I started watching Korean shows because they were fun and so I could try to learn Korean, but as I watched I noticed some really interesting storytelling differences from what all the western stories I’ve read and watched have been. Now, storytelling does go through trends and phases just like fashion and home design, so bear that in mind. The current trend in western books has been to jump right in the action and end quickly. By end quickly, I mean tie up loose ends really fast once the end has happened and don’t spend much time explaining what the characters did next.
Many of the Korean shows I’ve watched have spent most of the final episode just tying everything up. There might be a big tense end-of-the-climax at the beginning of the episode, but the whole rest of the episode is just what happened to all the characters. I’ve really enjoyed it. At the same time there have been a few series that left the end kind of open-ended, and that was really cool, too.
I will also say that the endings have been awesome. There are some unwritten rules of storytelling, it seems, in western storytelling. At least in what American and British stories I’ve read and watched. I really like that the Korean shows I’ve watched don’t follow those rules. It keeps the stories engaging and unpredictable, and honestly, some of the endings are more authentic. I mean, they follow organically from the story and have a lot of heart, whereas some of those unwritten western rules force endings that don’t follow the story.