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Korean dramas:

The lack of them here astounds me. We've got Coffee Prince and Winter Sonata, and I just stuck in You Are Beautiful, though the page is barely more than a stub. I made a trope page entitled 'Korean Dramas' and we need more examples! I cannot handle this alone. Any closet K-drama fans care to assist?
Long Live the King
I'm not really a closet K-drama fan, but I haven't seen very many. My favorite one thus far has been Full House, even though it only got the one season...

I may write something about Iris once I get through it. Which should take a while.

 4 Shukmeister, Mon, 9th May '11 9:01:39 PM from Virginia Beach, VA
Anyonghaseyo! I'm not so much of a closet Kdrama fan as one that proudly says, "I love all things Korean Entertainment!" I have added the following Korean Dramas: Twinkle Twinkle, Sign, Full House, Bad Boy, Cinderella's Sister, Boys Before Flowers, and Oh My Lady. Feel free to look them over and make sure I have them up and correct!

 5 d Roy, Fri, 13th May '11 6:26:40 AM from New York Relationship Status: How YOU doin'?
[up] 안녕하세요.

전 한국인지만 우리나라 드라마는 대체로 마음에 안듭니다.
 6 Shukmeister, Wed, 18th May '11 9:55:40 AM from Virginia Beach, VA
I guess I like them because they are a little different from American dramas. I also find it interesting, the number of American companies represented in these dramas: automobiles, restaurants, and similar things.

I'm currently watching 49 Days, Can You Hear My Heart, and Sparkling.

Hello! I'm not a closet Korean Drama fan as much as a closet Kpop fan (speaking of which, we really need more stuff for Kpop as well), but I try to add tropes whenever I can. Currently watching City Hunter and 49 Days.
 8 Gregcomic, Sun, 31st Jul '11 10:20:52 PM from New York City
I really liked Autumn Fairytale aka Autumn in My Heart with Song Hye Kyo. Actually, I liked all things with Song Hye Kyo. I thought Winter Sonata and Stairway to Heaven were really good, as well as Stairway to Heaven. All of them are empty a box of kleenex dramas, at least that's what I did. One that I thought was more light hearted and funny was Couple or Trouble, it had its comedic moments, but I still emptied a packet of kleenex. A webcomic comedy about two buddies starting life in NYC. Updates Mon, Wed, Fri. Spoofs either Tues or Thurs.
 9 Shukmeister, Sun, 21st Aug '11 5:51:06 PM from Virginia Beach, VA
That's why I love them. All the pathos and drama of a Soap Opera, but with a recognizable story arc and an ending. Sometimes I wish for a second season (The City Hunter), but overall I'm satisfied. I currently added What's Up Fox?, Scent Of A Woman, and ''Shining Inheritance' pages.

Gosh, The City Hunter was set up so nicely for a second season, and we'll probably never get one *sigh* But yeah, the main reason I like Kdramas is because of the definite plotline which you don't see often in US tv. Well, that and the eyecandy XD.
 11 Shukmeister, Mon, 5th Sep '11 10:15:05 AM from Virginia Beach, VA
Oh yeah. I loved Lee Min Ho in Boys Before Flowers but thought he was the ultimate hotness in The City Hunter. I just added a trope page for Scent Of A Woman, and I'm also watching Protect The Boss. Try that one if you like cutesy fare as the lead actors are just adorkable!

I also heard they're making a 10th anniversary musical of Winter Sonata. I guess Korean entertainment is going the way of Broadway. Make the movie/series, then make a play. lol

 12 Recon 5, Tue, 6th Sep '11 1:30:19 AM from Southeast Asia
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Most of the Asian dramas out there use a lot of classic Soap Opera tropes, but the writing tends to be decent enough and the acting is usually good if a bit overdone. I consider them a Guilty Pleasure if anything (not into them myself) but some of my relatives are all over them despite being able to see most of the twists several episodes before they actually happen.

 13 Ookamikun, Tue, 6th Sep '11 7:36:04 PM from the lupine den
Wolves, wolves, wolves!
I'm irritated by them because all of the plot is pretty much the same, the characters are copy-paste, and the conflict is pretty much the same.

Then again, they are soaps...
Lone wolf? Hah! "Lone" wolves die out of hunger and loneliness. The wolf needs the pack, and the pack needs the wolf.
 14 d Roy, Tue, 6th Sep '11 11:27:47 PM from New York Relationship Status: How YOU doin'?
I don't know it's just me, but whenever my mom turns it on, at any time I listen to the dialogues, it ALWAYS involve SOMETHING about marriage, no matter exactly when she turns it on.

It gives me impression that marriage and romance is the only thing that matters in K-Dramas. I personally find it contemptible.
 15 Recon 5, Wed, 7th Sep '11 3:07:54 AM from Southeast Asia
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[up]Only the most popular ones are romances, I believe. Almost all Korean dramas do have a main protagonist romance that consummates by the end of the series but many don't have it as the main point of the story, only something that happens along the way or that occurs to facilitate the actual main plot.

Historical dramas seem to be the in thing nowadays. Maybe they need their own article.

 16 Ookamikun, Wed, 7th Sep '11 6:47:58 AM from the lupine den
Wolves, wolves, wolves!
Or it involves business.

It's like you can predict which character is which in just their dialog.
Lone wolf? Hah! "Lone" wolves die out of hunger and loneliness. The wolf needs the pack, and the pack needs the wolf.
Hmmm. I agree, a lot of popular Kdramas are pretty trite and repetitive. I rarely watch Kdrama romcoms anymore, because their female characters usually really annoy me. But still, it is a very big generalization to say they're all like that. Maybe you should try looking into some more obscure, older, non-romance series? I've heard great things about Mawang (aka The Devil aka Lucifer), which is a revenge thriller. There's a review of it here. There's also Story of a Man (aka Slingshot aka A Man's Story), which is a thriller/heist series and Joseon X-files, which is a blend of historical and sci-fi. All three series are known to have very strong writing and production values, and are not focused on romance. I'll put up pages for Mawang and Story of a Man once I've finished watching them.
 18 Ookamikun, Thu, 8th Sep '11 12:50:47 AM from the lupine den
Wolves, wolves, wolves!
Then again my country only shows Korean dramas that are pretty much soaps with teens for leads.
Lone wolf? Hah! "Lone" wolves die out of hunger and loneliness. The wolf needs the pack, and the pack needs the wolf.
 19 Recon 5, Thu, 8th Sep '11 5:39:28 PM from Southeast Asia
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Korean dramas that are pretty much soaps with teens for leads.

Eh, there's little choice otherwise. The better ones are either adaptations of Chinese/ Japanese franchises or pseudo-historical.

Dong Yi seems to be the big one right now. I'm surprised we don't have an entry for Jewel In The Palace.

edited 8th Sep '11 5:40:45 PM by Recon5

 20 Shukmeister, Thu, 15th Sep '11 8:30:49 PM from Virginia Beach, VA
I look at them as basic short-term Soap Opera. If you think about it, in American television and cinema, there are a lot of predictable plotlines as well. Falling in love with the housekeeper? You can watch The Nanny or The Last Scandal. Presidential campaigning? Dave or The City Hall. There's even a new La Femme Nikita on K-TV called "Girl K". High School angst against a dramatic background? Fame or Dream High. It's not high-brow but it's still entertainment.

I like the Korean stuff mainly because they are more on a scale of a mini-series. I've never lasted more than a couple of seasons of anything on television in the US, so Korean Series suits my ADD, lol.

Plus I have to say I really like a lot of the musical scores, especially the orchestral numbers.

I'm glasses.
The brevity isn't just a Korean or even an Asian thing. In fact, it's common to pretty much all non-US TV. Any British show (that isn't called Doctor Who), for instance, will probably only be one or two seasons of 13 episodes each, three max.
Always, somewhere, someone is fighting for you. As long as you remember them, you are not alone.
 22 Sakan4k, Fri, 16th Sep '11 1:47:30 AM from The Other Rainforest
I've heard Korean dramas have a lot of

(╯□)╯︵ ┻━┻ (table-flipping)

Is this true?

edited 16th Sep '11 1:47:57 AM by Sakan4k

 23 Shukmeister, Sun, 18th Sep '11 12:28:24 PM from Virginia Beach, VA
No, but they tend to slap faces a lot, especially the women.

 24 d Roy, Mon, 19th Sep '11 4:17:30 AM from New York Relationship Status: How YOU doin'?
[up][up] Although I don't watch it too often, I've never seen a single instance. Throwing dishes at the floor, maybe, but table? Nah.
I've just finished Mawang, and have made a page for it. If you enjoy darker, more serious fare I'd seriously recommend it.
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