I organized my blog!!! Considering just how multi this multifandom blog has grown I figured it was a good time to put together a tags page, also included a section of drama recs, blogs I think you should check out and where to watch Asian dramas, hopefully some of you will find it useful ^^ LINK
Queen Inhyun’s Man
"Waise yeh rang tumpe, utna bhi bura nahi lagta"
“But, he said, the Korean soap opera also highlights how the Chinese value aspects of their traditional culture that can be seen in the drama.
“’The core and soul of the Korean opera is a distillation of traditional Chinese culture,’ Wang said. ‘It just propagates traditional Chinese culture in the form of a TV drama.”From the article that inspired/was plagiarized by the Jezebel post.I think one of the reasons I like Kdrama so much is because it feels so foreign, while other Asian dramas may as well be taking place in Ohio. Korean drama didn’t outgrow the old ways and traditions the way Chinese and Japanese television seem to have done, which makes it feel special.
I really dislike the way western media always describe/quote the Chinese and what they say, as if everyone talks in a way that makes them sound like awkward fools…
For me personally, I think it’s just that cdramas have a fundamentally different narrative (?) from Western/Korean dramas. (C-dramas meaning mainland Chinese, not Taiwanese dramas, which are completely different) From all the dramas I’ve watched and seen my parents watch since I can remember, c-dramas share this focus on the struggles of the individual in life, in war, in history.
There’s alot of ugliness - the ugliness of people, of society, of politics, of money. There’s a whole genre of dramas on financial corruption in businesses today. Politics today generally doesn’t show up on TV likely due to censorship, but politics in historical dramas are all about scheming and corruption and factionalism. Another genre of dramas are stories about individuals and families who live in poverty and struggle for a decent life. The middle class form a large bulk of cdrama worlds, there’s a large number of dramas about middle class working woes, family problems etc. Marriage is a huge topic, but marriage is talked about through women who struggle to find partners, parents who match make children, or middle-aged couples with marriages breaking down and kids to think about. Also, people are much less well-dressed and made-up…
And it’s not just the subject matter that is ugly, the style of directing as well. Cdramas tend to be melodramatic but not stylish, colors are much less bright, more skewed towards grey, the chinese city environments are much less clean. There seems to be much less focus on the music used, no such thing as official OSTs etc etc
Basically, I think that kdramas offer a welcome alternative for entertainment that the cdramas cant offer. Kdramas are pretty, stylish, with stories about rich people in general etc Cdramas remind people of the sucky things in reality, while kdramas take you out of it.
Some recent cdramas have started to imitate kdramas and twdramas to be modern and trendy and romance-fueled, but I think the industry is generally quite new to these, so it’s like a B-grade copies of TW/K-drama counterparts. No surprise that people prefer the better quality ones.
With regards to the comments on kdrama preserving more of Chinese traditional culture, there is possibly some truth in that. Confucian values have largely eroded in China after the Communist Party came into power. The CCP directed alot of effort into erasing traditional culture to convert people into communists. Then China industrialised and grew so rapidly in the past 30 years, and people have been saying that this has produced a culture of money above anything else, hence so much corruption. These are stuff people have been talking about for many years. And I think you do see it reflected in the dramas. Whereas in Korea, there’s been no such disruption and instead, culture has been highly prized and well-preserved. (I’m not sure all of it is a good thing, for eg I feel like the age hierarchy is quite ridiculous at times…)
Anyway, just some random thoughts I have.
I’ve always given ppl that don’t watch Cdramas the benefit of the doubt and thought that maybe they just don’t know about Cdramas
and when i read this….there’s so much prejudice in this post…
as a Chinese person that loves to watch QUALITY Cdramas, I feel really insulted right now
I quit watching You from the Stars on like Episode 10 and moved on to an awesome historical Cdrama that involves crime solving, martial arts, and just plain beautiful scenery (which by the way Kdramas have the lamest scenery since korea is such a tiny country)
you know what, if you seriously have this much prejudice about Cdramas, then fuck off
i can’t believe people would actually rather watch a cinderella-esque storyline loaded with plot-holes than a quality series like 甄嬛传, 舞乐传奇，or 精忠岳飞 even
Sure, Kdramas have lots of good looking people, fairytale plots, catchy OSTs, stylish and glamorous lifestyle, but those are all marketing tactics to lure people who feel like their lives are sucky as it is and granting their wish of living in an alternative universe.
As for the comment stating that Kdramas feel foreign and Cdramas/Jdramas could just take place in Ohio is overall ridiculous to me that I could just laugh. That person must only watch Kdramas and clearly have not watch the so call other Asian dramas to know the difference.
Sure, the topic matter of Cdramas are “ugly” or should I say “realistic.” Why should Mainland China dramas beautify and glamorize something that clearly majority of their audience know is not true? Those topic matter are about human nature, about life, about conflicts, and about overcoming them and growing into a better person at the end.
Most of Quality modern Cdramas (besides the idol dramas) are filled with dilemmas and cultural values. I choose to watch them not because I want to be reminded of “the sucky things” in life, but because the plot had “heart”, had meaning, had human imperfections and allowed me to face those harsh realities and end up stronger at the end (not complaining about why the world is cruel/unfair, but appreciate oneself and make a change for the better).
Sure, you might think that Cdramas focus less on the music, but according to me - I was too busy focusing on the plot that the subtle beautiful background music had been forgotten. As for Kdramas, they purposely embedded the osts into their dramas for marketing purposes and as a mean of reminding you what drama you’re watching.
I really don’t get why people are attacking the style of directing. I think directing style of Cdramas depends on the mood and the feel of the drama itself. It varies among series and genre, if you watch a lot you would notice the difference in coloring, lighting, and editing. While I find Kdramas have an overall cookie cutter style of directing for all of their dramas, that sometimes I feel like I’m watching the same drama over and over again.
Overall, I tried very hard to not be bias. As much as I know how many people still prefer Kdramas over their other Asian counterparts, I still want to voice my opinion on the matter as someone who had watched different types dramas ranging from kdrama, cdrama, twdrama, jdrama, hkdrama, singaporean dramas, thai drama, tellywood, and vietnamese dramas.
I think overall, Kdrama does an amazing job in marketing their dramas to the youth and to the fairytale dreamers. Kdramas, in my opinion, is notorious for glamorizing Korean lifestyle when in fact there are many ugliness beneath the surface that foreign audiences are shocked to know because most of their knowledge of Korea is from dramas and kpop. As for their Asian counterparts, they don’t shy away from the ugly truth…
Thank you to hkctvdramas for pointing it out - THAT THEY ALL MATTER. Kdramas are NOT the end all of the Asian drama landscape. I find each country has something unique to offer —- new stories to delve into, unique landscapes to explore, a new medium in which we are able to communicate and share cultural values. Why can’t we appreciate them for these wonderful differences instead of ignorantly pitching them against one another? >.<
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Shi Shi + Fashion
why do i always assume everyone looks like their icon
im not kidding
if your icon was a goat
i would think that you are a goat
A-Z of IPK: K for Kisses