It’s a new year and that means it’s time to try new things. Right? Right? I don’t know how it happened exactly, but someone on social media said how great Hello, My Twenties was, and I got bored one day and looked it up to see what it was, and of course it was on Netflix. So I settled in to give it a chance, and I was almost immediately hooked. I liked it immediately, but I am super, super picky. So the KDramas I will talk about here will be the best of the very best.
I have no idea how long this experiment will last, but I’ve paid for a Dramafever premium membership, and I have gone down the rabbit hole, and who knows when I will come out? KDrama is rotting my brain and I am enjoying every second of it. But you should know, I’ve quit watching about ten of them already. This is why I am super, super picky. It takes a lot to hook me and keep me hooked.
Age of Youth (Hello, My Twenties-2016)
So, as you know already, this was my first KDrama. I highly recommend it to anyone in our blogging community looking to get into KDrama. It’s recent, there is LOADS of strong female friendship, some romance, lots of tension, and it definitely seems to be one of the best KDramas of 2016. Best of all, there are only 12 episodes, so it’s a short one to get you hooked. I will definitely rewatch this on in the future as I really, truly got attached to the five female leads. Each has their own story arc, their own personality, but my favorite thing about this KDrama is their love for each other. It doesn’t happen right away, and there is some cattiness to start with, but I absolutely loved these girls.
It’s about five girls that live in a shared boarding house called Belle Epoque. Yoo Eun Jae moves into the house where four other girls already live because she is attending a nearby college. They know each other well already, and she is incredibly timid and they are very judgmental of her. That changes, but they are all hiding secrets from each other that are eventually going to come out.
Honestly, this is what I wish a New Adult novel would be instead of what they usually are. I don’t want to give any spoilers because there is definitely some mystery involved with this plot. And sometimes KDramas can get a bit over the top with the tropes and ridiculous plot advancement, but most of it worked here really, really well. If you don’t love Kang Yi Na by the end of this, we can’t be friends.
Boys Over Flowers (2009)
Boys Over Flowers was my second KDrama. Honestly, this one had been in my Netflix queue for what seemed like forever. I had heard so much about it, so I figured it was about time. When I started it, I wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into, because OY was it corny right off the bat. Plus, it looked like it was shot with an old camcorder. But I stayed patient and quickly found out that this drama was addictive like crack cocaine. It is seriously adorable too. The casting is SPOT on, and every character fulfills their role to the best of their ability.
It’s about a prestigious high school in Korea, and the students that attend it. Trigger warning for bullying. I was bullied as a kid, and a lot of it was very difficult for me to watch. These kids were very cruel to Jan-Di. 4 guys called F4 basically run the school because the leader (Goo Jun Pyo) is the heir of Shinwha Corp. which is the company that runs the school as well as most other things in Korea. They are seriously involved in everything, it seems. Well, Jun Pyo and Jan Di butt heads, and he becomes obsessed with her and tormenting her but it quickly turns into something else. Jan Di is a perfect angel–she’s quirky, adorable, and cares about those around her deeply. The boys of F4 quickly begin to care about her, including the ex-president’s son, Ji Hoo.
Yes, there is a love triangle in Boys Over Flowers, and no, my ship did not set sail, but even so, I still really, really enjoyed this drama. I’m not sure I would recommend it for KDrama beginners because it is long, a bit dated, and drags in places. But it is still one of the very best so it’s a MUST WATCH.
Heartless City (Cruel City-2013)
I don’t know what happened. This drama was a total random pick. I had just finished Boys Over Flowers and didn’t think anything could stand up to what I had just watched so I figured I would let Random.org help me choose which one I would watch next. Enter Heartless City and my discovery of Jung Kyung Ho. 😍
And his character in Heartless City. Okay, OMG, this drama has a terrible ending but it’s worth it for all the nineteen episodes before where you just get to stare at him and drool over how pretty and badass he is. Not gonna lie, I forgot what the story was about sometimes. It was super great though. His character was WHOA. I can’t believe none of the people on this show won awards for their performances. It was tense, about drugs, lots of murder and bad guys, undercover cops, etc. I don’t generally like shows about drug trafficking, but like Breaking Bad, this one really hooked me anyway.
It’s important to mention that I really love strong female characters, and Lee Jin Sook was one of my favorites this far. Her business dealings were shady, she was a prostitution madam, and yet I still adored her character. The writing was excellent, clearly. Her sisterly relationship with Soo Min was one of my favorite parts of the show.
Hey, so there were some plot holes and not everything added up, and I still haven’t watched the last episode because I know how it ends and I don’t want to remember the characters that way, but I still loved all the episodes that came before that, and this is the show that made me crush hard on Jung Kyung Ho, so I’m thankful. Dan is disgusted with me but I don’t even care.
That kiss tho.
What’s next for my KDrama watching? Well, things have been a bit unpredictable on that front. As of this writing, I’ve been finding it hard to get hooked into any others. I’ve tried like five but none of them have worked for me. I’m not in the mood for historicals, I didn’t want to watch another crime drama after the one I just finished, so I was looking for something fun, but the relationships are not hooking me. So because I was so frustrated, I decided to watch another of Jung Kyung Ho’s dramas, and that one seems to be working splendidly, so that’s probably the next one I will review. Like I stated, I’m only going to post about the best of the best. 🙌