Sadly, the picture above is pretty accurate — I don’t think I’ve ever been in a drama slump this bad. As of now, the only drama I’ve been watching is Age of Youth 2. I love it even more than the first season (though Park Hye-soo’s presence is still severely missed), so I will say that it keeps me pretty happy throughout the week. But at the same time, I feel like I’m really missing out these days.
There have been so many dramas coming out the past few months, many that come with great praise or great intrigue. And I always add these dramas to my never-ending list of things to watch… Only to never get to them. If I do get to them, I push it aside and end up forgetting about it.
I think I’ve reached a point where I’ve seen so many dramas that I’ve started getting picky. If I start a new drama and see that it’s going to have something I know I’m going to hate (i.e. an unnecessarily looooong angst period), I’ll drop it. For instance, the currently airing drama Manhole. Jaejoong is, like, one of my most favorite people alive. I adore the man. But I could not, for the life of me, get through this drama for him. After two episodes, I just came to the realization that I didn’t care about any of those characters, much less seeing how their stories would pan out. If this was a few years ago, I would suck it up and keep watching. Not just for Jaejoong, but to also commit to finishing something I started.
But things have changed — life has gotten busier for me. And because it’s gotten busier, I prefer to stick to shows I know (or at least, think) I’m going to love. Yes, I’ve succeeded in improving my careless time management, but it came with a certain price. I used to watch maybe four or five dramas at a time. I’d finish one even if it was a little boring or just outright bad. Sure, I missed out on a lot of sleep, but I actually kind of miss those days. Just being excited for so many shows at once. But these days, if the first one or two episodes don’t sucker me in, I drop it and never come back. Now I’m lucky if I have two dramas to squeal over.
So that has me thinking: Has my habit of pushing so many dramas away dragged me into an endless slump? I hope not. I’d just like to believe that we’ve been in a long drama cycle that I just wasn’t feeling. I’m not finding myself enthralled with anything right now, even if a premise sounds somewhat interesting. The next few cycles have some dramas I’m really looking forward to, so I’m crossing all fingers and toes. In fact, the next drama I’m super pumped about is soon-to-air While You Were Sleeping (mainly because I’m a die-hard LJS fan and a die-hard fan of the writer). I hope to God that I stay with it. If that doesn’t keep me watching, I don’t know what will. Yeah, I’m still livin’ for Youth 2, but come on, Dramaland! Whisk me away again!