I’d like to take a moment out of my zombie-splattering and snail-cream-wearing to chat a little bit about my favorite new hobby: watching K-dramas.
I imagine K-dramas to be a little bit like crack. One of your friends comes up to you and says “Man, this is totally the BEST THING EVER and you should try it.” You look at them like they’ve lost their mind a little and ignore the suggestion. And then one day, after a lot of pressuring, you go “UGH. OKAY. FINE. I’ll do it once just to shut you up”, and then suddenly you are spending every single waking moment on Viki or Dramafever or even on Hulu with its annoying commercials and you find that the only time you can do anything else is during commercial breaks.
Welcome to my life. My roommate is now surprised when I watch things in English.
Having said that, there’s a huge number of awesome K-dramas out there and I highly recommend anyone who’s interested to just pick one at random, because they’re tons of fun, even if your taste is significantly different than mine. Instead of season after season of episodes that aren’t necessarily cohesive or connected (especially in terms of shows like Buffy or Supernatural which have a sort of monster-of-the-week thing going and only do an overarching storyline when it suits them), these episodes are tightly interconnected and one episode often picks up exactly where the last one left off. They’re like 18-hour movies.
So here are my favorites, in no particular order:
1. Coffee Prince.
This is the quintessential “starter” K-drama. Ask anyone who watches K-dramas, and they are likely to tell you that they’ve seen Coffee Prince. Here’s the basic storyline: A girl pretends to be a boy to get work and hilarity ensues.
Never have my roommate yelled at the television as much as we did while watching this show. (By the way, this seems to be a side effect of watching K-dramas. I talk back to the television now. I suspect that anyone other than my roommate would be a little disturbed to hear me.) Here’s the plot summary: A girl from a nunnery pretends to be her twin brother (who’s out of the country having super secret plastic surgery, like one apparently does) so that he doesn’t lost his spot in a boy band and his chance to find their mother. Hilarity ensues.
Aside from the fact that I enjoyed the plot and all the characters, how can you resist a trio of adorable guys who occasionally dance around with ramen packets?
|Even if the noodles tasted gross they’d be worth it for the entertainment value.|
Or who make faces like this?
|Don’t do it, man…. they’re warning you. In their frilly, be-aproned glory.|
|I loved the main characters, but I was always so happy to see him on-screen!|
|Surrounded by attractive guys? The HORROR!|