how i became a koreaboo (part 1)
I have always been a fan of American tv shows and movies. I started watching at the early age of 2. My mom would always put on Sesame Street before she leaves for work and I will be happy as a clam watching it everyday.
Fast forward to my teens, where the western influence is now heavy in my blood. I learned more about American pop culture than my own. Who starred in which film and when, I can name them.
And then I started venturing into the European tv and movie scene. First with British and French then branching out into whatever interesting film or show I can find in IMDB. My favorite genres are indie, supernatural, black comedy and period pieces. I became skilled in watching a film while reading subtitles.
Then came Netflix. Though we have limited range of shows/movies in our region, I still opted to get a Netflix subscription. That is when I found the joy of binge watching. Imagine not having to wait weekly for the next episode! And with my obsessive personality and penchant for instant gratification, I got hooked.
I did say joy but it had a major downside. I got tired of waiting for weekly installments of episodes of the shows that I usually watch. This led me to explore what is out there. By this time I was already hooked in Japanese culture through watching anime. And my favorite go to horror movie makers are the Japanese. They can really creep you out to the bones with their horror movies! There’s The Ring, The Eye, Shutter and Ju-On to name a few.
So while I was slowly starting to get tired of the usual US show genres, I was also getting impatient with waiting for the next season of my then new found British tv shows. And at that point, I turned to reading more rather than be frustrated.
But, when I ran out of books I wanted to read, I turned to Netflix again and that’s when I saw Good Morning Call in the recently added category. It’s a jdrama about the cohabitation of two high school students. It was the first Japanese drama that I watched. It was simple, cute and easy to watch. Problem is, when you’re used to watching a show with 21 episodes that usually runs for about 5-10 seasons, the first time you watch a one season, 17 episode drama and you like it, you will end up looking for more…