129 episodes

We’re Saya, Anisa, and Paroma. Three women of South Asian descent, brought up in three different continents, as diverse in our cultural outlooks as we are in our accents. With our powers of drama analysis combined, we formed Dramas Over Flowers: a podcast that lets us work through our joys and frustrations of drama watching.

Dramas Over Flowers Saya, Anisa, and Paroma

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 44 Ratings

We’re Saya, Anisa, and Paroma. Three women of South Asian descent, brought up in three different continents, as diverse in our cultural outlooks as we are in our accents. With our powers of drama analysis combined, we formed Dramas Over Flowers: a podcast that lets us work through our joys and frustrations of drama watching.

    When Dramas Ruin You For Real Life (Audio From KPSN Conference)

    When Dramas Ruin You For Real Life (Audio From KPSN Conference)

    Have the perfection of drama story lines ever made it hard for you to accept reality? It has for us, and that's what we are discussing on this episode.
    This is actually a recording from a livestream we did last year during the K-Pop Social Night Conference, so if you notice that the audio is funky, don't blame us, blame the internet. Terrible stuff. Hee.

    • 57 min
    2021 in Dramaland: Year End Yak Part 2 (The Goguma Awards)

    2021 in Dramaland: Year End Yak Part 2 (The Goguma Awards)

    Welcome, welcome to Part 2 of our year-end celebration gala! With no less than 28 different awards, this not so much a Yak as it is a Mammoth Marathon, as we try to conquer the highs and lows of Dramaland 2021 in the space of two wild hours.
    If you've listened to Part 1, you may already know that we thought this was going to be in 2 parts (big mistake!), but it ended up being 3 - so happy new year and we'll see you in Part 3!
    TIMESTAMPS
    00:01:06 - The Most Hallyutastic Drama
    00:09:37 - The Biggest Ideas, Bestestly Done
    00:20:53 - The Title Most Lost in Translation
    00:24:40 - Best Use of Covid
    00:29:20 - Best Use of Music and Sound
    00:38:13 - The Drama That Was Worth Every Minute
    00:42:44 - The Justest Vigilante
    00:45:55 - Most Worksmart Drama
    00:55:41 - The Squishiest Drama
    01:02:35 - I Will Go Down With This Ship
    01:06:22 - Fantastic First Halves, Stupid Seconds
    01:16:01 - We’re Still Doing This, Dramaland?
    01:21:31 - Drama With an Identity Crisis
    01:23:28 - Most Bizarre Treatment of Disability
    01:31:03 - Most Difficult to Finish (But We Did)
    01:33:29 - Biggest Waste of Starpower
    01:36:30 - Best Action Woman
    01:39:06 - Best Person Pretending to Be Another Person
    01:42:15 - 1 Actor, 2 Dramas: The Quickfire Round
    01:47:30 - Busiest Bee Award
    01:48:37 - !!SECRET AWARD!!
    01:49:45 - Most Electric Adversarial Banmal
    01:54:44 - Most Memorable Side Character
    01:56:59 - Best 주인공 (Main Character) Face
    01:58:17 - Most Manhwa Face
    02:00:33 - Most Viral Moment
    02:00:56 - Baby Who Grew the Most
    02:02:53 - Unni Who Never Ages
    LINKS:
    Our Spotify playlist for https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7GQDgTD7x9KVBUFPV8TIrR?si=48bed91200e34f9fandnd=1 (Best OSTs of 2021)
    Paroma's video essay on My Roommate is a Gumiho: https://youtu.be/xjZSWDz5Zuo (Her Supernatural Boyfriend Is Toxic and Dangerous)
    Our https://dramasoverflowers.net/2022/01/09/122-2021-in-dramaland-year-end-yak-part-2-the-goguma-awards/ (Goguma Awards blog post) listing the winners


    DON'T MISS:
    https://dramasoverflowers.captivate.fm/episode/121 (Episode 121: Year End Yak Part 1 (Trends))
    Episode 123: Year End Yak Part 3 (TBR 17 Jan '22)


    THANK YOU to our beloved patrons for another year of helping us light the lanterns to sail our ship!
    https://mailchi.mp/b0dea407c384/untitled-page (Grab your copy of our free 2021 K-drama Tracker) to see how many dramas you finished and dropped last year!
    https://mailchi.mp/da35d1e06207/dramas-over-flowers-newsletter (Join our newsletter for monthly updates) and podcast episode roundups!
    Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/dramasoverflow (@dramasoverflow) and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dramasoverflowers_/ (@dramasoverflowers_).
    Email us at dramasoverflowers@gmail.com. We love emails!
    https://www.patreon.com/dramasoverflowers (Support us on Patreon) or by leaving a review on the podcast app of your choice, or simply by telling your friends.
    Dramas Over Flowers is part of the https://frolic.media/podcasts/ (Frolic Podcast Network).
    This episode was edited by Saya.

    • 2 hr 5 min
    2021 in Dramaland: Year End Yak Part 1 (Trends)

    2021 in Dramaland: Year End Yak Part 1 (Trends)

    Welcome to Part 1 of our Year End Yak. In this episode, we discuss the stories, trends, controversies, and fall out from dramaland in 2021. And when Saya, Anisa, and Paroma are done, our listeners and guests chime in with their insightful commentary on the year that passed.
    Have a very happy new year, everyone!
    TIMESTAMPS:
    05:00 - Shorter Streaming Dramas
    10:17 - Getting Netflix to Pay For Data Consumption
    14:13 - Bullying Scandals
    16:21 - Snowdrop Controversy
    21:01 - Work-life Focused Dramas
    23:54 - Vigilantism On the Rise
    28:47 - Idol Dramas
    30:05 - Higher Budgets in Webtoon Adaptations
    33:11 - Listener and Guest Notes on Drama Trends
    The voice notes were sent by (in order of appearance): Staci, Anja, Dr. Chi, Granny, Ingatkayo, Jen, JustMe, Kfangurl, Merisoo, and Tina. Thank you so much for joining us on this episode! 3
    AFTER THIS, CHECK OUT
    Episode 122: Year End Yak Part 2 (to be released on 10 Jan '22)
    Episode 123: Year End Yak Part 3 (to be released on 17 Jan '22)
    THANK YOU BELOVED PATRONS!
    Download our https://mailchi.mp/b0dea407c384/untitled-page (free 2021 Kdrama tracker) to see how many shows you watched and dropped this year.
    https://mailchi.mp/da35d1e06207/dramas-over-flowers-newsletter (Join our newsletter for monthly updates) and podcast episode roundups!
    Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/dramasoverflow (@dramasoverflow) and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dramasoverflowers_/ (@dramasoverflowers_).
    Email us at dramasoverflowers@gmail.com.
    https://www.patreon.com/dramasoverflowers (Support us on Patreon) or by leaving a review on the podcast app of your choice, or simply by telling your friends.
    Dramas Over Flowers is part of the https://frolic.media/podcasts/ (Frolic Podcast Network).
    This episode was edited by Paroma

    • 51 min
    Run On | The Spoiled Yak

    Run On | The Spoiled Yak

    It’s the end of the year and as we all reflect on the dramas we loved in 2021, we thought it would be a good time to release this Spoiled Yak on one of our favorites—Run On. Our friend, Seoulbeats editor Rimi, joins Anisa Paroma for a long and detailed squee session about the show. If it sounds familiar, that’s because we actually recorded this in a livestream on Valentines day. In the spirit of Mi-joo’s movie madness, our topic headings for this Spoled Yak are all film references. Listen and relive the feels for this incredibly well-written, moving, hilarious show.
    Links:
    http://seoulbeats.com/author/Rimi/ (Rimi's articles) on Seoulbeats
    https://dramasoverflowers.net/2021/02/13/drama-addict-diary-run-on-again-pride-and-prejudice-and-k-pop-novels/ (Saya's Drama Addict Diary) where she coined the perfect term "Noppa".
    Anisa's 2021 Year in Review, which is, fittingly, full of movie references and love for Run On.
    Other Episodes We Think You’ll Like:
    https://dramasoverflowers.captivate.fm/episode/83-the-little-yak-run-on (Episode 83) - Our Little Yak on Run On's first half
    https://player.captivate.fm/episode/d7390a1f-944d-4ebc-a5dd-9d96ecb2696e?t=1146 (Episode 87) - Our non-spoilery final thoughts on Run On in The Long Yak
    https://dramasoverflowers.net/?p=4929 (Thank you beloved Patrons!)
    Download our https://mailchi.mp/b0dea407c384/untitled-page (free 2021 Kdrama tracker) to see how many shows you watched and dropped this year.
    https://mailchi.mp/da35d1e06207/dramas-over-flowers-newsletter (Join our newsletter for monthly updates) and podcast episode roundups!
    Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/dramasoverflow (@dramasoverflow) and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dramasoverflowers_/ (@dramasoverflowers_).
    Email us at dramasoverflowers@gmail.com.
    https://www.patreon.com/dramasoverflowers (Support us on Patreon) or by leaving a review on the podcast app of your choice, or simply by telling your friends.
    Dramas Over Flowers is part of the https://frolic.media/podcasts/ (Frolic Podcast Network).
    This episode was edited by Anisa.

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Sisyphus: The Myth | The Spoiled Yak

    Sisyphus: The Myth | The Spoiled Yak

    Saya and Paroma sit down for a good gab about jTBC's 10-year anniversary drama, Sisyphus: The Myth, that aired earlier in the year, starring Park Shin-hye and Jo Seung-woo. We discuss why it wasn't a perfect show, but also the things that were perfectly done despite it. We're optimistic about the future of sci-fi in the K-drama realm, though, and the lush scope of Sisyphus gets us really excited! Come and listen!
    Note: At times, we (mainly Saya) use the name 'Seung-bok' to refer to Eddy Kim. They are the same person!
    LINKS:
    https://dramasoverflowers.net/tag/sisyphus-the-myth/ (Our reviews on our blog)
    https://vimeo.com/553761061 (The moment - the music - that sucked Saya in)
    Paroma's video essay: Thttps://youtu.be/RfEEpzaCvqI (he Real Hero of Sisyphus is Seo-hae)
    OTHER EPISODES WE THINK YOU'LL LIKE:
    https://dramasoverflowers.captivate.fm/episode/94-tly-vincenzo-hello-me-go-back-couple (Episode 94): The Long Yak where Anisa discusses why she dropped Sisyphus
    https://dramasoverflowers.captivate.fm/episode/85-stream-wars-ratings-kings-upcoming-sisyphus-river-where-the-moon-rises-vincenzo (Episode 85): WUID episode where we preview Sisyphus before it airs
    JOIN IN THE YEAR-END FUN!
    https://www.dropbox.com/request/YKH2VwXcRAoFNylnpL7P (Upload your voice note) for the Year-End Yak
    https://airtable.com/shrYPdJ4mlza9mZXu (Vote in our listener poll) for the 3rd Annual Goguma Awards
    https://mailchi.mp/b0dea407c384/untitled-page (Grab your copy of our free 2021 K-drama Tracker) to see how many dramas you finished and dropped this year!
    https://mailchi.mp/da35d1e06207/dramas-over-flowers-newsletter (Join our newsletter for monthly updates) and podcast episode roundups!
    Participate in https://twitter.com/hashtag/DramasOver2021?src=hashtag_click (#DramasOver2021 with us on Twitter)
    Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/dramasoverflow (@dramasoverflow) and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dramasoverflowers_/ (@dramasoverflowers_).
    Email us at dramasoverflowers@gmail.com.
    https://frolic.media/podcasts/ (Support us on Patreon) or by leaving a review on the podcast app of your choice, or simply by telling your friends.
    Dramas Over Flowers is part of the https://frolic.media/podcasts/ (Frolic Podcast Network).
    This episode was edited by Saya and Paroma.

    • 1 hr 17 min
    December Premieres: Our Beloved Summer | Uncle | Bad & Crazy | Snowdrop | The Silent Sea

    December Premieres: Our Beloved Summer | Uncle | Bad & Crazy | Snowdrop | The Silent Sea

    In our final What's Up in Dreamland of the year—what.—Anisa and Paroma discuss December premieres, with a meaningful tangent about political protest. As we anticipated during recording, The Silent Sea does now have an airdate and will be dropping on Dec 24.
    There are plenty of ways you can participate in Dramas Over Flowers' year-end festivities. See the links below to join us!
    Links:
    https://www.dropbox.com/request/YKH2VwXcRAoFNylnpL7P (Upload your voice note) for the Year-End Yak
    https://airtable.com/shrYPdJ4mlza9mZXu (Vote in our listener poll) for the 3rd Annual Goguma Awards
    https://mailchi.mp/b0dea407c384/untitled-page (Fill out our free 2021 K-drama Tracker) to see how many dramas you finished and dropped this year.
    https://mailchi.mp/da35d1e06207/dramas-over-flowers-newsletter (Join our newsletter for monthly updates) and podcast episode roundups!
    Participate in https://twitter.com/hashtag/DramasOver2021?src=hashtag_click (#DramasOver2021 with us on Twitter)
    Timestamps:
    00:02:42 The One and Only (postponed to 20th Dec, 2021)
    00:08:32 Our Beloved Summer
    00:14:11 Artificial City
    00:22:12 Uncle
    00:28:58 Bad and Crazy
    00:33:20 Snowdrop
    00:46:57 Bulgasal: Immortal Souls
    00:52:33 When Flowers Bloom, I Think of the Moon
    00:59:06 The Silent Sea
    Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/dramasoverflow (@dramasoverflow) and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dramasoverflowers_/ (@dramasoverflowers_).
    Email us at dramasoverflowers@gmail.com.
    https://www.patreon.com/dramasoverflowers (Support us on Patreon) or by leaving a review on the podcast app of your choice, or simply by telling your friends.
    Dramas Over Flowers is part of the https://frolic.media/podcasts/ (Frolic Podcast Network).
    This episode was edited by Anisa and Sripradha.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

subscriber already! ,

My favorite Kdrama podcast by far

I was searching for a podcast to help me process a couple of K dramas that haunt me still. This one is by far the most interesting, nuanced and intelligent. There’s something about the conversational format that brings out unexpected insights. I also appreciate the literally global viewpoints and perspectives.

This podcast has demonstrated to me, a Korean-American, why K dramas have become the international phenomenon they are and why they are worthy of being evaluated as works of art. Brava!

strawberryblueberryraspberry ,

Always makes me laugh and smile

What a joy of a podcast! To be honest, I haven't been keeping up with kdramas, but I enjoy listening to Saya, Paroma, and Anisa so much that I stay updated with the podcast episodes despite not watching any of the dramas! It's really fun to listen to them discuss dramas, life, and the broader sociopolitical context. Highly recommend!!

LA Zen ,

Great podcast for Kdrama reviews and analysis

Excellent analysis-goes deep beyond just a critique of the entertainment value of a show. Entertaining, smart conversation. I turn to this show both for recommendations about to watch next, as well as to help me think through some of the larger issues portrayed in the dramas. Highly recommended!

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