Primary reason for watching Korean dramas
- At first, I fell in love with Korean dramas because of the romance. I was a middle schooler when I got into it, and my official first being Boys Over Flowers, middle-school me loved the cheesiness and uniqueness of the plot. Granted, looking back, I have secondhand embarrassment about how much I loved dramas like those, but for a middle-school girl who fantasized about falling in love - Korean dramas catered to that part of me.
- Also, I am Asian-American, and perhaps I got tired of seeing so many white people on American television. Despite not understanding the language, there seemed to be some kind of connection I could make with the characters in Korean dramas.
1. Do you feel you are addicted to watching them or is it just a passing fad?
- I was absolutely hooked in the beginning. I always watched every drama until the very end, and I would marathon them, too. Nowadays, I'm just a casual viewer. If I begin to find it a bit draggy or the plot goes in a direction that I don't like or seems so cliched, I just drop the drama. Also, I mainly just pay attention to plots that sound interesting and unique. So I wouldn't quite label it as an addiction, nor a passing fad, just something in between, something lukewarm.
2. Are you planning to give up watching them in the future?
- Of course not.
3. Do you watch any other TV/movies from other countries as well as Kdramas or do you watch Kdramas exclusively?
- I occasionally follow American television, but only the shows that I really love. My favorites include How to Get Away with Murder and Scandal. I'm planning to start The Good Wife, as well.
- I watch a lot of Chinese television series these days, as well as contribute to subtitles. I'm ethnically Chinese and speak Chinese at home, so it helps me strengthen my Mandarin skills. Plus, their historical dramas kick ass. Like Nirvana In Fire... oh my god.
- Movies, I stick to American/British ones. Korean dramas, once in a while. But in general, I feel like American movies have better production value. I'm just going to insert a shameless plug for Kingsman here - you'd better watch it if you haven't already.
4. How did you start watching them?
- The very beginning was with my family. A few amazing Korean dramas are often dubbed in Chinese and broadcasted on Chinese television, so my first encounter with a Korean drama was Dae Jang Geum dubbed in Chinese. Then, Queen Seondeok dubbed in Chinese. I loved both, but I was a bit young at the time. It wasn't until middle school and the Boys Over Flowers craze that I really got in deep.