Korean Dramas are so much better when you have someone to watch them with, or at least freak out with as you discuss the episode later on. The problem is a lot of our friends think our love for Korean Dramas is silly. They don't know how wrong they are, of course, but if your friends are anything like mine they are quite stubborn in their insistence of avoiding K-Dramas. So how do you solve this? You trick your friends into becoming hooked on Korean dramas. After all, it's not like you want them to watch Korean dramas because they're bad. It's because they make you so happy that you can't contain it and want to share that with your friends. Here are a few strategies that have worked for me and hopefully will work for you as well.
This method is straight-forward. Offer to do something that your friend wants to do that you normally wouldn't in exchange for them watching one episode of a Korean drama of your choosing. One episode is all it takes.
2). Hook Them With the Plot
Find a drama that you think your friend would be interested in. Describe the plot to them first, K-Dramas plots are quite interesting after all. Once they're interested then tell them it's in Korean and tell them to watch one episode before deciding.
3). Just Press Play
Just start watching a Korean drama when you're together. Even if they're on their phone or doing something else, they'll eventually be drawn to the screen. This one seems so simple, but it's worked so many times. They start asking questions and then can't look away and then before you know it are asking you to watch the next episode.
4). Make Them Ask
When people think that they can't have something is when they want it the most. So what you do with this technique is let the person know you love Korean dramas and over time keep bringing up and describing why you love them, but NEVER ask them to watch with you. Eventually they will either watch one on their own or ask you to shown them one. This technique is more difficult because it requires patience and persearvance but it pays off when it's pulled off successfully because then your friend thinks its their idea and they are more likely to full embrace Korean Dramas.
5). One Episode Promise
Similar to the barter technique, this is the one to use when you've been asking you friend for a long time and they have been persistent in their refusal. You tell them, "If you just watch one episode I won't ask again. If you don't like it I promise I will never ask you to watch another episode." Most often the deal is worth it to them because they can be free from you asking. If by some unnatural chance they don't like it then you don't want to ask again anyway. You don't want to be the type of friend to make someone do something they don't want to, do you?
So get out there, K-Drama lovers and spread the Korean Drama revolution!
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