So I was being my usual fidgety self the other day and somehow stumbled on a Wikipedia page that I’ve not seen before. A veritable definition of my worst addiction, ha! And one recently edited by a Baker King fan no less.
The bit that killed me was seeing the words “” after this claim: “King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo had hit an outstanding 50.8 with its last episode on KBS.” I thought, “Uh oh, Wiki, how could you not know that the drama’s practically a ‘national’ drama on account of its astonishing ratings? Now you’re gonna rile all Baker King fans!”
But before I fell off my chair howling at the above, I was rolling my eyes at the dry and rather soulless definition of my No. 1 hobby, as well as the string of drama titles that seemed to go on and on. Let me show you what I mean.
Korean drama (Korean: 한국드라마) refers to televised dramas, in a miniseries format, produced in the Korean language. Many of these dramas have become popular throughout Asia and have contributed to the general phenomenon of the Korean wave, known as “Hallyu”, and also “Drama Fever” in some countries. Most popular Korean dramas have also become popular in other parts of the world such as Latin America, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Some of the most internationally popular Korean dramas are Winter Sonata, Dae Jang Geum, Full House, Stairway to Heaven, My Girl, Love Story in Harvard, Autumn in My Heart, My Lovely Sam Soon, Delightful Girl Choon-hyang, Yi San, Boys Over Flowers, You’re Beautiful, Brilliant Legacy, Queen Seondeok, The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince, King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo, IRIS, Personal Preference, Secret Garden, Dream High and Athena: Goddess of War. King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo had hit an outstanding 50.8 with its last episode on KBS . The genres that most internationally popular Korean dramas belong to are often romance, romantic comedy and historical dramas. An exception includes IRIS and Athena: Goddess of War, which are spy action thrillers.
Instead of a lively and spot-on definition, one that would make kdrama fans everywhere giggle even as they sheepishly concurred with every word, I got smacked in the face with barely disguised promos of individual dramas, all hyperlinked. Half of them titles I did not particularly fancy, too. What I was expecting was something like this:
A Korean drama is a goddamned itch that never goes away. Just ask Ockoala. Some people began watching it before they were born. Just ask Dahee Fanel. Some people’s temperaments have even been completely altered by it. Ask MisterX. On second thought, don’t ask him; you might get your head chewed off. A Korean drama is a logistical and scheduling nightmare because you’re watching five dramas concurrently and you need raws and subs and instant recall of what’s airing on what day and what’s replacing what in May and who’s recapping what and on which blog. A Korean drama will age you ten years and that’s from watching the rom-coms; don’t ask about the after-effects of watching a makjang. In short, be afraid, be extremely afraid.
Okay, that’s a pathetic example but you get the picture. I know you can do far better than that, right? So here’s the deal.
In ONE paragraph, define a Korean drama. Make your definition as funny as possible.
The funniest entry wins a US$50 gift certificate from Yesasia. There’s only one winner so try your best to impress my guest judges. Make them laugh till they pee in their pants! The contest closes two weeks from today: May 31, 2011. Good luck!