It’s been over a year since I wrote this declaration of universal rights for kdrama addicts like us. I’m reposting it to see if we need to have amendments. Just tell me what you want you want and I’ll see if we include it.
@phoenix, see Article #4. You’re not obligated to ship Xiao Nai (or any character that Yang Yang portrays) with the leading female. You can ship him with the star of your autobiography. 😉
I was going to write a manifesto but I’m already on my third glass of red wine sooo 🤷♀️ (shrugs).
This will have to do instead: The Declaration of the Universal Rights of Kdrama Addicts.
We have the following rights and privileges.
1. the Right to appropriate Korean words and use them liberally in conversations with non-Korean friends. Like this, “Yaa! Unnie! Mianhe but I cannot kaja to study hall with you because it’s bulgeum (TGIF), guerrigo oppa and I are eating chi-maek at the pojangmacha.”
2. the Right to high speed Internet. LTE or 4G.
3. the Right to binge-watch a drama until 5am on a workday.
4. the Right to ship ourselves with the leading man. Who the heck is Jun Ji-Hyun? This is us asking our sweetie a serious question, “Do Min Joon, how many babies should we have?”
5. the Right to curse out, blacklist, and hunt down the stupid writer(s) of stupid makjang plots and stupid open-endings. (Can’t you tell how traumatized I am?)
6. the Right to fast-forward through boring scenes, pause kissing scenes, and/or repeat our favorite scene a thousand times.
gif credit: jischangwook’s tumblr
7. the Right to discuss and obsess over the minutiae of kdrama with fellow kdrama fans.
8. the Right to watch kdrama in private while riding public transportation without fear of censure or opprobrium from nosy passengers looking over our shoulders.
9. the Right to fast and free subs. (Pfffffttt to you
two, Dramafever and Viki. RIP, Dramafever.)
When are the subs up??!!
10. the Right to visit the land of fairy tales, Seoul, South Korea, to follow the footsteps of our favorite characters, and to search for our own Prince Charming.
Any other rights I’ve forgotten?
Off the top of my head, I’ve a few more suggestions. Will revise and look for gifs later.
11. the Right to listen to the OST the whole day and belt out the song without knowing the lyrics.
12. the Right to use epithets and sobriquets for characters instead of their actual names (because all the unusual Korean names are messing up my auto-correct features).
13. the Right to feel maudlin and cry with the heroine.
14. the Right to use this guy as yardstick for all romantic boyfriends, real and unreal.
Introducing Xiao Nai. BMOC. Protective guy. Chinese, not Korean. Uber-hacker. CEO. Personal umbrella. Mr. “I’m worried you’ll catch a cold.”
15. the Right to believe in frivolous but romantic scenes.
Yes. Because a shower of cannellini beans are deadly. (You should have just pulled her out of “harm’s” way, Kyungsoo Do.)