How To Pick The Next K-Drama To Binge-Watch
Although a lot of us real fans have been fans before 2011, K-everything has been all the rage in the Philippines lately, all thanks (or not) to mainstream dramas like Goblin and the like. Before the boom, I’ve been consulted countless of times on which next series to watch and as with personal style, I believe there’s a process in finding one that will work right and well for you, and below, I write all the reasons why I believe choosing a K-drama to indulge in is no easy feat, but a process, an art.
YOU HAVE TO BE IN LOVE WITH BOTH THE OPPA AND THE FEMALE LEAD.
You cannot last 16 episodes if you feel that oppa’s nose is too pointed and perfect for your taste. This is a true story and I have a real-life friend who suffered from this syndrome. Likewise, you’re supposed to find the girl ridiculously pretty, too. To be honest, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo was such a pleasure to watch primarily because Lee Sung-kyung was just so, so pretty and adorable and great with her facial expressions! Imagine if it were played by an ugly-for-K-standard kinda girl. I’ll pass.
YOU'LL NEED TO take note of THE COLOR PALETTE.
I have friends who could not watch the Reply series despite my 100% tried-and-tested recommendations, plus, the beauty of Seo In-guk’s adolescent abs. I mean, what, how is it even humanely possible to resist that? Turns out, there are those who are sensitive to the color filters, and because it was a throwback series, the sepia filter is present all throughout. So, yes, people are sensitive to color saturations and such, and this may affect viewing choices despite a godly oppa.
YOU SHOULD CHOOSE A GENRE YOU'RE COMFORTABLE WITH.
Another factor I noticed is that people are sensitive to genres, and there are a lot to choose from when it comes to K-dramas. Are you alright with stories set in the Joseon era and stories where the oppa falls in love with a girl disguised as a man? How about fantasy dramas, will you survive watching leads falling in love with mermaids, aliens, a comic sketch, or a man who’s lived for centuries? Or maybe you’d rather watch heavy dramas, where the actors have teardrops rolling down their eternally flawless cheeks and waterproof eye makeup about seventy-five per cent of the times?
YOU'LL NEED TO CHECK yourself first.
The last part of the process is absolutely necessary, because the trickiest part with K-dramas is the aftermath. Will you be able to move on? Will you survive not knowing what to do with your life afterwards? Do you think you might get addicted? There's also the risk of neglecting work, family, your health, so better be prepared to not fall into that phase.
How about you? What considerations do you have when picking out which K-drama to watch next? I'd love to know (and spazz with you) in the comments section!
Photos via Dramabeans.