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Why Do Dramas Do That? Part 1 (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Javabeans , Girlfriday

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Why do dramas do that?

Korean television dramas aren't just for Korea anymore—their popularity has exploded across the globe, picking up rabid followings and spawning addictions worldwide. Maybe it's the glossy production value or the fast-paced, addictive storytelling of dramas like Boys Over Flowers, Coffee Prince, or Secret Garden. Maybe it's the family bonds that pluck the heartstrings, or it's the pathos of a hard-won love that rings true with its universality.

Yet for all the universal themes at play, inevitably things will get lost in translation. Like why heroines always get swindled out of house and home, or why heroes will fight tooth and nail to win their beloveds, only to send them away "for their own good." Or perhaps it's the language itself that doesn't quite clear the cultural gap—why does nobody call each other by name? Why is everyone always encouraging each other to go "fighting"?

The authors created the wildly popular blog Dramabeans.com to explore these questions and more, where they deconstruct Korean dramas and pop culture on a daily basis. They take their trademark irreverence to Why Do Dramas Do That? Part 1, where they answer those questions and explore the most common tropes that arise from drama to drama. A must-read for anybody who's ever fallen headlong into a drama addiction, puzzled over a story turn, or wondered, "Why do dramas do that?"

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 97 pages
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  • Editeur : Dimension Four LLC (30 septembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00FJXQ476
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fun and informative for kdrama fans new and old 6 octobre 2013
Par Doha - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle
I've been a Dramabeans devotee for a while, and I imagine the first people to read this book will be beanies. Beanies, you don't need this review, because you already know what to expect.

People new to kdrama (Korean drama), I hope you read and enjoy this book.

Javabeans and girlfriday have laughingly described themselves as 'overeducated and underemployed' - I think it's great to see their overeducation applied to deconstructing dramas and dissecting their tropes. What could be something of a base pleasure or mindless viewing becomes an active and enriched experience when it's given the respect other types of fiction are afforded. Maybe like a lot of kdrama fans, I've endured the poor opinion of others, but really? Their loss. Kdrama is unfairly maligned.

'Why Do Dramas Do That?' hits the trifecta of being relevant, interesting and entertaining. It's bang up-to-date (at time of release, Master's Sun has just wrapped, and it, along with a few other very recent dramas, get mentions), and references dramas going back as far as decades. This is the joy of these authors: with such a breadth of experience, they really give you a much bigger, much more integrated picture of dramas *in the context of dramas* that only comes with time and an intimate knowledge of the real world in which they exist. This, essentially, is the purpose of this book: to pick out the threads common to some extent in many dramas - if not all - that don't have a ready translation or cultural equivalent in different cultures such as US or UK.

While this book is light-handed and funny, it also accomplishes its goal well by providing a thoughtful exploration of prominent kdrama tropes, backed up by social and historical context, cross-referenced against the applicable dramas. As an academic (which I strongly suspect the authors also are), I also appreciate that they take care not to generalise the kdrama narrative into a wider commentary on Korean society, and often point out divergences between dramaland and real life, a caution which is useful whichever culture you approach from.

There are four sections, with a pleasing logical progression: the first serves as an introduction to drama itself - definitions and distinctions, the system of production, the genres. The second offers a tidy introduction to language and its function in defining social contexts via the address and type of speech used (but in a way that is fascinating and relevant, not as dry as that sentence sounded). This had some of my favourite chapters (noona-killers and ahjummas! ha!).

The third section deals with money issues - this means Candy and Cinderella, loan sharks, princes and rooftop rooms. You...you kind of have to be there. To be honest, this section slowed me down (money makes me tired and my eyes blur), but it was a very momentary and minor slowing-down. Lastly, having laid down a solid base, the fourth section takes on major dramaland cliches: first loves, birth secrets, amnesia, and backhugs, among others.

It's not long, but it's a zippy, fun and informative read even to long-time fans of kdrama (because it's exciting to see your dramas get mentions). It's also really nice to be able to give something back to the authors who've given so much to their readers over the years, and created a brilliant, dynamic place. New readers, if you enjoyed this book, go on over to their website for more.


Bring on Part 2.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Korean Drama - Become an Addict 2 octobre 2013
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I never watched any Korean drama shows until I stumbled across one on Netflix. I was surprised at how interesting and different from American TV these shows were. Yet as a new viewer, I found many things mysterious about Korean culture.

This book will help new viewers of KDrama a way to learn from two people who have a passion for Korean drama and great humor. Authors of the popular website Dramabeans, these women know what perplexes new watchers as they have been answering questions for years. Now their knowledge is available to you in this Kindle book. Do buy it!

Welcome to the addicting world of KDramas. Fall in love, and take your new friends javabeans and girlfriday along for the ride with you.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Helpful for a newer drama fan! 7 octobre 2013
Par Julia M - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I really enjoyed reading this. A lot of it was things I'd already knew about Korean culture from my ~6 year stint in kpop and kdramas, but a few things were to new to me (ex: the deeper intricacies of hyung/unnie, what kind of area Yeouido is) and why some cultural ideas are used in dramas so frequently. That said, if I was in my first couple years of drama watching this would have been an AMAZING resource to really understand what was going on in dramas.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Review 15 octobre 2013
Par Attica - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
It was amazing! I want more. Thanks so much for the book. I learned a lot and I loved all the themes in the book. You wrote about so many things I wonder about as an outsider to the Korean culture, but of course dramaland culture is a little different. It was also hilarious. I've seen enough dramas to get all the references and jokes. Dramas make me so happy. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Informative and funny! 8 octobre 2013
Par perkywallflower - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Having grown up with American sitcoms and television, the review of common tropes and subjects that make up the core of Korean dramas provide a stark contrast and appreciation for media in a global sense. I was already familiar with some of these tropes having been exposed to kdramas during the Hallyu wave as a teenager through All About Eve and Autumn in my Heart, but it was nice to get a more historical context with regards to why certain tropes are so overused.
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