2014 ended with a bang in my elusive search for the perfect kdrama. I found “Misaeng”. I also found myself happy and contented with a bevy of good choices that matched my kdrama palette and sensibilities.
I remember when I first started this journey, I would google “Top Ten Kdramas” for a particular year and I would get a large number of results, which was a great help. I would gleefully follow-up on these recommendations and many times, they would be spot on. I fell in love with “My Girl”, “My Name is Kim Sam Soon” and many, many more.
I would read up on the synopsis and reviews before investing the hours and emotional highs and lows into these shows. In those early days I was one of those that would hate to “drop out” half way through a drama; I would stick it out. Lately I have been more discerning with my time but ultimately I still prefer to finish something I started.
This means the right reviews are becoming increasingly important to me. Needless to say, the very nature of reviews and ratings are incredibly subjective and depends on many factors and considerations; personal tastes, demographics, backgrounds etc.
As my kdrama maturity grows over the years, my interests have also become more selective towards the themes that tug at my heartstrings. But, I am finding it more difficult to find a good “kdrama fit”. Now and then I would still follow the crowd and watch popular ones which had excellent reviews and ratings but only to find myself disappointed. Not that it was a bad drama, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.
“You Who Came from the Star”, “Kill Me, Heal Me” and “Boys Over Flowers” may have generated cult status but these dramas don’t talk to me as well as others like “Misaeng”.
Through some digging, I found some gems such as “Thank You”, “New Heart” and “Spring Waltz”; other times it is the thought-provoking ones where others may have written them off but they somehow worked for me such as “Air City.”
With this in mind, I have decided to start writing reviews for my completed dramas. You can find my reviews on MyDramaList.
And, to help you understand my review process please check out my Drama Grading Insights. If you happen to have the same likes and dislikes, perhaps you will find these useful in your search for your perfect kdrama!