English book on Korean TV dramas published

A new book on the development of Korean TV dramas has been published in English, the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS) said Monday.


"K-DRAMA: A New TV Genre with Global Appeal" is a comprehensive guide to the past and present of Korean television dramas, which have been gaining popularity outside Korea as well, particularly since 2000.

The 114-page book covers a wide range of topics related to the genre.

The first two chapters talk about the global appeal of Korean television dramas and the foreign media's response to them.

Chapter three touches on the history of Korean TV dramas, starting with the 1960s through the 2000s, when the so-called "K-drama" phenomenon started to emerge as part of the growing "hallyu" movement in Asia.

Chapter four recounts the famous dramas that first triggered the K-drama syndrome in Asia, such as "Start in My Heart" or "What is love" in the 1990s.

The book concludes with profiles of major K-drama stars, like Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, co-stars of the 20-part KBS series "Winter Sonata", which ignited a Korean TV drama craze in Japan.

The book is the third in a series of English-language publications by KOCIS to introduce popular Korean culture to foreign countries.

Its previous series have included "K-culture: the Korean Wave" and "K-pop", published in September and November, respectively".

Founded in 1971, the KOCIS is an affiliate of the culture ministry with 24 overseas offices.

The KOCIS will distribute its latest publication to its overseas offices and 172 Korean diplomatic missions.