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, historical 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.). The drama usually ends with a HEA for the H & h. (The happy ending is not ALWAYS guaranteed, but it does happen 90% of the time.)
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 Korean miniseries doesn't stretch beyond 20 episodes.
What I liked about the K-drama "Secret Garden", in particular:
- the hero was very obsessed with the heroine, and jealous;
- 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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