Journal of anime ramblings, fiction works and reflections
…and what I don’t like about them.
I was introduced to Korean Dramas in high school, during ninth grade. My first one was Boys Over Flowers and what easily pulled me in was the flawlessness of all the main male actors. I really don’t care for the plot as they all seem like recycled story lines that are presented in different ways, with a fresh cast of flawless guys for me to drool over; and cute female protagonists for me to vicariously live through. From the few I have watched so far, it’s always about some rich, asshole-y guy falling for the girl, who isn’t really high on the social ladder and them overcoming loads of obstacles that stand in their way of being together.
I use it as a romance filler so what shoujo anime cannot satisfy, I use Kdrama to fill that gap. And while the romance remains as cheesy and silly as ever, I still have my fangirl moments and coo over all the cute, romantic scenes.
BUT…there is a but.
There is something that stands in the way of how much I can really enjoy the romance factor of kdrama. And that is the lack of actual romance between the characters, even if their chemistry is on point. Oh, that’s another thing I love about Kdramas; how they make chemistry work. The characters – no matter the pairing – just all seem to work and I appreciate that. I haven’t seen them all yet, but so far the chemistry I have seen is great.
This is what I can’t appreciate about Kdramas. The sheer disrespect for what a real kiss is supposed to look. I don’t really care for deep kissing but at least let them close their eyes….or let the guy close his eyes while the girl stands al wide-eyed and frozen to the spot. It’s honestly awkward to imagine being kissed and just staring right into the guy’s eyes…or know that he’s staring.
Well…that’s 3 points for anime knowing how to get the kiss properly.
Also, why does the girl never hug back? When the guy pulls her back and squeezes her tight, she just stands there; a blank expression on her face. My “aww” moments die pretty quickly because of this. Anime also executes these scenes a lot better than Kdrama – or at least, the ones I have seen so far.
Those are my two problems with Korean dramas. I really like them and can get pulled in really easily if the chemistry is strong enough. But I do hope something can change about how well they let the characters do their thing…