We are still working on beginner’s week here at Lakorn View. Recently, I wrote a post about various topics like the types of lakorns, genres and common words in lakorns. In this post, we’ll go more into details and give examples of these two common Thai words you’ll hear in lakorns: pra’ek and nang’ek.
Common Lakorn Terms
I will be using the lakorn Princess Hours Thai to explain the terms in detail because the poster itself does a great job of explaining the relationships involved. The lakorn is based off the kdrama Goong, which you may or may not be familiar with.
Pra’ek – male lead. In this case, our pra-ek is standing next to our nang-ek and they’re both looking at the camera in the poster. In Princess Hours Thai, our nang-ek was the usual stereotype of rich, cold lead who is seemingly without feelings, but warms up thanks to the nang’ek.
Lakorns also have several other types of males, but rich, cold a**hole is a favorite! 😂 There can be naive young males who are usually from the countryside or an island and still have a lot to learn about life like in Game Rai Phaai Game Ruk (these types are big on farming). We also have kind, caring male leads, like in Bpoop Phaeh Saniwaat and pra-eks who are in love with and dedicated to the heroines such as in Game Sanaeha. Hot headed, vengeful Mark Prin in Kleun Cheewit (2017) is a very common example of a character type found in just about any slap n’kiss lakorn. Last, but not least, we do get professional doctors (Khun Chai Puttipat), lawyers, CEOs, and so on in lakorns as well.
Nang’ek – female lead. Ah, yes, in Princess Hours Thai, we have a common female lead, you know if you’ve watched any dramas at all, that spunky, cute, but not too bright heroine. Yep, lakorns have those in lots of romantic comedies especially. But there is another type that lakorns in particular excel at.
Are you a soft spoken, can’t stand up for yourself, always want to turn the other cheek female? Then we have the perfect job for you! Come join a lakorn! You’ll get to play the lead role, people will abuse and torment you day and night (you’ll cry buckets of course), but you’ll win in the end because you’ll get to marry the pra’ek (yes, that wonderful man who most likely was the cause of some, if not all the abuse you received!) Meet the doormat character, seen more frequently in older lakorns then newer ones, thank goodness.
Soraya in Jam Leuy Ruk was a self sacrificing type of doormat, with more fight in her then the usual examples of this character. I hate to say it, but Bella Ranee in Padiwarada was a more spunky version of this character as well.
Lakornland is rife with rich spoiled nang’eks as well (look at Rang Pratana), but they always learn their lesson and improve for the better. We also have nice, smart nang’eks, who aren’t doormats, but are more normal characters like in Pin Anong. You’ll also get rare, cool mature women like Noon plays in Pidsawat partially, and sometimes independent, fierce women like in Kleun Cheewit. Well, that’s it for this edition of Back to School. We’ll have more terms in later posts! Sawadee!