“KDramas ruined my idea of relationships; I want that kind of love”

We all want to be able to find that special someone who makes us feel.

We want to be in a loving relationship that is problem-free and allows us to feel wanted. We see it everywhere in our day to day lives, whether that be our own families who have good relationships and our friends whom we hang around with who have long-lasting relationships.

But, there is one factor that contributes to some of us being stuck in the single department. That factor is expectations.

Now, it might not seem like it but most of us, especially these days, have developed more expectations of how we want our relationships to look, feel and be like.

Now, whether this is a good or bad thing, it is a thing nonetheless.

It exists in our lives and some of us can create utter misery because those expectations stem from a fantasy world. This fantasy world is gifted to us in the form of Korean Dramas. Now, as you read this, you may sit back and say that there is no way that we have expectations on romance based on dramas, but it exists and I’m not joking!

Korean dramas have been able to show us a side of relationships that we never thought existed. They, for many years, were able to give us some hope in finding the one. They also provided us with some good-looking girls and boys that we also hope would love us, the same way they love each other on screen.

It is okay to dream, right?

Let us now delve deeper and look at some of the amazing on-screen couples who sent our hearts fluttering. What dramas do you think of when you think of amazing on-screen chemistry and unrealistic real life romance expectations?

Descendants of the Sun (DOTS) caught people’s attention from the get go.

DOTS, like many other dramas, has had mixed reviews. Nonetheless, that isn’t the topic of this discussion. Here we are discussing the unrealistic expectations of romance. Within this drama, you see the characters develop feelings for each other, learning to fight for what they love most.

Isn’t that what everyone is craving?
Do we all not want to be fought for, do we all not want to feel valued?

The Heirs was another controversial drama..

..in the sense that it got mixed reviews. But, disregarding the actual plot and story of the drama, the two leads played off a love fantasy that can appeal to a lot of people. The rich guy falls for the poor girl and he ends up fighting for her against everyone’s wishes. This is basically what the love story of this drama is about.

We saw Lee Minho’s character totally fall for Park Shin Hye’s character and although there were some bumps along the way, just like every relationship, they undoubtedly fought for each other and wanted only the best for each other.

On a realistic level, fans can relate to both ‘Descendants of the Sun’ and ‘The Heirs’ couples in the sense that we want someone passionate. We all want to find someone who will fight for us and make us feel like we are someone’s only one in the world, and although we might not have to deal with obstacles such as in-laws and a family who doesn’t approve, we would hope that even if we did, our significant other would fight for us.

In dramas such as ‘Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo’ and ‘Pinocchio’, the attraction develops over time through understanding and character development. It is still gradual attraction once the attraction is there. We can not forget just how cute these couples are.

In ‘Pinocchio’, Choi In-ha (played by Park Shin Hye) allows Ki Ha-Myeong (played by Lee Jong Suk) to go after her mother because she knew that’s the right thing to do. Now, eventually, everything worked out, but their relationship was not only fun and playful, but also serious and meaningful. People change people, and despite the odds, they managed to overcome the problems, and find happiness even in the darkest of times.

In ‘Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo’, the leads’ relationship is flirty, playful and fun to watch. We enjoyed watching Kim Bok Joo get flustered and annoyed with Jung Joon-Hyung, only to have her open her heart up eventually. Love is gradual and shouldn’t be rushed. This couple undoubtedly had their fair share of setbacks. But, similar to Pinocchio, they eventually realised that one can’t let things like these interrupt something beautiful.

So now, these aren’t all the couples who managed to bring us to tears with their love. These are just a few glimpses into the unrealistic life that we wish to possess. But nonetheless, whether they are real stories or not, we are drawn into their lives and their love regardless.

We all want what they have: the pure love, the growth, the passion and the fun-loving quirky traits that their relationship captures.

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