Hi, my name’s T.J. and I’m a K-drama addict. I freely and proudly admit it. It’s probably my biggest addiction – and I mean serious addiction. It’s not about writing… Ok, that’s a lie. It’s all about writing.
Before we get to that, let me explain how I got here.
I was introduced to Korean dramas (known as K-dramas) in 2010. I stumbled on them while tooling around on YouTube. What I found was a feature film, Seducing Mr. Perfect (starring Uhm Jung Hwa and Daniel Henney). It was hilarious (and interestingly Henney spoke in English throughout the film while everyone else spoke Korean). Afterwards, I began searching for more because – well… if I enjoyed this one so much I’d enjoy others, right? What I found next changed everything… Full House (starring Rain and Song Hye Kyo) – and so began my obsession.
What are Korean dramas?
Call them TV dramas, call them soap operas, call them whatever you’d like. But I call them highly addictive visual novels. They’re one of Korea’s biggest industries and they’re taking the world by storm. So it’s only right that I share the Korean Wave – also known as the Hallyu Wave – with you all (and hopefully convert some of you along the way). Because I know my addiction will never fade, I’m in deep. I will now forever swoosh for love squares, second male leads, misguided second female leads, men who freely let loose tears over heartbreaks, piggy back rides, back hugs, and the ever crazy emotional roller coasters that define K-dramas. (Don’t worry I’ll explain what these are and why I love these in individual posts.)
More than entertainment
K-dramas aren’t just a form of entertainment for me. I’m learning from them as well. It never ceases to amaze me how the writers are able to create such complex stories and how they so expertly torture their characters and make me fall in love with just about all of them. I’m known to swing from hysterical laughter to streaming tears of heartbreak while watching the emotional torture the characters endure. It makes for great television – for great storytelling. In my writing I’m trying to create the same experience. I want to create stories that are just as compelling and complex, emotional, and entertaining. And just as damned addictive.
So tag along with me as we explore the exciting, emotional and entertaining world of K-dramas.