28 November, 2015

Happy Four Years of Drama Watching!!!

Thank You Kakashi ^^
Um...well...technically I think the 25th is my official "anniversary" of starting to watch Korean drama (which has slowly morphed into watching other Asian dramas as well), but I um...forgot to celebrate it a few days ago. Haha. So belated happy anniversary then? What I really want to do with this post is to say THANK YOU!!!

Hyun Bin: My first Kdrama love
I want to say thank you to my friend who introduced me to Kdrama  back in 2011 (she blogs over at K-What?!?). When I start to think about what my life would be like without watching Asian dramas, well let's just say that I don't want to think about it. It's not even really about watching TV or drama so much as all the experiences that come with it. (And one of the best parts are all the friends I've met and squeed with). Of course, having absolutely lovely and beautiful people grace your screen doesn't hurt, but it's also being able to witness memorable scenes and to fall in love with stories and have your emotions up and down and inside out that makes it fun. I know that some people think we're weird for being so interested in watching television programs where have to read subtitles, though really I'm not sure why they think so, but hey, it's good times. There's just something about being able to immerse oneself in a story and see the pay-off of all the emotional investment whether it's romance or revenge.

Another thank you I would like to add is to the subbers. I am amazed at how quickly subbers work. Translation is hard work. It's grueling and can be really frustrating. Timing subs to go with video is also not exactly easy (though I'm sure that it gets easier over time). Many subbers out there are fans who work without pay. Wow. You are amazing! Thank you for making it possible for us to watch these wonderful dramas. I really hope that someday all you subbers get paid. You are amazing!!! If I could hug you right now, I would.

I also want to say thank you to the readers of this blog. I'll be honest, when we started this endeavour, I wasn't even sure anyone would read it. So thank you for reading and sharing posts. Thank you for your comments and insights and the things you share. Thank you for just being awesome. You rock!!! It's amazing to me how so many of us from such different linguistic and cultural backgrounds can all find such camaraderie in watching Asian dramas. It's really quite amazing to me. Thank you. I never thought I could be friends with people I've never met and yet feel like we've known each other for years.

Ji Soo, I still love you ❤
Thank you to the drama production companies for making dramas in the first place. I know that there is plenty of corporate nonsense and craziness and a really dark side to the entertainment industry, but there are also good people there trying to create something enjoyable for us to watch. Sometimes this world is a dark place, and whether we want something light and fluffy to watch, some pretty to enjoy, or something more substantial that talks about family, loss, life, death, suffering, and even revenge, I really think that dramas can help up enjoy and experience the richness of being human and help us process life (or escape craziness for a bit). Sometimes that really just means squeeing, but hey, being happy and laughing is good for one's health. And it would be remiss of me to not thank all the wonderful actors and actresses who work insane hours (industry you really need to fix that) and go all super hardcore to act out a story that we will enjoy (or sometimes throw our hands in the air in exasperation because the story is so crazy).

And last, but not least, to my Twitter peeps (who also comment and read and have awesome blogs of their own), thank you. This year has been one of the most difficult of my life. It's still somewhat rough (but things are looking up) and you have helped me get through it. Sometimes I let you know what was going on, but not always. There were days that were so terrible that I hoped that I would just not wake up the next day. And then I would read a comment or chat with you on Twitter, or you would send me screencaps of Kai Kai (thank you a million times over), or invite me to recap with you, or send a message of encouragement, or just be awesome. You let me complain and squee (and you're enduring my obsession with Kai Kai haha) and found moments where I could just let the crappiness go away for a while. Thank you. I think it might be safe to say that in many ways, you've saved my life this year. That might sound a little melodramatic, but I do mean it. You are special people. And I know that many of you have also been going through hard times and yet you still helped me. You are some of the loveliest, nicest, best people in the universe. You give me hope for humanity. Thank you. I will never be able to repay your kindness. Thank you.

And Wang Kai, thank you for existing. The end.

P.S. If you want to read my past anniversary posts, or posts about watching drama, here they are: A Hundred Ways of Happy: Love Letter to an Obsession, Getting to the Know the Neighbours: A Second Round of Liebsters생일 축하! (Happy Birthday!) A Year of Watching K-DramaAnother Year of K-drama: Sort of a Liebster Award Post, Happy Three Years!!!, Why Do We Watch Korean Dramas?, Happy Second Birthday to Us!!!,

◀ Wang Kai: "Stories You Didn't Know About His Hands" Q&A [English Translation]

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