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Dramas!2018.05.30


Hello!
英会話イーオン日立校カウンセラーの
Nobukoです♪
早いもので、あっという間に5月も終わり。
今日は
Sarah先生がおススメのドラマについて、
書いてくれましたよ〜♪
日本であまりイギリスのドラマを観られないので、
ちょっと淋しいみたいです。

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Dear Readers,


How are you doing?
I hope you’re enjoying your week!

 
In wondering what I should write about
this week for my blog,
I pondered the things I enjoy in my daily life.
I’ve already talked about some of my hobbies,
but I realized that there’s a big part of my life
I haven’t yet mentioned. This is dramas!
Some of you might know already
that I really enjoy watching Japanese dramas
on TV and Korean dramas online.
Today I’ll talk my drama-watching habit,
as well as the British dramas I recommend.

 
Part of the reason I started learning
about Japanese popular culture was Japanese
drama, or ‘J-drama’ as it’s sometimes referred to.
My Asian drama journey started with shows
like Hana Yori Dango and Hana Kimi
when I was in high school.
These shows were so funny, dramatic and
addictive, that I decided to search for
more and more Japanese drama!
When I was in high school I loved Oguri Shun,
Matsujun, and Kazuya Kamenashi
(but Oguri Shun was always my favourite!).
I’ve seen a lot of dramas since then,
and now that I live in Japan I can watch them
on TV after work! I’m watching Hana Nochi
Hare every Tuesday evening at the moment,
and until April I watched Kurage Hime
and Kimi ga Kokoro ni Sumitsuita.
I also tried watching Unnatural
with Satomi Ishihara but it was quite difficult
for me to understand because of the subject
matter and difficult vocabulary.

 
I always watch Korean dramas
with English subtitles though!
I became interested in Korean dramas
more recently than Japanese dramas,
and I find them even more addictive
because they’re so over the top,
romantic, and exciting with lots of plot twists.
I often watch these dramas online later
than the air dates, so that I can binge-watch.
(Binge-watching is the recent trend of
watching dramas online all at one time,
rather than one episode per week).
Actually, I’d say I’ve seen most popular
Korean dramas in existence, so I’m quite
an expert! (Although I don’t know
if that’s something to be proud of…)

My favourites are historical palace dramas
like ‘Scarlet Heart Goryeo’, and fantasy dramas
like ‘My Love from Another Star’.
Kim Soo Hyun is my favourite Korean actor!

 
As for British Dramas, I watch these too,
albeit not as often. The subject matter of
British dramas is often darker and rarely
pure romance like in most Korean or
Japanese dramas.
They don’t often leave you with a happy feeling
afterwards, and they’re usually more subtle
and less dramatic. But they’re very good quality
and very interesting! When I talked to Mami-sensei
about English language dramas,
she also pointed out that compared to American
dramas, the acting and mood in British drama
tends to be more muted and realistic.
It’s often hard to predict what the characters
will do next.

 
When it comes to recommending British dramas,
one always stands out as an obvious choice.
This one is ‘Sherlock’, my favourite British
drama recently. ‘Sherlock’ is a modern version
of the Sherlock Holmes stories set in present day
London and it has everything you could want
from a drama – great characters, comedy,
excitement, murder, suspense, friendship,
romance… It also has some famous actors in it
such as Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch
who play Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes.
Be warned though, that even if your English is
high level, you may need subtitles for this drama,
as the vocabulary is often extremely scientific
and the dialogue is really fast!
If you’re interested in the UK,
I think that this drama does a great job
of showcasing British culture and the city of
London.

 
Additionally, you may want to check out
some popular crime thrillers
(which I think is Britain’s favourite genre).
Some good examples are ‘Broadchurch’
and ‘Line of Duty’. If modern crime dramas
aren’t your thing though,
you could try some period dramas,
like ‘Downton Abbey’ about a rich family
and their servants at the turn of the century
which is very popular abroad,
or ‘Peaky Blinders’ which is an exciting
and atmospheric thriller about street gangs
around the same time period.

 
One of my other favourites is a scary sci-fi series
about the potential futures of technology
called ‘Black Mirror’ which is popular on Netflix.
However, although ‘Black Mirror’ started
as a British drama, it’s now produced in the US
with an American cast. At the risk of
sounding biased, I prefer the original British
episodes! I think the British style of acting
makes the show more sinister and moody,
and it feels more real. So if you want to see
the British version, you should search for it
specifically!

 
I hope you enjoyed hearing about my drama
addiction and I hope that you’ll check out
some of my recommendations if you have the time!
If you’d like a personal recommendation
(either British or Korean) feel free to ask me
and I’ll think of something suitable!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah


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