Review – Because This Is My First Life
Loved it. Even loved the voice overs… which is rare for me. And there were a lot of voice overs. But they were perfect. I loved the characters and their personalities and how they all hooked up. It was a simple yet slightly different love story, just enough to make it feel fresh but not enough to inspire some philosophical debate or severe attachment. This was a show you can watch, be engrossed in, and then happily let go… like birthday balloons after the party is over. I really loved it, but somehow I don’t think I’ll be obsessively re-watching this one.
Overall Rating – 8.5/10. Demisexuals in Love.
Discussions of my Ace Relationship with This Show… and spoilers follow
(Quick Note: I realize there are now some overtly, awesomely gay Korean Dramas. I wrote this post in 2017… so forgive me, but I haven’t had a lot of time to update it… I’m popping in links to new shows as I find them)
Let’s face it – there are a lot of gay-questioning dramas out there. Okay, sure, they’re not implicitly gay; Only recently have dramas crossed the purebred gay border, though their feature films have definitely made some expeditions to gay town in the past few years. But it doesn’t matter if they’re gay or just questioning. We love it! Whether it’s one sided or misdirected, for comedy or for drama, for love or for money… K-Dramas are sprinkled with the gay rainbow. And no one can deny it.
Korean dramas often depict variations in sexuality, sex roles, sexual attraction, and sexual fluidity. It’s an interesting juxtaposition to their seemingly strict gender assignments and homophobia… and/or perhaps a direct result of them. Because the rules are there, it’s more fun to break them.
Gender Bending is popular in Taiwan too.
Off the top of my head – there are three excellent examples of LGB with a large emphasis on Q in K-World. Cross-dressing is the biggest culprit in these same sex shenanigans – and, if we’re honest, the reason these dramas are so frequently made. It’s not all LGB with Q, of course. There are plenty of examples of the T within various shows as well but as of yet not as the lead romance. And even an A show now.
Let’s run through the questioning dramas together…