Dramatic Stereotypes

March 9, 2008 at 2:47 AM Leave a comment

Dramas have a long and disgusting history. Why people enjoy drams is quite remarkable. Maybe they have a lack of drama in their own lives, or perhaps enjoy wasting precious water over needless tears.

Contemporary Dramas

Taiwanese Dramas (tDRMA)*

These dramas from a country that is still in the process of determining whether or not it is actually part of China, and therefore whether or not its drama productions should be known as Mandarin (mDRMA) or Chinese Drams are usually based on romances, which is part of the reason while it is bad. There are many different shows, but most of them involve students attending a college or university falling into love triangles before they have a means to support themselves. Actually, let me rephrase that. They must have some kind of monetary aid as they dress expensively and have extravagant haircuts. However, this goes against everything we know of Asian culture. What kind of Asian parent would allow their kids to fall in love, much less lend money for unnecessary things before the child has become CEO of some big corporation? Most films also star a male(s) who make most Asian girls swoon and has a decidedly Asian haircut, usually with bangs. These shows are also produced in Taiwanese or Mandarin and requires subtitles to understand. Some tDRMA is complementary to the storylines of mangas (mDRMA).

Korean Dramas (kDRMA)*

Korean dramas are a close cousin of Taiwanese dramas and feature an Asian male whom Korean and non-Korean girls alike find physically combustible with an Asian helmet-style “fob” hairdo. The women are usually lightly-skinned and may also have a helmet hair. The characters enjoy dressing in formal or semi-formal costumes and are also falling in love. But a simple romance is not enough. There has to be some kind of love polygon and a girl with cancer**. kDRMAs are renowned for having numerous and lengthy flashbacks accompanied by melodramatic music. The one and only drama that I do not consider a waste is Da Jang Geum because it is about food (although not muffins) and I like food. Taiwanese and Korean Dramas also have bad transitions. You’re watching the show, and it’s about time for a commercial break. So then you keep watching, an all of a sudden the show just cuts. Like cut with a scissor. There’s no transition, no fade out, no real ending.

Western Dramas

English speaking dramas are usually either about doctors, crime-scene investigation, law suits, and well, teenage romance, and sex. Western dramas also have an element of romance in them (as does everything). In CSIs, the investigators talk about the love lives of dead bodies; in medical shows, doctors flirt with each other over dying bodies; in law shows, they court each other in court, and in sex shows, they physically display their love.
To their credit, at least they have variety.

Older Dramas

Chinese Dramas (cDRMA)

Chinese dramas are absolutely horrific. They involve men with long, wispy beards in bathrobes and boxy headgears and men in women’s clothes with powdered faces. They speak in whiny voices and are accompanied by a weird plucked instrument and an infernal pot-and-pan.
The Communists have also left their grimy marks on drama, using it as a form of propaganda.

European Dramas

European dramas are also known as operas. Not deserving to be called classical music (with the exception of Phantom of the Opera), they star bearded men with liquid grain storage devices (beer bellies) and women who are gifted with the ability to control their screams.

Going further back in time, we arrive at the Medieval Age. The dramas here were written by Shakespeare, which I have never watched, and hardly read. However, they must have been a pain to understand with the language thou useth in thy plays.

Greek Dramas

Never watched, never read, therefore no comment.

APPENDED 2008/10/15:

Upon doing the Ancient Tragic Heroes unit in English Honors, in which we have to read Greek plays, I have come to the conclusion that they are not the most entertaining of materials. They, like Aristotle, who wrote a treatise on what poetry in all its forms should be like, take a rather large number of words to express a single point. They are also quite boring and bland.

*Descriptions applicable to both.
**Idea from a friend.


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