Last night I was minding my own business, looking for something to watch in order to avoid going to bed, (you know, as any good Kdrama addict does) and landed on Office Girls. After enjoying Autumn’s Concerto, I’ve been looking forward to trying a new TDrama.
So there I was, knee deep in the first episode, and something starting niggling my brain, then as it went on, that niggle grew and grew, until my teeth began to grit.
What was bothering me so much?
The background music. Or what should be background music but is instead frontground: LISTEN TO ME! I’M ZANY AND KOOKY ALL THE TIME. And when I say all the time, I mean all the time, it’s incessant. And too loud. Seriously, who edited this? If people are shouting, you can hear them clearly, but talking normally? It’s right about the same level as the music.
And the music itself, you know what I kept thinking? It was like a video game, you know the annoying background music? If I say “Super Mario Brothers” you’re going to understand exactly what I mean, because that little jingle is probably going to pop right up in your head. I actually looked forward to moments where there was no sound—which unfortunately—wasn’t often.
It wasn’t quite as bad in Autumn’s Concerto, but it was noticeable. Sometimes they would play the song so loudly, you actually couldn’t hear the dialogue being spoken, especially during moving scenes—you know—when you want to hear what’s being said? In the scene on the bridge when the heroine finally admits to the sad B Guy that he’s never going to be her hero, I remember actually thinking, was it like this when it aired in Taiwan? Whatever, I’m reading subtitles, so while I can’t actually hear what they are saying, I can at least read it. How are people who don’t read subtitles supposed to know what’s being said?
Office Girls seemed cute. However, I honestly don’t know if I’m going to be able to continue if this music keeps up.
Now, of course, these are the only two examples I have, as I haven’t seen any other shows—so if I’m painting with a wide brush—I’m sorry. But music is supposed to compliment or enhance the drama, not fight for dominance.
Please, help me out, those of you with more TDrama experience than I, what do you think? Am I crazy? Or have you noticed the same thing? And is it prevalent throughout the genre?