|Rosie hasn't watched WHAT yet?!?|
Another year nearly gone, and you know what? I feel I've watched less airing dramas than I did last year! I blame this partly on the overall lack of interesting dramas. But the truth is I think I've become a tiny bit more jaded, and therefore way pickier when choosing what to watch next. Also, mid-year I tackled about 5 airing dramas at a time and that burned me out. More often now I will wait until a series has aired and then marathon it (or drop it..) Maybe it loses some of the excitement that way? Oh well- I like a duller lifestyle. :P
Comparing my stats from 2012's Year In Review, let's line up my progress this year.
Approx Total Dramas Watched (or sampled): 55 (65 last year)
Dramas Watched (or sampled) from 2013: 20 (12 last year)
Verdict so far? I have watched LESS dramas, but attempted more from this year... How did I fair keeping them up though?
Dramas Watched AS THEY AIRED that Weren't Dropped: 9 (6 last year)
Marginally better. However if I could generate a stat for the number of hours spent watching shows, all these numbers would be significantly lower; my trend for 2013 was to actually watch less Kdramas and more of the offerings from Japan and Taiwan. Jdramas = shorter and easier to watch. Kdramas = more time/dedication necessary to complete. Cheating much? Maybe so.
I'm no longer hiding out in a little drama bubble - having reached out to more people in the community, and made more drama friends. (Hooray for drama buddies!) Also- my mom and sister are now dedicated drama addicts (Hooray for my conversion rate!) and my husband is always watching at least one drama with me (I made him watch Nine about 1 week after I marathoned it by myself, and we completed the rewatch in 3 days flat. My eyes were burnt red and watery for a week after).
But being more aware of the blogger community, and general drama world means I have followed the progress of more dramas than I've cared to watch. And the list* includes a shocking amount of crowd favorites that for whatever reason, I refuse to try at this time, or this year. Some are already on my Plan To Watch list; others may need a little persuasion...
*Kdramas only. I'm not qualified to even note how many grand and/or atrocious Jdramas or Twdramas I may have missed this year.
Nail Shop Paris
Is it shameful to say I'm shallow and none of the menfolk in this drama grabbed my interest? Not even with the extra dose of idols in the cast. Plus, nail art doesn't appeal to me. I keep mine short and trim (and not always perfectly clean).
Seems the general consensus once it finished was of a slightly audible "wtf.. huh." ending. Chances of this being added to my completed list are slim to none.
The drama this year I noticed that had everybody on edge! Yet I was already melo-ed out by this point (Is it just me or were there a LOT of dark melos in 2013?)
I'm pleased to say I avoided all spoilers, and there's a high chance I'll get around to watching it in the early part of next year. Hmm, depends on my mood though.. And my moods have been fickle all year long.
Joo Won? Moon Chae Won? How could I not! Well, I'll tell you why not. Yes I adore the actress, but Joo Won still gives me bad Bridal Mask vibes. I also don't have the energy to watch more than one medical drama a year, and I attempted one too many during the early part of 2013 (White Tower... alas, in vain).
BUT people loved this show, and I hear the acting was phenomenal. I'll get around to it. I promise! (When I'll get around to this though is a different matter entirely.)
When a Man Loves
Keke.. I think this was the snark drama of the year! Song Seung Hun has never impressed me much as an actor- I barely tolerated him during his two roles in the Endless Love series, and that more because I was in the mood for depressing love (and his leading lady) than because I liked him.
I actually read partial recaps. Until even those became boring. It's a no forever... Sorry dude. You're just not that pretty enough, shirt or no shirt.
7th Grade Civil Servant
Who doesn't love a good spy-thriller-romance!? ME! Especially when I'm not fond of the leads, AND the first impressions coming through the blogosphere sounded lame.
Maybe if I'm in the mood for a lame story with bad execution. But I seriously doubt I'll ever bother to think of this drama again.
The most anticipated watch of 2013 that I'll probably watch in 2014! (Something like that.) I'll admit, I really want to see this, but I've been too moody and/or plain grumpy and when I see every body jumping on the Secret bandwagon, I get all stubborn and refuse to bite.
There's no getting around though how consensus says this is a top crack drama. When I decide to get off my high horse I'll watch it. And probably marathon watch it, if what I hear about the intensity and pacing is correct.
Who Are You
Not even for
Seems this show has mixed reviews, but my mom watched and loved it so I'm obligated to give it a shot sometime soon. :)
Incarnation of Money
I'll do this one only for Kang Ji Hwan. Someday. I don't admit to being terribly inspired... Law and money, love and passion, and loan sharks don't always appeal to me, but then again you never know when I'm going to get sick of the Kdrama rom-com.
Ignored by half the drama watches worldwide, this one's got a niche following by people who absolutely loved it. I'd like to see what all the fuss is about.
Dating Agency Cyrano
Another drama I skipped just for its hype. I'm kind of sad I did because I love half the cast, and the cameos I read about were numerous!
A definite future watch - just waiting for the mood to strike me right.
Well I never finished the first Iris - I think the best we can hope for the sequel (by most accounts not that good) is that I won't be up for it. Not even for the idol cast.
The best thing to come out of it is probably the OST from Beast. I listen to that one all the time and feel badass. Who needs the drama version?
Hooray! Another drama I avoided all spoilers for! Add it to my ever growing list of revenge dramas I need to watch. Have I mentioned I really love Son Ye Jin (probably not). Well I do. Also... I hear great things of the actors and I've never really given them the time of day either.
You never know. I could start this one right now. Or.. not. But soon. Someday, next year, two years from now.. Or something like that.
Could anyone NOT have heard about this drama? This time last year I was skeptical any sequel to the brilliant 1997 would work, and seems everyone tried this with slim hopes it would distinguish itself. It's not over yet at the time of this post, but from all accounts it's a grand WOW.
Soon as it's done airing, you can bet your house I will be marathon-watching. Now to pick which team I'm on.. Is that how it's going so far? I've been keeping my eyes half shut to all tumblr spoilers.
Medical Top Team
Yuck another medical drama! I swear I really just don't have the time or inclination to watch this one. That is all.
Looking at stills of the cast is all I need. Next!
So for every snob not on board with this last season's crop of overly hyped dramas, there was Suspicious Housekeeper. Intense and mysterious, with scream-inducing cliff hangers (so says my mom), this Jdrama remake sound fabulous.
I will try it out very soon. Kids or no kids, it sounds wildly different than the majority of Kdramas I've yet to add to the watched list.
The Queen's Classroom
Airing on the peripheral margins of my drama scope, here's another supposedly darker and grimmer look at Korean schools. Darker and grimmer and without the bromance of School 2013, is what I actually hear.
I'm not sure it's something I'll actually watch though - unless I get a good deal of persuasion to do otherwise. Dramas featuring real kids aren't always to my taste.
Here's a short series I swore to watch right away! (says me several months ago). At 4 episodes only, this investigative conspiracy plot sounds like an overly long movie- or, like a shorter and more tightly woven drama.
It's a must watch. Right now. (Give me a few more months - Seriously, I will watch it.)
The End of the World
I don't know anything about this drama except that a few people watched it, and the ones that did were impressed. Devoid of all the fluff of the Kdrama standard, this epidemiological investigation drama sounds like a serious change of pace.
Will I watch it? Who knows. But I'd like to stay positive and claim it someday.
For the small-ish list of dramas I did manage to watch this year, you can see my list here. If you think any of the above shows (or even those not listed) should be added to it, I'll all ears. Or.. eyes.