Musing for Today: Who Are the Twinkles?

Recently, one of my dear friends and fellow “twinkle” commented that she thought it was cool that readers from all around the world congregate at “Musings of a Twinkie” for kdrama recaps, reviews, etc.

I agreed wholeheartedly.

To my knowledge, there are twinkles from North America, Australia, South America, Europe/Great Britain, Asia, and Africa. The only continent missing, of course, is Antarctica. Heh heh…An Antartica reader would be so absolutely awesome! LOL

Well, as I lamented the sorry state of my recapping schedule (almost non-existent right now), she wondered aloud if there were any male readers, a question that gave me pause.

Good question, right?

Considering the demographics of kdrama watchers and fans, I just assumed that all my readers were female. *chuckles* A faulty assumption, perhaps?

But then I thought about it some more…

Just exactly how many male readers are out there are in our “Musings” community?

I honestly don’t know. I think everyone who comments has been female, right? (If I erroneously mistook a guy for a gal, I apologize.)

But seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever run into a male twinkle…which begs the question: Are there any male twinkles out there? (OK, that question came out sounding odd, but you all know I meant it in a serious, sincere tone…at least I hope you do.) If there are, speak up! I’d love to hear from you guys as well!

Beyond the gender issue, though, I started wondering about all of you. Who are you? What do you do? How did you get into kdramas? How did you find this website? My inquisitive mind was asking all sorts of questions about you. 🙂

After all, I feel like I “know” you through this website but don’t really “know” you, if you know what I mean.

Oh, dear…I hope I’m making sense. 🙂 Anyhow, at the end of the conversation with that friend, I decided on one thing: Until you “twinkles” create a clearer, more realistic picture for me, I shall just imagine all of you as powerful yet adorable forces for good!

Yes, twinkling stars and all! 😉

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Created Musings back in 2010 when viewers were frantically searching for SungKyunKwan Scandal recaps. She currently blogs and comments from the US. You can also find her on FB (@SnoopysTwinkie), twitter (@twinkiedramas), and YouTube (Twinkiedramas).

32 thoughts on “Musing for Today: Who Are the Twinkles?”

  1. Hi Twinkie, Interesting topic, I do wonder if there are any men out there as crazy over KDramas like us “females” lol
    I have yet to meet one even in my country.
    I’m from Malaysia- 2nd generation Chinese actually, lived in Hong Kong 12 years during my younger days and of course female!! haha
    Got hooked on KDramas in 2007 when my girl friend popped by place, had to watch Princess Hours on TV before we can go out for dinner, so I sat and watched with her. The rest is history!
    And I used to laugh at my colleagues who were going crazy over Winter Sonata in 2005
    Used to be a hotelier in a resort on an island, so have a lot of free time, thats when i started stocking up on my DVDs which is why I own almost 200 boxes
    Am back in the city now and don’t have so much free time but weekends and holidays, thats when I marathon
    Oh, and i’m also a big fan of KPop,my family thinks I’m nuts cos I also cook Kimchi Stew on weekends ( oh and my sis makes great kimchi )
    Isn’t this great, KDramas uniting the world.

    1. I love that you can cook Korean cuisine! 🙂
      BTW, if you still adore Winter Sonata, you may like the upcoming Easter Giveaway! That’s all the hint I’m going to give you. 😉

      1. Hahaha, that’s how nuts I am about everything Korean, I got the name from one of the drams I watched and I like the character from Flames of Ambition- Nayong too LOL

        Crazy about Running Man at the moment too, best variety ever for me!

  2. Oops, have to add, found you when I was looking for reviews on ATK.
    Follow you and Dramabeans on Twitter too!

    We have here in KL, Malaysia a Korean Village we call it, thats where we get lots of Korean restaurants and supermarkets where we can buy all our stuff, not just ramen lol
    Oh and my hairstylist is also a Korean guy, the salon is at the Korean Village here, hehe

  3. Hahaha….love your powerpuff illustration 😀 It would be interesting to see if any of your readers are male, in which case, you’d need a new illustration to reflect the gender mix 😀
    As for myself. I got into kdramas after I moved to the UK over 10 yrs ago. It all started because my hubby spent his evenings working on his dissertation/MBA. After exhausting my supply of Chinese/Taiwanese drama/movie discs. I trawled the internet and came across Suffice to say my evenings were never the same again. Now 10 years down the road, his MBA is done but I’m hooked to my weekly supply of kdrama. I guess I watch on average 1 hr a day. So that’s not too bad right 😀 I do watch travel documentaries and English period dramas as well. Am a big fan of Jane Austen.
    My day job is great fun. I’m a freelance photographer (ex interior designer) and work-frm-home mum to a 6 yr old. We have a geriatric cat who must be nearly twenty (Zebedee) and a pet goldfish (Stanley) whose life always seems to hang on a fine balance as the cat figures new ways to get him..:D

    1. LOL. I trust Stanley manages to outwit Zebedee every day…or at least his human family outwits Zebedee for him. LOL…this remeinds me of the Looney Tunes cartoons with Sylvester the cat always trying to get at either Tweedy Bird or a fish. Aw…they must share quite the relationship. 🙂
      Love Austen, too! Several copies of P & P and multiple viewings of the BBC version (Colin Firth was awesome as Darcy). 🙂

  4. I’ll be the first to comment. Alas, I am female but I have run into male KDrama fans on YouTube so they are out there.

    Unbelievably, I just started watching Korean dramas in late August of 2011. My father, who I loved dearly died at the age of 80 in August. My father, who exercised religiously, 7 days/week at Bally’s Fitness developed Pancreatic cancer and wasted away and died in 8 months. We were devastated to watch a seemingly healthy man lose his fight and life in less than a year. Some say he was 80 years old but how many of us youngins’ can say we exercised every day, 2 hour/day for the last 25 years!

    So during one of my seriously depressed days, I decided to watch some Netflix movies. Scanning through my recommendations, I was surprised to see something called Boys Over Flowers. I was always fascinated and was a total fan of Chinese/Hong Kong produced movies for years, so I contributed this recommendation as result of the vast majority of the foreign movies I had streamed in the last year. So I decided to watch BOF and it became my first ever Marathon Drama! I could not believe how good it was! The next to stream was Lie to Me, City Hunter, Bad Boy, and Playful Kiss. After that, I went on a hunt for more. I found DramaFever, Viki, Dramacrazy and Crunchyroll; immediately paid the subscription fee for DF. After that, Hulu started adding Korean Dramas. My KDrama addiction had become so great that I no longer watched regular TV because it became uninteresting. My girls made fun of me but I did get one to watch one with me as she is manga fan and the other has watched some of the movies. So now, I am a full blown addict who has her favorites( dramas and actors). I probably will watch fewer dramas than I did last year because I know what kind I like and what to avoid (talking to you I’m Sorry I Love You…) but still a true, true fan!

    I love being a Twinkle and admit I am a Beaner (Dramabeans), a Prattler (Thundie’s Prattle) and a koala (Koala’s Playground) follower! Ok, who’s next! 😀

    1. Cancer sucks but pancreatic cancer is one of the worst. So sorry that you and your family had to deal with one of life’s toughest illnesses. However, so glad that Kdrama brought you some relief in the midst of that difficulty. 🙂

      Wow~you’ve got all the major Kdrama sites covered. LOL

  5. Who am I? Well…your secret reader of course 😀 I have decided to make myself known after reading this lol I am a young reader, 16 (female, sorry). I’m from North America. I got into kdrama about a year ago. First, I got back into anime a couple years back, after re-watching my childhood anime, Sailor Moon. I watched alot of anime after that and eventually found Crunchyroll, which was anime/drama. I was honestly not interested in 3D people lol I was pro- 2D for awhile but then, I decided to watch this drama called Coffee Prince. I fell in love with it but couldn’t seem to find another one to watch so I went back to 2D…alas I came back to Kdrama with Pasta and the guy from coffee prince was in it! I got excited and decided to look up more drama. So began my insatiable thirst for Korean men (just kidding…though they aren’t half bad looking). I even got into kpop (so excited for Big Bang’s Alive Tour!) I found your site while looking for A Thousand Kisses recaps. You do good recaps so I subscribed 😀 I especially love your movie Mondays!

    P.S. Though I am a girl, I have brothers. And they just so happened to be in the living room when I was watching City Hunter on Netflix. They watched it with me lol though I’m having a hard time converting them, my 2 year old sister loves Pit-A-Pat from The Greatest Love. I will slowly convert my family to drama…so you might have a few male readers soon! 😀 and a 2 year old…honestly, I think my dad got into city hunter too…

    1. Hello, Wol, my secret reader who is no longer secret! Hurray and welcome!:)

      I love that you are slowly influencing your brothers to watch kdramas. LOL

    2. I think a lot of us newbies found Snoopy because of ATK! Welcome! I used to watch Sailor Moon with my youngest daughter in her early years (she is still an anime fan, to include attending Conventions).

      1. I have attended one covention this year and it was crazy lol though i am still a fan of anime, i have to say i love kdrama more at the moment 🙂

  6. Sorry, Twinks, not a male reader. I’m sure there’s at least one out there though!

    My history: very short- I’m a pretty young reader. I’m from the U.S., and I’m Asian, but not Korean.

    My K-drama history: also very short, I discovered dramas this summer through friends and family and have been hooked ever since. I am an avid Dramabeans follower, but recently also discovered this amazing website when looking for High Kick 3 recaps. Thank you so much for those recaps, by the way, I don’t know what I’d do without them (unfortunately, Dramabeans puts the whole week’s episodes into one recap, and I’m not patient enough to wait!).

    1. Good to know! 🙂
      I’m going to try to finish the recap of Ep. 103 tonight and then perhaps move on to this week’s episodes since javabeans has the past two weeks already covered in her High Kick recaps. 🙂

  7. I also found your blog while looking for ATK recaps. I was so excited to find you that I posted a link at Soompi and suddenly my fellow watchers in the ATK thread showed up here too. (LOL) I have to say that there were 2 male followers in the ATK thread who posted frequently. AND there are a couple of male viewers who post in the METS thread at Soompi too. (so I know they’re out there)
    I’m female, live in Missouri – USA. I started watching dramas in 2007, my first drama was (of course) Full House. I was immediately bitten by the Bi/Rain bug like millions of others.
    I know I’ve thanked you before but AGAIN a huge thank you from me for recapping ATK. I wouldn’t have survived without your blog recaps. Nice to meet you and everyone!

    1. 🙂
      I hope Full House 2 is just as fun…whenever it makes it out to broadcast. 🙂
      And I’m planning on a Bentley picture just for you sometime in the near future. 😉

  8. Hi Twinkie, I’m also a female. Found your site though soompi while watching ATK. I used to sit with two friends at work who talked about the dramas they were watching. While these two talked I felted lefted out. They kept telling me I needed to start watching since it would give me something to do. I couldn’t sleep at night because my husband of 34 years had passed away in 2007 and the nights were the worst. My mind would be going in all kinds of directions with the hardest decision I had to make in my life. Having him taken off life support. So one night I got out the sites I had been give by my friends and started my first drama (You Are My Destiny). I found myself thinking more about the drama then the decision I had made. I realized I was hooked on dramas right along with my friends. What a blessing to be able to retire at an early age. I had enough years in that company added to my age to qualify for retirement. Now my addition is even greater. I think I’ve even converted one of my big fat cats. She sits right next to my computer when I’m watching dramas. If I stop the video to do something she looks up and makes this grunting noise.

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! With all of the tough decisions you have had to make, you have definitely earned your “twinkle.”
      Now, I shall imagine you and your feline friend watching kdramas and reading this blog. 🙂

  9. hi twinkie!i’m a female,too..a Filipino…i couldn’t exactly remember what particular kdrama i’ve watched which made me go crazy to everything korean movies/series..but i recall the 1st ever korean show in cable (Arirang TV) which is a sitcom i’ve discovered and eventually become addicted to watching is Nonstop3…It’s so funny and has different style of comedy from our country’s sitcom..Then slowly korean shows were becoming popular here in the Phils. particularly kdramas aired in primetime…I can still remember when i was in college, when Meteor Garden was very popular here, i bought F4 stickers near our school, but then at the back of it were pictures of some korean actors and actress whom i hardly know back then (also Korean dramas were still not well-known here, Taiwanese shows came first)..Then afterwards when Autumn in my Heart were aired in our local TV station, i’ve realized those in my stickers were WonBin,Song Seung Hon & Song Hye Kyo…They became popular here as their show was one of the 1st korean dramas aired in the Phils…and the rest is history…Now i’m still addicted to kdramas even movies which led me here into ur blog..i discovered Musings through my reading in Soompi Highkick 3’s forum..There was one member who gave ur link and i gave it a i’m here,,one of ur followers and i’m happy to be one of the twinkles…so glad i’ve found you =)

  10. *raises hand* Female also and found you by looking for ATK recaps. I was tired of waiting for the episodes to be subbed! lol =)

    I got into Asian dramas back in December 2009, I think. After moving in with my boyfriend, now married =D, he got me into anime. I couldn’t get enough and it made all our friends giggle at me because I just threw myself into it; finding sites and watching all day. My husband is one of those guys that likes to annoy people but he’s funny about it and not such a jerk. This is important to know because one of our friends, he loved to annoy. She one day told him, “If you don’t stop, I’m going to show “Niema” what an Asian drama is and you’ll be sorry!”. I heard her say this and was curious so I found You’re Beautiful. I started watching and 16.5 hours later I was passing out at my computer and hooked. My husband walked in and the look on his face was comical. To this day he regrets messing with our friend that much.

    In these two years since I have watched a lot of dramas and started to learn the Korean language. I do adore and appreciate subbers but it wasn’t happening fast enough sometimes, lol. I’m not very far as there have been a lot of family emergencies in this time but I’m still trying. I’ve also learned to try new things. Before, I wouldn’t try anything new (food, books, movies, shows, anything!) but now I find myself more open, especially food. My sister had this wing restaurant near her house, we went in and I freaked. It was owned by a Korean family so they had a full menu of Korean food that wasn’t advertised. My sister and I tried bulgogi and we were just hooked.

    Thank you Snoopy’s Twinkie for being here and letting us enjoy Korean dramas that much more. Like I said, my husband isn’t into these shows and he knows what buttons to push on me and likes to do it, too. Knowing there are people out there that do like what I like is a very nice thing =)

  11. “I started wondering about all of you. Who are you? What do you do? How did you get into kdramas? How did you find this website?”

    Haha… time for me to answer your question. In fact, I would like to learn more about you too because I find that your posts are inspirational and straight to the points, which I find it quite amusing.

    And yes, I am a female. Actually I thought that mostly everyone here is female. Sorry ya if there’s any male readers here. ^^

    1) Who am I?
    I am Malaysian chinese who is currently waiting for my exam results( one of my biggest exam in my life, I would assume). And sadly to say the results are coming out soon, I feel kinda freaked out now. ^^

    2)What do I do?
    Well, I am still a student now, going to enroll into a college soon. What I usually do when I have free time is stalk twinkie’s website. LOL, joking. I just like to read some of your backdated posts, I find it quite interesting. I love the way you write. ^^
    And most important, you actually read every comments and trying to reply. It just show how nice of you. I wish I can meet you one day but my country is far far far away from yours. I’m happy enough to chat with you via this website. ^^

    3) How did you get into kdramas?
    Most of the time, I am busy with school stuff and hectic schedule. The very first drama I watch if I am not mistaken is Winter Sonata, I was still young back then. It’s because my mom likes bae yong jun. She said that he is good looking, LOL. Soon, I learn more about Korea through the drama. I find Korea is a pure country with beautiful language, mannerism, and not to mention some attractive destinations. But for now, I love kpop music more than kdrama, but both are amazing in their own ways! Oh yea, twinkie, if you need any kpop education, ring my bells, okay? I will bombard you with a lot a lot a lot of kpop songs. *wink*

    4) How did you find this website?
    I’m actually finding some website that recap drama plot, and I’m so lucky enough to find out your website. I am pretty sure that you are the only one that recap High Kick. I don’t watch High Kick though but I’m sure the other readers that watch High Kick will be really thankful for your recap. They can definitely feel your sincerity when you post the recap.

    Any more question, unnie? Feel free to ask, so we can know each other better. ^^

  12. Hi Miss Twinkie

    Sorry for responding so late. 🙂 I have been away for a while, so computer is of course out of sight.

    Who am I?
    By the look of it, you have so many M’sian followers :). Yup. I am Malaysian, to be exact I am a Malay mum, hence my not-so-good English. Hahahah. Of course i am a female.

    What do i do?
    I was once a librarian, but retired early because my husband’s job took us to places. Rather than being a weekend housewife, i opt to follow him around. I might come from a traditional belief that husband and wife should be together and the children’s really need father’s presence.

    How did i get into k-drama?
    Well, its a bit blurry now. I cant exactly recall when i was hook into k-drama. To be honest,i like reading so much, but to my husband’s concern, i was the type that once i got into books, i cant really stop till the last page, hence he become quite fed-up about it. And my reading is solely on romance. hahahha. You name any romance author and i might have read hers. Actually i watched Bollywood film a lot until one day i got sick watching and i stopped. I did watch k-drama thr’ local tv but unluckily it was dubbed into Chinese lang. One day i happen to watch BOF and got hook on it, but to my horror, the last 2 episode i have to follow my husband around. He did promised that i can buy the dvd but thanks a lot to my niece who was supposed to buy it for me taught me all the on-line drama. The rest is history 🙂 You can say that i watch almost all the list from my soju, vikki, etc, etc.
    Just to share with you that there are dramas that i managed to convinced my hubby to watch. Presently in Msia we can subscribe to Astro One that play most of SBS drama. 🙂

    How did i find your website?
    If i am not mistaken it was during SKKS, right? when vikki suddenly stopped airing, and i was desperately looking for alternative, and i found you. I did remember asking you to recap something (sorry cant recalled the title) but to be honest i dont really expect you to, but you really did and i was sooooooooooo surprised and sooooooooo grateful to you. And my daughter was chiding me for troubling you 🙂
    Hahahah, from that day i was your ardent followers, though i might not comment very often

    1. It’s nice when a family can live on a single income, allowing at least one parent the opportunity to spend a lot of time with the children. I know that a number of my friends and family are thankful for a similar situation as yours.
      And yes, I totally remember how shocked you were that I actually recapped an episode because you asked. LOL. Ah…good memories! You should tell your daughter that your request was no trouble at all; I was happy to help out. 🙂
      Here’s to many more wonderful memories! Thanks for the bio, wanzhaf! Oh, and I LOVE how Lee Sun Joon is your profile picture. 😉 I’ll always root for Moon Jae Shin. LOL

  13. Belated response because I’ve been insanely busy, but… hi!

    I am female (sorry *g*), from England, and first found your blog because of A Thousand Kisses; so though the show was pretty disappointing in the end, I’m glad I began watching it because if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have found your site. 🙂

    Now, of course, I’m following your High Kick 3 recaps (can’t believe it’s almost over! I might cry…), and your movie reviews, and anything else you choose to post.

    And I just have to say: thank you for recaps; sometimes they’re the only bit of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day. 🙂

    1. Aw…Thanks, Jules! I love knowing that this “Musings” community can be that “bit of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day.” Awesome! 🙂
      I love this woman power we’ve got going on this blog. LOL

  14. Hello! I am glad to have stumbled on this blog while I was at soompi’s forum for King 2 Hearts. I super love everything about the drama!

    I am from the Philippines but I am often mistaken mainly as Korean and at times Chinese whenever I travel. In Netherlands, I was approached by a Korean PhD student in a university I was visiting and was asked whether I was Korean! ^^

    It may seem that females populated the kdrama viewership but I do know a handful of males, who enjoy watching as well. Male friend 1 has been into kdrama way back when we were in college (which was eons ago) and I at times get his opinion on what he can recommend for watching. He even went to Korea for a vacation (which I got jealous of. ^^) Male friend 2 has even learned the Korean language and went to Korea as well for a getaway (which I also got jealous of). Male friend 3 had provided me downloaded episodes. Some conversations with male friends 4 and 5 were on recommending kdramas to watch.

    When my father was alive, I often watched kdramas with him and he would even buy the DVDs.

    Come to think of it, I have more male than female friends, who I can share my kdrama addictions with. But I have gained more female friends, who are fellow kdrama followers, through blogs such as this.

    1. Welcome, Zenti, to our “Musings” community! Glad to have you with us on our journey through kdramaland.

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