This post serves as a reflection of my ‘first year’ of blogging and as a ‘thank you’ as we dive into a brand new year.
A brief reflection~
Reflecting back on 2014 is a journey in and of itself, but I wanted to express my gratitude for all the love and support I’ve received since starting my blog this past Summer.
I wasn’t sure what to expect, or how things would go, but gave it a try because I felt compelled to share my love for hallyu with anyone who would listen. (You can visit Home or About…Me! for more info!)
Since August, if you can imagine, I’ve learned more about my “likes” than I ever thought I would. I’ve also realized that while I completely enjoy blogging about some things, I find it a chore to blog about others.
I won’t bore you with the details, but I will say that the past few months have been enlightning, memorable, and most definitely fun. 😉
I’ve been told that blogging is not a numbers game; that the number of followers a blogger has, doesn’t necessarily determine how successful a blog is. That’s reassuring, especially when you’re just starting out; however, I began to believe it even as my numbers slowly started to grow. Odd, right?
Even though I was happy that the number of followers I had was increasing, I was more excited about the number of unique views I was getting on a daily basis. I believe that both followers and non-followers equally make a blog successful, so I’m grateful for every visitor!
When I received my WordPress annual report, I was surprised to see that my blog has actually reached people in over 100 countries…I mean, wow! The internet is crazy awesome, right?!
So, here’s to every single person who has ever viewed my blog! *Cheers* 😉
I’d also like to take a moment to send a shout-out to the newest followers of Jeni K-Cinema:
- Brian Moore
- Korean Daydreamer
- ~ Laura
- Jan Bergmans
- Awkward Girl.
- Kwon Sang Seung
I thank you all for clicking that follow button, and I hope you often find posts that intrigue, inspire, educate, or entertain you!
Every visitor, follower or not, you inspire me to keep going, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Here’s to 2015 and everything it has to offer – may it be the best year yet!
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Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year filled with joy and endless possibilities!
I am often asked why I enjoy Korean cinema far more than American cinema. I mean, I am American afterall. The answer to that is both simple and complex. I’m not going to get all technical, and try to force anyone to watch it, but I will share why I enjoy it so much.
Like many, I am sure that when you think of foreign films/dramas, you internally groan because of those blasted subtitles. I was there once. That was SO me! My husband has always had an interest in foreign films, so when we started dating, I was the good girlfriend, and would eagerly agree to watch, even though I hated the thought of “another movie with subtitles.” Don’t get me wrong, it was never a truly awful experience (in fact, it was very mind-opening), but on a scale of 1 to 10, my interest was at like a 2. On a good day. 😉
As time went on…aka we got married…I felt confident enough to tell my husband that I wasn’t interested in watching any foreign films, and I would literally roll my eyes whenever he would look at one while browsing at a book or video type store. (I know, bad wifey, don’t shoot!)
It wasn’t until 2013 that I (yes, me) eagerly ‘chose’ to watch a Korean Drama. I’m sure you’ve ALL heard of Psy by now; you know, Gangnam Style. *Does the dance* Well, I was introduced to the song back in the Summer of 2012. (By the way, I’m totally backtracking right now…) Okay, so I heard the song once, and was like “what in the world did I just watch/listen to.” Then I replayed it. Three more times. I then played it for my husband, and he replayed it a handful of times. It became a thing in our house…no joke! So, moving on…I got curious. If this was entertaining, surely there are other Korean music artists that are equally entertaining, right? I won’t take you down my road to k-pop discovery (if you’re truly interested, message me, post a comment, tweet it to me, etc. and I’ll share with you!), but let’s just say it led me to a popular boy band named B2st (or BEAST). If you’re a fan of k-dramas, you totally know where this is headed; if you’re not, stick with me, I swear I’m close to making my point! ^^
So, I’d read that Doojoon (or Dujun) of B2st would be appearing in a new “K-Drama” called IRIS 2. Being the new/diligent/awesome “fangirl” that I was, I just had to check it out. I was hooked. Like, instantly. Not because of Doojoon (although, I was happy to see him in it), but the acting. The emotion. OMG, the emotion. Did I mention the emotion? I wrote a post about IRIS 2 (including my emotional state while watching it) – you can read it HERE. Something I neglected to mention in my IRIS 2 post is that I watched it not once, but twice. It was so good, I actually begged my husband to give it a try. I was able to find it on HULU (where they also have dozens of other K-Dramas, by the way), and we watched it together. He was so blown away, he has dubbed it the best foreign drama he’s ever seen.
Okay, so if you stuck around to read my lengthy backstory, thank you! ^^
To wrap things up, I’d like to share just a few of the reasons behind my love for K-Cinema:
- The Actors/Actresses. It’s beyond reproach. They truly are in a league all their own.
- The Writers/Producers/Directors. The story-telling is unlike any I’ve ever experienced. And it’s not just one or two k-dramas or k-movies. It’s every.single.one. They bring each character to life. They make you feel what the characters feel. They pull you into the story, and don’t let go until the story has been told. I can’t stress that enough, but you’ll never know until you experience it first hand.
- The Cinematics. They’re good. Darn good.
- They are addicting. The k-dramas, that is. Okay, so maybe not all k-dramas are going to be soooo good that you want to gush about it, but they are addicting! You want to keep watching. And you do.
- Most k-dramas are a single season with between 16-20 episodes. So, when it’s done, that’s it. End of story. Okay, so think about this for a second. If a single drama is contained to only 16 episodes, the writers are working tirelessly to make sure that you feel everything you would normally feel over the course of weeks, months, or even years! (Sometimes it’s an emotional overload, but soooo worth the trip)
- The Actors/Actresses. Yes, I know that was my first point, but this one is different. Trust me. Three words: They are HOT. Korean guys are incredibly handsome, and the women are equally attractive, but did I mention the guys?! Seriously. Most of them have yummy chocolate abs, and are just beautiful to look at.
Case in point. 😉
Here are a few ladies, for my guy readers~
Back in April, Entertainment Weekly posted an article about Korean drama, and why it has become so popular in the US (among other countries). You can check it out HERE. It sort of acts as a ‘beginner’s guide.’ While all of the dramas they showcase are fantastic, there are definitely others you can watch if you’re interested in dipping a toe in the k-drama pool! ^^ If you want suggestions, I’d be more than happy to recommend some based on your tastes, etc. Just drop me a line, comment below, or send me a tweet!
If you’ve made it to the end of my longest post ever (on my blog, anyway), you are a rock star! Thanks for reading, and please don’t hesitate to reblog, or share this with your friends and/or reading audience. I love to share my love for k-dramas, k-music, etc., so I’d be honored. ^^
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