Sometimes, you find yourself wondering why a movie so epic has to end so soon, like an hour or two can feel like it's not enough.
We know sequels and spin-offs to our favorite rom-coms might be unnecessary, so how about we give you other options instead? Keep yourself entertained with these K-dramas when you're trying to get over your romantic faves or while waiting for the next movie that totally wins your heart.
You Loved: 13 Going 30
Jennifer Garner's portrayal of a teenager who finds herself fast-forwarding to the her "thirty, flirty, and thriving" self was totally ~*iconic*~. Remember how psyched she was when she realized she had her dream house, an amazing career, and, not to mention, actual boobs?!
Try Watching: Still 17
In Still 17, the young heroine (Shin Hye Sun) finds herself waking up to a life she's surprised to have. But in her case, she wakes up from a coma and gains more struggles as a middle-class 30-something woman. Similar to the Hollywood movie, though, this K-drama relives young, innocent love and offers that feel-good vibe anyone stressed at adulting would appreciate.
You Loved: To All The Boys I've Loved Before
The Netflix movie is everyone's new obsession right now—and for good reason. Who wouldn't be intrigued (and maybe cringe till eternity) to know what happens if your secret love letters suddenly get read by your secret crushes? The chemistry between the charming Lara Jean Covey (Lana Condor) and the oh-so-dreamy Peter Kavinsky (Noah Centineo) swept everyone away, too.
Try Watching: Weightlifting Fairy: Kim Bok Joo
If you enjoyed the light romance and humor from To All The Boys I've Loved Before, let Weightlifting Fairy: Kim Bok Joo be your primer to the K-drama world (or re-watch it if you've seen it already!) The series shows you exactly how it is to be young, in love, and awkward when it comes to romance. Lee Sung Kyung and Nam Joo Hyuk make sure you get a healthy dose of kilig, and the latter will surely remind you of that crush that your teen self couldn't get over.
You Loved: About Time (the British movie)
Time travel has always been such a fun concept to watch, but in the British flick, About Time, it was equal parts romantic, hilarious, and heartbreaking. The protagonist in the film is able to go back in time and make some alterations that have a big, life-changing impact on his future. However, he finds that not everything can be changed, especially if it's something as constant as death.
Try Watching: About Time (the Korean drama series)
Death as a definite, haunting part of life is also seen throughout Lee Sung Kyung's comeback K-drama, About Time. But instead of being able to travel through time, Sung Kyung's character is able to see the lifespan of other people and her own. She dreads the end of hers, especially since she still wants to make it as a musical actress. The plot thickens when she meets a man that makes her time stop.
You Loved: Crazy Rich Asians
This much-anticipated movie has blown everyone away. Fans of the book raved about how entertaining this adaptation was. Crazy Rich Asians is about Rachel Chu (played by Constance Wu), an average New Yorker that fell in love with the charming Nick Young (played by Henry Golding). Little did she know, his life back home in Singapore was far from average—it was crazy rich! How she adapts to this unknown world is where all the thrilling plot twists happen.
Try Watching: Princess Hours or The Heirs
You only need to look to two OG "Koreanovelas" of the mid-2000s for a variation of the plot. In both series, an average girl finds herself in a far-from-average circumstance where royalty and riches are the norms. The best part? It's going to be hard to choose among the heroine's spunky character, the LOL-worthy scenes, and the super cute and kilig-filled love lines!
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