Once upon a time, in a land that’s not so far away and only about 2 years ago, I was the newest entrant into dramaland. I had just consumed Goblin in a record amount of time, setting aside things like household chores and sleep. The question inevitably came to my mind: “What am I going to watch next??” I floundered. I stumbled. I watched things better left unwatched. Then I found drama-watching communities and EVERYTHING changed (KMUSE: We Fangirls ruined her) .
In those heady early days, I chose whatever I wanted. As we all know, though, choosing dramas with no guidance means that sometimes you get sucked into a huge time-waster. And what early drama-watcher has learned the four-hour rule yet? I hadn’t, and I’m a compulsive finisher.
I got over that. Not soon enough, but I got over it.
But my tales of drama-watching woe are not the point of this post, I promise. Instead, I present to you:
HOW TO CHOOSE A DRAMA
First, you must determine what you’re in the mood for. This is best done by asking yourself the following questions.
- Do I need a good laugh?
- Do I need a good cry?
- Do I want to engage my brain and pick up on tiny clues?
- Do I want something that doesn’t require anything of me?
- Am I okay with an ambiguous ending?
- How much main lead stupidity am I willing to endure?
- Do I really, REALLY need a romance?
- Do I want to watch a bunch of coworkers/palace inhabitants work together?
- Do I want to watch a bunch of coworkers/palace inhabitants scheme against each other?
- Am I in the mood for a coming-of-age story?
- Am I in the mood to watching people my own age and their struggles?
- Do I have an adequate amount of chocolate to get me through the emotional parts?
- KMUSE: Or the most important question……which one has the hottest guy in the drama poster?
Oh yeah, it’s a long list. But every question is VITALLY important.
Until it isn’t, and you can’t decide because there are too many options and they all sound good! (KMUSE: Who needs sleep? Just watch all the dramas!)
That’s when you turn to your second option — peer pressure.
That’s not how you spell “get a little help from your friends.”
If you’re not part of a close-knit drama watching community, get involved in one now! I highly recommend Facebook pages for that one. And then you’ll find great people who can steer your drama watching in more positive directions. They can tell you things like “Avoid Wild Romance unless you really, REALLY love Lee Dong Wook.” Y’know, little helpful nudges to send your drama watching in the right direction.
Conversely, they will also “encourage” you to watch really brilliant dramas like The Last Empress or The Crowned Clown (KMUSE: These dramas are a gift to mankind and need to be watched ASAP). Usually that encouragement comes in a form similar to this:
Your third option is to pick an actor or an actress or a writer you like and try one of their dramas. That’s what I did and that’s how Wild Romance happened. (KMUSE: This is actually how I first started my kaddictions. Can anyone say Hello Lee Min Ho?)
Seriously, use the other two methods first. Preferably together. Sometimes, letting your friends twist your arm isn’t such a bad thing. (KMUSE: The real #1 rule–Kbesties know best.)
What about you, drama fans? How do you choose your next drama? Tell me in the comments below.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a drama to watch. Until next time, I remain–
Karie the Maknae (& KMUSE, who came to hijack her drama-watching life and this post)
Dramas with a Side of Kimchi