My Top 10 Kdrama Recommendations - New podcast
I've craved for nothing more in life than to be able to discuss my Korean drama interest with friends. Sadly, most of the people I know still refuse to delve into the Asian drama world (some of which I can understand, but some of which I think is driven by stereotyping and narrow-mindededness). But at last, I've finally been able to find someone who shares as much a love for a good drama as I do, and together we've launched a podcast (No Perfect Ending) which will largely center on our takes on entertainment. As an initial episode, we talk in depth about our collective Top 10 Korean drama recommendations as well as the specific qualities that make a drama stand out in memory. I hope you'll check it out if you're as big a fan of dramas as us (Apple, Spotify, Stitcher)
What I realized while recording this is that while my specific top dramas rotation may change, dramas you like generally stand the test of time, even upon a rewatch. There's nothing quite so magical as reliving the moments in a drama you adore after giving enough time for the details to fade away. Of course, with so many new dramas out there and other priorities in life I try to minimize my rewatches, but sometimes the good ones deserve a revisit.
In case you're curious, these are the shows we touch on in this episode (not just the Top 10). We go through exactly what we like about each one and what we generally can't stand in Kdramas (specifically the helpless woman motif).
- The Best Hit
- Touch Your Heart
- It's Okay to Not Be Okay
- The Princess' Man
- My Love from the Star
- Train to Busan
- Coffee Prince
- Prosecutor Princess
- Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-Joo - some additional (partial spoiler) color that I didn't bring up in the pod, but I couldn't stand this drama when we got to the part where Bok-Joo was literally being hazed by her coach for going on a diet for her crush and then having to force eat herself to a heavier weight class (not healthy, and not a practice I support even in the name of a championship). Her parents didn't support or treat her any better which was similarly off-putting. That's specifically when I dropped
- The Bride of the Water God
- Was It Love
- Queen of Reversals - my first series review on this blog!
- Jewel in the Palace (Dae Jang Geum)