Theme of the month: Adaptations

When I was a wee stroopwafel, I remember dramas being a near-constant presence in my house. Back then, watching dramas meant popping down to the Korean video store, renting some VHS tapes, and gathering around the family TV. My mother and grandmother favored sageuks and daily dramas so it wasn’t until I was a bit older that I discovered there was a whole world of other genres out there.

My first drama discovery was the old hit, Boys Over Flowers. While it wasn’t exactly a perfect drama, the show gave us Lee Min-ho, that crazy perm, and “almost paaaaaradise,” so it’ll always occupy a special place in my heart.

Boys Over Flowers was famously adapted from the Japanese drama, Hana Yori Dango and once you start to watch K-dramas, you’ll see that adaptations abound. This month, let’s talk about our favorite (and least favorite) drama adaptations.

Which adaptations made you squee with joy at their perfection? Which adaptations made you rage and weep because they couldn’t hold a candle to the originals? Are you a strict originalist or do you prefer an adaptation to add a little something unique?

To submit:

  • Email your submissions to [email protected]. If you have a registered Dramabeans account, include your handle so we can link to it.
  • Include at least 1 image, though more is preferred.
  • Suggested length: Between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Deadline: We will post these on a rolling basis, so we’re taking submissions now. We will cut off accepting submissions on March 26. If you miss this month, join us for a new theme next month!




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