Heisui’s Thoughts: Watching frustrating dramas all for the sake of a favorite OTP, character, actor, or actress.
In other words, watching frustrating dramas all for one character or actor is the story of my life. In fact, I’m doing it right now. 😛
Just recently I started thinking more about this very strange drama addict phenomenon. It’s the phenomenon where one continues watching a bad drama all because they want to see ONE OTP, actor/actress, or character. Oftentimes this happens when some drama crack is super addicting in the beginning, but then it turns into a crazy drama on crack that is going totally downhill. Well, we started watching it from the start and now we’re already invested in ONE person or OTP……MIGHT AS WELL FINISH IT. T____T””
Case in point: All this month I’ve been going around on people’s reviews about Lan Ling Wang and saying “I’m only watching for Yu Wen Yong!!!!! (Daniel Chan) He’s my favorite character!! *drool*” and “I decided to only skim through LLW for ALLLL of Daniel Chan’s scenes!!”. *sigh* Even after hearing about how much LLW has become a mess in its later episodes, I can’t help but want to skim through the drama all for my beloved Daniel Chan. And guess what, this isn’t the first time I’ve done this…
^The OTP that I’m shamelessly rooting for. It will never happen.
Another case in point: Currently I’m watching the Taiwanese drama Dragon Gate, which started out sorta good but is becoming a confusing and inconsistent mess. Why am I still watching it? Because it has one of my favorite Taiwanese actresses–Tammy Chen–and I also loveee Tammy’s character in this drama! I watch ALL her scenes and then skip the bad scenes. O__O”” I guess it’s more efficient than watching the whole thing?
^Tian Ze x Ai Xing forever!!!
WANT MORE EXAMPLES? Well, on the topic of Tammy Chen, I watched ALL of the tw-drama Love Forward. (which also starred Tony Yang, Leroy Young, Amber Kuo) ALL. OF. IT. I also wrote about EVERY SINGLE EPISODE even though the plot just got more and more frustrating. ARGHH!! My favorite OTP of Tian Ze and Ai Xing was just that addicting. Also it doesn’t really help that I was shipping the ‘underdog’ OTP, the OTP that I thought probably wouldn’t end up together. This only made me more determined to watch through the entire drama just to see PROOF of the awesome chemistry between Tian Ze and Ai Xing. Looking back though, I don’t think I could ever rewatch that entire drama ever again. You have to be in the moment to understand the mania following Love Forward, omg.
I’ve also done this for the jdrama Last Cinderella, all because I just HAD to see Shinohara Ryoko and Fujiki Naohito together. (Spoiler) Of course, I was just second-lead shipping in vain and they never ended up together. T__T” The drama went downhill after a while and by the end I was tiredly waiting to just find out who would end up with who. I feel like I also had the same experience with Love Forward, though. Eventually it gets so frustrating that I just want the ending already!!!
Thankfully I am not ALWAYS doing this..there are dramas that I’ve dropped!
The most recent example would be…SUBSTITUTE PRINCESS. (KING FLOWER) AHAHAHAHA. This is the one where myriads of fans rabidly shipped Terry and Da Hua, and by the ending they were facepalming at all of the nonsensical twists and the wishy washiness of Da Hua. Well, of course I started out totally Team Terry. I was even ready to skim through all the episodes just to watch all the Terry scenes. And whenever I read reviews about Substitute Princess, of course I would drop the obligatory “I LOVE TERRY” comment. 😉 But after maybe 5 episodes of Substitute Princess, somehow I found it in me to say no to the drama. I dropped it while still keeping up with some episodic reviews just to find out the ending. Looking back now, I’m happy I dropped the drama because apparently it became even more wacky than expected from tw-dramas. O___O So I ended up sparing myself the pain of the frustrating Da Hua and the neverending love square. Nope, not even for Terry would I suffer through it.
Some other sorta recent c-dramas I dropped and never looked back since:
SOP Queen. Sorry Zhang Han and Chen Qiao En, not even for you will I suffer through dozens of episodes of family politics. Sometimes eye candy isn’t everything. 😛
Drama Go Go Go. Even with my love for dear Lin Geng Xin, and the VERRRY handsome Hu Bing…….I couldn’t keep on watching this drama. T___T
So, are there any dramas you are currently doing this for now? Are there any previous dramas that stick out to you when you think of dramas you’ve watched all for the sake of one person/OTP? And more importantly…was it worth your time?
For me it all depends on the drama. I don’t regret watching all of Love Forward because, even though it ended up having some really illogical plot twists and I was super annoyed with one of the characters…watching it was an adventure. It was actually FUN watching along with other fans (who, like me, couldn’t stop watching it :P) and ranting about what I loved/didn’t like about the drama. Other dramas though, I do wish I hadn’t wasted my time on. In the end, I may not remember every single moment I watched in a drama..but I will definitely remember how that drama made me feel. If all I remember from a drama is frustration, annoyance and agony then I’d say my time was wasted. But if I have some warm fuzzies from it, then that’s a whole different story!