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    Are Korean Dramas another version of North American soap operas?

    I suggest that they are not. First of all, the format is completely different. Instead of seasons with standard amounts of episodes of 20-60 minutes, a Korean Drama runs for approx. 60 minutes, for approx. 20 episodes.
    Soap operas and Dramas may have continuous story lines, but it seems that with a soap opera, there are more decisions (with regards to the cast, the plotline) that develop based on consumer reaction (i.e., ratings have a lot to do with what happens in the soap). Dramas seem to be pre-determined, as if a viewer is simply watching a 20-hour movie.
    I wonder if this comparison is just, given that they emerge from different cultures.

    • Another good point to bring up is that K-dramas are not produced in a similar fashion to North American ones. Episodes are often finished not long before (even the same day) they air. You are right that they are not the same, not even close. Popular drama in North America has started to veer in a different direction, darker is perhaps the word I'm looking for. The smash hit of series like "House of Cards", "Breaking Bad", and "Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire)" show this trend in North America. – Aridas 8 years ago

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    Thanks for this article! I find it great to broaden people’s knowledge, especially when, as you rightly point out, unicorns get so much attention!
    It reminds me of JK Rowling’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a much less scholarly undertaking that your approach, for sure.
    I like your approach as well, to consider the greater role of perception in how these creatures are conceived and understood. Just thinking of how ‘rare and hard to find’ unicorns are, and how prominent they are in people’s mindsets, makes me think of how much our ‘collective consciousness’ is interested in that which it cannot access.
    Thanks for the great work!

    Coming Eye to Eye with the Beasts of the Medieval Imagination

    This was great! 🙂
    I remember going to Disney World for the first time– one of the best experiences of my life! I did not meet Mickey (one day– one day :)), but remember the feeling when I first saw the castle. And then! The light show during the evening was remarkable.
    What I would like to add is how great the food was! I think that pulled pork hot dog and (vegan) Oreo cupcake were some of the finest I will ever eat. If I have any suggestions for the newbies, TRY THE CUPCAKES! 🙂

    6 Reasons People Continue to Visit Disney World

    Thank you so much for this article! I enjoyed it tremendously, and am happy to see someone tackle such a non-traditional film of Disney’s. I am also glad to see you compare it to what you call the ‘seven standards of Disney.’
    I am actually curious about your treatment of the classic Disney villain. Notice how Jumba is originally case as the most villainous, the one who creates Experiment 626 in the first place. He strikes me as the most adorable villain, if he is a villain at all. Captain Gantu, on the other hand, is simply following orders and has more of a temper since he keeps on messing up his assignment. Can we really say that either of them are a villain? After all, the Grand Councilwoman says that the laws these aliens obey are ABSOLUTE. Could it be that there are no villains in this movie? Or, does “Lilo and Stitch” ask the viewer to consider that circumstances create ‘enemies,’ more that assuming that any one person (or alien) is inherently evil?!
    Thanks again! 🙂 Really got me thinking 🙂

    Lilo and Stitch: The Seven Standards of Disney