Sunday, December 5, 2021

Obsessed with K-Drama

I have gone rogue, y'all. Hiding out in South Korea in my mind. I watch so much K-Drama, I'm not sure if I live in New Jersey or Seoul.

If you feel like something new and you're SICK TO DEATH of what's on TV, try some sweet but insightful Korean shows that will warm your heart and make you think! I promise you; they're not Hallmark! (Not that there's anything wrong with that! 😂)

You may think K-Dramas are just Romance...but they are soooo much more. They often touch on serious topics like the North Korea-South Korea divide, and give you a look into how they view the heartbreaking split of what so many wish was one beautiful country. 

They also love a good right-left, up-down in other ways; this universe vs that universe...modern day vs the past...etc.

One more thing I love is that the women are always tough cookies in Korean drama. A lot of storylines are centered around women kicking ass and taking names, no matter whether they're a high level executive or a single mother raising kids in really difficult circumstances. 

DISCLAIMER #1: The trailers are not very good; don't pick a show based on a trailer.
DISCLAIMER #2: The title translations are sometimes bad/comical. Ignore!!
DISCLAIMER #3: Korean shows MUST be watched with subtitles! No dubbing! 

Dubbing sucks in ANY language but the Korean language is like music to your ears once you watch a few of these. (Trust me, I never thought I would love it, and now I'm trying to learn it!) 

And again, when it comes to the titles. Oy. I laughed at "Crash Landing on You" for months until I watched it and realized it wasn't silly in the slightest. I'm so thankful I didn't miss this intense, (sometimes comical) thought-provoking show. 

Here are the Korean shows I've binged in the last few months, in the order I watched them:

My Holo Love
The King - Eternal Monarch (My all time favorite. Like Outlander? TRY IT!) 
It's OK to Not Be OK
Crash Landing on You
Something in the Rain
Start Up
UPDATE 1/13/22 Adding more:
Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol
The King's Attention (Im on ep 13ish as I type!) 

I have also watched Squid Game and Parasite (film.) Didn't love either. They're not "K-Drama." Both are well written, acted, and directed (obvs with Parasite winning all those Oscars, though I'm not sure why) as most Korean TV/films I've watched...but both left me with a baaaad taste in my mouth. On the other hand, typical K-Drama makes me old-fashioned happy...and doesn't give me nightmares. LOL

So if you decide to dive in, let me know what you think! 

PS - Don't take my word for it! Check out what Cosmo has to say

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