(The story of how I started watching Korean dramas.)
If I can remember correctly, I started watching Korean shows in 2012. At that time, I was actually in a boarding school and was set to complete high school the following year. It was during a school break, but I had to be in school to take extra preparatory classes for an upcoming exam.
A little background information: I attended high school in Ghana. I was in a boarding school, so students were not allowed to have any form of electrical devices on the campus. Also, in West Africa during the third year of high school, every student has to write what we call WASSCE. Now WASSCE (West African Senior School Certificate Examination) is a type of standardised test in West Africa that grants students admission into universities, and It is administered by the West African Examinations Council.
With that said, I definitely should have been studying instead of watching dramas, but a girl needed to relax a little. Now a friend of mine happened to sneak in a mini CD player and invited a few of us to watch movies with her. On getting there, I noticed that it was not an English film. So I asked her what country the movie was from, and she said Korea. Oh well, it did not really matter to me because I just wanted to hang out. So that was how I began watching Boys Over Flowers. I remember watching an episode each day because we all did not have that much free time due to the upcoming exams. As each day passed, I became more intrigued by the story and the actors. I was eager to know what next was going to happen between Gu Jun-Pyo and Geum Jan-di. After completing Boys Over Flowers, I went on to watch Playful kiss, You’re Beautiful, City Hunter, Personal Taste and many others. At this point, I had lost all control because the kdrama obsession had long begun.
In 2013 after completing high school, I came straight over to Canada to study. With access to drama streaming sites like Dramafever(it was great while it lasted, sad to see them end so abruptly) and Viki, I began to watch not just Korean dramas but also Chinese, Japanese and Taiwanese dramas. I had a whole new world in front of me. I was mesmerised by the amount of work and dedication that went into each of these productions. At first, I simply watched kdramas because of the actors I knew, but with time, I became sure of what I liked and what I did not enjoy. It no longer mattered to me if you were my favourite actor or actress because I am not going to sit through anything that stresses me. Honestly, when I watch something that does not sit well with me, I easily get irritated by how the story or characters have been portrayed. All the same, my favourite actor starting out was Lee Min-ho, and my favourite actress was Park Shin-Hye. Currently, I have many actresses that I really admire but my all time favourite actor is Lee Joon-gi. I mean the man excels in all that he does (there is no room for argument here).
I also stumbled into the kpop world through kdramas, I remember that the first kpop group I ever listened to was Infinite. I discovered them through the drama High School Love On, which starred two of their members, Nam Woo-Hyun and Lee Sung-yeol. Over the years, I have listened to numerous Korean pop groups and solo artists from various genres (indie, hip hop, folk, neo-soul, RnB, etc.). I also listen to some good old Korean classics. Basically, when it comes to music, I listen to whatever I like, I do not restrict myself based on groups or favoured artists.
So there it is, my first Korean drama was Boys Over Flowers, and the first kpop group I listened to was Infinite. I just wanted to share what factors led me to this beautiful space. I will like to hear your stories as well, so do share.
Until my next post, take care, and if you’re in Canada, please try not to get swallowed in the snow.