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Chinese TV programmes exceptionally dramatic?

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Ever seen Eastenders or Coronation Street? And compared it to a US soap opera, a Latin American telenovela, a South Korean 아침 드라마?


Stereotyped plot lines are the bread and butter of all of these, and of the human condition. Plenty of love triangles (/ other polygons) in Eastenders. 

Lack of action is found in most soaps; dramatic close ups are a feature in every other episode of Eastenders.


As for the differences in facial expression, this is perhaps true of the acting style and the soap drama ecosystem - could we draw stereotypical reflections about how cold and reserved British people are (until Phil comes back, there's a stabbing, or the Queen Vic is on fire again...?). I would think better of it to be honest.


There is a nonetheless a market for melodrama in the Chinese (and the general Asian, and the Latin American) markets, which tends to be relatively under-appreciated in the British market.


Also, the lack of music in the British soap opera industry is in contrast to the Chinese, where audio effects play a lot more of the effect. British dramas on the other hand do include a lot of soundtrack, but still behind US dramas. 


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On 2019/8/14 at 9:59 AM, 杰.克 said:

These where 我的亲爹和后爸 , 一又二分之一的夏天 and 浪花一朵朵.

Maybe watch some better shows ;)


Chinese movies feel a lot like European movies to me, just a lot more bleak. They are quite calm, which is a stark contrast to most TV shows with their constant dialogue.

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