I have included tropes in my rating scale because it is a huge part of what we all love and hate about dramas. However, for those of you may be new to Korean Dramas, perhaps an explanation is in order.

This is the list of tropes that I find are the most common. There are others of course, like dramatic crying and last minute u-turns, but I don’t really feel like those should make a significant influence on the drama’s overall rating. And then there are some like hidden identities, secret parentage, and body switches that are really too big of plot points to be considered “tropes” in my opinion.

So then based on that list, I rate by quality on a scale of one to a hundred with a basic:

70= C

80= B


100 = A+

Some examples of an accidental kiss gone wrong:


And this is it done right:


One Percent of Something

And then what about the tropes we hate? For some it is the dreaded wrist grab…


for me, it is amnesia. I can’t stand it, which is why on my spreadsheet it is worth extra negative points.


There are of course times where amnesia isn’t completely horrible like in Shopping King Louie when it is a major plot point, or in Secret Garden where the amnesia doesn’t last very long and it is made into a kind of joke. So if you choose to use my drama rating system, feel free to make your least favorite trope worth some extra negative points!

And now, for the list and how I came up with the rating of tropes for 1988:


Reply 1988 Score
Accidental Kiss 100
Amnesia  –
Back Hug 100
Chaebol/Candy/Cinderella  –
Cohabitation 100
Contract Relationship  –
Crazy Mom  –
Drunk/ Drinking 100
Gender Bending  –
Hit by a Car (Motorcycle) 100
Love Triangle 70
Noble Idiocy 60
Piggy Back Ride 100
Rain Scene 100
Terminal Illness 100
Wrist Grab  –
Total Average: 92

8 Comments Add yours

  1. -S says:

    In my opinion, amnesia is only worth doing if you’re going to make it a major plot point. Just throwing it in for extra drama is stupid!

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  2. kwenzqoatl says:

    There needs to be a parody drama that makes fun of all of these. lol

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    1. I know right?! Dramaworld makes fun of a few of them like the piggyback and the car accident.


    2. We do it in our Kdrama book 😀 It was insanely fun to do!

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  3. Noble idiocy made me lol!

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  4. Loved this. I agree on the amnesia, it is overdone.
    I had to explain ‘accidental kiss’ to some non Kdrama watchers and they couldn’t believe it could happen….then one of the group sheepishly said that they had tripped over a friend while at a slumber party and landed pretty much face to face. No kiss though, just screams, so I guess it could happen. But so often and so awkwardly!

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