The Thing with Korean Dramas


Nerdiscoveries is a feature hosted by The Bibliophile Confessions where we share our new discoveries that totally make us nerd/geek out.

The thing is… I don’t know. I don’t really know what it is with Asian Dramas, particularly Korean dramas, that made me so hooked.

I vaguely remember the first Korean drama I’ve watched but I guess it was Autumn in My Heart. with Song Hye Kyo as one of the main characters. It was aired on local TV and I think I was still in third grade during that time. My mum loved it so much, I was practically forced into watching it. Not that I complained, for I actually loved it.

After that, countless of other Asian dramas, especially Korean and Taiwanese were aired on local TV. Of course, I got into the Meteor Garden craze. It was basically a phenomenon here. I even watched the Japanese, Korean and Animated versions of it.

Fast-forward to today, I don’t think I’m much of an enthusiast as I was back then. Of course, I still watch some but I set some standards on picking which ones to watch.

The guy lead must be an eyecandy.

Okay, as crazy as this sounds, I do actually apply this rule and the fact that it’s the first one I mentioned states how important this is for me. Watching K-Dramas requires effort for me since I have to keep up with the subtitles while focusing on what’s happening on screen, so it needs to be worthwhile.

Light and fun show

I barely watch serious Korean dramas, although I’ve seen some historical/period dramas that are more serious but can still incorporate humor like Moon Embracing the Sun. I love watching Korean shows that are real fun because they lift up my mood in an instant.

High Ratings

This one is really important as well. Korean dramas have at least 16 episodes on an average. Each episode is about an hour. Given I’m such a big binge-watcher, I’m throwing out 16 hours of my day for watching one show. Moon Embracing the Sun had 20 episodes and I watched the whole season in one sitting. No joke. It took me one and a half days to finish it. Shower and meals included. Well, for this one, I usually watch dramas which were either recommended to me or popular enough to catch my attention.

So what’s the point of this post?

Well, last February, I discovered a cute clip from a Korean drama called Oh My Venus. It’s a love story between an overweight lawyer and a popular gym trainer. The clip consisted of cheesy and cute kissing scenes from their gym sessions. Hahaha! It was totally adorable so I told my friends about it and we watched it.

Oh My Venus stars So Ji Sub (The Master’s Sun) as the personal trainer and Shin Min Ah (My Girlfriend is a Gumiho) as the lawyer. There were lots of substories to be looked forward to and I honestly had an awesome time watching it. I also cried too!

So I wasn’t given just one eyecandy. I was blessed with THREE. <3

That same month, I also discovered another Korean Drama. I don’t know if you’ve heard it already (probably through me hahaha!) but it’s called Descendants of the Sun which features Song Joong Ki (aka my~ boyfriend haha) as Army Captain Yoo Si Jin and Song Hye Kyo as Doctor Kang Mo Yeon.

I first saw Joong Ki when I watched Sungkyunkwan Scandal where I developed my huge crush for him. His character was such a comic relief, I even forgot my “eyecandy rule” since there were technically four main characters so I focused on him and the other guy (Yoo Ah In).

Song Joong Ki as Captain Yoo Si Jin.

Anyways, back to Descendants, It was the first drama that Joong Ki signed on since he was discharged from his mandatory military service so it was quite the experience seeing him play as a soldier. It was also great to watch Song Hye Kyo again! I think the last show I’ve seen with her in it was Full House and that was more than a decade ago. Haha!

This drama might be too overrated already since a lot of people are talking about it. It was even bought by a local TV network to for it to be aired here in PH. For me, it’s definitely worth the hype because the story is cute but gripping. It’s action packed and cheesy at the same time. There’s balance in every episode and it will leave you hanging.


There are also amazing side stories to watch, especially the romance between the two secondary leads, Sgt. Seo Dae Yong and Lt. Yoon Myeong Ju. Myeong Ju is the daughter of the Army General, who’s not in favor of Dae Yong because of his low rank.

I haven’t cried yet but it’s down to the last two episodes this week and I have a strong feeling that I’ll be in tears once this series ends! Hahaha! I’m not going to tell much in case you’re interested to watch it.  And in case you’re going to, don’t forget to tell me your thoughts about it!

*dreamy sigh*


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  1. Eek Inah, I don’t watch many Korean dramas but Ahh the ones I’ve watched are really great! I haven’t seen Autumn in My Heart – but I love the soundtrack! Oh My Venus sounds really good too haha xD ill have to watch it soon too – but maybe at the end of the semester. Like you, I’m a serial binge watcher! XD I watched Pinocchio in three days – which isn’t as bad as you….but haha my parents were so annoyed with me xD
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    1. You should totally watch Oh My Venus!! I also just finished watching Descendants of the Sun earlier today, hours after its broadcast in Korea. I’m so sad it’s over :(

      And omg Pinocchio was so good right? I think I finished it in 3 days too haha!

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