I tried to resist. I really did. But once I discovered it, I became Pavlov’s dog. The trigger for my salivation?
It’s a seemingly innocuous little creature. It airs for an hour. It has beautiful people. It has a fanbase. All these describe many other kinds of t.v. worldwide. So what is it about the K-drama?
One blog I read says that it’s the “K-drama’s ability to show a grown man cry in a convincing manner” that captured her. It’s true. If you’ve seen Jang Geun Seok cry ( at 1:04) in You’re Beautiful after his mother rips his poor little heart to shreds, you’ll know what I mean.
But what is it for me? The pleasure of listening to and learning a new language and culture certainly is a draw. I have been notorious in my time for picking up multiple languages to study – Spanish, French, Welsh, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, Hebrew and now, Korean. Is it the beautiful people? MOST CERTAINLY! As Girlfriday from dramabeans.com says about My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, “show you complete me.” That is what I will say about one of the most beautiful people in K-dramas, Park Shi-hoo. “Park Shi-hoo, you complete me.”
And have you seen the women? If anything could draw me to bat for the other team…
ANYWHO! I enjoy the recipe’s for disaster that the K-drama tends to use. Many goals of shows seems to be trumping the recipes and trope’s and saying, “Haha. J/k. J/k.” A favorite observation of mine (that I read on the aforementioned dramabeans.com) was how My Name is Kim Samsoon took the piggyback trope and brought it back with a twist: Kim Sun-ah supposedly peeing on Hyun Bin’s back. Poor Binnie.
Also, I’m a fan of the shorter run times (12-30 episodes). If done correctly, you have an action packed show with twists, turns, gasps, and “oh-no-you-di’n’t”s that have you coming back every week for two more hits of crack. Because that’s what the K-drama is. Crack…of the legal variety. (Seriously, when City Hunter was airing, I nearly gave myself an aneurism waiting for the next episode.)
As I come up with more reasons (and when I have more time. I have to leave to teach a lesson in 2 minutes.), I will list them here. And feel free to list yours!
And now for some K-drama OST lovin’.
From the 2010 K-drama Secret Garden starring Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won:
“Appear” – Kim Bum-soo