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A K Drama Evening (sort of)

Since I am in the middle of a couple different currently-airing Korean dramas, I decided yesterday to re-watch one. Alas, the process went something like this…

Me: I’m going to pick a favorite drama to re-watch! How hard can choosing one be? I really love Who Are YouI can re-watch that one.

Also me: But…I really love Master’s Sun, too. And Stars Falling From the Sky. And Healer. 

Me again: Why not finish one I started and stopped watching? I got too emotionally invested in I Hear Your Voice so I quit, but that was years ago. I could try that one again.

Me: If I’m going to finish a drama I got too involved in, I should finish Shut Up Flower Boy Band.

Also me: Or King 2 Hearts.

Me: *sobs internally* 

Me: Better not put myself through that. 

Me again: Start a new drama! How about the classic Shining Inheritance? Or I Am Sam. 

Also me: Finish one you quit! Finish High School King of Savvy! 

Me: Bethany hated that drama. 

Bethany: ….

Me: I’m going to go with Who Are You. There. Decision made! 

Me again: Which episode? 

Me:

Me: Obviously I’m not finding anything on DramaFever. Better check Viki. 

Repeat the above scene times 10. 

In the end, I didn’t watch anything! I went to bed. 

The struggle is real.

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Drama Fever Premium

I have officially joined the Drama Fever Premium world. It was a birthday gift from my sister. She wanted to watch a k drama that was only available on Drama Fever premium…so she got me a membership. I actually don’t mind. It was a very creative gift on her part. The only problem is, I now have access to a ton of good dramas in HD on my TV without any commercial interruptions. Productivity never seemed so far away. 

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DramaFever gets me

Wanna Grab Some Food?  – some kpop stars are coming along too, nbd.

Reads the DramaFever News title in my inbox. I click on it. 

Hi Amy – What’s better than K-pop or food? Try K-pop AND food!

Yessssssssssss.
I love getting e-mails from DramaFever. Whoever writes these things is a genius. They always catch my eye and crack me up. Last week it was:

Are You Afraid of Ghosts? – Who you gonna call? Ghost Taec Yeon! 

(I really want to watch Taec Yeon’s new drama…Let’s Fight Ghost.)

Another good title: 

Meet your newest #girlcrush Hwang Jin Yi – Legendary for her beauty, wit, and intelligence, she has got it all.

I tend to avoid historical dramas, but after reading that title, I was willing to give the movie  Hwang Jin Yi a chance.

Two more: 

Caution: Contents are hot – Because these dramas are getting kind of flirty. 

 

Want To Go To A Whole New World? – There’s no Aladdin, but how’s a magical Joseon?

 

After reading about the plot, I may decide not to watch these dramas. However, the titles of DramaFever News e-mails are usually striking enough that I’m at least willing to click on them and find out. It is one of the few mass, weekly e-mails I get that I look forward to getting! 


EXO Next Door

My sisters have recently started watching (or rather, re-watching, for the third time) EXO Next Door.

Lost siblings ㅋㅋ ㅋ.. Chanyeol ♥:

EXO Next Door, for those of you who don’t know, is a Korean drama featuring the members of EXO, a Korean boy band. In the story, EXO K ends up moving next door to Ji Yeon Hee, an oddball EXO fangirl who becomes their housekeeper.

It is a mini-drama so all episodes are under 15 minutes and the entire story is told in 16 episodes. The EXO members play themselves, but otherwise this is an entirely fictitious story line. 

EXO NEXT DOOR | behind the scenes preview photos~:

This show is one of the most brilliant marketing pieces I have ever seen. It is a fangirl’s dream come true. It has all the merits of a regular drama, with the added benefit of “real people.” It is quite a decent, fun, little drama in its own right. However, from an EXO PR/marketing standpoint, it is genius. 

Fans of EXO will love the plot because they already know the band members. It provides plenty of cheesy, funny inside moments that members of EXO-L (EXO’s fan club) will love. 

EXO to put their acting skills to the test through mini series 'EXO NEXT DOOR' in April | allkpop.com

However, the real merit is in how it presents EXO to people who know nothing/or very little about the band. It humanizes them. It manages their image and presents them, quite literally, as the boys next door. It is great brand management and a clever way to increase fame. Chances are, if you enjoy the show you will listen to their music. Even if you don’t like their music, the band and the singers are now familiar to you.  

Exotics (fans of the incredibly popular K-pop group EXO) will not be at all surprised to hear that the new web series EXO Next door, starring Chanyeol, D.O., Baekhyun, and Sehun, has officially broken records for web drama views!:

I knew nothing about EXO going into the show but quickly grew to appreciate them. I am not a fangirl. However, I now know who Park Chan Yeol, Do Kyung Soo, Byun Baek Hyun, and Oh Se Hun are, and I take a lively interest when I hear they are coming to the U.S. or come out with a new album. They gained a new “fan.”

The show was really a brilliant way to get fans. I wonder if American bands could pull it off with the same merit. The closest equivalent I can think of that Western artists do are documentaries about themselves – like Bieber’s “Never Say Never” and “Believe” or 1D’s “This Is Us.” (Which rarely attract new fans, IMHO, and seem to be aimed at current ones.)

Another gif showing this boys undervalued talent. I do wish to see more of Oh Sehun's acting skills.

(My sister just pointed out that Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush” might classify as a somewhat similar real band/TV show.) 

I don’t know that American culture is quite ready for the fangirl humor of something like EXO Next Door. However, I still think EXO is genius for doing it. I hope we see more like it coming out of Korea, at least! 

If you’re looking something tongue in cheek and decidedly quirky but fun, the drama is available at DramaFever – https://www.dramafever.com/drama/4712/EXO_Next_Door/

I wonder... I thought it was Lay because everyone in the LMR M/V everyone was wearing a shirt except for him...: