All of us drama addicts have been there. You've just finished an amazing show. Over the last 16 or more episodes, you've grown with these characters and grown to love them and now their story is over. You will never hear from these people again and the thought it devastating. God forbid it was a tragic ending, that's even more damaging.
There are ways to avoid the post K-drama slump and maybe we'll talk about those another day, but I'm talking about what to do when it's already happened to you. How do you cope? As I've shared, my first Korean drama experience was with Boys over Flowers and I was so devastated afterward that I moped around the house for two days and wouldn't watch any Korean dramas after that for four months. Can you imagine? Me abstaining from Korean dramas for four months? I know, it was crazy. Since then, in order to maintain emotionally healthy Korean drama watching habits, I have mastered different techniques to make sure that I don't fall into that post-drama slump and ones so that if I do, I can get right out. So, I've compiled a list of tips for all my friends who might be struggling with a K-Drama slump right now.
1) Start another drama right away- Seems counterintuitive, I know, but it works. A lot of times after a really strong drama you're not going to feel like watching anything else, but make yourself. Just one and half episodes. At that point you're invested enough in the new drama that you don't feel the loss of the last, but not so invested that you have to dedicate your life to it yet. Make sure to stop in the middle of the second episode unless you want to roll head-on into another drama binge. Stopping in the middle of an episode is the best place to stop, because as any addict knows, all episodes end on horrible cliffhangers.
2) Talk about the drama- Get it out of your system! Find someone else who has seen it and share the emotions. If you don't have any K-drama watching friends check my list and if I've seen it we can have a heart-to-heart. Lol. But seriously, find blogs or videos about the drama. Hearing other people share the same feelings as you will make getting over it easier, because you know the characters will never truly be lost as long as you keep them alive in your heart.
3) Re-watch the first episode- When you realize that the story is pretty much always going to be there and you can go back and rewatch at any time, it'll make you feel better. I've re-watched many of my favorite dramas- sometimes more than once. Seeing the beginning of the story again helps to reset your frame of mind.
4) Start an American (or British) show- Gasp! I know, I know, but there is still some good American television out there, people. Sometimes if I hit the K-drama slump I just need to change it up a bit and watching a show in English helps me to do that. They're working from a different set of plots so you're getting a whole different kind of storyline.
Of course, but unfortunately, these tips are not going to work for everybody all the time. But it's definitely worth a go. I've helped a few others through their slumps and I know I've helped myself through a few (49 days, anyone?). Anyone have any tricks they use that I didn't mention?