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12 dramas I thought I’d watch if I only had time, but turns out that time was just my excuse


 

Or, alternately: “12 dramas I would prefer to already have seen, without having to actually see them.”

 

  1. Protect the Boss. I must have just missed the window. Would rather rewatch Kill Me, Heal Me to get my fix of rom-com Ji Sung with a badass heroine. Don’t really want to rewatch Kill Me, Heal Me, though. So.
     
  2. Thank You. Everyone swears it’s uplifting and amazing and heartwarming. I believe you. I don’t care, I’m not watching a drama about a precocious adorable girlchild who gets AIDS.
     

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  4. Let’s Eat, Season 1. I jumped into this franchise with Season 2, and found Seo Hyun-jin such a charming and equal match-up with our hero that I just can’t go back a season to watch him fall in love with another girl who won’t stick around. I’m sure I would be just as into the foodie montages as ever, but the whole future failed loveline concept would make me so impotently angry that it would just give me indigestion.
     
  5. King 2 Hearts. I forget what exactly caused me to drop this drama when it was airing, but I have an inkling that it may have had to do with Lee Seung-gi’s irritatingly immature character, which I found so annoying that I couldn’t stick it out until he grew out of it. (Does he grow out of it? I sure hope so. I could see why his bodyguard would want to shoot him in the back of the head.) But everyone who loves it really loves it, and it’s got that cult appeal that usually speaks to me. Even if I already know how it ends and who unexpectedly dies in the eleventh hour and caused a wailing and gnashing of teeth whose echoes can still be heard today.
     

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  7. Punch. This seems like it would be so good. I’ve heard great things. Kim Rae-won is so amazing many/most of the times. But the longer this languishes on my watchlist, the more I realize that while there are some shows that make you wish you were the type of person who enjoyed watching certain kinds of shows, there are other shows that you actually enjoy watching. Embrace this honesty, life’s too short. For me, Punch is the kind of show that would make me feel like a smart viewer with superior taste, the kind who likes only underrated things and sees genius where normies miss it, damn ’em. Alas, I am an ordinary viewer with populist tendencies, and no longer care what people think about my taste. If I could upload this show directly into my brain, though, I’d do it in a flash.
     

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  9. Forest of Secrets. Ditto above.
     
  10. A Wife’s Credentials. I’m really okay with not being a highbrow viewer. Middlebrow is where it’s all, yo.
     
  11. Prosecutor Princess, or any other old Park Shi-hoo drama, for obvious reasons.
     
  12. Any old Yoochun drama, for yet more obvious reasons.
     

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  14. Assembly. It seems like it would be a good show, with that amazing cast; Jung Jae-young is an awesome film actor. But it’s about a down-home, ordinary man who climbs his way up into politi—zzzz, bored already.
     
  15. Bride of the Century. I caught the first episode of this show and didn’t have many thoughts about it. It was okay, not really my thing. Normally my viewing choices aren’t affected by other people’s opinions, but in this particular instance, I was bombarded with a curious number of angry emails accusing me of refusing to watch this drama, how dare I. So I will likely never watch this show, because I have a cat, who has taught me not to reward bad behavior.
     
  16. Aurora Princess, New Gisaeng Story, or any crazypants makjang drama from crazypants writer Im Sung-han, because her stuff sounds insane and hilarious, probably unintentionally. But they’re mostly long-running weekend or daily dramas, and who has that kind of time to be backhandedly entertained?
     


 

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javabeans sounds like she's having a really really bad drama slump =(

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Which is terrible.. but if it means we keep getting more such fun existentialism listicles, I say the slump is bringing on her snarky best ! =)

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It is terrible but we get to "see" Javabeans more often ❤ I've missed Javabeans' input on DB since she hasn't been recapping for awhile. Its great to see her new posts although these are built upon her slump. Hopefully writing these posts will clear her mind and bring her and us out of our current slump :)

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Javabeans, hwaiting!!

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I'm worried too but I don't know how to help a friend who's in a slump. Recommending more kdramas won't work. Nothing sounds appealing when you're in a slump. I wish we can mail her actual puppies for hugging. :(

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Nah. In the mood she seems to be in (and with nothing else to view) she'd most likely put a mailed puppy and her cat in a confined space and watch them cage fight. (Disclaimer: please note this is sarcasm. I do not advocate harming of kitties or puppies in any way. Nor do I suggest that Javabeans would actually do such a cruel thing. )

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Or more kitties!
I only recommend watching Live Up to Your Name BTS. The BTSes been giving lots of people lots of warm and fuzzy feelings. That's some crazy chemistry going on between Kim Nam Gil and Kim Ah Joong.

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Where can I get this BTS? Youtube? I'm currently having a withdrawal symptoms of Live Up to Your Name 😭😭

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yeha, Youtube, or the shipper's thread at Soompi

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Maybe javabeans needs to take a break from kdramas for a while. I know it sounds crazy, but sometimes too much dramas is not good for you. Since we all know kdramas have multiplied in numbers and genres it's hard to catch up every single thing. I know this because I already have a headache just to choose which one I need to watch and which one I have to ditch. Imagine if you're running a site dedicated to kdramas and you're flooded with them and you just feel, "well I just cannot do it anymore, it's too much for me". Just my two cents.

Maybe you could take a vacation or do other things to clear up your mind, javabeans?

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Taking a break doesn't sound crazy at all. I think it's the best solution when in a slump, especially if one has been watching k-dramas for years like Javabeans seems to have. There's no good in forcing oneself to watch them, from experience after taking a break I can come back with a fresh mind and rediscover what made me love k-dramas in the first place.
It's like when you discover a food you love so you start eating it every other day and for awhile it's delicious but then even thinking of that food starts to make you sick so you need to take a break from it before being able to enjoy the taste again.

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Or maybe she's outgrown kdramas (gasp) ? I'm just saying, that it's not a a bad thing after all. She knows more than anyone else to value herself above any other. Life happens.

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It's all good y'all, she's a writer before anything else so if this helps her write different stuff, it breaks the monotony in our lives and hers... I hope you're ok otherwise though, @javabeans, besides the drama slump. ❤

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But at least she's not in a writing slump

#writingaboutnotwritingaboutkdramas

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Suspicious Partner and Shopping King Louie for me. Those two dramas sit at my desktop, screaming for me to play. I've heard how popular those are in DB community, but I just can't..
Instead, I wait relentlessly for AoY. And every single day without it is like a torture to me.

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Ha, are you me? I keep rewatching Age of youth season 1 and season 2 while waiting for the finale episode/s

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Shopping King Louie doesn't have much of a plot, skip it unless you are a huge fan of the leads.

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Suspicious Partner was fun in the beginning but really lost steam and most of my interest by about episode 8. There are some really hot kiss scenes though!

I loved Shopping King Louie. It was a simple romance but super cute and adorable with good chemistry between the 2 leads.

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These two are both fun and cute pick-me-up dramas to watch when you're having a bad day (especially Shopping King Louis!), but plotwise indeed not to compelling.
I'd watch it to counterbalance a darker drama like Rescue Me with some cute.

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If I could only have watched 2 kdramas this past 16-17 season, it would have been Shopping King Louie and Chicago Typewriter. Though there have been other good dramas that I have also loved this past season.... those two are the ones that had the most impact on me. Plus both had an outstanding OST. Chicago Typewriter was amazing and a work of art. (and even inspired me as an artist to work on a photography project indirectly related to Chicago Typewriter). Shopping King Louie just touched my heart with it's innocence and beauty of the characters. And amazingly, that particular kdrama quickly taught me about 7 Korean phrases, due to Seo In Guk's incredible acting. (made it easy to understand the Korean words because he was communicating more at a human level than as a Korean and the words stuck with me) So maybe you shouldn't give up on Shopping King Louie just yet.... it does have a rough start in the first few episodes, but then it smooths out beautifully.

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My problem with those two dramas is that I find the female lead off-putting. There's some actors who are a pass for me and unfortunately Korean audiences and I don't see eye to eye more often than not because most of the actors on my "pass" list are very popular.

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I have a lot of these! Signal, lookout, live up to your name, my love from another star, circle, partner, shopping king Louie and even goblin. I want to watch all of them so bad, but whenever I have free time, I ended up not watching.. and I watch produce and 101 and catching up with 2 days 1 night. I know a lot of these dramas are super well received and some are quite old but idk why I don’t feel like watching. The only drama I’m into right now is age of youth, and I’d say 40% is because the actor who took over onew’s character is one of the trainees who joined produce 101

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I haven't watched:

Signal & Misaeng because I'm weird like that. I want to, given the rave reviews, but I always ended up watching other things. Excuses.

Yet to watch Tree With Deep Roots & Six Flying Dragons. Figure I havent started TWDR so it feels unfair to watch SFD since its the prequel. Excuses.

Liar & His Lover. The hype couldn't pull me in. I wish I would... one day. Excuses.

Couldn't finish Circle no matter what people say. Excuses.

Only see snippets of Goblin & all Kim Eun Sok's dramas. Because I keep dozing off every time I watch one. Excuses.

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omg yes i wanna watch misaeng, six flying dragon too..i know im gonna love these shows so much since i followed a lot of their news but still, clicking the play button felt so hard, and then i got distracted with something else on youtube

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I feel you! I avoided all spoilers from those dramas like crazy but every time I wanted to start, I got distracted by something else.

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We have a similar list, although I have given up on Misaeng after 15mins.

Signal...very interesting but I decided to give up hoping the lead would be replaced after episode 1...you know like the movie "The Beauty Inside 2012 or 2015(Korean)", okay another two movies to add to my watch list.

SFD and Goblin though...so epic looking...so I will complete these two...taking my own grand time though.

Circle looks good though but the Liar and His Lover, I wonder what is this show about is it about an affair?

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The Liar and His Lover is a light and puffy rom com, based on a manhs, which spiked the comment section on DB when it aired. I'm crazy about manga to drama adaptation esp rom com, but I don't know why I just couldn't start this one yet. I mean, I want to but...

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Misaeng had a great cast and totally off-kilter sense of humor that I appreciated, but I found it a very slow watch (the long episodes didn't help). Personally, I was not a huge fan of Signal - the older leads were great, but I also didn't care much for the main lead from either an acting or a writing perspective, and most of the secondary characters were either evil killers or innocent victims and were therefore not especially interesting.

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Goblin is way more fun if you just FF everything with the female lead. You probably know the rough outline of the story already, and the cranky uncle show is really fun and funny. But yeah, could have done with an editor, and a total rethink on the primary romance.

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I'm guilty of catching all those funny/ cute scenes on youtube but not actually watching the whole show. Same goes to DOTS. I really did try!

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LOL maybe i need to do this. i tried watching Goblin, and for the first time i found myself getting truly annoyed by a female lead so much that i stopped watching. i'm usually lenient on female leads so i honestly don't know what happened there.

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I would definitely recommend Live Up to Your Name, which miraculously was able to pull me out of my drama slump (however, now that it's over...).

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I don't think Signal could ever be as good as fans think it is and I'd probably be disappointed if I didn't have some religious moment while watching so yeah.. I'm not going to watch it. Never watched My Love from Another Star either, and I don't even know why.

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Alas, I am an ordinary viewer with populist tendencies, and no longer care what people think about my taste. If I could upload this show directly into my brain, though, I’d do it in a flash.

Hahaha! My motto &wish in life! =)
*thinking of War & Peace by Tolstoy*

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ROFL at war and peace.

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I tried plowing through War and Peace in high school. Masochism at its finest. Had to repeatedly skip extended chunks of it -- much like glossing over John Galt's 90-page rant in Atlas Shrugged.

I was much better off taking a year of Russian history in college. ;-)

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OMG!! FINALLY someone else you thought Atlas shrugged was flaky..!!! Gosh I would get such dirty looks.. as if i was an uncultured non-intellectual cuz I didnt like the book.. and all I could ever think of was Atlas shrugged, Ayn Rand was trying too hard to sound impressive..

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Actually, I got a lot of great food for thought from Atlas Shrugged. But that monologue on the radio or whatever made my eyes glaze over. I compiled a great list of inspiring quotes that popped out at me. Alas, I put it in a safe place. :-(

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Or for more contemporary literature, David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest and Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time 😛 My head aches just thinking of opening the book and getting past the first chapter, lol

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Oh I have actually read brief history of time.. it was my stepping stone into the nerdom in school! Watte book! But i totally get you.. definitely not an easy read!

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hush.. for me that book is game of the thrones.. honestly tried watching the tv series.. tried reading the book.. my best.. first few minutes of ep 1 when the horses walk on snow leaving footprints.. and first 100 pages of book 1..

Its soporofic

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there are times when i wonder if I should just read wiki and get the story in some 30 odd minutes

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i actually did that.

dont think i missed anything much

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At a time when everyone and her aunt was praising Women Who Run with the Wolves, my sister-in-law sent me a copy. Try as I might, I simply couldn't get into it. And I'm someone who grew up reading Bulfinch's Greek and Roman Mythology and asked for The LIFE Treasury of American Folklore for her birthday. (I still have it.)

De gustibus non est disputandum. ;-)

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You brought me to shivers after reading "War & Peace by Tolstoy", brought me back to English Lit class

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Hahah! My bad.. I enjoyed Anna Karenina.. but could just never get in War&Peace.. although I could probably quote a million quotes from it cuz apparently u aint literate w/ literature unless you've read it!

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I actually read that book in Junior High for the first time, but I didn't get a lot of it. I re-read it in college and I loved it the second time around. but then again I love russian literature. _< anyways.

but a book that makes me feel that way: all of Coelho's books... like everybody and their nanny has told me they liked them and I haven't been able to get past one chapter of The Alchemist.

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glad am not the only one.. Alchemist is so poorly written. gift from my parents..

At the end, i was seriously wondering what made this 4th grader writer's fantasy so famous? And the things he talks about aren't even new

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Ditto. My "I should probably watch these because they have some of my catnips" list is so long aand extensive, I cry a little inside just glancing at it but I dont have it in me to.

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I want to go back to Signal so bad, but I'm never in the mood (stuck at episode 4). Still hoping that I will be one day, I'll grab that mood and run with it.

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LOL ditto #3, #8 and #9. there's no way i can watch Let's Eat 1 and jump onboard a ship i know doesn't last LMFAO. also Awl, which i feel like i'd really have to work up towards. and Seven Day Queen, which i'd promised myself i'd give another try when i was in a different mood, but still haven't.

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Besides FoS, I haven't seen any of those shows? Am I missing out? Are any of them worth it. I can't do slow paced, or tragedy but anything else I can handle.

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Let's Eat and King 2 Hearts are good imo. Fast paced with good characters development.

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If you loved FoS, I recommend the first half of Punch. So GOOD!

Also, Thank You is a lovely, warm drama. Jang Hyuk at his best. Highly recommend.

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Jang Hyuk is the reason it's on my list in the first place.

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I loved Protect the Boss a lot. It was wacky as hell. Second leads are not annoying (gasps!). Bride of the Century is an easy watch.

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These two are near the top of my favorites list. Have rewatched them twenty times. Or more.

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King2Hearts is an entertaining watch! <3

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I haven't seen any of these shows except FOS either! Nor am I interested in watching the rest, except Punch maybe. If I could just get to myself to start it...

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I really loved A Wife's Credentials (so maybe that makes me highbrow??? haha)

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You've got company in Highbrowland. I wonder what else I should watch to enhance my Pretentiousness Quotient? I'm watching my Ps and Qs! ;-)

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me too! loved A Wife's Credentials, Punch and FoS (my kind of shows)

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See my comment #49. Your mileage may vary, but I enjoyed several of them. And I still intend to get around to THANK YOU. ;-)

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Seems like everyone have this kind of dramas that we just couldn't watch for whatever reason. Mine would be Thank You, I'm Sorry I Love You, Joseon X-Files, Pasta, and Drinking Solo.

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I was puzzled that I had a hard time getting into JOSEON X-FILES. I think it may have had something to do with the darkness of the sets, which made it difficult for me to see details, even on a laptop.

I should give it another whack now that I've watched many more Kdramas in the interim. I can't recall if I read recaps. That might help. Or maybe the subtitles I was reading at the time were not so hot.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one who was bothered by the "literal" darkness of Joseon X-Files. I felt like I spent half the time just trying to see what was happening. Personally the show never really clicked with me, despite the fact that I love historical dramas and I thoroughly enjoyed the original X-Files. It just felt like there were a lot of set-ups that never paid off in satisfying ways and that they were angling for a season 2 that never happened.

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You have to watch "I'm Sorry I Love You", you just have to!!!

Okay I get that it would not be so fun because it is so sad, but it is a classic and is probably the only So JiSub drama I finished. Sorry SoJiSub, I love you, though...sounds reverberated...I know.

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number 8 and 9 really hit dark spot. right now on my cable channel is airing Rooftop Prince and i just change the channel as quickly as i can. my favorite drama of his is 3 Days and he ruined it badly.

i tried the predecessor of Punch is Empire of Gold, but i guess i make a mistake of starting at last ep and seeing Go Soo at the beach/ocean the last scene, make me think that i can say these kind of drama is not my cup of tea.

with new batch of drama starting next week onwards, i really Javabeans wil be relieve from severe drama slump. in the meantime, another batch top 10 list,pretty please??

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I don't know when I'll complete my to-watch-lists either. For unknown reasons, if I have more free time, I rather re-watching some old drama than choosing any drama from this list.

So yes time is just an excuse... in order to make ourselves less guilty lol. At the end, heart choose what it wants. 😆

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Haha.. Me too. Despite making a solemn promise to myself that I would watch those dramas when I have free time, I always ended up picking up drama special or variety show.

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I end up rewatching too. 😅🙌

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I don't know about Punch but Forest of Secrets is seriously GOOD! But it's the source of my drama slump till Age of Youth 2 came into the scene so I honestly don't know how to help you @javabeans 😭 But virtual hugs 🤗🤗🤗

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While I thought Punch was well made and well acted, I personally didn't love it, mainly because of its really bleak view of human nature and its overly pat ending. However, like you, I loved Forest of Secrets. Both shows deal with corruption and are beautifully produced, but FOS actually has characters worth caring about to go with its twists and turns.

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Oohhhhh so it's gonna take a while for to start watching Punch 😅 FOS makes you even care for villains 🙃

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Yeah, the characters in Punch had very little redeeming qualities. In fact that world where the justice system is nothing but a toy in the hands of ambitious baddies playing with it was doomed, so I'll never recommend it. Well shot and acted, but lacking on other fronts that should leave you wanting more instead of just relieved that it ended and you no longer have to care about that place.
But this revelation does make me want to watch FOS!

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If this drama slump is bringing on all these entertaining articles... I'm all for it, heh. And interestingly, I haven't watched a single one of these dramas before, either.

"Alas, I am an ordinary viewer with populist tendencies, and no longer care what people think about my taste." -- I've never related to anything more before. I like my rom-coms, my cliches, and my chaebols, and those devastatingly handsome men, and I don't care what people think about my taste. :B

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Aigoo aigoo @Javabeans , *there there* I have only seen Forest of secrets for the drama listed above. It's one of my favorite dramas but sometimes mood plays a bigger part in drama watching even if the drama is good and you know it is. I've put on hold again Rebel Thief for example, I appreciate it but I know I'm not in the right mood to enjoy it at its fullest. Take your time, maybe watch some variety shows or movies or do other activities you enjoy, let's hope drama slump will go on its own ;) or the baddie behind it will stop spreading drama slump around ^^' . Aja aja hwaiting \o/ !

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Nah... it's not about mood, it's more about one's particular interest. I've been following dramabeans since 2009 and after reading so many DB's posts I know that my my cup of drama certainly different from JB's taste. While JB can't force herself to start Punch and Forest of Secrets..those two are my love.

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Give Bride of the Century another go.....its an easy watch and the script was solid

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I did so love Thank You though, that I practically wrote a whole Why You Should Watch entry for it. But yeah, when described like that, certainly it doesn't sound very appealing. LOL

@javabeans I hope you get out of your slump soon! I do feel that the inertia of starting is actually the hardest part of the slump to get over. Once you finally drag yourself to press play, hopefully you'd get sucked into the drama and remember why you had to stop yourself from sleepless nights and marathoning last time.

화이팅! ❤️

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Watch The Sound Of Your Heart instead. It is short and will make you laugh 😁

Javabeans, one day you will find that one drama which gets you back!! Fighting!! 😘

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Where did you find Sound of Your heart with eng subs btw? I could only find them with 10 episodes provided Viki and DF isn't available in my region.

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It's on Netflix. In the US and Canada atleast. Not sure outside of that. I've not seen it yet but my friend is and he says it's pretty funny.

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@Dorotka, @TrinPie,

Thanks for your pointer to THE SOUND OF YOUR HEART. We subscribe to Netflix, so that will make it easy to find.

Short and hilarious is a winner in my book any day. Mahalo!

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The Sound of Your Heart is really funny. A lot of second hand embarassment, if you can handle that. I happened upon it while browsing through Netflix and wasn't expecting anything. So glad I found it! I laughed like crazy person on the train while commuting to and from work!

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@Jenmole,

I think I can survive the second-hand embarrassment since it's not real life. ;-)

The idea of LMAO is very appealing. Thanks for your enthusiastic recommendation. ;-)

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Omo ditto @1,3,4,5,6,7,9,10,11,12!
So I have only seen 2 out of these 12 completely!
And dropped 3/10 2 episodes in! They were good shows. I just didn't care enough.

But 'Thank You' was a gem indeed.

More importantly, 2 articles later and I am finally starting to worry! What can we do to help @javabeans?
Suggest a variety show? It helped me! Still helping actually!
or something completely away from K-related things?
Maybe a trip? A month long much deserved holiday? Spa? Mani-pedi?

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I had to read your comment thrice before I could make out that toy actually skipped 3 and 8.. are my grey cells dying from the cathode ray massacre which javabeans referred to last time?!

Maybe drama slumps are a good thing then!

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LOL!
Yeah I didn't need to write it like that! I could just have written that I have watched 2 and 8 (not 3 dear Unicorn :P)

I really do believe drama slumps are good! I liked the time away and now I am loving gradually easing back into them!

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Oh gosh..i got it wrong even after reading it thrice??! I'm gonna blame it on typos.. *on denial over the brain cells frying*

Here's hoping I fall into one.. but considering that they are my procrastination/ thesis working coping mechanism..i don't see it happening until the thesis is done too! 😂

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Hahha... *keep denying it till you yourself believe it*

Hey, dramas help de-stress a lot! I always turn to dramas when I have an exam coming up or an assignment due! Some of my best work is done just minutes away from deadline. And then I tell myself the age-old "if I am this good after procrastinating, how good I would have been if I had just studied" ;)

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Managing to do pretty well despite working last minute on deadlines? That was me as well.. life was soo good back then!

but learnt the lesson the hard way in the PhD.. there is just no getting away with last min work in it.. Sigh.. experiments just dont work that way.. double sigh

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Hehhe.. you sound like a 60 year old ajhumma rather than a 27 yr old student!

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:D
i usually have the personality of tiny tot but another alternate personality is an ahjumma (who i like to think is fancy like the healer one.. only i cant crotchet or make kimbaps)

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Whenever I'm in drama slump or have no desire to finish my to-watch-drama list, which I ended up not gonna watch it anyways (with whatever excuses I have) I just rewatch back my old favourites. It can be one drama, or two, or ended up spending a whole week finishing all collections I have in my 1 Terabyte HD and then feeling super content. Somehow it works for me, because later I realize I am interested to watch new dramas again...

This plan might not work for some. But I hope you can pull yourself out from this hollow @javabeans

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#3 is actually what I went through! I'd watched Season 2 first, and then watched the first episode of Season 1. It was a whole new experience where I actively strongly disliked the thought of our main couple getting together, as I knew they were going to split up anyway. I managed to last 15 minutes of ep 1 before I switched to something else - which might have been the final episode of season 2.

Our hero and Seo Hyun-jin were so great together that even the thought of a series 3 where maybe they've split up as well, makes me want to cry. Don't do that to me dramagods.

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I hope you get out of your slump soon, Javabeans, but in the neantime your existential Buzzfeed articles are giving me life.

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I have been meaning to watch Sungkyunkwan Scandal for ages because Park Min-young and Song Joong-ki, but... Yoochun...

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Oh, and it's also making me miss out on Yoo Ah-in 😒 Curse Yoochun.

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Don't worry this is the one show where SLS is the syndrome everyone wants to get. Trust me!!! Skks got me watching Sageuk/Fusion/Historical/Period when I didn't want to try anything new. The first name I saw was Yoo Ah-In and I was like well I never disliked Park Min Young but if she ends up with Yoochun that's her character's loss in the show...lol.

No one overacted or underacted in the show for me, everyone was perfectly chosen for each role.

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SKKS is one of my fave dramas with one of my favorite heroines (Kim Yoon Hee/Shik!), but yeah...Yoochun makes it hard to rewatch. Maybe within the next decade, someone can create an app to do a search and replace of actors' faces we don't want to see.

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For me, My Love from The Stars and I Hear Your Voice. Despite their popularity I really can't get trough post episode 2/3.

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I watched YFAS 2 years after it aired, and yet to catch IHYV too..

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Finally, someone validated every thought I ever had about King 2 Hearts. I made it through about 4 episodes and that's 4 hours I'll never get back.

Drama-watching should be fun, not an obligation!

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I wanted to watch K2H but I got spoiled big time by the ending so I gave up completely
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Okay. Now, I'm getting really worried.

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Can't watch Let's Eat 2 for obvious reasons. I keep pretending Season 2 never happened as I liked Let's Eat 1 so much.

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Same here, season 2 never happened! :D
And btw, in Age of Youth 2, I'm perfectly fine with how the story of Eunjae and Jong Yul continued, because it made sense... and because Jong Yul is actually dating season 1 Eunjae while season 2 Eunjae just learns from the experience and continues with her life. Aah, being in denial feels soo good ^^

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me too re: Let's Eat. I like Seo Hyun Jin, but I don't want to say goodbye to the first season's pairing especially when the couple was still together after like a 3 year time jump

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@javabeans that sounds exactly like me. To be honest, there are times when I question my choice of dramas since the ones I like tend to be less on the intellectual side. Life at work is pretty exhausting mentally that I tend to look forward to pure entertainment. 😓
But it makes me feel inferior when I'm unable to appreciate or see what other Beanies see in many of the dramas you mentioned in the list.
Never thought kdrama watching can be this difficult

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I never question my choice of dramas since years ago, when I read or dreamed that Hugh Grant said sth on the lines of... he chose to do comedies and would never win an Oscar, most probably, because Oscars go to moving movies with strong messages and all that, but he was happy with his choice. Well, even if it was a dream and he never said that, it was a good message, if I enjoy comedies why am I going to force myself to watch sth serious I don't really feel like watching just to feel I did sth productive with my time?

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As my grandmother always used to say, "This is supposed to be a treat, not a treatment."

I think that a lot of it comes down to the mood I'm in. Sometimes escape via comedy from the bad news that unundates us is the order of the day. At other times, the soul needs to hear a heroic tale, even if it doesn't have a happy ending.

Or maybe I'm in need of catharsis and don't consciously realize it. There's a lot to be said for the emotionally-balancing effects of a good cry.

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Write a comment...thanks dramabeans for the recaps.... but can't we get a woman of dignity and lingerie girls generation recaps before there's drama jam

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I returned to LINGERIE GIRLS' GENERATION ep. 1 recap just to see if anyone showed up after the finale. Or maybe we just have to go over to Open Thread. ;-)

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For me, Punch is the kind of show that would make me feel like a smart viewer with superior taste, the kind who likes only underrated things and sees genius where normies miss it, damn ’em.

lol it's true tho. not just punch but many many dramas that sounds smart and interesting but maybe simply isn't my cup of tea that I can't get myself to watch them. But If I could upload this show directly into my brain, though, I’d do it in a flash as javabeans say, I would lol xD

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Well alot of people questiong my taste also. Bcause i usually love something majority of viewers seems to dislike so much. Well at least javabeans know what i feel. But what‹s wrong loving punch though? Is it awsome watching something which respect your viewers intelegent? Because it's become more and more difficult finding those kind of drama

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I think that if javabeans is so bored and has so much extra time, she should make the Father is Strange post she always talked about!

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I am also in a drama slump. After FOS, the only drama i completed was school 2017. That show was refreshing, sweet, and lovable. Except that, I think i have dropped around 8 dramas after FOS, which are currently airing. The only 2 dramas i am watching are Age of Youth 2 and While you were sleeping. Age of youth 2 takes million of years to get subbed, and it is so frustrating. So the only drama which make me kind of bring back to the dramaland, would be while you were sleeping. I am praying to dramagods, please dont ruin this.

From the list, similar to javebeans i have dropped majority of them.

1. Kill me heal me.: This show was literally a headache. I watched upto ep 6 or something. It just didnt fit my bill.
2. Punch : Depressing episodes in the beginning. So decided to quit. Maybe if this aired around this time,i would have watched it. Who knows?
3. Hyde , jekyll and me : Also dropped from ep 4. I just could not beyond this ep.
4. King 2 hearts : I skipped tons of episodes to go to the ending. Does this count as a quitting or merely hanging on?
5. let's eat : watched the first 4 ep , and i got done with it. Food did appeal me, the story and direction didnt.
6. Flower boy next door : dropped. No comments
7. Descendants of the Sun (DOTS) : Ugh, way too cheesy for my taste. Dropped it around ep 3.
8. Bell Ami : I sincerely am proud of MYSELF for dropping this.

And the list continues... just cant seem to remember all.

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For me mostly I can't finish the dramas for multiple reasons.. So I might watch first few episodes or even watch until the penultimate ep, but can't bring myself to finish the whole thing. I think I have whole collection of unfinished dramas by now.

So here it is.. 12 dramas I thought I'd watch:
1. Misaeng (only up until 8 eps I think)
2. Signal (ditto)
3. Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim (medical genre isn't my favorite)
4. Six Flying Dragons (too long)
5. Awl (too serious)
6. Nine (dislike the female lead)
7. Night Light (wish the story is more interesting)
8. Yawang/Queen of Ambition (too makjang + Yunho in it)
9. Marry Me, Mary (even my love for MGY can't convince me to watch this mess)
10. Bad Guy (never really interested in the premise)
11. Princess Man (or any drama with Park Si Hoo in it)
12. Sungkyunkwan Scandal (or any drama with Park Yoochun in it)

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Six Flying Dragons is insanely good. I watched it as it aired but I can see how it is probably too long for someone who likes to marathon dramas.

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my first 50 episodes.. watched it because of reviews here and had nothing else to watch..

BUT man.. seriously marathoned it.. 3 days!.. yup!

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SFD: 50 divided by 3 equals about more than 15 a day ave. ...wow alasecond...wow!!!

@kanzcech, just ignore Park Yoochun, trust me it gets easier after episode 3...if I remember correctly. He was more like a teacher or lecturer than a student. Also one of my favorite teachers in a drama is in SKKS, now that teacher was more cool than Park Yoochun's self-righteous character that got easy to ignore, even fast-forwardable because his character was so predictable.

Don't get me wrong though, I liked all for leads in this, well placed.

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I watched Empress Ki which have 51 episodes and I survive! Ha. I think I need encouragement to start those long sageuks like Six Flying Dragons, Jumong, QSD & Dae Jang Geum (I've watched the last three but only in my language I wish someday I'll be able to watch the series in Korean)

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All of the above too! Except Nine and SKKS. FInally watched Nine last year and I was lucky to catch Sungkyunkwan Scandal before the Yoochun scandal. (Hey it rhymes!)

I wanted to watch Princess Man so badly but by the time I finally ready to start, Park Shi Hoo happened so...

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Me too! I watched TPM for like 3 or 4 eps, but then PSH scandal happened so I can't finish it.

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It kind of sounds as if Forest of Secrets has come across as a bit worthy rather than enjoyable? Honestly not the case.

Kill Me Heal Me I didn't think was that good but, dreadful extension aside, I really enjoyed Protect the Boss. Forget heroines etc - watch it for the dad, the elevator scenes and, for me, an unusually good 2nd lead female really more interested in getting some female friends at the end of the day.

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Yes, Forest of Secrets is really well made, but it's also a really fun, fast-paced watch. There are some shows I've slogged through because they were "prestige" shows, but this one is marvelous simply as a crime thriller - it's what I wanted Signal to be - a similar focus on internal corruption and solving tough cases but with a whole lot more character depth, especially in the antagonists. I also liked the fact that it stayed focused on a single case and never devolved into a procedural with a case-of-the-week format.

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I loved Protect The Boss. The side characters all cracked me up. I mean I liked the main characters but like you said the Dad was hilarious along with the secondary girl. She was just so pitiful and just desperate for friends. Like how her employees made her take a cab home because she had drank too much at a work party, but her pitifully saying she didn't drink anything.

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For me, it's Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. I didn't watch it when it aired because in the teasers, Nam Joo Hyuk made be believe his character was a wooden plank. My friends told me he was better in the actual show, and he was really cute with Bok Joo... but.. eh. I wish this show could have been downloaded directly into my brain too.

Hope you're ok, Javabeans, maybe you need to make a list of things that you wish would happen to get you out of a drama slump? :D

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Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is a really charming feel good drama. Watch it when you are in a bad mood to lift your spirits.

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It was a really cute drama and Nam Joo Hyuk was adorable in it. Him and Lee Sung-Kyung were so cute together. They were like 2 puppies playing in a field of flowers.

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Oh gosh you just reminded me that I still need to finish this drama. I only have like 2 or 3 episodes left!! Gahhhh. Got distracted with newer shows. I had watched it after it had finished airing and so I fell behind during the active recap threads.

This drama was very cute and a pleasant watch though. I need to get back to it! xD

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Aw, poor JB! Hang in there!

Perhaps because I came to your site again when I was lost and unsure what I should be watching in 2011, I've just gotten used to taking a chance on a past show and knowing what it's like to be rewarded when I did. I would have missed Joseon X-Files, The Princess's Man, and several other gems if it weren't for you.

Still, it's funny to note how I've had a problem with several shows on your list as well. Now that I've been live-watching for a while, there are so many shows that I'm so sure I'll be catching later (perhaps because I so successfully marathoned in the past?), but end up never having enough drive to click play.

This has happened with so many Lee Jun-ki dramas lately (pretty much since Two Weeks) that it breaks my heart. I've had a plan to watch Time Between Dog and Wolf, to make up for the lack of good dramas for him, for forevvvvverrrr....but even that doesn't ever happen.

I wonder, though, have you ever been rewarded by going and checking out a show you missed or didn't think you'd like at first? I feel like the only time I remember this happening was Sweet 18? I feel like when you're really in a slump, no suggestions really work. But I will shamelessly recommend Girl's Generation 1979, as it is short, sweet, and completely worth it.

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the director's cut of Moon Lovers is much better and now available on Drama Fever. It doesn't have the horrible editing and distracting music the original version had.

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This is something I don't get... if it's a pre-produced show, why is there a need for a director's cut? I can understand a PD removing scenes because they slow down the pace, because the movie is too long, etc., with the goal of keeping the audience engaged, and then putting them back for those few people interested, but in this case the show was a mess, so why now a director's cut instead of making things better before? Sigh, I don't really understand how these things work, but at least people can enjoy it now, so there's sth positive.

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@modestgoddess,

Thank you for the update on the director's cut of MOON LOVERS. Maybe someone was actually reading viewer comments. ;-)

I was seriously peeved that the show was so hard to watch in places because I was itching for a good outing for Lee Joon-gi. I'm thrilled to learn that they ditched the music that felt jarringly out of place, too.

Too bad the editing was so screwy after all the pre-production hype.

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I second that Girl’s Generation 1979 recommendation.
Loved that show!

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Sorry to hear about your Bride of the Century experience. That's horrible. It really is a cute show, but I could see that turning you off easily especially if you saw the first episode and was just eh.

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Ditto on Let's Eat. Why invest in a love story that's going to end like that?

I would want Let's Eat season 1 then just the students in season 2.

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Heyyy waitaminute!!! Omg i see how the lists are going down by 3. Yay that means more lists are coming and the next one will be 9 things? 18 slump, 15 chusoek, 12 unwatched.... I wonder what's next 😁 why does this have me more excited than actual dramas? Lol

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Somehow I'm getting a "Twelve Days of Christmas" vibe from these lists! ;-)

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Watch 2,3, and 6 JB, like seriously. You won't regret it. Also let's eat season 1 is so good, I get what you mean, sometimes we skip the good shows to watch it for later. But you will eat your own words I am sure. I hated the female lead when Let's eat season 1 started, but then in the process came to love her and the romance. Also I am a sucker for noona romances so. :/

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Oh, I didn't watch let's eat season 2 for the same reason, how could he possibly go for another girl after having such a heartwarming romance with the first one for 16 long episodes. I felt like he was cheating on her with SHj. :/

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There is alot. Everyone seems to like it but i don't care. I think i have many of those.

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JB, *hugs* the drama slump seems in the extreme end.

I can't believe it,but I have not seen 11/12 of the dramas listed above.Only seen Forest of Secrets,which I love.Made its way into my top 20 dramas

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Forest of Secrets. I just can't find the time to finish that drama and I think it's just an excuse on my part. 😞

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Same. I actually watched the first 3 episodes in one go and then when I stopped, I couldn't bring myself to go watch it back again.

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...They actually sent you angry emails about Bride of the Century? Speechless. Once a friend of mine got angry at me because I didn't want to see the The Godfather​ trilogy, she even asked me not in the best of ways if I wanted to continue being uncultured or sth like that. Well, yes, with pleasure! She is my friend and still I was annoyed, so receiving a bunch of emails from perfect strangers...

On another note, it's perfectly fine to go through a slump. I'm going through several at the moment due to fatigue, but it's ok, it's not the first time and sometimes it's good to have a period without "that" until one day the body will be ready again and I'll just wake up and be eager to study/go out/live again. Like when I woke up one day and discovered I didn't want to play with barbies any more, event if even the day before the idea sounded crazy (the fashion barbies I purchased recently look amazing in my shelves and I pictured myself washing all our hairs together, but that's not the point).

So yep, and when slumps give birth to this type of articles and other enjoyable activities, it's not too bad ^^

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...They actually sent you angry emails about Bride of the Century? Speechless.

Re: Above.

Like, yeah, I would NOT want to watch it either. It nerve of some entitled people...

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"the more I realize that while there are some shows that make you wish you were the type of person who enjoyed watching certain kinds of shows, there are other shows that you actually enjoy watching. Embrace this honesty, life’s too short. "

Buahahahaha 😂🤣😂! And AMEN.

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YAS!!! I’m not the only one that still has yet to watch “Forest of Secrets” 😂
For goodness sake, but, really, for the sake of your sanity, @javabeans , JUST PICK SOMETHING AND WATCH IT 😂

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I started watching FoS and stopped at about episode 5. The acting, directing and cinematography are amazing and I can see why people would all be in love with this drama, but I just wasn't getting into it. I was a bit confused on the plot (which doesn't happen often) and I think it made me lose interest.

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Good to know 👍🏻😉

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Here are dramas I keep meaning to watch and just never manage to do so:

Reply 1997/1994/1988 : Heard many good things about them and I'm sure I'll love them, I just haven't managed to get myself to watch them yet

School Series : I've also heard many good things about these but again just haven't worked myself up to watch them. I like slice of life dramas when I watch them, but I have a hard time actually working up to watch them.

Six Flying Dragons : I've been meaning to watch this but the long episode count keeps making me shy away

Master God Of Noodles : Seems like a drama I would like but not ever managed to watch it

Let's Eat 2 : I was the opposite of JB. I saw season 1 and can't bring myself to watch a 2nd season with a different girl. Even though I love Seo Hyun-Jin

Romantic Doctor Teach Kim : Everyone tells me I should watch this and I really want to but medical dramas are really not my thing. I need to just go for it one day!

Bad Guys : I watched the first episode and I could tell this would be an awesome drama but I've not managed to watch more then that. I keep telling myself I'm not in the mood for it but at this rate I'll never be.

Padam, Padam : This has been on my to-watch list for many years. I've gone to start watching it about 4 times and 5 min. into the drama I switch it off.

White Christmas : Everyone rants and raves about how amazing this drama is. I watched 1 episode and just wasn't feeling it. I do want to watch the rest of it but other dramas keep dragging me away

Misaeng : A slice-of-life work drama that I've again heard amazing things about, but even though I love this type of genre as I watch them, my brain tells me something different when I go to watch them.

I have many more but those are ones that have been burning a hole on my to-watch lists.

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Nothing is for all markets, but . . .

I thought Padam, Padam and Misaeng were strong dramas, character studies and mood pieces.

Once the buzz is over they would be hard to get into.

Starting to watch them after the buzz has passed would be like agreeing to spend solo time with a broody guy you hardly knew.

You might be willing to spend time with him at a party where if it didn't go well you could excuse yourself, but a one on one is too much effort.

BTW those broody drama are worth the time, the guy---not so much.

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Aww, I loved King 2 Hearts. Definitely one of my all time favourites.

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Right away, I thought of Misaeng when reading this post. I've heard the rave reviews and it's even available on Netflix, but I still haven't watched it yet. OTL

I'll get to it eventually? There's just so many currently airing, shiny dramas catching my attention. XD

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Thanks, javabeans, for corroborating my underwhelm-ment with LET'S EAT, Season 1. A couple of months ago, Mr. PakalanaPikake surprised me by starting to watch it on Netflix. I was up to my orbs in live-watching a bunch of shows, so only snuck a few peeks when I heard him chortling. Something about the female lead turned me off in a big way, despite my squeeing for Yoon Doo-Joon's evangelical food blogger. My spider sense must have been tingling. I switched to LET'S EAT 2 for my fave Seo Hyun-jin, and I haven't been disappointed. I'm half-way through, and loving it.

I finally got around to watching THE KING 2HEARTS a couple of months ago as well, and managed to survive the Crown Prince's extended "terrible twos" until he was housebroken. My main draws were actually Ha Ji-won as the future Crown Princess, Lee Sung-min as the regal King, and Jo Jung-seok as faithful aide-de-camp Shi-kyung. (I had just watched JEALOUSY INCARNATE.) That ending felt like open heart surgery minus anesthesia. But I'm still glad I watched it.

After reading about the epically crazypants writer Im Sung-han here on DB, I had to check her out. NEW TALES OF GISAENG filled the bill for a bunch of episodes, with the added bonus of the white-haired flutist from FAITH. But even Sung Hoon couldn't keep me watching for long when there were so many other shows I truly wanted to see. I bailed well before the ectoplasm appeared.

A WIFE'S CREDENTIALS reminded me of ALONE IN LOVE and HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE in that the characters were more than throw-aways. I also appreciated the realism of their changing gradually, if at all. I watched it about a year ago.

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I have a few of these...I cannot with Kill Me Heal Me. The actress screams SO.MUCH in those first few eps. Delightful Gal A told me that I had to hold on until the teenage girl popped up. I held on. I watched. I giggled. And then that actress cocked her head back and screamed for reasons unknown and I said well. We are done here. But everyone talks about how much they love it and its the best drama ever and he's such a good actor. HE is such a good actor. I watched the first eps of Goblin, Legend of the Blue Sea, The Liar and His Lover (thats. right.) and never came back for the rest. I've been watching FOS because of Beanie rec's but I've been on ep 5 for like a week and a half and I'm not sure what the hype is. I also haven't seen Lets Eat 2 I loved the first one and the romance and have turned my nose up to 2 because---they broke UP? WHA? NOOOO I don't care how cute that actress is--you go away, madam.
And honestly, this drama slump epidemic needs to stop before it breaks JB and any of our other dear DB staff (and us. the slump is so real).

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