TAIWANESE DRAMA (Chinese : 台灣電視劇; pinyin : Táiwān
Diànshìjù; commonly called TDRAMA or TWDRAMA by fans) refers to
dramatic programming of television programming extended stories
usually dramatizing relationships through the general range of ten to
forty one-hour episodes . They are produced in
* 1 Origins and range of popularity * 2 Language * 3 Subject matter * 4 List of Taiwanese dramas * 5 Actors and actresses * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links
ORIGINS AND RANGE OF POPULARITY
During the rapid development of the
Four Asian Tigers
Many of these dramas have become popular throughout
Taiwanese dramas are also well known among expatriate/overseas Asian people. Fan clubs have appeared in other countries outside Taiwan dedicated to the appreciation of Taiwanese drama. Fan clubs also involved several countries in neighbouring Asian nations and elsewhere.
Taiwanese dramas are typically produced in Mandarin . Less commonly,
they may be produced in
Taiwanese dramas typically focus more on romance than other
television dramas. Crime dramas , police dramas , lawyer dramas , and
doctor dramas are less common in
Popular Taiwanese dramas generally divided into “idol dramas" （偶像劇） and Taiwanese Minnan dramas (台語劇). "Idol dramas" use the most popular singers and actors or actresses in the Taiwanese entertainment industry, most of whom are in their late teens or 20s, regardless of actual acting experience. The idol dramas cater primarily to the teen or 20s age group. The phenomenon started with 2001's Meteor Garden.
Typical subjects can include first teenage experiences with dating . Characters often have some dark secret or painful past that makes it difficult for them to form lasting relationships, and the drama may show characters finding a way to work through their deep personal problems. Love triangles are a common feature.
Taiwanese idol dramas share many similarities in genre with both Japanese dramas and Korean dramas , although they differ considerably in subject matter with Chinese dramas . For example, dramas based on nationalist sentiment and politics are much less common. Mainland Chinese dramas also use far more actors and actresses of varying ages. In contrast, the male and female leads and supporting actors in "idol dramas" are all exclusively in their late teens or 20s.
Many popular Taiwanese dramas are based on Japanese manga , using
shōjo manga in particular although some seinen manga have been made
into dramas as well. Some examples include
Furthermore, the popularity of
Most Taiwanese speak Mandarin but the second common languages are Hakka and Taiwanese Hokkien.
LIST OF TAIWANESE DRAMAS
For more details on this topic, see List of Taiwanese dramas .
ACTORS AND ACTRESSES
It is common for the actors and actresses in Taiwanese dramas - especially "idol dramas" - to also be pop singers and rock musicians. There are actors who are not from Taiwan, e.g. mainland China, Singapore, or Malaysia. For example, Leon Jay Williams , Nicholas Teo , and Stella ), though have worked or based their career in Taiwan.
* Television in