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    Quote Originally Posted by Alice725 View Post
    lol I know what you mean. I haven't watched a k-drama in a while.... -_-

    I remember the last I watched was...coffee prince...and Ididn't like it very much...

    I'm currently seeking ...desperately...for something good to watch...

    Since I have sidetracked from TVB I started catching up with the upcoming ones...like forensic heroes...and I also like j-drama and t-drama...

    Currently, ^^ fated to love you seems good...a bit draggy at parts...but overall decent...

    I hope to be able to keep an eye on k-drama so maybe i'll be able to catch one i like...maybe lol..

    yeah, the last series ive seen was single papa in love. that was fairly recent but i didnt watch the whole series, my mom was watching it and i just happen to glace upon it a bit at a time. lol! I think its a good thing to try something new, once in a while so things dont get boring. I'm liking Taiwan and Jdoramas more and more these days. They're really fun to watch and the plot are not so dramatic all the time, plus they're shorter. still, props to Korean drama series though, they really inspire the waterworks (tears) to flow...

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    After watching 4 seriously mediocre Korean series in a row (One Fine Day, Over the Rainbow, Lovers in Paris, and Tomato), I was seriously ready to take a break from Korean series and "fall off the wave".

    However, I decided to give it one more chance and started watching 2008 SBS' I Am Happy. I'm glad I did, b/c this series is excellent and well-written with great acting, identifiable characters, and not your usual Korean drama themes. Highly recommended!
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    I still like some Korean music but I'm not really into the dramas anymore. I'm kind of tired and bored of these K movies/series since a lot of them use some same things/scenes. it's like a time-tested formula.

    There was a list from asian-fanatics of "THE TEN COMMANDMENT OF K-DRAMAS"

    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF K-DRAMAS:



    1) Relationships

    -The Truth? A love triangle is a MUST.


    However, there are more sub-categories under love triangles.

    --Two men- One woman= In this type of love triangles, all the guys are good-looking, professional, and wealthy.
    The girl is poor but EXTREMELY pretty and innocent. Under no circumstances can the drama lack the girl nor can the guy be sub-perfect.


    --Two girls- One man= Once again, the man is a rich heir to a massive fortune and/or company. At the very least, he is the Vice President of his father's company; always dresses in crisp suits, knows business-smarts, and is of course- handsome. Likewise, the girl is just as beautiful but POOR and innocent. The Other Girl who is about the same level as the Guy is pretty but evil and/or psychotic. For the guy, the Girl is always sacrificing herself. In the long line of K-Drama history, the Evil GIrl has never gotten the Guy.

    (+Nowadays, the 2 Guys-2 Girl Love Quadri-angle is very popular, not to mention complex)

    Conclusion- In the drama, the guy is always handsome, rich, AT LEAST the vice-president of a mega-conglomerate but ODDLY ENOUGH(?) he doesn't know how to be anything but KIND and LOVING toward his polar opposite: The Pretty-Innocent Girl. In one word? The Kight In Shining Armor.

    On the other hand, the Girl is always poor, but spunky and inevitably GORGEOUS with a HIGH SENSE OF indepenence and PRIDE. Even though The Girl gets the Man (in the long history of k-dramas, this is EQUIVALENT TO THE BIG BANG THEORY), she always gets screwed by the Other-Pretty-But-Evil Girl in the middle.


    2) Marriage


    -There CANNOT be a marriage WITHOUT the interference/fierce opposition of the family.


    Whether it is class differences, family problems, the marriage cannot come without a big bang in between. NOTE: The parent's opposition never lasts forever. In the end (usually 1~2 episodes before the End), they are suddenly all loving and grandmotherly without the prior b!tchiness displayed through Episodes 1~6. A story that's been more stretched out than turkey meat.

    The rich family is the one that protests the wedding, the parents threaten to cut off all ties with their child and/or remove them from the family register.

    In the end, they say OK.

    3) The Man's Profession.

    -In popular dramas, there are no middle-level management employees, no salesman, no KFC manager, and Definitly no pizza delivery guy. Their fathers are always the CEO of a huge company, and the Male Character himself is AT THE VERY LEAST Managing Director / Market Director. He is UBER-talented in his field. I wonder how many % of the world's male population fit the aforementioned qualifications. In addition, MOST of these GUYS ARE ALSO Awesome FIGHTERS.

    Rich. Good-looking. Intelligent. Prestigious Family Background. Skilled. HAS COMPLETED COLLEGE AND/OR MBA ABROAD (99% IN AMERICA).

    Dresses like a Model. Kind. Warm. Pure-hearted. Perfect Gentleman. CLEAN. Plays at least ONE Musical Instrument. Good at SPORTS.

    LASTLY, although the origins are unknown, they ARE HELLA GOOD FIGHTERS.


    4) Girl's Profession/Job.

    -In this situation, it's not absolute, but MOST OF THEM work at the Guy's company and/or closely affiliated fields. Of course, the Guy ignores his seniority over the Girl and helps her out like a guardian angel. And although most of the Girls have a high sense of independence AND do everything there is, they rarely get any recognition for their hard work. To put it more specifically, the Woman's CLIMBING/OVERCOME OF SOCIAL OBSTACLES are not very important- at least not enough to focus on.


    5) The Republic of Korea FIts In Buddha's Palm?!


    -There are dozens of parks in Seoul (The 3rd most populated city in the WORLD). What is the likelihood of two people WITH DAY JOBS spotting each other like that? But against LOGIC and PROBABILITY, One of the Main Character always sees the other person WITH THE EVIL CHARACTER EVERYONE LOVES TO HATE. (In girl's case, they usually roll their huge-*** eyes with double-lids).

    6) The extent of lovers' touching BEFORE & AFTER the conflict is resolved.

    -While dating, it is ALWAYS a hug. After their conflict gets resolved, ALWAYS a KISS. There can be no IN-BETWEEN. In the earlier stages of their relationsihp, they are always hugging (no more, no less), but when the obstacle (whether its the EVIL 3rd Party and/or Evil-Crazy Parents), they start kissing EVEN THOUGH NO ONE TOLD THEM TO. Can't they kiss BEFORE and hug AFTER?


    7) Cancer & Car Accidents

    The main character ALWAYS dies of cancer. And they usually don't recover.
    When the character gets cancer diagnosis, they usally think "that's it, my life is over." Especially when its the Girl, it's 99% likely cancer. It can't be a freak accident- no sticking a finger into the toaster, no falling off the cliff, no struck by lightning- it's GOTTA BE CANCER. And in the final stages, they HAVE to go on a JOURNEY.

    They ignore little, unimportant details such as : CHEMOTHERAPY, MEDICATION, TRIAL THERAPIES, MODERN MEDICINAL CARE IN GENERAL.
    Without trying, they usually end up dead.


    Although the MAIN CHARACTERS usually die of Cancer, most of the RELATED characters die of car accidents.

    It's true that South Korea has many vehicular accidents, but almost all of the not-quite-the-main-characters die from car crashes.

    8) THE RICH CHARACTER's HOUSE IS ALWAYS 2-STORY HIGH.

    -The Wealthy person has to live in a 2-story house. They can either live at a HUMONGOUS apartment like Tower Pellis (The Formerly Most Expensive APT in Korea, now its Hyundai I-Park ) Although the character can live by themselves, their family always has two stories. IT CANNOT BE 3 STORIES HIGH, ONLY 2. And even though its a huge-*** house, they never have a A/C machine (The Korean type that's shaped like a refrigerator) in the middle of summer. From the viewer's perspective, the kitchen is always to our left and the master bedroom is always to the right. The stairways is at the middle and the front door is to the right, as well.

    AND THE RICHER THEY ARE, THE LESS LIKELY ARE THEY TO HAVE TELEVISIONS.

    Although home theatres are the rage nowadays, it seems that the rich people don't follow that trend. On the other hand, the Girl's family usually resides in the GHETTO with long, winding roads with doors that have chipped paint.

    9) The Must-Have: Slapping

    For as long as I have lived, I have never BEEN slapped nor have I slapped as I have seen in k-dramas. In fact, I've never seen other people do, either. When the main character's pissed: SLAP. Unsatisfied? Slap. Fighting? Slap. Seeking revenge? Slap. [insert random emotion]? Slap.

    As I watch k-dramas, I wonder if the roots of Korean culture lies within the Art of Slapping. Whatever the problem is, a good-ole slap can solve it. Currently, the REALISM of the slapping fascinates me. They hit hard.


    10) The Chauffeur's NAME IS ALWAYS "KIM"/김기사

    It's true that Kim is the most common Last Name in South Korea, but MOST, if not ALL drivers in the drama are named Kim. Can't there be a Driver Park? Driver Choi? Driver Cha? Driver Bang? Driver Lee? Driver Lim?! There are countless surnames, yet the driver must be 김기사 "Driver Kim" or else. Do many Kims work in the transportation field?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SodaPop View Post
    I still like some Korean music but I'm not really into the dramas anymore. I'm kind of tired and bored of these K movies/series since a lot of them use some same things/scenes. it's like a time-tested formula.

    There was a list from asian-fanatics of "THE TEN COMMANDMENT OF K-DRAMAS"

    THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF K-DRAMAS:



    1) Relationships

    -The Truth? A love triangle is a MUST.


    However, there are more sub-categories under love triangles.

    --Two men- One woman= In this type of love triangles, all the guys are good-looking, professional, and wealthy.
    The girl is poor but EXTREMELY pretty and innocent. Under no circumstances can the drama lack the girl nor can the guy be sub-perfect.


    --Two girls- One man= Once again, the man is a rich heir to a massive fortune and/or company. At the very least, he is the Vice President of his father's company; always dresses in crisp suits, knows business-smarts, and is of course- handsome. Likewise, the girl is just as beautiful but POOR and innocent. The Other Girl who is about the same level as the Guy is pretty but evil and/or psychotic. For the guy, the Girl is always sacrificing herself. In the long line of K-Drama history, the Evil GIrl has never gotten the Guy.

    (+Nowadays, the 2 Guys-2 Girl Love Quadri-angle is very popular, not to mention complex)

    Conclusion- In the drama, the guy is always handsome, rich, AT LEAST the vice-president of a mega-conglomerate but ODDLY ENOUGH(?) he doesn't know how to be anything but KIND and LOVING toward his polar opposite: The Pretty-Innocent Girl. In one word? The Kight In Shining Armor.

    On the other hand, the Girl is always poor, but spunky and inevitably GORGEOUS with a HIGH SENSE OF indepenence and PRIDE. Even though The Girl gets the Man (in the long history of k-dramas, this is EQUIVALENT TO THE BIG BANG THEORY), she always gets screwed by the Other-Pretty-But-Evil Girl in the middle.


    2) Marriage


    -There CANNOT be a marriage WITHOUT the interference/fierce opposition of the family.


    Whether it is class differences, family problems, the marriage cannot come without a big bang in between. NOTE: The parent's opposition never lasts forever. In the end (usually 1~2 episodes before the End), they are suddenly all loving and grandmotherly without the prior b!tchiness displayed through Episodes 1~6. A story that's been more stretched out than turkey meat.

    The rich family is the one that protests the wedding, the parents threaten to cut off all ties with their child and/or remove them from the family register.

    In the end, they say OK.

    3) The Man's Profession.

    -In popular dramas, there are no middle-level management employees, no salesman, no KFC manager, and Definitly no pizza delivery guy. Their fathers are always the CEO of a huge company, and the Male Character himself is AT THE VERY LEAST Managing Director / Market Director. He is UBER-talented in his field. I wonder how many % of the world's male population fit the aforementioned qualifications. In addition, MOST of these GUYS ARE ALSO Awesome FIGHTERS.

    Rich. Good-looking. Intelligent. Prestigious Family Background. Skilled. HAS COMPLETED COLLEGE AND/OR MBA ABROAD (99% IN AMERICA).

    Dresses like a Model. Kind. Warm. Pure-hearted. Perfect Gentleman. CLEAN. Plays at least ONE Musical Instrument. Good at SPORTS.

    LASTLY, although the origins are unknown, they ARE HELLA GOOD FIGHTERS.


    4) Girl's Profession/Job.

    -In this situation, it's not absolute, but MOST OF THEM work at the Guy's company and/or closely affiliated fields. Of course, the Guy ignores his seniority over the Girl and helps her out like a guardian angel. And although most of the Girls have a high sense of independence AND do everything there is, they rarely get any recognition for their hard work. To put it more specifically, the Woman's CLIMBING/OVERCOME OF SOCIAL OBSTACLES are not very important- at least not enough to focus on.


    5) The Republic of Korea FIts In Buddha's Palm?!


    -There are dozens of parks in Seoul (The 3rd most populated city in the WORLD). What is the likelihood of two people WITH DAY JOBS spotting each other like that? But against LOGIC and PROBABILITY, One of the Main Character always sees the other person WITH THE EVIL CHARACTER EVERYONE LOVES TO HATE. (In girl's case, they usually roll their huge-*** eyes with double-lids).

    6) The extent of lovers' touching BEFORE & AFTER the conflict is resolved.

    -While dating, it is ALWAYS a hug. After their conflict gets resolved, ALWAYS a KISS. There can be no IN-BETWEEN. In the earlier stages of their relationsihp, they are always hugging (no more, no less), but when the obstacle (whether its the EVIL 3rd Party and/or Evil-Crazy Parents), they start kissing EVEN THOUGH NO ONE TOLD THEM TO. Can't they kiss BEFORE and hug AFTER?


    7) Cancer & Car Accidents

    The main character ALWAYS dies of cancer. And they usually don't recover.
    When the character gets cancer diagnosis, they usally think "that's it, my life is over." Especially when its the Girl, it's 99% likely cancer. It can't be a freak accident- no sticking a finger into the toaster, no falling off the cliff, no struck by lightning- it's GOTTA BE CANCER. And in the final stages, they HAVE to go on a JOURNEY.

    They ignore little, unimportant details such as : CHEMOTHERAPY, MEDICATION, TRIAL THERAPIES, MODERN MEDICINAL CARE IN GENERAL.
    Without trying, they usually end up dead.


    Although the MAIN CHARACTERS usually die of Cancer, most of the RELATED characters die of car accidents.

    It's true that South Korea has many vehicular accidents, but almost all of the not-quite-the-main-characters die from car crashes.

    8) THE RICH CHARACTER's HOUSE IS ALWAYS 2-STORY HIGH.

    -The Wealthy person has to live in a 2-story house. They can either live at a HUMONGOUS apartment like Tower Pellis (The Formerly Most Expensive APT in Korea, now its Hyundai I-Park ) Although the character can live by themselves, their family always has two stories. IT CANNOT BE 3 STORIES HIGH, ONLY 2. And even though its a huge-*** house, they never have a A/C machine (The Korean type that's shaped like a refrigerator) in the middle of summer. From the viewer's perspective, the kitchen is always to our left and the master bedroom is always to the right. The stairways is at the middle and the front door is to the right, as well.

    AND THE RICHER THEY ARE, THE LESS LIKELY ARE THEY TO HAVE TELEVISIONS.

    Although home theatres are the rage nowadays, it seems that the rich people don't follow that trend. On the other hand, the Girl's family usually resides in the GHETTO with long, winding roads with doors that have chipped paint.

    9) The Must-Have: Slapping

    For as long as I have lived, I have never BEEN slapped nor have I slapped as I have seen in k-dramas. In fact, I've never seen other people do, either. When the main character's pissed: SLAP. Unsatisfied? Slap. Fighting? Slap. Seeking revenge? Slap. [insert random emotion]? Slap.

    As I watch k-dramas, I wonder if the roots of Korean culture lies within the Art of Slapping. Whatever the problem is, a good-ole slap can solve it. Currently, the REALISM of the slapping fascinates me. They hit hard.


    10) The Chauffeur's NAME IS ALWAYS "KIM"/김기사

    It's true that Kim is the most common Last Name in South Korea, but MOST, if not ALL drivers in the drama are named Kim. Can't there be a Driver Park? Driver Choi? Driver Cha? Driver Bang? Driver Lee? Driver Lim?! There are countless surnames, yet the driver must be 김기사 "Driver Kim" or else. Do many Kims work in the transportation field?!
    i can totally relate since i've seen dozens of korean series... lol! but enumerated like that, it seems really funny and gets you to wonder whatever got you hooked when its the same thing over and over

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    Sodapop, I LOVE your analysis of K-dramas....absolutely hilarious and true! ROFLMAO Thanks for posting it up!!!!

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    the last korean series i watched is spring waltz...that's like two years ago...i haven't watched any series lately...before, i like watching nonstop like 1 series in one or two day...i want to catch up but i dont know i still dont get the excitement...

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    You know what? I just realized the reason why I like variety. I mean watching too many Korean dramas after a while, I want to watch some Japanese or Taiwanese or HK dramas because my ears tend to get bored of the same language or type of plot. But lately, its been the language. After watching three Korean dramas in a roll, I look for some other Jap or Chinese drama.
    I just love how you Captivate My Mind

    Self reminder - Update blog more often and continue editing/writing for TOV fanfic.

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    i think recently, there hasnt been any new nice korean series to write home about.... more to watch from taiwan and japan these days... ive even branched out to anime.

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    I think I am beginning to get tired of watching of Korean dramas. Sometimes I think Korean dramas should stick to their own manhwas instead of digging into mangas. But I guess people like to milk cash cows for whatever they're worth.

    I'm hoping Korea will make more dramas that are in line with Resurrection, The Devil, and The Time of Dogs and Wolves (?).

    East of Eden might be one, but I'm afraid of long episode dramas.
    I just love how you Captivate My Mind

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