Is That a Thing? Dramas vs Real Life in Korea

When I was putting together my post of Korean culture questions for MiataMama, Kdrama Jen helpfully suggested that she had some host daughters who live in Korea, and that they could  answer questions too! So below we have answers from HostDaughter1, who is 26, a former military officer and current office worker; and HostDaughter2, who is 21 and currently a student at a prestigious Korean university. MiataMama is an American. She and her children are in Korea with her husband, who has been stationed there with the US military for a few years. 

It’s been interesting to see their different responses to these questions, and to see the difference in their experiences. Enjoy!

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The Maknae’s Journey through the Classics: The Greatest Love

I’ve figured out lately that I collect biases a little differently than other people. For instance, I will watching anything that Lee Hong Ki is in, not for his looks, but for his adorable personality–his humor just shines through. Lee Dong Wook is masterful at conveying his emotions and has a great sense of comic timing. And now that I’ve watched Hwayugi and The Greatest Love, I am on the Cha Seung Won train–the man is a capable actor who cracks me up even when he’s being ridiculously cheesy. That takes some serious talent, in my estimation.

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The Fangirl’s Journey Through The Classics: Queen of Mystery

Every once in a while there is that odd drama that none of The Fangirls got around to watching when it aired.  Queen of Mystery (Mystery Queen) is just such a drama.  Unexpectedly, the talented promotions for Queen of Mystery 2 had us wondering if we had missed something special.  So come join us as we share our thoughts on Queen of Mystery and maybe you will discover it is a show you should be checking out as well. Continue reading

The Maknae’s Journey through the Classics: Kill Me, Heal Me

My husband and I often talk about psychology and mental health. We took a few classes together in college and he has a master’s degree in a psychology-related field. We’ve talked about how it seems like Korean culture doesn’t really have an open dialogue about things like depression and anxiety. So when I talked his ear off about Kill Me, Heal Me, his first comment was, “I thought kdramas didn’t deal with mental health!” I laughed. Kill Me, Heal Me is aaaaaaaaaaaallllllllllll about the mental health! And I loved it the whole time I was watching it.

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Jen and Karie’s Delightful Repartee: Admitting to “Not My Drama” Syndrome

Karie the Maknae: When you hang out with the same set of kdrama friends online, it’s inevitable that you’ll end up watching the same thing so that you can know what your friends are referring to. And perhaps those friends will try to convince you with terms like “grasslands hottie” or “Han Jiang’s sexy feet” (in this humble writer’s opinion, there is no such thing as sexy feet) or “shaman hottie”. LOL. I swear we watch dramas for the stories. Really!

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The Maknae’s Journey through the Classics: Secret Garden

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You know what always sounds good in theory? Chocolate lava cakes. All that rich chocolate goodness, and then the molten chocolate in the middle to enjoy when the cake runs out. But every time I order one of them, I get to the end of the cake and remember that I don’t have that much of a sweet tooth and it’s a burden to finish the syrup. But I ordered it, so by golly, I will finish it!!
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