K-Dramas: What Are They? Why Do I Love Them? And Where To Begin?

Hi all!

My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.

Before I dive in today into the very interesting topic of K-Dramas I want to remind you that my GIVEAWAY on twitter ends at midnight (uk time) tonight and to head over to twitter to enter it.

You might be questioning why I want to talk about K-Dramas today when I am a book blog, but it is my blog and this is what I am in the mood to talk about today.

But you are still asking what exactly are K-Dramas?

Well, let me answer you questions.

What Are K-Dramas?

The K stands for Korean and if you don’t mind subtitles then you can find some pretty amazing tv series, actors and actresses. They aren’t stuck to one particular genre, you can find them in almost every genre out there from horror to high school romance, from police/lawyer procedurals to historical dramas. If you have a particular genre you love then you will probably find it.

For me I watch a lot romance based dramas. High school dramas to office romances to historical romances set in amazing Korean palaces.

But Why Do I Love Them?

For me, given what I watch, it’s the sweetness and the cuteness of it all. The will they, won’t they (even though you know they will) and hoping that the writers have been nice to the second leads and helped them find love even tough one or both of them is pining after the main character.

In many ways the dramas can be pretty formulaic. Meddling mothers trying to pay off girls who want to date their sons, opposites always attracting and almost a guarantee that someone will loose a part of their memory.

But then again I always know what I’m getting.

I’m have my favourite actor and actresses whose show I jump to watch but I always look for new talent.

I also always watch the ones with K-pop stars in them such as To The Beautiful You and Hwarang

And if all this sounds interesting to you you’ll probably want to know which ones to watch.

Where To begin?

For me I began with what a friend was watching at the time. She’d just received a DVD of her favourite drama and was waving it around sixth form.

A couple of days later I wasn’t too well and stuck in bed and decided to see what she was raving about. I was hooked and haven’t stopped watching them since.

That drama was To The Beautiful You staring Choi Min Ho (from the K-pop band Shinee) and SULLI (from the K-pop band f(x)) who is no longer with us but has introduced me to many actors and actresses that I have seen in more recent things and they are now the leadsd in their own dramas.

Others to watch:

Moorim School

Staring: Lee Hyun Woo, Seo Yi Ji, Lee Hong Bin and Jung Yoo Jin

Boys Over Flowers

Staring: Gu Hye Seon, Lee Min Ho, Kim Hyun Joong, Kim Bam and Kim Joon

Pinnochio

Staring: Lee Jong Suk, Park Shin Hye, Kim Young Kwang and Lee Yoo Bin

Empress Ki

Staring: Ha Ji Won, Ji Chang Wook and Joo Jin Mo

The Heirs

Staring: Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye and Choi Woo Bin

Dream High

Staring: Bae Suzy, Kim Soo Hyun, Ok Taec Yoen, Ham Eun Jung, Jang Woo Young and IU

Doctors

Staring: Kim Rae Won, Park Shin Hye, Yoon Kyun Sang and Lee Sung Kyung

Cinderella and the Four Knights

Staring: Park So Dam, Jung Il Woo, Ahn Jae Hyun, Lee Jung Shin, Choi Min Sung and Son Na Eun

Love Alarm

Staring: Jung Ga Ram, Kim So Hyun and Song Kang


I have so many more recommendation for you but the great thing is that if you are interested in watching any of these series the majority (currently) are on Netflix. Any you can’t find I recommend Viki for any Asian dramas.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post, especially as it will be an introduction into some K-Drama content and series reviews.

4 thoughts on “K-Dramas: What Are They? Why Do I Love Them? And Where To Begin?”

  1. I really love kpop and I’d love to learn Korean. I’ve been wanting to get into kdrama so this post is super helpful! I’m definitely going to try watching To The Beautiful You and I’ve bookmarked this post. Thank you for sharing!

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