6 lessons from childhood that Kdrama characters seem to forget
Once you get to a certain level of Kdrama fandom, the line between the Kdrama world and reality can become a little bit fuzzy. Every once in a while, though, it’s good to take a step back and remind yourself that as much as you love your favorite Kdrama heroes and heroines, they may not always be the best role models. In fact, many Kdrama scenarios completely ignore the basic life rules we learned as children. Of course, half of them are orphans, so maybe that explains it...Here are 6 childhood lessons that Kdrama characters forgot:
1.Use your words
Seriously, how many hours of us shouting at the screen and ripping our hair out could be saved by following this simple advice? Has your rich family threatened the woman you love? Use your words. Do you have cancer? Use your words. Are you being falsely accused of something that could be cleared up really easily? Use your words. Staring silently and maybe reaching out a hand towards someone’s back doesn’t do anyone any good.
2.Keep your hands to yourself
At some point in childhood, I’m sure we all learned that touching people’s faces while they sleep is NOT okay. In fact, it’s kind of creepy. That never stopped a Kdrama character from stroking an acquaintance’s eyelashes! Can you imagine waking up to a near-stranger’s fingers on your face?
3.Look both ways before you cross the street
Being sad and/or in love is no excuse to go wandering into traffic! I’ve had sad moments in my life, but I don’t recall ever being so sad that I literally stopped hearing the cars honking and zooming around me. Same goes for the couples who walk towards each other and meet in the middle of the road, gazing into each other’s eyes. It’s all fun and games until you cause a ten-car pileup, folks.
The idea of jetting off with Lee Min Ho to a private island or staying the night in his beautiful beach house seem like wonderful ideas—until you realize that it’s basically kidnapping. Sure, Jun Pyo said that he told Jan Di’s parents where she was going, but that’s probably the same line serial killers say to little kids before luring them into a van with candy. And maybe Tan was only joking about selling Eun Sang's kidneys, but is that really a risk she should have taken? By avoiding running off with random strangers, you might miss your chance to catch a handsome chaebol, but you will also probably keep your kidneys in their rightful place.
Yes, this phrase is a way to help take the mystery out of potty training, but it’s also great advice for Kdrama leads. Trying to hide bodily functions has been played for laughs in quite a few dramas, including My Princess and Flower Boy Ramen Shop, just to name two. Actually, in the case of Flower Boy Ramen Shop, I guess better advice would be “Everyone poops, unless you’re Yang Eun Bi.”
6.If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all
Almost no Kdrama romance in the history of Kdrama romances would exist if characters followed this rule. How can the rich jerk leads fall for the spunky poor girl without first insulting her hair and her clothes and her family? In real life, insults don't generally lead to true love.
What other childhood lessons seem to be missing for your favorite Kdrama leads? Comment below!
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.