The Curious Ahjumma: Strong Female Characters

A decade or so ago, female K-drama characters are usually described as friendly, lovely, and bubbly. While those with bolder personalities are called spunky and sassy. But they are never described as strong. It was as if the word ‘strong’ is reserved for male leads alone.  Yes, we do have what we call the Strong…

The Curious Ahjumma: The Anatomy of Great OTPs

Telling a romance story is a bit complicated than one might seem to think. There’s a lot of elements to consider like the trope the writer would use, the setting, the narration style, and the most critical element is the main pairing itself. The other elements wouldn’t be useful if the main couple is in…

The Curious Ahjumma: Beta Male Leads

Gone are the days when the K-dramaland is dominated by Alpha Male Leads. These days, the spotlight is shared with the so-called Beta Males. Beta Males can be described in so many ways. Generally, Beta Males are the type of characters who put others before themselves. I don’t want to put them in a box…

The Curious Ahjumma: A Story Within A Story

A story being told inside a story. We encounter such ‘stories’ in K-dramas from time to time. Sometimes, these inner stories will be part of an episode while some series has one or more in each episode; like a recurring theme that bonds the whole series together. This literary device, which some called embedded narrative…

The Curious Ahjumma: Writing Habits

We all love good stories. We consume them in all types of formats. Here, in this little corner of the Internet, we love our Korean-made dramas. The reason is a combination of storytelling, acting, and overall production. Among these, storytelling is the ultimate deal-breaker for me on whether I’ll like a certain series or not.…

The Curious Ahjumma: Finding a Home in Cohabitation

As a celebration of our three years of blogging and sharing our love for K-dramas, we now introduce you to this new blog segment that we’ll call The Curious Ahjumma. This will be our commentary-like section about any topics involving K-dramas. Be it tropes, actors, writers, production team/themes. Anything and everything! As our first installment,…