For a month now I’ve been editing and updating the Korean Drama 101 page. It isn’t as sexy and exciting as recapping new shows, but I want to provide information about K-dramas for non-fans, new fans, and viewers who don’t identify with the label “fan.”
K-dramas have a way of turning viewers into fans, it’s true. But when I first started looking for information on K-dramas, I was uneasy with the devoted fan culture around K-dramas. The word “fan” comes from “fanaticism,” after all. It implies a certain insanity.
I’ve come to love how large, varied and thoughtful the fan community is, and I’ve accepted the label “fan” myself. But I still don’t believe that enjoying K-dramas needs to entail a loss of reason. At least no more loss of reason than any television-viewing.
These shows are a multi-million dollar industry that touches roughly half the households on the planet. We don’t have to be “fanatics” to want to understand them better. And we certainly don’t have to be fanatics to recognize that sometimes they tell very good stories.
So share this page with your friends, teachers and next-door neighbors! Along with my updates to Korean Drama 101, I’ve also beefed up the index to my reviews with more links. If you haven’t explored the site in awhile, I hope you’ll take a few minutes to browse around.
I have a bunch of upcoming posts discussing funny hats, Korean vampires, the mysterious addictiveness of K-dramas, and a review of the 2012 drama that you need to watch right away. Stay tuned!
And thank you all so much for reading! Every time I get a comment, I have a huge smile and I type a little faster. ♥