We are living far, far away from the magnificent kingdom of dramas -aka Asia-.
Since we are typical Asian girls, we LOVE watching dramas, even though they are all similar.
When we started watching them, we got inspired from other blogs or sites (DramaWiki!)
Now, we want to share our passion with all of you!
Korean, Japanese or Taiwanese?
So, it’s your first time watching dramas, and you have no idea where to start with. You’ve tried thousands of drama-rating websites, but you still don’t know which one to choose? I can’t tell you which one you should see, because everyone have different tastes and all, but I can tell you more about the characteristics of each.
But, before that, there are some things you should know before, about dramas in general. Most of the time, it evolves around a deep love story. Yeah, you might be thinking “What’s wrong with that?” The thing is, it’s usually someone from a high-class falling in love with one in a lower class. By the time they find out that they fell in too deep to forget, everyone’s already opposing. Most of the times, it’s the mom who’s always against. Then, there are some very epic tragic situations, such as operation, cancer, loss of memory, etc.
That’s what normal dramas are based on. Although between them might be pretty much the same, the directors and script writers always seem to find a way to make their drama very unique. Have fun watching!
So, starting with Korean dramas. They’re the direct link to the word dramas, and they’re also renowned for it. Usually, they’re a bit longer or seem longer (normal length : 16 episodes of 1 hour), due to the never-ending love polygons (no, not triangle) and intensive drama. Usually, the story is very realistic, and the characters are very stereotype, such as the rude and rebellious CEO of THE huge company fall in love with a very normal girl. Afterwards, because Korean are very family-centered, usually a situation with the family starts.
Korean dramas are also known for some unwanted endings, or some really sad ones. It’s really more on the emotional side. They can get very addictive and very annoying because some characters are just simply way too illogical and mean to viewers to tolerate.
This is a kind of drama that I cannot explain. There are seriously way too many genre of story, from human robots to human pets, with the all-known love stories. Japanese drama are often based on manhwa (manga), so there are a lot of exaggerated storyline, but it’s a change from the epic korean dramatic love story. Also, it tends to be very comical and very short (normal length : 10 to 12 episodes of 45 minutes). Usually, there’s always a very deep moral behind each story. It’s much lighter to watch, especially when you’re currently very busy and just want to take a small break.
**Note: Japanese people are known for the animes, and dramas resembles a bit, since animes were based on manhwas too. BUT, it’s nothing like the popular Naruto or Bleach series, don’t worry.
Okay, so this is the between category. There usually isn’t that much drama and more comedy orientated. It’s usually follows the very basic all-drama storyline, but Taiwanese people exaggerate their facial expressions a lot. Also, they add little sound effects such as pow, boing and ding through the drama. I cannot tell you the normal length, because it always varies from drama to drama. It’s a much freer kind, and you never know when it’s going to end. The directors can just decide on the last episode to extend it by another few episodes, or do a special (like and after story). Also, Taiwan is such a small place with many artists, so we often see the same place and with same actors…
So, now that you know a bit more about the three most watched dramas. There is also China Mainland and Hong Kong dramas, but we’re not too into those ones, so I can’t help you on that matter. I still hope it helped your choosing! And if you still don’t know what to choose after reading, why not just start with our Top-rated drama list for our personal favorites.
HOW DO WE RATE THE DRAMAS????
Essbee: I think that even the worst drama’s shouldn’t be less than 50%. The television stations would never broadcast something really bad. I give points for the story in general… the actors’ acting… The number of time I get frustrated (to want to kill someone) or I cry (that happens often for me… but I compare the dramas between each other)… I think about the OST too… Music is a very important point… Also, the most important is to wait few days and to feel if I still feel my heart pounding thinking about the drama. More I hate the characters and I love others, more I like the drama😀 So…
95~100% = EXCELLENT [MUST WATCH] 90~94% = Awesome 80~89% = Really good 70~79% = Okay… 60~69 = Not that good 50~59 = ehh.. NO! Don’t watch!
However, we have all different opinions, that is just to help you guys to guide you😀