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[Community] Finding fans like me


Her Private Life

By Jig

I have never been shy about letting the world know about my love of K-entertainment. For as long as I’ve loved K-pop and dramas, I’ve always bombarded my family and friends with K-pop videos and the synopsis of my most current K-drama.

However, my family and friends were not interested at all–no matter how cool the shining dancers were, or how much fun I was having watching the adorable mind-reader fall in love with a prickly prosecutor. I often would get an “aw, how cute” reaction to my oppa love or, “But how do you know what they are saying?” reaction to me jamming out to an awesome K-pop song.

I became used to disinterested and incredulous reactions. Those reactions didn’t stop me from sharing my love, but I always hoped for the most elusive of reactions: genuine excitement. I was content enough with people amusing me when I would go into fangirl mode, but it wasn’t until I came across Dramabeans and branched into other social networks that I realized how wonderful it could be to fangirl with other fans!


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I wasn’t the only one who squealed about a rooftop kiss or admitted to singing along to “dibidibidis” in the car. There were others like me! Despite popular belief in my family and social circles, I wasn’t the only one who loved K-dramas and K-pop (and I could rub this in people’s faces), but I could enjoy K-entertainment with people who felt that same joy.

This discovery was made even sweeter when I saw that I hadn’t just found a community that loved everything I loved, the community was one that also encouraged intelligent debates. We would not always agree with each other, but unless they were trolls, you could be rest assured to have a solid argument on both sides of any point.

In-between admiring the well-crafted scenes and dissecting a writer’s intentions, there’s also the joy of just squealing over an actor’s talent or charisma. I absolutely love all the intelligent fangirling filled with insight, sometimes snarky, but most of all, full of love. These were the conversations I was waiting for, these were the conversations I stayed for, and these are the conversations I can’t wait to have more of.


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AWWWWWWW @crysta ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

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Jinx

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@jaelegant JULES! Jennie is trying to JINX me on something I said hours before! The blasphemy!!

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Yeah, definitely no points.

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*hits you on the head with a baguette*

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I'm lucky enough to have friends from school who share my love for k-drama. Everytime we have meet ups, there's always time for us to talk about k-pop and k-drama. But my friends are just casual fans. They watch about 5-10 dramas a year, remember the name of big hallyu stars, but that's all.
DB community gives me in-depth information about the industry. About the writers, PDs, production companies, how much money pour into a production, working condition in each TV stations/companies, (dating) scandals, real scandals, rating system, time-slots, PPLs, Korean history and many other things.
Sometimes I question myself why I started DB in the first place, why can't I just watch a drama as it is without dissecting it. It can't be frustrating when you have different values from most commentators, or you feel that your favourite characters/writers/PDs being misunderstood by other beanies. We're all from different places and cultures after all.
After two years I still visit DB almost everyday. Although I can be unhappy with the conversation or sometime getting emotional, DB community is very important for my drama lyfe.

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@crysta congrats on being published ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰
Love you

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โ€œWe would not always agreeโ€ feels like the foundation of our kpop fangirlship. But weโ€™ll always have those shining dancers!

Awesome write up. There is something special about being able to share the same joy and excitement about something you love. Glad you found that after so many years!

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Gahhhhhhhh @crysta this is great you are great ~ I agree with you about all of this!

People who wonโ€™t just politely laugh with you, but will discuss with you their different understanding of the topic they too know so much about!! It makes life seem so different, and less lonely ~

*finger hearts*
*fangirl high five*

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See... see @crysta, I could talk about how sweet this write-up is, and how happy I am that you found this wonderful community that will squee and debate and rant with you, or talk about how glad I am that youโ€™re a part of this community...

But I think Iโ€™ll just cough a lot at your โ€œtalent and charismaโ€.

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Muahahacough I mean ๐Ÿ˜

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Cheers to intelligent (and some not so intelligent) debates. Thank you for dragging me into SHINee and Shawol Kingdom and helping me discover my surprisingly enthusiastic inner fangirl.

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Glad we found you too! I'm still honing my inner enabler. I have a long ways to go to catch up to the master @adieunoire

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Thank you!

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This is lovely @crysta.

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:-)

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dramabeans is a wonderful site! i am the same-love kdrama and kpop and k everything with no one to share it with unless it is my online friends! they just don't get it do they?! well its our joy and their loss

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Very sweetly written, I love this!

I have a few coworkers who watch kdramas too, one is a hardcore addicted fan like me. I have met other friends who also enjoy kdramas but i feel like I'm more of an intense fangirl what with my OST playlists and actually making trips to Korea to vacation cause i have extra time and money so why not!

My family doesn't really get it although they do try to be understanding about it for the most part at least :D

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Shinee!

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SHINee!

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Cool water bottle pic. It reminds me of this.
https://twitter.com/seokjingersnap/status/1137113379926106113

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