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?


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