Hello, My Name is Amber and I am Kdrama Addict

  

Yes, I admit it I have a guilty obsession with K dramas. I watch more K dramas than American TV. It began innocently enough about 6 years ago. I was dating a half Korean half white guy. I was having some serious issues with my teaching job back home. I decided that I wanted to relocate to South Korea. He suggested that I watch Korean dramas and it would familiarize me with the language and the culture.

  

Well I listened to him and discovered Drama Fever. I don’t remember what my first drama was. I just remember the innocence quality and purity of the drama. The acting was superb and I really got emotionally involved with the characters. Also the men are so handsome!! I already had a thing for Asian guys this took it to a new level.  Soon I was having Dramathons and staying up all night.

  

To me Kdramaland is an escape my reality. A reality that was and still is a bit harsh. When things get bad I just snuggle up with a good Kdrama and live in an alternate reality. I already live in my head in a speacial place that I won’t allow anyone else to enter. Maybe it is a fantasy because reality bites sometimes and can be mundane.

   

 

So yeah I escape to my Oppas(even though I am their noona or in some cases their Adjumma(sp) ) fantasize and drool over their beauty and their sweet smiles, their jealous possessive natures,  their quick tempers, their impulsiveness, and their penetrating eyes. The women are spunky, naive, innocent and kind. Some are bitchy and evil but those are usually the second leads. 

Then there are wise, funny grandmas and Grandpas that usually die in the middle of the series. If there is an old person in a drama I try not to get too emotionally involved with them because I know they will die. One of my favorite grandpas was in “The King of High School”

  

In Dramaland there are chaebol families, conglomerates with letters of the alphabets as their company names, schemingm second leads that are obsessed with the main leads, misunderstandings, cellphones ringing at  inopportune times, someone gets cancers, someone collapses, scheming parents, overbearing parents, walking through traffic, the infamous airport scene, the self sacrificing lover, gender benders ,upbeat opportunistic leading ladies and in some cases time travel.

I have watched a 20 episode drama in one day forgoing leaving the house and watching it on my phone because it is more portable and I can take my dramas on the go. I have to use my VPN to access the dramas because the sites I use don’t have liscenses in China. I actually downloaded two drama apps on my phone for Viki and for Drama Fever. I tend to prefer dramas from Viki. The viewer comments are hysterical. There are some dramas that aren’t offered on Drama Fever but are offered on Viki and vice versa.

  

  

List of my favorite dramas( in no order)

1. Rooftop Prince- a time traveling fantasy. The supporting roles are hysterical

2. Queen Inhyun Man- another time travel

3. To the Beautiful You-Gender Bender

4. Heartstrings-A beautiful  love story set with two musicians. 

5. My Girlfriend is a Nine Tailed Fox- This funny drama is a love story though the male lead fears getting eaten by his girlfriend. “Oppa buy me meat”

6. My Princess- Every girl’s dream is to be Cinderella. Well in this drama a women discovers she last in line of the former Korean monarchy and is reinstated.

7. High School Love On- The title sucks. A guardian angel comes to earth and must live as a human because she saves a human life. I love the chemistry between the leads. I really thought the second lead was cute

8. Bride of the Century- look a likes, vengeful ghost

9. Master’s Sun- “I see dead people”

10. Kill Me, Heal Me- Multiple personalities this is my favorite drama with Ji Sung. The leads are amazing actors.

11. Coffee Prince- gender bender tomboy love story. Oh and coffee.

12. My Love from Another Star- Sexy alien love. You are my destiny.

13. Secret aka Secret Love- Can love be spawned from revenge? A gritty story of love, self  sacrifice, betrayal, revenge and renewal. The second leads are among the evilest I have seen up to date. I actually was going to give up on this drama on episode 5 because it was so heart wrenching to watch how the female lead was emotionally and physically abused. I am glad I stuck with it.

14. Sungkyunwan Scandal-gender bender Joseon era drama

15.  Flower Boy Ramen Shop- Noona love story. If I found a high schooler that hot Muhaha!

16. Gu Family Book- A supernatural drama set in Joseon era. Papa Gunimo is freaking sexy as hell. Yummy.

17. Full House- forced to live together housemates .My Oppa Rain is in it. I love Rain.

18 Personal Taste- this hidden gem stars Lee Minho who is mistaken as gay. It is hilarious

19. The Moon Embraces the Sun- historical drama set in Joseon era

20. Playful Kiss- this girl worked hard to make the boy fall in love with her. She broke through his shell.

21.Dating Not Marriage- this is a funny one. Love comes whether you are ready or Not

22. Lie to Me- a pretend fake couple falls in love

  

In the recent years I have been incorporating some Taiwanese dramas in my drama obsession. My purpose was to help me learn Chinese. I don’t think this  is working because I am too busy  drooling over the male leads. The only thing I hate is the voice dubbing. I hate that many Chinese dramas use voice dubbing actors because they think the voice best fits the characters, well they are very wrong!! The female dubbing voices are freaking  annoying!!! 

  

Taiwanese/chinese dramas

1. Absolute Boyfriend- the perfect boyfriend that happens to be an android. Jiro Wang is in this movie and he is just so sexy

2 . Just You- this is my favorite all time drama. Puff Guo is so cute and adorable in this drama . Aaron Yan ( so sexy) plays her OCD stickler uptight boss. Polar opposites fall in love.

3. Love Around- Can the son of a gansta find love? This stars Annie Chen and George Hsu.  George Hsu is actually an American. He is a New Yorker. I wonder if fate were different could I have met him on the streets and now be Mrs. Hsu.

4. Substitute Princess- This one is kinda walking on the line of being immoral. A man’s fiancĂ© is injured in an accident and a man finds a look a like for her. She is an ugly duckling that is transformed into swan due to plastic surgery. The creepy factor is when falls in love with the substitute.

5. Waking up Love- I really liked this remake. Roy Qiu(handsome) was in this. Selfish, heartless chaebol loses his memory and finds his hidden self and true love.

6. Fall in Love With Me- Chaebol takes on a new persona and his kinder gentler sides wins the heart of the lead actress. But when love starts with a lie can it be forgiven.

So my dramas help me for a time to live in a happy bubble. Just like life Dramaland doesn’t always have happy endings. I though prefer happy endings. I believe in true love. I hope to find true love in this life time. If not I have my alternate reality to console me. Onward to my next drama maybe one day I can have a starring role in a real life love story albeit the dying grandma and cancer.