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[Drama chat] The story you want to see as a K-drama


While it might be true there’s nothing new under the sun, there’s also great fun in seeing a favorite story adapted for the screen. Of late, we’ve seen more and more dramas take life from webtoons and web novels, and occasionally from a regular novel. Though they come with heavy expectations, it’s also fun to see a story translated for the screen.

Now, Hollywood-izing a favorite Victorian novel is one thing (a pox on that idea!), but K-dramifying a story is a whole other ballgame. That takes a firm grasp of the genre, it’s form, and the elements that make it fly off the screen and into your heart.
 

What’s a favorite story that you’d love to see turned into a 16-episode K-drama? Name the story โ€” book, movie, etc. โ€” and tell us why. And if you’re feeling extra fancy, cast the leads.

 
Let the chatting begin!
 
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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami because I love that novel and I think the novel is written for me ๐Ÿ˜‚
It has romance and that parallel universe, fantasy element mixed mystery and time/universe travel thingy that are K drama's favorite.

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Two types of works would be great as kdramas I think.

1. Wodehouse novels - something like Right Ho, Jeeves or Leave it to Psmith would be so good as a rom-com kdrama.

2. Indian romcoms - I think movies like Bareilly ki Barfi or Jab We Met could easily be given a Korean colour and made into fun romps.

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I am a big fan of P>G>Wodehouse but the Edwardian flavor of most of the Jeeves stories would probably not translate that well into a Kdrama. However, the stories set in Hollywood or on Broadway (Wodehouse, along with Jerome Kern and a few others actually invented the Broadway musical) might translate well.

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Yes to Bareilly Ki Barfi and Jab We Met! I always thought that it'd be fun to see Indian remakes of Korean romcoms and (vice versa!) due to similarities in culture and humor.

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I love P.G Wodehouse but somehow British humour (which I absolutely love) does not seem to fit Korean Context. The humour we see in K-Dramas and films is not very similar.

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What about Korean adaptions of the Richard Curtis films like Four weddings and funeral, which has the friendships elements and slice of life re the characters stories I think that could be adapted to a Soundtrack#1 style short season. About time would be good with the time travel element and family/couple stories.

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I feel a lot those can be adopted but they will still look foreign. I am not sure if I am making my point. The droll nature of the humour and all the understated Britishness of expression is not really a Korean thing. I love both styles but in their own contexts. But what do we know, we might get a gem if someone does a good adaptation.

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I get it context is everything a period drama modernised would no longer have the essence of A room with a view, or Howards end. Just as the language, accent and intonation makes Jeeves or Shakespeare work.

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How has the kdrama industry not have remade Jab We Met?! It would be hard to live up to the portrayals by Kareena Kapoor and Shahid Kapoor. Kareena was luminous in it.

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I always say I would love to see Pushing Daisies adapted as a K-drama! I think it would be perfect. Link gives me serious Pushing Daisies vibes lately but I want an adaptation!

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I think this would work so well! The original is so whimsical and fun (even though it deals so much with death), I think a Kdrama would just nail the whole tone of it. Who to cast as the Piemaker though?

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Welp. This is the best thing I've seen in a while. Now I'll be heartbroken if a) no one ever makes this or b) they cast anyone besides Junho as Ned. I might have to drown my sorrows in a slice of pie.

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I don't know anything about Pushing Daisies, but after reading this, I might cry if we don't see this soon, and with Junho and JRW too!!

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I also love this idea because Pushing Daisies fell into the pit that so many other American shows fall into - that of an uncertain future. There was a writers strike, there was an uncertain renewal for another season, there was a quick wrap-up when they found out they were canceled. And you can avoid all of that in a drama, where you know how many episodes you have ahead of time and you can map out the whole story. It would honestly be really cathartic for me to see it retold.

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Pushing Daisies was such a great show! I agree that it would make for a great K-drama.

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Probably Gossip Girl? It could be a delicious makjang story of people in their 20s instead of 40s, as we usually see in dramaland. Maybe even better if Netflix produce it with their money to ensure the posh and polished look.

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I would definitely watch a K-drama adaptation of Gossip Girl!

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My wife would love it- she was a big fan back when watched American TV (which used to be good). We have the entire series on DVD at home.

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I remember I was addicted to it years ago, not sure why, maybe just because of the hype and most of my friends watched it. My drama preference and mood change from time to time but if Gossip Girl is made into a K-drama I'd also definitely watch it!

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YES. Maybe something of an updated The Heirs meets (the good parts of) Tempted with the added gossip girl blog (or instagram page?) instead of an exact adaption. And without the penniless damsel-in-distress with zero personality shoved down our throats or a Dan. I really don't want to see any more poor love interests for main leads. I can tolerate a poor side character, but otherwise I just want those rich people, with their messy relationships, big parties, alcohol, drugs, fast cars, secrets, high fashion, mansions and the parents's obsession for education, status & good marriages. It's not like they can't find enough inspiration in real life. But I doubt Korea will give us something like this. To those PDs, the old Cinderella story with a love triangle is more interesting. But I still wish for a series where Yoo Rachel is the main character. The girl was beautiful, rich and smart and could have 3 men wrapped around her finger, but they made Cha Eunsang the lead. Anyways, who'd you cast for this type of series?

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Not sure who's supposed to play who, but I want Moon Ga-young in it. She just have that rich high class aura.

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False Colours, a Regency novel by british author Georgette Heyer.
I have been wishing for a kdrama adaptation of it for 10 years.

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A younger son from an aristocratic family comes back from the army and finds his widowed mother distraught because his identical twin brother who is the head of the family has gone missing, two days before his engagement party with the daughter of a prestigious family. He very reluctantly agrees to going in his brother's place, and the rest I'm not telling.

Surely I'm not the only one who can clearly see that this story is match-made-in-heaven for a kdrama adaptation?

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I was always curious how Regency-set stories would turn out if they took place in the Joseon dynasty, especially since the tropes in Jane Austen's novels and her successors' works are recognizable in Korean rom-coms ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Oh no, I definitely didn't mean a Joseon story. I meant a modern day chaebol family.

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These old shades would be a fantastic saguek to adapt

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I'd love a kdrama adaptation of Georgette Heyer's works too! But I always thought something like The Grand Sophy or Sylvester would be perfect.

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You went straight to my heart with that ๐Ÿ˜ญ Sylvester is my most favorite book EVER!

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Mine too!

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This makes me sooo happy. I never met a GH fan who loved Sylvester as much as I do!

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Or Frederica. Georgette Heyer's books are among my comfort reads.

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I love Frederica! Alverstoke is definitely among my favourite Heyer heroes.

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I feel like Frederica can fit really comfortably in the kdrama world maybe as a lighthearted weekend family kdramas.

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That definitely sounds like a synopsis to a kdrama!! ๐Ÿ˜„

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See!!

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I'm actually now looking up the book in the local library, sounds like a nice summer guilty pleasure ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

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I hope you like it and read her other books too afterwards. Georgette Heyer has a LOT of fantastic novels. Some I even like better. But False Colours translates to kdrama story-telling better than most imho.

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Unfortunately they don't have it ๐Ÿ™
What's your favourite one by the author?

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Oh ๐Ÿ™

My most favorite is Sylvester.
Unknown Ajax is another favorite.
Cotillion,
Arabella,
The Masqueraders,
A Civil Contract,
The Talisman Ring,
The Corinthian,

Are all among my favorites.

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Also recommended:
Frederica
Regency Buck
Faro's Daughter

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Ordered Sylvester ๐Ÿ˜Š
Just forgot how annoying the e-books are with their copy protection and lost a half of day by trying to copy it to my tablet, unsuccessfully. Thus reading on my computer. I think next time I will just go for a good old book. ๐Ÿ˜

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Hooray!

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Frederica
Grand Sophy
Arabella
Cotillion
Friday's Child - though I don't think this one would fit as a kdrama. The characters are naive, but that's what makes it so charming and funny.

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Yes!!! I love all of Georgette Heyer!!! And have always half been glad that Hollywood hasnโ€™t adapted/ruined them and half been sad because they would be so so fun on screen. Kdrama adaptation would be amazing. Iโ€™d personally vote for The Unknown Ajax! I love the plot of supposed โ€œstupidโ€ country cousin who is secretly smart, solving the mystery, saving his younger cousin and stealing the leading ladyโ€™s heart. And the bromance possibilities are epic with Vincent and Claud and their dueling valets.

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Yes!!!
"And have always half been glad that Hollywood hasnโ€™t adapted/ruined them and half been sad because they would be so so fun on screen."
I felt that with every fibre of my existence! So true!

Unknown Ajax is fantastic. I'm loving your suggestion. And it will take a VERY sensitive directing hand to avoid making Vincent unlikable. And that final Act of the story would be EPIC to watch on screen!!

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The Unknown Ajax was so fun. How it all came together in the final act was amazing. It would make a great adaptation.

True about Hollywood. I'm surprised PBS and the BBC haven't tried some miniseries based on her novels. They've done and redone Jane Austen novels.

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About the BBC Jane Austen modern remakes, I've always thought they would be perfect for a k drama adaptation!

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I think they adapted one/two books, but Heyer herself or her descendants didn't like the result and refused to allow it again.

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Good for them ๐Ÿ‘Œ

I don't know anything about copywrite laws. Let's say a Korean writer and/or director make a drama inspired by say, False Colours, without acknowledging it, but staying very recognizably true to the original story. Would it be a breach of law?

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Yes, I remember reading that they did one movie and Heyer hated it so much that she refused all further movie rights or something like that. I did think an agency had acquired film rights in the 2000s but Iโ€™ve never seen anything come of that.

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A million times YES! Oh, I love that book!

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High five!

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OMG!! I can't believe I found a Georgette Heyer discussion :) . I have never met anyone else who has read them other than the person who turned me on to her. I have read them all. And yes, many of them would be perfect for a Kdrama and much more so than for Hollywood or BBC.
I have so many favorites but Arabella and Venetia stand out. Unknown Ajax would make a great kdrama. Friday's Child would be a fun youthful romp in the vein of Mary Stayed Out All Night.

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Love all your favorites!

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I think a lot of Georgette Heyer would work but False Colours would lend itself particularly well to a modern adaptation. Itโ€™s one of my favourites (my all time fav is Cotillion but I donโ€™t see that working quite as well).

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Hellllo fellow Cotillion Lover! I LOVE Cotillion!

Have you ever thought that GH wrote Friday's Child, regretted not giving Ferdy better lines and story arc, and decided to write a story and make me him the lead? Hence, Cotillion! Thinking about Freddy in Cotillion always feels my heart with so much pride!

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That had not occurred to me but makes a lot of sense. Maybe I need to go and do a re-read of both to compare ๐Ÿ˜…

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Can someone please answer a question for me...
I'm currently struggling through the beginning of Cotillion (surprised me as I'v liked the GH books I've read so far). My question is do we take Freddy at face value or does he have hidden depths?
I think I really struggle with characters that are or are portrayed to be simple minded, which is a shame...but I've currently dropped Cotillion and am rereading Arabella
thanks

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I don't deny that Cotillion can be hard to get into when one is used to the usual GH heros.
I honestly might have not liked it this much if I had read it in my youth when I had just started reading GH novels. But I read it much later, nearly 15 years after I first started, and I LOVED it.

No, Freddy isn't simple minded AT ALL, but he is not very good at articulating his thoughts. This becomes very obvious quite soon in the story, and I LOVED how he kept surprising everybody around him.

BUT, on the other hand, I know that pushing on with a story waiting to like it at some point is exhausting. And not worth it. So just reread Arabella if that is what makes you happy.

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I LOVE Georgette Heyer regency novels ! They are so funny.
Her crimes ronels are also guarantee for good times.

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Yes! I have read a few of her crime novels too, and they are also good. Maybe not as fantastic and unique as her historical ones, but quite entertaining.

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Website keeps booting me off so losing long comments! But have to agree: Georgette Heyer is begging to be drama adapted! My faves in order: Sylvester, Cotillion (Freddy!) and Frederica. Any would be perfect.

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Rights were up for grabs a few years ago when I looked into it. Plagued by bad luck: every company that has wanted to make an adaptation has failed before finishing. Rights owners understandably wary: they want a solid, financially sound production company that can go the distance. The rights May be too expensive for kdrama, but Netflix or BBC should heavily invest considering successes like Bridgerton, which pale in comparison.

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Another Sylvester lover! And Cotillion! Hooray!

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I've been re-entering my voracious webtoon reading phase, and there is one webtoon I really want to see as a drama. It's called Summer Woman Ha Bo-yi, and it's about a woman who... turns into a man during summertime (yes it is). I'm currently at the part when the leads have developed a sort of sseom, but it clashes with Bo-yi's transformation phase, so eek. Strange premise aside, the characters' expressions are meme-worthy (I would like to see how the actors would recreate them), the banter between the leads and the other characters is hilarious, it's awfully honest, sarcastic and playful, strongly reminiscent of the lines in Director Lee Byung-hun's Be Melodramatic. Both of the leads are charming in their own way: Bo-yi is sly and gets straight to the point, and Eul-jun is quite clumsy and susceptible to fall for Bo-yi's tricks in spite of his sharp exterior. Oh and I love how the webtoon creator always flips the reader's expectation when it comes to plot and comedy. The webtoon is not labelled as LGBTQIA+ but I like its foray of "I love you no matter who you are".

I was thinking about if If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha was adapted to the small screen. It's a novel that depicts the problems and the murky sides of South Korean society in the point of view of the four female protagonists. I didn't find all of the stories of the women thoroughly engaging and there were some loose threads and sometimes I felt some of the characters were sort of impersonal, but it would be interesting to see their lives on screen with more attention to their characterization.

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Western series :
- 13 Reasons Why - I think this is the series that somehow Koreans themselves need at the moment? a realistic depiction of how bullying leads to suicide is something that Korean society totalllyy can relate to. Any of the Penthouse kids can do the casting for lead role, I think, they are experienced on this front ...

- A Korean adaptation of Killing Eve? I'd imagine Lee Sung-Kyung as Eve Polastri and Lee Da-Hee as Villanelle. WDYT?

- Korean adaptation of Homeland. I didn't watch the later seasons, but I feel this is the series that Korean thriller series can remake by adapt their North-South spy plot setting a bit. Probably someone like Son Ye Jin could qualify as Claire

- Euphoria ... no.

Japanese manga/film :

- Your Lie in April, I think Korean drama can easily adapt this, the pianist thingy setting, the love triangle, the personal trauma and coming of age part, competition between musicians, the *cough* terminal illness thing ....

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Inspector Koo is meant as the k-version of Killing Eve but I havenโ€™t watched it.

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I live how for killing eve you have a cast in mind haha

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An Uncharted-style adventure. Woo Do Hwan and Seo Kang Joon hanging out on a far flung beach in shorts and fliflops. WDH and SKJ diving to find pirate treasures. WDH and SKJ doing parkour and beating the baddies. Kim Da Mi as their super smart sidekick. This is my chance to throw this idea out there and see if it manifestsโœจ๏ธโœจ๏ธ

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Wow, you brought it back! I remembered pitching this idea before, but that whole convo was amazing ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿคฃ

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As I said above, it IS a gem, worth bookmarking๐Ÿ˜‰

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You just made my day ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š

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Thanks for bringing that back, what a great conversation I could practically see the beach scene and underwater snorkelling to find the wreckage with the treasure.

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The problem is we cannot unsee it!๐Ÿคฃ

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I've checked the date of that conversation. I've been literally seeing this is my mind for the last 2 years. Send help! ๐Ÿคฃ

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Wow this is such a gem! I can't believe i missed the whole convo when i was still lurking! I would've made an account if i saw it right away.
And i loveeee Uncharted. Dramagods, please do your job!
Such a brilliant idea @flyingcolours

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Webtoon The Kiss Bet.
A nice high school drama about first loves and growing up. (Team Subway Boy ๐Ÿ˜Š)

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Wow, yes.. this can totally work.. I can see it as a teen webseries!

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Reading it, definitely I am also team subway boy ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…
And I agree, it would be fun.

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Another webtoon: Seasons of Blossom.
A bit darker than Kiss Bet, but very touching.

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Buffy the Vampire slayer - with Korean folklore...
And there were None - I would like to see modern Korean adaptation of this classic Agatha Christie novel
Rise of phoenixes and Princess Agents -Because I want my happy ending....

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Now that you mention it, I remember a few days ago I was thinking Agatha Christie's Curtain would be a fantastic setting for a kdrama. Curtain relies heavily on emotional manipulation, which I believe many kdrama makers are VERY good at depicting. They could replace Poirot with a random detective.

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Yes BUFFY!!!!

Besides standard slayer duties she could put a few arrogant/pushy/sexist "normal" men in their place. And recently we've had too many zombies but not enough vampires.

Now who to play Spike???

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I'm seeing Lee Jae-wook as Spike.

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I LOVE the idea of adapting an Agatha Christie novel, and that one would be great. I can also see a Marple or Poirot working well - nosy old village woman who's sharp as a tack works well in any setting, and a Poirot/Hastings bromance would be so fun!

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They did a series based off the Miss Marple books a few years back. Poirot would be neat to see.
(Not the best name tho: Ms. Ma, Nemesis)

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Oh cool, I didn't realize! Was it any good?

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I really liked it. It was a bit different but it also felt nostalgic. (I watched a lot of Marple movies with my grandma growing up.)

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It'd be cool to see a kdrama version of her Tommy & Tuppence stories too! Lee Dohyun & Kim Taeri are who I'm envisioning as potential leads ๐Ÿ˜

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BUFFY YES!

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I am a huge Buffy fan :)

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I would like to see the writer of KING OF TEARS- LEE BANGWON follow up with another Sageuk drama around the life of Admiral Yi Sun-sin. You know who he is if you have seen the hit movie THE ADMIRAL: ROARING CURRENTS- which tells the story of the most remarkable victory in naval history- the Battle of the Myeongnyang Straight. This story has all the elements for a good Sageuk- palace politics, lots of personal enemies (he was almost executed just months before the battle because of them) and an over-all remarkable life whose details are in fact well known because he kept a diary. Plus, he dies at the end in his final battle- the one battle he did not have to fight.

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Oh, this is a fun question!

1. A Doris Day/Rock Hudson sex comedy would jibe nicely with the K-drama tropes we know and love. While I do like Send Me No Flowers, where a husband tries to find his wife a new husband after he mistakenly thinks he's dying, my preference would be either Pillow Talk or Lover Come Back, both of which boil down to the male lead fooling the female lead and her somehow still falling in love with him because...well, it's a rom-com. ๐Ÿ˜‚ Not sure who I'd cast for the female lead, but as a dyed-in-the-wool Inspirit, my pick for the male lead will always be an Infinite member and most probably Kim Sunggyu. The answer will always be Kim Sunggyu unless the role calls for someone younger. ๐Ÿ˜‚ He's proven he can carry numerous musicals and I am just dying for him to try his hand at dramas.

2. Any of the single-word title novels of Amanda Quick (a.k.a. Jayne Anne Krentz), transported to the modern world. They all have, for want of a better word, "quirky" heroines with some sort of singular passion like rooting out gold-diggers for other ladies, and heroes who are absolutely bonkers for them, and some ridiculous reason for them to be thrown together. Is that not the perfect fit for a K-rom com? I'm partial to Deception because Olympia is a through and through nerd, but any of them will do. I like the idea of Kim Min-young finally getting a lead role where she gets to be part of the romance itself (Coffee, Please did her dirty!), and she'd be perfect as a passionate, slightly off-kilter heroine who is sorta oblivious that she has snagged the heart of the male lead (who, of course, must be played by Kim Sunggyu ๐Ÿ˜.)

3. The gone-too-soon sitcom Selfie, starring Karen Gilliam and John Cho. It was a take on My Fair Lady in the modern world, where a vapid social-media obsessed Gen Z-er decided to reshape her life with the help of a grumpy Gen X-er. It was a slow-burn romance that was too cute for words, and the two leads started off as reluctant friends and found themselves being thrown into romance-adjacent situations - is that not perfect for a K-drama? I see someone bubbly and bright as the female lead: Moon Ga-young could totally do it. And natch...Kim Sunggyu as the Henry Higgins-character. (You knew I would say that. ๐Ÿคฃ)

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Even better that Pillow Talk, would be Down with Love which was inspired by Day/Hudson movies collectively.

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I was going to add that, too, but this was getting kinda long. ๐Ÿ˜‚ It's one of my top five favorite romances, so I'd love that!

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Mine too!

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I loved Selfie! It was so cute and fun! I was so disappointed when it was cancelled after just one season ๐Ÿ’”

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Karen Gillan said she would be up for a reunion if anyone made one too! She was nice enough to improvise an ending for fans:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj_FOcIM01I

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That was adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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Iโ€™m still so sad Selfie got the ax so soon. John Cho and Karen Gillian had fantastic chemistry.
Glad to see Iโ€™m not the only one who misses it.

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Karen Gillan made up the ending if you haven't already seen it :)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj_FOcIM01I

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Omg yes Pillow Talk! Also omg can't believe I'm seeing Amanda Quick here but HELL TO THE YES. All the quirky girls and angsty hot dudes

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SELFIE! ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿฅฐ What a gem, I still miss that show. Much as I love John Cho and Karen Gillan, I'd love to see a Kdrama version!

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So glad/sad to see Selfie getting mentioned! I remember really enjoying the series when it aired.

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Wonderfalls.

It was a hoot (and I have the DVD), but it was cancelled so fast almost nobody else saw it, so a k-remake (or any remake) is much needed.

For those many of you who missed it
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonderfalls

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I had a friend with the dvd! I loved that series!

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I loved Wonderfalls! It gave us lots of lovable weirdness, Lee Pace, and one of the very few shows about retail workers (society's unsung heroes IMO, lol) I should drag out my dvds and give them a spin again. I'd be up for Kdrama remake!

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I only saw it on dvds borrowed from the library!

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Would be fun to watch a drama with childhood/predebut lives of the bangtan members. Already feel like sugaโ€™s life story can be a made into a very well told movie. Same with the rest of the members. The kdrama could also have their story to success but think it would be great to see their predebut/childhood lives more, before they became the worldwide stars today. We could call the drama rise of bangtan or maybe the prince and pauper lol

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This just reminded me about that kdrama based on BTS universe that was announced a while back! I wonder where that's at now?

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Given the indefinite hiatus, I wonder if thatโ€™s ever happening. Thinking about the break again now is breaking my heart all over again lol but unless they filmed something before for this, Iโ€™m not sure if this will ever be completed.

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yet to come indeed ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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๐Ÿ˜ญ I'm sad about the BTS hiatus but glad that they are taking steps to feel better and self-realized individually. Anyways, do you mean the series would feature them, like, acting? My understanding was that the series would be based on their stories but featuring actors playing them. If they finally did a fictional drama with actors inspired on BTS, I would totally watch it!

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Likewise - sad mainly because I'm selfish and was really wanting a world tour but more so glad they are taking the time to rejuvenate and explore their individuality in music!!

And yes you and @maria0215 are right - my bad, I just remember hearing talks about a BTS universe based drama a while back and assumed the members might have some role in it (similar to Exo Next Door vibes I guess) but did a quick google and yeah it sounds like it was just inspired by BTS and that's it + is indeed in post-production! HBO would be so interesting actually, I would've guessed Netflix bc that seems to be default, but the logic for HBO actually quite is solid!

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Think it was planned with actors playing their characters. But because they are on a break at the moment not sure how much they would be willing to spend time on helping developing the characters and story arcs.

Also as much it pains to think about the break (and the irrational worry that comes with an indefinite hiatus) I am very glad they are doing whatโ€™s necessary for them. Also I kinda felt at the dinner that this hiatus had more going on in the background and they couldnโ€™t just reveal everything. So very gladly accept and understand why they had to do this.

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The drama had nothing to do with them in the first place. Even the characters don't share their names anymore. There's a cast of young actors and the drama is already in post-production. It will probably air on some OTT platform. My bet is HBO after the big investment in Hybe. Also, they aren't on hiatus. It's a break, nothing more severe than what they did for the last 6 months or so. They still have group endorsementsโ€”they already announced 2 new projects since "hiatus": face of Gojek in Indonesia, Vietnam & Singapore, and ambassadors for 2030 Busan World Expo; and a collab with Nike is probably comingโ€”RUN BTS etc. They'll just not release music as a group for a while, which isn't such a big deal if you had no problem with their last group album being in Autumn 2020 and the 5 group songs from last year. I just wish they did the stadium tour that was planned 2 yrs ago.

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Yeah absolutely. Also what artist keeps on releasing music constantly on the go? Nobody! Every artist takes breaks between new music/album release. And this usually varies anywhere between 1-3/4 years. Heck I even waited for backstreet boys to do their comebacks. Itโ€™s probably an extreme example but bsb did eventually comeback. And we donโ€™t see Beyoncรฉ releasing new songs/albums every few months. Itโ€™s just the K-pop world and how itโ€™s built that makes bts break into such a big deal, and western media didnโ€™t help when they immediately started reporting bts disbanding worries as clickbaits tsk tsk tsk anywho, it would have been great to have a bts predebut life story as a full on drama. I would watch the heck out of that drama lol

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There was a YA novel about 10 years back, The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Andieh. She based it around the 1001 Arabian Nights story. Starts with hero marrying a different girl every evening and having them murdered at dawn (there is a reason, but you'll have to read the book...); the heroine volunteers to marry him in order to murder him first in revenge for her best friend's death. Of course they end up falling in love - and you've got pretty much every other trope in there: love triangle, possible SLS, childhood back story, noble idiocy... Both this book and the sequel just screamed Kdrama at me when I read it.

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omg I've read this series and loved it - would be so cool to see a Joseon take on it or something!

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--"Out of Sight" (film with George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez) which is itself a modern take on "It Happened One Night" (classic movie with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert). It already has a lot of kdrama-esque elements: smart female cop heroine with an overly protective dad meets former convict hero with a heart of gold trying to run one last con; star-crossed, slow burn romance; and some thriller/mystery elements that keep it moving along. It's perfect for a kdrama adaptation, imo.

--I really liked the Netflix romantic comedy "Set it Up" from a few years ago. It centered around leads who both worked as personal assistants to very demanding corporate bosses. The leads start out as bickering antagonists but then decide to make their lives easier by setting their bosses on the path to true love. They, of course, find true love themselves. It'd make a great office-based romantic comedy drama.

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The rom-com Set It Up was a hoot and perfect for an adaptation. Good call!

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I almost said It Happened One Night

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I just recently read the new YA novel by June Hur The Red Palace. I think its adaptation would make for an interesting and fun sageuk.

It is a fictional story inspired by Prince Sadoโ€™s scandals. It follows a young palace nurse and a magistrate who work together to solve a series of murders.

Strong female characters, murder mystery/thriller, cute slow burn romance, etc. While reading it, I kept casting actors for each characters in my head.

Have we had a sageuk/murder mystery fusion yet? I can think of many sageuk/fantasies, sageuk/horrors, and sageuk/romcoms but a sageuk/mystery?

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Not sure but maybe Joseon X files counts?

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Oh I forgot about that one. Itโ€™s true itโ€™s probably the closest to a sageuk mystery there is but I always considered it more of a sageuk/sci-fi.

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Arang and the Magistrate is technically a sageuk murder myster ... The murder they have to solve is of the FL herself though hahaha so it's also, and predominantly, fantasy ๐Ÿ˜…

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I am loving the idea of a Doris Day type drama as those were the films I grew up on and why I still love the modest rom com over the raunchy any day of the week.
Just saw that they have already made what would have been one of my recommendation into a K drama: Little women! It comes out in August and has Kim Goeun in it and I canโ€™t wait.

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I didn't know they were making a kdrama version of Little Women!? I'm excited omg your comment has made my day!!

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Nor me it just came up by chance when I was looking at something else. I really hope itโ€™s one that is released internationally and is accessible.

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Howlยดs Moving Castle
Black Swan
some danger / adventure /survival (because we dont get enough dramas in nature setting, like rivers, mountains, wilderness)
imaginary tale of the first humans on korean territory
Knight Rider
Dancer in the dark
Korean versions of classic fairy tales like Donkey Skin, Salt princess but with a feminist lead (yet competent main guy wh is not interested only in looks & has his own startup company but a bit scattered and forgetful). In general, fairy tales in a version where everyone identifies as an independent human with their quirks and flaws and acknowledge even their laziness in moving the story forward. cause we all actually secretly want to be cats, right.

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3+4-- so you want Jirisan and Arthdal but done well??? Hahaha
I'd love more survival dramas. Jirisan has kind of scarred me a lot though เฒ _เฒ 

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Yeah when I wrote that, I was aware of the Jirisan effect but yes, it could be done well, plus I dont really like the comedic reality shows that go to beautiful places, but do dumb things there. Korean nature deserves better cinematography than some dumb travel shows where people just pour flour over each other

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100% agree re. Korea's natural beauty, and a survival thriller could be done so well in the right hands.

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BIG yes for more survival/danger/adventure dramas - I watched Missing 9 in the hopes that it'd satisfy that desire for me but then second half destroyed all the potential from the first half and it was a bit of a disappointment :(

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Lost remake

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A drama like Dancer in the dark would be dangerous imo.
Maybe Black Swan... that one isn't that traumatic.

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Knight rider! We might as well bring back the A team too, as that would bring in the bromance Prison playbook style.

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I thought to write A team but A team without the signature is meh, and I think it is impossible to get the rights to use that. I dont know with what trick theyยดd be able to convince the rights owners. With a different signature, it is just impossible to imagineDaa-tarataa, dataa taa daaratata daa taratataa

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You are so right I immediately heard..โ€™If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hireโ€ฆ the A Teamโ€™ cue theme music. ๐Ÿคฃ

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But, Knight Rider, with Teacher Lee Joon Gi. Or perhaps that youngster from imitation, I loved his expressions and he looked good in a car. Though Teacher would be so good at bickering with KITT

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Love it ๐Ÿ˜Š

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Love the idea of more dramas set in the mountains/forests/wilderness and I would definitely watch one along these lines, but it also made me think of The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and I think a story like that would be so good in a Kdrama! Grumpy old man and delinquent tween boy have to survive together in the wilderness and end up bonding and swapping lessons of survival (from the man) and reading (from the boy). Zany over-zealous cop lady following them around and trying to lock them both up - I feel like it could work well!

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+1 on Howl's Moving Castle. There's a lot of good stuff in the book that the Studio Ghibli animation didn't cover. My sense of the length of the book is that it might be best as 8-10 episodes rather than the full 16.

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The fairy tale of a celebrity courtship that has its first real drama after the wedding honeymoon phase ends when the couple realizes that their partner created false personalities during their engagement.

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The Holy Man by Susan Trott is a small little book I read every year. Essentially it is a collection of stories about people who wait in a long line to ask for guidance from a little man who lives at the top of a mountain. The people have anxieties that range from minor irritations to major soul searing. It is heartwarming, funny and wise; so soothing to the angst of the modern world. I'm surprised it has never been adapted for film but am certain it would be a perfect K-drama.

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Some beanies and I have talked about how awesome it would be if there is a Bleach adaptation to Kdrama before ๐Ÿ˜† I think Lee Se Young or Lee Re will be a great Rukia and Shin Sung Rok (per @katakwasabi suggestion) as Byakuya Kuchiki. Lee Do Hyun, Rowoon or Lee Jun Young can be Ichigo.
The casting will be star-studded and it would need a lot of $$$ to make an anime to kdrama adaptation happen. Who knows maybe we'll see something like this happen in the future!

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Yes to Shin Sung Rok as Byakuya Kuchiki and his sakura sword ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ˜†
https://c.tenor.com/ZccPiAWp57QAAAAd/byakuya-kuchiki-senbonzakura-kageyoshi.gif

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Jang Hyuk would also be a good Kuchiki. havent liked him in anything yet though.
Choi Jin Hyuk as Urahara
Ma Dong Seok as Kenpachi
Park Hae-Jin as Aizen
Han Ye-Seul as Inoue
of course: Ichigosยด dad is Sung Dong-Il

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All the ones in my head, written by me ๐Ÿ˜…

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When will we see this become reality๐Ÿ’ช

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