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I started watching dramas in 2015 when I was living in a foreign country and was sick and stuck on the couch.  All of the English language channels were showing NCIS or CSI or bad action movies.  So I was flicking through the cable channels and KBS World was showing Love Rain with English subtitles. It had good acting and great production values and the lead actor was so pretty! 

I watched the episodes that were on and then went to youtube for the rest.  I was sick for 2 weeks and living alone, I couldn't walk, so I went a long way down the drama rabbithole!

I've watched mostly Korean dramas but also enjoy  Chinese and Taiwanese dramas.  I've tried a couple of well loved Japanese dramas but I don't think they're really my style.

My all time favourite dramas are Faith, Healer, Lovestruck in the City, My Unfamiliar Family and Hot Stove Leage.     

My favourite writer is Song Ji Na - I'm trying now to go back and watch anything that she's written, but I'm finding it really hard to find some of her older dramas. If you can recommend a few, and some places to watch them, I'd really appreciate it. 

I tend to like Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller and Sageuk dramas the best.  Anything that has all of those elements will always be high on my list.  

Faith was the first drama I became obsessed with and its definitely the one I've rewatched the most.  I'd seen Lee Min Ho in other dramas and didn't really get why people liked him so much, and then I watched Faith.  His acting alongside Kim Hee Sun was great, and she was mesmerising, I couldn't stop watching her.  Their interactions along with all the side characters are what make this show so great.  There are plot holes and the direction misses its mark so much, but I can forgive these things because the acting and the characters are so good.  

Song Ji Na is so good at writing real humans that you wind up carrying with you and caring about.

The drama I regret watching the most is Missing You.  What a nightmare. I'm almost as obsessed with how terrible this drama is as I am with the wonder that is Faith.  I'd like the hours I spent watching this back and I think I have PTSD as a result of Song Ok Sook's acting in this. Also, too much crying.  

An oldish drama that I really liked is Flowers for My Life.  It's a simple sweet story that's well told but, and fair warning, it is very, very slow. 


A couple of people have commented that they were thinking of watching something but saw that I only gave a drama a rating of 7.  To me, a 7 is a very good score.  

I rate hard and I try to use all the numbers.  In my mind (and on my list) there should be way more dramas scoring between 3 and 7.5 and very few at either end. 

So to me something with a score of 5 is average.  It's probably still better than most of the dross on western TV, it probably still has a good story, if you like the lead actors you'll probably like it.  Here's my scale:   

0.5 - 2.0   =   F   =   You'd probably have more fun repeatedly punching yourself in the face.
2.5 - 3.5   =   D   =   D for Don't Bother unless one of the main actors is your Bias 
4.0 - 5.0   =   C-  =   Average, give it a go - you might like it
5.5 - 6.5   =   C   =   Sound, solidly put together, worth watching
7.0 - 8.0   =   B   =   Very Good, add it to your PTW list without question.
8.5 - 9.5   =   A   =   Excellent, make this the next thing you watch.
10           =   A+ =   Perfect 

Also, I'm not going to claim any kind of impartiality with scoring.  I try to be objective, sure, but sometimes I just love or hate a drama with only emotional justification.  Here are two examples:

Faith:  I know the direction was bad, I know the cinematography wasn't brilliant, I know writer Song had trouble getting them to stick to her story but the depiction of a solid no nonsense love (even with all the nonsense around it) makes it my most rewatched drama and it gets a 9.5. 

Descendants of the Sun: Had it ended at episode 14, I probably would have given it a 7.  I felt so ridiculed by the writers and producers for following them along for the last 2 episodes that I threw that 7 out the window and it's very bloody lucky to get the 2 points I begrudgingly awarded. 

I hope this helps you to get some kind of context for my ratings.


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