Be a Drama Reviewer!
News Desk Reporter
Dramatique and Magazine T, are you familiar with these names? If you're not, you probably don't know much about TV dramas! These magazines offer drama reviews so that the public can be informed through professional criticism.
Nowadays, a lot of people have valuable drama collections. Some people have DVD drama series and some people watch dramas using a DMB in the subway. Thus, drama critics have become guides for drama viewers. The Post interviewed Baek Eun-ha, an editor of Magazine T, who says that drama reviewing is a really fascinating job. She talks about being a drama critic.
You are a reviewer for Magazine T, a specialized journal for TV dramas. What is the most important attribute for a reviewer?
A drama reviewer should not be a too harsh critic. Unlike movies, TV dramas are loved by all generations; from grandparents to children. A drama review should consider all of these people. I'm uncomfortable with drama criticism. It regards TV drama as a subordinate culture and is too pedantic towards the public. A drama review based on a rigid, monotonous and admonishing tone ignores the sentiment of the common viewer. The reviewer should not be superior to the audience.
What is the skill that a reviewer has?
A reviewer has to convey original thoughts to the public. This is a reviewer's power of persuasion. Because all criticism is based on an original conception, everyone may not understand the issues. And that's why a humane approach is needed. If a critic doesn't have basic humane thoughts, he or she writes a superficial essay. No one wants to read that. Never look at only one side. Plus, varied form, multiple style, and diverse thought make people satisfied.
Are there certain difficulties?
A drama reviewer puts much more time into a review compared with a movie or music review. Basically, a reviewer’s sincerity and endeavor are important because TV dramas run for years. Following the stream of a drama, the reviewer tells its progress. And as I mentioned before, I make viewers satisfied by using diverse form, style, and thought which are also a difficult matter.
How can you become a drama reviewer?
Unfortunately, there is no institution where students can learn about professional reviewing in Korea. Frankly, you learn drama reviewing through your own endeavor. In order to become a drama critic, you have to study about the basic field you want to write about and broaden your critical thinking. Thinking broadly and deeply, that's what you have to develop.
What do you think about the future of drama review?
Not only drama review but TV criticism will be broadened because they focus on human desire, which is the need to share one’s feelings with others. People want someone who can tie together and explain variety of human experiences.
What advice do you have for Donggukians who wants to become drama reviewers.
You should enjoying it. Being a drama reviewer is immensely difficult, but it's a perfect job if you enjoy it.
Tomorrow's drama market will be bigger than today's and people will want more high-standard cultural criticism. Being a drama reviewer is hard work, but that's why it is valuable. Challenge yourself and enjoy what you do!
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