Dramaworld (2016)

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Claire Duncan, is a 20-year old college student, obsessed with Korean Drama. She's constantly glued to the screen watching her favorite K-drama actor, Joon Park, in 'Taste of Love.' Disappointed that her own life isn't nearly as exciting as those within the world of K-drama, Claire desperately wishes that she too could live in the world of 'Taste of Love.' Thanks to a touch of magic, her world is turned upside-down when read moreClaire is sucked into her smartphone and into the world of 'Taste of Love,' where she comes face to face with Joon Park himself.
There in 'Taste of Love,' Claire meets Seth Ko, a waiter who was also magically transported into the world of drama years ago. With his help, Claire learns to navigate the drama world. But her presence begins to throw 'Taste of Love' off-balance causing other dramas to splice into the series. Now Claire can't just watch the drama unfold, she's part of it.

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May 15, 2016
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 5.0
  • Music 6.5
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Dramaworld is totally meta and makes fun of a lot of tropes. Tropes that you find in KDramas that is, ie, piggyback riding, karaoke scenes, getting drunk on soju, chaebol family, scheming female second lead - however the ending gave a twist, that you don't find typically in KDramas. If you've watched Dream High, you know what I mean^^

The acting in this was atrocious at parts. Wooden. But it gave me read more a meta feel still, because there are wooden characters galore typically in KDramas, and I thought it was a faithful representation, lol. The story is ambitious and follows Claire as she enters "Dramaworld" and tries to fix it before it ceases to exist forever. She meets another facilitator, Seth, who seems like a good guy, and he appears to be helping her on the surface. But is he really? *At the risk of putting spoilers, I'm not saying anything more*

Towards the ending, the story broke the fourth wall, which requires a lot of explanation and set-up, but there was no time here. By fourth wall, I mean the characters in the drama (well Joon Park) became aware he was a character in a drama. Although good ending, one has to wonder - is Claire's life now a drama? The ending is so ambiguous and not explained properly, I don't even consider it a spoiler talking about it, because it's open to interpretation.

Also, I was cringing towards the end. SERIOUSLY cringing.
However for a web-series and a collaboration between America and Korea - I see this as a stepping stone onto something more awesome. Watch this if you love meta references and you will be swept up in nostalgia :D The reason why my re-watch score is so high (practically unheard of), is because it's short, sweet and I can see myself revisiting the bits I liked, or just watch the Seth bits^^ (Justin Chon and Liv Hewson did a good job)
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May 16, 2016
  • Overall 4.0
  • Story 4.0
  • Acting/Cast 2.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.5
Even though my rating for this web-drama is fairly low, I still think you should watch it (for a singular reason I'll get to in a second), but first I want to touch on the things I didn't like:

1. The characters were very wooden and one-dimensional. The acting wasn't very good--I honestly was cringing a lot of the time. I'm a person that loves to be swept away in a drama read more and feel EVERYTHING that our characters are feeling, but it was impossible with this drama. Perhaps because it is borderline parody and they're trying to wink to the audience quite a bit (the sole component I liked). But these characters never really came together to the point where you believed the emotions they were feeling, which was kinda disappointing.

2. Our main male lead was....awkward. I mean obviously he's supposed to be this super-character. He's the LEADING MAN and they try to portray him in that way. But his shifts between Korean/English were off-putting and just how he interacted with Claire....he was where most of the cringing took place. His lines were just not delivered very well.

3. The writing. Some of the lines they had these characters say....just shouldn't have been said. I liked their plot-twists, but I didn't like how the scenes all came together. Sometimes things got just a bit too ridiculous and over-the-top.

Now, here comes the part of my review where I say you should watch it anyway:

1. THE META. Oh my goodness, they covered SOOO many tropes within dramas and managed to play off of them and it gave some REALLY good laughs. The touched on giving drunk girls piggy back rides, karaoke, product placements, dangerous briefcases, brand names being blurred, etc. And they were SUPER-DUPER smart about all of that.

2. The episodes are only 12-ish minutes. And there's only 10 episodes, so just give it a whirl to see what you think. Like I said, while I think it really deserves the rating I gave it as a whole, those meta moments were just spectacular. Spectacular and funny enough that I'd say it's worth the watch. <3

Watch this in one sitting when you have the time, it'll be more enjoyable that way. Also, just don't take it too seriously and try not to think too hard about how horribly the lines are being delivered. xD
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it's kinda similar to this drama but that's only with the whole two different world things I recommend reading some reviews.
The drama is about a girl named Claire Duncan who is absolutely addicted to watching her all time favorite Korean Drama "Taste of Love" and wishes she could live in a world exactly like that, when suddenly she finds herself in the so called "DRAMAWORLD" where she meets another facilitator by the name of Seth Ko who's a waiter in which you think wouldn't hurt a fly but is he really all he seems to be?
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    Brownie Jul 3, 2017

    The most cliche and cheesiest mini drama if ever there was one! It had everything you'd expect in a kdrama from piggybacks, psycho fiancé, car accidents, love at first sight. This drama reminded me so much of W but with every single cheese in the world added to it. It was funny and romantic as well as a smidge of mystery. The ending is funny as opposed to the regular happy/sad ending a typical drama usually gets. I'm hoping this picks up a second season but as it's a kdrama I won't hold my breath. I will never look at Justin Chon the same ever again - he makes a good baddie. It was weird to hear some of the character speak English consistently in a kdrama during the first episode and then I adjusted to it. If you're not looking for a serious drama or want to take a break from the usual one hour full dramas I'd recommend this.

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    bornfreeonekiss Jul 2, 2017

    It was ok.

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    Lyra Feb 3, 2017

    Almost one year since 15 may 2016, but i still hope there will be a season 2...

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    Akaisora Dec 2, 2016

    This drama was a great way to spend some time and laugh at all the cliches :D An awesome time-filler if you don't take it too seriously.

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    KPOPISLIFE Oct 20, 2016

    I wish i was in a drama....

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    keznaa Sep 21, 2016

    this idea is unique for a kdrama but it has been done a lot in the west but not solely based around kdrama which i thought was cool. its cute i woiuld recommend it!

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    Foxlover Sep 18, 2016

    It was an enjoyable watch, somewhat ruined by the male lead’s bad Korean. After watching over 200 kdramas just the sound of Korean language is enough to put me in the “drama mood” but what he spoke didn’t really sound Korean.

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    kittyflumpin Sep 2, 2016 - edited

    I started out being *really* annoyed with Claire, and initially the show seemed like a laundry list of reasons why I don't watch that many K-dramas anymore. But it sort of grew on me (and Claire calmed down a little, and the leading man was funny if a bit too old for Claire imo) and it was... okay. I think I would've enjoyed this a lot more if I were newer to drama fandom. Like there's a perfect window of time as a fan when you're familiar with the tropes but still find them amusing to play out, instead of boring. This drama is for those fans.

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    LPA Aug 18, 2016 - edited

    It's true--This drama had about every cliché you can think of from every Kdrama (although I'm sure there must have been a few they missed)! They were very funny, laugh-out-loud moments. I loved the premise of the story and the actors were really okay. (I didn't even recognize Sean Richard Dulake. He looked so different without the long blond hair in the sageuk drama "Jejungwon." It is so good!). I kept wondering if they were acting that way intentionally for the purpose of the "Dramaworld" story--I'm sure they were to some degree. But really, in the final analysis, it was just a little off, although I watched it all and kind of liked it. It was a good ending. (I rated it 7 out of 10.) I would watch it again just to see if I missed anything although I'm not fond of having to click forward to the next episode every 10 or 15 minutes. (:

    I'm not totally into anime, but I can't help thinking that maybe this would have been a really good anime series. Take care!

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    Rouzmary Aug 11, 2016 - edited

    This seems totally hilarious, haven't we all at least once wished to be a part of drama or meet our fav actors?
    And it seems to have all of the clichés too! heh, will give it a try as it's not even that long, together only 3h20mins

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    MysticLullaby Jul 16, 2016

    I'm sorry but this sounds like a bad fanfic, i seen scenes from the first episode sadly and it almost makes me embarrassed to love dramas.

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    HamelinSong Jul 9, 2016 - edited

    It was nice, i laughed and cringed A LOT XDD... But I'll give it a 6 since it was too short and reminded me too much of Lost in Austen.

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      ArvisJaggamar Jul 11, 2016

      It was pretty similar to Lost in Austen, wasn't it? Good comparison, I hadn't thought of that.

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    Ikstenom Jul 4, 2016 - edited

    Bad acting? Crazy plot? Cringey scenes? Yeah I know, right? But hilarious! LOL

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      KPOPISLIFE Oct 20, 2016

      hey... they are not "Bad Acting," they are funny but dont say they have bad acting

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    Tasneem Fahmi Jul 2, 2016 - edited

    Ep 1 story of my life I wish i was her
    It's every international kdrama fan dream

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    Hyun Jul 1, 2016 - edited

    lol this is the most I've ever hated the main female character.


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    Apr 17, 2016 to May 15, 2016
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    20 min.


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