dangermousie: (My Girl by meganbmoore)
So, are there dramas you don't want to watch, even if people on your flist are praising them or they star actors/actresses you love? What are they? I don't mean dramas that sound good but are bad when you check them out, I mean dramas where you read the synopsis and something in it just rubs you the wrong way...

For me, oddly, it's not that a storyline is ever too dark or disturbing, it's a lot more nebulous than that, this feeling of 'oh no, bad/wrong' (whether storywise, attitude-wise, or just shipping-wise:P) I used to try to watch the dramas despite this vibe and once I ended up loving it (Forbidden Love) but in all the other times, the bad/wrong vibe is indeed there and blocks any enjoyment and leaves me faintly icked out.

So now I just trust my radar and avoid those altogether. My watch list is much too huge as is.

I was thinking about mine today:

Person I love [kdrama]: it seems to have been well-received, but I really do not want to watch a drama about someone who stupidly cheats on his wife who is a good woman (and it's not as if he has a star-crossed love with the other girl, no, he is just selfish). It's not the darkness of the storyline (this sort of thing happens every day, unfortunately) but the skeezy/pathetic vibe of it all.

And speaking of skeezy. Fated to Love You [twdrama]. I know it's enjoying gonzo ratings and people on my flist who have good taste like it, but I am sorry. Any drama where the premise is 'the heroine is so drunk, she ends up sleeping with a wrong guy instead of her fiance' is not just bordering sleaze but has fully moved into sleazeland. There is no way I can like her after this bit of unprovoked drunken cheating. And when you add in the fact that she went on this cruise specifically to do the deed with her bf (who the heck needs to go on a cruise for that, btw? WTF?) it just screams 'pathetic.' Oh, and of course she gets pregnant. *rolls eyes*

1 Litre of Tears [jdrama]. I am sure it's excellent. Half my flist adores it. However, a drama which seems to be designed to show slow descent into illness and death is my idea of Gitmo torture, not a good time (not to mention it seems rather exploitative). I do not like dramas about terminal illness. There is a difference between a terminal illness drama, and a drama that just has terminal illness in it but is actually about something else (Snow Queen, Beautiful Life, Silence). The same reasoning applies to that Kame drama where he has 83 diseases at once, or whatever.

Gokusen 2/3/4/5/6/187 [jdrama]. I loved the first Gokusen (it's in my top 10 jdramas). This doesn't mean I want to see it all over again, only with different cast. Repetition might be the mother of learning, but it ain't the mother of either creativity or entertainment.

Magicians of Love [twdrama]. I started it, actually, but my bad/wrong radar was going off, at notion of four macho hairdressers who seem to be saviors of Taiwan, and I should have listened to it. My eyes, or my brain, will never recover.

14-year old mother [jdrama]: no thank you. I am not a social worker.

Last Friends [jdrama]: it just screams 'trashily trendy' to me. Or is it 'trendily trashy?' The 'look, look, aren't we cool, we have a real life lesbian' thing. The whole 'social worker abusive boyfriend' thing (what is this, Lifetime channel). Etc! Ugh. It makes me think of Fated to Love You.

Anything with Akanishi Jin. I am sure he is a lovely actor and what not, but he freaks me out, looks-wise. He looks like a girl in a disturbing fashion, and I am not exactly someone who requires manliness in my leads (I love Kame) and he still crosses the border beyond which I feel comfortable...

As I said, all of the above is very subjective. I know some of the above are undoubtedly excellent dramas, and there are many objectively awful dramas (Jotei, anyone) which do not make it on the list because they don't 'ping' that vibe for me.

And the odd thing is I can't really make a hard-and-fast rule about what will ping it or not. After all, I have started watching and fell in love with Mawang, a kdrama about a serial killer. I fully intend to watch both Kyo Kyo Kyushi 2003 (a jdrama about a terminally ill teacher who lies to a female student she is ill too, so as to get her to join him) and Byaukuyu (a jdrama which has murder and child prostitution). On the very short list of the dramas for me to get is Aoi Tori, a jdrama starring Toyokawa Etsushi (who I have fallen madly for after AtIK), which has repeated jailtime, depressingness, and the story that reminds me a bit of Bollywood movie Lamhe (ask and I shall spoil you as to what I mean).

Plus, while I have never truly warmed up to Kimi Wa Petto, I was able to appreciate what it had to say despite the bad/wrong vibe I was getting throughout.

So...it just has to either work or not, and it's very subjective. So, which are your dramas which ping the bad/wrong meter?

And, because I mentioned Aoi Tori (the protagonist is a station master who falls in love with a married woman and goes on the run with her and her daughter), here is the opening scene. It is so incredibly Bollywood, I almost gasped. And so beautiful. Rain, and red umbrellas, and love at first sight.

dangermousie: (My Girl by meganbmoore)
So, are there dramas you don't want to watch, even if people on your flist are praising them or they star actors/actresses you love? What are they? I don't mean dramas that sound good but are bad when you check them out, I mean dramas where you read the synopsis and something in it just rubs you the wrong way...

For me, oddly, it's not that a storyline is ever too dark or disturbing, it's a lot more nebulous than that, this feeling of 'oh no, bad/wrong' (whether storywise, attitude-wise, or just shipping-wise:P) I used to try to watch the dramas despite this vibe and once I ended up loving it (Forbidden Love) but in all the other times, the bad/wrong vibe is indeed there and blocks any enjoyment and leaves me faintly icked out.

So now I just trust my radar and avoid those altogether. My watch list is much too huge as is.

I was thinking about mine today:

Person I love [kdrama]: it seems to have been well-received, but I really do not want to watch a drama about someone who stupidly cheats on his wife who is a good woman (and it's not as if he has a star-crossed love with the other girl, no, he is just selfish). It's not the darkness of the storyline (this sort of thing happens every day, unfortunately) but the skeezy/pathetic vibe of it all.

And speaking of skeezy. Fated to Love You [twdrama]. I know it's enjoying gonzo ratings and people on my flist who have good taste like it, but I am sorry. Any drama where the premise is 'the heroine is so drunk, she ends up sleeping with a wrong guy instead of her fiance' is not just bordering sleaze but has fully moved into sleazeland. There is no way I can like her after this bit of unprovoked drunken cheating. And when you add in the fact that she went on this cruise specifically to do the deed with her bf (who the heck needs to go on a cruise for that, btw? WTF?) it just screams 'pathetic.' Oh, and of course she gets pregnant. *rolls eyes*

1 Litre of Tears [jdrama]. I am sure it's excellent. Half my flist adores it. However, a drama which seems to be designed to show slow descent into illness and death is my idea of Gitmo torture, not a good time (not to mention it seems rather exploitative). I do not like dramas about terminal illness. There is a difference between a terminal illness drama, and a drama that just has terminal illness in it but is actually about something else (Snow Queen, Beautiful Life, Silence). The same reasoning applies to that Kame drama where he has 83 diseases at once, or whatever.

Gokusen 2/3/4/5/6/187 [jdrama]. I loved the first Gokusen (it's in my top 10 jdramas). This doesn't mean I want to see it all over again, only with different cast. Repetition might be the mother of learning, but it ain't the mother of either creativity or entertainment.

Magicians of Love [twdrama]. I started it, actually, but my bad/wrong radar was going off, at notion of four macho hairdressers who seem to be saviors of Taiwan, and I should have listened to it. My eyes, or my brain, will never recover.

14-year old mother [jdrama]: no thank you. I am not a social worker.

Last Friends [jdrama]: it just screams 'trashily trendy' to me. Or is it 'trendily trashy?' The 'look, look, aren't we cool, we have a real life lesbian' thing. The whole 'social worker abusive boyfriend' thing (what is this, Lifetime channel). Etc! Ugh. It makes me think of Fated to Love You.

Anything with Akanishi Jin. I am sure he is a lovely actor and what not, but he freaks me out, looks-wise. He looks like a girl in a disturbing fashion, and I am not exactly someone who requires manliness in my leads (I love Kame) and he still crosses the border beyond which I feel comfortable...

As I said, all of the above is very subjective. I know some of the above are undoubtedly excellent dramas, and there are many objectively awful dramas (Jotei, anyone) which do not make it on the list because they don't 'ping' that vibe for me.

And the odd thing is I can't really make a hard-and-fast rule about what will ping it or not. After all, I have started watching and fell in love with Mawang, a kdrama about a serial killer. I fully intend to watch both Kyo Kyo Kyushi 2003 (a jdrama about a terminally ill teacher who lies to a female student she is ill too, so as to get her to join him) and Byaukuyu (a jdrama which has murder and child prostitution). On the very short list of the dramas for me to get is Aoi Tori, a jdrama starring Toyokawa Etsushi (who I have fallen madly for after AtIK), which has repeated jailtime, depressingness, and the story that reminds me a bit of Bollywood movie Lamhe (ask and I shall spoil you as to what I mean).

Plus, while I have never truly warmed up to Kimi Wa Petto, I was able to appreciate what it had to say despite the bad/wrong vibe I was getting throughout.

So...it just has to either work or not, and it's very subjective. So, which are your dramas which ping the bad/wrong meter?

And, because I mentioned Aoi Tori (the protagonist is a station master who falls in love with a married woman and goes on the run with her and her daughter), here is the opening scene. It is so incredibly Bollywood, I almost gasped. And so beautiful. Rain, and red umbrellas, and love at first sight.

dangermousie: (My Girl by meganbmoore)
So, are there dramas you don't want to watch, even if people on your flist are praising them or they star actors/actresses you love? What are they? I don't mean dramas that sound good but are bad when you check them out, I mean dramas where you read the synopsis and something in it just rubs you the wrong way...

For me, oddly, it's not that a storyline is ever too dark or disturbing, it's a lot more nebulous than that, this feeling of 'oh no, bad/wrong' (whether storywise, attitude-wise, or just shipping-wise:P) I used to try to watch the dramas despite this vibe and once I ended up loving it (Forbidden Love) but in all the other times, the bad/wrong vibe is indeed there and blocks any enjoyment and leaves me faintly icked out.

So now I just trust my radar and avoid those altogether. My watch list is much too huge as is.

I was thinking about mine today:

Person I love [kdrama]: it seems to have been well-received, but I really do not want to watch a drama about someone who stupidly cheats on his wife who is a good woman (and it's not as if he has a star-crossed love with the other girl, no, he is just selfish). It's not the darkness of the storyline (this sort of thing happens every day, unfortunately) but the skeezy/pathetic vibe of it all.

And speaking of skeezy. Fated to Love You [twdrama]. I know it's enjoying gonzo ratings and people on my flist who have good taste like it, but I am sorry. Any drama where the premise is 'the heroine is so drunk, she ends up sleeping with a wrong guy instead of her fiance' is not just bordering sleaze but has fully moved into sleazeland. There is no way I can like her after this bit of unprovoked drunken cheating. And when you add in the fact that she went on this cruise specifically to do the deed with her bf (who the heck needs to go on a cruise for that, btw? WTF?) it just screams 'pathetic.' Oh, and of course she gets pregnant. *rolls eyes*

1 Litre of Tears [jdrama]. I am sure it's excellent. Half my flist adores it. However, a drama which seems to be designed to show slow descent into illness and death is my idea of Gitmo torture, not a good time (not to mention it seems rather exploitative). I do not like dramas about terminal illness. There is a difference between a terminal illness drama, and a drama that just has terminal illness in it but is actually about something else (Snow Queen, Beautiful Life, Silence). The same reasoning applies to that Kame drama where he has 83 diseases at once, or whatever.

Gokusen 2/3/4/5/6/187 [jdrama]. I loved the first Gokusen (it's in my top 10 jdramas). This doesn't mean I want to see it all over again, only with different cast. Repetition might be the mother of learning, but it ain't the mother of either creativity or entertainment.

Magicians of Love [twdrama]. I started it, actually, but my bad/wrong radar was going off, at notion of four macho hairdressers who seem to be saviors of Taiwan, and I should have listened to it. My eyes, or my brain, will never recover.

14-year old mother [jdrama]: no thank you. I am not a social worker.

Last Friends [jdrama]: it just screams 'trashily trendy' to me. Or is it 'trendily trashy?' The 'look, look, aren't we cool, we have a real life lesbian' thing. The whole 'social worker abusive boyfriend' thing (what is this, Lifetime channel). Etc! Ugh. It makes me think of Fated to Love You.

Anything with Akanishi Jin. I am sure he is a lovely actor and what not, but he freaks me out, looks-wise. He looks like a girl in a disturbing fashion, and I am not exactly someone who requires manliness in my leads (I love Kame) and he still crosses the border beyond which I feel comfortable...

As I said, all of the above is very subjective. I know some of the above are undoubtedly excellent dramas, and there are many objectively awful dramas (Jotei, anyone) which do not make it on the list because they don't 'ping' that vibe for me.

And the odd thing is I can't really make a hard-and-fast rule about what will ping it or not. After all, I have started watching and fell in love with Mawang, a kdrama about a serial killer. I fully intend to watch both Kyo Kyo Kyushi 2003 (a jdrama about a terminally ill teacher who lies to a female student she is ill too, so as to get her to join him) and Byaukuyu (a jdrama which has murder and child prostitution). On the very short list of the dramas for me to get is Aoi Tori, a jdrama starring Toyokawa Etsushi (who I have fallen madly for after AtIK), which has repeated jailtime, depressingness, and the story that reminds me a bit of Bollywood movie Lamhe (ask and I shall spoil you as to what I mean).

Plus, while I have never truly warmed up to Kimi Wa Petto, I was able to appreciate what it had to say despite the bad/wrong vibe I was getting throughout.

So...it just has to either work or not, and it's very subjective. So, which are your dramas which ping the bad/wrong meter?

And, because I mentioned Aoi Tori (the protagonist is a station master who falls in love with a married woman and goes on the run with her and her daughter), here is the opening scene. It is so incredibly Bollywood, I almost gasped. And so beautiful. Rain, and red umbrellas, and love at first sight.

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