Update: Dramaworld will be available for all who have a Vikipass on April 17. Those of us who do not will have to wait 15 days to watch the first episodes. I hope that those of you who have the pass enjoy the series. In the meantime, I’ll be watching a couple of dramas I have overdue.
Since things have not gone my way these couple of past days, I’ve been bummed out with writer’s block. But knowing very well that’s not very productive, I decided to get back up again and start writing on the blog. The best way I tend to get over disappointments is to focus on the things that make me happy. Which by now, you all should know that writing about my hobbies always cheer me up. So while looking for dramas to start watching, I stumbled upon the preview of Dramaworld. I had watched the teaser a couple of weeks ago, but I never took the time to talk about it with all of you.
Dramaworld is about a 20-year-old college student named Claire Duncan who thinks her life is completely boring. Her most beloved hobby is watching her favorite Korean drama titled “Taste of Love”. Joon Park, Claire’s favorite actor, is the protagonist of the drama, and he plays a handsome chef who is waiting for the day when his true love appears before him. This drama is her only escape from her boring life. However, one day her world is completely turned upside down when by the act of magic, she is transported into her favorite drama and comes face-to-face with her beloved Joon Park. Not only that, she also meets a guy named Seth Ko, who was also transported into the drama years ago and begins to mentor Claire about how to navigate within this new world.
Unfortunately, Claire’s addition to the drama throws “Taste of Love” off-balance. Because of this, Claire will no longer be able to just sit back and watch. She’ll need to step up and be fully part of it all. Dramaworld is set in Los Angeles and Seoul and is the very first American-Korean mashup series directed by Chris Martin and written by Josh Billig and Chris Martin. (2016 Viki original series)
What do I think?
When I first heard about Dramaworld I was worried and hesitant. Why? Because sometimes it’s difficult to create relatable and honest content that is true to the fandom. When my friend tagged me in the video, the only thing I hoped for was that the people behind it all had done their research. The last thing we need is something that portrays us drama fans in a negative light. But after I clicked the link of the video and saw that Viki had something to do with it, my worries were not as much. Being a website that for many years has hosted dramas and fan interaction, be it in the comment section of the pages for specific dramas or on each video, you’d think they’d know a thing or two about the subject.
Fortunately after watching the trailer, I was pleasantly surprised and excited. First of all, the way she talked about her favorite drama with such excitement is definitely something many of us drama fans do. We talk about our favorite drama, characters and episodes to people who may or may not watch dramas. Those who don’t watch dramas really don’t understand why we get so worked up, and they may give us a weird look or two, but that doesn’t keep us from feeling excitement while talking about them. Also, her frustration about the lead male protagonist not kissing the protagonist even though more than half of the drama has gone by is completely relatable. I’ve waited 20 episodes for a darn kiss. Nearly went crazy. Ha! Then on top of that, there are these people called facilitators that help create moments, some of them being the cliche ones, to help bring together the main leads. How fun is that? I would surely love to be able to do that. You don’t know how many times I had an idea for a great moment that could happen between the protagonist, but I was left with the disappointing memory of a darn cliche. To say I thought this teaser was amusing would be an understatement. I really want to see how everything plays out. I want to know how they are going to bring both protagonists together while dealing with the consequences of Claire’s actions in dramaworld.
The trailer was fun and funny and I’m happy to see that Justin Chon is part of the cast. Also, I’m looking forward to seeing what type of drama fans will be portrayed. We are all very different, that’s true, but we all know that there are things that identify us as drama fans. I know many people may be hesitant about Dramaworld because it’s being produced partly in the US, and because they are worried that a negative stereotype of drama fans will be portrayed. From what I saw of the trailer, that’s definitely not the case. The only thing I can say is that everyone should give it a chance. If you don’t like it, then don’t watch it. If you do, then good for you. It’s your choice.
Have any of you watched the teaser? What did you think about? Are you excited about it or hesitant to watch it? Tell me your thoughts about Dramaworld.