I know I may offend some kdrama fans who are not Twilight fans, but it's true. We all know that Twilight was a romantic drama phenomenon that took the women of the world by storm with it's inexplainable appeal. Perhaps it was the simpleness of the love story and the drama of first love that drew us in, but we couldn't stop reading and watching once we were hooked. With the number of international fans growing quickly, Korean dramas are on this same path towards global popularity.
I was first introduced to kdrama by Netflix (click here for a current list of kdramas on Netflix), who knows me so well as to recommend fantastic romantic comedies that I will love. I was hesitant to watch Lie To Me, but then thought to myself, "Self, you don't know anything about modern Korean culture at all. Give it a try and get cultured!" Since I rarely disregard good advice, especially when it comes from myself, I gave it a go. I have to admit that the first episode was difficult to get through with its over the top acting style, cliched plot, and let's not forget the subtitles, but just like Twilight, I had to see it out. Halfway through the second episode I knew I would watch this show until the very end. I proceeded to view all 16, one hour long, episodes in a matter of 3 days. It was shameful that I chose it over going out and meeting real men, but I didn't care! As a single, 27 year old woman with mostly married friends, I saw so much of myself in Gong Ah Jung and really sympathized with her plight. It didn't hurt that Hyun Ki Joon provided the perfect piece of Mr. Darcy-esque eye candy that I can't resist in romantic comedies. I loved this new genre for all it was, over the top plot twists and all!
When my first encounter with kdramas was over, I needed more. I didn't know where to turn to get more recommendations from people I could trust. We, the writers of this blog, are those people. Think of us as your new kdrama-advice giving best friends. This blog will cover everything from reviews of old and new dramas, to clues about the cultural references and phrases that are inherent to taking part of media from the other side of the world. We hope that along with us your love of kdramas will continue to blossom and bloom. So get out there and start watching. Fighting!
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