Twilight, goo jun pyo, geum jan di
Goo Jun PyoWhy "Twilight" Is Really A Kdrama
Now that the last of the "Twilight" saga movies, "Breaking Dawn II,"has been released on DVD, some of my twi-hard friends are looking foranother form of entertainment to enjoy with equal enthusiasm.
Why not kdramas, I suggested, because if you think about it, "Twilight," really is a kdrama.
Now I'm not suggesting that author Stephanie Meyer watches kdramas, but many of the elements are there. Here's the evidence:
1. Twilight's hero, Edward Cullen, is the very image of achaebol. He's rich and powerful. When he first walks into the cafeteria,he and his family turn heads, much like Goo Jun Pyo and the rest of F4did when walking into school in "Boys Over Flowers." Goo JunPyo andEdward have a lot in common.
2. The heroine, Bella Swan, can't hope to have anyone like EdwardCullen because she is poor and ordinary. She's a Candy girl who (atleast in the books) cares for her father and puts others needs beforeher own. She works hard in school, is brave and generally fearless, likeGeum Jan Di in "Boys Over Flowers." She is clumsy like so many kdramaheroines. Think Park Gae In in "Personal Taste."
3. Their relationship has an element of forbidden love. Insteadof turning out to be siblings, from different social backgrounds or thechildren of enemy clans, as is the case in many kdramas, Bella is humanand Edward is not
4. Family is important in "Twilight." Edward's family meanseverything to him. So does Bella's. When Edward and Bella get married,they live with his family. That's also, a plot element in kdramas.Fortunately, Edward's adoptive mother Esme is not the overbearing evilkdrama mother-in-law.
5. There's a love triangle. It's cold and distant Edward againstwarm, supportive Jacob. And of course, in true kdrama fashion, theheroine will choose the bad rich guy. How much badder can you get thanbeing a vampire?
6. Edward is mean to Bella but she perseveres in loving him. This goes on for episodes in about every romantic kdrama.
7. There's a considerable amount of fan service. Jacob does keeptaking off his shirt. Okay, it's "a wolf thing," but it reminds me ofall the gratuitous shower scenes in kdramas.
8. Jacob gives Bella a piggyback ride. This is what finally cluedme in to the kdrama connection. The piggyback ride is so essentially apart of kdramas and Korean culture and it's unusual in American culture.
While many of these story elements do appear in other kinds offiction, this comparison did make me think. What do you think of thepossibility of Twilight being inspired by kdrama? Do you think Twilightis a poor imitation? Or does it make the grade?