Choosing a Drama

Decisions, decisions…

Choosing a drama is a lot like deciding what to eat for dinner or where to go on vacation. There are a lot of variables and in the end it’s usually about what I’m craving most. Some days a light, fluffy romace is the best thing on earth and other days something with more depth or comedy is up my alley. In this vein, I thought I would share with you all my steps for choosing a drama.

  1. What am I craving? i.e. what type of drama am I in the mood for. Whatever it is I am a happy ending girl, so anything I watch has to have that.

2. My first choice is usually Chinese. The irony in this is that Korea has more dramas and they’re generally better and there are good Thai and Filipino dramas too, BUT, I’ve been learning Mandarin so I try to find c-drama’s whenever possible so I can practice.

3. Does the plot sound good?

4. What rating does it have on My Drama List, since I’ve found that the ratings and reviews are usually on point (with a few exceptions). I try to stay at 7.7 and up unless I really love the plot and/or the actor/actress so I don’t waste my precious time.

5. Is the lead guy even remotely attractive >>> because I’m superficial I have a hard time watching romances where the guys are not my cup of tea.

6. How many episodes is it <<< Since I have to plan how I spend my precious time

7. Can I find it eng subbed

I dont know if anyone else uses this method, but it works pretty well for me.

3 thoughts on “Choosing a Drama

  1. I find that I have to ‘go with my gut’ some days and just choose what I want to watch at that moment. I love, love, love “Stranger (Forest of Secrets)” and admire a taut drama like that, but I am not always up for the tension of some stories. Conversely, some are too superficial at times to feel like I’m using my time wisely. This is probably why I ‘audition’ a lot of dramas and sometimes never come back to finish them. I do have a 3-episodes rule (of sorts), though — if a drama doesn’t call to me by the end of 3 hours, it’s likely never going to do so and I feel free to drop it (or go to the final episode/s to see how it ends). Only a few times has it taken longer than 3 hours to make that call.


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