The Korean drama Racket Boys is halfway over, and I just feel that there is not enough buzz out there in Dramaland about this amazing gem of a show. So I figured I would try and nag you all to join me in watching since there is nothing I like more than making others watch great drama. So join me as I share the five top reasons you should check out this show.
#5 Bringing the Feels
If you loved Prison Playbook, then this is a must-watch drama for you. It has the same writer and the same slice of life writing style. This writing style is perfect for creating connections to all the characters and what happens as they live their lives. I didn’t think it was possible, but I might even be more overwhelmed emotionally with this than I was with Prison Playbook. At least once an episode, I just have that moment that makes me happy to be alive. When you have so much stress coming from everyday life, this is the perfect show to renew your faith in humanity.
#4 Found Family
We have so many great connections between the youths, the coaches, and the villagers. The crossover between these three groups provides unlimited stories that describe village life, competitive sports, and changing family dynamics. I love that this writer really delves into looking past the outward appearance of people into what they really need emotionally.
#3 Quirky and Likable Villagers
Usually, you don’t have third-tier characters that you really become invested in. That is not the case with the Villagers in Racket Boys. Not only do they all have distinct roles to play in the town dynamic, but they create a strong found family for all the people moving in from the city. I could easily watch a whole drama just about these characters having town meetings and snooping into everyone’s business. They are a true treasure.
#2 Middle School Romance
We don’t often get a real to life romance from dramas. They usually are either setting up some epic high school romance or a dramatic entanglement for characters in their twenties/thirties. But in Racket Boys,we get immersed in the feels of first love. The kind that is awkward, hormonal, and sometimes one-sided. Rarely have I seen a group of kids have such a natural experience, and I swear this could have been me back in the day, trying on lip gloss to impress the kid down the block.
#1 Tang Joon-Sang
Tang Joon-Sang is one of those actors where you know they are going to make great things in the future. After getting attention from his small role in Crash Landing on You, he exploded onto the small screen in 2021 with back-to-back dramas Move to Heaven and Racket Boys. He is proving that he has the skills to play varied characters, and Tong Joon Sang keeps the focus on him anytime he is on screen. If you want to jump in at the beginning of a fandom, I think this actor is the one to choose!
There you go, five solid reasons to start this drama ASAP. What are your favorite moments, and are you as hooked as me? Whether you are just starting it or sucked into the feels, let me know in the comments.
Til our next amazing drama,
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