I’m just so tired of lazy writers who use the same plot over and over and over: accidental kiss, amusement park date, claw machine, eating late-night ramen, wrist-grab, kidnapping-related phobia or other phobia followed by sudden healing of that very long-term phobia, lying/abusive parents, psychopath parents/siblings, blind dates to make the 1st lead jealous, … Can’t the writers be more creative?! For example, can’t they write a date scene which is unique?! Can’t they write a character who’s grown up normally, without any super tragic past, who is still interesting? Is every person in Korea either Chaebol or paying for his/her parents debt?

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    I would say this. In recent years, there are more varieties in dramas. If you continue to watch the same genre each time, then yeah those topes will feel repetitive. And tropes are meant to do that. Romcoms will always be romcoms. It is very rare that they will bring something new. Oftentimes, they will feel like you’ve seen them before. If you are looking for something unique, you will unlikely find it in romcoms.

    For me, I am very picky of my dramas and I watch dramas from different genres, except weekend dramas. I will not watch romcom dramas consecutively. I will not watch a serious drama after I just finished a drama with a similar themes and tone. Diversification is key, so I can continue enjoying them. Otherwise, it will lose the appeal. If there are no kdramas i like, then I watch Americans dramas.

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    K-Drama still have All Answer Me/Reply series, Prison Playbook, Go Back Couple, Father is Strange, to name a few.

    Or branch out into series from other countries. Japanese, Chinese, Spanish, British, Turkish, Latin America telenovela, Danish, Swedish even Iceland have interesting tv series. You have many options.

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    @drawde2000 @manohira you both have a very good point about diversification! I loved fresh dramas like Reply series, Forest of Secret, or recently Lawless Attorney!! But I believe romcom is what made K-drama an international entertainment! I hope writers stop copying and pasting basically the same thing over and over, and try to be more creative!! In the meantime I’ll try to watch some other foreign series: e.g. Swedish series sounds interesting (I love their movies), any idea where I can find them?!

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      Netflix or illegally (torrent). I believe Netflix has The Killing and The Tunnel two of the most popular swedish series. The second one has been remade by American and British. I personally enjoyed the American remake version, but the rating was not that good so it’s cancelled.

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