With all the preparation for my upcoming trek to LA and Kcon, I’ve found my drama watching time lagging to an all time low. It’s a sad state for a kdrama fan. All these people talking about watching this show and that show all–do you know this part or–wasn’t it great when he did that? NO GUYS, NO IT’S NOT. I haven’t seen any of that shit so stop taunting me with it.
Anywhoo, last week I thought it might be easier to pick something up that I had ‘accidentally’ dropped. You know the show, that show you watch and something real life related happens and you always mean to go back but you never quite manage it. This can also be the show that you kinda like but other dramas might be just that more interesting it never makes it to a priority spot on the TBWList.
For me in particular ones that have so been lurking my list for a while are Producers which, while I didn’t really like it, I’d watched half of it and Orange Marmalade which, though I’d been crazy looking forward to the drama before it premiered and I thoroughly enjoyed the first episode, I never managed to make it back there.
Last week, realizing I had a podcast recording coming right around the corner, I knew I had to get my butt in that chair and get some dramas watched. One of the things I love about doing the podcast with Cherry Cordial is that it does hold me accountable for my drama watching intake. Kind of like the Weight Watchers of kdrama.
So there was the question, watch something new or finish a linger-er. Figuring that while I didn’t love it, since I was already halfway through it, Producers was the most logical choice. Settling in, I hit that first episode and almost instantly I couldn’t pay attention. And then I looked down at the time stamp. Dude. No wonder it was only 12 episodes–each episode is about an hour and a half. So what was a shorter drama in episodes is actually an extended drama (about 18 episodes!). Once I realized that my patience for the thing lessened even more and sitting there watching Gong Hyo Jin being all whiny again–I just couldn’t do it. I could not make myself sit there.
The question is though, why? Was it the drama itself? I was never totally sold on it–and there was one week of episodes that I actually hated. But I sat through all of The Lovers and actually, that was much, much worse. Maybe the difference between the two is the fact that since I kept up on the lovers I never had to catch up. Catching up is a little more daunting than keeping up. So then we go back to the question if (technically) Producers is the better drama, why did I not keep up with it instead watching the crap one?
Or why did I never keep up with Orange Marmalade at all? I think that one I meant to let a few episodes pass so I could do a mini marathon but the I saw pics of the seemly randomness of a blast to the past, and was a little turned off. But now they are back to the present–shouldn’t I pick it back up again? Shouldn’t I trust the writer to know where they are going? To be entertaining and therefor worth my time?
Part of why we watch dramas is because we want to be absorbed into the world. To forget about our issues for a little while and just be entertained? What makes one drama do that more so than another? Is it us and not them? Or is it the writer who is not writing a story that is compelling enough for us to continue on? To make us stay up all night long? To grab us and not allow those real life issues to get in the way?
In all honesty, it really is probably just us. There are dramas that I’ve dropped for some reason or another that, when I picked them back up, went to either my favorite list (like Coffee Prince) or a drama that I rewatch all the time (like When It’s At Night). But I had to find myself back to those dramas–do you think if you force yourself to do so will it allow the time for it to sink in and make you like it, or by forcing yourself to watch it are you dooming the drama to failure?
It’s something to think about–you know for that time when I’m still not watching dramas.
So how about you–is there a drama you picked up after dropping that you loved? Or one you wished you never picked back up at all?