Korean Dramas To Start With

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love.

Today I have some Korean Dramas that I would recommend if you’re new to them or new to subtitles at all. If you’ve watched subbed anime, they transitioning into Kdramas would be fairly seamless. But if you’re completely new, here are some quick and easy Kdramas to watch that you really won’t need to focus on the story too much for.

I will say this now. When I originally watched these, I wasn’t looking out for anything triggering. I can’t say whether they would be triggering or not, so just be careful going into them. I know that most Asian things I read/watch are notorious for having some sort of trigger in them.

Let’s get into this!


Nail Shop Paris

I don’t really remember too much about this one. I just know that there is a lot of time spent doing nails and relationships. It was a cute and funny romance. If I remember correctly, there is a bit of a dark twist to it but I can’t be sure.

This drama follows a writer who dresses up as a male so she can work at this all male nail salon. During her journey, she learns a lot more than anticipated about these men and being in the nail saloning business (that’s not a real description but hey!).


Boys Over Flowers

I feel like this one is recommended A TON. It’s such an easy one to get into. It’s a romance that you know isn’t healthy, but you love anyway. Except me. As always, I was rooting for the underdog who I knew she wouldn’t choose.

Our main character is a poor girl who is going to a rich school on a scholarship (I believe. It’s something like that). In this school, there is a group of four men known as the F4. The are the best men in the school. She hates all of her classmates, especially the snobby F4. She ends up telling off the leader of the F4 which makes her his new target. He bullies her, but at the same time, seems to be falling for her (again, problematic, I know). But he’s not the only one.


Coffee Prince

Here’s another one kind of like Nail Shop Paris. It’s easy and fun. Cute romance, amazing actors.

This drama is about a tomboy who ends up working at a coffee shop because the owner thought she was a man. She continues this facade so she can keep her job. But things get complicated when the owner starts to fall for him/her.



TW: Depression, Suicide, Bullying

This drama is one of the darker ones that doesn’t seem like it will be. It’s one that I would recommend having at least a little experience in captions. I don’t think you’d have an issue with it. Just know that it’s super problematic at times and it’s not the greatest. I loved it when I watched it the first time.

This drama is about a girl who just transferred to a new school. She is a wonderful musician but a little odd. There’s also a boy who is a part of one of the most popular K-pop groups at the time. He ended up caught up in a scandal so he starts going to the school.


Playful Kiss

This one is another that’s based on a manga, I believe. It’s got one of the main characters from Boys Over Flowers in it, also. It’s a cute little romance and a very easy watch. Problematic but that’s okay.

If I remember correctly, the main character likes the most popular boy in her school so she confesses to him. He denies her, claiming that she’s dumb, so she decides to give up on him. Well, her mom and his dad end up getting together and they all move in together. She is trying to get over him, but he keeps doing things that make her think he might actually have feelings for her.


I hope you enjoyed this! Let me know if you’ve seen any of these and your thoughts. Also, if you enjoy Kdramas, recommend some in the comments.

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Top 5 Favorite Korean Dramas

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love.

Today I have my top 5 favorite Korean Dramas.

This isn’t going to dramas that I would recommend you start out with if you’re new to Korean dramas but they are some of my favorites. I will be making a recommendation post for newbies, but that’s not what this is.

This won’t be in any particular order. Just how I chose them off the list from MyDramaList.

Let’s get into this.


1. Descendants of the Sun

I adore this kdrama so much! It’s so addicted and if I remember correctly, was the one I watched when I got back into kdramas again.

This is drama two military doctors who are stationed in a war zone. According to MyDramaList, “the story will track both their personal and professional struggles while exploring issues about the value of life.” It’s a beautiful drama that will make you laugh and cry and have all of the feels you adore.

2. W

This is one of the ones that I don’t recommend if you’re new to Korean dramas. This is a tough one to keep track of the storyline of especially while trying to get used to reading captions instead of just listening to the words. But if you’re used to Korean dramas and haven’t seen this, PLEASE WATCH IT. It’s so good.

This story follows a woman whose father ends up going missing while working on finishing up the webtoon series he’s writing. While trying to figure out what happened to her father, she somehow ends up inside of the webtoon, laying in the blood of the main character while he’s bleeding out on a rooftop.

3. Missing You

This was one of the first Kdramas that I ever watched that was dark and wasn’t a funny romance. This one hit me hard. It was tough to watch at times. I don’t remember any of the trigger warnings but I feel like I remember there being some. I need to rewatch this one soon. (Looking at the Wikipedia page, it says there is rape and I know there’s bullying by the synopsis on MyDramaList. So be weary)

Missing You is about a woman who is the daughter of a murderer. She was bullied as a child and fell in love with the boy who protected her. Due to an accident they were separated. Now they have become reconnected as adults but our main character is in a relationship with another man.

There’s so much about this that is just so surprising. Just go into it as blind as you can and you’ll be fine. Like I said previously, just be weary of the trigger warnings and know that this Korean drama is a dark and twisted one. But I love it so much.

4. Goblin

Now, I’ve mentioned this one before and I will continue to mention it. I was kind of iffy about it when I first started, but I ended up loving it! It’s a funny little romance with a fantastical twist to it. And the banter is just fantastic.

This is about a girl who believes that she is the Goblin’s Bride because she can see something that only the Goblin’s Bride can see on the Goblin. She tries to prove that she is his bride over and over again but he doesn’t want to accept it because of the fate he would face if that’s the case. With the addition of the Grim Reaper, who is after both the Goblin and his possible bride, this becomes a jumbled mess of a story that somehow all fits together perfectly.

I feel like calling the Goblin a goblin isn’t an accurate description. He’s more of a powerful demon in my opinion.

5. I Hear Your Voice

This is probably my favorite right now. But it’s so hard to decide between all of these awesome Korean dramas. This one was just so good to me!

This is a drama about lawyer who ends up teaming up with a man who can read people’s thoughts. But the twist is that the man has been in love with the woman ever since she testified against the killer of his father.

I just loved this one so much. Maybe not one for a beginner but I’ll be getting to some good ones in another post coming soon!

I hope you enjoyed and I’ll talk to you all in the comments!

Happy Watching! Bye!


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Ten Korean Dramas That I Want To Watch

Hey everyone! Welcome back and if you’re new, I’m Amanda from A Court of Books and Love.

Today I have ten Korean Dramas that I would like to see.

Today I’m only going to be talking about ten of the Korean Dramas that I would like to watch. And it’s only going to be ones that aren’t currently still airing; well, maybe. I hope.

Let’s get into this!

1. My Secret Romance

I absolutely adore romance dramas so this one seems to be right up my alley.

2. 1% of Something (Remake)

Again, I absolutely love romances, especially when there is a rich boy involved.

3. Fated to Love You

Romantic comedy about unplanned pregnancy? Sign me up. Throw in Choi Jin Hyuk and yes yes yes!

4. Doctor Stranger

Seriously though, I would watch anything with Lee Jong Suk. He’s such a wonderful actor and a joy to watch.

5. Jealousy Incarnate

Again, anything with Jo Jung Suk, I would watch in a heartbeat. I hate that I missed out on 3 years of Korean Dramas. Time to catch up.

6. Personal Taste

“Bending the rules of ‘straight’ and ‘gay'” Sign me up! Lee Min Ho is another one that I would watch in a heartbeat, even though I wasn’t as obsessed with Heirs as everyone else.

7. Lovely Love Lie (The Liar and His Lover)

A kdrama and singing? Yup! I’m sold.

8. High End Crush

Jung Il Woo is another one. You know the drill.

9. Love and Secret

Holy crap. This one has 102 episodes. But it’s about a single mom and the father of her child returns. I can deal with 102 episodes of that. And it looks like a love triangle. Even better! Kdramas and anime seem to be the only place I enjoy love triangles.

10. Emergency Couple

Choi Jin Hyuk starring in a hospital drama. Let’s do this!

And that’s it! Let me know if you would like to see me do a try an episode tag for these! I would love to do that.

Happy Watching! Bye!

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Korean Monday: Most Anticipated March Kdramas

I decided that since I haven’t finished a Kdrama in a while, I was going to list some of the ones that I want to watch that are starting in March.

I’m going to list the ones I want to watch and give a little synopsis about it (at least what I gather). I’ll make sure to put the start date and what days they will be on. And I’ll make sure to mention who some of the actors and actresses are in it.

If you would like for me to do a “first impression” of any of these, let me know. Also, if you would rather I do episode reviews, let me know. I think if I did episode reviews, I would also add a prediction part to it. Then after the next episode, I’ll say if it happened or not.

I was going to say these are in no particular order but I looked at it again and realized they are in alphabetical order. All of the AsianWiki pages will be linked. All photos are from Google.

  1. Lovely Love Lie (The Liar and His Lover)
    This drama is based off the manga “Kanojo wa Uso o Aishisugiteru.” I’m pretty sure that I’ve read this manga before but I can’t be too sure. I plan on reading it before the show starts on March 20th.
    This drama will follow Han Kyeol, a wonderful composer that hides himself from the world. Until he meets So Rim, a high schooler with a lovely voice. And, as you can imagine, romance blossoms, I’m sure.
    This drama will be run on Mondays and Tuesdays. Lee Hyun Woo is going to be Han Kyeol and Joy of Red Velvet will be doing her first drama role as So Rim.
  2. Radiant Office
    I’m not too sure how I’m going to feel about this drama. I don’t know how it’s going to handle mental illness but it will definitely be triggering for some people. So, warning, if you’re triggered by suicide, stay clear of this drama. This will follow a woman who decides to commit suicide by jumping into the Han River. She is saved and brought to the hospital. While there, she learns that she might not have much time to live. She barely manages to get a job after that. This will follow her journey.
    It starts March 15th and will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Ko Ah Sung will be playing Eun Ho Won. Ha Seok Jin will be Seo Woo Jin.
  3. Tunnel
    This drama follows a detective that is hunting down a serial killer. When he is literally chasing this killer, he ends up running into a tunnel. When he comes out on the other side, he has gone from the year 1986 to the year 2017, where the killer has resumed the killings. Now he needs to work with a detective and a Professor of Criminal Psychology to try to catch this serial killer.
    This drama will air every Saturday and Sunday starting March 25th. It is starring Choi Jin Hyuk, Yoon Hyun Min, and Lee Yoo Young.

Top 10: Korean Actors and Actresses (Korean Mondays)

Today, I decided to talk about some of my favorite Korean actors and actresses, obviously. These are some actors/actresses that if I see in a drama or movie, I automatically want to watch it without even knowing what it’s about! This isn’t going to be in any set order, though. Just listed as I think of them! I haven’t seen every drama all of these actors/actresses have been in. So I’ll be listing who I like, why I like them (even though this portion of each will be mainly just because I love them), my favorite I’ve seen, a list of which ones I’ve seen that they’ve been in, and I’ll link to their Instagram if they have it.

  1. Kim Woo Bin
    I love Kim Woo Bin. He plays such a good bad boy that you just can’t help but to love. Every drama I’ve seen him in, I’ve been on his side of things, knowing that I probably shouldn’t be. I’d have to say my favorite drama I’ve seen him in is Uncontrollably Fond. I’ve seen The Heirs and Uncontrollably Fond. So  I haven’t seen too many with Kim Woo Bin but I still really enjoy his acting. From what I can tell, he doesn’t have Instagram.
  2. Park Shin Hye
    Park Shin Hye seems to be in all the dramas that I love. She seems to be able to play several different roles without an issue. I have seen Heartstrings, Flower Boy Next Door, The Heirs, and Pinocchio. Pinocchio is my favorite even though Heartstrings was a definitely close second. You can follow her on Instagram here!
  3. Lee Jong Suk
    The first drama that I saw Lee Jong Suk in was I Can Hear Your Voice and that’s by far my favorite that he’s been in. I just felt so much emotion in that drama. Then I saw him in Pinocchio and he automatically became a favorite of mine. I have since seen him in W and that was another drama I loved. I have yet to see him in a bad drama. You can follow him on Instagram here.
  4. Jang Geun Suk
    I feel bad. I’ve only seen him in You’re Beautiful and Love Rain, neither of which I have finished. But that hair! I do plan on watching more drama with him but as on right now since I haven’t finished either, my favorite is Love Rain. You can follow him on Instagram here.
  5. Bae Suzy
    I know a lot of people don’t like Suzy’s acting but I’m fine with it. I’ve only seen her in Dream High and Uncontrollably Fond, which is my favorite. You can tell a difference in her acting skills between the two. At least, I can. I will continue to watch more drama with her. You can follow her Instagram here.
  6. IU
    Ugh. How freaking adorable is IU? And her voice? Yes! Everything about IU is just perfection. I absolutely love her! I’ve seen Dream High and I’ve seen a lot of You’re The Best. I’d have to say Dream High because it’s the only one I’ve seen through completely and she did a great job. You can follow her Instagram here.
  7. Park Yoo Chun
    Last year there was a huge scandal surrounding Park Yoo Chun and if you would like more information, I recommend looking it up. But, I am not believing it just yet. He counter-sued for false accusations and blackmail. I am not taking sides until I know the whole truth. I would like to not get into it on this post so please keep it out of the comments. Park Yoo Chun was in the first drama I watched that gave me real adult feels. I Miss You is one of my all time favorite dramas to this day. It was the first that had me literally on the edge of my seat the whole time. It wasn’t a cheesy little romance, not that those are bad. It was very adult and I loved it. I still do.
  8. Ok Taec Yeon
    I absolutely LOVE Taec Yeon. He is definitely my bias in 2PM. I adored him in We Got Married: Global Edition. He was awesome even though I didn’t like his “wife.” I’ll continue talking about my feelings about this with the next guy! I have watched Dream High completely and started Who Are You. I’m counting Dream High as my favorite because I haven’t finished any others. You can follow him on Instagram here.
  9. Lee Hong Kilee-hong-ki
    Lee Hong Ki… Yes. Defintely. His singing voice is perfection. And not to mention, he was perfect in We Got Married. His “marriage” was so adorable that I was wishing it was real. Unfortunately, Hong Ki hasn’t been in any dramas recently. It’s been a few years. You’re Beautiful is the only show I’ve seen with Hong Ki and I haven’t finished it. I need to still. Hong Ki was so funny in it. You can follow him in Instagram here.
  10. Yoo In Na
    I’ve seen Goblin and some of You’re The Best. I’ve also started My Love From Another Star. I enjoy Yoo In Na’s acting and I really want to see her in more stuff. Everything I’ve seen her in has been a supporting character. I really want to see her as a main character. Goblin was definitely my favorite that I’ve seen her in. I don’t believe she’s got a confirmed Instagram.

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