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Why You Should Start Watching K-Dramas, If You Have Not

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There are all types of K-dramas to suit every taste!

I should begin by letting you know that I am a mature, Caucasian woman from Australia who works in management. I am not Korean and probably the last person that I thought myself would become addicted to anything, let alone Korean dramas, but … I have been!

With the current tidal wave of popularity of Korean pop (K-Pop) sweeping over us, many people are discovering Korean dramas (K-drama) at the same time. It may surprise you to discover just how popular Korean dramas are outside of Korea.

Heart-pounding love scenes, adorable actors, edge of your seat action scenes, tear-jerking conflicts, food that have you craving for takeaway, music stuck in your head for days, and hilarious moments that leave you laughing.

The Korean entertainment industry is exploding right now, and the impact is spreading to the English speaking world – including Australia. Korean dramas are hot property on streaming sites like YouTube, DramaFever and Hulu.

K-drama Legend of the Blue Sea

Official drama poster: Lee Min Ho starring in ‘Legend of the Blue Sea’

Here are some of the reasons why people become fans of K-drama:

1. Eye candy

Chang Ji Wook

Credit: Pinterest

The stars of Korean dramas are very attractive. There are lots of shirt-optional scenes for the guys (G-rated of course) and princesses for a day makeover to be found in Korean shows.

 

2. The music

K-drama OSTs are as equally popular as K-Pop now, as it seems – and it’s not hard to understand why. There are catchy beats, fun lyrics and beautiful soothing melodies that will be stuck in your head for days. There is also a liberal sprinkling of English words, and even OSTs that are sung originally by English singers for K-dramas. Remember Hush from our favorite drama ‘Goblin’? It is sung by Lasse Lindh, and it is NOT the first K-drama OST he has lent his voice to.

 

3. Trend-setting clothes

hyun bin

credit: shineemoon.tumblr

The fashion in K-dramas has definite trend appeal. Many outfits are straight off the European runways. Drama stars dress the way which most of us would in our daydreams.

 

4. Fabulous food

yoochun

Credit: ‘The Girl Who Sees Smell’ drama still

It’s hard to make it through an episode and not get cravings for noodles. Nearly every episode features delicious-looking dishes like BBQ pork belly, steaming bowls of ramen and hearty soups. Your ability to use chopsticks will improve while watching dramas as you’re bound to have chopstick envy as well.

 

5. Cultural appeal

Korean culture

credit: Visit Korea

K-dramas are educational (seriously). Watching foreign dramas let you absorb information on a different culture without the hassle of endless studying. Watch even one Korean drama, and you will understand that shoes are taken off at the door without anyone needing to tell you.

 

6. Language Skill

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Credit: languagehub.co.nz

By the time you become a K-drama veteran, the drama marathons you finished would have improved your Korean language skills. You will know several key Korean words and phrases. You will be able to say “sorry” and “thanks” with ease, and most importantly, you will be able to confess your love to your dearest Oppa.

 

7. Fresh factors

lee jong suk

Credit: W – drama still

Many people watch Korean dramas just because they are different from the usual programming they are used to. It’s not the same old stale, predictable plots that have been recycled for seasons. The plots, the characters, and even the settings in K-dramas feel new and different and, therefore, more exciting.

 

8. Choices

Credit: official K-drama posters

There is a drama to suit every taste. Light romantic comedies (rom-com) are very popular. You will also find heartbreaking melodramas, serious action, historical pieces, science fiction and everything in between.

 

9. Formats

song joong ki

A typical Korean drama is of 16 to 20 episodes, and usually when it is done, it’s done. The length is perfect to tell a whole, connected story that has a strong buildup and conclusion. There is always a definitive end so the plot doesn’t become about filling time to last for multiple seasons.

 

10. Character Connections

goblin

Credit: ‘Goblin’ drama still

Korean dramas successfully create emotional connections with viewers. Characters fight their way through countless trials and tribulations in such a way that the audience relates to the characters and develop an emotional connection to them.


The popularity of K-dramas can’t be tied down to one factor alone. It is a combination of the above factors (and probably more) that have come together in perfect synchronicity to create an entertainment category with the potential to become a worldwide juggernaut.

If you have not,  why not get onboard now and dive into the world of K-Drama yourself? You won’t regret it!

 

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