Why do dramas do that? Part 1 by the creators of Dramabeans
As you are watching more and more dramas, you might notice recurring narratives and cultural references that you may not always understand or that have just stirred questions in your mind.
From the most basic constituents of Korean dramas and culture to a detailed questioning of the storytelling and acting in specific situations, the new e-book by the creators of Dramabeans.com – a US-based website dedicated to summarize and review Korean dramas – deconstructs Korean dramas in a very methodic approach. Why Do Dramas Do That? Part 1 can be both read as an introduction to Korean dramas for newbies as well as a complementary tool to further delve into the understanding of the characters and situations for more heavy viewers. And it is the only e-book in English to discuss Korean dramas!
The book starts by defining the necessary notion of Hallyu, explaining the usual structure and shooting process of Korean dramas, as well as categorizing the types of stories. Afterwards, the authors explore more in depth key notions of Korean culture applied to dramas: reflection of social status in speech, the obsession with money and (extreme) differences in social ranks as well as recurring narrative hooks. Those hooks include a first love, a hidden birth secret, memory loss, incest, attraction of two characters with extremely opposite backgrounds, back-hugs and blind stubbornness.
This first book was published in October 2013, and the authors are currently writing a second book. This e-book is available on Amazon Kindle store for only £1.27. For this price, it is definitely worth a read, if you can find time between two dramas.