KOREA-CANADA BLOG 2018

Notes From a K-Drama Fan: Diane

Happy Fall, All!

Today, I have an interview with Diane, who I met *get ready for it* via this blog!!! Diane is super knowledgeable about K-Dramas (especially historical Sageuk dramas) and she’s made some fab recommendations. I’m very lucky to have met her!! :)

Below is my interview with Diane on her favourite dramas and viewing habits. Please enjoy!!

1. How did you first get into Korean dramas?
I discovered K-drama strictly by accident. I had never watched one, and I didn’t even know any Korean people. One day, my husband was searching the Internet, and came across a program loaded with colour and high definition. He started watching, then started laughing, then told me I had to watch it. That was “A Gentleman’s Dignity”, and if you’ve seen it, you will know it had one of the best First Episodes ever! As soon as I watched it, I was hooked. That was 6 years ago, and my interest hasn’t lagged yet!
2. When did you realize there was no turning back?
I guess I was expecting it to wear off, but it hasn’t happened yet. There really is no replacement that I have found in the World of Entertainment. Hollywood, in my opinion, has long abdicated the throne with dark murderous messages, and lack of subtlety. They are more interested in political messaging and preaching, and have lost the ability to portray people honestly.
3. How does watching K Drama make you feel?
I feel many different things, depending on the drama, but that is the point. I feel, and recognize, many different things in the range of human emotions and experience. Sometimes that is sadness, anger, humour, and best of all, a glimmer of illumination. I have also learned and investigated history and geography that I never would have known, so it has broadened my horizons.
4. When do you like to watch it the most?
I really like to do some work in my day, and use K-drama as a reward. Otherwise, I feel that I don’t deserve the break.
5. If you could only watch 3 dramas for the rest of your life, which would you pick?
That is a very hard question, because there are many dramas for many moods. Having said that, my number one drama of all time, is “Eyes of Dawn”, a historical masterpiece, so that would be the first. Next I would choose “Deep-Rooted Tree” for a Sageuk, and because I love the story of King Sejong. After that, I suppose “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho”, for a comedy-romance. I would definitely be sad to limit myself to three, however!

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Thanks so much for the interview, Diane!!! :)

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