Heisui’s Thoughts: Why aren’t there many guy Asian drama fans?
Once upon a time, I tweeted a picture of my twitter follower stats that shows the following:
…and wrote “Guy drama fans, where you at?”. Response? *cricket cricket* Well, there was no response. T_T I had hoped to get some of the 24% of guy drama fans to come out of the shadows and declare themselves, but nope. Hence, this post. 😉
So, here’s the big question of the day: Are there more female than male *international* drama fans? If yes, then why? Why aren’t there many guy drama fans?
In my opinion, there are more girl than guy drama fans–at least, in the international drama community. (Edit: I really can’t speak for domestic drama fans, but I think the gender stats would definitely be different for domestic viewers.) Everywhere I look in the dramasphere, I see tons of female fans and only a few guy fans. For instance, look at my blog. Most of my commenters & Twitter followers are women. I specifically remember a time when a guy fan of the drama posted on my chatbox, saying “I am a guy and I love Legend of Zhen Huan“. I suppose the reason this stood out to me is because very few commenters on my Legend of Zhen Huan posts were guys. Also, you can take a look at popular drama sites–most of the users are women. And lastly, drama bloggers are disproportionately female. I can literally count the number of guy drama bloggers on my fingers; that is how few male drama bloggers I know of! X_X
A part of me wonders if there are actually way more guy drama fans than I think there are…it’s just that they’re not as active or visible on drama sites / drama blogs. For instance, my blog is more oriented towards the female audience because I write from a female perspective. I hope to include the male audience too! But it is hard, especially if I’m writing about a drama that caters more to the ladies (such as a rom-com, reverse harem drama, etc.). So maybe that’s why there aren’t as many male readers on my blog. (At least, I think there’s not many guy readers!? I can’t know for sure!)
^The ratio of girl to guy drama fans? (JK)
On the other hand, if there really are less male than female international drama fans, I think the big answer is..the rom-com. Of course, there are plenty of other genres such as slice-of-life, detective/police/mystery, suspense/thriller, historical/period, etc. But let’s face it, the rom-com reigns supreme amongst the international drama community. Take a look at the popular drama sites and you’ll see that rom-coms tend to be the most watched and the most popular with international fans. That’s not to say that guys don’t like rom-coms. But they tend to cater more to the female audience, especially when they have the classic love triangle where one heroine has to choose between two ~swoony handsome~ guys. A lot of rom-com tropes involve women finding their true love, going from rags to riches, or falling into a reverse-harem situation where they are surrounded by lots of hot guys. Moreover, there are plenty of rom-coms that are all about unmarried women in their late 20’s-30’s who are on a mission to get married. T_T” But how many show the hero in these situations? Not that many. For instance, the only harem drama (hero surrounded by lots of girls) I can think of is the jdrama Moteki. For rags to riches stories, I can only think of Celeb to Binbo Taro, in which the heroine is rich & the hero is poor. If you can think of any more guy-oriented rom-coms, let me know. But you get my point, there aren’t many dramas that show the reverse situations for guys.
That being said, I hope it’s clear that I’m NOT saying that there are no guy drama fans at all, or that men don’t or can’t enjoy the same dramas that women do. Also, of course there are lots of other kinds of dramas besides the rom-com. What I’m saying is that there seems to be a difference in the amount of guy & girl international drama fans, and there must be a reason why. So, let me know what you think! Do you think there are more female than male drama watchers? If so, why?