There’s not much. I have no compunction of dropping a drama if 1) something annoys me 2) so it loses my interest.
Perhaps I have a short attention span. But then, life is too short to waste on stupid dramas.
So here are the dramas that managed to sustain my attention:
My Princess, South Korea
One reason I avoid K-dramas is because they’re so full of melodrama. But My Princess was a breeze I never missed an episode and was even reading dramabeans for the wonderfully fun and witty recaps. Of course the drama still had the tangled family ties, the convoluted love square but not so much of the angst. And I re-discovered Song Seung-heon and Kim Tae-hee. The story was so fun and they made such a lovely couple, I actually felt sorry that the drama was over soon.
Office Girls, Taiwan
Yes, I’m still watching it if only for Roy Qiu why you so hot. But I can’t wait for the office witch to get kicked out so we can all move on to more imortant matters like Qin Zi Qi’s identity and how this will affect his relationship with Shen Xing Ren. Still, it’s one of the better dramas to come out of Taiwan this year. I do understand the business sense of extending something that is doing better than expected, but I hope they don’t abuse the patience of the audience so much. And truly, I am looking forward to see how this ends, and I hope they don’t disappoint.
The dramas that I gave up on:
Drunken To Love You, Taiwan
It started off as very entertaining but somewhere along the way, I lost taste for it. Too bad because I watched 2/3 but never regretted dropping it. Didn’t even have the desire to find out how it ended.
Nankyoku Tairiku, Japan
I am a dog-lover and I can’t stand seeing dogs suffer. Not even Kimura Takuya can make me endure this drama. I was curious though about the ending and it wasn’t happy.
Ring Ring Bell, Taiwan
I thought an attractive onscreen couple could sustain me. But no. Though I’m glad coz it means my mind has not gone addled yet. There is no hope for this drama, don’t even care if it ends.
The one drama that I stopped watching for two episodes but cared enough to watch the ending:
In Time With You, Taiwan
Thanks tieuyeunu for reminding me. This drama is really worth watching, it’s something different from the usual melodrama or fluff that we see. It’s full of little nuggets of wisdom that makes us reflect on our own lives. I didn’t watch episodes 11 and 12 because I could not stand a certain character (the tattooed guy I won’t mention here because as it is, many people have been led to this blog searching for his name, something that I won’t encourage). But I did watch the ending and it was worth it. I won’t be surprised if this drama sweeps the Bell next year.
I am looking forward to new dramas in 2012. There’s really no hard and fast rule on what drama people will like, but generally it’s a combination of good cast and engaging script plus a fresh approach to telling the story. I hope to see more of that in the year of the water dragon because what is pop culture life without dramas?
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