Korean dramas have become one of the favorite shows of Filipinos since the first K-drama aired in the Philippines. It was then followed by more famous shows that stole the country’s heart. The surge of its popularity has been called “Hallyu”, which means “Korean wave.” It refers to the way their entertainment is spreading around the world.
Koreanovelas are all part of Filipinos daily life now, from Television, food, clothes, and a lot more shows the influence itself. But the big questions people may want to ask here, is why Filipinos are attracted to it?
Check this out to know the reason why.
- Attractive actors
It’s pretty obvious that Korean actors are attractive, good-looking, and at the same time talented. Many Filipinos fell in love with the genre of Korean dramas because of their hot leading man/leading lady crushes. However, you might also have noticed that it is rare for them to be paired again with the same actor/actress in another series because they don’t have permanent team ups. Thus, it is a bit hard for the viewers who would love seeing the couple again on another show. On the other hand, it is actually positive for the sake of art and creativity, because actors should be remembered first by the characters they portray and not only by who had they worked with.
- Storylines are not easy to predict
In Korean dramas, the storyline is not that easy to predict compared to local dramas, as well as the pacing of the plot. Korean writers are also cohesive when it comes to their storytelling. This is probably why many viewers are attracted to it.
- Majority are G-rated
Korean Dramas are G-rated, which means foul language is rare, love scenes rarely progress, and violence is minimal. In fact, seeing French kiss in Koreanovelas is a newsworthy. Usually, K-dramas contain family-friendly themes that make it easier to watch with your family.
- Cultural appeal
Watching K-dramas are educational; because it lets you absorb information about different culture. You’ll learn about different societal norms and understand that shoes are taken off at the door without anyone needing to tell you.
- Creativity is apparent
K-Dramas are successful in telling a story, when many elements of the show appear to have moved and makes the viewers believe in the fiction world. Production teams spare no effort in their craft. From the location, set up, sounds, editing, and to the cinematography, they make sure that their final product come out well on screens.
- Romantic Story without the need of obscene scenes
The good thing about K-Dramas is that, they don’t need to show obscene scenes on Romantic dramas. It is just the right amount of butterflies in the stomach that will keep you watch the characters interact. It is always about how the viewers will feel the couple’s growing pains and happiness in the story, not how much skin they have to show.
- Great OST
Dramas, movies, or telenovelas without detailed sounds would be unappealing. The background music makes it more interesting to watch and feel the mood of the story. There is no doubt that viewers really got hooked in watching K-dramas because of the music they played in every scenes. Although Filipinos don’t understand the lyrics but the music has no language barrier.
- Cool clothes
Fashion in K-dramas has definite trend appeal that’s why every Filipinos are now influenced by the Korean fashion style, even their hairstyles.
- Vocabulary strech
Filipinos are attracted to Korean Dramas because they find it fun hearing their accent. Aside from that they’re able to know several Korean words and phrases like “thanks” and “sorry” through watching it. Most importantly you’ll know what “Oppa” means, once you start watching their shows.
- Create emotional connections with the viewers
Korean dramas successfully create emotional connections in every viewer. The characters are developed in such a way that the viewers can relate to the character and feels the same emotion. The cliff hanger endings leave them squirming till the next episode and the tension is built up expertly.
There are many reasons why Korean dramas have gained such a wide following of non-Koreans. Stepping into the K-drama world may seem like entering a sort of fantasy world, yet to all the fans out there, they find piece of reality in that magical place. And as long as they appeal to the taste of TV audiences, Koreanovelas will continue to warm the hearts of every Filipinos.