1. Widen how I select a Series to watch. I often watch a series based based on the leading man starring in it. In 2020, I plan to expand my criteria for series selection to include:
a. Writers – Review after review I cite the writer before the actors and the production team. The saying is true; “If it isn’t on the page, it isn’t on the stage”. I plan to select series from proven writers not just the actors I love. Winning 2019/18 writers I will watch out for future series:
** Chae Seung Dae (My Country – The New Age). This was my first series from Writer Chae, but this compelling series has made me want watch future series.
** Kim Young Hyun and Park Sang Yeon (Arthdal Chronicles). This was my first time enjoying Writers Kim and Park. Based on my enjoyment of this series and My Country, I have started watching a previous series Six Flying Dragons from these writers.
** Park Ji Eun (Crash Landing Into You). Though early in this series, Writer Park wrote The Legend of the Blue Sea which I enjoyed in 2016.
** Kim Yi Young (Haechi). This was first series I sampled by this writer. In this chess game of a series she delivered a consistent message “never give up fighting for what you believe in” that the core characters (good and evil) adhered to.
** Kim Eun Sook (Mr. Sunshine, Goblin, Descendants of the Sun, etc.). Writer Kim has penned superb series and I’m looking forward to 2020’s The King: The Eternal Monarch.
** Kim Hee Won (Money Flower, Warm and Cozy, Fated to Love You). I adored Money Flower though Jang Hyuk’s performance was a huge reason why, felt Warm and Cozy was light fluff, and enjoyed Fated to Love You where again Jang Hyuk’s performance was crucial. I did not watch 2019’s The Crowned Clown. Did you?
b. Leading Ladies – I plan to select series starring proven female actors not just the male actors I love. The list of female actors I’ll follow will be a work in progress throughout 2020. As I write this I there are few leading ladies that I’ll watch a series for. Kim Tae Hee is one and I’ll be watching her new series, Hi Bye Mama, in February 2020. Seo Ye Ji is another whose March 2020 series, Psycho But It’s Okay I plan to watch. I’ve also enjoyed Yoo In Na in Goblin and Touch Your Heart. I’m unaware of any 2020 series she’s starring in.
c. Stories that catch my fancy – This year I plan to watch a series that seem interesting because of the synopsis provided. I don’t do much research on new series, there are plenty of blogs out there that do that for me (kdramakisses comes to mind). I still won’t watch trailers before a series starts as I prefer a spoiler free viewing experience.
2. Timely Recaps. Time to blog was a challenge in 2019, forcing me to reduce the number of series I recapped in parallel. No more than two series at a time worked. I’ll keep this up in 2020, providing timely recaps within the constraints my real life allows.