[11 DAYS TO GO] The promised K-drama Rec List!

I’ve found no better way to learn how to recognise the sounds of the Korean language and see how many words and grammatical principles I can hear than through watching K-dramas! Not to mention that there’s something about this special way of telling stories that spoke to me the instant I started my very first drama.

But what makes K-dramas so special compared to American/English TV-shows???

I’d say it is the timing. How certain plot points are given more importance and some less, where a TV-show might have done the other way around. The way characters are portrayed and given reason, how everyone have their good and bad sides and, most of all, their development throughout the story. I don’t want to say Korean dramas are better than American/English TV-shows in general. They are just different. While I always had a hard time starting a TV-show unless someone pushed me into it, with dramas I need nothing more than to see a few GIFs to watch the first episode and get pulled in from there. I trust K-dramas to be good, in a way I never did standard TV-shows.

And I also think that many of the clichés and other verbal stuff that might make a show cringey are lost in translation. Since I don’t know the language 100%, or even 10%, I’m not scared off by a few bad lines or questionable acting since I can’t hear it.

So, rant over, let’s get on with the recommendations, 할까?


도깨비 [Goblin: The Great and Lonely God]

If you want a sweet and romantic drama filled with humour, clashing personalities and heart-wrenching plot twists, sprinkled with fantasy and legend, then this drama is for you. The Goblin, a warrior named Kim Shin in ancient times, is forbidden by the deities from dying until he finds his true love who can remove a sword from his heart and set him free. Many hundreds of years later he meets Eun Tak, a lovely and strong-willed orphan who can only be the one. The two of them go through many trying times as they find their way into each other’s hearts, along with a stray Grim Reaper, Kim Shin’s overconfident “nephew” and a red-haired beauty with strange connections to Kim Shin’s past.

CASTING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
STORY: ♥ ♥ ♥
ROMANCE: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
OVERALL: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo

A young woman drowns in modern times and wakes up in the body of another girl, in the ancient kingdom of Goryeo. As she learns to live the second life she has been granted, she gets tangled up with the princes of the current King, and each of their plots to either steal the throne for themselves, live happily or just be accepted by each other. This drama is so fricking intense, from the sweetest scenes between the brothers to the most gut-wrenching losses. With an amazing cast and story that goes beyond your usual level of detail, this drama deserves the title it received: Best Traditional Drama of 2017.

CASTING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
STORY: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
ROMANCE: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Bromance: 5 hearts!)
ACTION: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
OVERALL: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

Back to absolute and utter sweetness! This may be the most sugary drama I’ve ever watched, and yet it’s mix between serious criminal investigation, a mental kidnapper and Bong Soon’s inhuman strength makes it such a perfect balance. Get ready for a triangle drama, during which you will switch faves between the two male leads so often you’re not gonna be able to keep count. But don’t worry—this is a happy ending story, as compared to some on this list. Do Bong Soon’s neighbourhood is tormented by a murderer who targets young, beautiful women. While her best friend Guk Doo (slash Love Interest #1) works the police department day and night to catch the criminal, Bong Soon’s strength is discovered by young but successful CEO Min Hyuk (Love Interest #2), who hires her as his body guard. Absolute amazingness ensues!

CASTING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
STORY: ♥ ♥ ♥
ROMANCE: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (+ ♥)
OVERALL: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


써클 [Circle: Two Worlds Connected]

With its innovative way of splitting each episode into two parts—one set in modern times, one set 20 years later—Circle really got me from the first few minutes. The story is smart, intriguing and absolute death for my heart because of my addiction to bromance. Twin brothers Woo Jin and Beom Gyun’s father adopted an young “alien” woman when they were little,  a girl who never aged and did strange things. In PART 1, now 21-year-old Woo Jin is reunited with his brother who has been in psychiatric hospital after suspected murder. They meet Jung Yeon, who looks exactly like their alien sister, and Beom Gyun becomes obsessed with finding out what she is and how she is connected to the recent murders and their father’s disappearance. When Beom Gyun goes missing, it’s Woo Jin’s turn to become obsessed with finding his brother before it’s too late.

In PART 2, Seoul has been split into two different worlds—one is an almost deserted wasteland and the other is a Smart City, top modern, rich and free of crime because of chips implanted in everyone’s brains. Police officer Joon Hyuk from Normal Seoul infiltrates the Smart City after they receive a distress call from within the “crime-free” city. His true intentions is to solve the old “Missing Twins Case”, with which he has a very personal connection.

CASTING: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
STORY: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
ROMANCE: ♥ ♥ (Bromance exceeds the level of hearts I care to insert! Seriously!)
SUSPENSE: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
OVERALL: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

So, which dramas have I gotten you hooked on? These are only a small portion of the dramas I would like to recommend, but I’ll save some for another time. Next time I do a rec list I’ll do Korean movies, because there’s a few of those too!

Until then, 안녕히 가세요!!

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