Four Korean Dramas for Young Adult Fiction Writers

So, pretty much anyone who knows me fairly well knows I’m a big fan of Kdramas/Korean dramas. I think they’re quite a bit cleaner than American television shows, without sacrificing any quality. This week I thought I’d share four Kdramas, ones I think my YA, writer friends will appreciate. 🙂

Here we go:

1.) Strong Woman Do Bong Soon


Do Bong Soon comes from a long line of women possessing Herculean strength. But Bong Soon can only use her strength for good; if she uses it for her own personal gain or to mistreat others, she can lose her strength forever like her mother, Hwang Jin Yi. Bong Soon’s twin brother, Do Bong Ki did not inherit the unusual family strength and is a doctor, but Bong Soon has trouble finding gainful employment as an aspiring game developer.

When Ahn Min Hyuk, the young CEO of AIN Software, a gaming company, witnesses Bong Soon’s amazing strength against a group of gangsters one day, he hires her to be his personal bodyguard to help him catch a man who has been making death threats against him. Bong Soon has a secret crush on her childhood friend, In Guk Doo, a police detective who is trying to capture a dangerous kidnapper in Bong Soon’s neighborhood. Can Bong Soon help both men track down the culprits? – Description from Viki

2.) Boys Over Flowers


Jan Di is an average girl whose family owns a dry cleaning store located near the luxurious and well-known Shin Hwa High School. After saving a boy from jumping off the roof of Shin Hwa High School, Jan Di is admitted into the school on a swimming scholarship.

At school, Jan Di tries to avoid confrontation with the four richest and most spoiled boys known as the F4, because she knows what happens to those that stand up against them.

However, when Jan Di’s friend, Oh Min Ji accidentally gets ice cream on the F4 leader’s shoes, she is forced to declare war on the leader of the F4, Goo Joon Pyo.

What will happen, though, when she falls in love with someone from the F4 and Goo Joon Pyo starts developing feelings for her, too? Will the love triangle disrupt the F4 and change their lives forever? – Description from Viki

3.)  Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo


What else could there be to life than barbells and heavy weights?

Kim Bok Joo is a weightlifting phenom who has only focused on barbells her entire life while growing up with her father, Kim Chang Gul is a former weightlifter. She attends Hanwool College of Physical Education, a university full of top-notch athletes who are driven to succeed in the hopes of representing their country in national and international competitions.

Bok Joo went to the same elementary school as Jung Joon Hyung but reunites with him in college. He is now a competitive swimmer who is having trouble recovering from the trauma of being disqualified for a false start in his first international swim competition.

Song Shi Ho is a fiercely competitive rhythmic gymnast who won a silver medal at the Asian Games when she was 18, but the pressures of her sport drive her to break up with Joon Hyung. Bok Joo’s tunnel-vision life starts to change when she falls in love with Joon Hyung’s older cousin, Jung Jae Yi a former athlete who became an obesity doctor after suffering a career-ending injury.

Will Bok Joo learn that there is more to life than weightlifting? – Description from Viki

4.) You’re Beautiful


Go Mi Nam, whose name literally means“handsome,”has it all – good looks, a place on the teenage idol boy band A.N.Jell, and legions of fans. But when a plastic surgery procedure gets botched, he is forced to secretly go to the United States to have it corrected. The band manager asks Mi Nam’s twin sister, Mi Nyu to pose as Mi Nam and take over his place in the band. As she tries to pretend to be a guy among the other band members – Hwang Tae Kyung, Kang Shin Woo, and Jeremy– Mi Nyu causes problems within the band because some of the members know her real identity and some do not. Can the band survive the infiltration by a female or will it implode? – Description from Viki

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About Britta Valentine

saved by grace, writer of young adult fiction, and drinker of copious amounts of coffee

10 comments on “Four Korean Dramas for Young Adult Fiction Writers

  1. I am currently hooked on The Liar & His Lover (aka Lovely Love Lie) and My Secret Romance. It’s been 6 months since I was hooked on a drama. 🙂

  2. Recently finally watched Weightlifting Fairy and Strong Woman Bong So. Weightlifting Fairy was so perfectly cute. Unique setting while still familiar since they’re young college kids in first (or 2nd) relationships but competitive athletes. I adored it and it washed the bad taste of Bride of Habaek out of my mouth.

    Strong Woman Bong So was polarizing. The OTP and their story was perfection. They truly made the drama. But the kidnapper was jarringly creepy to the nth degree. I had to watch all his scenes muted and sped up. And the gangsters were just so gross and stupid. But the OTP – this drama had one of the most romantic scenes I have ever seen (on the rooftop with the bomb). It tied with Secret Garden for top romantic scene for me.

    • So glad you liked them!
      Have you tried any Taiwanese dramas? Attention Love is a really good one.

      • Ha – I like Taiwanese (and Chinese and Japanese) dramas too. I actually watched TWdramas before Kdramas. I like them because they tend to be more comedic and wacky (though not always). Attention Love was good but gave me very strong It Started With a Kiss vibes. I was so hooked for the first half of the drama but got a bit annoyed toward the ending. And I really loved all the side characters. (It was my first drama with Prince but my second with Joanne Tseng since I saw her in Refresh Man.) My top 3 favorite twdramas are: ToGetHer, Just You, & Smiling Pasta

        Have you heard of MyDramaList? It’s like Goodreads for dramas. Here’s my list which is fairly complete: https://mydramalist.com/dramalist/ladysaotome

        Currently I’m watching the Cdrama My Little Princess and kdrama Hwayugi (aka Korean Odyssey). Hwayugi is the drama that has an element similar to my WIP that I mentioned on facebook. It’s been a while since I was as wrapped up in a drama as I am in Hwayugi but Lee Seung Gi’s dramas always have a tendency to be that way to me.

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