This is probably the most important post I’ll ever write and it’s VITAL that you follow my recommendations.
K-drama means Korean drama. They’re serialized TV shows that South Korea cranks out like hotcakes, and they are pure magic. Dramas come in a huge variety from historical to paranormal, but they share a few common features–the most important one being romance. Whatever else is going on, there’s always a cute, sweet love story. If you like reading romance, then you’re going to love watching K-dramas.
To enrich the lives of my readers, I’ve decided to share this list of (a few of) my favorite dramas. Enjoy, and I apologize in advance for all the hours of your life you’re about to spend binge-watching.
The real estate is valuable on my favorites list, but I’m recommending EXO Next Door first so you can dip your toes into K-drama. The episodes are a manageable fifteen minutes each and the series hits all the right comedy and romance notes as a famous boy band drops into the heroine’s life.
Also, EXO. If I were currently 13, my bedroom would be plastered with EXO posters.
The Heirs was a huge recent blockbusters with a cast of mega-stars. It’s basically Cinderella set in contemporary Seoul. You’re going to know exactly what ‘second male lead syndrome’ means after this. Just embrace the inevitability that you will fall in love with Kim Woo-Bin. (If you like it, try Boys Over Flowers)
Another contemporary. Oh My Venus is a weight loss story, but the issue is treated in a way that doesn’t make me want to chuck my laptop–focusing on the heroine’s health instead of her exterior. I adore every person in this cast and the romance is totally adorable. Must. Watch.
This one is a full-on historical w/ a gender-bender twist. The heroine disguises herself as a guy to survive, and ends up attending an all-male university. She’ll get executed if she’s caught, but her super-cute roommates/love interests aren’t going to let that happen. The male leads are so on point it’s ridiculous. (If you like it, try Rooftop Prince and Dae Jang Geum/Jewel in the Palace)
Contemporary gender-bender. This is one of the most popular K-drams of all time–so much so that it has Japanese and Taiwanese versions. The heroine is a nun in training who ends up joining a boy band posing as her twin brother, and if you can think of a better premise than that, I hope you’re writing screenplays in your spare time. (If you need more gender-benders, try Coffee Prince and To the Beautiful You)
That’s all (for now…) but I hope you try watching a few of these. OR if you’re already a K-drama pro, share your favs with me! Cheese in the Trap and Descendants of the Sun are next on my to-watch list, which I will get to the next time I’m not in write mode… So maybe ten years from now ; __ ;