I Enjoy K-dramas (I Confess)
It was a Saturday night, as I recall, in the summer of 2017. I had just finished watching the first season of the Spanish series Velvet on Netflix and I felt emotionally drained. If you've watched Velvet, you'll understand perfectly - it's a beautifully romantic drama but, at times, horribly sad and depressing. In any event, I needed a pick-me-up that night. While searching for something new to watch, I'd remembered a friend suggesting I give Korean dramas a try. Of course, at the time, I dismissed the idea mostly due to my preconceived notions of Korean shows. In truth, I couldn't tell you why I felt this way, but I dismissed it out of hand anyway. That night, however, I stumbled upon an image of a petite Asian girl lifting up a car with one arm. I was instantly captivated, so much so that I couldn't take my eyes off her. My pressing play was almost instinctive. And I began to watch...
Strong Girl, Bong-soon was the first ever Korean drama I watched, so it will forever hold a special place in my heart. But aside from the sentimentality, it was my gateway to the world of K-dramas. As soon as I finished watching Strong Girl, Bong-soon I was filled with a strong desire to seek out other Korean dramas. At the time, I wasn't fully aware of the all-consuming impact Strong Girl, Bong-soon had on me. I only knew that I wanted more. So I browsed Netflix for more shows (I, later, realized Netflix set up a separate section for Korean shows so one doesn't need to sift through hundreds of international shows), and within minutes, I added more than twenty to My List.
A few months later, having watched nearly every K-drama on Netflix - the shows are typically 16 episodes so it's hardly a formidable task for a binge-watcher - I searched for other streaming sites. Within days, I subscribed to two - DramaFever and Viki - and I knew right away that I had come upon the holy grail of Korean television. What seemed like a vast selection of dramas on Netflix paled in comparison to what I was about to dive into. There were hundreds of Korean dramas, so many that I felt overwhelmed. I wasn't sure where to begin, so I simply clicked on the first drama that caught my eye - it was Oh My Venus, by the way - and went from there. Unfortunately, DramaFever was shut down not too long after, but Viki remains and, along with Netflix, continues to scratch that itch.
That itch is why I created K-drama Fizz. My hope is that I will build a community of new K-drama fans and old, who will gather to discuss their favorite shows.
So please join me, will you? If you do, share with us the first ever K-drama you watched in the comments below. Which K-drama was your Strong Girl Bong-soon?