One thing I find to be pretty standard across the board for Asian drama lovers is that we’re a unique breed. A lot of times, our friends and family don’t watch them and don’t understand how we can watch them.


So, I decided to make this video as a kind of tongue in cheek reminder of all those times that I’ve been told more or less that I’m crazy for watching dramas. This was made in part for the you guyz, the fans because I’m sure you’ve received similar flack for such behavior. After all, there’s nothing wrong with watching dramas!

I refer to myself sometimes as an Asian drama addict. This isn’t to say that I can’t not watch dramas, because I’ve gone weeks without watching them. At one point I went almost an entire year without them when my computer stopped working and I didn’t have the money to purchase a new one. But even today, after several days without having the internet where we’ve been staying, just getting the internet at my father’s house makes me anxious to catch up on a few episodes of different dramas that I’m currently watching. I’m also juxtaposed with wanting to spend as much time with my dad as possible. I have a feeling that I’m going to be doing some late night dramathoning.

Before going to Korea, whenever I was already hooked on Asian dramas, I would come home from college in the summer and watch them. My family just couldn’t understand me watching Asian dramas while they sat there watching HD TV all day. Even now I have to admit my husband is supportive of my drama watching habit (because of Hallyu Back of course), but yea some of these are actually based off of his actual reactions, particularly the ones where he tries to sit down and watch a bit and just doesn’t get it. But we trade off. I explain the detailed plot lines of dramas, and he explains the play by plays in sports games. It’s a nice, balanced approach to life, or at least this is what I tell myself.

So I’m curious, which number in the video were you most easily able to relate to?

And this summer, when you’re curled up on the couch watching a juicy episode of one of your current fav dramas, just remember: Just because the people in your immediate vicinity don’t necessarily understand your drama hobby, you are not alone. There’s an entire world of us who are misunderstood for this. That’s sort of the reason I started Hallyu Back in the first place.

Happy Drama Watching! ☺

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  • Romy Varas Villalobos

    You are like the friend I ever wanted lol xD not even my best friend likes kdramas like I do. I watch dramas because I’m learning korean, ans since I dont have any korean friends I need to practice my korean skills somehow! And it’s sooooo coooooool. I watched A Witch’s romance after watching one of your videos and I dont regret being a drama addict. Lots of love for youuuu, regards from Chile :)

    • hallyuback

      Oh my, thank you for your kind words! I’m glad you liked Witch’s Romance.. Hoping to get a fresh batch of new recommendations soon! <3 ps. I totally want to visit your country someday.. I used to have a Chilean pen-pal!

  • Rob Saldaña

    Steph, how funny is this?! I’ve been watching K-dramas for years but it really wasn’t until this summer that I became an “addict”–literally finished 11 shows within about two weeks! And these habits are absolutely mine as well, I thought I was the only weird one. Also, funny enough, I was also cooking steak for my parents two nights ago while watching the last two eps of Dr. Stranger… You could def multitask better than I can because my steak was apparently a little overcooked…

    PS: I think Dr. Park and Dr. Oh would have made better babies but whatever, writers :p

    • Arthea Emory


      Dr. Park SHOULD have ended up with the quack! I agree.

    • hallyuback

      Wow! 11 in 2 weeks is a LOT of drama watching! Congrats, I don’t know how you did it! Eh, I’m typically a decent cook but I have overcooked and undercooked things at times (watching dramas), but the hubby is cool enough to eat it.. most of the time (undercooked rice and potatoes are not cool >.<)

  • Arthea Emory

    Richard…I was with you until you said the worst 4 letter word ever spoken…GOLF!

    Steph…the faces! Especially when your hubby says, “You know it’s just a tv show right?”
    Fresh air and friends…last episode of my drama…hmmmm…
    Best part…I don’t know how you can stare at the computer screen for hours…*turns back to television*

    BTW’s…THE SHIRTS…PLEASE tell me they will be available soon!

    • hallyuback

      Haha.. totally is the situation in my house.. I watch kdramas and he watches golf >.< now that I struggle with understanding! As for the t-shirts, we're trying out a few new designs right now to see what people think. What's your fav?

      • Arthea Emory


      • Heidi Lyon

        Dramathon for me as well!!! There are 12 of us that want!!!

  • Karen Shortell

    love this one. by the way – what does xD mean? and – how could anyone not get most upset when their internet isn’t working correctly. The older you get, the easier it is to ignore what other people think of you, but there is no way to ignore your lack of dramas.

    • hallyuback

      XD is more or less laughing really hard.. though I also use it for an excited squeal lol! Totally with you.. spotty internet is my biggest nemesis right now!

  • Kethmini Hasara

    This is what we can all relate to 😀 At one time I also thought this is crazy and tried ways to stop the addiction. I have also gone through these types of comments and got angry for the first time but when I saw how you react to it and read other sites and forums where Korean Drama lovers gather I realized watching Korean dramas isn’t making me crazy and I am not alone in this. I enjoy my life with all its complications and responsibilities while knowing my sweet haven of Dramas always be waiting for me xD 😀 ^^ ^^ Thank you very much for this video <3 Much love

    • hallyuback

      Awwz you’re welcome! It really does help provide a get away sometimes, and no, you’re totally not crazy!

  • Chelly Wood

    If the internet stops working, I go dormant. The smexy husband can say what he wants. Meanwhile, like a deciduous tree in winter, I lie in wait.

    • hallyuback

      Bwahaha! You really made me laugh with this one! Totally agree!

  • Heidi Lyon

    If my internet goes down, I feel hell on earth has descended. HOWEVER, I have many kdrama DVDs that get me thru (most of the time). If I couldn’t watch kdramas, I think my life as a babbling idiot in a pretty padded room with a jacket would begin.

    As for the list, there’s one I have to add because it’s the one thing my husband says that drives me BONKERS! “How can you spend so many hours watching that crap? American TV is soooo much better!” Wh… what? Did he really just say that? Cancelled shows with no endings, laughable plots (ok, kdramaland has it’s share, but it’s still usually done with amazing feels!), kissing and sex scenes that have no real feeling to them, at all, and the decided lack of “meatiness” to their shows. The only thing I still watch American TV for is my SciFi, but even kdramaland is starting to move some shows in that direction, YAY!

  • Colette

    I really don’t care what the people say… but the internet CANNOT stop working… then my life is over!!! Love you guys keep doing the good work. 😀