10 Questions to Reflect on Your Year in Dramas 2015
It’s that time of year again, the time when I look back and reflect on the year that is coming to a close. Reflecting on the past year puts things into perspective and helps me be more grateful for what has come to pass. I’ve written up 10 questions to review this year in dramas:
- How many dramas did you watch this year? Dropped? Completed?
- If you had to describe your year in dramas with three words, what would they be?
- What drama was the most memorable for you? Why?
- What was your favorite drama theme song this year?
- What was your favorite drama quote?
- What was your favorite drama picture (still, screenshot, etc.)?
- What was the most important lesson you learned from 2015 dramas?
- How has your taste in dramas changed or stayed the same in 2015?
- What drama-watching habits can you improve on in this coming year?
- What are you thankful for this year?
1) How many dramas did you watch this year? Dropped? Completed? Incomplete?
Looking back on this year, I realize that I only finished one jdrama. I dropped all the rest or left a couple dramas incomplete. I felt that most of the jdramas this year either did not appeal to me or gradually lost my interest as I continued watching them. I have no regrets though, because the one jdrama that I chose to stick with was one of my favorite dramas of the year. My c-drama watching record is better this year though…and it’s no surprise that all the c-dramas I watched are period ones. Heh.
- C-dramas: 2 incomplete, 2 completed.
- Hua Xu Yin–Incomplete.
- Empresses in the Palace (Legend of Zhen Huan US Version)–Complete.
- Da Mo Yao (Sound of the Desert)–Complete.
- Nirvana in Fire–Currently watching.
- Xin Bu Bu Jing Xin (Movie)–Complete.
- Tw-dramas: 1 dropped.
- Youth Power–Dropped.
- J-dramas: 1 complete, 2 incomplete, 5 dropped.
- Fuben na Benriya–Complete.
- Gisou no Fuufu–Incomplete.
- Okashi no Ie–Dropped after 7 eps…but might continue watching it again.
- Ryuusei no Wagon–Dropped after 3 eps.
- Tantei no Tantei–Dropped after a few eps.
- 37.5°C no Namida–Dropped after a few eps.
- Ouroboros–Dropped after 2 eps.
- Otona Joshi–Dropped after 1 ep.
2) If you had to describe your year in dramas with three words, what would they be?
- Selective–I have gotten more and more selective throughout these past couple years. If a drama isn’t working out for me, I’ll drop it right then and there.
- Change–I had a lot of changes in my drama hobby this year as I started self-hosting my blog, went on hiatus, and worked on moderating my drama-watching.
- Relaxing–Although I had some stressful times in my drama-ing this year, as a whole, dramas & blogging remain a tool of relaxation and creativity.
3) What 2015 drama was the most memorable for you? Why?
Fuben na Benriya was the most memorable 2015 drama for me, even though other dramas that I wrote about such as Da Mo Yao and Nirvana in Fire were arguably more popular and well-received. The thing about Fuben na Benriya is that it’s so bizarre, weird and just downright hilarious that it will forever have a fond place in my memory.
4) What was your favorite drama theme song this year?
5) What was your favorite drama quote?
“The story of his own doesn’t exist. He should make a story with a lot of people. And nobody knows the ending. That’s why real life is the best story.”
-Batsu-san; Fuben na Benriya
This quote is from Fuben na Benriya, the drama I mentioned in question #3. I suppose the quote speaks for itself. Is a story ever 100% yours? Is your own life full of only your own experiences? Life is shared, as are stories and experiences. Unpredictability is often regarded with fear and utter dread. Yet this drama shows that spontaneity and uncertainty are a part of the beauty of life. Unpredictability can be fun too, not just full of fear and anxiety.
6) What was your favorite drama picture (still, screenshot, etc.)?
I couldn’t narrow it down to one favorite picture, so instead I put A LOT of favorite stills/screenshots, HEHE:
7) What was the most important lesson you learned from 2015 dramas?
I never went on a hiatus until this year. I reached a point when I was just too busy to manage with blogging, watching dramas, and doing other drama stuff along with taking care of myself. I was over-committed which only resulted in stress. So I finally took the plunge and declared hiatus–twice. I knew that it was the best decision to make for myself; denying it and just blindly going at a fast pace would do me no good. For me the benefit was not that I immediately abstained from dramas or blogging–which some people on hiatus do–but that I took a step back. I distanced myself so that I could have the space I needed in my life to relax and focus on other things.
The lesson I got out of this experience: When you’re overwhelmed, over-committed or overly stressed, the first step to take is to just take a step back. If you already know the best decision you can make for YOU, then do it. Self-care is important, and sometimes watching dramas is not self-care.
8) How has your taste in dramas changed or stayed the same in 2015?
Overall I feel that my taste in dramas has somewhat remained the same: I still enjoy period c-dramas and am always on the search for a quirky feel-good slice-of-life j-drama. As for changes in my taste, I watched a comedy (Fuben na Benriya) which I don’t normally do, and I even delved into a political c-drama even though I generally don’t dig period politics. I have stayed away from rom-coms as of late, just not in the mood for them.
9) What drama-watching habits can you improve on in this coming year?
I have a whole list of drama-related habits that I can improve on. I realized this when I started my Drama Detox series (which, by the way, I am still planning on continuing). One issue I’d like to work on in this coming year is procrastination. I want to stop using dramas as a means of procrastination!
10) What are you thankful for this year?
I’m thankful for a lot of things, but I will keep this drama-related:
- I’m thankful that I was able to self-host my blog this year.
- I’m thankful for all my readers and supporters.
- I’m thankful that I got to know some new drama bloggers this year.
- I’m thankful that I watched some great dramas.
- I’m thankful that I have gotten this far to complete this year of blogging.
- I’m thankful for the Internet.
- I’m thankful that more Chinese dramas have been subbed this year.
That’s it for my review of my year in dramas, 2015. I hope these questions gave you some interesting topics to think about. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments or write your own answers on your blog. 🙂