Heisui’s Thoughts: Less (dramas) is More
“Less is more.” We hear it all the time. But how many times do we hear this phrase being applied to dramas? How many times do we hear hardcore drama fans go, ‘I will definitely get more out of dramas if I watch less of them’? Um, probably NEVER! 😛
The thing about drama fans is that they always have the desire for more. (a symptom of drama addiction!) They always want more dramas, more episodes, more scenes of their OTP’s, more recaps, more drama news, etc. The hardcore drama-addict mindset is that the more dramas you watch, the better. No matter if you are marathoning a drama within a couple of days, forgoing your much-needed sleep, or watching dramas during every free moment in your day! More is still better! The problem is that drama-watching is very time-consuming. Sometimes we just do not have time to watch dramas–or we shouldn’t be spending as much time on dramas as we are. And yet our drama-addict mentality tends to get the best of us. We end up watching more than we should be..and we watch dramas that we don’t really need to watch.
I used to have this same mentality–that more is better and that I should watch as many dramas as I could. Over the past months though, my view has started to shift. I only live-watched 1 drama in the fall season of 2013 and no, my world did not end. I didn’t even really consistently live-watch ANY dramas this winter 2014 season (although I watched parts of a couple winter dramas, I was not watching each weekly episode as it was airing..and I didn’t even finish those dramas >_>). Looking back, I don’t regret not watching many dramas these past couple seasons. If anything it made me realize that I don’t want or need an excess of dramas in my life. Instead I just need ‘THE’ drama that is just right for me, one that will blow away the rest of the other dramas and leave me totally amazed.
Some of you might be thinking, ‘ok, maybe I do do those things that drama-addicts do. BUT IT’S NOT A PROBLEM! I don’t need to change my drama-watching ways!’ (This, my friend, is a symptom of major denial. 😛 ) I’m not saying that everyone needs to suddenly start watching less dramas, or that drama addicts are wrong for watching as much as they can. I’m only trying to offer a different perspective to get you thinking about how you choose which dramas to watch and whether those choices have worked out well. So, I wrote up some questions that will hopefully get you thinking about your drama choices!
Look back at your drama watching history. How many…….
(My answers are in parentheses)
- really stand out to you as a must-watch/would-watch-again? (only a handful)
- are unique and unlike any other drama you have seen before? (a select few, it’s hard to find a drama that does not rely on drama cliches)
- did you just watch because of one favorite actor/actress/character? (way too many!!!!!)
- sucked/totally flopped..and yet you kept watching? (so many, WHY DIDN’T I DROP THEM!?!?)
- were just mediocre and maybe you can’t even remember their titles? (Again, tons. The funny thing is that the mediocre ones are not even as memorable as the dramas that sucked.)
My point here is that many of the dramas I watched aren’t even very memorable or worth watching. Some of them I even regret or I can’t even readily remember that I watched them. O_O” I look back on all those dramas that I barely even remember, the dramas that don’t stand out when I compare them to the must-watch dramas, the dramas that I regret watching…it makes me think, what was the point of all that? Why did I watch all those dramas if they were not in the least memorable?
Continuing onwards, here are some questions to consider as we enter the new drama season! Consider these questions in terms of the dramas you are currently watching, or the dramas you plan to watch this spring season.
For what purpose(s) are you watching these dramas? What do you want to see in them?
Is it to see a favorite actor/actress? To laugh or cry? To watch an interesting story? For excitement? To see eye candy? (I KNOW THIS IS A HUGE REASON! 😛 ) To relax? To distract yourself from your troubles in real life?
How well are these dramas fulfilling this purpose?
If a drama is not doing anything for you, just don’t watch it. A lot of people have a hard time dropping dramas, especially when they have that tiny hope that the drama might get better later on. Don’t drag it out, don’t think about the what if’s! It’s not worth it if you’re not getting anything out of the drama! And always remember that dropping a drama does not mean you will never have the chance to pick it up again. You could always check the reviews after it has finished airing to see if it is worth it to start watching again.
Are they meaningful? What message can you draw from the drama?
I think it is totally fine to watch dramas for eye candy or to see one of your favorite actors/actresses. It’s fine to watch them for pure entertainment, to pass the time, or to just relax. But I find that I often feel much more satisfied when I am getting some kind of deeper lesson from the drama. If you are feeling unsatisfied with the dramas you’re watching now, maybe it is because they are not really stimulating your mind or giving you a message to ponder about.
How long do you think you will remember this drama?
Of course, it is hard to tell whether a drama is going to be memorable (in a good way I mean) when you have only just started it. But if you think a drama is going to be memorable to you, I’d say go for it. A memorable drama is much better than one that will just fade off into the distance after you finish watching it. There are both good and bad memorable dramas, but I think I can be fond of both. O_O” It might sound weird but sometimes a drama is so bad or crazy that it ended up being a good memorable experience? LOL. As for those that are memorable in a good way, those are the kinds that I think you should seek to watch.
What is different about the dramas you’re watching? Are they unique?
Again, this goes along with whether or not the drama will be memorable. It is totally possible for a drama to be full of recycled stereotypes, 2-D characters, and a mediocre plot and still be addicting. (*cough* Last Cinderella *cough*) So I’m not saying that a drama HAS to be unique in order for it to be enjoyable.
As you can see I mainly focused on the meaning and purpose of dramas in the questions above. Of course there are many other factors to consider such as time limitations, how much of a commitment a drama is, etc. To me a drama’s purpose is very important because it really gets at the core issue of whether or not you are getting anything worthwhile from your experience. Hopefully these questions gave you something to ponder as we enter this new spring season! :3