One of the first Kdramas I watched after finishing You’re Beautiful, was Boys Over Flowers. Once again, I picked it based off of the cover (the image above on the left).
I guess, I’m obsessed with reverse-harem dramas – basically, dramas where there is one gooby, underdog, semi-unattractive girl who has multiple rich/handsome/popular guys that fall in love with her, and then the drama ensues. I mean, what part of that doesn’t sound enticing?
This drama stars Lee Min-Ho – who has become one of my favorite Kdrama stars. His hair is absolutely, ridiculous in this drama, but still. He totally captures my heart despite being a bad boy, and I’ve really enjoyed all of the dramas he has done since. Specifically, The Heirs – which you can watch on DramaFever and actually stars Park Shin-Hye from the first Kdrama I reference on my blog, You’re Beautiful.
Additionally, the show stars Kim Hyun-Joong who was in the Kpop group SS501 (watch one of their videos: Love Ya , and Ku Hye-sun as the leading lady – who, I both love and hate. She kinda drives me crazy, but, is endearing at the same time.
If that doesn’t hook you, watch the intro below, followed by a clip of one of many dramatic moments this brilliant show has to offer.
Another thing that I love about this drama – which not all dramas do – is it gives you a small look into some basic things that are unique about Korean culture.
Of course, of course, it is still over-dramatized and cannot fully show you what their culture is like – but, it does cover some of what they deal with relating to social status, family expectations, and the like – while, also keeping you enthralled with the love story.
I always find it interesting when I talk to my Korean friends, and I realize that the social class they are born into, is often the social class they remain in for life. OR, they often live with their families for most of their life, and are expected to take care of their parents when they get older. OR, if there is a family business, they are usually required to work in that business, with little or no choice to do anything else without being completely rejected by their families (which for them, is basically the ultimate failure).
Additionally, their culture is based a lot on respect, which I feel like we really lack here in the U.S.. I also like how in many of the dramas, a simple touch or kiss from the opposite sex is a huge deal – it is just refreshing to see them treat that so differently than we do. And the last thing I’ll mention, is that they make a lot of their food from scratch – in one episode of Boys Over Flowers, they show the family work together to make their own kimchi at home (which is very common). I just found it to be so cool to see that process – it also inspired me to try kimchi, which I absolutely adore now. It’s insanely good for you, too!
I recently watched a really cool food documentary on Netflix called, Cooked. I highly recommend it, as it discusses the connection to humans and their food across multiple cultures and goes through the science of how it is made and our relationship to it. It inspired me to cook even more than I already do – plus, one of the episodes discusses fermentation which goes into kimchi in detail. Watch it, it’s sooo good!! See the official trailer below: