I’ve posted about the Vortex that Is the K-drama, which explained that I have a severe addiction to K-drama (and drama in general). Now I want to explain the process by which I fell into addiction as one of the steps in my “Korean Drama Addicts Anonymous” guidebook.
One day in the sixth grade I was at a friend’s house. She had just received the latest video tapes of 美少女戦士セーラームーン, or, Bishojo Senshi Sailor Moon, from her grandmother who lived in Japan. I had never heard of anime or manga before then. I sat down in her living room with her Dachshund curled in my lap and began the long road to obsession.
A year later, I had a massive Sailor Moon collection of cards, dolls, tapes, posters and other general otaku type collectables. I had the manga translated by Vic and by fansubbers. I’d watched every single episode. However, for some strange reason or another, I didn’t branch out to other manga or anime until high school when my sister also got into it.
I also played a ton of RPGs growing up and was exposed to the wonderful world of Japanese gaming with its addictive story lines, scores and gameplay.
Needless-to-say, I was well on my way to addiction.
By the end of high school I had tons of anime and manga under my belt. My list of Asian Dramas/Films/Anime I’ve Seen (or read) isn’t nearly complete.
In college, however, my time became consumed by my anal retentive need to have straight A’s and practicing for private lessons, orchestra, quartet and other various and sundry concerts, recitals and master classes. In graduate school, I had even less time as a TA.
But, after graduation dumped me on reality’s doorstep, I found time on my hands that I didn’t know what to do with. I saw my sister’s Chobits poster and decided to find the manga online to read again. And then I found another manga I used to love. And then I decided to watch the corresponding animes.
Do you see a pattern?
Eventually I stumbled across Kimi wa Petto and I fell in love. It was my manga sweetheart. So when I discovered there was a t.v. show based on it, I searched the internet and found this site called dramacrazy. I loved the dorama and decided to find more.
Eventually I became curious about the number one show on the site called “You’re Beautiful“. I’d never watched Korean television or read manhwa or listened to K-pop. I knew a bit about Korean traditional music and instruments from my studies but that did NOT prepare me for the awesomeness entitled “You’re Beautiful”.
Again, the cycle commenced. One after another I devoured K-dramas. But this time it was different. I found myself researching actors, directors and writers in more detail. I stumbled across dramabeans and seoulbeats. I met people in open threads and bumbled my way through cyberspace, now fully addicted and in need of rehab.
Eventually, I started this blog. It’s my version of therapy.
There you have it ladies and gents. My sad story. Now it’s your turn. Share your story with me. I would love to hear it.
If addiction is judged by how long a dumb animal will sit pressing a lever to get a “fix” of something, to its own detriment, then I would conclude that netnews is far more addictive than cocaine.” – Robert Stampfli
End Rant 5.