10 Signs that you haven’t seen enough Kdramas
We've already discussed the 5 kinds of Kdrama fans, but before you even register as one you have to have reached a certain level of Kdrama fandom. How can you tell when you’ve moved beyond casual viewership and into a full-blown obsession? Here are some clues to help you make the distinction. You should watch more Kdramas if…
1.You don’t know the lingo.
What’s an OTP? Oppa? S-line? These phrases will become second nature as you immerse yourself in the Kdrama world.
2.You have never caught yourself singing an OST (original soundtrack).
True Kdrama addicts watch their dramas so fast that those catchy tunes—for better or for worse—get permanently burned into their brains. Once you reach this level, you will sing in the shower. You will sing in the car. You will sing at the grocery store. Even if you don’t speak a word of Korean, that will never stop you. NEVER.
3.You have never had second male lead syndrome.
When you start a new drama, you honestly don’t know if the girl will choose the rich jerk or the nice, supportive friend in the end. How cute! I remember those days of innocence, back before second male lead after second male lead broke my heart.
4.You don’t have a bias.
Every drama is a new world to you, and every actor or actress is a revelation. You don’t even know any of their names yet, so it’s hard for you to play favorites at this stage in the game. One day, you will find yourself between dramas, and that’s probably the day when you will start stalking actor pages to find more from the people you love. After that, you'll get to the point where even a cameo will make you squeal.
5.You have never craved Korean food as a result of a drama.
Once you suddenly find yourself putting package after package of ramen into your grocery cart, that’s when you know you’ve reached a full Kdrama obsession. The same goes for Korean BBQ sauce or anything that you went out of your way to purchase at an international food store. No, bibimbap addictions don’t just come out of nowhere.
6.You have never said (or thought) a Korean word in an English conversation.
Once you’ve watched enough hours of subtitled programming, you will start to learn Korean by osmosis. This is an easy way to measure your fandom. It starts with a slipup saying “Omo!” or “Chincha?” and progresses into full sentences. That’s when your family members start to get worried.
7.You have never stalked a recap or review.
At some point, you are bound to have a visceral response to a show that sends you hurtling to the internet in search of validation. Surely, someone on the vast internet loved or hated this character/scene/dialogue as much as you did! You find like-minded writers and start to read their stuff for every show you watch because you need to feel like someone else gets it.
8.You don’t know the big shows.
After you immerse yourself in the Kdrama fan community, you start to gain an understanding of which shows are massively popular and which shows had a smaller audience. If you’ve ever encountered a fellow Kdrama fan and said, “There’s this show called Boys over Flowers. Have you heard of it?” you haven’t reached this stage yet.
9. You have never had a dream about a Kdrama.
Sometimes, it just isn’t possible to watch an entire show in one day. Once you start to dream (or hallucinate) about what might happen in future episodes, you know you’ve become a true Kdrama master. This is usually fueled by the previews at the end of each episode.
10.You have never marathoned a show.
Coffee Prince was my first Kdrama marathon. I distinctly remember that moment when it was 3:00 p.m. on a Saturday, I hadn’t showered or eaten, and I thought, “WHAT IS HAPPENING TO ME?!?” as I clicked on the “next episode” button. If you watch enough dramas, it isn’t a matter of if you will marathon a show, but rather when. All it takes is the right show to suck you in.
If you fall short in some of these categories, don’t panic! All it will take is a few more drama marathons to help you join the rest of us! (Jooooooin usssssssss!)
Vivi is an unapologetic Korean drama addict and blogger. She blogs with her kdrama best friend Coco at Kdrama Fighting! In her free time, she likes to bring her commentary to the DramaFever crowd.