September 4, 2015 by museofmanymasks
Alternate Title: My Drama List Page is a Liar
As many fans of Asian dramas do, I have a list of all the shows I want to watch. I am a list-person. I keep lists of chores, my novel drafts, musicians I want to check out, hopes and dreams, everything I want to do, all the things I really don’t want to do but have to, and all the things I lie about saying I will do. My sense of self-worth is closely related to how many strike-throughs there are on any given list I possess.
Therefore, it follows that like any good addict, my Asian Entertainment Queue© is no ordinary list. I have it divided into several subsections. There is one for Korean dramas, and one for Korean movies. I also keep lists for Japanese, Chinese, and Thai ent, all divided into dramas and movies respectively. I am also currently devising a system of color-coding to demonstrate my progress for maximum gratification.
Now let’s talk numbers. Before dramas, I was never much of a tv person, but I loved movies, so my movie list is by far the longest. Right now, my K-cinema list stands at around 69 films. This doesn’t weigh on me so much, because I can get through a lot of films in relatively short order, regardless of their quality, since their duration is 2 hours at most. Dramas, on the other hand…
- 42 dramas I intend to watch
- 16 dramas I intend to go back to.
- Around 8 that I started and will go back eventually…maybe…not really… Well, I’ll skim, so I can say I watched it.
- Note: These are my “don’t sound like a crazy person” numbers. There are over a dozen I tell myself I’ll start or finish, and know very well I won’t
I bet those numbers still sound crazy to you. Keep in mind that this is coming from a person who spends the same amount of time just scrolling through titles on Netflix (and every other entertainment database ever) as I do watching the daggone content. Sometimes this results in not watching anything at all. My list is not just a neat trick to stay organized. It is ESSENTIAL to ward off otherwise crippling indecision, or more often, inertia.
Where am I going with this? For the first time in about a year, I am watching no currently airing dramas, and only one drama at a time. This is actually very nice, not to mention healthy. An explanation of semi-OCD + k-drama addiction isn’t going to fly with my professors. I’m down to five episodes (!) of the hilarious low-key 2010 drama Once Upon a Time in Saengchori. It’s 20 episodes so I have no idea how that happened so fast, except that I’ve been hardcore procrastinating and around 45-minute episodes should be a required cut-off.
Off Topic Rave: For once I wish I recapped/reviewed shows because this is a fairly unsung gem, and I wish so much to squee about Ha Suk Jin’s special brand of Cold-on-the-Outside-Marshmellow-Center, and my torn loyalties with the second lead, and how I really like Lee Young Eun, and that even though those are my top mentions I love how the show isn’t solely romance, but an ensemble piece that deftly juggles workplace slice-of-life, mystery, zany comedy, and romance in a way that few dramas accomplish, not to mention million other things, but OHMYGOSH watch it now, and run-on sentence FTW!
Ahem. So anyways, since my crack drama is ending, I’m trying to decide which of the 42 dramas I should start, or which of the 16 should I finish. Should I catch up on my movie list? Should I give a crack at my newly minted J-dorama list (which currently stands at 25 shows exactly)? I need to work out a system that will get me through these lists before I’m 80. How should I balance this along with the currently airing shows I’m sure will interest me again eventually? How do you people do this?!
I guess my real problem is that when I get into something, I immediately want to become an aficionado of the topic. I just like the word aficionado, and weirdly crave the cultured but jaded aura of the elite. You have to know what you’re talking about to have a decent opinion. I can’t truthfully say “Dramaland needs more this,” and “Why don’t they do that?” if I don’t have a reasonably sized knowledge to collect from. I want to be able to name-drop writers and directors as my go-tos, not just a handful of pretty faces. (I lurv da pretteh, but I’d rather lose half an hour to Google Images than 16+ hours on a mediocre show.) I want this blog to eventually be a well-rounded archive of “Wouldn’t it be funny if dramas…” I want a ton of shit I haven’t even thought through to write lists about yet. Am I biting off more than I can chew? Oh definitely, but it tastes pretty damn good.
Except when it doesn’t….No seriously people, how do you decide what to watch?!