Is it real or a drama thing


If you observe carefully the top picture is giving the impression of someone who doesn’t comb the hair through, but makes the bun/ugly weird braid and keeps on walking. Typical of the trope/cliche? Gorgeous looking guy falls for unkempt/unattractive looking girl.

If I’m not mistaken there is a Director that is Korean but also makes a lot of Chinese dramas with that same ridiculous pattern already. I don’t doubt it might be him. We have LOST ROMANCE in the Korean version too. `In the Korean version, the girl is pretty throughout the drama.


I really shouldn’t say anything my hair is up in a head band or under a hat most of the time lately! It’s not meant to shame the actress in anyway - I think the hairdresser on set is to blame - it isn’t even a braid - unfortunately during some of their most romantic scenes it was sticking up weirdly on her head. I don’t know that I mind ‘messy’ hair but weird hair maybe.


Another burning question, this time about skinship:

Watching these dramas, I see some characters (male and female) make a big deal about even slight touches of the hand. Im curious, what are the cultural norms surround skinship in SK? What about the norms surrounding personal space? PDA?

I have my assumptions but would love to hear from someone with first-hand experience.

Bonus: Does anyone have knowledge of “first base”, second base, etc. in this cultural context? Would love to learn more about that as well.



This has nothing to do with the hairdresser and you know that very well; it is the wrong message the Asian writers/Directors are putting into our young girl’s mind/head.

You don’t need to excuse yourself for not being all perfect during this time bc number one: you are not in a drama, in front of millions (mostly young girls)/ viewers. We are facing a crisis where we have a mask and a lockdown that we rarely see people: it doesn’t hurt anyone for you to wear a hat/ headband wear no make-up etc…etc.

Number two: I am not shaming the actress for the way her hair looks, but I am shaming the actress for playing these roles that can create such a fantasy world that will never come true for these millions? of young girls watching this double edge sword message in the dramas. In the long run, these poor girls full of many complex (with their looks) will/can end up severely depressed, and in many cases evensuicidal!

Yes, in my opinion, it can go that far in many cases bc it is worldwide that these young girls are watching these same stories over and over again. The worse part is, that we have now Chinese/ Taiwanese/dramas with this same pattern of the (Cinderella) story Rich Man/Poor girl love story. How many have you seen in real life? In dramas, I’ve seen plenty: in all my life? Not once I have seen this rich guy/poor girl love story happening (at least until now at my 60’s).

Why can’t they make more Doom at your service love story? You noticed how we haven’t been able to find another one like it so far? lol. I’m definitely not giving viewership to this type of story, no matter how much I like the actor/actress in it (although it won’t stop them from writing them I just don’t want to be part of that).


Oh - I love LOST ROMANCE - I love the two worlds story - So I’m not in that camp! I like the poor girl rich guy trope… I do worry about young girls trying to DATE after watching these dramas! #1 is you are NEVER going to find a GUY who will act the way these Romantic Gorgeous Guys act and fawn all over you! Not going to HAPPEN! I thought Hallmark was bad - but seriously people will have TOO HIGH expectations for MEN if they watch these dramas! I hope most teens and young adults understand that. I am a girl who loved Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights and Romance Novels so I think we all get that romantic view somewhere. I do understand the Cinderella Syndrome and no one needs that either. And these dramas bring high expectations to a poor GUY.

Lost Romance and W are two of my Favorites for Romance and the storylines do not bother me. And I know you don’t like the Chaebols but I do especially like in High Society and Secret Garden - they just seem to be good at heart even though they can be your typical CEO GUY

I had to rush to help a friend last night so I went to bed at 3 am so I’m not making sense please ignore!

I AGREE I miss this DRAMA So much it hurts!!!


I am not against a ponytail/pigtail. It is a completely valid hairstyle choice. I just can’t stand it when the FL gets that one hairstyle and it NEVER changes. It’s exactly the same, day after day after day, until they go through the ugly-duckling-to-swan process, whether it’s an immediate makeover or a gradual transformation. I completely blame the ‘creative’ team behind the drama - a combo of the writer, director, and hairstylist who all decide that this is a good way to portray the ‘status’ of the FL before she undergoes the change. This type of storyline is not going anywhere. It’s always been a staple and a popular one at that. I just really wish writers/directors/etc. could be more creative in how they portray the FL’s during their ‘not so swanlike’ phase.

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Me neither - I just thought that one weird twisty pigtail she WORE A lot was strange. He didn’t seem to care!! She’s a beautiful woman also.


When I first started watching K-dramas with rich guy/poor girl story I was a bit sad bc I knew it would be very hard for that to happen in real life, but when I started seeing so many dramas like that, I was like… this needs to stop, now. I decided to be that one person that will stop watching stories like that bc in my Heart; it wasn’t right at all. As long as I’m no part of that, I’m happy with that.

But like I mentioned before what @irmar wrote a long while ago; As long as ppl keep watching them, they’ll continue making these dramas bc like I always say, and irmar also knows very well, when MONEY TALKS/ BS WALKS.


I have a book I just bought again - It is called - A Knight in Shining Armor - I read it a long time ago! I am a hopeless romantic so I love the time travel and the “Prince” even though I know that this doesn’t happen in real life - sometimes drama just needs to take you away from the things that are weighing heavy on your heart in real life -

I totally respect your opinion @angelight313_168 and I am glad you are firm in your beliefs. And for you - I hope that we find another DOOM - although I don’t know if we ever will.


And you know the swanlike phase implies the ugly duckling-looking girl, over and over again…: That girl is ugly; that’s the ending message. Yet, the guy is the hunk, rich, clean, so perfect :nauseated_face::face_vomiting:. I just can’t understand how they accept this…:tired_face: they don’t get tired of that injustice?


I find it crazy how so many drama FLs EXPECT to be treated dramaland way and they get annoyed when they aren’t.

For example, an FL falls and a guy holds her, then pushes her upright(gently). She gets annoyed! Over what? That he didn’t hold her long enough while gazing into her eyes as background music played? I wouldn’t be very surprised even if a guy dropped me after catching me in that position… it isn’t really a reflex of people to hold you and stare at you!

Or she does something that deserves rebuking and when she gets rebuked by the handsome ML(again, POLITELY rebuked), she acts like as if he’s being the rudest person on the planet! In the drama I’m watching, instead of yelling at her for drawing him in class, her teacher(ML) calmly tells her the drawing is inaccurate and that she can draw in class only if it’s completely accurate :joy::joy: I’d probably would have fallen in love with him if he was my teacher and said that to me :rofl::rofl: But she just went on and on about him being rude and strange.

Or she spills coffee on herself and on ML, and ML just bends to clean his own shoe and she stands there shocked that he didn’t offer to clean her shirt! Who does that??!

Or she meets a complete stranger and thinks he’s pulling a chair for her to sit, doesn’t even look back and ends up sitting on his lap. Again, she’s annoyed. Wow. I’d stand there with my mouth hanging open if someone ever pulled a chair for me to sit in this day and age! :joy: Maybe it’s Entitled FL Syndrome


Because of that, the FL ends up receiving hate comments. I don’t understand why the writer makes her act this way. As if without this behavior, she couldn’t start a relationship with the male lead.


This drives me CRAZY. And in relation to that is when the FL is upset about something that the ML is NOT responsible for but she somehow guilts him into apologizing for it anyway. It is so infuriating! I am all for bickering between my leads - I love a good enemies to lovers storyline, but these types of things are not necessary to pull that off.


I recently dropped a drama that was like that. Mad For Each Other. Yes, the FL character is supposed to have some mental disorder, is over-anxious and over-suspicious. The ML is supposed to have anger management problems. But trust me, with all the things that the FL does to him (accusing him of vile things, destroying his property, yelling at him, dragging him to the police station), all because of her misunderstandings, I found his reaction very mild and cool. I would have slapped her silly. Even when she found out she had been mistaken big time, no real apology!
All this was supposed to be cute and funny, and a ‘realistic and compassionate portrayal of mental disorders’? I was FUMING. I dropped the drama like a hot potato.



So can someone tell me more about the Coffee Trucks and Goodies that are sent to the Sets of Dramas! I think it is so cool but is it usually artist to artist or is the agency doing it or why or when did it start.?

This is from Park Hyung Sikkie’s Happiness Drama
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Food trucks were legalized in Korea in 2014. I don’t really know who started the trend, but this is a wonderful way of showing support for the cast and crew of the drama. Since it’s pretty exhausting working on set, these food trucks cheer everyone up and fill their stomachs, too!

Food trucks are ideal because they can travel to remote/deserted filming locations and sets. And it’s in these places that the crew need food and drinks! The food trucks might have snacks, drinks, full meals or other gifts for the cast/crew. I think it’s much more useful than sending bouquets or stuffed toys.

Actors/ Singers sponsor food trucks to show their support for their friends. We’ve all seen these celebrity friends pose with the coffee truck and thank whoever sent it. They might add funny posters teasing the actor or thanking the entire crew for taking care of the actor. It was so cute when Kim Woo Bin sent a food truck to Shin Min Ah’s set with posters showing support of the crew and thanking everyone for taking care of his fiancee.

Fan clubs also send food trucks. They usually have to send in an application to the agency, who coordinates everything and gives them a time slot.


Yep I helped sponsor one once. I think it is wonderful and I love seeing all the photos and how they do the treats! What fun it is for another artist to acknowledge a fellow friend and artist also!!!


It’s the fans. They always send gifts or food to the stars they love and they’re the one who started this food truck trend.

For example, in 2012, on the set of A Gentleman’s Dignity


I can become a specialist in rare medical conditions just watching dramas. First prospagnosia, then alexithymia, and now HYPERTHYMESIA

WOW. It’s like the human body was made so we could have a lovely array of tragic, cold, handsome MLs with weird, exotic conditions in Dramaland :joy::joy:


Which drama has a character with alexithymia?