Cultivating an Addiction
Many drama addicts try in vain to bring friends and family into the fold. These shows and movies are awesome, why do others have trouble seeing it? My immediate love of drama was made possible by a lifelong adoration of anime and movies like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Kung Fu Hustle. If you're like me though most of the people you're trying to convert have had little exposure to Asian entertainment, whether it be manga, anime or drama. If you truly want converts you have to foster an appreciation for the Asian style of entertainment. Start with movies. A movie isn't a big commitment. It's easier to get someone to agree to sit and watch a two hour movie than a twenty hour drama.
I'm a Cyborg But That's Ok - Benny and Joon or Edward Scissor Hands are the western films that come to mind when I think of this movie starring Rain. Very well acted and certainly not your usual day at the movies, this is sure to get anyone's attention.
Once you get your beginner on the hook you can move on to dramas. The world of dramas is vast and the most important thing is to know your audience and present them with shows they are most likely to enjoy, but first there are a few things to keep in mind when suggesting dramas to a noob.
Things to Avoid
2. Avoid dramas where there is a lot of spirited arguing. In dramas like Can We Get Married and the original Full House where there is a lot of yelling between characters the subtitles can go by really fast and someone who isn't used to subtitles and doesn't know the language at all might have a hard time keeping up.
3. Stay away from dramas that rely heavily on stereotypical Asian plot devices. "What is she talking about? They're ALL Asian! How can we avoid it?" you ask. There are some dramas that really only make sense if you're Asian or have an understanding of how the culture is presented through entertainment. In dramas like Creating Destiny new comers may be left baffled as to why these adults don’t just tell their parents "NO!" Why someone would need to pretend to be a boy might also be lost on noobs. "How can you sell someone's house or register their marriage without their permission and WHERE is that kid's parents?" are question you want to avoid until your potential convert has a taste for the drama juice.
Below is a list of Dramas that I find most suitable for a novice. Now this is NOT City's list of the greatest dramas of all time, nor is it the rosetta stone of trying to get your room mate into drama. This is just my opinion.
Pretty people never hurt your case.
3. Be mindful of production value. If something looks like crap or the costumes are really bad or you can't find good subs, no one who isn't into drama is going to want watch it, even if it's awesome. Protect the Boss and Rich Man, Poor Woman have the kind of professional polish you're going for.
Follow these tips and you stand a good chance of watching your next Dramathon with a friend and not all by yourself!