Thursday, April 16, 2015

4 Tips to Cure Your Post K-Drama Hangover

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?


30 comments:

  1. I hope I'm not annoying you haha. But yes, yes, yes! Everything you just said I've gone through as well. I dealt with all of these too. Except, the first K-drama I watched was Goong (Princess Hours), I don't want to spoil anything but yes, major hungover! My goodness.. BOF was even worse. But back to Starting a new drama right away, I watched a Taiwanese one called Autumn's Concerto. I recommend you this one too.

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  2. Haha. No, you're not annoying me, I love taking about dramas. I loooooved Goong, so cute! I've been meaning to watch a couple Taiwanese dramas. I'll have to check that one out :)

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  3. Hi! I'm really hangover from Pinocchio right now and I don't know anyone who has watched it. It was incredible. There's a tie between this and BOF for my fav kdrama :)

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  4. I loved Pinocchio and had a horrible hangover from it as well!!! I definitely consider it one of my favorites. I really liked Park Shin Hye's character and the fact that she couldn't lie.

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    1. Yh she was great! I loved Lee Jong Suk's acting!! I had never seen him before and I was so impressed. I wonder if 'I can hear your voice' is as good

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  5. He is a great actor and he and Park Shin Hye had phenomenal chemistry. "Pinocchio" was so incredibly fantastic that I wouldn't say "I can hear your voice" was as good, but it was still pretty great. I'd say it's definitely worth a watch; the plot is really good.

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    1. Yh I watched it and it wasn't as good but still interesting. Lol the age difference was a little too weird for me.
      And I've heard people say Healer is better than Pinocchio! Haven't seen it but I really can't understand how it could be better

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  6. Oh and I need to choose among, You're all surrounded, sungkyunkwan scandal and It's okay that's love for my next drama. Help!!!

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    1. Yes, the age difference was a bit strange, but they were both great in it! I haven't started Healer either but it's on my list of ones to start soon. I've heard great things. I'll have to see if they were exaggerated or not.

      That's a tough choice! Haven't seen Sungkyunkwan Scandal yet (another one at the top of my list) however, You're All Surrounded and It's Okay That's Love are two of my favs. If I had to choose, I'd probably have to say It's Okay, That's Love is better. The plot is very unique and it keeps you interested the whole time with an intense romance. It's very unique in that is showcases a romance where they truly love each other in spite of their flaws. Also, awesome soundtrack! You're All Surrounded is full of action and lighter on the romance but a lot of fun to watch and I just adore Go Ara. Either is an excellent choice!!!

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  7. So I started it's okay that's love, and it's pretty boring. On ep 4 atm, and that's long enough for it get interesting 😶

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    1. Really? Have you finished episode 4 yet? I was enjoying It's Okay, That's Love before episode 4, but at the very end of that episode something really dramatic happens that totally changed my perspective on the drama and that's when I really started to love it. Of course the drama is very different from others so it might not be for everyone :)

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  8. I googled how to cure kdrama hangover and so thankful this came up! LOL. Just finished my first kdrama, Coffee Prince, and got absolutely sad (is it sadness i dunno?) When it ended. I was re watching episodes again and find myself getting more attached. So in love with the story and also with Gong Yoo! Him being in train to busan is also not helping with my hangover. LOL

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    1. Welcome to the Kdrama family! Coffee Prince is a good drama. I can understand feeling the Kdrama hangover after watching that one. The first Kdrama hangover is always the worst too. Another thing that helps me during Kdrama hangovers is starting a new drama with the same actor in it. In your case, a good place to start might be the Kdrama called BIG which also has Gong Yoo in it. It's got a quirky plot and I had a lot of fun watching it :)

      I wanted to see Train to Busan but it's not playing in my area anymore :(

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    2. awww thanks logan you're so sweet. I'm a bit okay now but I still find myself re watching it every night. LOL. is that normal? And sure, I'll try to watch BIG. I read one interview of him recently that he said he's hoping that his next drama would be like coffee prince where they just had so much fun working with each other. Hope you can watch train to Busan. it's really good!

      BTW, what's your favorite romcom Kdrama?

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    3. It's totally normal. When I watch a good drama, it's all I can think about and all I want to do is watch it. My favorite rom-com. That's a hard one because there are so many over-lapping genres in Kdrama so a lot wouldn't fall strictly into the rom-com category. Some ones I liked that could probably be considered rom coms are Personal Taste, You're Beautiful,and Oh My Venus.

      My two favorite Kdramas overall are Pinocchio and You Are All Surrounded which are funny and romantic at parts but also there's some action and intrigue.

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    4. Oh thank you for these titles. I will ready the plot and then will watch! Sounds exciting :) Feels good to know I'm not alone haha.

      I went to Korea this year and wasnt a fan yet. Now I wanna go back just to go the the coffe prince cafe

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    5. Oh, that had to be a lot of fun. The are so many good dramas out there. My tastes are a little unique. Lol. But I'm sure you'll discover your own style of drama you'll grow to love. I would recommend trying different types of dramad, even types you don't think you'll like because if you anything like me you might find you love the ones you thought you'd hate the most :)

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    6. I watched the first episode of big and I kinda don't like it. Gong Yoo looks hot though! LOL <3 I will watch pinnochio next. Im reading a lot of good reviews. But watching Big helped me a lot in my Coffee Prince hangover. thank you!!!! <3 xx

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    7. Yeah, no problem. Some dramas take a few episodes to build the story before they get good. I usually give a drama three episodes before deciding if I like it. I did like Big, but wouldn't say it's one of my favorites or anything. And of course everyone has different opinions on different dramas. Personally, I end up some other people don't and don't like some that others love. But there are sooooo many Kdramas out there. It's like discovering an endless supply of great shows to watch :) It's fun to watch dramas that are currently airing too because then there are a lot of people talking about it online-Tumblr and Instragram are great places to go to find other Kdrama friends!

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    8. Oh that's a cool idea!!! sorry I'm so new to this but can you recommend a title and where people usually talk about it?

      Okay I'll try to give big another shot. haha! Maybe I'm just bummed to see Gong yoo paired with a different girl :P

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    9. No problem, I'm happy to give some insight and advice into the Kdrama world. Haha. It depends on your country for what titles are available, but the two best platforms to watch currently airing dramas are Dramafever.com and viki.com There are a few ways to find others to talk about the drama with. The easiest way is by reading the comments and starting discussions in the comments of each episode. One really cool feature that DramaFever has for most of their currently airing dramas is a weekly post which they call Drama Club, that is written by a few different bloggers and they talk about their thoughts and feelings for that week's episodes of the show. If you're watching the show you can follow the drama clubs posts and comment. I am actually one of the bloggers that participates so I may be biased but I think they're fun.

      If you use Tumblr or Instagram and just search for the name of the drama that you're watching, you'll find a ton of pictures, memes, and posts related to it where people are adding comments and discussing the drama.

      As far as a current drama, most of the dramas currently airing are somewhere in the middle of series already so it may be hard to catch up but two that I'm watching right now that I like are Scarlet Heart and Shopping King Louis. There's one out called the K2 and it's been out for a few weeks but I'll probably be starting that one soon and trying to catch.

      Sorry for the information overload. It takes awhile to catch on to all the different places and ways to talk about Kdrama so there's a lot to share. You can always comment here and I'll be more than happy to talk Kdramas or you can find me on Instagram at @livinginloganland (instagram.com/livinginloganland)

      I totally get not wanting to see him with another girl but there are very few duplicates in Kdrama pairings. You may not like BIG after all, but you may also be surprised ;) There are also some good dramas with Yoon Eun Hye in it (who played the main girl in Coffee Prince) that you may want to watch as well. She's actually in one of my favorites called Goong.

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  9. HELLO!!! I am from the Philippines and I just finished watching "She Was Pretty" in English subtitles. I finished it on a Friday night and I loved it so much. Afterwards, I did a lot of reflection and even wrote a diary entry dedicated to it!!! I know... it's ridiculous, but I really couldn't get that drama out of my mind and then the next day that's when everything started to sink in that I can't stop crying.

    Some sites said that watching behind the scenes is a really good way to get over kdramas. I've tried it, but I don't recommend it that much because it can shatter the illusion. My friend also suggested that I rewatch the most intense moments of the drama until I get tired of it... Really I don't know what to do with myself huhuhu

    But really, thanks for this article!!! FIGHTING!!!

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    1. Hello! She Was Pretty was a great drama- I can understand having a Kdrama hangover after watching it. I don't like watching behind the scenes after I watch a drama, because it just makes me miss the drama more. My personal favorite method is starting a new drama right away and watching just enough of it to be interested and not too much to be addicted again. But I think every Kdrama fan has had that moment when they're drama ends and they feel empty! Don't worry, it'll pass!

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  10. I completely agree with tip#1. Perfect kdrama hangover cure for me is, If not to watch a new kdrama i would watch a jdrama or a korean or japanese movie.

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    1. It's even better if you start the new drama/movie before you finish your current one. That way it doesn't hurt as much when you have to say goodbye to a drama you love!

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  11. Years ago, I watched Dream High and got really into it and watched every clip possible. Ending it felt like breaking up w' someone. It hurt a lot that i decided to stop watching kdrama for a year or two. This month my sister introduced me to weightlifting, goblin,she was pretty and it was okay. Then i watched Strong woman do bong soon and it happened again!! My heart my soul my gosh. I can't stop watching it that I finished it in almost 2 days. As it ended, I again felt like breaking up and it really makes me feel empty. Im now rewatching the cute scenes.

    This 2 kdramas i fell in love with have something in common. The roles are reversed in the storyline. It was the leading lady that is strong and cool while it was the guy who openly expresses his romantic feelings. Ugh do bong soon how will i get over youu

    If you know a kdrama similar to that please tell me. I think i need to have a rebound kdrama hahaha.

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    1. I totally understand that emptiness with finishing a drama you love. Hopefully we can find you a drama out there that will give you the same sort of feels. Weightlifting Fairy is actually the closest drama that I can think of to Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, but there are certainly others where the woman is the cool-headed one and the guy is the pursuer/one who expresses his feelings.

      My first recommendation would be Cheer Up! (Sassy Go Go) because the guy is open with his feelings, the girl stands up for herself, but it still maintains a similar cuteness to Do Bong Soon and Kim Bok Jo. It's one of my all-time favorite dramas too!

      Other dramas that have the "roles reversed" are: Nail Shop Paris (also a favorite) and My Unfortunate Boyfriend. These two are also cute.

      There are some that are more dramatic that also have a role reversal or strong female lead: The Time I Love You 7000 Days, Who Are You(2013), Doctor Crush, King 2 Hearts, Secret Garden, Flower Boy Next Door, Moorim School.

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    2. Hi, its me again, anonymous. Thanks for the suggestions! Loved your blog and your thoughtful responses!

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    3. You're welcome :) Glad that you have been enjoying my blog!

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