PRESIDENT AND FIRST TIGER
DEPUTY EDITOR BEAN
Each day of my life is like a different genre drama, but way less dramatic. I’m an internationally published photographer that loves writing, an opera fanatic that loves heavy metal, a video game nerd that loves reading, a film enthusiast that loves dramas, and a serial monogamist when it comes to my favorite actors. I believe that stories are universal and that a good story is always relevant, wherever that story may be – a high school where adults don’t exist, a hospital where doctors are too busy being in love to save lives, a bygone era where manes of glory reigned supreme, or even a world where a cross-dressing nun can realize her dreams of becoming an idol star. I love the idea that collective archetypes exist no matter the country, culture, or language – and that we all might share this same universal unconscious mind, rooted like a tree (with deep roots).
This is all fancy speak for what really drew me to Dramabeans; the chance to share my love of peddling drama crack along with my love of sharing discourse of all things big or small, swoon-worthy or snark-worthy, and any and all things related to Rain. (Twitter @headsno2)
I hail from a famously long lineage of k-drama lovers and went through the standard rigorous training in my early years in both pop and drama culture. I memorized lists of actors and actresses, wrote essays on themes and metaphors, and took electives in puns, meta, and boy band names. Other kinds of coursework simply seemed irrelevant.
I spend more time watching and writing about Korean pop culture than I do with those other things called food/sleep/work/life. I’m ecstatic that there’s a place that continually feeds my once guilty pleasure.
I started off in the k-drama realm as a tween, but traveled to other galaxies since then, and made a pit stop at sitcoms and variety shows. It’s nice and cozy here, so I think I’ll stay and share with you about how they can enhance your k-entertainment experience.
The origin of the name is simple – I love gummy worms and mochi. The name is gummimochi, but you can call me gummi. If you find your stash missing, you can blame it on my minions.
A longtime k-drama fan, I wax nostalgic for the days of running to the video store each week in anticipation of newly released episodes. A part of me will forever be stuck in the ‘90s, when Seo Taiji and Choi Bool-am stole pieces of my heart (and never gave them back). My body’s not so young, but my soul’s even older: Answer Me 1997 was the drama for my age group, yet Answer Me 1994 resonated with me more.
I only catch a handful of dramas a year these days, but I love to keep up on entertainment news (Korean or otherwise), and it is truly a joy to contribute in a very minor way to Dramabeans!
My drama story begins with weekly visits to the Korean supermarket with my grandma to borrow the next two VHS episodes of the current hot drama. It was during that critical period in my childhood that my brain had formed an irreversible affinity for dramas. Thanks, halmoni. I owe it all to you.
After a turbulent time of denial and resistance, I eventually came to terms with my addiction to dramas, realizing that I appreciated it too much — the cringeworthy, the cute, the humor, the surprising insight, the OSTs, the slickness, the pretty, the failures — to let it go (cue: Frozen sing-along). I mastered the arts of procrastination and multi-tasking to build my drama history in secret hopes that one day, my bank of dramaland knowledge would come to use. By chance, I came upon Dramabeans, became an avid follower, and then somehow magically convinced the overlords to invite me into their recapping madness. Thank you, English teachers, for giving me the tools to write
Apart from dramaland, my experience and knowledge of the motherland comes from my k-pop phase, stories from my grandma, history lessons from my father, and nagging from my mother. I am grateful to be a part of this community and take a break from life to share my thoughts on the multidimensional world of k-dramas. Thank you, jb and gf, from the bottom of my drama-addicted heart.
My whole life I’ve been addicted to self-teaching myself hobbies and spending at least some of my free time learning, and ultimately that’s what led me to the world of Korean dramas. I was actually learning Japanese, and in my search for quality Japanese media I just kept on finding Korean TV and music everywhere I looked (which I found incredibly annoying at the time). I resisted for months, but finally I caved and watched my first k-drama. What ensued wasn’t pretty. Every night was an all-nighter, and I sat there hour after hour fully aware of the addict I had become, but powerless to stop myself. I even quit Japanese and started learning Korean instead (which is a shame since I had already learned 1200 kanji).
Thankfully I’m a much healthier drama watcher now (well…most of the time) but enthusiasm hasn’t waned, and having an opportunity to contribute to the community is a lot of fun. It also encourages me to draw more, and that’s something I very much need! I already waste far too much time playing video games and learning skills I’m never going to use, but now at least I can tell myself that watching dramas is ultimately productive. Right?
While I came somewhat later in life to k-dramas, I’m no stranger to the entertainment industry. I’ve been involved in the theater since I was very young (mostly onstage), studied musical theater in college, and have had the privilege of performing onstage with a number of well-known American actors. I have a bit of directing and other behind-the-scenes experience, but my first love is performance. Whether it be onstage, on television, or in the movies, there’s nothing better to me than a very well-written and well-portrayed character, so it’s no surprise that k-dramas grabbed me with their colorful characters and talented actors and singers.
I’ve never thought of myself as a writer, so I try to make up in enthusiasm what I lack in technical writing skill, and I hope that the joy I find in k-dramas speaks for me when I can’t find the words to say exactly what I’m thinking. Hopefully I’ll get better over time, and I’m thrilled to have a chance to write here about one of my favorite topics!
My username is simple: I named myself after my two dachshunds, Lolly and Pippin. I write the bulk of my recaps with them in my lap — they’re wonderful assistants! You can also find me on Twitter at @LollyPipKD, usually grumbling about how hard it is to write recaps while truthfully loving every minute of it.
The “o” in my name stands for “obsessive,” which explains how a simple foray into k-dramas (Boys Over Flowers: The Gateway Drug) has since become an all-consuming passion. I spent many hours reading Dramabeans in my endless pursuit to unlock all of dramaland’s secrets, so I’m honored to now have the opportunity to spend hours writing for the site that played such a major role in my drama obsession.
Before my life was overtaken by all things k-drama, I was busy analyzing the cultural ramifications of WW1, crying at the beauty in a Cubist painting, and convincing myself it’s totally feasible to move to Paris and subsist on nothing but croque-madames and Nutella crepes. Now I’m busy analyzing the romantic ramifications of piggyback rides, crying at the beauty in Kim Jae-wook’s cheekbones, and accepting that my main motivation to visit Korea is try every dish featured on 1N2D.
You can sometimes find me on Twitter: @ODilettante, although I’m not always sure what I’m doing there.
I’m just a dude who loves dramas. I only discovered this a few years ago (the love of dramas, not my gender), when I was in college studying mathematics and literary criticism that took itself much too seriously. Dramas rescued me from the same fate.
As a child I was taught a deep love of Jane Austen, followed by the classic ’90s romantic comedies starring the likes of Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, and Sandra Bullock – as it turned out, many Korean dramas felt like a continuation or evolution of these stories, drawing on some of the same tropes and archetypes. That may explain why, though I knew almost nothing of Korean history or culture, I felt a deep and immediate connection to these new tales of love and courtship, ambition and revenge, and the occasional coma (Secret Garden, meet While You Were Sleeping). Dramabeans became my guide to the wonderful, wacky land of Korean dramas, and I’m incredibly lucky to have been accepted as a minion. I look forward to sharing with you my weakness for contract relationships, my scorn for noble idiocy, and my love of everything Hong Sisters. Happy viewing!
It all started with You’re Beautiful… and since I know no moderation, I take a thing and run — or in this case, recap. Until then, books and I had been inseparable my whole life, and my sudden all-drama diet launched an existential crisis: If I didn’t read, who was I? What had dramas done to me?
Like a sensible addict, I came to terms with it through immersion treatment. A billion dramas (and bowls of ddukbokki) later, I’m still here, my sense of self secure and excitement undimmed. I might laugh at bad science, bad wigs, and trucks of doom, but a well-drawn character or a heartfelt relationship will have me in raptures. And don’t even speak to me about bromance. Ah, sweet pain!
I will probably never give up literature: Elinor Dashwood is my hero, although it’s Ella (of Ella Enchanted) I want for my best friend. When I’m not watching dramas, I read about them, I compose limericks, titter at things only I find funny, collect kindred spirits, and generally make a good show of British eccentricity. I also never get enough sleep.
MINION APPLICATION INQUIRIES
We’re not actively recruiting new recappers. However, if you consider yourself a writer with a voice and a point of view, we are open to showcasing new voices that love discussing dramas. If that’s you, send us a recap sample.
Word of warning: You may find that recapping is harder than it seems. And just think — you’ve got nineteen more to go, or twenty-three. But if you’re passionate about a show and are confident that you can deliver recaps on a timely and regular schedule (they needn’t be “live” but they do need to be consistent), then send one in to us via our contact form. No attachments; just the text will do.
Some basic guidelines:
- Pick Episode 1 of any show that is not recapped on this site, and send us a sample recap of the full episode.
- No screencaps necessary. Just the text.
- Don’t feel you have to write in “our” style. We’re interested in YOUR voice, so try describing what goes on in the episode in your own natural style. We care more that you can write clearly and can convey what’s going on more than jokes. Stick to the basics.
- Use proper grammar and spelling and all that good stuff. You don’t need to stress out over every grammar rule, but we want to see something that’s ready to post.