Korean Drama Tropes

So, if you don’t already know, I’m a huge drama addict and I recently came across this list. I’m dead. 😆

Essentially Erika

I love Korean Dramas.  There.  I said it.  I have a subscription to Dramafever and Viki because…why not?  Korean Dramas are amazing.  There’s always a beginning and an end – each show is about 16 to 20 episodes long.  Most of the time, the writers have the entire script for all episodes before shooting begins, so there’s never an ending that just peters out (I’m looking at you Lost).  Sometimes they fail at the ending, but most of the time they wrap it up nice and neatly.

With all this said, there are tropes that are found in almost every Korean Drama.

Chaebols – A chaebol is an insanely rich person that usually owns some huge conglomerate in Seoul.  They are always good looking, arrogant, rude, self-entitled, but most of all they are looking for someone to fill the empty void in their heart.  Enter the poor sassy girl.

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제이제이 프로젝트 (JJ Project) – 내일, 오늘 (Tomorrow, Today)

I realised that I’ve never really expressed my feelings about a single song on here before, but this song feels like my life’s theme song of the moment so I had to share.

I followed JJ Project when they first debuted and when they debuted as part of GOT7, I never thought they would ever come back as a unit again, but I guess never say never? I was so excited when they announced their comeback. 😭

Their new album sounds nothing like their debut album but in a good way. It is SO much better and I fell in love with it instantly. In it, my favourite song is 내일, 오늘 (Tomorrow, Today), which is such a meaningful song and I’ve had it on constant replay since the album was released. The lyrics speak volumes to anyone who has ever felt uncertain about their lives. It feels like the theme song of my life of late, especially now that I’ve reached my late 20s and feel thrown into another quarter-life crisis. 😭 In order to understand how I feel, let’s take a look at the lyrics. 💕

M2 has graciously decided to bring us the ‘ASMR Lyric Live’ series, and while I don’t like ASMR in general, Jinyoung’s version of the song sounded so emotional and heartfelt that it touched me even more. 😭 역시 “아프니까 청춘이다”? 😔

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K-DRAMA; 네일샵 파리스 Nail Shop Paris

네일샵 파리스 Nail Shop Paris

There are so many bad reviews for 네일샵 파리스 Nail Shop Paris but I decided to watch it anyway because of 송재림 Song Jae Rim as I’ve liked him since 꽃미남 라면가게 Flower Boy Ramen Shop. I know it’s an old drama, I’m still trying to catch up with all the old dramas I’ve planned but hadn’t had time to watch.

To be honest, I actually enjoyed the drama! I didn’t think I’d like it because I wasn’t sure about 박규리 Park Gyu Ri‘s acting, but I won’t say everyone’s acting is exactly good in this drama, hahaha. The storyline isn’t fantastic, but it’s really not that bad of a fluff drama, giving me all these feels. xD It ended with a twist that felt a little awkward though.

With all the stress lately, I like that I didn’t have to think much while watching the drama. I’m curious about what happened to 전지후 Jeon Ji Hu though. His last production was in 2014?! Where did he go?

Hangeulove Rating: 3.5/5

K-DRAMA; 닥터스 Doctors

I kind of had some sort of high expectations for this drama; not just because I’ve liked Park Shin Hye since forever, but also because I read that she did her fight scenes without a stunt double. How amazing!

What wasn’t amazing was the rest of this drama’s plot. -_- The only thing that kept me watching was the other couples instead. Moon Ji In was a fantastic supporting role to Park Shin Hye, Yoon Gyun Sang left the deepest impression on me in this drama as compared to his other dramas because his character was just so adorable and Kim Min Seok’s character with his satoori and bromance with his brother. :3 I was also annoyed that Ji Soo’s character just disappeared in the middle without a proper ending – I was curious about his family!

What’s sad is that the ending was also really boring for me. :/

DailyBap Rating: 3/5

꽃보다 청춘 시리즈

꽃보다 청춘 아이슬란드 편 드디어 다 봤다!
이런 프로그램은 집중해서 봐야 하니까 일할 때는 못 보고
주말에도 집에서 일했기 때문에
몇 달 동안 ㅋㅋ 계속 보다 말았었지.

작년에 같이 일했던 하늘 씨의
귀여운 모습을 보고 더 보고 싶어졌다. ㅎㅎ
다음 주말에 드라마 홍보하러 온다는 소식 듣고
동료들이랑 같이 보러 가기로 했다!

아이슬란드 편 이어서 아프리카 편을 오늘에 다 봤다.

재밌게 봤지만, 배우들 힘들었던 시기의 얘기들 듣고
맘이 아파서 많이 울었다. ㅠㅠ

후회 없이 사는 게 청춘인 거 같아요
안 하고 후회하느니 하고 후회하는 게 낫다고 생각하기도 하고
– 박보검 <꽃보다 청춘 아프리카>

나도 후회 없이 살란다 보검 군~

아, 맞다. 오래전에 꽃보다 청춘 보려고 했었지…
잊었네? ㅎㅎ 이제 봐야겠다.

(Originally posted on Naver.)