So tvN’s Entourage begins on Friday, the first of seven dramas premiering in November, and the most recent in what seems like a long year of remakes and/or adaptations hitting dramaland. By my quick count, Entourage is the twelfth such drama we’ve had this year: Cheese in the Trap; Goodbye, Mr. Black; The Good Wife; Let’s Fight, Ghost!; Second to Last Love; Cinderella and the Four Knights; Moonlight Drawn by Clouds; Scarlet Heart: Ryeo; One Percent of Something; The Man Living in Our House; and This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair preceded it. (Am I missing any?) I believe we’re due for at least one more before the end of the year.
My drama calendar has forced me to pay a lot more attention to dramaland as a whole, and not just the shows I was interested in. I honestly have no idea how previous years have compared to this year in the remakes/adaptations department, but the grumblings I’ve seen on my corners of the internet are that 1) remakes/adaptations of beloved properties like Cheese in the Trap and Scarlet Heart can be incredibly polarizing for fans of the original and 2) there seem to be a whole lot more of them this year than before.
Personally, I have no problems with adaptations/remakes. I’ve sat through plenty of (comic-)books-turned-movies/tv-shows before (and even thought some of the movies/shows were superior, gasp!), and I’m watching and loving Elementary, which is like the eighty-billionth version of Sherlock Holmes. Several kdrama adaptations/remakes have been well received before (like Misaeng, and I adored The Three Musketeers), though fandom seems to be bitterly divided on more than one this year.
So tell me, dear readers, what do you think about kdrama remakes/adaptations? Which ones were your favorites? Which ones did you hate? How do you judge a remake if you’ve (not) consumed the original work? I want to know!