[Dramaland Catnip] Supernatural powers and mind-reading abilities
by Guest Beanie
I Hear Your Voice
My drama catnip is ESP, in any of its forms, because of the way that the supernatural powers result in intimate knowledge of someone and encourages bonding. That’s why I looked forward to I Hear Your Voice from the first posting of its basic storyline on Dramabeans. The drama starts out introducing us to Park Su-ha’s world where he can hear everyone’s thoughts so long as he can see their eyes. It’s a terribly loud and lonely world, which he usually tries to drown out by wearing earphones.
Along the way he discovers that his idealized noona thinks more about money than justice when she works as a lawyer. That doesn’t stop him from quietly crushing on her, although she doesn’t return the feelings until much later after being in full denial of them. I loved the scene when he has recovered his memory but she thinks he still has amnesia, and he catches her thoughts turning into a confession of her feelings for him, along with the internal struggle to not let those feelings continue because of the age gap between them.
Another form of this comes in the body swap scenario, such as in Scret Garden. Walking in another’s shoes totally changed the arrogant Joo-won’s impression of poor but hardworking Ra-im when they become victims of a supernatural body swap. While it isn’t ESP per se, it’s ESP’s cousin, and a beautiful way to discover what lies below the skin of another human being.
When they swap back into their own bodies the first time, Joo-won rewards Ra-im with a hug of compassion and appreciation that would have been impossible had he not lived as her. Later on, when their bonds have grown deeper, Joo-won even sacrifices his own life to save hers by swapping her spirit into his body after an accident lands her in a coma. It’s a perfect way to express how deep love comes from deep knowledge of another individual.
In You From Another Star, alien Do Min-joon’s ability to hear Chun Song-yi talking out loud to herself is as good as ESP. He overhears her agonizing out loud to herself about her feelings for him, which provides comedy moments. And when she is in danger, he hears her, no matter how far away, and comes to save her, which gives us swoony romantic moments.
You From Another Star
Then in W–Two Worlds, manhwa protagonist Kang Chul is intrigued by the details that stranger Oh Yeon-joo knows about him, even down to the thoughts in his head which he hasn’t spoken to anyone. He doesn’t know he’s a character in a manhwa series of which she is a great fan, but it gives her a lot of knowledge about him as a person.
He discovers that she has ways of knowing about the incoming danger to him before they happen. Moreover, she’s a powerful force in his fate because she is even able to go into his world and change his death from the supposed series ending to simply a cliffhanger, giving him another chance at life.
As the result of one plot twist, his memories of their relationship were written away as a dream, but when he reads the copy of the book she accidentally left behind, he learns about not only their relationship, but also her inner thoughts. ESP in manga form! It’s extra satisfying that after all those years of her knowing his thoughts, he finally got his chance to read hers right back.
- [Dramaland Catnip] Strong platonic friendships
- [Dramaland Catnip] When the hero eats his words or is forced to grovel
- [Dramaland Catnip] Stories featuring ordinary people
- [Dramaland Catnip] Friends turned enemies… turned friends again
- [Dramaland Catnip] Childhood loves and backstories
- [Dramaland Catnip] Bromances and girlfriends
- [Dramaland Catnip] Sibling love and fauxcest
- [Dramaland Catnip] Beta males and the alpha ladies who love them
- [Dramaland Catnip] The bad boys of dramaland
- [Dramaland Catnip] Prickly marshmallows and tsundere heroes
- [Dramaland Catnip] Reverse harems
- [Dramaland Catnip] Noona romances
- [Dramaland Catnip] Secret identities and alter egos
- [Dramaland Catnip] Disastrous first meetings
- [Dramaland Catnip] Cohabitation shenanigans
- [Dramaland Catnip] Enemies turned lovers
- [Dramaland Catnip] Crossdressing and gender-bending romances
- [Dramaland Catnip] Opponents turned allies
- [Dramaland Catnip] Marriage before dating
- [Dramaland Catnip] Swooning for dramatic height differences
- [Dramaland Catnip] Ragtag bands of misfits
- [Dramaland Catnip] Finding satisfaction in sad love stories
- [Dramaland Catnip] The magic of bad drama magic
- [Dramaland Catnip] The stinging embarrassment of thinking someone likes you… when they don’t
- [Dramaland Catnip] When the hero falls first
- [Dramaland Catnip] The angst and thrills of dramaland’s reunited lovers
- What’s your dramaland catnip? Tell us your stories!
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