I'm a drama fan from Stockholm, Sweden.
I've watched J-dorama since the late 90's and Asian movies for as long as I can remember.
K-drama is pretty new to me. Only been watching since early 2013.
(Of course... I've been getting precious little sleep since then. ;) )
* 8 reasons to watch Hana Kimi (The Taiwanese version)
* The Devil is in the Details (Featuring Seung Gi, Yoochun among others)
* The "You Who Came from the Stars"-exhibition in Seoul, up close
* Why your Jane Austen loving friends should be watching K-drama
And if you liked those articles, you'll probably also like this
K-drama podcast I've started with a friend:
http://kdramapod.com (We talk about K-drama and other Asian drama every other week)
or this K-drama Instagram I'm running: http://instagram.com/kdramapod
There seems to be two big camps of drama fans out there...
I'm a member of that second group.
I never had idols growing up and I used to roll my eyes at people who set a romantic kiss as their desktop wallpaper.
I didn't get it.
Western romance simply does not convince nor move me.
So, here I am. Post discovering K-drama. Plowing through romance dramas like a woman possessed. Making up for a lifetime of loathing romance.
I get it now. And it's wonderful. And yet, it's not without complications...
As a feminist and as someone over the age of 30 - the lacking gender equality in Asia, in combination with their obsession with youth and impossible beauty standards, puts a bit of a damper on the enjoyment.
Why bring all this this up here?
Well... while getting involved in the K-drama Community - I've discovered that there's lots of people out there who feel the same way. Smart, funny and articulate fans who combine unadulterated fangirl/fanboy passion with analysis and criticism.
This text is for you . I dig your style, people. Hwaighting!
With that out of the way... On with the fangirl part.
Since I'm over 30 I tend to go for the 30+, ruggedly handsome men, rather than the flower boys. (See my list with favorite 30+ Korean actors) But if dramas have taught me anything it's that anyone in a good role can make your knees go weak.
Now... I realize that these amazing men we see in the dramas are no more real than the proverbial knight in shining armor or the brave Scottish highlander (if that's your cup of tea).
But a girl can dream, can't she? And dramaland is my favorite place to escape.
Favorite drama cliché:
Falling asleep on the shoulder, followed by the hero collapsing and in need of nursing due to something silly, like a common cold. (The "Florence Nightingale")
Least favorite cliché:
Needlessly breaking up and sacrificing their love in order to save something else (the "noble idiot") followed by the über-evil female second lead or matriarch.
Actually... I'm one of those people with about 100 different hobbies.
Since I started watching K-drama - a lot of them have taken a back seat though. ;)
I use this site mainly to keep track of dramas I'm currently watching and all the stuff I plan to watch.
Besides my feed, I don't interact much. But please don't hesitate to drop me a line, Friend Request or recommendation. If you're an addict with a brain; I want to hear from you! :)
I remove movies and specials from my list once I've watched them. The list would become unmanageable otherwise.
Dramas listed as "On-hold" are in fact shows that I'm extra interested in. They're primed to be watched next.
Ratings are based on a balanced system of giving points for various production values, acting, script, direction... and most importantly: Feeling. Did the drama make me FEEL?
Those who did the job are at the top of my list.
Ratings according to pixelviking