The 5 Stages of a K-Drama Addiction

By Elie - 10:44 AM

Days since my last post: 11

Why hello there, if you're still around my blog. Yes, I'm here with the most random post I could ever think of because I no longer know what's going on about my life that can be interesting enough. Which is why this really isn't so much about my life...or at least I don't think so. With the not-so-recent craze over everything Korean, it's obviously inevitable that one of the things people will fall head over heels for is a k-drama. Or a few of them at a go. And the recent craze?

태양의 후예 (Taeyang-ui Huye) or also known as Descendents of the Sun. 
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Starring the ever so adorable Song Joong-ki and the forever flawless Song Hye-kyo, Descendents of the Sun (DOTS) successfully captured hearts of many girls (and guys) alike within just several weeks of airtime. Everyone had high praises for the series; from the settings to the cast, and the various little factors like the chemistry between characters. Which is why I thought, why not figure out these stages for someone like me who has never been extremely crazy over K-Dramas? 

Stage 1: Ignorance 

Whatever man, I don't need a k-drama to rule my life.
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Like I've mentioned above, I've never been crazy over k-dramas. The last one I've caught was The Heirs which came on TV about 3 years back. Even back then I simply took it easy with watching, and wasn't completely into it. I always thought Lee Min-ho looked great, but gave it an easy shrug and moved on with life. So while my social media feed was getting flooded by news of DOTS, I didn't really bat an eye on it. "Just another k-drama," I thought. And then I moved on with life. 

Stage 2: Interest

You had my interest, you may now have my attention too. 
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Ignorance however did not drag too long, because DOTS seemed to creep into my life more and more. I mean, I had 40% of my friends sharing about it on their Facebook, or talking about how amazing it was on Twitter. Well, you may now have my interest. I wanted to know what this DOTS craze was all about. I wanted to know if it was worth my time. I wanted to see proof for real that DOTS could overrule my life. Which led me to... 

Stage 3: Acceptance 

Acceptance to his baby face, and his gorgeous eyes that melts the toughest of hearts.
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I took in watching DOTS only after it ended, because God forbid that I was not born with the patience of waiting for episodes to be released. I wanted them out all at once so I could decide immediately if I liked it or not. I mean, if you're going to go for something then you might as well go the entire way right? Wrong. It was one of the worst decisions I had made this year (And mind you, I think I made some great ones for as long as 2016 has been running), and I regretted it. Why, you may ask? Because my acceptance became... 

Stage 4: Addiction

I wouldn't stop sharing things.

The first episode led to the second within an hour. And then the third followed with the fourth in two...and then the rest was history. I was officially hooked. I was dreaming of Song Joong-ki and swooning over his baby face. I was drawn into Song Hye-kyo's everlasting beauty; because the woman never ages. I was extremely into the macho vibe that Ji Woo gave out, and I was torn between loving or hating Kim Ji-won's flawless face. I began to imagine what would happen after every episode, and every waking moment when I wasn't watching the series was torture. Read: Work hours. I spoke about the drama animatedly, and couldn't wait till I could comfortably curl under my blanket for my daily dose of DOTS. That was it. My life was over. 

Stage 5: Denial

And just like that, the series left me.
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And if you ever thought having to be addicted to a series was bad, try getting to the END of it. Yes, as much as my life was over, so was the series and I am now suffering from the denial of it ending. I mean, why would anyone write a script only to make it end? Just, why? What would I now with my life since I no longer have a soldier and doctor love story to look forward to? Where would I go for my daily dose of eye candy now? What about their lives AFTER that ending? Shouldn't you show us that too?  

I am not left with the endless replays of the ever-so-addictive OSTs, and little dreams of the characters from DOTS. And what does this tell you, ladies and gentlemen? This tells you...never to play with fire, and never to start on a K-drama. It rules your lives, takes over your dreams, and leaves you wanting more. It tempts you to nothing but doom, and then laughs at your misery for how much you love it. 

Goodbye now, DOTS. 
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Indeed, this was a completely useless update, but I just wanted to remember how much a k-drama has invaded my life. Maybe I'll just watch all 16 episodes all over again, and again, and again. Because I absolutely can.

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