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Dramas I Should’ve Dropped And Why I Didn’t

Welcome to my new article

Hasn’t every one of us who’s been watching dramas for a while gathered some dramas that became favorites but also those we disliked even though we were hyped at first or really tried to like them?

Well, here are mine. This article collects my personal pros and cons regarding some dramas I completed but came to the conclusion afterwards that it might have been better to drop them. If that sounds bad to you, do not worry. I recall not only negative things about them but have also listed reasons why those dramas might be worth giving a try nonetheless.

I added my own ratings here from 1 (= didn’t enjoy it) to 5 (= really enjoyed the good parts of it) based on my “pawsonal” enjoyment while I watched the dramas. 😉

The dramas featured in this article:

1. I’m a Pet at Dali Temple
2. Eternal Love
3. Melting Me Softly
4. My Fantastic Mrs Right
5. Princess At Large
6. The King: Eternal Monarch
7. I Told Sunset About You

Just click on the title or poster of each drama to get to its MDL page. 

The article follows this color code:

Red for what I disliked about the drama aka Why I should’ve dropped it
Green for what I liked about the drama aka Why I didn’t drop it
Blue for reasons why the drama could be to someone else’s liking aka Reasons why it’s worth a look

Note

I know that the topic of liking/disliking is controversial and therefore, I ask everyone to be respectful and nice. What I’m saying in this article does not speak for others, it’s only displaying my personal and subjective feelings on the dramas. If you love one or more of the dramas that I mentioned you might not want to read my article, that’s okay. If you decide to read though, that’s on you. No need to blame me for seeing something you might not like/agree with. You have been warned of that possibility before.

It’s okay to disagree but personal attacks or rude comments will not be tolerated and reported. Also please no attempts to change my opinion.This article’s purpose is not to change anyone’s opinion either. If you happen to love just one of these dramas, I’m honestly happy for you because it means you had a great time and that’s what we’re looking for in dramas. 🙂

Spoiler Warning: This article includes (mild) spoilers for all mentioned dramas.

~As always, this article is readable in light and dark mode.~


I’m a Pet at Dali Temple

Country: China

Episodes: 22 

Runtime per episode/total: 25 min. / 9 hours 10 minutes

Rating: 

Why I should’ve dropped it
  • When the story started to go downhill from the middle on and villains became laughing stock with no logical motives for their actions, I should’ve known this wouldn’t live up to the high expectations I had based on its beginning.
  • I saw a major spoiler for the end in a review and was certainly not happy about the preview to the ending (spoiler review got deleted by now).

Why I didn’t drop it
  • Especially the female lead captivated me with her acting, very cute with a bright smile yet natural but the male lead and support cast did a good job as well.
  • The story itself was sweet and the chemistry of the leads really good.

Reasons why it’s worth a look
  • The drama is cute and fluffy without giving you a sugar shock.
  • Cat lovers will like the anecdotes and the scenes with the real cat.
  • Leads have a very lovely chemistry that steadily builds up in the story.


Eternal Love

Country: China

Episodes: 58 

Runtime per episode/total: 45 min. / 43 hours 30 minutes

Rating: 

Why I should’ve dropped it
  • If you’re 10 episodes into a drama of 58 episodes total and don’t know why you’re even watching this because it doesn’t entertain you a bit, then you should probably give up on the drama and go for something else (that was my mental note back when I was watching it).
  • Jealous/scheming side characters that got so much screen time that I felt the urge to skip their parts every single time because I knew they were just up to something evil again which gave the drama a repetitive feeling.
  • Main leads could only capture me in their second arc, for me, the second pairing was more interesting and their chemistry was shining brighter.

Why I didn’t drop it
  • MDL Watch Challenge (yep that’s one reason) because I wanted the time and willpower I put into that drama to gain some positive result, also I really tried til the end to like this drama.
  • Two side characters I loved dearly and looked forward to seeing.
  • The cinematography and costumes were beautiful.

Reasons why it’s worth a look
  • Well-known and popular cast members.
  • Gorgeous costumes.
  • The chance of being one of those who’ll love the drama, the majority of watchers liked it.
  • The undeniable higher budget the production profited from compared to the shorter C-Dramas in this comparison.


Melting Me Softly

Country: South Korea

Episodes: 16 

Runtime per episode/total: 1 hr. 5 min. / 17 hours 20 minutes

Rating: 

Why I should’ve dropped it
  • Lacking chemistry between leads and a romance that just happens because the script says so (the poster looks way too promising).
  • The exaggerated comedy that rather made me cringe.
  • Overacted, annoying characters that barely make a contribution to the story other than yelling, sobbing, whining, etc.
  • Lame and predictable story, aka you already know what will happen way before it happens.

Why I didn’t drop it
  • Ji Chang Wook and some of his previous dramas that set my expectations to a higher standard.
  • So I could use it for the MDL Watch Challenge (again).
  • Only a couple episodes left so it seemed pointless to drop it so shortly before reaching the end.

Reasons why it’s worth a look
  • If you’re only watching for Ji Chang Wook you might be able to ignore/forgive the negative things.
  • If you’re interested in a lighthearted/entirely non-serious approach to Science Fiction.


My Fantastic Mrs Right

Country: China

Episodes: 12 

Runtime per episode/total: 35 min. / 7 hours

Rating: 

Why I should’ve dropped it
  • The love triangle trope is omnipresent and here it lacks common sense and realism.
  • Really annoying second female lead, I wonder what the scriptwriter was thinking.
  • Endless back and forth of the main leads’ relationship, we break up, we make up, we break up… 
  • The CGI cat is… well, let’s say she obviously had too much mackerels and the poor thing got washed with way too hot water as the nose and paws shrunk in the process.

Why I didn’t drop it
  • Somewhat liked the main leads despite their “hot ‘n’ cold” play – pun intended.
  • My love for cats and hope it might at least reach the level of I’m a Pet at Dali Temple.

Reasons why it’s worth a look
  • Another drama for cat lovers (though this one is animated).
  • If you want a short comedy drama to watch that you don’t have to take seriously.


Princess At Large

Country: China

Episodes: 12 

Runtime per episode/total: 45 min. / 9 hours

Rating: 

Why I should’ve dropped it
  • Boring and repetitive story that could not captivate me.
  • Didn’t feel chemistry of main leads.
  • Really unoriginal scriptwriting aka poison is literally the answer to everything.

Why I didn’t drop it
  • Promising story idea.
  • In the good moments it gave me I’m a Pet at Dali Temple vibes but that being said, I watched it right after I’m a Pet at Dali Temple so this might be a biased feeling.
  • Length of drama as it’s a short drama.

Reasons why it’s worth a look
  • Short C-Dramas often share similarities so if you’re into them you might like this one.
  • It has a second season now which might be better.


The King: Eternal Monarch

Country: South Korea

Episodes: 16

Runtime per episode/total: 1 hr. 10 min. / 18 hours 40 minutes

Rating: 

Why I should’ve dropped it
  • Plot holes because the scriptwriter lost herself in the fancy story and failed in making the universe she created logical and tying up loose ends.
  • Invasive and irrelevant product placement that distracted from the story and made me feel like I was  watching a shopping channel with all those lines that praised the products.
  • Badly written and poorly developed characters except for one who managed to stand out.

Why I didn’t drop it
  • Woo Do Hwan was a ray of light and provided the humor + actress Kim Yong Ji caught my eye.
  • The cinematography was beautiful.
  • I wanted to know how it would wrap up.

Reasons why it’s worth a look
  • The concept and original story idea is interesting, it’s just badly executed.
  • Cast is good and delivers a nice performance (they made the best out of what the script gave them).
  • If you like Woo Do Hwan you will love his characters, I promise.


I Told Sunset About You

Country: Thailand

Episodes:

Runtime per episode/total: 1 hr. 19 min. / 6 hours 35 minutes

Rating: 

Why I should’ve dropped it
  • Toxic/self-centered behaviour of main lead Teh really upset me.
  • Incomprehensible actions of characters that I could not relate to no matter how hard I tried.
  • The emotional scenes of Teh could not move me (which is usually not a hard thing to do for dramas/movies), here I couldn’t help but cringe.
  • I already knew it was very likely I would hate the drama’s ending.

Why I didn’t drop it
  • Amount of episodes and total runtime was low enough that I could watch them in a row anyway.
  • The overall positive feedback and praise made me believe there must be something special to it.

Reasons why it’s worth a look
  • To see for yourself if you’ll be one of those who love it.
  • Shows a different approach to the topic of one falling in love with someone else of the same gender.


I know it may look like all I do after I didn’t like a drama is rant about it (which I do sometimes, thank god for friend feeds xD) but I can say that even dramas you don’t enjoy can give you something positive. For me it’s been lessons. I no longer wonder why I dislike this or that drama because now I see there are so many factors that make a drama stand or fall and I slowly discovered which ones are a pro and con for me personally. Now it’s much easier for me to avoid stuff I dislike or look in particular for things I like. 

Lessons learned

  • Stay away from comment sections of dramas before/while watching and read reviews with caution, there will always be one person who randomly blurts out which character dies in the end, that the gardener was the murderer, etc.  
  • It’s okay to drop a drama at any point and the reason why is up to you. After all it can happen that you’re disliking something or someone so much right from the beginning that you don’t want to continue.
  • Do not force yourself to watch something you sincerely dislike from the bottom of your heart because you don’t want to disappoint a friend who recommended it to you. They will respect your opinion, if they don’t… well, drastically speaking, you might want to look for a new friend instead. 😉
  • Listen to your inner voice. If it can tell you what will happen in the drama before it actually happens in the drama, you already know what you need to know. This is so badly written that it doesn’t need a crystal ball to foresee the rest of it.
  • Watching a drama full of tropes you dislike is like entering a mine field because it’s likely at least one will trigger you, so if you decide to go for it, be prepared.
  • Speed watching or skipping are your best friends to overcome obstacles in dramas, they make it so much easier to deal with boring, long sequences or triggering tropes.
  • Just because you’re a fan of an actor/actress doesn’t mean you have to watch all their works, skipping some of their works is not making you less of a “true” fan regardless what others say.

Do you have a drama you look back at and think you should have dropped it?

What keeps you from dropping a drama?

Why would you drop a drama?

♥ You have reached the end of this article. Thank you for reading. ♥


Disclaimer/Sources: The banner and the collage are made by me. Posters are from MDL. Screenshots (in order of appearance): 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21. Thanks to the editors for their work and to you dear users who read til this point. See you in my next article(s). 

Edited by: devitto (1st editor)

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