A Year in Review: KDrama Watching in 2010

I debated for a while on whether I should write up this post. I mean, come on – every other Kdrama blogging site is doing one. Or, the ones I read do. I also admittedly have skimmed through a lot. Yes. Skim.

I have to say that 2010 was a big year for me in terms of dramas. I have never worked so closely with dramas before, and recapping is a pure joy. As I was compiling the list, I realized that I saw more dramas than I ever have in my entire life. Some were not to completion, and some were fleeting. But I included them in the list because I get to explain why I didn’t continue a certain drama. I also realized that I watched a LOT of SBS dramas. I also saw a lot of dramas that were not made or released in 2010, but more like catching up.

So here goes, a review of dramas I saw that came out in 2010 – the good, the meh, and the bad.

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Can Dramas Be Described as ‘Realistic’?

Yes - think. Think hard.

Disclaimer: This is not a rant – just a discussion topic! I am also working off of my knowledge about Korea, and not any hard facts! So if you want to disprove any of my statements, feel free to.

More often than not, I have been watching a lot of dramas where one would discuss how “realistic” it is. Forums would be filled up with discussions of what would most likely happen because it would be “realistic.” But I ask: can you even use that adjective when discussing a drama? Be it Korean, Japanese, or Taiwanese?

I admit I have been guilty of it many times. I would say: “Oh, so and so must end up together because it’s more realistic!” or “Wow, their relationship is so realistic!” or my favorite: “I can totally identify with her – she’s so realistic!” But at the root of the matter is the simple fact that all of these shows are dramas. They are fictionalized accounts of every day life. Every country does it – even the grand ol’ U.S. with it’s money making machine called Hollywood. There is always a bit of exaggeration in every drama. This is not really a new concept, and I am aware that what I am watching is not “real.”

However, the dramas are sensational enough that many outsiders would believe that what they see is a true reflection of that society. It is also sensational enough that we get a whole bunch of remakes done because the original is not “realistic” enough or pertains to another culture. So – what makes these dramas realistic? And why do people think they are realistic?

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Woman Who Still Wants to Marry – A Review

I finally finished!!!

It took me a while, considering schoolwork, work, and life in general, but I’m proud to say I finally finished! It kind of sucked that I watched the first ten episodes, then had a looong gap, and then saw the last six recently. I think it definitely affected my viewing of the drama.

That being said, I have to say that it’s not the most fun drama out there. It isn’t bad, but it isn’t great either. The performances were winning, and the storyline promising. But it was also kind of like a one-note drama that got a little draggy by the end.

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The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry: First Impressions

Ah – I finally started watching this drama. I’ve been excited to watch it because the recaps on dramabeans‘ site were so fun and lively that I was sure that they reflected the spirit of the drama.

And boy was that right.

The Woman Who Still Wants to Marry follows the adventures of Shin Young, Buki, and Da Jung as they look for a perfect match…even though they are in their thirties and considered “old” in the dating game.

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