Substantial: Subbers on Secret Love Affair and the craft of subbing

…Jeju.(And a castaway from England who can’t speak English.) Anonymous subber —How did you come to know both Korean and English? I spent my early years in Korea before I moved to the U.S. to live permanently. —How long have you been watching Korean dramas? Ever since I can remember. I grew up watching a lot of Korean dramas. —What’s your favorite drama? What do you like about it? I would have to say Tamra, the Island. I know it’s not for ev…

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Drama Review: Miss Korea (2013)

…the works: Breaking Queen.] Episode 12 —This episode includes what might just be the most egregious example of Dramafever taking liberties with the original wording of the shows they sub. One character just said to another: “I don’t understand your English.” Call me crazy, but I think even we Americans are clever enough to figure out that the people on this show are not speaking English. —Most Korean dramas take place in tiny universes compris…

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Drama Review: My Love from Another Star (2013)

…ng little Min Joon stand at attention. How bizarre and wonderful of you, Show. (And here I was thinking that the absence of this particular problem was one of the perks of a good noona romance.) • Episode 18. The Korean word Omo is just too visually pleasing not to use it every once in a while, so here goes: Omo! This Drama Fever subber just used the word Hyung instead of replacing it with “bro” or finding some way to awkwardly work around it. C…

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House of horrors, Kdrama style

…t be for their careers.  Can a site with such badly targeted ads really be long for this world? Dramabeans shuts down. I bet Dramabeans is more successful than it’s ever been: English-speaking drama fans are becoming increasingly common thanks to recent publicity and the easy availability of Korean television on streaming sites. With the recruitment of new staffers, the site is branching out and becoming increasingly professiona…

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My two favorite things: books and dramas

…et Garden aired: “Why is a 145-year-old novel suddenly a bestseller in Korea? Because it was featured in a hit drama, of course! In the popular drama Secret Garden , the characters played by Hyun Bin and Ha Ji Won both read Alice in Wonderland , and lines from the book are featured in the drama. As a result, Alice in Wonderland is currently the number two bestseller of the week in the online Korean bookstore Aladdin.” Secret Garden was on…

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