Being a K-drama fan doesn’t just start overnight., There are some careful, steps you take, that turns you into an ultimate fan.
1. You’ve watched all the OG K-drama TV series and films
City Hunter, A Man Called God, Jumong, Playful Kiss, You are Beautiful, Heartstrings, Dream high — you must have seen one of these and realise that K-drama is the hill you want to die on. You’re right, it is.
2. You’ve bought an Insane amount of pirated CDs
Before we had access to the Internet, almost every K-drama fan living in Nigeria had to rely on Aba boys to pirate and sell our favourite dramas to us. We bought “four” seasons of The Heirs, only to realise now that there’s only one season with 20 episodes.
3. You have good eyesight
Reading subtitles isn’t for the weak. After years of watching Indian movies with your mum, you now got obsessed with K-dramas. You must have been an expert at looking at their expressions and reading subtitles. Or you went ahead to learn how to speak Korean.
4. You have the the patience of a thousand men
Only K-drama fans know the struggle of following seven ongoing dramas at a time. You have to be a patient person or you can run mad.
5. You’ve tried (or want to try) Korean food
Or wanting to try their food. They’re both still valid. You either wanted to try Soju and beef or their ramen noodles. I don’t blame you because their food slaps.
6. You’ve promised to travel to Jeju Island one day
As a K-drama fan, you want to travel to South Korea, but specifically Jeju Island. They mentioned it so much in their earlier films and TV shows that you can probably smell the air there if you concentrate hard enough.
7. You find yourself wanting to try Korean skincare products
Growing up and finding out that their products were somewhat affordable was probably the best information the Internet has given any K-drama fan. You get to enjoy good music, good movies and your skin will be fresh? Being a K-drama fan truly pays off.
8. You’re now a K-pop fan
There’s a thin line between being a K-drama fan and becoming a K-pop Stan, and it’s drawn with chalk. The moment you look for the soundtrack from a drama, that’s it; there’s no going back. Welcome to the good life.