I’m pretty open minded when it comes to picking TW dramas, since I’ll try 2/3 of the ones that come out. That doesn’t mean I’ll finish them per se – just that I’ll try an episode or two. For K Dramas and J Dramas however, I tend to be more choosy. I’ll follow actors I like, and check dramabeans/online reviews to determine whether it’s worth watching or not. That’s how I got hooked on YAB, I didn’t know any of the actors, but read the first two recaps and fell in love. 🙂 CONFESSION: I do look at how attractive I find the cast – it’s not defining, but will prompt me to start watching a drama even if I’ve never heard of them. 😛
So you know how people always say “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, I almost always judge a book by its cover—and the same mindset goes to picking dramas too… So I will usually be drawn by my favorite actors/actresses first, and then read the summary/watch the trailers. If it’s a plot I’m not super interested in, I will still watch the first few episodes because I love the actors so much, but if the plot really is disappointing/bad, I will eventually drop the drama. So in summary, actors/actresses are the first filter, and then comes the storyline!