If you do then I think you are doing yourself a big disservice if you haven’t checked out at least a couple of Asian Dramas. Primarily Korean, Taiwanese, and Japanese. Why? Because I think Romance is a genre that they truly excel at. 😀 Therefore, allow me to give you 3 BIG reasons why they have gotten my attention and I love them so much. ^_^
1.I Love Romance…Ships/OTPs
I have always found myself to be particularly interested in movies/tv shows that had an element of romance in them. However, I always found it difficult to find shows that really emphasized on the relationships themselves. Too many times the same problems would happen for me with American shows. They would be: couples would just rush to the sex part, characters would feel like they got together only because they where hot, if a ship became real they would be broken up multiple times, the show would go on for so long a character would leave the show and break the ship. These where some of the problems I kept seeing happen.
With Asian dramas that I watched it felt like relationships where taken slower and the writing for them was more organic. Most of the focus being on the characters feeling’s for one another, watching it develop and progress. Put it this way, if you think there should be meaning and build up for a kiss scene then there is a good chance you will like Asian dramas. haha Sure they have their own set of problems, I mean nothing is perfect. Overall though I clicked with them more.
2. 16-24 Episodes
Why must every American show try to go on for so long? Can’t there be at least some shows that WANT to be shorter? I prefer shorter shows because so many times Western ones feel like they have filler episodes and could have easily been shorter. Even a lot of my fave shows can feel dragged on at times.
Most Asian dramas I have watched have been between 16-24 episodes. This is like the golden standard for me now. I don’t know if my brain is just tiny but I can’t deal with super long shows anymore. 😛 What I like about the 16-24 episode format is that it makes it easier to binge watch a drama because it takes up less time. Also makes it easier to move on from one to the next. I would much rather be left wanting more than to risk wishing I had less. Anybody else with me?
3. So much to choose from
It’s like there is and end supply of dramas available. lol Just when you think you are caught up with the things you wanted to see. Something new will start or somebody within the drama community will recommend you something you had never heard about before. Sure there are tropes that pop up time and time again. Similarities that you begin to pick up on. Stuff that could easily be made fun of. However it doesn’t change the fact that there are many sub genres within the Romance genre. Making it highly likely that there will be one for you and your sensibilities. I’ve met people who have watched dramas that I would never even think about watching and people who have watched many dramas but have somehow not watched a lot of the ones that I have.
So yeah those are my 3 big reasons why I watch them. If you wanna give them a chance then my all means check out Viki and dramafever. These are free, safe, and legal sites where you can watch Asian Dramas. They have pretty good selections to choose from. So go and start watching today!
For newbies I will try and recommend a few. I’ll try to make my picks as diverse as I can. I will also link to them. 😀
This drama is about a woman who can see Ghosts and her Boss who is a CEO that has an obsession with money. This one is good if you want one that has a reason for the characters to be a bit handsy with one another. For you see, she can’t see any of those scary ghosts if she holds on to him. 🙂
This one is about a third-generation business heir who has dissociative identity disorder(multiple personality disorder). He has a total of seven personalities. He asks the female protagonist of this drama for help because she is a first year psychiatric resident. Fantastic for the main actors portrayal of all the different personalities.
The girl is a love guru who works for an online dating website. The guy..well not only does he not believe in love. He also works for a service that sets up parties for couples who are breaking up. The idea being that these couples break up on good terms. It’s a predictable drama but I recommend it for its cuteness. Plenty of moments where the leads act like a teen couple.(but in the best way possible)
A guy who doesn’t know about his father travels back in time to right before he was conceived. He tries to use this opportunity to find out who his father is. In the mean time… he falls in love with his mother’s best friend. No Biggie.
Check this one out if you are into getting wrecked. The main guy is an average college guy finding it hard enough to just get a job. Things get even worse when he is diagnosed with ALS. Watch how this begins to affect his every day life and his romantic life. You need to have a lot of tissues prepared for this one. T_T
So that concludes this post. I might revisit this subject again down the road. Thanks for reading! 😀