[Dramaland Catnip] Swooning for dramatic height differences
by Guest Beanie
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon
When I read the Dramaland Catnip prompt several things popped into my mind. First, how, just how, can a site understand me so well? In the past I always thought of drama catnip as that thing. You know, that thing, that extra sparkle that made a drama a crack drama, or in worse scenarios, that thing that made me stick around to watch a drama that just wasn’t good otherwise. But now I have a word for it.
Second, many ideas floated to the top of my drama-loving head: living-together hijinks; heroes who mask their pain behind glib personalities or a happy demeanor; when leads stare at each other and you blush or have the strange urge to cough to remind them that you’re there, but they won’t hear you because they aren’t real stupid so just watch; or compelling angst (so hard to do right); or, or, or… So many things to love in dramaland. But a lot of those things depend, still, on storytelling ability or acting abilities or a number of other things that take real talent. But I’m not here to do a postmodern deconstruction of the effectiveness of Korean mini-dramas to convey emotion. I’m here for catnip.
After taking a second, it came to me, readily, swinging in from the glittery, shallow part of my brain that just likes the pretty.
My catnip is height differences.
Strong Woman Do Bong-soon
When I first started watching dramas (years and years ago), I tried to deny this about myself. As a raging feminist, I love equality in relationships. But yet. I like it when the guy, he’s just so big, and the girl, so tiny.
This is serious catnip for me. I look up the heights first. It influences what I watch. I may have kind of switched from Japanese to Korean dramas for that reason at first (What? Don’t look at me like that. There are some very, very good, great, Japanese dramas I love to death, but the guys, so short, so small, the woman, so beautiful, so tall).
Sometimes I think about if someone popped into my head briefly, they would be slightly alarmed by just how many Korean actor and actress heights I know (probably also by other things, but that would definitely be one of them). It’s gotten to the point that I understand, visually, heights better in centimeters than I do in feet and inches anymore. I mean, if someone tells me they’re 5’7”, I’m like, kind of tall for a woman, kind of short for a man, then think on it no longer. But if something says the actor is 180 cm, my brain goes: That’s average height for a Korean actor, though they frequently lie and are shorter (I. Can. TELL), though in the last few years they just keep getting taller and taller, 185 is my favorite, after that they get a little gangly, if they are paired with an actress under 165, I’ll squee out loud.
So, yeah, my strangely obsessive catnip that I won’t generally admit influences my drama choices more than it should.
But what can I say? The shallow glittery part of my brain likes what pretty it likes.
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