Holy Moly! Has Cdrama stepped up its game or what? Lately I’ve been watching my share of contemporary cdramas. And I must say the producers from Mainland China has been churning out its share of stay-worthy shows as good as its counterparts from the Land of the Morning Calm.
Unless you are a complete newbie to K-dramas, you’re likely to have suffered the heartrending pain of the second lead syndrome (SLS). Episode after episode, we hang in there whispering inside our head; “Maybe this one is different. Maybe there’s a twist here somewhere.”
You are in denial.
You are crying inside.
You are on the brink of dropping the show.
You finally give up and accept the inevitable.
Your ship’s not gonna sail.
Aaah, being young is so, so precious. The springboard to a lifetime of experiences: love, hurt, rejection, elation, the highs, the lows. A young friend of mine recently lamented how she wished she was already in her 30s. Being 20s is hard, she said, finding love is hard, striking out on her own is hard.
I decided to share with her a quote I’d read recently. How I wish I had come across this when I was in my 20s and spent less time counting scores and wallowing in self-pity.
“Time is absolutely marvelous. We get to anticipate the experiences we want to have — which is often more enjoyable than the experiences themselves.” – Benjamin P. Hardy
Ode to Joy
I was nonchalant about this drama when it first aired even when there was so much hype around it. My mom was watching it over the summer of 2016 and she was hooked. I finally picked it up over the winter break when I had plenty of free time to kill.
A slice of life drama about five women of different backgrounds and age group but ultimately it is about the friendships, girl-power and sorority which won me over.
Just like that.
Another winter is here and a brand new year is upon us. And that means hundreds of hours spent drama gazing, weeping, laughing, cherishing but also sometimes eye-rolling, chastising, and growling.
In total, I watched 13 full-length 2016 dramas this year: 2 Chinese, 1 Taiwanese, 1 Chinese/Korean collaboration and 9 Korean. Ah. So — kdramas still reign supreme.
As a whole, none in my 2016 trough made it to the holy grail of my masterpiece mount but a few got pretty darn close.
So, here’s an alphabetical run-down on my 2016 finds.
I don’t remember the last time I cried this much over make-belief, fairy-tale characters and story-telling. Over the years of drama watching, there were many, many moments where my heart fluttered, my voice cracked and the tears threatened but rarely over and over, and over again.
And yet, Loving, Never Forgetting managed to do just that.