The Fangirl Verdict

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DROPPED DRAMAS

As the title suggests, this section is for dramas that I’ve dropped.

In each post, I spend a bit of time explaining why I ended up dropping theΒ drama in question. The posts aren’t long, but I hope you find them useful &/or entertaining.

This is a relatively new section on the blog, and that’s why there are currently so few dramas listed. It’s definitely not because I’ve completed all the other dramas I’ve attempted, heh πŸ˜‰

Under my rating system (more info here), all of these dramas fall into TIER D.

Hope that helps!

~ kfangurl

A

B

Beautiful Gong Shim

C

D

E

Ex-Girlfriend Club

F

G

H

Hidden Identity

High-end Crush

High School Love On

Ho Goo’s Love

Hwarang

Hyde, Jekyll, Me

I

I Miss You

I Order You

J

K

L

M

Moorim School

My Secret Hotel

N

O

P

Q

R

S

T

The K2

The Secret Message

Thumping Spike 2

U

Uncontrollably Fond

V

W

X

Y

Z

25 thoughts on “DROPPED DRAMAS

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  2. I Miss You….honestly cannot wait for this one since you bailed!! Even though I know why, I still look forward to you skewering it even though I hope you will give a little love to those early moments of a swoony Harry Borrison (he was pretty swoony until they made him psychotic)!! ^___^

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    • Haha! OMG, I Miss You! That is one show that I will never be able to finish, ever! XD I’m so sorry for bailing on you, my dear! For that, I will fulfill your request of a Dropped post on IMY!! Soon, I promise! ^^

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  3. Dear fangurl, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Yeeey!! 2016 is here, a fresh new year for more kloves ❀ ❀ ❀ Stay healthy and awesome and keep on satisfying your fans with incredibly magnificent articles πŸ˜€ ❀ !

    Other than wishing you all the best, my reason for being here is to tell you that I have tried to detach myself a bit from your Kdrama ship full of knowledge and I have ventured by myself into watching a drama called Hotel King. Have you seen it? Long story short, I kinda crashed and burned :))))

    I watched an MV with funny moments from several drama and this one popped out as being a fun, breezy dumb-chick-becoming-heiress kind of thing. I thought something must be wrong when the drama started with hungry kids begging for money on the streets of New York and being beaten to death if they didn't bring enough money to their "benefactors". But I thought "Hey, it's a drama!"

    It had eeeeeverything I was trying to avoid in a drama. Uncertain birth and adoption, fake murder, lost brothers, found sister, found mother who happens to be another bad guy in the story, loss of memory and becoming a 5 year old child when you're a grown ass woman of around 50, bad guy that wanted to commit suicide two times and almost died a couple of more times but the main lead, the very person the bad guy was torturing actually saved his ass, the whole imma-leave-for-our-love theme (OH MY GOD!!!) and so on. And yet, for some unknown reason I actually watched it till the very end.

    Let me explain myself :)))) In the MV, I saw a couple of very cute OTP moments, you know the very good acting and awesome chemistry that we've only started to see recently in the Dramaverse? (I found out later that most of these moments were improvised by the main leads, which I find awesome) And I thought it's worth a shot. But the OTP moments were scarce in the pool of badly written scenarios and an abundance of motifs that were just sooooo exhausting! And yet…despite all that, I actually watched till the very end. I think the reason is because I am as curious as my three cats combined… :)))))

    I have to admit that in the last episode (that being 32!!) there was a very cute scene with the main lead actress bringing her kids to work and leaving them with their grandmother, who happens to be a very strict trainer of the hotel staff her daughter-in-law is running. The whole scene of the boys running around among the still employees and not listening to the very strict grandmother was very funny and cute. But the rest of the drama…

    Well, I started my year with this drama so I might as well TRY to like it :))))

    Sorry for complaining already :)))) I just needed to tell someone who understands :))))

    Again, happy New Year, I wish you all the best in the world, health and happiness and a ton of friends in the real life and here as well πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

    Thank you πŸ˜€ ❀ !

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    • Hahaha!! OMG Sabina, I literally giggled through your entire comment! XD Coz, I did dip my toes into Hotel King – it was available on a flight and I was curious – and I couldn’t make it past the 2nd ep, even with a firm finger on the FF button! So, I can just imagine the pain of sitting through the entire show, especially since it’s double the length of a typical prime-time drama! XD If you’re keen to see Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae in something that IS cute and fluffy, then I recommend checking out My Girl. It’s a little (or a lot!) silly, but it’s definitely much cuter and much funner to watch than Hotel King. And that chemistry that drew you into Hotel King was born on My Girl, so that ought to be interesting for you too! ^^

      Hopefully you’ll have better drama experiences for the rest of 2016, my dear! Thanks for stopping by to share your drama (mis?)adventure with me, you totally made me smile. HUGS. I wish you an amazing 2016 too! ❀

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      • Thanks for the quick reply πŸ˜€

        Yeah :))) I remember choking on my tangerine at one of those oh-c’mon-ffs! scene :)))) I tried to yell at my screen but it didn’t work :))))

        I’ll try My Girl just to overwrite the Hotel King experience, but still keep the warm and fuzzy :)))

        Thanks a bunch ❀

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        • Heh, yeah, yelling at the screen mostly doesn’t work, as many a drama fan will attest to! XD I love how emotionally invested you are, in your dramas! πŸ˜€

          My Girl is a little old school, since it’s an older drama, but if you adjust your lens for some campy silly, it does turn out to be a pretty fun watch. Plus, a very young Lee Jun Ki is in it, and he literally looks like he stepped out of the pages of a manga! XD

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          • Well, as long as YOU recommend it, I’m pretty sure I’ll like it πŸ˜€

            I won’t give up this adventure of mine, I’ll try to watch dramas you haven’t watched yet and maybe I’ll find some hidden gem people haven’t found yet. But in the meantime, I need to learn how to drop dramas :)))) See? That’s why I check out your reviews first because once I start something, I finish the heck out of it :)))) And, as proven just now, that’s not always good :))))

            Ah, well, at least I have something new to begin now πŸ˜‰

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            • Well, I can’t say I’ve watched ALL the dramas out there (far from it!), but I’ll definitely have drama recommendations for you anytime you’d like some! ^^ Of course, if you DO find a hidden gem or two, be sure to let me know!! πŸ˜‰

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  4. I am back :)))) ! (for some reason, this sounds like a threat :)))) )

    I’ve started My Girl and I am quite taken with it ❀ True, the silly had me rollin' my eyes a bit, but the fun and cute and breezy and lovely are definitely worth it. And what also drew me in was Lee Dong Wook's character. This one actually displays some emotions like happiness, joy, surprise, anger, embarrassment, love and so on. His character in Hotel King did not change his expressions! At some point I was thinking he has had his face injected with botox and can't move his face muscles anymore :)))

    I am some 7 episodes in and I don't want it to end ❀ I really like it and what I like most is that she displays more truth than lies. She is very open about her life despite it not being something to be very proud of. I mean, growing up practically on the streets because your father has gambling problems isn't something you just say on a first date. And I thought "This is how you play the destiny card when you want your drama to look natural πŸ˜‰ " I found it quite well written despite its flaws.
    What doesn't convince me is the playboy cousin falling in love with her to the point of crying in his car watching her talking about her loved one. That's a bit stretched if you ask me. But we needed a love square just in case the silly wasn't enough :)))).

    Overall, I am enjoying this quite nicely and I wanted to ask you if you had any other recommendations that fit into this light, breezy, funny, cute romantic stuff πŸ™‚ I like my good romances ❀

    Thanks for the recommendation πŸ˜€ ❀ !

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    • Hehehe! Hi Sabina!! It’s always nice to see you back, and no, I don’t take it as a threat at all! πŸ˜€

      Yay that you’re enjoying My Girl.. It’s a fun watch with the right lens, and I’m sure it’s more enjoyable than Hotel King. It will definitely help to soothe away any frustrations left over from your watch! Yep, it’s definitely rather cliched in parts, and the love square is a stretch, but somehow the silly still works. πŸ™‚

      Another light, breezy, funny, cute romance that comes to mind is Delightful Girl Choon Hyang. It’s another retro watch, but it comes from the same writers who wrote My Girl, so the tone and handling is rather similar, despite the different story. I think you’d like that one nicely. πŸ™‚ Incidentally, if you haven’t seen You’re Beautiful, that’s another one by the same writers that I liked. Their writing doesn’t always work for me, but these are some of the ones that are classics of theirs that you should add to your list if you like My Girl. πŸ™‚

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      • Actually, my first kdrama was You’re Beautiful πŸ˜€ And I had a serious drama hangover after finishing it. I mean, I downloaded the OST and I started crying while listening to one of my favourite songs from it :)))))

        I’ll definitely watch Delightful Girl Choon Hyang πŸ˜‰ For some reason, I wanna feel like I’m in highschool again XD

        I’ve reached episode 10 and I am itching to find out what happens next ❀ I'm really enjoying this πŸ˜€ All of my frustrations vanished and I am only left with the cute ❀ Though I'll have to admit to me, it seems that more serious roles fit Lee Da Hae. And I think I'll give her other dramas a go as well, just to see what she's capable of πŸ˜› . What do you think about her as an actress? πŸ˜€

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        • Oopsie, my bad. You did tell me that your first drama was You’re Beautiful! πŸ˜› Since it’s the same writing team behind Delightful Girl Choon Hyang, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy that one! ^^

          That’s great that you’re enjoying My Girl. It’s super cute once you let go of the need for too much logic πŸ˜‰ Lee Da Hae isn’t one of my favorite actresses, in that she can be rather bland (like in Chuno, though I love the show), but she is definitely very pretty. I think she does better when she’s in a more bubbly sort of role, like in My Girl. I’ve seen her in Chuno and in Robber, and I found her just ok in both. πŸ˜›

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  5. Don’t worry about it :))) I like talking about my favourite dramas over and over, so it’s actually a good thing if you forget :)))))

    I’ll probably get to the other dramas Lee Da Hae has played in, but right now I have a couple of more that need my attention. The first one is the cute, breezy Delightful Girl CH, then I’d like to give the drama that resembled Nine:Time travel a go (the one with the two weeks and the daughter and I forgot the name :))) ), and Chuno has been on my list for quite a while now but the cute, breezy dramas keep interfering :))))

    Btw, I don’t know if I’ve told you, but last year I managed to watch Pasta as well πŸ˜€ Quelle surprise to find out that the lead played in Coffee Prince as well πŸ˜€ I liked it because I like hard working women making their way through this difficult life, but I’ll have to admit that his love didn’t convince me all that much. Especially since he chose the other chef instead of Seo Yoo Kyung. My fangirl romance heart was satisfied to see them together at the end, but my mind was disappointed that she was okay with being set aside. And the fact that I kinda identified myself with her character (I chose to take scholarships abroad despite being in a relationship because I knew I could make it work no matter what) didn’t help much either, because I made a different choice. This was the only time I could’ve coped with the oh-so-omniprezent-in-Dramaland theme imma-leave-for-our-love :)))))))

    Overall, I found it enjoyable and I’ll have to admit that I did came back to some of the scenes after the show was over πŸ˜›

    I think my tastes are finally starting to take a certain shape and I think I’m leaning towards more logical dramas. What I mean is that I don’t like loose ends and dropped threads and poor performances, but I can forgive the lack of logic if show concentrates on cute, breezy, lovely, beautiful, though I have a tolerance limit there too :))))
    For instance, Nine had me hooked because it dealt with timetravel fabulously. Despite a couple of things that seemed off, Show managed to keep me on the edge of my…well, bed :))))

    Loved Healer and I think, so far, it’s the best drama in terms of combining cute, breezy, fun, beautiful with logic, strategy, action and other heavier components. Until now, my favourite by far.

    Loved Queen In-Hyun’s Man (though I didn’t give it enough credit the first time i watched) because the beautiful, lovely, cute, funny were enough to balance the sad, heartbreaking and the heavy feelz (you know what I mean :))) ) Again, a very balanced show πŸ™‚

    Loved She Was Beautiful, even though the start had me cringing a bit, because the lessons I’ve learned from it are very valuable and it made me appreciate what I have more. Being born to good parents, having food on the table everyday, being moderately smart and all that are things I’ve always taken for granted, so seeing her struggle made me realize I am a lot luckier than I though. But I guess that’s applicable for most of us πŸ˜›

    To sum it up, i like well written shows, or if they are not that well written they’d better make it rain and snow and shine of cute, breezy and fun :))))

    Uf! Such a long comment…again :)))) Thanks for the reply πŸ™‚ Always a pleasure to talk to you πŸ˜€ ❀

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    • If you’re set on watching a Lee Da Hae drama, both Robbers and Chuno are worthy watches, to me. Robbers is more of a romance melo, while Chuno is more philosophical masterpiece, so neither show is cute or breezy. Incidentally, Jang Hyuk stars in both shows, and I dig the Jang Hyuk sexy. πŸ˜‰

      A drama about 2 weeks and a daughter? Are you referring to God’s Gift? I remember lots of people enjoyed it very well, but were unanimously extremely upset with the ending. Just thought I’d mention it to you, so that if you do decide to watch it, you’ll go in prepared. πŸ˜›

      That’s very cool, that you enjoyed Pasta even though you didn’t like certain elements.. I really enjoyed it as a drama, but have to concede that I would’ve preferred if Show had taken a different direction with a few things. Including the study abroad bit, as you said.

      Also very cool, is how you’re getting a better sense of your drama preferences! I have similar preferences, in that I prize a coherently told story over lots of fluff. It’s great if a show’s balanced and has both narrative integrity and cute as well, but I’d most likely choose coherence over cute, if I could only have one.

      Speaking of which, I don’t think I’ve suggested The Princess’ Man to you, in our drama conversations.. It’s a very strong drama with good writing; a period Romeo-and-Juliet-esque sort of show, but without the tragic ending. Worth putting on your list. πŸ™‚

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      • Well, I can’t say I’m set on watching Lee Da Hae’s dramas πŸ˜› The only actor I am set on following is LJS :))) He’s worth it ❀

        I think that's the name of the drama, God's Gift πŸ™‚ My memory with drama names, actors' names, characters' names needs lots of improving :)))) I remember reading your review and you were very pleased with it and you said that it deserved more attention than what it actually got πŸ˜› Besides, it perked up my interest when you compared it to Nine but said it was even better πŸ˜›

        I can blame this preference for logic of mine on the fact that I am an engineer, so we work with exact things. I tend to look for faults and mistakes all the time πŸ˜› We need to be precise, you see πŸ˜› Even so, I've learned from you that I can enjoy a poorly written drama if I can just use the right lenses. For instance, the two I can think of now are the one "Jeremy", otherwise known as Puppy played in (he was the CEO of a big company, twin like girls, you know πŸ˜› ) and the second one is my very first drama of this year….*drums*…. Hotel Kiiiing!! Such a failure :))))) But I managed to watch them both, fast forwarding my way through most of the series πŸ˜› (I think that's called cheating :))) )

        You haven't mentioned Princess' Man yet, though I think I've heard of it being a good drama. I'll give it a go as soon as I finish Delightful GIrl as well (since this one came first on the list πŸ˜› )
        As a side note, loved Romeo and Juliet, didn't like the ending πŸ˜› But I guess Shakespeare was keen on very, very sad endings :)))

        Thanks again :* ! See you soon! Sooner than you might think :)))))

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        • Oh! If that’s the case, then you’re thinking of the drama titled Two Weeks, not God’s Gift. Yes, both of those dramas have a parent trying to save a daughter & the time frame is exactly 2 weeks. πŸ˜› They’re very different shows, though. The one I watched was Two Weeks; I gave God’s Gift a pass because so many people were very upset by the ending. Two Weeks is a solid watch, and I do think that it won’t upset your logical engineering brain πŸ˜‰

          Yes, do put The Princess’ Man on your list, especially since you love Romeo and Juliet! It’s even pretty logical and robust in the writing department πŸ˜‰ Most sageuks tend to favor sad endings (not unlike Shakespeare, in that regard!), but TPM isn’t one of them. Sometimes it looks hopeless as you’re watching it, but hang in there, it’ll all be alright in the end! πŸ˜‰

          Can’t wait to hear more about your adventures in dramaland, so do pop on over whenever you feel like it! Hugs! ❀

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  6. Hey, sweetie πŸ™‚ ! I took your advice and came back πŸ˜€

    I finished DGCH and despite it being funny, cute and breezy, I do have a couple of complaints.
    1. Hyorin aaaall over again *_* What wrong with them second leads coming back after giving up?!
    2. Loved Ahjusshi until he became that almost murderer like character. He redeemed himself in the end though and since I liked him quite a lot, I’ll let it slide… Also, that smile with traces of loneliness after the press conference was lovely. I fell in love with him again ❀
    3. I honestly don't understand why someone would fall in love with a spoiled brat. He started resembling a man in the later episodes, but from my point of view it was too little, too late.
    4. Why the hell did she have to go into hiding for so long and decided not to talk to Mong Ryong? They could have received some sort of help, especially since Abeoji was on their train from the very beginning!

    On the upside, I liked CH personality, but considering her pair, the actress should have tried to give her character a more "childish" nuance because the difference between the main leads' characters and behaviours was too great and in my opinion, that didn't help the love line much.
    There was one line I absolutely loved. When she met Ahjusshi again, she told him that she's gonna use his love for him to protect her loved one, exactly how Ahjusshi is using her love for Mong Ryong to keep her by his side (which wasn't happening anyway). That was one badass line ❀
    But it was ruined afterwards by her "I'm gonna wait for you until you become again the Ahjusshi I used to like so much" I rolled my eyes waaaay back into my head :)))))) I mean, I understand the feeling of wanting to hold onto something you used to hold dear, but that was too much of a Joan D'Arc move for me to understand. And when you don't have feelings of love for someone, you should be clear, concise and definite when dealing with that person or they might get the wrong idea.

    I wished they didn't make such grim second leads. I wanted to enjoy them more, especially Ahjusshi, but because of them, my fun, breezy, cute drama gained unnecessary "weight".

    Well, on with The Princess' Man πŸ˜€ Since it's -20 degrees Celsius right now in Romania and little to no chances of warming up, I'll just stay indoors and enjoy my dramas ❀

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    • Hee. Your comments brought back all my DGCH memories, Sabina! And I agree with all your points.. It was not a perfect drama by any means, and would never stand up under any kind of scrutiny. But it was a fun frothy ride, and I thought both leads had good chemistry and excellent comic timing. I’d forgotten that Uhm Tae Woong’s in this as Ahjusshi.. He’s a very good actor, and I can totally see why you’d appreciate his character because of his delivery (even though the character often didn’t make a lot of sense, with all that pining and brooding). If there’s one thing I’ve learned about watching dramas by the Hong sisters (who also wrote You’re Beautiful – did I mention that?), it’s that one shouldn’t ever think too hard. Even with my viewing lens tuned to mindless fluff, there’ve been times when their shows didn’t work for me as well as it did for other folks (like Master’s Sun and The Greatest Love). So I can imagine how bemused you must’ve found some of the arcs!

      On the upside, The Princess’ Man is better written, and I hope you’re enjoying your watch! πŸ™‚

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      • I agree that the chemistry felt real, but I’ll also hope to be forgiven when I say I was most of the time on Ahjusshi train _<) emojis and they fascinate me :)))) So let it slide :)))))

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        • Ignore the partial comment from above (I don’t know what happened 😦 )

          “I agree that the chemistry felt real, but I’ll also hope to be forgiven when I say I was most of the time on Ahjusshi train _<) emojis and they fascinate me :)))) So let it slide :))))) "

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  7. And it happened yet again :)))) I’ll try one more time. If it doesn’t work, it means that this comment was not meant to be posted :)))
    Please feel free to delete the other two attempts and this one as well if it doesn’t work :))))

    “I agree that the chemistry felt real, but I’ll also hope to be forgiven when I say I was most of the time on Ahjusshi train _<) emojis and they fascinate me :)))) So let it slide :))))) "

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    • Gah, I’m sorry your comment didn’t post properly, Sabina! >.< I think something in your comment must’ve accidentally added up to some sort of shortcode, that truncated it.. That’s all I can think of, for your comment to be messed up like that. :/ Still, I managed to get that you were firmly on the Ahjusshi train, and given that Ahjusshi was Uhm Tae Woong, I totally understand. πŸ˜‰

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      • Yeah, it pissed me off a bit :))))

        Hi again πŸ˜€ !

        Somewhere in that comment you would’ve also found this: “I watched the first episode of TPM and it seems promising, but I had to postpone it because…well… school and exams and projects and work and so on (=_=) I will come back as soon as I finish it or if I have any questions of any kind πŸ˜›

        See ya soon *(^o^)*

        P.S.: Just started using these (>_<) emojis and they fascinate me :)))) So let it slide :)))))"

        And yes, to sum up what I wanted to say in the previous comment, love Ahjusshi and also Hong sisters' dramas, even though they're not so strong on the logic side, they accentuate the feelz πŸ˜›

        Anyway, as soon as I finish my exams I'll pick up again TPM πŸ˜€

        Have a lovely daaay πŸ˜€ !

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        • Heyya Sabina!

          First of all, I’m terribly sorry that my reply is this late. I don’t know where the last several weeks have gone! I had no idea this much time had slipped away from me since your comment. πŸ˜›

          I did want to say, though, that I’m pretty sure that your new emojis could be the reason your comments got truncated. Coz a lot of shortcode in WordPress uses brackets, and I think the multiple open & closed brackets (or parentheses, if I want to be picky and use the proper term) somehow added up to a shortcode that made the stuff in-between the accidentally shortcoded parentheses disappear. So if you’re able to sacrifice using those new emojis, you might never get your comment on here truncated again. πŸ˜›

          Hope you’re well, and that you’re able to make time to unwind with some dramas. Hugs! ❀

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