Does literature fascinate you just as much as K-Dramas do? We’ve got the perfect list of K-Dramas to satisfy your inner bibliophile! Just like the popular saying goes, “life imitates art”, in the case of K-Dramas, art imitates life! From characters that you can relate to and identify with to brand new book recommendations that you can delve into right after the drama is over, these K-Dramas have it all!
Here are 5 K-Dramas perfect for literature lovers!
1. “A Poem A Day”
As the title of this drama suggests, “A Poem A Day” is a story that essentially connects all the characters through the warm embrace of poetry. Our female lead, Woo BoYoung (played by Lee YuBi), is a physical therapist / aspiring poet who finds comfort in literature and shares the same. This drama is not only an interesting watch because of its storyline but also evokes a sense of belonging that is hard to find. If you just want to lay back and relax, this drama is the perfect pick!
“When The Weather Is Fine” is so wonderfully replete with rich literary references that it can turn you into a bookworm if you aren’t one already. With the story being set in winter, most of the books cited in the course of the drama revolve around the same: “A Book That Talks About Winter”, “A Book For A Very Cold Winter Day”, “Folktales For A Cold Winter Evening”, “A Book For A Very Cold Winter Eve” and so on. As a matter of fact, the central action of the narrative takes place in Goodnight Bookstore, which also holds a Book Club! For the warm and fuzzy feeling inside, watch “When The Weather Is Fine”.
While the plotline of “Encounter” does not necessarily concern literature, the world-building of the drama and the character sketches, especially that of Kim JinHyeok, played by Park BoGum, and his relationship with Cha SooHyeon, played by Song HyeKyo, are deeply enriched by the transformative enlightenment it brings through self-reflection and introspection.
4. “When The Devil Calls Your Name”
Inspired by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s “Faust”, “When The Devil Calls Your Name” is an excellent retelling of the “deal with the Devil” trope. If you have read the original play, this drama will intrigue you at every step and if you haven’t, you’ll be eager to read it soon after you finish the drama. In addition, Jung KyungHo and Park SungWoong are brilliant enough to keep you at the edge of your seat until the very final second.
5. “Romance Is A Bonus Book”
If you’re interested in all the intricate details behind how your favourite book came from the author’s hands to yours, watch “Romance Is A Bonus Book”. Set in a publishing company, this drama will take you behind the scenes of how publishers pick drafts, edit them and finally bring them to you, all with a lovely romance blooming in the midst. You might even have a new career aspiration by the time this drama is over!
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