I honestly think my life would be a whole lot blander if I hadn't been encouraged to jump down the rabbit hole that is Korean drama and K-pop. It's been a fun ride and one I am glad I am still on it and watching more Korean television than is probably good for the soul, or something like that.
Recently, the ABC show Selfie was cancelled, and while it was no BBC Masterpiece Theatre production and didn't have the finesse of a firmly established US TV series, it had heart and humour and an Asian lead. And not just any Asian lead, but the lovely, delightful and handsome John Cho who always lit up the screen. And Karen Gillan was really starting to grow on me too. Not only did the show slip in Korean references à la K-pop, but it was refreshing and light and fun. And then ABC cancelled it. While I am rather enraged about that and think it's a stupid move on their part, I am glad that I am not limited to watching lovely, delightful shows with handsome Asian leads that get cancelled. And if American TV is not ready to embrace a non-Caucasian lead, well then, they are missing out. So what I wanted to say with that small tangent, is that I am so glad that Korean (and other Asian) drama exists and that there are more handsome and beautiful and talented Koreans presented in them than anyone knows what to do with. I mean, how many dramas do they pump out a year?! Too many to watch, that's for sure.
For the past three years, I've indulged in watching romance and thrills, gangster noire and musicals, fantasy and sageuk, set to thrilling scores, catchy OST numbers, dressed in gorgeous (and sometimes really quirky) clothes, and most of all, I've seen some incredibly beautiful people express a rather all encompassing range of emotions. And that is what lies at the heart of it all; no matter the genre within K-drama, at the end of the day, they are always there to remind us of some of the deepest wishes and desires of the human heart. Sure, sometimes it's cheesy as all get out, but why else would be endure the Lim-Kim couple cheesiness on We Got Married, or the sad and sobbing Jeremy in You Are Beautiful, or weep when our favourite character gets killed, and thrill with righteous indignation when our beloved faces insurmountable odds and hardship and doesn't seem to be catching a break. We laugh with them and weep with them, wholeheartedly and unashamedly (well at least behind closed doors perhaps). And we do weep. And sob. And laugh. And get angry. We get caught up in a whole gamut of emotions as we invest so much time and energy into hoping that yet another drama might not end in live shoot chaos, and that we do actually get some sort of pay off, a good ending or that the bad guy gets their comeuppance. We get our happily ever afters, or sweet goodbyes, wrenching heartbreaks, histrionics, crazy mother in laws, so much delicious food that we drool all over keyboards and laptop screens, all in pursuit of feeling that moment where the drama fulfills. That moment where the characters lie together under a tarpaulin next to a stove pipe in the back of a truck bed and have a moment. Or when aliens flicker in and out, or arrive at movie premieres to give swoony, knee-buckling smooches on the red carpet, dang. Those moments where a simple piano melody can say so much, or when the anti-hero realizes that he is partly responsible for his brother's death, or when someone figures out what love means, or what hope is. Those moments, they add up, and soon we're hooked. And I, for one, am certainly not going to complain.
So here's to many more years of craziness and camaraderie. Here on the Internet where we gather at the blogging well to gossip and gush about the latest K-drama crush, or sageuk we just have to watch because dang it, Seo In Guk is in it. Thank you for being here Internet peeps. You make this crazy journey so much more worthwhile. May we all still have dramas a plenty to watch, and the time-turners needed to watch them.
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