Hey! Isn't This From Dramaland?
Dramas affect us in different ways. Some of them make us cry, others make us laugh until our bellies hurt, and some make us dream about the Prince or Princess Charming. There are dramas that make us repeat newly learnt phrases, and ones that make you see certain things, or objects in a completely different light than before. The last case is what I‘m going to talk about in this article. Have in mind though that even though I tried to incorporate other things as well, this list is my personal opinion and I might have missed some other items from popular dramas, simply because I haven‘t seen them.
Apples: Ryuk from Death Note trilogy loved them. It was one of the rare things from the human world that he was fascinated with, when Light brought any apples home, Ryuk seemed almost like a puppy, wanting to play catch ball. Now when I see a bunch of red, juicy apples in a store, I look around, hoping to spot if not Ryuk, then at least some other Shinigami. Who knows, perhaps I could be the next holder of the Death Note?
Bananas: Tsukumo Ryusuke from Mr. Brain (played by Kimura Takuya) was always eating bananas, and now every time I eat or see one, I start thinking to myself, "It has this or other vitamin and it‘s good for some part of the brain" and such.
Blinking lamp: I think from now on, if my room lamp (or any other lamp, especially a streetlight on my way home) starts blinking, I‘ll probably start yelling at it that it makes the world a scarier place, than try to fix it or ignore it. (Influence of Missing You)
Cards: It‘s not that dramas have changed my point of view about cards in general, but for certain combinations. For example, if I see all four Queens or all four Jacks at the same place, or a Queen and a Jack of same suit, I‘ll gladly reminisce about Love Shuffle – they were drawing cards to decide who dates whom for that week. And Jokers will not be just an extra card in the deck anymore: in Liar Game not only were they a bringer of both darkness and light in a short statistical trick game between Fukunaga and Nao; but also the most important card and power in one of the main games in the second season, which was played by Akiyama.
Clothespins: While watching Missing You, I kept beating myself for not having enough imagination to use one as a hairpin as a child. I think I will do that occasionally from now on though, despite the fact that I'm 22.
Envelopes: Envelopes are still envelopes, that hasn't changed for me. But from now on, if I come across a black envelope, I might look forward to finding an invitation from the Liar Game Office or a threatening letter from a Susin high school student (like it was in White Christmas). Or fear of opening a red envelope, as it might come from the devil itself, as it was in Maou.
Lollipops: I think after watching Shut Up Flower Boy Band, one's consumption of Chupa Chups or other available lollipops should have soared sky high :)
Motorcycles: Now if I see someone riding on a motorbike, I simply hope that underneath that helmet there‘s a really cool teacher, called Eikichi Onizuka from the drama of almost the same name - Great Teacher Onizuka.
Pilot glasses: After watching Yokai Ningen Bem, if I saw someone wearing pilot glasses not directly on his eyes, I would probably look if there were horns hidden underneath them, or at least imagine they are there.
Pudding: It‘s not exactly an object, but whenever I hear that someone likes pudding, I imagine that person jumping over the school's roof like Nagase Tomoya's character Sakaki Makio did because of his obsession for pudding in My Boss, My Hero.
Red scarves: Today, a female classmate of mine was wearing a red sweater and a thick red scarf. My imagination went on, picturing Yoochun with an identical scarf next to her :D (Once again, Missing You)
Rope: A few months ago, in the summer, I saw a few guys walking and doing tricks on a suspended rope. I do realize this is simply the same hobby, and not an illusion, but I still couldn't help thinking, "It's the same thing they did in The King and the Clown."
Seaweed soup: The you know the one that Koreans just have to eat on their birthdays. I think I wouldn't imagine looking at or eating such soup, without thinking that somewhere, in an imaginary universe, it might be Han Kang's birthday from 49 Days, and this soup was made by his mom, and that I have a special mission to make him eat that.
Sweat suits: Now, sweat suits in general are not something I would feel special about, but whenever I see a girl wearing a red sweat suit, I instantly imagine she's a yakuza boss and has private lessons with a bunch of bishonens after school (Gokusen). And even though you cannot really see sparkling sweat suits here, dark blue with a zipper up high instantly makes me want to do sit ups with that guy. (Do I need even to tell that I'm talking about Secret Garden?)
Yellow umbrellas: Firstly, I wonder why exactly yellow... I mean, apart from Dramaland, a yellow umbrella is significant in American TV series How I Met Your Mother. The directors should be a bit more creative when picking colours, I guess. Anyhow, now if I see someone with a yellow umbrella, I want to go under it and look for a green tag, saying "Property of the most famous kid in the neighborhood, Lee Soo Yeon," like it was in Missing You. And let's not forget that it was the start and the reuniting of incredible romance between Seo In Ha and Kim Yoon Hee in Love Rain.
I‘m sure I didn't include everything what was possible, therefore feel free to let me know it in the comments. What objects make you go back to Dramaland?