Sometimes I wonder if I live in an alternate reality, mostly because when I think back to before I watched K-drama, I realize that there was this whole world going on that I had no idea about. It's actually kind of hard to think about what I would be like without K-drama. It's sort of like Harry Potter post Hogwarts - thinking about Harry Potter pre Hogwarts - minus the magic, Voldemort, and the whole saving the world thing. Actually maybe not minus the saving the world part.
You might think I'm crazy, but my pet theory is - if people were to expose/embrace themselves to other cultures' music, literature, film, food, culture, history, etc., they'd be a whole lot less prone to bombing them out of existence. I mean, I would never want South Korea to go to war mostly because Hyun Bin is in the marines, and he still needs to make more dramas and add his genes to the gene pool. Oh, and also, I don't really like war.
War aside, learning about other cultures has always fascinated me, and the Korean culture is no exception. I have had many Korean friends and acquaintances long before I became addicted to drama and K-pop, but now I feel like part of my soul is Korean. Yeah, that sounds a little weird I guess, but you know that moment when you would rather say omo! or aigoo, or one of my favourites, ohtokay!?.
I can well remember that moment when I learned what makjang meant - yes, thank you Boys Over Flowers - or should I really be saying thank you for that one? And then on the netizen-speak side of things, I never thought I'd ever know what OTP meant, exclaim daebak, talk about second-male-lead-syndrome, chocolate abs, aegyo (thank you Rain and Full House), or that I'd use swoon and squee on such a regular basis.
And perhaps the best part of all of this is that I have found some of my bestest friends. Who knew that when I started on this whole crazy-drama-watching adventure that I would have such interesting conversations, and create such happy memories with fellow drama-watching friends. Because when it comes down to it, watching drama makes me happy-sad-melodramatic-crazy-in love with life and the world, and isn't that a good place to be? Drama hwaiting!!!