Ever have that moment when you're watching a K-drama and you think "wait....what just happened?". Sometimes our eyes are strained from all the rolling and our voices hoarse from all the screaming. But some of the things that make the least sense (I'll use piggyback rides to the hospital as an example) are the things that make us the most deliriously happy when it happens on the screen. Here are 10 things in K-dramas that we often find ourselves rolling our eyes at but that we secretly love. 

1. The silly disguises

For some reason, K-drama characters think that if they put a scarf around their head or put on sunglasses, that no one will recognize them. The first time I saw it in a K-drama, I thought the character was so silly for thinking it would work...and then it did work. I don't understand why putting a scarf around one's head or a pair of glasses on translates to not being recognized by people who know you. 

Playful Kiss: Baek Seung Jo's mom

You're Beautiful: Hwang Tae Kyung 


2. Girls playing boys

I have no problem with this common story type in K-dramas, but what doesn't make sense is how easily people are fooled by these girls' disguises.  It's so hard to believe that anyone would ever think these beautiful girls are boys! I know that a lot of K-drama male leads are also beyond beautiful and sometimes have a very feminine beauty about them, but I still think a boy haircut does not a boy make. 

To The Beautiful You: Sulli

You're Beautiful: Go Mi Nam


3. A lovable Second Lead

We all know about Second Lead Syndrome! It's one of the most frustrating things about K-dramas, but at the same time one of my favorite things. I love arguing for hours with my friends whether the main female lead should end up with the main male lead or the second male lead. Hours of conversations have been had! And yet it still shocks me that the female leads will pick a much less deserving male lead over a very kind and sweet second lead. 

The Master's Sun: Seo In Guk

Playful Kiss: Bong Joon Gu


4. Deer in the headlights kissing scenes

One of the things most often anticipated in a K-drama is the first kiss. When will it be? How will it happen? Will they finally be together and happy? But when the first kiss is met with one of the characters looking shell shocked, it can feel like a huge let down. Let's face it, sometimes first kisses are just plain awkward. If it was the only kiss in the whole drama, I probably would be pretty disappointed. Most of the time we get to see a more romantic second kiss, and it is oh-so worth the wait!

My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox

Pride and Prejudice


5. Wardrobe choices

K-drama is a leader in the world of fashion. There is so much inspiration to be had there (think Cheon Song Yi from My Love From Another Star's lipstick that spurred a massive shopping spree and sold out a particular shade around the world). Sometimes, however, fashion can go wrong. 

Flower Boy Next Door: Cha Do Hwi

Full House: Lee Young Jae


6. K-drama amnesia

Amnesia is often used to advance the plot past where it is. It is often accompanied by big eye rolls by the viewers as it's recognized as a plot device over a realistic turn of events. Although it can be effective as a hurdle to bring the two main characters together or to separate them for awhile, I'm still left asking the question isn't there a better way?

I Hear Your Voice

Boys Over Flowers: Goo Jun Pyo


7. Nosebleeds

Why are there so many nosebleeds in K-dramas? It almost always revolves around extreme stress or extreme studying and is often a big source of embarrassment for the character. 

Boys Over Flowers: Geum Jan Di


8. Piggyback rides

What is the obsession with piggyback rides? And why do so many K-drama characters think of it as a convenient form of transportation? Sometimes a character gets hurt and needs some help. Other times it's because a character is too drunk to walk. But often I feel the character gets drunk or hurt just so that there can be a piggyback scene to bring more romantic tension to the K-drama.

High School - Love On

Good Doctor


9. Bad perms

The absolutely worst hair style in K-dramas, and it's everywhere! Both of these hairstyles speak for themselves: BAD!

Full House Take 2: Jang Man Ok

Doctor Stranger: Park Hoon


10. No Season 2

There is nothing worse than investing all that time into a K-drama to realize it's really done. There is no more and won't be anymore for these characters. In a very few small cases, you might get a season 2, but it's not even guaranteed. Liar Game, there better be a season 2! You can't leave us hanging like that. It's a blessing and a curse. Everyone is forced to make the story as perfect as they can in one season without dragging everything on, BUT we still want more!

photo credits (dramabeans, kdramastars, kdramafighting, soompi) 


What drives you crazy about your favorite K-dramas? 


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