Pride and Prejudice (Series Review)

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Editor’s Note: I would never be able to write a concise review for this show, but it deserves one. It was unusual, thoughtful, and revealed a lot about the post-Sewol zeitgeist in Korea. So when my friend and Dramabeans recapper Saya didn’t have room for Pride and Prejudice in her end-of-2015 wrap-up, I grabbed the chance … Read more

Man Tears (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

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Somewhere in the second act of Queen of Reversals—the third K-drama I ever watched—I saw the most amazing, unbelievable thing. The second lead cries while sleeping. As he rests in the passenger seat of his car, with the heroine at the wheel, he appears to be sound asleep. But then, one lone tear slowly trickles … Read more

How to Describe K-Dramas to Friends and Critics (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

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Good morning! There’s nothing I’m excited about in currently airing shows, so I’m catching up on old stuff: watching King of High School Savvy for the first time (absurd but, boy, does it make me smile) and working on my Deep Thoughts about how to explain K-dramas to the non-fan crowd. Here are some of the … Read more

What’s with K-Drama Angst? (Elements of K-Drama Style Series)

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The weather is beautiful today on the American East Coast, just like it was 14 years ago today. I was living in Brooklyn, then, working on a graduate degree in Middle East studies. September 11, 2001, was a long day for all of us living in New York, a long day for many around the … Read more

K-Drama Ratings: “Pride and Prejudice” vs “Healer”?

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See also my reports on February’s top shows and March’s top shows. Television ratings are like K-drama award shows: they don’t say everything about the quality of a show, but they do make a big difference to the industry. The whole existence of scripted television relies on producers’ belief that telling stories is a good … Read more

Pride and Prejudice (Korean) Finale: 10 Reasons the Ending is Brilliant

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“Pride and Prejudice” stays loyal to its dark message in episode 21. From the beginning, “Pride and Prejudice” has depicted justice as elusive. Fictional lawyers on television can usually get the verdict they want. Whatever the flaws in the system, they can be overcome by a main character with the right stuff. Or perhaps overcome … Read more