The popularity of Korean dramas has invaded the age of millennials—suddenly, you'll hear your seatmate gushing about how she can't get over the kilig after five straight episodes of the latest K-drama she's watching. And your conversation leads to what fangirls usually do—encourage you to join their fandom and ride the bandwagon.
There are lots of posts about how they need to keep up with so many series to watch, because the struggle is very real. Once you've been bitten by the K-drama bug, it's impossible to stop—there's something so addictive about these shows that make us crave for more episodes of laughter, tears, and of course, kilig.
If you're a new recruit, here are top picks for a start for every type of romance. Consider these shows your school for all things love. You're welcome!
1. Descendants of the Sun. Watch this when: You believe in destiny. No matter how different Shi-Jin (Song Joong-Ki) and Mo-Yeon's (Song Hye-Kyo) lives are, fate leads them back together. The number of hellos and goodbyes and finally, the happily-ever-after will bring out the hopeless romantic in you.
2. Doctors. Watch this when: You believe that age doesn't matter. How much can you relate to actually starting out as a wallflower who bloomed thanks to her mentor, then realizing that she's fallen in love with him all along? Major #feels.
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3. Oh My Venus. Watch this when: You believe that love waits. Because no matter how you shove the person you love away, he'll always come back for the simple reason that he's madly in love with you.
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4. Remember. Watch this when: You believe in fighting for your love. Despite all the shortcomings, problems, and contradiction of circumstances, Jin-Woo (Yoo Seung-Ho) and Lee In Ah (Park Min Young) find a way to stand together against all these odds.
5. Another Oh Hae Young. Watch this when: Your story is the you-and-me-against-the-world type. Whatever trouble is in store for them, they still find a way to stay intact—despite a name twin and a revengeful ex.
6. W. Watch this when: You're in love with someone you can't have. Have you ever fantasized about someone you know you can't have because, well, he's a fictional character? If you're one of those girls who falls in love with a book's (or in this case, manga) protagonist, you can totally relate with Oh Yeon-Joo (Han Hyo-Joo) falling for Kang Chul (Lee Jong-Suk).
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Photographs screengrabbed from Drama Fever's Youtube channel