It was introduced to the world of K-drama in 2012, in the 1st semester of my final year. Then, my love for Bollywood movie was waning (they don’t make them as they used to anymore). I had final year matters to take care of at the time and was always busy. To unwind, I’d watch any good movie that was available – which wasn’t a lot. Vampire Diaries was done for the season, Grey’s Anatomy had become redundant and I didn’t want Glee no more. Combine all these and you’ve got a recipe for wanting something new.
So there I was, subconsciously on the lookout for a replacement. Then my sister, who’s my film and TV series supplier, was home on school break. “I have Korean TV series”, she said. What came to my mind was something along the lines of Bleach or Death Note (retarded I know) which I didn’t like, but my younger brother loved watching (I’m currently following Naruto – but that’s a story for another day). She insisted that I would like it, so I collected it anyway, deciding that I would watch it only after I was done with the rest of my movies and series supply and had absolutely no chance of getting more soon. Well, that happened. That was how I watched my first drama Lie To Me.
Now within the short time span of 2 years, I’ve watched more than 15 series in its entirety and found out a lot about Korea and Korean culture that I wouldn’t have known otherwise. K-dramas have enlightened me about this small and beautiful country that is typically overlooked because of its neighbors.
By watching Korean dramas, I have been able to confront the ignorant stereotypes regarding Eastern Asians countries. For example, it’s a common believe that they are not tall. So not true. Another is that they are all Buddhists (I used to think that).It never occurred to me that Koreans had church weddings, until I watched Boys Over Flowers, when Gu Jun-pyo almost married Ha Jae-kyung. There seems to be a lot of really good-looking guys as well from the series I have watched.
To say that I’m a little influenced by Hallyu is a bit of an understatement. I used to like noodles. But now I LOVE it. K-dramas instilled in me an insatiable diet for noodles, I like to watch K series with a bowl of hot noodles the same way people watch a movie with popcorn. I’ve watched raw drama episodes before it was subbed. I had no idea what was going on half the time, but at least the wait was over. I say the word aigoo unnecessarily. I have a playlist titled K-music, but can’t read most of the song titles. I know random facts as well. I know that there are three popular Korean stations that show dramas: KBS2, MBC & SBS. I like SBS best because, so far, all my favorite dramas have been shown on it. I know words such as kimchi, soju, na eotteoke, omona, moo deung and deung mok.
But I can gladly say that there hasn’t been any down side with my love for K-dramas – well, except for staying up way past midnight, just to catch up on some episodes.
K-drama appeals to diverse people. They’re sexually conservative and refreshingly different from “Grey’s Anatomy” with its unnecessary hook-up scenes. Almost all K-dramas are online and can be downloaded for free. If you have interest in a foreign culture, then why not try a k-drama?