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Korean Drama Genres

By Fantastic | Last Updated: March 14, 2017
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Korean Drama Genre is the term for any category of drama or story or other forms of art or entertainment, whether written or spoken, audio or visual relies on the emotional and relational development of realistic characters, based on some set of stylistic criteria. Genres are formed by conventions that change over time as new genres are invented and the use of old ones are discontinued. Often, works fit into multiple genres by way of borrowing and recombining these conventions.

Although genres are not always precisely definable, genre considerations are one of the most important factors in determining what a person will see or read. The classification properties of genre can attract or repel potential users depending on the individual’s understanding of a genre.

Genre creates an expectation in that expectation is met or not. Many genres have built-in audiences and corresponding publications that support them, such as magazines, websites, and others. Inversely, audiences may call out for change in an antecedent genre and create an entirely new genre.

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Best Korean Drama meaning a best “masterpiece” refers to television series made in South Korea, in the Korean language plus subtitle, which contains a high value and or entertaining. This drama follow the best arranged plot structure, making audiences enjoy a drama, and each episode contains a whole small story into a whole drama.

Type of Korean Drama Genres

The following are types of the most commonly related to korean drama:

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An action story is similar to adventure, and the protagonist usually takes a risky turn, which leads to desperate situations (including explosions, fight scenes, daring escapes, etc.). Action and Adventure are usually categorized together, sometimes even as “action-adventure”, because they have much in common, and many stories fall under both genres simultaneously.


Comedy is a story that tells about a series of funny or comical events, intended to make the audience laugh. It is a very open genre, and thus crosses over with many other genres on a frequent basis.


A fantasy story is about magic or supernatural forces, rather than technology, though it is often made to include category of other genres, such as science fiction, for instance computers or DNA, if it happens to take place in a modern or future era. Depending on the extent of these other elements, the story may or may not be considered to be a “hybrid genre” series.


Historical is a story that examines a specific time in history or group of people or person or event. Often, they are written in a text book format, which may or may not focus on solely that. Many Historical aim to portray true events and people. However, most Historical are only loosely based on these events and people. These story tend to focus on the more glorified societies and people in history such as the Romans, specific Kings and Queens, or important political figures.


A horror is told to deliberately scare or frighten the audience, through suspense, violence or shock. This genre may related to the supernatural variety that occasionally called “dark fantasy”, since the laws of nature must be violated in some way, thus qualifying the story as “fantastic”.


A mystery story follows an investigator as he/she attempts to solve “a puzzle”. The details and clues are presented as the story continues and the protagonist discovers them and by the end of the story the mystery’s puzzle is solved. Mystery novels are often written in series which allows a more in-depth development of the primary investigator.


Political fiction is a genre of fiction that deals with political affairs. Political fiction has often used narrative to provide commentary on political events, systems and theories. Political drama contains themes, characters, and a plot specifically about politics and the political scene. The main protagonist is often at odds with the harsh reality of corruption in politics. Many Political Dramas are based in fact but focus on exploring conspiracy theories.


Romance is emotion-driven stories that are primarily focused on the relationship between the main characters of the story. Beyond the focus on the relationship, the biggest defining characteristic of the romance genre is that a happy ending mostly “always guaranteed”. The happy ending does not require the characters to be married and living “happily ever after”, simply that the audience feels that there is hope for the future of the romantic relationship.

Science fiction

Science fiction is similar to fantasy, except stories in this genre use scientific understanding to explain the universe that it takes place in. It generally includes or is centered on the presumed effects or ramifications of computers or machines; travel through space, time or alternate universes or other such things. The science or technology used may or may not be very thoroughly elaborated on, stories whose scientific elements are reasonably detailed, well-researched and considered to be relatively plausible given current knowledge and technology are often referred to as hard science fiction.


A Thriller is a story that is usually a mix of fear and excitement. It has traits from the suspense genre and often from the action, adventure or mystery genres, but the level of terror makes it borderline horror fiction at times as well. It generally has a dark or serious theme, which also makes it similar to drama.


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