If you're on DramaFever, chances are that you have an addiction to dramas, whether they're K-dramas, J-dramas, T-dramas, or novelas. But how did you get to this place? Here are the 9 steps on the pathway to drama addiction that most viewers experience. If you haven't hit all of them yet, don't worry! You'll get there soon enough!

Step 1: Taking the bait

Maybe your Netflix suggestions list keeps insisting that you should watch something called Boys over Flowers. Maybe you have a friend with a crazy Korean obsession, and you have finally agreed to check out one episode as a sign of solidarity. Whatever the case, you figure you have nothing better to do, so you'll just see what this show is all about...


Step 2: Playing it cool


(from My Love from Another Star)

At this stage, you're intrigued, but you don't want to show your hand too much. You say things like, "Oh, I know it's silly. I'm only watching because my plans fell through" or "I can't believe everyone got amnesia! I just needed a little fluff before getting back to serious shows like Breaking Bad." You're not fooling anyone.


Step 3: Falling into the cliffhanger trap


(from Sly and Single Again)

Up to this point, you've held it together pretty well, but then someone gets hit by a car or the main couple finally moves in for the kiss. And they freeze. And the music plays. And for the first time, you look at your watch and say, "I just need to see the first ten minutes of the next episode before bed!"


Step 4: Turning to the internet

If you don't have friends who watch dramas, this is bound to happen at some point. You suddenly start clearing out your Google search history when you realize it's filled with phrases like "______ Korean drama recaps," "dramas like __________" and "Oppa meaning Korean."


Step 5: Your first marathon


(from Answer Me 1994)

You really thought you had things under control. The next thing you know, you're still in your pajamas at 4:00 p.m., and you have no idea where the last seven hours went.


Step 6: Finding Dramafever


(from History of a Salaryman)

Once you start googling Korean dramas, you realize that you don't have to be limited to the shows you can find on Netflix or Hulu. Finding DramaFever feels like hitting the jackpot, but it only feeds your growing habit by giving you access to a large library of dramas.


Step 7: Caving in to the allure of the simulcast


(from I Need Romance 3)

Maybe your favorite actor is in a new drama. Maybe the plot sounds like a dream. Whatever the reason, you cave, and, against your better judgment, you start watching a currently airing series. You just don't have the patience to wait until the end, so you suffer through the week-long wait, counting the days until the next episode.


Step 8: Doubling the drama


(from Marry Him If You Dare)

With the simulcast comes the step of watching multiple dramas at once. At the beginning of your drama journey, watching two episodes a week would have seemed normal, but not now! You might watch two (or three...or seven...) shows at the same time just to meet your drama cravings.


Step 9: Announcing your addiction


(from City Hall)

Your family and friends have suspected that something was off when you kept skipping functions to stay home on the weekends. At some point, you can't hide your obsession anymore, and you declare your drama love to the world! Maybe the dam breaks when you accidentally start using Korean words in regular conversation. Maybe you start listening to K-pop in the car. Whatever the breaking point is, your secret's out, and your next mission is to lure new people to step #1!


How did you start your drama addiction? What was your first drama? Comment below!


Vivi is an unapologetic Korean drama addict and blogger. She blogs with her K-drama best friend Coco at Kdrama Fighting! In her free time, she likes to bring her commentary to the DramaFever crowd.

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