DramaFever How To’s: Dating an Asian Drama Addict

Young men – are you lusting after a PYT who’s also an Asian Drama Addict (ADA)? Let it be known – you probably do have some very heavy shoes to fill if your lady shows strong signs of dreaming of a very romanticized life of love, angst, and very unnecessarily complicated situations.

Here are a few tips:

1. Study conventional Asian drama tropes and situations.

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Be familiar with what you’re working with here – Asian drama addicts will find it fate if she’s realizes she’s in situations so eerily similar to that of Hana Yori Dango, Secret Garden, or Fated to Love You. Take what you know and then throw your own little twist on the situation.

While I’m not suggesting you make your mother sound like the spawn of the devil or you feign a rare terminal disease, but any sort of situation where a little bit of angst comes in – is ideal. I mean, complicated relationships are much more interesting anyway, right? If they weren’t, Asian dramas wouldn’t be so popular.

2. Learn to be very sensitive – and always have tissues on hand.

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What Asian drama addict doesn’t cry while watching really moving Asian dramas? You can safely make the educated guess that situations in real life easily move her as well.

3. Be very exaggerated – in everything that you do in your relationship.

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Did she make you dinner? Respond with a really enthusiastic “umai/oishii!” or “mashittda/mashisseoyo!” (or whatever Asian language you so desire). Add a little fist pump with dance move or act like the kids in this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA4bImF1XSg">commercial.

Did she call you and ask you to come over right away? RUN TO HER. When you show up, look really haggard and out of breath, as if you dashed through obstacles just to make it seem like you just HAD to see her as soon as you could.

The simplest of things in the real world – is heightened in the drama world. The more ridiculous you can be in any sort of romantic situation, the more likely you are going to get some swoon worthy points.

4. Make her go blind with a shiny new look – literally. 

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Honestly, you don’t have to be ridiculously good looking for your beloved Asian drama addict to take notice of you. You just have to make sure you stand out in a way that she can’t notice you. Always stand in front of her – on your best side and in good lighting, make sure your skin glows with some glitter, and it also helps if your teeth is so white that it’s enough to make anyone go blind.

5. Play the annoyingly frustrating leading man – don’t be the too good to be true second fiddle.

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Women can be complicated. Asian drama addicts are perhaps even more complicated. Don’t be that perfect supporting male character that the audience obviously knows that she should be with – but rather the equally complicated and very troublesome leading man instead. Go ahead, play the ice cold jerk of a character – but then, do a complete 180, and surprise her with some equally puzzling gestures, such as doing the famous hug from behind – or the reach and pull hug. Be really forceful and brooding about going on a date with her – and then wait for her all day in the rain.

6. Become an Asian addict – or better yet, you already are.

This one is fairly easy. The couple that watches Asian dramas together - will stay together. Are you new to the Asian drama scene? Pay attention to these introduction lists from DramaFever: Japanese Dramas and Taiwanese Dramas

*Disclaimer: Take these tips at your own discretion. :D