I’m watching waaay too many dramas right now. But I’ve figured out a system and it seems to work. It’s a weird mix of live-watches and slow-marathons and it’s very feelings based and this is it: (Spoiler-free!)
Jang Ok Jung: Live in Love …oh, how I love thee. This is the one where I stalk Dramafever from Tuesday onwards just waiting for the next subbed episode to come up. Then I watch with bated breath. Then I get overcome with feelings and opinions. And then I blog. Which makes this my current number one drama.
You’re the Best Lee Soon Shin …and also reliable and comfortable and filled up full with good feelings. Even when some of its characters are at their worst (Mom — though she’s improved), there’s still cuteness and adorableness and happiness galore. I love each of the three sisters which means I’m happy with almost all of the story lines. I don’t always leap at the episodes as soon as they’re up, but its very reliability makes it a lovely comfort watch at the end of a stressful week.
Unstoppable Highkick …a perfect length, at a little less than 30 minutes, for quick breaks. Now that I’m comfortable skipping those stories I’m not as keen on (the older brother’s high school dating woes, anything between the grandmother and grandfather), the stories I do enjoy (anything Jung Il-woo, the two teachers, the Abba-loving mom) are the perfect light and easy watch.
Gu Family Book… well, I’m not going to quit you. But I’m watching with arms folded. And I’m thinking I won’t blog much about you anymore (until I do a full on review) unless something changes and my current feelings change with it.
Pasta …the new kid on the block (for me — it’s a 2010 drama). I’m enjoying it, thus far. (The typical cold and jerky hero being an actual self-declared misogynist is kind of refreshing in its honesty.) But its slice-of-life set up means I’m able to grab an episode in the evening if I’m in the mood for a little romance but not a desperate need to click the next episode when its done. It’s like Lee Soon Shin in its reliability and like a longer version of Highkick for its easy in, easy out watchability for me. Of course, it’s still early days (I’m only three episodes in), so that could well change.
Nine …the other new kid and current dark horse. I have high expectations from the very little chatter I allowed myself to glimpse around the ‘net while staying spoiler-free. But I’m watching it with my husband so he’ll have a say about how heavily we watch it. We’ve seen the first episode and he’s willing to give it a go which is step one. However, I have no idea if it’ll hit his sweet spot and cause some mini-marathons in our future. We shall see…