Hopefully you have checked out my new chart for rating dramas here.
In this post I am going to give some examples of the best and the worst of each of my ten categories, with an explanation of some of them.
Sum Of Parts
||Kill Me, Heal Me
|2. Humor||Will It Snow For Christmas
||Kill Me, Heal Me
|3. Eye Candy
||Not Applicable, see reasons below
||Boys Over Flowers
||Cheese in the Trap
|8. Kisses/ Skinship
||Flower Boy Next Door
|9. Believable Love Lines
||Kill Me, Heal Me
|11. Bonus Points for Quotes||n/a||Coffee Prince
|12. Negative Points for Amnesia
||Boys Over Flowers
Before I go into the explanations, I want to point out that these are just my opinions folks. You may feel differently. Some of my favorite bloggers absolutely loved some of these dramas that I put in the worst category. I respect that opinion and can even see their point of view. But for me, those dramas were not necessarily my cup of tea in the category they are listed in. Also, notice that Scarlet Heart made it to both sides of the list. This is a primary example of why a drama can be loved by many but hated by others. It just kind of depends on how you end up scoring it. You will also notice that Kill Me, Heal Me and Coffee Prince are mentioned multiple times on the Best list…that is because they are amazing dramas that everyone should watch. 🙂 Also, some of the dramas in the worst list are dramas that I have not finished, so I am not exactly the best judge for these dramas.
Okay, so now for some explaining:
- Catchiness- I just can’t seem to get into Love Rain, but maybe that is just me. It is available on Netflix and it has several cute actors in it, but I just can’t seem to focus on it for more than three minutes. On the other hand, you have dramas like Kill Me, Heal Me where every episode left you wanting more.
- Humor- Okay so I just picked one of my dropped dramas for the worst and I only watched like the first four episodes. But of what I watched, there was nothing funny. Just sad and more sad. Kill Me, Heal Me was hysterical. I prefer romcoms over pretty much all other dramas, but this Kill Me, Heal Me actually made me LOL like embarrassingly loud.
- Eye Candy- Okay so there really isn’t a worst for this category. Because let’s face it, if there wasn’t spectacular eye candy, how many of us would have even given Korean dramas a chance? And okay, I will be honest. Before I became obsessed, I didn’t find Korean men to be super hot, but once I had started they became my type. So, even if you didn’t consider them to be eye candy before you started, if you are watching them now, you know what chocolate abs are and how to appreciate them.
- OST- Seriously, I cannot be the only one who gets irritated everytime I see a pin that says “ALMOOOOOST PARAAAAAAADIIIIIISE” because now it is stuck in my head all day. LOL. It is hilarious but evil. And now it is stuck in your head. But if you like this song, or you like EXO, check out this video. MWAhahahaha! I love a good OST. I actually like it when the song will get stuck in my head forever. So technically, I like Almost Paradise…except it is like waaaay overdone. My favorite soundtrack was Healer. It isn’t available on Apple Music sadly, so I went to Korea Town in LA and bought the CD, like the kdrama nerd/addict that I am.
- Dragging- I loved Cheese in the Trap. It was my number one favorite drama for like a whole two months. But the beginning draaaaaagged like nobody’s business. I was only watching it so that I could get through the time between updates on Cinderella and Four Knights and Scarlet Heart. Liar Game on the other hand was super fast paced. I liked every minute of it and would watch it again.
- Length- Full disclosure: I haven’t watched either of these dramas. But I read the recaps. And in the recaps I noticed this: the recapper for Monstar commented on the dragging length at times. And White Christmas is technically a special so it is super short anyways. But also suspenseful so that makes it seem short too.
- Tropes- So for the best and the worst I picked the biggest trope of them all: genderbending. Coffee Prince did it really well (as well as all their other tropes) and You’re Beautiful did all of their tropes in a ridiculously goofy manner. But that is the Hong Sisters for you. Technically speaking though, I still liked all of their silly tropes because they were silly.
- Kisses/ Skinship- Awwwww…the other reason we watch dramas. Or at least my other reason. I have already written an article about the best kisses, so you should know what I think are the best kisses. And in the article I mentioned our dear Park Shin Hye and her inability to make a kiss look enjoyable. So check out that post here.
- Believable Love Lines- I did a spoiler post about how I felt about the love lines in Reply 1988, here. Pinocchio on the other hand, had issues that every couple faces from being related to honesty. But I never doubted who liked who and how much.
- The Ending- Okay, so I recently read a post about Scarlet Heart that made me think that maybe the ending wasn’t as bad as the recaps made it out to be. But still. Based on the recaps, I didn’t like the ending. And even if you did like it, it probably made you sob for hours, which I also don’t like. Kill Me, Heal Me on the other hand, made me want to laugh and cry and watch the whole drama over again. I was satisfied with every character’s ending and I loved every minute of that drama.
- Bonus for Quotes: Okay, so let’s face it, we are watching tv in a language not our own. So if there is something very quotable in a KOREAN drama, when you don’t even speak Korean, that is pretty awesome. So bonus points.
- This spot could be used for anyone’s least favorite trope. For some it is the wrist grab, for me it is needless amnesia. Especially in the last few episodes. I am looking at you Boys Over Flowers. Hmph.
SO what do ya think? If you like melodramas more than comedies, I feel like this chart would still work with a few tweaks.