Scrolling past all the dog videos and memes on your feed, you may have come across a photo or video of a light-brown haired Korean girl staring intently ahead on your feed. That girl is Kim Bok Joo, titular character in the K-Drama Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. The series wasn’t a commercial hit when it first aired, but it’s been gaining traction online thanks to a legion of fans who have been raving about it.
Locally, it went on our radar last week when “Messi” became the number one trending topic in the Philippines. Fans used the scene where Bok Joo (remembering her friend Nan Hee’s advice on how to get boys to like her) said the line “Do you like Messi?” to her crush, Jae Yi, as inspiration to tell their own crushes how they felt about them.
Despite all of the hype surrounding the show, many are still kind of clueless as to what (and why) the fuss is all about. So what if it’s about a weightlifter? And how is she also a fairy? To you guys, we say: Don’t worry. We’ll get you obsessed in no time. Here are some facts to get you started.