Heisui’s Thoughts – Drama Slang
Currently I’m computer-less and unable to catch up on my drama watching but that doesn’t stop me from blogging. Instead I am painstakingly typing this up on my phone. =__= Be warned of possible grammar mistakes ahead because I suck at typing on my phone and autocorrect is sure to mess things up as well. >__>””
Anyways I often find it funny how drama bloggers and drama watchers have a whole list of drama-related terms and phrases. Even though nothing is set in stone and no one made up a manuel for drama blogging….. everyone just magically uses the same drama slang. Where did we even pick up these phrases and why do we use them? It’s a mystery to me. O__o Here’s a few that come to mind when I think about drama slang or words that generally pop up when I talk about dramas…
^What I think of when I think of Dramaland
Ah yes, literally EVERYONE refers to the world of dramas collectively as ‘dramaland’ as though it’s some kind of amusement park or a mystical separate dimension. Not an actual place but rather, an attempt to refer to dramas in all their entirety. I usually avoid this phrase because wherever I think of it I imagine a magical kingdom up in the clouds or of an amusement park. Ummm I think it’s just me….
‘OTP’ / ‘Ship’
I’m pretty surely that these phrases are not limited to dramas only, but I tend to use them a lot when I talk about them. Also once I used the term “I ship… ” with someone who didn’t watch dramas and they just gave me a really blank stare. O____O So maybe they are more relevant in the context of dramas?
Anyways once I have chosen my OTP I will not shut up about who I’m shipping together. I also refer to each ship as though it’s some sort of team. O_O Any fellow shipper of the same OTP will instantly become my comrade! 😉
^ My current second lead bias
‘Second lead syndrome’
Sadly enough, this phrase pretty much describes my entire drama watching experience. 😛 Although I usually don’t use this term specifically, I am always talking about how I tend to ship the second lead. =___= why do the second leads always have to be better than the main leads?!?!?
The ‘love triangle / love square’
On the topic of romance dramas, I talk about the love triangles/love squares ALL THE TIME.
This is a totally random drama phrase but wherever I read it I think it’s kinda funny. We often use the term ‘baddies’ to refer to the bad guys, the villain, the enemy.. whatever you wanna call them. IMO it’s a more watered down term. I use it a lot but this only works for dramas where good and bad are very clear cut. In dramas with more ambiguity about good vs. evil it is very hard to call a character a baddie when there is no completely good or bad character.
^Love Forward, a drama on crack that had a very frustrating love square. I was rabidly shipping these two back then.. =_=
LOL. In an attempt to describe how addicting dramas are, this is what drama fans came up with. Another relevant phrase is a ‘drama on crack ‘ meaning that the drama’s plot is totally wacky. (and not in a good way) Probably the best example I have is the Tw-drama Love Forward. It was both drama crack AND a drama on crack. O___O
Since drama is crack we are all drama addicts. It’s a level up from drama fan or drama watcher…somehow drama addict just sounds more extreme. O_O but oh so accurate.
^The costumes in the Legend of Zhen Huan are the very definition of eye candy.
I find that this word tends to be used a lot by kdrama fans. O___O I like the word eye candy the best when it is used to describe the set, costumes, etc.
So does anyone use these phrases very often? Anyone have any more phrases I didn’t mention?