Post #16 – DramaFever announces that 2017 voting season is open now for their annual DramaFever Awards.  Follow this link and start voting for your favorite K-Dramas and actors, idols, kisses, romances and bromances.  A total of 19 categories are listed, from best actor and actress, to best comedy, melodrama and historic drama.  If you know them all means that you spent a lot of your 2016 and 2017 glued to the TV screen… but who am I to judge?!  Guilty as charged, I already submitted my selection for this year’s DramaFever Awards.

Tough to chose among the many great dramas and actors, here courtesy of DramaFever
Tough to chose among the many great dramas and actors, here courtesy of DramaFever

Many of the actors nominated for the DramaFever Awards are super famous such as Gong Yoo, Gong Hyo Jin, Lee Joon Ki or Joo Ah In, although I have a soft spot for some of the younger kids on the block such as Lee Sun Kyung, Seo Kang Joon, Nam Woo Hyuk, Song Jae Lim and so on – I am curious who will take the awards in 2017.  Nam-goong Min is again up for best villain because he can play a mean guy very well.  Sadly Ji Cang Wook is not nominated for best actor, although The K2 is nominated in the category of best melodrama. I had a hard time choosing my favorite comedy, I have to say, as well as the best actress since all of them are fabulous, experienced and beautifully charming. How can you choose between Shin-hye, Hyo-jin, Hye-gyo, Go-eun, So-dam and IU?  Impossible.

Voting categories in DramaFever - there are a total of 19
Voting categories in DramaFever – there are a total of 19

DramaFever deserves a warm introduction for all those who don’t know it yet.  Since I can’t say it any better than Wikipedia, below is the introductory paragraph from my favorite website about my second favorite website.  With no farther ado:

“DramaFever is a video streaming website owned by Warner Bros that offers on-demand streaming video of documentaries, movies, and TV shows with subtitles. DramaFever’s content offering is both ad-supported for regular users and available in high definition for premium subscribers.

DramaFever is available on a variety of devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, and Roku. The company’s library of international programming is one of the largest licensed U.S. collections available online, in both English and Spanish, and comprises over 15,000 episodes from 70 content partners across 12 countries.  More recently the company has branched out into co-producing television dramas. …On February 23, 2016 it became a subsidiary of Warner Bros., a division of Time Warner.”

Tips on how to watch Korean dramas: sign up for a paid subscription on DramaFever and watch unlimited hours of entertainment.  Simple, no?

Where to start? Here are some suggestions from take-kr: “You are Beautiful” (comedy); “Secret Garden” (comedy); “Coffee Prince” (comedy); “Healer” (action); “Empress Ki” (historic); “Inspiring Generation” (historic); “Like for Likes” (movie)…afterwards, chose the genre you like best and see what attracts your attention.

Mural of the drama Coffee Prince with Yoon Eun Hye and Gong Yoo
Mural of the drama Coffee Prince with Yoon Eun Hye and Gong Yoo
Historic Drama Set at MBC World
Historic Drama Set at MBC World
Figures of Ji Chang Wook and Ha Ji Won as in Empress Ki
Figures of Ji Chang Wook and Ha Ji Won as in Empress Ki

If you have any doubts about who is who, and what drama to watch, look it up also in Asianwiki.  Their synopses are longer, and there is more extensive information on the whole cast.  If you like a particular actor, you can see in DramaFever or in Asianwiki what other movies or dramas she or he is in.  Have fun!

Costumes of Ji Chang Wook and Ha Ji Won in Empress Ki
Costumes of Ji Chang Wook and Ha Ji Won in Empress Ki

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