안녕하세요! 제 이름은론입니다. Oh wait, did I just type in Korean? Woops, hope you understood that. But if not, what I said was, “Hello! My name is Ron.”
At the moment, the fan base of the K-Culture (Korean Culture) is rapidly increasing. A lot of people are getting into their music (K-Pop), their food (Kimchi is love), their idols (Annyeong Oppa and/or Noona), and most especially into their shows (K-Drama).
If you’ve watched K-dramas before, you know very well the stages we go through before and after watching one. Whether you’re a fan of Korean dramas or not, here are the stages you go through:
- “Make It or Break it” Stage
In the first few episodes of the drama, you’re not sure yet whether you’re going to like it or not. The drama needs to make it or break it for you. By this stage, you’re deciding whether to drop the drama or bear with it a little bit more.
- “Swooning” Stage
Congratulations on deciding to continue the drama! The “Swooning” stage is when you’ve not only accepted the drama, but also fell in love with it! You’ve fallen in love with the oppas and noonas, wishing to exist in their world. You start to ship every character that you think fits together, or sometimes, you just ship yourself to them.
- “그럴 리가! (geu-reol-li-ga – It can’t be!)” Stage
그럴 리가! or It can’t be! in Korean, is what I say when there are sad moments in the drama. This becomes the frustrating part of the whole story. Of course, what makes a drama a drama, is the drama! Does that make sense? Well, it simply means when the character starts to face trials. It could either be their parents won’t allow their marriage, or they’re slowly falling apart, or if worse comes to worst, your favorite character dies!
- “Bargaining” Stage
This is when the drama is slowly coming to an end, and you start bargaining with everything. You bargain with yourself, whether to watch the drama slower so you can enjoy more time seeing oppa and/or noona. You one-sidedly bargain with the show, you spam the comment box and demand for another season, you go on twitter and rant about almost ending it, you slowly become a mess. You’re in denial that the drama is about to end.
- “Post Drama Syndrome” Stage
You’ve finally ended the drama. You’re a wreck. You lost the will to live. You don’t know what to do with your life anymore. All because the series you were just watching just ended. You’ll no longer see your oppa and/or noona. You slowly become “depressed”. Depending on how deeply attached you are to the drama, you find it hard to move on. Personally, it takes me 3 months before I can move on. I have friends that haven’t been able to move on, even a year after the drama ended. But, it’s okay! Take your time to move on.
- “Acceptance” or “Withdrawal” Stage
By this time, it’s been a few days/weeks/months/years in, and you’re slowly starting to move on. You’ve accepted that it is done and it’s all in the past now. You start to withdraw your deep emotions and attachment. You won’t feel as sad as the time the drama ended before. This is the time when you start looking for another drama, another oppa, another noona. But, it’s alright, whatever makes you happy!
And that wraps our drama-filled article for today. What are your favorite K-dramas?
ABOUT THE WRITER:
Ron Daliva is a precious little starfish that actually hates starfishes but is a starfish. He likes to eat potatoes in his free time and he loves photography too!