How Korean Dramas Shaped REBEL SEOUL

Fantastic insight into the influence Korean dramas had on the writing of Rebel Seoul.

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Hi, Fictasian readers, thanks for having me! Today I’d like to talk influences: How Korean dramas (K-dramas) played a big part in shaping REBEL SEOUL, complete with gifs!

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  1. Music

REBEL SEOUL begins with a concert, and in a way it was my homage to K-Pop, as well as a nod to OSTs (Original Sound Tracks). I also listened to K-Pop while writing (you can check out a partial playlist: here), which included songs from OSTs like Shut Up Flower Boy Band and Heartless City. I think the mood of REBEL SEOUL’s first draft was “몰라야 할 말” by Loveholics (featured in the drama Shut Up Flower Boy Band). Later in revisions, “Just” by Zion.T and Crush became the book’s theme song. Because music is so integral in Korean dramas, as well as Seoul culture in general, I wanted to channel that feeling of music through my…

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