[2017 Year in Review] Dear future me
by Guest Beanie
Seven Day Queen
There was a time when I used to write down my resolutions for the new year. I would think really hard about what I wish I could do differently in the future and jot down a list in my journal. At the end of the year, I would go back to the list in my journal and see how well I did. Key word: used to. After constantly failing to keep my resolutions year after year, I decided to take that harsh word—resolution—and use a gentler word such as suggestion. That way, the pressure to succeed would be lowered and I might actually have a chance of accomplishing the things I wanted.
This was my first full year of drama watching, and the year I got into on-air watching, following variety shows, and lurking Dramabeans threads. Since dramas are now a part of my daily routine, it only seemed natural for me to write a journal entry to my future self, for ways I can make my drama viewing experience better next year.
Temperature of Love
Dear future 2018 me,
Wow, you sure did watch a lot of dramas this year! Good for you, because I know that’s what you enjoy and use as a means to escape the real world. But maybe you should’ve been better at deciding what to watch, because burnout is real and it doesn’t feel good. You don’t want your fun and excitement to become tedious and require effort, so here are some suggestions you should take into consideration for next year:
First, I would like you to realize that it’s okay to let go. You might like to complete things, but some dramas don’t get better, so please just cut them. You will be fine, I promise. Some start off good, but then by the end… whomp, whomp, whomp. Especially if they are 20 episodes. If by the halfway point you aren’t feeling it, don’t push it. Just remember Ruler–Master of the Mask and Temperature of Love. You enjoyed their beginnings and you kept hoping they would turn around, but they didn’t. Wondering what could’ve been is just so sad, so don’t linger there for long.
If you go into a drama wary of what might happen, don’t even follow through because they might end up worse than what you expected. (Ahem, My Secret Romance, you were doing okay, but those last three episodes should’ve been more like one, right?!) Also, if the beginning was meh, and the middle was meh, then the end will probably be meh too. (I’m sorry, Introverted Boss, Radiant Office, and My Sassy Girl—you were all just meh to me.) Don’t waste your time on things you don’t like. Just let them go.
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon
Second, consider lowering your expectations. It’s sometimes better going into a drama not believing it’s going to be the best ever. You sometimes get too excited and then the drama doesn’t come out like you expected. Genuinely hope you are going to like it and that might be enough. Remember when you went into The Lonely Shining Goblin thinking you weren’t going to like it, but then you did? Same goes for Chief Kim, The Best Hit, and School 2017—you weren’t sure they were your cup of tea, but you ended up liking them so much.
Also, don’t completely trust previews and teasers, as they are sometimes way off from the actual tone of the show. Don’t judge by drama titles either. Some previews and titles throw you off, but still, those dramas might pleasantly surprise you like Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, Lookout, Suspicious Partner, and Go Back Spouses did. I suggest you read one or two recaps and get the overall feel of the show before you commit to too many on-air shows at the same time, especially when you get overwhelmed easily.
Because This Life Is Our First
Lastly, future me, please take the time to enjoy the dramas you do watch. You don’t really like to rewatch things (unless they are especially swoony and squeal-worthy moments), so how about you really take pleasure in the moment while you are watching a drama? There were a couple of gems that you loved this year and they were made better by the fact you didn’t rush through them. I don’t think you would’ve enjoyed or loved Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju, The Liar and His Lover, Circle, Seven Day Queen, Age of Youth 2, or Because This Life Is Our First as much as you did if you sped through them.
Binging is fun, but trust me when I say that you will personally enjoy dramas better if you take it slow and really pay attention to what’s happening around you and in the drama. Even if you don’t end up loving it, but just plain liking it, the memory of the drama is nicer if you take your time to enjoy it like you did for Legend of the Blue Sea, Fight My Way, and While You Were Sleeping. They weren’t your absolute favorite dramas of the year, but you do have fond memories of them.
While You Were Sleeping
Welp, future me, there it is. I hope you listen to my suggestions and make 2018 a better drama watching year.
P.S. When you aren’t interested in any of the currently airing dramas, the Beanies know what’s up in terms of past dramas you should watch. Thanks to Dramabeans Beanies’ recommendations, Moonlight Drawn by Clouds, Answer Me 1988, and Misaeng were your other favorites of this year.
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