About:

Title: Dramaworld (Season #1)
Released: 2016

Fix: K-Drama Lite
Platform: Viki

Netflix Summary:

Engrossed in the latest episode of her favorite Korean drama, college student Claire suffers an accident that turns her escapism into her reality.

FYA Summary:

When a freak accident sends Claire—a huge fan of all things K-drama—into Dramaworld, the world in which all K-drama characters live their lives and all K-drama rules apply, she can’t decide whether it’s the best thing to ever happen to her, or the worst. Particularly when the current K-drama, Taste of Love, seems to be going off the rails, and it’s up to Claire and her new friend Seth to right all the wrongs.

Familiar Face:

Justin Chon as Seth

Justin’s a familiar face, for sure, especially if you’ve watched Twilight as many times as I have. (Don’t judge.) He’s been in other things of course, but I’ll always have a soft spot for Eric Yorkie and his ridiculous hair.

Not-So Familiar Faces:

Liv Hewson as Claire

Sean Dulake as Joon

Noo-Ri Bae as Seo-yeon

(I might be more familiar with the latter two if I’d ever watched any actual K-dramas.)

Couch-Sharing Capability: Fandom-Dependent

If you have friends who enjoy K-drama, I’m assuming that Dramaworld will appeal and delight. Sure, it makes fun of the genre and its many common tropes, but it does so out of love.

I don’t particularly think that you need to be a K-drama fan to enjoy this series, however. It’s a cute and quirky show that’s sweet and silly and overly dramatic and romantic. And clocking in at only a little more than two hours, it’s practically like watching a normal movie with frequent opportunities for bathroom breaks.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Anyone for a Drinking Game?

During the first episode of Dramaworld, Claire and Seth discuss how all of the tropes of K-dramas are present and prevalent in Dramaworld. Sadly, they don’t go into detail on the full list, and I’m not at all familiar with any that they don’t outright mention. I’m sure someone more knowledgeable would be able to craft a fabulous (and hardcore) drinking game for this series.

Until that person comes along, I think a viewing of this series would definitely benefit from drinking something effervescent and fruity while watching. Time to break out the champ cans or whip up a batch of frosé.

Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Introductory (or Enabling?)

I revealed this above, but I’ll disclose it again: I’ve never seen a K-drama. I assume that Dramaworld is a good, if parodying, representation of the genre (but, please, do correct me if I’m wrong.) I really enjoyed watching the series, and know that’s it’s to blame for my new interest in seeking out actual K-dramas* to invest myself and my free time in.

*Feel free to offer up suggestion in the comments!

Mandy (she/her) is a manager at a tech company who lives in Austin, TX, with her husband and their dogs. She loves superheroes and pretty much any show or movie with “Star” in the name.