Revenge is a dish served best with a Bwahaha! Or: How Irony rears it’s ugly head.

Posted by Stephanie on June 25, 2013


resistance is futile So, a few months ago I posted a little tale about my Blue Hat of Rantyness. A post where I railed against the rampant mockery Kdrama fans are subjected to.

–Quick recap–I learned there were some people I know talking crap about my kdrama addiction and the time I spend on the blog. Oh. And implied the only reason I wanted to move was so I could catch myself a Korean husband.

You know–all good stuff.

I got lots of great comments where we all commiserated with each other, sharing your own tales of jerkwaditude.

Well here’s a fun little update for you. When I learned this information, I knew I couldn’t keep this to myself–it’s almost like this is a win for all of us.

Anyway, I went to pick up my order of Pho, (I have lately become addicted) and while I was waiting, I decided to visit my friend who worked next door. Our conversations always end up revolving around our television habits. She’s a rabid BBC fan and I….well, that’s obvious.

She happened to mention that her husband had started watching a show which takes place during the Korean war. A drama which happens to be in Korean.

I stopped her, incredulous. “Um…wait a minute. Is your husband watching a Kdrama??” I needed clarification. “Is your husband, the one who sneered by own kdrama viewing, watching a SAEGUK?”

She laughed and said she’d asked him the same question.

Apparently, “No, I’m not watching a Kdrama. Kdramas are soap operas.”

Luckily, I have a friend who’s pretty awesome and quickly set him straight. “Uhh… no. K as in Korean. Drama as in television. You’re watching Kdrama.”

Boo. And. Yeah.

Which one is he watching? Comrades. Which Netflix calls: Legend of the Patriots. Yep. He’s watching a mother flippin’ kdrama. I’m going to clarify and say that I never told him to watch–we aren’t that friendly–and his wife never told him to watch. He found and watched this TV show on his own. He was surprised it was in Korean when he first started watching it.


Apparently he’s quite taken with the historical accuracy and is surprised by the high production value. “It’s like a real quality TV show!”

Okay. That last statement is still a little asshat-y. But baby steps people, baby steps.

No, he still won’t admit that he’s watching a kdrama, but at the heart of it we all know, yes, yes, he is. We know that even if people mock us, or don’t understand our love of kdrama, it’s mostly because they are so close-minded that they will never try it for themselves. We know that if they actually put their prejudices and preconceived notions aside–the quality of many of these dramas will speak for themselves.

So does this change anything? Not really. Will we still get crap from our friends or not so friends? Yeah. But in the future, when this happens to me, I’m going to look back on this whole situation and laugh. Irony man, irony.

1 Comment

  • Reply Brenda March 19, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I’m a big fan of both Korean and BBC television, because they have so much in common. I really like the limited episode format, as opposed to the endless stagnation of season after season American TV. And, Korean and British TV are both very interested in character development, which is what I most enjoy in my fiction.

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