulmochi January 22, 2021 at 8:36 am

    I’ve been watching True Beauty! I did not expect to like it as much as I have. It’s definitely become my happy place for the week, where I can just watch, laugh my head off, and enjoy these high school tropes!

    • Reply Stephanie January 26, 2021 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks for the heads up! I’ll add it to the list!

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