Reading is my main hobby. It has been since probably elementary school when I discovered R. L. Stine books and my love for horror and creepy stuff. My reading has shifted quite a bit, but I still have reading as a main hobby.
On my Top Ten Tuesday Summer Reads to Change the World I mentioned every summer I try to start a different hobby. Part of that is because of the anxiety and stress I mentioned, and things like knitting help ease the tension. I also suffer from migraines and people who have those know concentrating enough to read is out of the question!
But back before I started new hobbies I started watching asian dramas. I always loved kung-fu movies when I was little. Then a cousin of mine moved to Japan and started sending mail and packages when I was in junior high and I was lost to the asian culture.
I’ve been sick with the flu all week, and right before Christmas, too, and not really feeling up to reading or knitting or any of my other hobbies, I’ve been laying around and binge watching asian romantic comedies I’ve missed.
I enjoy asian rom-coms mostly because they focus more on starting out on platonic relationships and moving, sometimes very slowly, into a romantic relationship. They don’t focus on sex as a main factor as much as American rom-coms.
Now, this is a list of common elements found in asian Rom-coms that I wouldn’t mind finding in a YA book or two. Most of them are completely cliche` but so adorable. Others are just heart wrenching scenarios that give a struggle for the main couple. If you watch asian dramas and have anything to add to the list, feel free to add or just comment down below!
The Shirt Tug
It’s adorable and I love it. When a girl is shy or in a particularly emotional scene, the main male will have his back turned or will be walking away and the girl will tug on the bottom of his shirt. Usually the male will stop, but won’t turn, and listen to what the girl has to say. It can turn in to a cry fest if the guy decides to keep walking when she’s done and her hand just slips free.
Platonic Room Sharing
Usually the couple gets stuck somewhere and end up having to share a hotel/empty cabin/abandoned something together. It leads to awkward moments for the sleeping arrangements, probably embarrassing moments for one or both parties, a little bit of fighting and arguing, but usually ends sweetly.
Gender-bend is spread way across the asian dramas. The most watched are probably high school versions, though. Usually they involve a girl that pretends to be a boy for one reason or another and enters an all boys’ school or work environment. Least to say, it eventually causes confusion. The male lead goes two different ways: sometimes he knows she’s a girl from the very start, anddd… sometimes he becomes very confused with his own sexuality.
Mega-Rich Company Sons
These guys are arrogant, rude, and you can’t stand them until they fall for the flat-broke girl who is the only one not throwing herself at his feet. Then they turn into little puppy dogs. Usually it’s their family you have to worry about. They have all the power and money they need to bribe or make problems disappear.
Leaving For His/Her Own Good
Male leads in asian dramas can be so annoying! Most of the time the male lead will have a since of duty to leave the female when danger for the couple gets too high. Sometimes it’s reversed, but most of the time it’s the guy being an idiot. Usually it starts with the lead giving back some very important keepsake or gift. Ouch.
Sick-fic: not just for fan-fics! I can’t even start on how many times the female lead will visit the sick male lead to nurse him back to health, or the male lead will carry the female to the hospital on his back. Usually it’s the other ones ‘fault’ that they because sick/injured in the first place; leaving them standing in the rain, being bullied because of uneven statuses, jealous exes/rivals, etc.
It’s usually an ex, a rival, or someone who was previously rejected by one of the main couple. The interloper can be as simple as causing confusion and mistrust between the two characters, or can go complete psychopath on them- using threats, kidnapping, and even deadly force to get what they want. Watch out for these because most of the time they start out really easy to like.