10 Asian Drama Resolutions for 2017

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1. Watch dramas that make me laugh out loud and smile!

The past couple of years, I’ve come to value funny and positive dramas that make me laugh.  Dramas like Fuben na Benriya, Juhan Shuttai, and Gisou no Fufuu have all had a positive impact on me.  Just remembering those dramas makes me feel warm inside!

Fuben na Benriya, I love it.

 

2.  Keep notes of the best scenes in a drama, especially the ones that make me laugh.  When I need to cheer up, I can go back and rewatch a favorite scene that I KNOW will make me feel better!

I have done this for other non-drama videos.  For instance, I have some favorite youtube videos that never fail to make me smile or laugh.  When I need to boost my spirits, I go watch one of the videos.  It always helps to put a smile on my face.  So, I want to do the same thing for my favorite parts in dramas.  😀

3. Appreciate beauty in dramas and get inspired!

Sometimes I take it for granted that dramas often have a lot of beauty in them.  I included this resolution to remind myself to appreciate the aesthetics in dramas and use it as inspiration.  I don’t just mean attractive actors and actresses, mmk. 😛  I mean the fan art, stills, soundtracks, costumes, music videos, etc.  I want to stop and savor beauty, whether it be art, architecture, or a beautiful story.  It is encouraging to see how much beauty people are capable of creating!

On the other hand, I don’t want to get too influenced by the beauty standards that dramas promote.  For instance, sometimes pictures are super photoshopped so that actresses have unrealistically thin figures and glowing super pale complexions.  Beautiful actresses are often looked up to as “goddesses,” male actors as ideal men.  So, take this resolution with a grain of salt.  I want to focus on finding beauty in all people, not just celebrities.

I know I said it’s not just about actresses…but…as a big Jiang Xin fan I gotta include this picture!!!
Promotional poster featuring Yang Mi in her upcoming c-drama Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossom.
Official concept art for upcoming c-drama Zhaoge
Appreciating the embroidery, colors, and fabrics in Legend of Zhen Huan

4.  Find and watch more dramas that have empowering, realistic female roles.

Found one already! Seirei no Moribito!

I often feel a disconnect with the female characters represented in dramas.  Many times they are written unrealistically or even disrespectfully.  As a female viewer, it is discouraging seeing how even dramas that are oriented towards a female audience can be sexist.  I want to watch more dramas with female characters that I can relate to and look up to.  The same goes for male characters!

5.  Keep my expectations for upcoming dramas at bay.

I tend to hype up upcoming dramas that I’m really excited about.  When they don’t turn out as good as I was expecting, it’s just disappointing.  I can’t expect every drama to live up to my expectations.

6.  Choose quality dramas, but don’t expect them to match up to my favorites.

When I was younger, I used to harp on and on about how I wanted quality dramas and not average ones.  I used to put some of my favorite dramas on a pedestal, which resulted in me holding each new drama to an incredibly high standard.  The inevitable result is dissatisfaction.  I cannot keep on looking for a drama that will be like my other favorites.  Every drama will be different and rightfully so.  Guess what!  I don’t want a drama exactly like Nirvana in Fire or Legend of Zhen Huan!   I trust that there are other great dramas out there….they just not be “great” in the ways I expect them to be.  Also, there’s nothing wrong with watching an “average” drama to relax. 😉

7.  Don’t use dramas to procrastinate!!!  Instead, use dramas as a reward for not procrastinating.

This has been one of my goals in previous years as well.  T_T  Clearly I’m still working on it.  The point is, when I’m consciously procrastinating by watching a drama, it doesn’t feel good.  Because I’m still thinking about what I gotta do after the drama ends, or I’m feeling guilty about procrastinating.  I’d rather use dramas as a way to motivate myself to not procrastinate.

8.  Accept that my writing does not have to be perfect–it never will be, anyways.

I want to be less of a perfectionist when it comes to writing blog posts.  I usually revise my rough drafts several times and take a long time to finish each post.  I don’t want to let perfectionism get in the way of enjoying blogging!

9.  Don’t force myself to watch anything.  Don’t feel obligated to commit to finishing a drama.

Sometimes I keep on watching in the hopes that the show will get better.  But usually I just know when a drama and I are not in sync.  So, I’d rather just drop it rather than forcing myself to get through it.

10. Be balanced.

Ultimately, I want to have a balance.  I don’t want to watch too many dramas or prioritize them above other important things, nor do I want to have too high expectations.  But I want to watch the ones that really matter…and I want to believe that 2017 has some unexpected drama surprises in store for me!


Happy New Year, everyone. 🙂  I’d like to leave you with a quote for this new year of 2017:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.  So throw off the bowlines.  Sail away from the safe harbor.  Catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore.  Dream.  Discover.”

–Mark Twain

Let me know what your hopes are for this year’s drama watching! 😀

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I'm heisui, an Asian drama blogger and the creator of My Drama Tea. I love stories and writing, so I watch dramas and blog. I especially have a penchant for Japanese and Chinese dramas, and those hidden gems that are waiting to be discovered. Oh, and I'm Legend of Zhen Huan-obsessed!
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  • A very good list and very appropriate for those of us that are no longer in our honeymoon period of drama watching. My favourite is #4, #8 and a variation of #1. Make me laugh, make me smile but more than anything give me that drama that touches my soul.

  • I like your suggestions. One of mine that fits in with #10 is to watch when I’m more awake. I tend to watch things late at night when work and family life are all done – but I only remember about half! Tonight I’m rematching Go Princess Go because I obviously fell asleep at one point and forgot most of the plot. It fits into #1 but definitely NOT #4!

  • Heisui, as usual a great post. I blogged off and on (mostly off) for a while and finally gave it up. It just took too much time. I was like you – I would spend a ton of time researching and editing, and finally it was just too much. I didn’t enjoy it enough to spend so much time at it, and I never got many views anyway. On the other hand, your blog is always well written, and your posts are insightful and helpful, so I really appreciate the time you take to write it, and I hope you’ll continue!

    As for drama watching – I think I’m not very picky. I mostly watch to practice and learn Mandarin (or so I tell myself!), but I definitely agree with you that light-hearted and happy dramas are a very welcome break from angsty or violent shows. “Love Me if You Dare” was a fantastic series, in my opinion, but I couldn’t watch too many episodes close together – I’d go watch something light and silly for a while to clear my head.

    Finally, JIang Xin! She’s just too beautiful and an amazing actress. If she’s in a drama, it’s pretty much a lock that it will be good (at least she will be!). Will there ever be another series as good as Legend of Zhen Huan? Maybe – but very few.

  • I just love how in many posts Legend of Zhen Huan always shows up at some point. It’s what got me here as well. Somewhere end 2015 I was randomly browsing Netflix, and I saw a Chinese series of 6 episodes. I decided to watch it, not having watched any Asian drama before, and knowing nothing about the life in the Forbidden City / Concubine ranks, etc. No surprise it took me some time to get through the series, but then I found the full subtitled version on Viki and watched all 76 episodes. Many things fell into place but still some things stayed unclear and/or took some time to figure out. (For example the use of names of concubines in the subtitles, I remember first episodes used Consort of Glory / Modesty / Regularity .. when later on it suddently became Hua Fei.
    Anyway, your reviews – and also the comments to it – really helped me to understand the series and it got me hooked. I would love to see another historical drama and be guided by those reviews. So I completely second the commenter just above me.
    Oh, one more thing I want to say about the subtitles – what I mentioned earlier is absolutely not meant to discredit anyone’s effort. Without the subtitles and the time people spent on it, I wouldn’t have been able at all to watch it, so all credit to them.

  • Hi Hei sui,
    I totally agree with all of your resolutions. Why are we making our lives harder and not easier? DUH. Life is difficult as it is… Take it easy and learn to let go and wait for things to come and go.
    I am still learning from my doggie – Live and stay in the present!

    I love all your pictures… designs of the chinese gowns are gorgeous and so pretty!
    My new cdrama crush is 3 lives 3 world… Mark Chao is nailing Ye hua and Mo Yuan roles respectfully!
    Yang mi is ok… Have u watch it yet?

    Thank you for your time and thoughts!
    We appreciate it!

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