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[Theme of the Month] Escapism vs. Realism

This month we’re talking about dramas that are fantastic and out-of-this-world, and also dramas that are slice-of-life and realistic. More to the point:

Do you watch dramas for escapism or realism? What is your relationship to dramas that aim for one or the other?

This is an open-ended prompt—it doesn’t have to be only about whether you prefer escapism to realism (or vice versa), or whether you think one kind is better represented in dramaland than the other. This is your opportunity to discuss either aspect of dramas as individual ideas, or both of them in relation to each other. Let us know what you think!

 
To submit:

  • Email your submissions to [email protected] If you have a registered Dramabeans account, include your handle so we can link to it.
  • Include at least 1 image, though more is preferred.
  • Suggested length: Between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Deadline: We will post these on a rolling basis, so we’re taking submissions now. We will cut off accepting submissions on October 25. If you miss this month, join us for a new theme next month!

(Tip: Please name your documents and attachments something other than “Theme of the month” or “Dramabeans,” please! Submissions can be hard to track if they’re all named the same thing.)

 
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This one question that is extremely difficult to answer!

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Ooooh, this is a good one. Ultimately, I enjoy both, but as someone who has loved fantasy since I was a child, dramas helped me appreciate realism and slice-of-life stories in a way that I previously hadn't!

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Aw man, this is good but hard! Can realism be a kind of escape? 😜

Anyway, I expect to be blown away by posts on this theme. I enjoyed everything written about music and dramas last month. It was real high quality writing, and very thought-provoking. (I also loved the youtube links that sent me down an OST memory lane). 😊

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Oooh, this is a good one and definitely one for me!
Maybe I'll submit something if I get time.

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Yay a new theme of the month, as usual an interesting one , I know we'll have good reviews to read this month :) ! I enjoy both , just to name of a few : Misaeng, My wife's having an affair this week, Signal, Nine: Nine times time travel, Circle, Mirror of the witch, Arang and the magistrate.......and had to mention Cheese in the trap (argh what could have been -_-)

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For me it's a combination of both. I love Korean dramas' idealism. That's what makes them unique.

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For me is kindness. There is a warm feeling about K-Dramas. I don't mind if the plot is realist or fantastic as much as if the show has a heart, a thoughtful story to tell and relatable, multidimensional characters.

But for me, mostly for escapism (or at least a thoughtful way to express reality). Jeezzz!, ¡one of the most realistic, thought-inducing and smart shows I ever saw about education had a teacher who saw ghosts as a male lead, and the female lead was the ghost of a female teacher deceased for nearly 30 years! (Kasuka Na Kanojo - if you don't mind seeing J-Dramas).

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This is what I like about Kdrama as well. There's always kindness and warm feeling. It doesn't matter if it's fantasy or slice of life type of drama.

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@fgb4877 You've hit the spot! This is why I got sucked into kdrama world. I got tired of Hollywood shows that lean toward extreme violence, extreme evil, extreme sexual content, extreme rudeness (Disney channel, I'm looking at you), extreme put downs, extreme stupidity, pre-teens and teenagers dress and behaving like 27 year olds (Yeah, Disney channel), etc...and they probably do all that just for the buzz or shock value. In kdrama, there's enough time to develop the characters and storyline and that means thoughtfulness and nuance that would just wiz by in other shows. My escape into kdrama is to slow down and FEEL the story for an episode or two then return to the hectic world we seem to have.

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Oh this is a tough one!
Watching dramas in itself is a form of escapism for me, and I will definitely prefer to escape to a world far away from the one I live in rather than one that reminds me of how horrible reality can be. However, I also live for those relatable characters who I can connect with and that pull on my heartstrings.
In the end, I do think I prefer kdramas that portray a world that is just slightly more magical and positive than the sometimes grey and depressing real world we live in. If only because if there are people than can create these worlds and people that enjoy watching it, perhaps that gives me just a little more hope that the real world we live in isnt as horrible as it sometimes seems to be, especially after a rough day.

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As it goes for any kind of storytelling: as long as it's good and engaging. I love that K-dramas ventures into both.

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ooohhh, i'm so excited about the theme this month. I wanna write but will see if I can get my lazy ass to start something. T_T

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Ooooo this is gonna be difficult to answer because it's definitely BOTH... I think all dramas have some degree of unrealism in them, which is what makes it fun to escape into dramaland and just bask in the plot... but at the same time, plots that are too unrealistic are just not-so-fun either. What a conundrum!

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There can never be perfect realism for dramas, and very often we watch dramas because of how they diverge from reality. But ironically, I personally feel that the best dramas (I mean the objectively good ones) are the ones which are the most realistic and those that touch on subject matters which are above and beyond romance. If you think about it, a lot of times when we bring up reasons why a drama is bad we give justification like how it doesn't make sense in the real world. There are of course dramas you enjoy even though they are silly and all, but I can't say that they are "good". Ask people which they feel is the better drama between DotS and the Reply series and I think the majority will choose the latter.

This is a pretty interesting topic which should make for thought-provoking discussions.

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It depends... I prefer j-dramas for both and k-dramas for realism these days.

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Do you have some J-Drama recommendations?, thanks in advance! =) .

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*cough cough* We Got Married as a Job! *cough cough*

For oddball comedy, Fuben na Benriya!

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¡Muchísimas gracias! (Many thanks!) ;) .

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This time... I promise, this time, i will definitively write something on time... Also, because I go for scapisms most of the time...

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👍

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I’m a psychiatric nurse who works in a prison. I ONLY watch escapist fantasy. This year ‘Goblin’ and ‘Live Up to Your Name’ have been my favorites!

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My due respect for your line of work. I enjoyed Goblin too, but after episodes 1 and 2 I left Live up to Your Name (female lead was unrelatable and sadistic).

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escapism. definitely escapism for me.
I would like to send an entry but do they consider those who have already been featured once before (you know, in order to give others a chance)...? Or if my article is good enough they'll publish it anyway ?? I'm a bit confused.

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Writing trumps everything else :)

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Ha! @mary replied to my comment (hyperventilates & screenshots this part \^.^/ )

PS thank you for clearing it up :-) I'll definitely try to improve my writing & impress you guys this time to make the cut :-P *fighting*!!

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Escapism with bits of realism ❤ And realism with bits of escapism ❤ Each to their own. 😊

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Ok

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