There is one manner of media that I have avoided successfully until now – Korean Dramas. An all-consuming beast, it seemed to devour whoever watched it and I was busy with other things like Japanese anime, British television, and whatever America decides to produce. Korean dramas seemed addictive as I watched friend after friend succumb to their charming wiles. Being in their clutches was not an option.
Boys Over Flowers is a 2009 Korean Drama focusing on a girl named JanDi who gets a scholarship to the prestigious Shinhwa High School after stopping a student from committing suicide. During her time at the school, she tames four boys (known as F4) with her strong will and optimistic personality. Through all the tribulations that JanDi and the other cast endure, the show is a true definition of D-R-A-M-A. At its heart, however, the show forms a heart filled romance and giving all to help it succeed.
Emotions elicited from watching the show ran a gauntlet from happy to sad to angry – all in an episode! Each of the 25 episodes spanning JanDi’s Junior/Senior years at the school was able to evoke a wide range of feelings which had me running back to the next episode like a masochist of the heart. Another reason why I fell in love right along with the characters was the focus on romance and not on sex. Often I feel a lot of the live action drama shows confuse love with sex. Their relationships seem a bit more shallow when they hop in different beds constantly. While I love watching drama-type romance shows from my own country, there is always that ever-present element of sex further proving that ‘sex sells’ and romance is dead. As a hopeless romantic, I love seeing these types of relationships unfold that seem more real in my opinion.
Immediately after finishing the final episode, I ran to twitter to ask for other recommendations. Korean Drama has me now. It won’t let go. I need to watch more. I want to experience those feelings over and over and…