I know exactly where my obsession with Asian dramas stemmed from, and I have my friend Erin to thank for that. She kept telling about this Korean drama called ‘Boys Over Flowers’ and explained that it was something she had never seen before and that I should check it out immediately. I kept shrugging it off and didn’t really think about it. One day, I was scrolling through Netflix trying to find a new show to watch when I came across ‘Boys Over Flowers’ with an image of four attractive Korean men on it. I read the summary and decided that I should at least give it a try since my friend loved it so much. I remembered her warning me about it being somewhat corny at times and the humor was a little different than what we’re used to so I started it with low expectations…and after just one episode, I was completely hooked. I decided to binge-watch the entire series in one weekend and my life as never been the same since then.
I completely fell in love with the culture and was even motivated to start learning the language. If you’d like to know more about my progression with learning the language, check out the “Korean Language & Culture” page. I am so grateful to my friend for introducing me to the Korean culture through their dramas, I can’t even begin to imagine what my life would be like if she had never told me to watch ‘Boys Over Flowers’. Korean dramas are not without their flaws though; they tend to face the criticism of over-using clichés such as: poor female protagonist who falls in love with the rich male love interest, cruel mother-in-law character who does everything in her power to split the two love-birds apart, amnesia plot twists, etc. Despite the flaws and the clichés, I still find myself thoroughly enjoying every episode. The actors of these dramas are incredibly talented and have the ability of getting me to care about their characters, and that can be tough for even most actors in general. If you don’t care about what happens to the characters then the story loses its sense of importance.
Also, just to be clear as to why I use the term “Asian Dramas”; I don’t strictly watch Korean dramas (although the majority of dramas that I have seen so far have been Korean). I am also interested in Japanese, Taiwanese and Chinese dramas so I wanted to include them all in one category to make it simple.