Squid Game and its influence worldwide
Squid Game is currently the number 1 trending show on Netflix Australia. Viewers all around the world watched the Korean drama, and its success speaks for itself. And yet, it took its creator Hwang Dong-hyuk ten years to convince others of his idea. He even had to sell his laptop in order to make ends meet, but never gave up on the story.
Hwang Dong-hyuk (Source: GettyImages)
The concept of the Squid Game can sound like just another survival show, but its details make the difference. Hwang Dong-hyuk uses children's games to illustrate common, real life issues in our society. Seeing the clear difference between an innocent game and the things players will do to win is quite impactful. The series touches upon family, culture, grief, friendship and social injustice. The different layers of the story and characters opens a dialogue and allows us to relate and understand even from a different culture.
Squid Game Dalgona Candy (Source: Netflix)
The popularity of the show created trends on social media like TikTok. Watchers from all around the world are sharing their own understanding of what they watched. Dalgona candies, for instance, are common in South Korea and often made by the older generation. For a lot of people, this was their first time hearing about it. Even if the context of the candy in the show was not cheerful, many around the world still loved the reference and added it to their everyday norm and vocabulary.
Anupam Tripathi playing Ali Abdul in Squid Game (Source: Netflix)