What’s Dear kfangurl?

A fairly new addition to the site, Dear kfangurl is an agony unni sort of thing, just specifically geared towards drama and fangirling.

I may not have all the answers you’re looking for, but I can certainly listen. And of course, share my own experiences and perspectives as well. Much like a friend might listen and share and chat with you over tea. πŸ™‚

Index of posts:

Dear kfangurl:

…And more to come, asΒ more questions come in!

Dya have a question?

Send me your question in the way that you feel most comfortable.

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Look forward to hearin’ from ya!



107 thoughts on “DEAR KFANGURL

  1. Jonan

    Dear Fangurl

    I discovered your blog after watching Crash Landing on You and searching for reviews online. After that I immediately would read your reviews after watching a show and using your ratings for recommendations. I absolutely love your format and style of writing. I have some questions I am highly curious about.

    What are the shows you have dropped which are not on the list of shows. This started after I watched Goblin and was searching for your take. It wasn’t on the list and learned reading one of your year end recaps that it was not for you. This got me curious to know which shows you have tried and dropped. No need to write any review or explanation, just a straight up list would be great.
    What are shows you dropped but plan to continue. I read on one of your replies that you eventually plan to return to Dear My Friends ( a show I loved) and Signal (I loved it as well.)
    What are famous shows that you have no intention of watching. I remember mentioning Kingdom. Are shows like Dr Romantic and Stranger included in this list?

    They don’t have to be 100% complete and maybe they could also help as well by lessening the number of requests you get from new members wondering about some old shows.

    Of course if this is too time consuming or not something you are interested in answering then no problem whatsoever.

    Thank you again for the wonderful reviews

    1. kfangurl Post author

      Hi there Jonan, thanks for enjoying the blog, and thanks for your question! It hadn’t occurred to me that this would be something folks would be interested to know more about; thanks for asking the question! I’ll put it into the pool for Dear kfangurl, and hope to have a response post out in the not-too-distant future! πŸ™‚

    2. Bosuji

      Oh you must must must watch Dr Romantic..

      It’s superb!!!

      However it will be of greater interest to only those who are very interested in “medical stuff” – the reality and intensity and detail with which medical info (trauma centers) dealt with.

      The passions of doctors – and of course the sizzling chemistry of the OTP in both the seasons.

      The eponymous Dr Romantic is a HUGE IDOL – pulled off brilliantly by the actor.

      But I am a sucker for well made hospital / medical dramas, be it politics within the system or romantic or a balance of all elements.

      I’ve watched Doctors (another gem!!) as well as Good Doctor.

      Excellent stories and treatment in both.

      As far as I have gathered (KFanG admitted herself) is not into medical dramas.. They mostly “bore” her – dear Fangirl I hope I am not completely off track on this – do you’ll probably not find them reviewed with a high rating if at all.
      She also is not much into melodramas – although some are gems..

      Do not mistake my above statements to mean I don’t enjoy reading her reviews..
      I thoroughly enjoy them – I take much tips fun her recco and laugh – always laugh aloud. She is hilarious with a great bag of colorful vocab which I have frequently peppered in my own convos and feedback.

      I also thoroughly enjoy the comments section – serious drama lovers write in very thoughtful pieces.

      I have enjoyed reading those and replying to them.

      This is a great blog to keep under your pillow as your navigate Kdramaverse.

      However do check out stuff that others elsewhere have raved about that may have been dropped or rated low in this blog.

      You’ll inevitably find your own strong likes that may not resonate here.. But that’s the wonderful variety of all of us – that’s what I best like about this blog and KFanG – it’s a liberal and generous place that accommodates everyone with all their range of reactions.

  2. beez

    Dear Kfangurl, I need help! I know my K-bloom isn’t totally off the rose but I feel as if it’s hanging on by only a couple of wilting petals. I’m not tired of Kdramas but I find I can’t easily decide what to watch these days.
    At this stage in the game, where my biases (actors that I watched in ANYthing they starred in next) are getting older so filling less leading roles, I find myself with less that I’m interested in watching unless the synopsis snags me with a unique subject matter or hobby or career/lifestyle that I’m interested in. So how do you (I’ve noticed you’ve become more selective) choose the shows that are worth your busy time? For example, I see you reviewed My Unfamiliar Family. I haven’t read your review yet because 1) I never read reviews of shows I have no intention of watching and 2) I never read reviews beforehand of a show I intend to watch. So looking at the synopsis on AsianWiki for My Unfamiliar Family – sounds like a total snoozefest. And I learned to never rely on video teasers as they are totally random and can set me up for disappointment when a teaser is hilarious but the show turns out to be a drama and vice versa. So, how do you decide what’s up next to, not necessarily review, but to watch?

    1. bubblebathdaisies

      You know, this reminds me of another Dear Kfangurl post? I can’t remember when I read it, but it’s here on this site. So I suggest checking it out if you have the time.

      Okay, I’m not Kfangurl but I’ve been in this exact position before! When I was new to dramas, I used to binge-watch them at a really fast pace, skip all the scenes until I got to the ~romantic~ ones, and at some point I got to the point where I couldn’t tell you the plot of the story but could tell you at exactly which minute in which episode the main couple kissed, held hands and backhugged. So after a while I naturally got really bored and went into a drama slump. Here’s what I did when I got into one: (it’s tried and tested!)

      I rewatch all of my favorite dramas! These could be the ones that got you into dramas, or your all-time favorites! It doesn’t matter if t actually really suck or were given D reviews on this website or were so bad that Kfangurl didn’t bother to watch past the first three seconds. If you liked it, watch it! (Mine are Heirs, Meteor Garden, A Love So Beautiful, and Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-joo.)
      If that doesn’t work, watch a drama that everyone loves. It could be a classic k-drama or a drama that broke the ratings ceiling. A universally well-liked drama. But make sure it’s in a genre you like/has elements of things you like to watch in a drama, because if you like detective shows and start watching Reply 1988 you’re probably not going to enjoy what you watch. Bonus points if your bias is in it!
      Check out new dramas coming up! For K-drama, MyDramaList puts out a YouTube video every month of the upcoming month’s dramas with a whole synopsis and list of actors. (Of course there’s other sources, but that’s what I use!) I think they have similar list-y videos for C dramas and J dramas, too! And in a big pool of twenty odd dramas a month, you’re bound to like at least something. If you’re not sure about whether you like a drama or not based off a synopsis, try watching at least three or four episodes. Of course we can’t rely on a synopsis to give us a good idea of what the whole drama will be like, but watching a couple episodes gives me a far better idea!

      Oh and lastly… reviews are really unreliable. Yes, I know this is horribly hypocritical of me to say, especially ON A REVIEWS SITE, but every time I read a review on here, I have to remember that people’s tastes are subjective and what one person loves may not be what another person likes! And checking out reviews before I read a drama is really discouraging, sometimes, especially if the reviews are bad. I wait to form my own opinion before reading reviews, usually!

      So that’s my unwanted opinion. I can guarantee this method works because it’s survived the six drama slumps my extremely short teenager’s attention span has put me through. And even if you do end up giving up on dramas, it’s okay! it’s okay if you leave drama land for one year, or two years, or even ten years. It’s always here waiting for us. You don’t have to stick to liking one thing forever, because people and their interests change and that is normal.

      I hope you leave your drama slump soon! Good luck!

      1. beez

        @bubblebathdaisies – The problem is, because of my memory issues, I often return to rewatch my favorite dramas so that won’t work for me. But you made me smile and I will definitely take your advice to check out MyDramaList on Youtube. Thanks for the πŸ˜€!

  3. bubblebathdaisies

    Dear kfangurl,
    (This is a long intro, so skip it if you wish) Hello! I’ve been a silent reader of your blog for a really long time, since I was thirteen and I just made this account to comment! I’m sixteen now, and I feel like I’ve grown up with your blog- you introduced me to dramas and k-pop, and I still read your older articles when I feel down, it’s like comfort food for me. So thank you for that!

    The question I have is: What do you think of idol actors? I don’t know if it’s just me, but it feels like a lot more idols are starring in dramas nowadays, and they may not always be good at acting. The general consensus among some of my other drama-watching friends is that idol actors take away jobs from better-trained rookie actors, and some think it’s unfair that they get to use a drama as an acting class. Personally, I think it’s a bit of a gray area, since there’s plenty of perfectly well-trained and decently popular actors who can’t reeeallly act that well, but also it kind of ruins the drama for me if the lead cannot act well (fourteen year old me wasn’t that bothered about acting skills so much as ~swoon~ factor and watched The Great Seducer on repeat, but I watched it last week and had to skip a big big chunk of the scenes because the acting was…not the greatest) What do you think?

    (But I think we all know idols are going to keep getting casted anyways, lol. They’re far too popular to miss out on for profit-related purposes, and some of them are really really good!)

    1. phl1rxd

      Hi bubblebathdaisies – Love your name! I usually shy away from idol and school themed dramas because I cannot relate to them. I prefer detective stories personally. I understand exactly what you are saying though.

      There are some former idols that have done so well – Park Seo-joon being one. It also does not help that I am not into KPop – I am frankly too old although, I have to admit that I really like BTS’ dancing and I like a few of their songs. Most KPop idols are extremely talented and so hard working but moving to acting is still al challenge for most.

      I agree that this site is like comfort food! I am right with ya!

      1. beez

        @phl1rxd – Park Seo joon was a singing idol? That’s the first I heard of that! Could you maybe be mixing him up with Park Yoochan? (Although I could be wrong because all my knowledge of Kpop consists of following Rain; knowing who BTS are (barely); and knowing a few older group’s names because certain actors came out of them like Yoochan; Choi Siwon; and Lee joon. And a handful of others. So let me know if Park Seo joon was really an idol?

        1. phl1rxd

          Hi Beez – My bad. You are quite right. This is what happens when you do not follow KPop. 😏😏😏 For some reason I remember him singing several OSTs and must have gotten him mixed up in my head. Apologies to the KPop fans.

      2. bubblebathdaisies

        Thank you!

        I usually don’t watch idol dramas, too, unless it’s one of my biases acting or the story is REALLY interesting. When I was younger, I used to pretty much watch school dramas all day every day. I watched Heirs on repeat and thought it was the greatest drama on Earth (thankfully, I’ve grown out of that phase now!) But as I’ve grown a little older, I’m getting more interested in more mature-ish, older-people dramas, and I’m proud to say that I completed a whole drama with no romance in it (Save Me, starring Seo Ye Ji!) And school dramas kind of depress me now, especially since they’re all about the evil school system in Korea and school bullies and the wealth inequality gap thingy (which are important issues but I like to watch school dramas that make me happy!) So if you do have any detective drama recs, I’d be very happy to watch them!

    2. kfangurl Post author

      Hi bubblebathdaisies!!! It’s great to finally meet you, thanks for making an account just so that we could chat! You are so sweet. ❀️❀️

      Thanks for your question, it’s a great one, and I hope to post a Dear kfangurl post in answer, perhaps later this month. Do look out for it! πŸ™‚

  4. Bosuji

    Dear KFanG,

    Finished watching “Backstreet Rookie” on Dramacool.

    Highly recommend. I will take a bet that it’s right up your alley ;-p

    I two day bingewatch .. count get off the couch ..

    ESP recommended for all Wookie-lovers ..
    THAT GUY’s acting chops have gotten so so so sharp .. and who knew that he could do comedic roles to such perfection .. polar opposite from Healer-ya’s .. all the more kudos ..

    He’s sticking to his word (post K2 interview) that he’ll avoid Action Roles.
    (Wookie don’t do that!! The K2 Wookie look and act was steamy hot phenomenal .. tho’ the show – sniff – was a total dud. So wasn’t surprised that it made him swear off action drama after all that hard work froze over)

    1. kfangurl

      Y’know, I gotta be honest, I don’t think I’ll like Backstreet Rookie, unfortunately. πŸ˜› I took a look at some snippets, and it just didn’t grab me. I also think Show’s sense of humor would be a problem for me. So, to preserve my Wookie affection, I’m giving it a pass. πŸ˜†

      1. Bosuji


        I hear you on the humour.
        There was some very OTT humour which was also dragged out and in repeat mode – which made me cringe and ffwd a lot.
        Esp the second lead portions.

        Even sections in the Rookie’s family dynamics which was supposed to be funny wasn’t at all.
        I skipped through a lot of it or simply adjusted my lens to see it as a severely dysfunctional family.. Pitiful.. But it was balanced by some heartfelt moments and coming to terms with “we are broken but this is as good as it gets” kind and of poignancy.

        The OTP was just so adorable it pulled me through.
        And it always intrigues me when one lead is deeply invested in an existing relationship…and it’s full of bated breath waiting to see when the other shoe will drop.. When ans how will the focus shift etc.

        Plus I read that the show got into a lot of controversy too.

        I wrote somewhere in a comment about that.

        If I find it hope it’s OK to share here.. For other commenter to share their opinions.


        1. beez

          Backstreet Rookie suffered from the same issue I had with Melting Me Softly. In MMS, it’s obvious he won’t stay with his previous girlfriend because she’s aged and he hasn’t but they never had him deal with it emotionally (for us to see) and now he’s suddenly with his new girlfriend. Likewise, in Backstreet, I felt he broke up with his girlfriend and SNAP stated liking Saet-byl. Why? (Besides the obvious that she’s gorgeous and into him. But that never tempted him or swayed him before.) Those links in the steps in the relationships are important for me to see to get on board an OTP.
          That said, I was still glad to see JCW on my screen again and Backstreet was waaay better than Melting, which had ridiculous leaps in logic.

        2. phl1rxd

          Hi Bosuji! I did not make it to the end of E1. It just wasn’t for me. However, I am glad that you enjoyed it and I am happy that it made you happy!

      2. Bosuji



        “So, to preserve my Wookie affection, I’m giving it a pass.”

        What I love about your writing is that you manage to come up with lines that have insta-resonance with the reader (especially someone like me who has no one with whom to bounce off and ‘girl talk – drama buff talk’ about KDrama).

        Example : the above quote

        The MAIN reason I quit DOTS.
        Oh No (hand over eyes monkey emo)!!! Song Joong Ki!!

        I can’t watch you in a show that began to feel like a “patriotic march for my country song” ” and look like a “Travel guide” add on the “poor acting by Song Hye Kyo”.
        She who played the Blind Girl so well in That Winter the Wind Blows.. And then Full House.. Is a wooden robotic disaster (IMO of course – with a deep Miyane bow to SHK fans and supporters πŸ˜›).

        Wooden robotic?? πŸ€ͺ lol bad metaphor? That’s how irksome I found her role..
        Freudian? This repulsion??
        Sigh.. maybe..
        Joongki stole my heart since SSKK with that wink. (Is he or is he NOT Winker par excellence in the world of Drama actors?)

        Anyway I diverge..


        1. kfangurl Post author

          Lol. Sometimes you need to quit in order to preserve the love, so you do what you need to do! I personally managed to enjoy Song Joong Ki being macho in his military fatigues despite my disenchantment with the OTP, but if the OTP puts you off that much, you’re probably better off avoiding it! πŸ˜†

          1. Bosuji

            Chuckle – oh have no problem watching Joongki in Fatigues.. He cuts a hottt figure especially the flirty role he plays so well here..

            I wish there was a I could block out the female lead (green screen her out with some special graphics card able to do that) and choose a different actress.. (The role is very cool too).

            Who would I choose? Han Ji Min? Bae Suzy?

            Aaah SIGH – I’d have loved Sulli to bring her rebel independent soul into this role…she’d be stunning to look at. Soulful. Yet playful and feisty.

            You can tell I am fresh from falling in love with her in To The Beautiful You and then some.
            I Googled and was head over heels with who she was in real life too. Then my heart crushed to pieces.

            I’d lend Sulli to Joongki and ship them to the moon and back.

            Why do I read a tragic connect in their orbits…even though one has sped away into the galaxy far far away

            Goodnight @KFanG

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  6. Bosuji

    Dear Fangirl ..

    In the Drama Review Index you have created I find that the alphabet E has no entry ..

    I’d gone looking for one of your detailed breakdown style review for Empress Ki.


    This show was scrolling on Netflix for a long time but I’d whip past it ..

    AND THEN I watched Healer (since it was highly rated by you) ..
    It was my first Ji Chang Wook drama .. He struck like a magnet dart .. Right then I knew I was going to rummage through everything else he’s done.

    Empress Ki?? I was shocked that he was in it. (Healer certainly was a world apart from a saeguk).
    But 51 episodes???
    The prospect of 51 hours with a JCW show – its seriously high ratings – pushed me headlong into it.

    First episode, first scene onwards I was embedded firmly into the show.

    Been loop playing the OST since πŸ˜€


    1. kfangurl

      Hi there Bosuji, thanks for suggestion on Empress Ki.. I know it’s a much loved show, but I haven’t found myself in the mood to give a second try. The first time I tried it, I think I wasn’t in the mood for it, and I didn’t get past E1. πŸ˜› It doesn’t help that I’m not a huge fan of Ha Ji Won’s. πŸ˜… Maybe someday I’ll give it another try.

      1. Bosuji


        I wasn’t into Ha Ji Won either .. I first saw her in Secret Garden ..
        Not the conventional “picture perfect face” .. the fall in flutters at first sight kind of physicality.

        I’ll admit I am so often shallow enough to skip promising shows because the still images of OTP wasn’t attractive enough ;-p

        Hyun Bin’s chiseled, all planes and angles jaw and cheekbone days from some 13 years ago helped block out Ha Ji Min negating effect
        I hooked by Binnie’s ‘arrogant nasty act’ played with such sexy panache that you’d want to pin his ams down, wrist-grab and whisk him around to whack him!!
        (Surprised that the scriptwriter – director didn’t put it in the show – especially since Ha Ji Won is a stuntwoman, they leave it as mild kicks in the shin – CUMMON!!).

        BUT Ha Ji Won goes fluid and she snuck into the role filling it out and I ended up costing up to her.
        (I now find her to be a talented actress – put her at the same level as Han Ji Min / Song Hye Kyo / Son Ye Jin / Kim Go Eun / Yoon Eun Hye)

        Her weepy, sad eye situations don’t make me cringe – which gets sooo uncomfy “Melo” in many otherwise well acted roles by top actresses.

        So I expected that Ha ji Won fluidity would bring her alive in Empress Ki too.

        I found her her average looks which is fluid enough to move in the wide spectrum from down-to-earth to gobsmacking stunning fitted the role to a T.
        So her character’s arc in the Empress Ki achieved the solidity it required, which I cannot quite imagine another actress filling in.

        Anyway it’s of course the eye of the beholder ;-p

        I hope you’ll watch it someday and do a stunning review as you always too.

        I’ll be back to chat on it ;-p

        1. beez

          Considering I started watching for the two male leads, I have to say Ha Ji won (and the writers) gave the character the strength that it would’ve taken for the real Empress Ki to survived in a foreign court where Korean girls were, I hate to say it, treated as “Comfort Women” the same as their descendants would be six centuries later. HJW’s Empress Ki had a spine of steel and a will of granite. I thought it was a great tribute to the historical person.

      2. beez

        I tuned in for Joo Jin mo but I stayed for the full series because of Ji Chan wook (and I hadn’t even seen Healer yet at that point). He starts out really annoying and funny but the role takes him to a range of total serious drama.

        1. Bosuji


          The silly – ditsy – pesky – self entered – entitled segment of the Emperor’s character arc to the angsty, angry, venting, jealous, arrogant…to the romantic – grief stricken – prankster – gullible – intelligent – regal – kind generous – loner type – lover boy…

          Ji Chang Wook touches upon all these facets and more. Wow!!!

          From the tip of the nose to the toes of Emperor Ta Hwan.. Loved every bit of the portrayal

          Eyes crying flowers of joy

          1. beez

            @Bosuli – while its not pleasant, he also played cowardly and a rapist in that long list of emotions – oh! And let’s not forget insane. He really was required to touch on everything a human could and JCW brought it all!

    1. kfangurl

      Unfortunately there’s no delete function on this blog layout, but I saw the duplicate comment on the dance moves, and will delete the duplicate for you. πŸ™‚

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  8. SuBose

    I watched SnowQueen – on Dramacool website .. I wish Netflix would get it :-I

    I am a recent inductee into the Kdrama Universe – Beginning in June 2020 .. My Anti-Covid Stress busting drug of choice .. and ever since watching Hyun Bin in CLOY .. Have been running through his entire oeuvre!
    Dramas .. films .. YouTube videos of him in interviews and singing – BTW does that guy not dance ?! Sigh!

    Came to look here for your review of SnowQueen. Two time watch with a toilet roll in hand ..

    I hope you will watch :~>

    Here’s me looking out for it

    cheers and stay safe

    1. kfangurl

      Gosh, I’ve had Snow Queen on my watch list for years now, but haven’t gotten to it, because there’s always something newer and shinier that I want to check out. πŸ˜› Thanks for reminding me of it!

      1. Suj Bose


        In another post I have also recommended Empress Ki – was looking for your standard detailed review, even though in a post you mentioned that “melodrama” isn’t quite something you like to sit through…

        Empress Ki I thought was a classic.. With two of my fave actors JCW and HJW as one of the OTPs.

        I guess when I saw the excellent JCW special you wrote (Healer was love at first sight with JCW) made me think Empress Ki would be on the watched list My main reason to jump into its 52 episode deep waters.

        On Sat, 15 Aug 2020 at 12:34 PM, The Fangirl Verdict wrote:

        > > > > > kfangurl commented: “Gosh, I’ve had Snow Queen on my watch list for years > now, but haven’t gotten to it, because there’s always something newer and > shinier that I want to check out. πŸ˜› Thanks for reminding me of it!” > > > >

        1. kfangurl

          Hi, yes, I saw your comment on Empress Ki (and recently replied to it – sorry for being late!).. I did try Empress Ki, but only for about an ep. I think I wasn’t in the mood for it, and also, I have to confess that I’m quite meh towards Ha Ji Won as an actress (so far), which didn’t help. I’ve heard lots of positive sentiment for it though, so maybe one day? πŸ˜›πŸ˜…

  9. Ahjumma

    Hello KFG! I come here often to see which kdramas are worth watching. We may have similar tastes as I find some of the dramas you graded A really worth the watch. I love WFKBJ, Reply 1988, Misaeng, Prison Playbook, etc. I recently watched Live, and I loved it. Although you haven’t reviewed it yet, maybe you can help me find something that is close to it. If you can recommend a kdrama which centers on friendship, which is fast-paced, somewhat realistic, mature, and deals with everyday human struggle, I would really appreciate it. Thank you!

    1. kfangurl

      Hi there, I’m sorry for this late reply; I wonder if you’ve watched My Mister? It’s not fast-paced, but it checks your other boxes and I thought it was amazing. Another one you might to consider is Itaewon Class. I hope that helps! πŸ™‚

  10. beezrtp

    Dear Kfangurl, Are supporting actors too funny to ever cast as leads? I keep waiting for my favorites – Park Jin-Joo, Kim Seul gi and my all time favorite, Kim Sung oh to be part of an OTP or at least a single lead in their own dramas. I’ve seen all of them give snippets of really moving scenes so their acting talent is not in question. What gives?

    1. kfangurl

      Ooh, thanks for the question, Beez! Phl also asked a question related to supporting actors, so I feel like both your questions would combine really nicely for a post! πŸ˜€ It’s on the list – after I get a couple of reviews out! πŸ™‚

    2. Prashil Prakash

      Park Jin-joo is seriously great. I loved her role in IOTNBO, and also in Sunny.

      No doubts on her acting chops. So I’m sure she’d do good as a lead as well.
      But I guess after being cast as a supporting cast many times your prospect of being casted as a lead thins down a little, especially in main stream or big name dramas.
      But looking at a longer game, it’s these supporting characters who hone their skills more than the leads. And become big names in the industry.

      I think the director of Melo Suits Me casted a lot of unfamiliar faces and relatively new people in his drama. And the drama was nothing short of epic. So I think there’s definitely hope!


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  12. Bem Gutierrez

    Dear KFG,
    I totally agree with your insights as to why β€œwe” like watching kdramas. To add i like watching kdramas more because it focuses on the story and yes you dont need to wait for another season to know the ending. I love how you give a full review and it really helps me on what to watch next. The most we have the same taste… though i like Heirs .. that is where i discovered Lee Min Ho and cried with him too hehehe. Anyway continue to provide full reviews.. i am a fan…

  13. Naomi

    Okay, this is truly a random question/comment… but it’s one that suddenly occurred to me in the middle of an episode in a drama (A Korean Odyssey), and other than Reddit I didn’t know if there was any where else I could ask this question other than here β€”so here I go…
    Have you/anyone else ever noticed how the male lead in a lot of these new Kdrama (the Netflix ones) progressively dress in a more professional manner as the show progresses? I was sitting there watching my fine Monkey King in A Korean Odyssey, and I was suddenly like, β€œOmg. What happened to his ridiculous furry coats, his punker jackets, bad-ass baggy pants and his sensible action-hero vans?!?” Now he just looks like… every… other… male lead in… every Kdrama there ever was. β€œPolished. Professional. Cool. Snoozeville.” I loved his punker/anime inspired esthetic. His wardrobe added that extra panache to his character. It kinda felt like a return to the golden age of the 2010 Kdramas with the whole β€œbad-boy” vibes he was giving off. I half expected him to have a ring in one ear. πŸ˜‚ Which would have been very, Time Between Dog and Wolf. But I digress… back to my totally random question of why is there currently a trend in Kdrama of making the male lead more sophisticated as the story progresses? I’ve noticed this trend in Crash Landing on You, Itaewon Class and a few other newer ones.

    1. kfangurl

      Hi Naomi!! Thanks for your question! Let me work on a reply, and hopefully we can shed some light on this phenomenon! πŸ˜‰

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  15. liability

    Hey KFGβ™₯️
    Whenever I talk about kdramas with people who don’t watch them,they’re always like ‘why kdramas specifically?’which I’ve never been able to answer that well,I’ve never really looked that deep into it,I just say that ‘I enjoy them more’. So to phrase my question better ‘What makes kdramas more appealing than western dramas?’ I don’t know if a lot of people can relate to this but ever since I got into kdramas,I honestly can’t watch anything else,I still watch some western shows but it’s not the same,I’m not as drawn in. I know that everyone has got their different reasons for why they prefer/enjoy kdramas but I would really like to hear your take on it,maybe I might able to understand more about why I do as well.

  16. Larius24

    So my question is: Is it just me or is it really hard to find likable leads these days in dramas? I mean most female leads these days annoy me compared to older dramas. But also male leads are just sometimes you know …. facepalm material.

    Is that me or is there actually something changing in dramas? Back in the day I liked 9/10 of the dramas (and their leads) that I watched but now it is more like 3-4/10…

    Am I getting old? πŸ˜€

    1. kfangurl

      Hey Larius, thanks for your question! I’ll need to think about this one.. hopefully I’ll be able to come up with something! πŸ™‚

      1. Larius24

        You don’t have to write an article or a doctorial essay ^^ Just keep it simple πŸ™‚

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  18. Nao

    Dear kfangurl, I know this is mostly a blog about kdramas, but please do a post on recommended Chinese dramas! I actually found your blog after watching (the terrible) Well-Intended Love, and then read through your posts on NIF and NIF2 (my two *favorite* dramas of all time!). While I mostly watch kdramas, I’m always on the lookout for a good C-drama to brush up on my mandarin skills. Please share your top 10 (or 20!). Since you watch Kdramas and Cdramas, it would be nice to get your perspective. In general I only watch historical Cdramas (and find them more interesting and well-plotted than historical Kdramas) and vice versa for modern dramas (only watch modern Kdramas and find them SO much better than modern Cdramas). So I’d love to hear your perspective on Cdramas or maybe a comparison between Kdrama and Cdrama?? Thank you for considering!

    1. kfangurl

      Thanks for the question, Nao, I’ve added it to the question pile! πŸ™‚ I don’t know if I’ve seen enough C-dramas that I love, but let me see what I can do! πŸ™‚

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  21. Snow Flower

    Dear Kfangurl,

    I like reading your witty and thoughtful musings on dramas and their fans. I would like to read your take on one of the most popular drama tropes, the anti-hero (or heroine). I admit that I am fascinated with conflicted characters because I think that inside each of them is hidden the possibility for redemption. And redemption and character growth are the bread and butter of good storytelling. So if and when you are able, please share your insights about what makes a good anti-hero and why do the drama fans like them.


    Snow Flower

    1. kfangurl

      Hi Snow Flower, thanks for this very interesting question! I’ve started thinking of how to answer your question, and hope to post a reply in the not too distant future! πŸ™‚ Stay tuned! ❀️😘

    2. Bosuji

      Oh this is JUICE!!!

      @SnowFlower thanks for putting the convo starter question to @KFanG

      The anti-hero show is top fodder for me – the reason a good melo will always be my first pick for a watch..

      What is a “good” melo of course is open for description and depends on personal taste.

      Can anti-hero characters exist outside the Makjang genre?

      Anyway will keep returning after more thought.

      Love that KFanG has listed her favourite and not so favourite anti-hero characters.. Some of which is on my watch-wait list and some I have too have watched.

      Here’s a few more :

      That Winter the Wind Blows
      What Happened in Bali
      Cain and Abel
      City Hunter
      Mr Sunshine (am yet to finish watching.. But it’s premise has already cast the die)
      would Empress Ki qualify too? Yes and No?

      Art is not science…thus the beauty and flexibility of how genres can overlap and intertwine to create such unique weaves in endless story telling with the same themes

      1. kfangurl Post author

        Oh yes, I forgot about That Winter, Jo In Sung’s character definitely qualifies as an anti-hero! I’d agree with City Hunter too. I haven’t seen the other ones you listed, and I never finished Mr. Sunshine, so I won’t comment!

        I do like what you say about art not being science. Very eloquently put! πŸ™‚

      2. beez

        @Bosuli – Empress Ki. Verrry interesting. I’m assuming you’re talking about Ha Ji won’s character? She was excellent throughout in different embodiments – from the girl disguised as a boy playing Robin Hood but for serious; and then using her feminine wiles on the emperor; to her behind the scenes manipulations which started out for survival but morphed into changing a nation’s policies.

  22. Russ

    Hey my friend,
    I hope you are safe and well with this virus going wild. It has been a long time no talk. Life has a way to make you focus on things. Sense we talked last I think haha I got divorced. Then met a wonderful lady from Cebu, PH. She was visiting her niece that was going to college at William and Mary. I was at the beach near the school and she stopped and asked how to get to this place to eat. That was the start of a yr long messenger everyday date haha. After yr I went there to meet the family and we got married. I sold my stuff there in the US and moved here. So kind of neighbors now haha. I lost your email and somehow started to get your reviews again. Glad to be able to touch base. How are things? Drop a email when you can. Will tell you more. Cheers my friend Russ

    1. kfangurl

      Russ! Wow, long time! πŸ™‚ Glad to hear from you! πŸ™‚ And wow, you’ve had A LOT going on, since we last chatted! Feels like I’m reading the summary of a drama, in a way! πŸ˜‰ Glad to know that you’re happy and settled, and doing well in your new home. I’m basically the same, honestly. Not a lot to update, except that I’ve moved house since we last spoke. But unlike you, who moved countries, I only moved neighborhoods, HA. πŸ˜†πŸ˜† I will drop you an email, just so that you have my email addy again! πŸ™‚

  23. Achu

    I loved the terrible OTP article especially becos you solved my secret garden dilemma…I saw it recently and just didn’t like it…and didn’t understand why you did.. thankfully our tastes mature like wine!!

    1. kfangurl

      Ahaha! Whoops! I’m sorry for perplexing you! πŸ˜… I was very into SeGa when I watched back when it aired. I didn’t love the ending, but I ate up the rest of it with relish. And now.. I can’t bear to watch it at all! What a turnaround! 😝 Glad you enjoyed the post, and YAY that it helped clear up your dilemma! <3

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  26. Reka

    Dear kfangurl,
    thank you very much for your answer to my previous question, the one about strong and nuanced women πŸ˜€
    I already started watching “The Story of Minglan’ and I am loving it so much! (Btw it’s also one of my first C-dramas, so thank you for the new experience!)

    This time too, I have a similar question about couples. I love romance and I’ll never have enough of it, but many times it seems to me that the characters end up together just because it’s a “plot requirement” and because we expect them to get together. So there may be no chemistry at all, or plot holes about their coming together, things can feel clichΓ©d and may lack of depth.

    I read your review of “Crash landing on you” and since you appreciated the OTP, I went to watch the show and yes! The OTP was marvellous! They were very believable and engaging. Thus I ask for your advice once again xD
    Can you recommend me some dramas with believable couples and good chemistry?

  27. Jae

    I know this maybe hard to answer and it isn’t too specific but “What is the most interesting subplot you have ever seen in a drama?” and/or “What is your worst unsolved subplot in a drama?” like did the writer forgot about this or the resolution was underwhelming.
    I’ll be thanking you if you ever get to read this. And you should also take care amid this COVID-19 scare. I’m just here chilling with my dramas and anime.

    1. kfangurl

      Hi there Jae.. that’s an interesting question. I’m sure there are others that I’ve encountered, but for today, my answer is the female lead’s supposed bad luck in 2016’s Lucky Romance, which is a driving force that keeps her apart from her loved ones and the guy that she likes, for a very large chunk of the show. But, without explanation, that supposed bad luck is poofed away in the final episode, so that she can get a happy ending. That was bad. :/
      Thanks for your well wishes, Jae, you take care too! πŸ™‚

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  29. Reka

    Dear kfangurl,
    I love you blog! Your reviews are very interesting!
    I started watching kdramas last year, and haven’t stopped since xD
    I was wondering, can you recommend me any kdramas with good, compiling, interesting female characters? Because I find this aspect kind of lacking D:

    1. kfangurl

      Hi there Reka, I’ve managed to post an answer to your question. You can find it here. Do also check out the comments coz everyone else has chimed in with suggestions that I either missed or didn’t know about. I hope you enjoy. πŸ™‚

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  31. shorterthanparkboyoung

    Dear kfangurl, what makes a kdrama addicting enough that I want to rewatch at least 10 times?
    I’m kinda in the middle of a tough transition period at the moment and I found myself going back to rewatching all my favourite dramas – Healer, My Love From Another Star, Because This Is My First Life, Fight For My Way and Suspicious Partner, but with the FF button when it came to the “evil chaebol” or “bad guy” bits. But when I decided to try a drama that I hadn’t watched but was on my list, I kept dropping them half way. What is it in the above dramas, which I believe you loved as well after reading your reviews (which were amazing btw), or any general drama that makes me come back to these again and again?

      1. shorterthanparkboyoung

        Loved it so much kfangirl. I’ve left a very detailed comment on the actual post which will express my gratitude in much more detail.

        Lots of love from this short girl!

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  33. diti

    Hi kfangirl it’s me again, I found that your last post reply to my question was very helpful and very well explained so thank you very much and I’m here with another question (sorry). Basically I was wondering why is it that so many dramas employ the same, sometimes very cringeworthy tropes (wrist grabs, accidental kisses, chaebol family drama etc) and viewers like me, who have seen them so many times before, still continue to lap them up? That was a very long winded question sorry, and adding to that why is it that writers continue to add in these tropes. I became interested in this when I began watching Crash Landing on You thanks to my undying Hyun Bin love ever since I watched secret garden. The show definitely has a lot of these tropes and yet I still continue to get sucked in. Am I the only one?

    1. kfangurl

      Hi there diti, thanks for your question! πŸ™‚ I’ll have to think about it for a bit, but I hope to post my best attempt at a reply soonish, so do look out for it. πŸ™‚

      1. diti

        Thanks kfrangurl! That was wayyy sooner than I expected and answered so well! πŸ™‚ Absolutely loving your site and your work on it!

  34. Oscar

    Dear Fangirl,
    I love your reviews. They are well written, insightful and detailed.

    Why do you prefer K dramas to C dramas?

    Can you review more C dramas?

    1. kfangurl

      Hi there Oscar, thanks for enjoying the reviews! πŸ˜€ I guess I’ve reviewed fewer Cdramas coz those tend to be very long, while the kdramas tend to be shorter (except for the family and daily dramas, which have much higher episode counts). Because of their length, it takes me much longer to finish a Cdrama than a kdrama, which is why I manage to write more kdrama reviews. I’ve heard that China’s going to control the number of episodes per drama, so hopefully that will help me to watch – and review – more Cdramas! πŸ™‚

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  37. diti

    Dear kfangirl, is it normal that I am so so addicted to kdramas that real life seems dull and I can’t focus on studying because all I want to do is just click for the next episode?

      1. diti

        Thank you so much for this post!
        I’m sincerely going to try and implement the strategies u have suggested and here’s to hoping that 2020 will mean a less drama crazed me πŸ˜ƒ

        1. kfangurl

          Aw, you’re very welcome, diti! πŸ˜€ I’m so glad that you found the post helpful! <3 And yes, may 2020 be more balanced, and yet still full of fun drama times for ya! 😘

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  39. ReikoMin0218

    Hay, hay, hay…it’s me, Reiko! *hugs* Long time no talk ne? Sry, I know it’s been a long while, and possibly maybe too long to even remember when I last used to write comments on your blog either. *sigh* πŸ™„πŸ˜‘πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ˜­ I guess for a long while (back then), I had to take a long break from watching kdramas. (I know, I know) You’re probably wondering ‘why’ too. lol But, I started up again in wanting to watch, and so far I’ve finished watching ‘Tunnel’, which I LOVED to death! So much so, I REALLY wished that dang research doctor on it would DIE, and thankfully, he did in the end. LOL πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈπŸ€ͺπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ™Š I usually don’t ever wish for a drama character to die, but in that drama, ohhhhhh you bet I did! hahaha I’m currently watching (2 at once) ‘The Last Empress’ and ‘Devilish Charm’. I’m almost half-done watching The Last Empress and my goodness…talk about a romcom roller coaster ride of the year w/this one! The writers (I felt) were exceptionally fantastic to this storyline because it’s REALLY made me feel all sorts of feelings/emotions. lol Not to mention, the 2 main characters to this one, I SWEAR TO GOD I WANTED THEM DEAD. LOL It’s my honest-to-God feelings on them. (UGHHH) And, when Lee Hyuk had Min Yoo-Ra burn in fire inside of his truck and left her to burn, I took complete happiness knowing she would be left for dead. Both of them were conniving/manipulative/deceitful/cheating/lying characters so, hey…what can I say you know? lol An eye for an eye is what I always say. What goes around, comes around. Both of them got karma back to the bone and deserved every bit of what came to them. Who I really felt sorry for was Oh Ssu-Ni (Jang Na-Ra) and Na Wang-Sik’s (Tae Hang-Ho) characters. Both of them endured so much, and then some. πŸ˜­πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ Thankfully, Oh Ssu-Ni was able to stand up for herself mid way into the drama, and I rooted for her even more when she stood up to Lee Hyuk and Min Yoo-Ra, telling them off and not putting up w/their shenanigans anymore. If it were me, I’d tell both of the characters ‘…today is my last straw I put up w/any of your sh*t! No more already!’ lol Oh gosh, I just realized I did it again didn’t I? (revealed too much stuff on here) If you want, just immediately delete the necessary sentences in my comment. Anyway, another thing I wanted to tell you was…I fell for Choi Jin-hyuk BIG TIME since ‘Tunnel’!!!! Ever since that drama, I started looking for more of his dramas, and I finally found a (sort-of) recent one called, ‘Devilish Joy’. Holymoly, I read on certain blogs that his kissing scenes in that drama were SUPER HOT and intense, weren’t they? *dies* Ppl have said it was as if the couple’s kisses were like as if they were married or something. 😍πŸ₯°β€οΈπŸ’˜πŸ€©πŸ˜ŽπŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ’‹πŸ‘πŸ™†πŸ»β€β™€οΈ (GOOD! lol πŸ™Š) I’ve never seen Choi Jin-hyuk kiss passionately before in a drama so, this I gotta see! haha Well, I’ve seemed to have written too much already and it’s now so late on my end. Pretty soon I have to get up in an hour from now. (I’ve had no sleep again; insomnia.) πŸ™ŠπŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ™ˆπŸ˜œ Hope to talk again soon and you tc! Let’s try to keep in touch? I’ll be sure to remember to come back on your blog here and start commenting again! ❀️

    1. kfangurl

      Hi there Reiko!! It’s lovely to see you again! <3

      I haven't seen Tunnel, but I did hear some good things, so I'm glad you enjoyed that one! πŸ™‚ YES, Empress is Quite The Ride. So much crazy! I just posted a review on it here, feel free to check it out if you have time. πŸ™‚ I thought Choi Jin Hyuk was very decent in it, but I also thought he has done better. 🀭 He does look great tho! Ah, I did hear that Devilish Joy can be a fun watch, though I haven’t seen it myself. I did dip my toe into E1, but wasn’t in the mood for that kind of romcom at the time, and I haven’t gone back to it since. Many of my twitter friends seemed to enjoy it, so I hope you’ll enjoy your watch too! <3

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  44. serena dinu

    For an unknown reason, the message containing my question is in such a mess. I am so sorry! It doesn’t look at all with my text. Where are all the paragraphs gone??!!

    1. kfangurl

      Hey serena, I just checked my inbox, and your question arrived fine, don’t worry! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for submitting your questions, I actually find them very interesting – let me chew on them for a while before I post an answer, ok? πŸ™‚ Smooches to ya!

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