Open Thread #741 » Dramabeans Korean drama recaps

Happy New Year to everyone who contributed to this site! I would like to echo those who say their discovery of drama was one of the highlights of their year. It sure was one of mine! Among the many excellent writers and commentators here, I want to send a special thank you to @missvictrix who (maybe?) is one of the founders of the site? As a modern reader, I don’t know the history of drama. I’ve always appreciated her summaries, and her thoughtful article this fall on the popularity of Squid games was one of the things that got me hooked on my weekly, sometimes daily check of drama content.

This week, I went back to the site’s archive and read some of her other articles from several years ago, such as “PPL: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” (December 26, 2018), a revealing history article, “Don’t Call My K-Drama a Soap: (January 16, 2019), then my favorite, ‘I need romance?’ (October 20, 2019) – which generated some great reader comments. Which really opened my eyes to a form of K-drama I didn’t get to, “Behind the Nona Romance.”
I’ve always been annoyed by the suffering that supposedly old women in these romance stories did, and I thought (as an older man – not like that) that he was really sexist. Older men and young women are usually paired up in American films and television without any kind of comment.

But missvictrix made the excellent point that regardless of the double standards, in fact these women were allowed to choose in love, and the anxieties of these portrayed romances were the result of reflections on love’s role in personal growth that may not have been a common theme for young women in K- Standard romance.
This insight really helped explain what really bothered me about such a fun drama of women’s empowerment. Search: www. Why did Bye Tami tear up for 10 episodes about the fact that a young, smart, talented and sensitive hunk not only loved her dearly, but also respected her as a successful businesswoman who wanted to have a typical romantic relationship? True, he was considerably younger, but he wasn’t much for people to notice. After reading Behind Nona’s Romance, I realized, somewhat reluctantly, that the writers were exploiting Bey Tami’s mental disorder in her romance as a substitute for her uncertainty about her career.
However – I still kind of grumble at the thought of that “reconciliation” where she (HUGS!) hugs her young lover after a painful breakup, while whispering in his ear that they probably won’t be together for long. I get an even more enthusiastic response from my dog ​​on my return after a short trip to buy groceries!
Anyway, my mixed response to romance in search: WWW aside, I have no such reservations about @missvictrix’s work. I know many here have already read all of these articles, but if you haven’t you have definitely checked them out. They will expand your appreciation for what’s to come…

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