What are Kdrama fans called?

Answered by Michael Wilson

K-Drama fans, or those who are particularly devoted to Korean dramas, are often referred to as “Koreaboos.” This term, derived from the word “weeaboo” (which is used to describe individuals who are obsessed with Japanese culture and anime), is used to describe individuals who idolize and romanticize Korean life as portrayed in K-Dramas.

Koreaboos are often captivated by the romantic storylines, beautiful actors and actresses, and the unique cultural elements showcased in K-Dramas. They may spend hours watching these dramas, analyzing every detail, and even imitating the fashion and lifestyle choices of their favorite characters. Koreaboos often develop a deep emotional attachment to the dramas, characters, and the overall Korean entertainment industry.

Similar to Weeaboos, Koreaboos may often engage in excessive consumption of Korean media, such as K-Dramas, K-Pop music, and variety shows. They may also immerse themselves in Korean language and culture, trying to learn the language, cooking Korean dishes, and even planning trips to South Korea in order to experience the country firsthand.

While there is nothing inherently wrong with being a fan of Korean dramas or any form of entertainment, it is important to recognize that Koreaboos can sometimes take their admiration to an extreme. Some individuals may develop unrealistic expectations about Korean life, believing that it accurately represents reality. They may idealize Korean culture and overlook its flaws, leading to a distorted view of the country and its people.

It is worth noting that not all K-Drama fans are Koreaboos. Many individuals simply enjoy watching Korean dramas as a form of entertainment and appreciate the storytelling, acting, and cinematography without becoming overly obsessed or idolizing Korean culture. It is possible to be a casual or moderate fan of K-Dramas without crossing into Koreaboo territory.

In my personal experience, I have encountered individuals who identify as Koreaboos. They would often dress in Korean fashion styles, use Korean phrases in their daily conversations, and obsessively follow the lives of Korean celebrities. While their passion for K-Dramas and Korean culture was evident, it sometimes felt like they were disconnected from the realities of Korean life and focused solely on the fantasy portrayed in the dramas.

To summarize, K-Drama fans who idolize and romanticize Korean life as depicted in K-Dramas are commonly referred to as Koreaboos. While being a fan of K-Dramas is perfectly fine, it is important to maintain a balanced perspective and distinguish between the fictional world portrayed in the dramas and the real-life culture and society of Korea.