Reading through the posts @ Dramabeans this past week, it seems like Drama Slump™ is an epidemic within the intl drama community. So… apparently I wasn’t the only one. I’ve of course had the Drama Drought going for several years now but it’s only recently that I’ve arrived in the Slump territory.
Now, one might think that Drama Drought and Drama Slump are the same thing, but this ain’t so. Drama Drought is when you’d still be actively watching dramas, if only you’d find some to catch your fancy. Or you pick up a show only to realise it’s not what you wanted/expected, which repeats with the next fiew shows you try. Kdramas not doing it? Well, what about the offereings from the other Asian countries? Or finally weening down that List of Doom? Usually you’ll find something to sink your teeth in. Drama Slump on the other hand is this –> 18 signs you are in a drama slump. LOL! Well, I might not be quite that far gone yet but there is more than one bullet point in the list that hits home – painfully. Depending on one’s preferences and the ongoing dramaland trends, Drama Drought can hit just about anyone but imho, it’s us more ‘seasoned’ drama fans that are more likely to get in the dreaded Slump.
Poor javabeans, the Slump really has hit her bad. 🙂 But it has resulted in rather fun ‘existentialistic’ list making. Like 12 dramas I thought I’d watch if I only had time, but turns out that time was just my excuse. Yeah, I have fiew of those as well, gathering dust in some corner of my HD. Maybe it’s time to admit defeat and just get rid of them. Because that particular ‘rainy day’ will never come, will it? Then there’s 21 times Oppa let me down (Bad dramas I have watched). Yup, been there, done that. Not recently though. I’ve since wised up and I’ve become quite adept at spotting the ‘bad dramas’. If I happen to get fooled in to start one, it gets Das Boot very quickly indeed as soon as I realise what is going on. Of course there isn’t much you can do to avoid dramas that start out fine/great but go off the rails later on. Pox on them! I do have a shortlist of actors I like but none is such a fave that I’d watch them in everything they happen to act in. Not anymore. Grew out of that too over the years.
I have almost 10 years of drama watching beind me and sadly, Kdramas don’t grab me the way they used to, in fact haven’t done that for a fiew years now. I’ve lost count of how many shows I’ve started only to quit after couple of episodes as I just wasn’t feeling them. Lately there hasn’t been too many interesting alternatives either as I haven’t bumped into many noteworthy c- or jdramas. There are times I wish I was still the Drama Noob I once was. When almost every show I picked up was an exciting possibility and the stories swept me along, making me giddy with anticipation. Sigh. Too many dramas and I guess too many years watching them has watered down that giddy feeling and in big part killed the excitement as well. Seriously, I sometimes wonder why I’m still at it and contemplate if I should take a proper break. Hasn’t come to quite that yet, though.
Like I said, I’ve been around the drama-block a fiew times. ;P I have also followed several dramaverse bloggers over the years. Many of those who were around the time I started watching dramas, have quit or moved on to other things. There really aren’t that many old timers left anymore. Reading the comments @ Dramabeans has lead me to think that majority of the commenters are realitively new to the drama world. Whenever there is talk about fave dramas, drama recs or something similar, they almost without a fail are those from the past fiew years. There might be some well known older fare like BOF, Coffee Prince, Goong etc but they seem to be more of an exception than the rule. It makes me oddly sad as there is lot of good stuff among the oldies. The dramaworld ‘grandma’ that I am, I started with the oldies. Subbing took a lot longer when I was a noob, so there was plenty time to dramathon the already aired dramas while waiting for the next ep of the current hot item to be subbed. *g*
I’m quite aware that my taste in dramas often does not follow the trends or what seems to be popular. Which is why I feel like I’m forever the one outside looking in and wondering “what’s the fuss?”. 😀 Nothing made this clearer that reading through the Dramaland Catnip part of the monthly ‘Theme of the Month’ posts @ DB. My inner commenting was along the lines: “Nope, Gosh, no!, No, Don’t think so, Nah!, No way in hell!…” LOL! I had to think really hard to figure out what my Catnip was, or if I had one in the first place. Turns out it’s *interesting premise, well written, well directed, well acted*. Gimme that and I’m there with the bells on.^^ I also realised my tastes have not really changed over the years. I still like the sort of shows I’ve always liked, even before I started watching dramas. The genres have more or less remained the same, only the order of what’s most appealing at any given point of time, rotates. The degree of annoyance that some tropes elict may have changed but the annoyances themselves are still the same as well. I guess what has changed is that I can’t do overnighters anymore as those tend to give me a horrible migrene. I’ve also had to drastically cut back on binge watching. Come to think of it, there is something else that has changed. In the beginning dramas were escapism for me. I was going through a bad patch and dramas provided an ‘out’ of the realities of life. That was when I was still able to watch OTT melodramas and makjang without getting hives, ha. SO relieving to watch imaginary people having far shittier lives than I. XD These days I prefer to have a certain degree of realism in all the dramas I watch. E.g the more unrealistic, trope filled and lighter-than-air romcoms bore me to tears. I also can’t with all the eye rolling I inevitably end up doing.
Well, looks like I had quite a bit to say about some topics this time around. Anyone who bothered to read this far – have a virtual cookie. 😀