March 18th, 2021

the follies

Addicted to K-drama

Woke up this morning with my eyes all puffy and red, because of the tears I shed the night before watching K-drama. It's something I find myself doing more and more these days, ever since I fell down the rabbit hole of Korean tv series on Netflix. It's okay though, as I read online that crying at movies is a common indicator of great emotional intelligence ;-).

Over the last few days, I've been binging on one of the most successful series in recent Korean television history, Crash Landing on You, starring Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin (a couple in real life, aka JinBin). The story centres on a South Korean chaebol who while paragliding, accidentally crash lands in the DMZ, and is helped to get back to Seoul by a lovable group of North Korean soldiers and their dashing captain. Obviously, this isn't a straightforward return and I recommend you see it for yourself if you want to know exactly how it happens.



Late last year, I was enthralled by another Korean series, Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung. The main characters, an unmarried and free-spirited young lady who finds her calling as a 'historian' (i.e. a clerk who records the comings and goings of the King and his ministers) at Joseon's court, is played by Sin Se-kyung; and a young, and somewhat naive prince who tries to alleviate his terminal boredom by writing romance novels, by Cha Eun-woo...who simply has the dreamiest smile...



K-drama appeals for a number of reasons -- most noticeably, it's different to Western dramas in its squeaky clean content. The majority of K-dramas are G-rated and very clean: foul language is rare and strictly reserved to villains, and love scenes barely progress beyond kissing. And even that is just closed-mouths, bottom lip to upper lip for a second. But mostly, Korean dramas successfully create emotional connections with viewers. Characters are developed and brought through trials and tribulations in such a way that the audience relates to the characters and feels the same emotions. The cliff hanger endings of nearly every episode leave us squirming till the next episode can resolve the conflict. The tension is built up so expertly that it is more emotionally resonant when the main couple finally hold hands halfway through the series than when a full-blown bedroom scene happens in an American series.

In other news: Mum has settled into life at the care home, she's had both of her Covid jabs, and seems happy enough.
Me, I've started a new job, which I will tell you about later.


ETA: seems GIFs don't work here. Oh well.