A Non-Exhaustive List of Things I Would Be Happy to Never See Again

March was a complete wash for me when it came to trying new kdramas. I bounced hard off of Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, Radiant Office, and Whisper. While April is a new month with new opportunities in the kdrama landscape, my cynical side keeps thinking about all the things I would be perfectly happy to never see in dramaland (or any sort of media, honestly) again:

  • Heroines without any female friends.
  • Fake rape/sexual assault accusations.
  • Rape/sexual assaults that center the love interest’s manpain over the woman who experienced it.
  • Rape/sexual assaults where the violation is swept aside because the victim “deserved” it or “must have secretly wanted it because she could have stopped him but didn’t.”
  • Physical strength being a stand-in for strength of character (both the moral fiber sense and the narrative sense) in female characters.
  • Female characters whose power levels fluctuate wildly depending on if it’s time to cram in another romantic scene and have men save them.
  • Violence against women being used solely for shock value.
  • “The fact that I lose my temper at you/yank you around/yell at you is proof of how much I love you because no one else can drive me this crazy.”
  • Procedurals where the murder victims are 99% female.
  • The glorification/exploitation of women’s dead bodies.
  • Obnoxious Subway product placement.
  • Redemption arcs for abusive/neglectful fathers.
  • Sweeping, dramatic OTP songs played during moments that are far from romantic.
  • CPR being treated as a romantic moment.
  • Cruelty and coldness being shorthand for romantic interest.
  • A person/organization constantly being touted as the best at X thing only to fundamentally fail at every aspect of X thing.
  • Heroines getting shoved out of the spotlight in their own damned stories by the heroes.
  • Second leads who exist solely to be romantic obstacles.
  • Fridged mothers, grandmothers, wives, lovers, and little sisters.
  • The fetishization of innocence and/or helplessness.
  • Stalker behavior being portrayed as romantic.
  • Speculative fiction elements that clearly haven’t been thought out completely or run by other people who enjoy speculative fiction.
  • “I’ve come this far; I can’t stop now.”
  • Female characters portrayed as bad/evil/lacking/unworthy because they don’t fit the mold of Ideal Woman (especially if they win approval only when they make progress toward that impossible ideal).

So what items are on your Do Not Want list? Do we have any in common? Let me know!

2 thoughts on “A Non-Exhaustive List of Things I Would Be Happy to Never See Again

  1. All of this!
    Plus adults being paired with minors. There were alot last year.

    What do you mean by “I’ve come this far; I can’t stop now.”?

    • Audrey says:

      Oh my god, I can’t believe I forgot the adults/minors thing. (Can you tell how steadfastly I avoided any of those dramas?) That definitely should be on my list.

      Oh, it’s something a villain usually says. Like, they have a moment of realization that they’re an awful person, but they’ve already done a ton of awful stuff, so they might as well keep going. It just makes me go “……..or you could stop hurting other people and turn yourself in, you know. YOU ARE CAPABLE OF ABANDONING THIS PLAN.”

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