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Into the feminiverse: The world of Ok-dramas is filled with girls

One motive why Ok-dramas are so widespread in India is maybe the truth that they’re largely by, for and of girls

I started to observe Korean dramas (Ok-dramas) solely a 12 months in the past. Now, 56 Ok-dramas down, my one main takeaway is that it’s a world full of girls. Candy girls, nasty girls, naive girls, conniving girls, the entire gamut of femininity. Girls who bask in intensely female pleasures like gazing at a recent bloom. Girls who serve haejang (hangover) soup to different girls the morning after a liquid binge.

These girls have sexual company. Let’s go to mattress, they are saying. Let’s dwell collectively, they are saying. In a society rife with social taboos moderately like our personal, dewy-eyed younger girls get to this point and finally marry males their mother and father whole-heartedly disapprove of. Some girls get to maintain youngsters born out of wedlock. In a tradition that celebrates restraint, these are unbelievable girls.

No excuses

And depicted in drama after drama, they’re a part of a woman gang, or blended gang, the previous a vibrant hurrah to friendships between girls who chortle collectively, weep collectively, bicker and make up, have one another’s backs. It’s a quiet empowerment for some, an pressing seize at what’s rightfully theirs for others. Since meals is a large function of Korean lives, you get meals scenes aplenty — however typically, the feminine lead is hopeless at cooking, so the male lead both fortunately cooks and serves dishes comparable to jajangmyeon, japchae, kimbapand the ever present kimchi or tolerates her enthusiastic burnt choices with nary a flinch. One sport fellow really goes to his spouse’s village and helps her mother and father and their neighbours put together kimchi.

Lots of the writers and their groups are feminine, creating these dramas for a largely feminine viewers; so it’s no huge shock that there are some robust girls onscreen. There’s Park Ji-eun who wrote the mega hits Crash Touchdown on You, The Legend of the Blue Sea, My Love from the Star; Park Hye-ryeon, who wrote Whereas You had been Sleeping; the Hong sisters of My Girlfriend is a Gumiho and Lodge Del Luna; Kim Eun-sookwho wrote the intelligent The King: Everlasting Monarch and massively profitable dramas comparable to Mr. Sunshine, Goblin, Descendants of the Solar, The Heirs, Secret Backyard; Lee Woo-jungof the immediately recognisable and loveable Reply 1997, Reply 1994, Reply 1988, Hospital Playlist, and several other others.

Warts and all

These writers make no excuses for the best way their feminine characters behave. There are moms who go full-time melo, slap their grown- up children. There are petulant chaebols (wealthy enterprise

A still from ‘Start-up’

households), not-so-young girls who work their means up from poverty, girls who’ve jobs in a single nation and boyfriends in one other. There are girls who fall for the dangerous ‘uns who don’t reform themselves by episode 16. There are feminine leads who themselves are dangerous ‘uns. There are lion-hearted stuntwomen; spoilt brats who stay spoilt brats; weightlifters aiming for an Oly medal. There are victims of marital abuse who both escape their hell, keep on taking all of the abuse, or avenge themselves. The lads cry and undergo palpably, which can be wishful considering however positively raises a cheer from girls viewers!

These girls characters are given robust brushstrokes firstly of the drama after which pointillist accretions occur all by means of, until we get an in depth image, warts and all. We wince on the means they behave generally, we roll our eyes in exasperation on the life-style selections they make, however deep down we’re rooting for them. We crack up at their wit, we grin at their exuberance, we smile in understanding at their reserve. We perceive their warning, their hesitation, their longings. We perceive these girls. As a result of they’re us, talking one other language.

A still from ‘Wok of Love’

And so, the ‘gentler sex’, who IRL should cope with harsh realities comparable to gender discrimination, sexual harassment, who’re handled like second class residents in methods delicate and apparent, discover these Ok-dramas a candy escape. What higher morale-booster than to indicate robust girls reaching into themselves for the sources to face adversity, for the center to seize alternatives as they arrive, to come back up trumps in love, at work, at dwelling, on the streets?

These girls resonate big-time with Ok-drama watchers in India: they’ve independence, hopes and desires that rise above the romance observe. They don’t seem to be there simply to make the male lead look good. The ladies take centre stage. Even because the plot dwells on their delicate, empathic, emotional aspect, their strengths are revealed because the story progresses. Principally, Ok-dramas are a celebration of the feminiverse.

The Bengaluru-based author is an creator, journalist and manuscript editor.

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