Didn’t this use to be Crazy For Kdrama? If you are thinking that, 1) You have been reading for a while and 2) You are very astute. This site started out a long, long, time ago as Crazy For Kdrama. We were humming along on a nice clip, then WHAMMO! Due to some unforeseen circumstances and some evil bots, Crazy for Kdrama was shut down. Much tears and hair-pulling later, we put our big girl panties on and started fresh—and from there Kchat Jjigae was born. Same great content, just with a new name and a kick-ass new site.
About Me: I wish I’d thought of some cool pseudonym before I’d started this, but I didn’t, and it’s a little late now, so here I am, Stephanie. Blogger, Writer, Fangirl, Procrastinator Extraordinaire.
My Kdrama adventure started October 2011, so sayith Netflix. Before, Hulu had recommended, “If you like this you might enjoy, Pasta,” and I was all—”Why would I want to watch Korean Television?” Fast forward a few months to one particularly heinous day at work, when I decided I needed something light and airy to take my mind away. Netflix recommended Playful Kiss, and within the first few episodes I was hooked. So hooked that I panicked when the weekend was approaching and realized I couldn’t keep watching at home (I was internet-free after a move). What was I going to do? I needed to find out what happened! So I paid to have one of those very expensive sets overnighted to me from Amazon. A week later, internet was installed in my house, and a Kdrama addiction was born!
Why do I love these shows so much? Hmm… good question. One, I love how short they are. In US television, where there is no exit strategy, shows stick around until there is very little left of what I originally like about them. Kdrama? You’re in you’re out, no chance to get bored. Two? I am a romance junkie. HUGE. Always have been, always will be. I even write it in my spare time (Bwahaha! Spare time). Kdrama enchanted me because it was like a romance novel on my screen. There is nothing I like more than a good squeee or an awww… moment from a well done romance.
About Kchat Jjigae: After gulping down Kdramas, I needed to be able to talk to someone about what I was seeing—as my friends don’t watch Kdrama, they reached their saturation point pretty quickly—so I had to look elsewhere. On a whim, I started Crazy for Kdrama. I’ve had personal blogs before, and they never really stuck, so I am shocked and amazed that I’m still here! And I think it’s because of you guys reading and commenting—it’s a huge rush!
Here at Kchat Jjigae, we talk about really anything that passes through my silly little head. Regular posts include Reviews, Casting Info, Musical Monday, General Observations, squealing and general fangirling, and of course, Khottie of the Week.
And when I say reviews? Well, I’ll be honest. I don’t so much as write reviews as I take apart the pieces, take a look inside, and see how things work. It comes from my actual creative writing background. I learned about all the parts which go into making a good story, and now I can’t help but put everything under the magnifying glass. It’s fun. You know. To me.
About Our Contributors:
Cherry Cordial: I started out watching Korean dramas on Netflix and have since added Japanese, Taiwanese, and Chinese dramas. I’m working my way through recommendations that I’ve found on other blogs and sites, so I’m sure I’ll branch out more before I’m done.
I’ve been an avid book reader for most of my life, and when I found the dramas, what I liked best about them was their similarities to books. They’re a limited length, and, for the most part, have a story arc that is finished by the end. Not sure if that explanation makes sense to anyone but me, but I’ve gotten tired of shows that drag on the plot just to keep the viewers watching season after season. I need resolution, and these give it to me.
Jess: I’m Jess, aka JMertz. I’m a proud nerd, foodie, bookworm and cat mom. My hidden talents include being able to quote movies after one viewing and sarcasm. I’m fairly new to dramaland, finding my way here in March 2015. I cannot take all the credit for the addiction since I would not even know dramas existed if it weren’t for my friend who kept talking about a show she was watching called Heirs and insisted that I give it a try. Heirs led to Boys Over Flowers which led to Playful Kiss thanks to Netflix and my ignorance to the fact that there were entire sites dedicated to streaming dramas. Once I found out about those, the drama damn burst wide open. Now I sit with nearly a year of titles, actors, catchy OSTs, tropes, wrist grabs and back hugs under my belt. I love dramas because the give me all the wonderful feelings of a really good book. There are fictional characters that I fall in love with to an nearly unhealthy level. Dramas have moments that make me cry and also ones that make me laugh out loud. I find myself thinking “just one more episode” at midnight when I have to work the next morning…and also knowing that it will end up being three more before I actually go to bed. Dramas also brought me here and helped me to create new friends within the fandom. What isn’t to love?
Molly in Kdramaland: Cherry Cordial introduced me to Kdramas in 2014. I trusted her ’cause she’d been recommending really good books to me for a long time; that girl knows her way around a good story. As soon as I watched my first drama, Queen In Hyun’s Man, I was done for. Where had this been all my life?? And through Kdrama soundtracks, I got into Kpop. By the time I met Stephanie — 6 months into my new favorite addiction — I’d become a full-fledged fangirl of the obsessive-compulsive type. I watch dramas and listen to Kpop daily — and occasionally I share my thoughts and opinions on this lovely blog. I hope you’ll enjoy my posts — or at least don’t hold what I say against Stephanie! 🙂
Two Bengals: I live in a rural outpost in the NE corner of California, and apparently have too much spare time. My duvet cover of TOP dressed mostly in a set of wings seems to have gained some notoriety, as well as reluctant acceptance from a very tolerant husband.
Kpop on the Downlow: Kpop on the Downlow discovered Kdramas and Kpop the summer of 2015. Something about the music, dancing, and pretty people set all her neurons firing. Drama’s cultural differences, quirky plots, and ridiculousness lured her over the edge and she’s been falling (happily) ever since. She likes: sleepy eyes, big brains, naughty boys, and happy endings. Rappers are her weakness. Her bias groups are too many to list, but prefers the sexy-tough side of dance music, and the softer side of hip-hop. She stans BTS from her formative days, cannot resist Seventeen’s choreography, and has a passion for groups like BAP that do a wide range of concepts.
SaraG: SaraG should have come up with a much better moniker when she put up her first comment on this blog… she will now forever be SaraG and that is a little too true to life. She has been partaking in the #klife (dramas, music, and fanfic) since the early days of 2013 and finally made the trip to the motherland (not hers) in 2016. She loves Song Joong Ki, J-Hope, ears that stick out, and hands – though her love does not discriminate against anyone who isn’t, or doesn’t, have those things. Music (listening) and food (eating) are her passions and she will give anything a shot at least once. She is pretty sure that she has ruined her daughters’ chances at ever being cool in the American educational system by making sure that they know all of the words to Okey Dokey by Mino & Zico but they have never actually heard a Taylor Swift song. Oops.