Work and family dramas

    I avoided long, family dramas for some time, and when I gave one a shot, now I’m lost completely. There is  a totally different feel to those stories, usually long ones, over 30 episodes. I’m talking about primetime week/weekend dramas, not about those who air daily. I like the pace of those stories, so even though there are heart-wrenching moments and cliffhangers, it’s not as condensed as in the regular 16-episodes shows (QoR is an exception – I will probably see few grey hairs next Tuesday on my stupid head). The first such drama that made me got glued to the screen was Life is Beautiful. Along with this one I watched Assorted Jewels. And now I can’t stop.

I like how traditions and customs are shown in such dramas, like funeral ceremonies, marriage or different rites. For me it’s like watching some kind of para-documentary on customs. Moreover, I like how they touch normal, everyday things, like marriage, work, friendship, changing of a person.

   Family dramas focus on relationships, and it’s not a comic relationship, fairy goddess or princess as the main heroine. I don’t mind those dramas, no no, under one condition – decent screenplay and decent acting. In that case, hell, Lady Castle was fun to watch! But in family dramas (let’s keep that term), relationships are more real. Here, divorce, abortion, abuse, health problems, dating are not taboos any more. This is why I put QoR into this category, along with Family’s Honor, Life is Beautuful, Smile, You, Assorted Jewels and Smile Donghae. The acting is also different, there are many actors not in their first youth, but more experienced, they are not afraid to look unattractive, but to show the whole variety of emotions. They are not restrained by fast pacing of 16-episodes dramas. They have time. And they show their characters with an utmost care.
So after such a ride, my expectations toward other dramas have been set very high. This is why I’m still unable to finish Secret Garden.
   Those dramas are not so popular with young folks (I almost wrote… well, some abusive term, forgive me), because of the lack of cute boys (I would disagree, but well… de gustibus non est disputandum), because of being not fashion-forward, because of… Ah, what the hell, no more MMM evil journeys, keke^^
And I’m grateful to myself as well. I’m not picking dramas only when there is “my actor” in it. I watch loads of things and almost all first episodes of any aired drama. If I like it – I continue, if not, kitty-lick your wounds, cause I’m dropping it from Caradhras (wahahaha). This way I watched LIB, there wasn’t anyone who was on “my list” back then. So I’d advise anyone not to be bordered by such restrictions, because, ultimately, we watch shows for stories, right? Some nice actor just adds the cherry on top, but it’s not the basic dough.
It’s not like I’m saying those dramas are better than the others. They are different, and everyone who have some time might want to give them a try and won’t regret. I know two beautiful ladies who started to watch LIB and loved it. Because those dramas offer something more than the usual ones – more time with our loved ones!!!! Ah, sorry, fangirl temporary possessed my mind, I’m back, where was I? Ah, yes, those… I see.
I would include Gloria into this category, but since I dropped that one, I have no idea how it progressed. I may pick it up, afterall I have almost all February free.
I’m coming, Family’s Honor, I’m coming! Wait for meeeeee~ (*fades slowly in the maze of madness*)

Pictures from official websites and Nate


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8 Responses to Work and family dramas

  1. Aili says:

    Awww… Mr. V-neck, how I adore thee!! My problem with these loooooooooooooong shows is because they are so long… ack! but you are totally right, I so did not know what I Was missing out on until I started on LIB. It was funny how I was waiting for those typical kdrama element to show up though, intrigues and birth secrets and bitchy people etc. But they never came, and my heart was felt ease. With the exception of certain people, although that was purely due to their evil, ignorant condescending behaviours!

  2. Ethlenn says:

    Are you referring to the Grandpa and Japanese woman, keke?
    Yes, they are long, but so addictive once you start, there is always something going on, without typical tricks. Ah!
    Mr. V-neck has new drama going, you know!

    Ah, Aili, hope you can get your rest and come down to us!

  3. arakira says:

    Ahh Ecchan…Thanks for those recs…I finished LIB only last night and the withdrawals are already kicking in…This drama definitely was too short 😉 I could have watched this family for 100 eps, too.
    Ahh though…the 2nd uncle got tame and unattractive all of a sudden in the last couple of eps 😛

    Mr V-necks new drama is kinda strange though…can't say I understand much about subs, but I didn't fall for the charas in Believe in Love like I did in LIB

    Did anybody check out Dummy's new drama?

  4. Ethlenn says:

    Eh, dear, Dummy's new drama will start on February 7, weak after my, most likely, heart attack. And although I don't like the trailers at the end of QoR, I still want to see the couple of eps. Well, a good looking man in good looking clothes won't hurt…

  5. peggybrad says:

    Well where were you when I started a thread for Lee Tae Gon? Not one post. He was the most wonderful man in ASSORTED JEWELS I defy anyone to remain quiescent during his honeymoon evening with Jade. My Lord what a man… such strong undercurrents and vibes during that scene.
    I have watched this drama three times and love it entirely. such people must exist somewhere on the planet. Actors can't just read the lines and make it all up even when the writer is a genius. Those two grannies were perfect.
    What is the new Lee Tae Gon drama please.

  6. Ethlenn says:

    Oh, Peggy, I blame my eyes, my bad, bad, focused only on few men eyes…
    But he was good indeed. You actually made me want to watch that drama again…

    Please, a witch spell to make a 36-hours day?

  7. arakira says:

    hmm Assorted Jewels?! Since you both liked it so much maybe I should give that one a try next?! Still forcing myself to wait till QoR is finished before giving it a try^^

    Any other family drama recs? Preferably between 30&60 eps, with some hunks and some touching and caring charas but nothing too cheesy or melo?

    I didn't like Smile You and dong hae is definitely too long, plus I need subs(…like BiL, still hoping viki or DS will get it subbed it one day…)
    The only other family dramas i remember are creating destiny which was ok but kinda annoying cause of the romeo and juliet motive and the useless bickering and dragging story… and Tak Gu, which was just like a chain of tragic events – too much to be believable…

  8. Ethlenn says:

    Tak Gu was just too much, I almost threw my pc off my window. Well, I didn't cause it's MY window on world plus I lived on the 0 floor, so not dramatic enough, keke.
    Smile You became a bit draggy, true, but I finished it anyway. Quite good was also “Please Marry Me” and… damn, I forgot the name…
    You may also try daily drama with Kim Gabsu: “All My Love”, I watche every third epiosde ad it's fun. Not the best out there, but watchable.

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