Justifying an Addiction

Ok guys…. My name is Eri and I am addicted. Yes, I must confess. I am addicted to Korean dramas (and to pasta but that is probably a confession I should make writing an editorial at “MyPastaList.com”).  If you are here right now reading these words of mine you should be ready to confess your addiction too. Don’t be startled though! You should not rush to your doctor asking what’s wrong with you. Here I am, trying to make myself useful, and give myself (and whoever cares out there) some excuses justifying the addiction we all share.

5. Art
I have always considered myself an art lover. Watching dramas made me love them even more. I actually find myself searching in my art book collection for information about paintings, books, statues etc showing up in dramas. For example, in Shark, Han Yi Soo is standing there and watching for hours Jo Hae Woo’s favorite painting “ Orpheus” by Marc Chagall.


Are you familiar with the Korean movie Pieta? Although the movie was a bit heavy for me to watch, I would like to point out the reference to the famous statue “La Pieta”, a masterpiece of Michelangelo that is housed in St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City in Rome, Italy - one of my favorite pieces of art ever.
Watching dramas makes someone fall in love with arts like painting, literature, sculpture, photography (great scenery) etc….

4. Music
We all know what music means to dramas and to all of us drama fans. Before I stumbled upon a Korean movie on YouTube and became an addict, I knew nothing about Asian music. So you can say that Korean drama has opened a new (musical) world to me. And I will always be grateful to this addiction just for introducing me to one of my all time favorite songs: Ali - “Hurt”.

3. Eye Candy
Do I really have to say anything about this? I am feeling down and all I have to do is open my laptop and see Lee Min Ho in Personal Taste or Jang Geun Suk and the gang  in You’re Beautiful and…I smile already just at the thought of them. Watching them is my personal stress reliever. 

2. Knowledge
It is always good when you can learn new things, my mama used to tell me. Did you know that “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” a baby’s rhyme, is actually composed by Mozart? Watching Beethoven Virus I found out that my baby daughter’s favorite song is actually a classical one (yes, my daughter has better taste than me). 

Another thing that actually surprised me was the impact Greek culture and history has in their entertainment industry. Most dramas have references in Greek mythology, history or art that I didn’t even know about although I am Greek. (For more information about Greek mythology just stay tuned.  I’ll be back with it) 

1. Excitement
Ok. Some people love walking up and down mountains, some like jumping off from airplanes, bridges or rocks, with parachutes, uniforms, even wings: whatever to keep them excited.  There are so many hobbies out there but my adrenaline rash is when I am watching a masked man Lee Min Ho kicking some *** in City Hunter or Song Joong Ki playing a wolf boy.


So guys, isn’t it great that this addiction of ours is making us better people? We are learning things, we are encountering other cultures, we are having a good time but most of all we are smiling, laughing out loud, crying, getting angry, getting anxious and having all those feelings just doing one of our favorite things: watching dramas. Do we need any more excuses?

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    LoveAsianWorld Apr 24, 2014

    Before I discovered asian Dramas I was pessimistic and didn´t enjoy live. Dramas lit my life and made me enjoy being alive to it´s full extent! Also, I learned to organize my time, to know when to study and when to do Hobbies! ^-^

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    Mikaeel1333 Oct 25, 2013

    great article , I like it a lot !! all those reasons were soooooooo true ! but let me correct you about one thing ! :)) La Pieta is not just one piece of art , Pieta is the name that is given to the moment when Christ came down from cross and lied down in his mother embrace ! and Michelangelo is not the only one who has a art work named Pieta , we have so many artists during the art history that has the same art work ! but Michelangelo's is one the great one (in my idea , the greatest !)

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    fatima_july Oct 14, 2013

    trying to learning a new language is one of the most important things for me

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    B_wins Oct 14, 2013

    Although i'm still working to make life more manageable with addiction. you know when you know you should be doing homework and instead watching dramas. soo good though.

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    Lavender_Scent Oct 13, 2013

    you`re right.
    I`ve enjoyed, smiled ,cried and learned alot.
    they comforted me many times when my mood was down.
    so,I totally agree with you.

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    moonlightmys2 Oct 13, 2013

    love your article :) oh yeah and kdrama makes me learn about how to make things too, such as baking, cooking pasta, all kinds of different yummy food... and interesting cultures and history (specially Asians)

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    AlexB Oct 12, 2013

    How not to get addicted ??? :) Like the article :)

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    beluu Oct 12, 2013

    Nice article! :) As I always say, I'm an addict and very happy about it! hahaha xDD

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    abracadabra Oct 11, 2013

    my nickname is abracadabra and i'm an addict :D(we're Anonymous Drama Addicts - ADA)

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    Tillie Oct 11, 2013

    This is pure love! I feel better now. Off to watch more dramas!

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    hazel321 Oct 10, 2013

    I have to admit, I'm an addict too.!

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    Harutama Oct 10, 2013

    When i started to listen the song, what it came to my mind was: Pingu! (princess)...Rooftop Prince is a good drama, i'm at the 7th episode...Very nice article and I agree with all of it!and...i must confess too...I'M ADDICTED!!!XD

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    DontPanicToktok Oct 10, 2013

    haha great article...I agree with all of it.. :D

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    svnplstw Oct 10, 2013

    omg! i love your article. please keep writing. :)

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    nenel Oct 10, 2013

    totalllllllllly agree !! I'm an addicted

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