5 Things We Hate To See In A Drama!

            5 THINGS WE HATE TO SEE IN A DRAMA         



No one wants to see a weak-willed female lead in a drama. Aside from the fact that these type of female leads are shown to be incompetent, they also act as doormats taking all kind of craps from people, from the main lead's bitchy ex and family members to the jerk male lead himself. A female lead who's always crying is annoying.

At first, they try to show them as naive, shy introverts. This is all fine and dandy, because those traits are present in people in real-life. Unfortunately, with advancement of each episode she becomes stupider and stupider. Which makes us lose interest in her since we can't fathom someone actually acting that way.

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The evil mothers that we encounter in dramaland would give Disney's evil stepmothers a run for their money. We get that in some twisted way they want the best for their children (maybe?), but the things they do will just make you hate them. Though their presence sometimes is necessary for plot development, it still makes our blood boil the second she appears on screen.

Plus trying to separate our OTPs. That's pretty much a crime.

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Oh, how we despise the statue/frozen kisses. As if waiting for our OTPs to kiss for almost SIX WHOLE EPISODES isn't enough, when they do finally kiss, it's... well, unsatisfactory to say the least. They might as well show two mannequins kissing for all the chemistry we get. And they keep showing the clip for almost a hole minute, making it look like our screen is paused.

Although in new-ish dramas we are starting to get some real kissing, there are still some dramas that haven't moved with the times.

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There's not a single drama viewer who hasn't experienced SLS. We have all gone through it and know how extremely painful it can be. Knowing that ship is never going to sail... sometimes we drop the whole drama because of it. And even if we do complete it, we're never satisfied by it.

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One thing every drama-fan wishes for is to their OTP to live happily ever after. So of course one thing we most dread is the sad, tragic, or even bittersweet ending in our drama. Sure it occurs less frequently, but when it does, there's no stopping the tears.

Although it's true that some dramas warrant the sad ending they get, it doesn't make it any less painful to watch. No matter how illogical it seems, every fan wants to see their OTP end up together.

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Which ones do you hate the most?

PS- I don't own the images, credit goes to the owners

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    LPA Apr 12, 2017 - edited

    I really hate it when a female lead starts out really strong, I get really interested, then they become weak, mousie and unable to speak and defend themselves or just fall all over the guy or stand in the background very quietly while the focus shifts to the guy. (To be truthful that is why I initially dropped or came to dislike dramas like "Heart2Heart"--which I dropped three times, then got through the first few episodes, and now it's on my "+" list because she came back strong. It also happened with "Warrior Baek Dong Soo" which I loved in the beginning then became very disappointed as the drama progressed. Unfortunately, there are more like these! We might remind a few directors that this is now 2017 not like when women couldn't vote (not that long ago) or own property, or were owned by their husbands--legally!
    P.S. I don't like it when men are too arrogant, smug and sexist, and I don't like it when women are that way either!

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    AmauryLindy Mar 13, 2017

    Love triangles are the bane of my existence.

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    All_In Feb 26, 2017

    I am the drama viewer who has never had 2nd lead syndrome. Not ever. I know it is not happening. Please, drama writers, come up with something new.

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    Lucy Feb 26, 2017 - edited

    I really hate weak female leads and jerk male leads. So can anyone tell me which drama is in the very first picture? The one showing a strong female lead in opposition to a weak one. I think the weak one is from playful kiss ? I'm not sure, I hated love in Tokyo so I didn't watch the Korean remake. Anyway if someone can tell me which one is the drama with a strong women I will be grateful.

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      ladytristeza Feb 26, 2017

      yeah weak female lead - playful kiss and strong female lead is in i hear your voice :)

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      LPA Apr 12, 2017 - edited

      I really wanted to like "Playful Kiss" because I liked Kim Hyun Joong so much in "Boys Over Flowers." But his role was so arrogant in "Playful Kiss" and he treated her terrible. Also his little brother was even worse--with no remorse at the end of the drama! Sooo bad!!!

      >> Watch "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" One of my favorites! and also "Sound of the Desert" was really good! Strong female leads. one more :) -- "Bu Bu Jing Xin" (also called Scarlett Heart--my first Chinese drama--completely different from the Korean version). It's time travel in the beginning back to historical times. It's one of my top favorites--very strong female lead, amazing actors, cinematography and music! Hope this helps. Enjoy!!!

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    Marga_ps Feb 18, 2017

    I hate it!

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    KristenLey Feb 6, 2017

    Aaaaah SML syndrome!! :( :( It's so painful!!
    Another component would be #6 :Jerks for main leads who get the girl vs sweet af second leads... :(

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    mahboobeh Feb 4, 2017

    I really HATE #3 and #5!!!! -_-

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    NesrineTao Jan 14, 2017

    i thing the tragic ending is the least thing i can handle in kdramas, i mean it really frustrating to watch a drama for abt 16 to 25 ep than the end would be a complete tragidy it will feel as total waste for me tbh...ah and the second lead syndrome ughh i do have that a lot and u putting a boys over flowers scene just killed me cause i used to ship jiho and jandi a lot...but at the end i would like to say IF THESE KIND OF CHEESY SCENES OF THINGS WOULDN'T BE IN THE DRAMA IT WON'T FEEL AS A K DRAMA ANYMORE :p

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    lovefordrama Jan 14, 2017 - edited

    Well, what I'm sick of seeing is the love triangle. Why is there a love triangle in almost every drama? Sometime's, the lead male character and the second fall in love with the heroine for the stupidest reason. I was hurt... she gave me a plaster, no one ever gave me a plaster before (even if I am the most gorgeous rich guy ever)... Such kindness, I've never seen it! I shall fight to death to have her!
    I can understand if the female lead is someone strong, someone who knows who she is and where, we can see a positive development in her character, even though....
    So yeah, this is me, just complaining XD

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      Shana Jan 20, 2017

      omfg yes. someone understands the irritation. im done with seeing love triangles in every single drama i turn to

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      Lily2PM Feb 28, 2017

      "she gave me a plaster, no one ever gave me a plaster before (even if I am the most gorgeous rich guy ever"

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    Saja Jan 14, 2017 - edited

    The most 2 things I hate are weak female leads & tragic endings...
    I can endure the evil mother in law if the female lead is strong and can clap back...

    statue kiss because I saw so many of them I came to try to accept them in my mind - still hate them tho, but I let it go - ...

    as of 2nd lead syndrome I never experienced a tough one as much as in She Was Pretty, for me it was a sad ending that she ended up with the the male lead TTuTT

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    KAPP70 Jan 13, 2017

    The reason why I don't like SOME Statue Kissing is because the female comes off looking like she really doesn't want to be kissed even though she may like the guy. She just stands there being polite while he is doing whatever he wants.Only thing I get from her is "when is this going to be over". Nothing cute about that. Two people can kiss without it being graphic. I've seen it before even in Korean dramas.
    What I hate more than a weak female lead is a strong female lead who becomes weak when a man enters her life. What is the meaning behind that?

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    Sueperstar Jan 13, 2017

    Evil Stepmother for ME! Grrrr~

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    mia Jan 13, 2017

    weak female lead is a total turn off like seriously. and also second lead syndrome like oh my god my heart is always not ready for that ((talk about reply88)) ((cry))

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    Sudapop Jan 13, 2017

    weak/ annoying female lead! i couldn't stand Oh Ha Ni from playful kiss :(

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    Lorell Jan 13, 2017

    "Statue Kissing" - omg, I don't like it... >.> Especially in Love O2O, main lead was kissing so passionately but girl was like a wood... zero emotions, zero reaction... are these Asian girls so innocent that they are terrified by a kiss? XD


    "2nd Lead Syndrome" starts to annoys me, coz so many times they are better people (sometimes they are worse jerks ofc) than main leads (who are cold stupid rich jerks but are loved by female leads) yet they are usually ignored and pushed away. I think I saw only once a drama, where female lead ended up with 2nd lead!
    Also in not-romantic dramas, 2nd lead (like in Beak Dong Soo or Hwarang) is imo more interested than main lead and shroud/is stealing the whole attention to the point I was hoping they rename drama for "Assassin Yeo Woon" instead...

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