[Hey, that’s me] I wish I were her
by Guest Beanie
Search Query: WWW
Dramas have a knack for depicting jobs in such detail that I end up wanting to be a reporter, dancer, CEO, office worker, delivery guy, singer, spy, and so much more. (Yes, when Goddess of Fire Jung-yi came out, I actually considered being a potter, given that my high school study plan wasn’t going exactly as I hoped). Try guessing what profession has yet to be explored in any K-drama (or at least in the gazillion dramas I watched over a span of last 12 years).
Take a few minutes to ransack your brains.
The first time I ever related to a K-drama character was during Playful Kiss. I watched it right after my O-level exams. There’s a brief respite before starting advanced levels in my country and I crammed a lot of dramas in that interval. Unlike most girls who fell for male lead Seung-jo, I related to him. He was this genius guy who always excelled in anything he tried, and so, nothing really excited him. I wasn’t a genius, but I was the kind of student who could stay at a decent enough rank in my class without actually studying, and thanks to the drama I finally understood the reason why I always loved doing stuff that I sucked at. Thankfully, I wasn’t good at everything like Seung-jo was. So, I managed to step out of my comfort zone (which in fact was very boring) and do exciting things at which I sometimes failed miserably (I almost got kicked out of the neighborhood that one time I tried learning the flute).
Now, back to the question I asked earlier: which profession has yet to be explored by dramas? (Some of you might still be scratching your heads.) The answer is: engineer! Congratulations to any fellow engineer unnis who got the answer right. I have never seen a K-drama that had engineers as the main story element. Yes, there was once an engineer who ended up being the CEO of his own huge company and used his wealth to create a TV program that hunts criminals to find the elusive criminal that annihilated his family but “engineer” there was just a title. So needless to say, I was excited when Fox Bride Star was announced. Two episodes in, I realized the story was set in the wrong side of the runway. The drama gods totally missed the opportunity to show the mayhem that a scratch 1mm too long can cause in the airport hangar, quite far from the terminal depicted in the show. Instead of focusing on the aeronautical engineers and technicians who make sure the planes are fit enough to fly, the story followed the employees at Incheon International airport’s terminals. But I ended up watching it anyways and thanked the heavens that what I had to deal with were machines and not people.
Fox Bride Star
Having left my physically exhausting internship at an airport hangar, I was starting to relate to office dramas in my brand-new desk job. But unlike the office atmosphere in dramas, my chair was comfy, my colleagues and sunbaes were helpful, and my boss wasn’t out to get me. So all I related to were the sore eyes and the stiff neck at the end of the day and the battle for the air conditioner setting.
Then came Search Query: WWW and BAM! Finally my life was there, on screen! My work and their work were worlds apart, but hearing technical terms in an office setting was like spotting an oasis in the middle of a desert.
First, I felt Ellie on a personal level, being the newbie on the team having zero idea how things worked. Then I related to the team dynamic where everybody’s ideas were considered (as opposed to the usual trope where the maknae was the coffee person). But the cherry on top was the utter disregard of gender and the level of professionalism depicted throughout the drama. I’m not saying that horrible workplaces like the ones shown in dramas like Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food don’t exist or that gender discrimination is only that bad in dramas. I’m pretty sure I was lucky to get hired by a nice workplace. I have personally faced sexist comments during my short-spanning career, but those comments mostly came from outsiders or strangers. Barro is a good example what a good workplace should be, and it shows how the workplaces affects the output of the employees.
Search Query: WWW
Another aspect I loved about WWW is the sisterhood (I’m gonna stick with sisterhood because “sismance” does not have the same ring as bromance). I’ve had a lot of friends since preschool for whom I would gladly sit through detention. Even though life happens and your friends may change, girls often form strong friendships with other girls they work or study with. I have never seen this shown so beautifully until Ta-mi and Cha Hyun. (IRL, cat fights do happen but seriously, the writers need to slow down with that.)
I can’t say I relate to Ta-mi’s relationship with Mo-gun, but I have felt her insecurities about not being able to commit enough to a relationship because your priority is your career. It eats you alive when you’re faced with the choice between someone your heart wants and the dream you had since you were 10, and I empathized with Ta-mi even when I hated her for stringing Mo-gun along.
But going back to what I loved most about WWW, for the first time in a drama, I saw a set of strong-willed ladies deciding what they wanted on their own. They showed us that your life is your own to live. I think that’s why if an interviewer ever asks me, “How do you see yourself in 10 years?”, the person I saw myself being was a lot like Ta-mi (with the black Maserati and all).
Search Query: WWW
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