Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Least Favorite Dramas

       I have created a list of dramas that I disliked and wouldn't recommend to anyone. This is just my opinion based on my preferences which are entirely subjective. I realize that many of the dramas on this list are extremely popular and well loved but unfortunately I didn't care for them.

Devil Beside You

Score: 4/10

        I don't hate Taiwanese dramas but I would say that they tend to be my least favorite of of the main five Asian countries whose dramas I watch. Rainie Yang is main culprit here, her performance caused me physical pain. I didn't find her cute or funny but rather extremely annoying. It took me over a year to finish this drama because I hated it so much. Mike He was fine and I liked some of the supporting characters but it was pure torture watching this and I have avoided all Rainie's dramas since.

Personal Taste

Score: 4/10

       Here is another drama I disliked due to an annoying female lead, are you seeing a trend here? Park Kae In was stupid , not in a cute way but in a mentally handicapped kind of way. I was surprised that she didn't need help crossing the street or picking out her own clothes (er, nevermind).

Delightful Girl, Choon Hyang

Score: 5/10

       Most of the dramas on this list had horrendously written female leads but Delightful Girl is unique in that it had a extremely stupid and unlikable male lead, Lee Mong Ryong. It is amazingly easy to find terrible female characters but males are another story. The second male lead was a psycho stalker so I ended up shipping Choon Hyang to stay single, another first for me. My favorite character in the drama was Mong Ryong's dad, if that tells you anything.

Lie to Me

Score: 5/10

      Yoon Eun Hye tends to make either good dramas (Coffee Prince, Missing You), or really bad dramas (Lie to Me, Taking Care of the Young Lady). This is one of those dramas that you see used in a lot of Asian drama mvs and on a lot of favorites list. I will readily admit that the kiss scenes are amazing and the chemistry is fantastic between the leads but that's about it. The story isn't great and starts to drag pretty early on. Also, the characters are highly inconsistent which is a huge pet peeve of mine.

K-Pop: The Ultimate Audition

Score: 5.5

       This drama wasn't bad, not amazing but not bad. I liked the story about an upcoming kpop group and the different characters were fun. I liked the leads and the acting wasn't bad, although the kiss scenes left a lot to be desired. The problem was the ending, or lack thereof. This drama suffered from poor ratings so it was cut down from 16 episodes to 14. I completely understand that they may not have had enough time to properly end everything but they could have made a much more satisfactory finale then what they ultimately ended up with. Instead of trying to tie up a few story lines and give us the concert that they had built up for the entire drama, they gave us a very lukewarm ending. No concert was shown, no plots were wrapped up, nothing. To add insult to injury, they also decided to add more useless dramatic filler than do anything productive. It was incredibly lazy and made my entire perspective of the drama turn negative.


Score: 5.5/10

         Where do I even begin with this one? By far one of the worst dramas that was produced last year and I'm still trying to figure out how this went so horribly wrong. First and foremost, the writing was utterly and completely terrible-I have no idea how the same person that wrote Secret Garden wrote this travesty. Was she depressed? Was she high? Was she angry at the network or actors? The acting wasn't an issue here(except for every actor that was present in the American scenes) but the characters, similar to the story, weren't written well. Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye NEED to pick better and more varied roles, this drama is a prime example of how playing the same character over and over can become detrimental to one's career.

Playful Kiss

Score: 6/10

      Oh Ha Ni is one of the worst female leads that I have encountered thus far in dramaland. She's stupid, childish and probably should have been arrested for repeated and unlawful psycho stalking of Baek Seung Ju. She had no thoughts or interests outside of Seung Ju, her entire world revolved around him. Seung Ju wasn't much better, he treated her like crap even after they were married. I'm sorry but I found nothing cute or sweet about their entire relationship.

Twelve Men in a Year

Score: 6/10

       This drama had an interesting premise. a woman intends to sleep with a man each month representing a different zodiac sign in order to write about it for a magazine. But this premise gets dropped along the way and the story enters dragsville. And, as is a common thread in most of my disliked dramas, the female lead is horrible. Na Mi Roo is quite possibly one of the most annoying human beings on the planet, I have no earthly idea who thought her character would have even made a decent supporting role, much less a main lead. Her best friend Tanya is far more interesting and would have made a really fun lead, so of course she's just a secondary character. 

A Gentleman's Dignity

Score: 6/10

       Another popular drama that I didn't like, I promise it's not on purpose. Firstly I am not a fan of Kim Ha Neul at all, she is another actress that tends to play all her  characters the same and I found her more annoying than endearing in this one. Except Choi Yo On and Me Ah Ri, I didn't really like any of the other characters. The writing and story weren't bad but I just didn't find myself invested in most of the characters or their relationships.

Panda and Hedgehog

Score: 6/10

      This drama could have been great and out of all the others listed here, is one that I feel the most bad about including. It features one of the greatest bromances I have ever seen and a lot of great characters. Sadly, the Pan Da wasn't one of them. She started off as a typical stubborn female lead but around episode 5 her character did a 360 and became incredibly selfish and annoying. The story was also all over the place and started dragging big time by episode 11, only adding to my displeasure. Lee Dong Hae was great and deserved a better drama to showcase his talent. I also really loved Choi Jin Hyuk and Oh Yi Na, their characters were really funny and the highlight of the drama. Speaking of Yi Na as Won Yi, why are there so many wonderfully written secondary female lead characters? Why aren't female leads written like that? I would much prefer a quirky main lead than the numerous cookie cutter characters that we so often get stuck with.

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