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Why global audiences are falling in love with K-drama romances

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha star Kim Seon-ho overcomes false abortion claim scandal ENTERTAINMENT 18 Apr 2022 Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha star Kim Seon-ho overcomes false… Kim Jong-uns Hollywood makeover highlights new…U.N. panel coordinator urges stepped up focus on North Korea cyber… The series Twenty Five Twenty One explores first love both the sweet and the bitter parts of it. Photos Handout In recent times the nuanced slow-paced story lines of Korean dramas have emerged as a poignant alternative to Hollywood romantic comedies. Across genres – action crime sci-fi – Korean dramas regularly integrate romantic elements. And bringing viewers to tears is one of their foremost measures of success.

Korean creators have become masters at moving peoples hearts without big and flashy spectacles said Choi Young-hun director of K-drama One The Woman. The iron rule of Korean dramas is that… you need to be able to empathise with the characters. This is in line with Korean cultural norms according to Choi Traditionally Koreans often move according to their heart rather than with their heads based on interests and pros and cons. Among those emotions tears are especially important.

One of the things that successful Korean dramas have in common is that in any genre of drama there are always scenes that move viewers and make them cry. The tension between the characters in Business Proposal is palpable from the start. The tension between the characters in Business Proposal is palpable from the start. At the heart of this emotional response is what Suk-Young Kim a professor at the school of theatre film and television at UCLA who studies Korean popular culture calls mildang a Korean-language word for the prevailing rhythms of a romantic encounter and one that captures why audiences cant seem to stop watching a romantic K-drama once they have begun.

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Its like pulling and being pulled by your potential romantic interest in a very tantalising and cliffhanger way Kim said. Its like emotional tug of war in a much more subtle and cute way. I think that expression is also pointing to this fuzzy intermediary zone between erotic romance and friendship.

 

K-dramas slow-forming friendships which evolve into romance over time often register as more wholesome than the rapid-fire rom-com often marked not by delicate moments but with grand gestures.

 

For many drama fans the most refreshing part of K-dramas approach to romance is the way the love story unfolds without forthright sexual tension.

 

Audiences connect with the main characters on an emotional level an investment that deepens as the payoff is withheld.

 

Our Beloved Summer is a great K-drama which shows how some relationships are just meant to be.

Our Beloved Summer is a great K-drama which shows how some relationships are just meant to be.

 

In the popular drama Romance Is A Bonus Book for example the romance between two lifelong friends who reconnect after ones divorce is handled deliberately treading as lightly as old friends might.

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