So... I finally gave in and watched a Korean drama. It should have actually been only a couple of episodes, for starters, but it ended up being a 2-day marathon.
The K-drama was "Secret Garden", and there really are no words for how much I loved it.
I'm editing my original post and adding this information (taken from later posts) for clarification purposes:
As I see it, Korean dramas (for short: K-dramas) are stories like those found in the romance books I love, only brought to life on screen. Regardless of its genre (action/revenge, romantic comedy, melodrama, fusion sageuk etc.), a Korean drama always portrays a well-developed romantic relationship between the 2 main characters: the Hero and heroine meet, fall in love with each other, and are faced with obstacles keeping them apart (past heartbreak, personality clashes, differing social background, disapproving in-laws, opposing missions etc.). Ideally, the drama ends with a HEA for the H & h, but this is not always guaranteed.
By the way, the actors (especially those playing the main characters) are usually very attractive and the dramas, especially the newer ones, have gorgeous visuals.
K-dramas have pre-planned, terminating plots, so mostly, a K-drama doesn't stretch beyond 30 episodes.
What I liked about the K-drama "Secret Garden", in particular:
- the hero was very obsessed and jealous of the heroine;
- the love/hate relationship was resolved well before the last episode -- there was a goodsized part of the drama where the H & h were actually together, as a couple (there were still conflicts, but the H & h faced them together);
- the heroine wasn't TSTL, and once she accepted the hero, she was really loyal to him;
- the HEA. This drama made me cry and it would have left some serious scars if there hadn't been a HEA, lol. (So a HEA is crucial.)
Can you please help me find similar dramas/stories? Thank you for your help.
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