I think the single aspect K-entertainment that made me stay are the dramas. In fact, it was coming across sites like Dramabeans that showed me what a wonderful world Asian dramas and culture can be (but anything can be better than the Indian serials that I grew up with) because they decide to take their “shallow” interests and think laterally about them.
This is what queens of drama-blogging themselves say about why they blog:
Javabeans: My underlying modus operandi: Just because it’s pop culture doesn’t mean discourse has to be shallow. I’d like to sustain a fun but hopefully substantive level of conversation, mixed with some irreverence. Because it’s not worth it if it’s no fun.
Girlfriday: I feel very strongly that people can have thoughtful discourse on just about any topic, and that art—mass, pop, high, pulp, whatever it may be—can and should be discussed intelligently for the thing it is.
Hopefully we can try to do the same thing around here, though I highly doubt that I can reach the elegance or dedication of these two women. I also know zero Korean, so recaps are pretty much out of the question.
To satiate my drama loves around here (because drama posts are few and far between guys) here’s a list of dramas that I have watched, currently watching, want to watch/should have watched, and dropped. I’ll probably have a couple of thoughts on them, but realize, I’m not the best source for objective reviews. I’ll just stick to my own perceptions in the comments.
- The Master’s Sun (First Impressions)
- Cruel Palace, War of Flowers (Hiatus)
- Blade and Petal (Dropped after Ep 10)