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WHO I AM: I'm a reader, a writer, a dreamer, a shower singer, an educator and an Asian drama fan who has come late to the scene. For health reasons, I have far too much time where I can't do much. For sanity's sake, I can't watch American television--crime shows really aren't my thing.   So I started watching Netflix. Dramaland was my first show and then came Descendents of the Sun. My third, Boys Over Flowers really drew me in. By the time I had read the manga and watched the Japanese, Taiwanese and Chinese versions, I was hooked enough to join MyDramaList and subscribe to Viki. This is my only social media beyond Goodreads (a book site) so I'm pretty obtuse/naive when it comes to the site's etiquette/expectations.

MY VIEWING EXPERIENCE: Despite having watched a ridiculous amount of dramas, I still feel like a novice here. For simplicity's sake, I've limited my viewing to Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Taiwanese shows (I realize this  isn't much of a limit, but it excludes Thai, Filipino and Malaysian series). 

I get tired of some of the repeated tropes like faux drownings, amnesia, the claw machine game, arrogant MLs with no EQ and the ridiculous accidental kiss. I still don't understand the bloody nose phenomena, the way the camera focuses on men's Adam's apples, the fixation on stomach gurgling or why so many characters believe everything is their fault. I like fantasy (ghosts, time travel, mythical creatures, alternative realities), romance, food-context shows and explorations of human relationships with technology. Melodramas are a painful pleasure that I watch sometimes even when they make me cringe. Some of my favorite shows are as follows:

CHINESE: Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, Ashes of Love, Love O2O, My True Friend, Granting You a Dreamlike Life, Sweet Dreams, Eternal Love,  Somewhere only We Know, Go Go Squid, Legend of the White Snake, Meteor Garden (2018)  

JAPANESE: 100-manen no Onna-tachi, A.I. Love You, Ashi Girl, Hana Noche Hare, Hana Yori Dango, Gibo to Musume no Blues, Tonari no Kazoku wa Aoku Mieru, Tokyo Tarareba Musume, Kekkon Aite wa Chusen de, Kimi Wa Petto, Second Love, Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo

KOREAN: Legend of the Blue Sea, Coffee Prince, Goblin, Splash Splash Love, You Who Came from the Stars, Oh My Ghostess, Rooftop Prince, Heirs, Shopping King Louis, I Need Romance (1,2,3), The Beauty Inside, Star of the Universe, Kill Me Heal Me, Secret Garden, Moorim School, Lucky Romance, Jealousy Incarnate, Her Private Life, A Korean Odyssey, Boys Over Flowers, Descendants of the Sun, Are You Human Too?

TAIWANESE: Autumn's Concerto,  Meet Me @1006, Love Cuisine, Love Around, Love Family, Love Now, Easy Fortune Happy Life

There are many more Chinese and Japanese series that I would enjoy watching, but I've found it difficult to locate translations. I'm open to recommendations if you have any.


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