What makes a good drama?

In the last few days I have watched dramas so fine I don’t feel worthy, and dramas so farcical* they make a mockery of the whole genre.

*(In case you’re wondering, no, I’m not referring to Boys Over Flowers.)

Whether a drama is brilliant or a piece of crap, it affects me. I may feel elated or insulted; rarely do I feel nothing. The feelings may dissipate after a while, or they may hang around for a long time. For all the hours I spend on my kdramas—watching, thinking, and writing about them—I hope my brain is getting a beneficial workout. The day when I watch uncaring about quality is the day when it’s time to move on and look for a new obsession hobby.

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Mid-Year Report Card (Part 1)



With just a few days left in July 2010, I thought it would be fun for us to take stock of the dramas that have aired so far.

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The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry

Three friends in their mid-thirties, all unmarried. The first can’t fathom life without a man and believes spinsterhood is a kind of dying. The second wants to marry, if possible, but not at the expense of her career. The third is perfectly happy to remain single, forever.

The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry (2010) should not resonate with me. Continue reading