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JB and GF face off: Battle of Delusional Hopes

girlfriday: I think this year I need to make some New Years Resolutions.
javabeans: But I don’t like to set myself up for failure.
girlfriday: Don’t be a wuss.
javabeans: I call it pragmatism. Say I get my hopes up about a drama. We might call her Mary. And then… without fail…
girlfriday: Your Jang-Geun-seok-shaped heart gets crushed into a million pieces?
javabeans: Joining the Lee-Min-ho-shaped mound of heart-pieces from Personal Taste.
girlfriday: That’s the price we pay, my friend.
javabeans: I mean, you give me a drama with Eric and Kim Kang-woo, right? And they’re these hot buff frenemies? But then you put ‘em on a boat and make it about the Coast Guard, and I just don’t know how I feel about that.
girlfriday: How you feel about it is, yay for hot buff frenemies…in the water.
javabeans: But remember Air City?
girlfriday: Damnit. Must you kill all joy?
javabeans: The Grinch left me a job to do, missy.


Poseidon

girlfriday: Well my first resolution is to give idol actors another try.
javabeans: Are you making up resolutions just to justify your excitement for Dream High?
girlfriday: NO. That’s crazy. I would never do that.
javabeans: Purely incidental, then?
girlfriday: Of course… … Okay, maybe a LITTLE.
javabeans: Dude, you don’t need to make up random resolutions. That show’s gonna be awesome. In one way or another.
girlfriday: RIGHT? I’m ridiculously excited about it.
javabeans: I’m ridiculously excited about Kim Soo-hyun. (What? He’s legal. *goes online to check*)
girlfriday: So…is he?
javabeans: 22, awwww yeah!

girlfriday: So wrong.
javabeans: No wronger than Lee Min-ho. (City Hunter!)
girlfriday: I choose to ignore Lee Min-ho’s real age.
javabeans: I choose to ignore Lee Min-ho’s real persona. Fantasy Lee Min-ho in my head is enough for me. DON’T RUIN MY DREAMS, Reality!
girlfriday: Reality has no place here.
javabeans: Nor does it have a place in the absurd world of My Princess, which I’m pretty sure I’m gonna eat up with a spoon.
girlfriday: It’s going to evaporate before you can take a bite.
javabeans: Cotton-candy dramas have their place.
girlfriday: So do hand towels.
javabeans: SNERK. Sohn… Soo-gun.
girlfriday: Pffft!
javabeans: He’s a wet towel.
girlfriday: Hence the AWESOME moniker.
javabeans: A damp bandana.
girlfriday: Your shining moment of 2010.
javabeans: A droopy afghan.
girlfriday: Okay, now you’re killing it.
javabeans: A flaccid neckerchief.
girlfriday: The dead horse ain’t gettin’ any deader.
javabeans: Which is why it won’t hurt if I KICK IT a little more.
girlfriday: Santa is totally going to revoke your Christmas presents.


My Princess

javabeans: Oh, he’s totally hot though.
girlfriday: Who, Santa??
javabeans: Mr. Hand Towel!
girlfriday: Oh, phew. I thought you were revealing some weird fetish.
javabeans: No, all my weird fetishes are strictly private.
girlfriday: Let’s keep it that way. So, what are the odds that Dream High won’t fail me?
javabeans: About a hundred to one. (or is it the opposite?)
girlfriday: Back to math. You know how I feel about numbers.
javabeans: Let’s just say… don’t be holding any breaths. Or counting chickens or carrying easily spilt milk buckets.
girlfriday: But the chickens are so cute! They can dance! You KNOW how I feel about musicals and dance movies.
javabeans: I….don’t actually? Is it time for YOU to reveal some secret shames?
girlfriday: I…have no idea what you’re talking about.
javabeans: Just answer me this: Can you name all the actors in High School Musical? Like that main guy with the swoopy hair?
girlfriday: Zac Efron? Um….no!
javabeans: I don’t know if we can be friends now.
girlfriday: Too late. I already know all your secrets.
javabeans: Oh, you’re going all Scientology on me now?
girlfriday: Yep, aliens and all.
javabeans: Well since we’re stuck in this together, I promise to be your shoulder to cry on if Dream High fails you.
girlfriday: Then I’ll be there for you when My Princess inevitably hits the crapper.
javabeans: It might be good?
girlfriday: Ha. Care to make a wager?
javabeans: Only if you’ll put your Dream High hopes on the line too. *challenging eyebrow raise*

girlfriday: Okay, Dream High vs. My Princess: Battle of Delusional Hopes
javabeans: Can a battle have two losers?
girlfriday: HA. Then maybe we say, first drama to suck royally loses.
javabeans: OMG i thought you said “suck royalty.” Which would be a verrrry different drama.
girlfriday: Rawr?
javabeans: We can hope.
girlfriday: What does the winner get?
javabeans: A satisfying sense of superiority?
girlfriday: Doesn’t pay the bills. How about drinks?
javabeans: Great! I’ll be drinking either way.
girlfriday: Yeah, but I’ll have to foot the massive bill if Dream High can’t get it together.
javabeans: Five idol stars, a pop-songwriter for a producer, and a Hallyu star calling the shots? What could possibly go wrong?
girlfriday: Two words: hand towel.
javabeans: 🙁


My Princess

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You guys make me wish I were Korean...wait, I already wish that......anyway, you guys are totally the whipped cream to my pie (in other words, you're very important). Just thought I'd let you know! Keep up the awesome work and know that you are VERY much appreciated! :-)

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This could have been a great podcast piece, hint hint. Thank you for much for great recaps for this whole year. You are so very much appreciated!

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You both are the BEST!!!

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Dream High is going to be like something you would watch on the Disney Channel. I don't think you can compare that to something like Law and Order or the Sapranos in the the United States. So why try to compare in Korea?

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the amount of idol stars worry me..also..the focus on IU may be either very good or very bad.

Dream High excites and worries me because of its potential.

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Here's a potential new year's resolution: How about writing all your posts in witty conversation from now on?

At least it's one resolution that's not doomed to fail; you can rely on your banter to be delightful far more than you can depend on those dramas to fulfill your delusional hopes.

But hey, I cling to my delusional hopes, too. So here's to a very hopeful 2011, and may endless wit fill the void when hope seems lost. ;)

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RE: "How about writing all your posts in witty conversation from now on?"

If that's what you're already doing (considering that the last few posts are in conversation)...nevermind, and please continue. :)

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What's wrong with Lee Min-ho’s real persona? I'm not being sarcastic, it's an earnest question.

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I think its because his tv persona is much more sexier than he is in real life. There is nothing wrong with his real life persona its just that in real life he is adorably awkward and very dorky, the kind of kid brother you want to pick on , the complete 180 from the roles he plays.

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Ah, thanks for the answer. Funny enough, it's why I like him though :P

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I'm with you on that one. Most of Lee Min Ho's appeal to me is his adorable social awkwardness.

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I'll put my hopes on Dream High... Song Seung Hun and Kim Tae Hee already had enough chances to prove they could ACT WELL and doomed all their chances EVERY single time. Especially Song Seung Hun, as far as I' m concerned, he killed East of Eden for me, I wish we could have stuck with Kim Bum who was shining through the screen instead we got HIM whose two "brothers" were lighting up the screen with their acting unfortunately mister no-expression face would kill my joy every time he appeared. Thanks God, the guy's got chocolate abs and a face to die for, because he would be of absolutely no use otherwise. He should have chosen another job, one in which his brain, which I'm sure he's got one hell of a good one, can be put to good use. As for Kim Tae Hee, same thing, she's pretty but she's so bland... she bores me to death. Better to have an actress who's less pretty but at least entertaining to watch.

On the other side, Dream High is made of newbies so let's give them the benefit of doubt. Kim Soo Hyun is not only an eye candy but I loved him in Will it snow for Christmas and Giant. He's great, far greater than SSH. Ans as for Taecyeon, he didn't have lots of opportunity in Cinderella's sister to show his abilities, but I thought he did well with the few lines they gave him. Maybe this will be the opportunity to see he's no fluke.

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So I get that Mr. Hand Towel is a play on SSH's name...but what's funny about it? Can someone explain it to me? I remember you guys mentioned it in your last podcast and you were referring to his acting or something...?

Can someone help me out? :(

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If drama are fail proof...

Insightful conversation this time round... (the earlier one were crack-y fun!)...

I wonder if there should be some drama insurance these days...

For eg; if I had invested on Mary Stay Out All Nite and it turns out like that...

Can viewers get some insurance?

Am not terribly excited for this 2 dramas... waiting for the boys to appear... POSEIDON!!!

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I remember in the 2010 Editor's Pick, there's a quote "You’re the Jae-shin to my Yong-ha"... and it brought to mind that I wish I have a bestfriend like "the girlfriday to javabeans"

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*screeeaaamm!* That was so funny!! I loved it!
Neither one of you misses a beat!

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Don't get me wrong ladies, I love your hilarious conversations and I think I almost died laughing when you two discussed Kim Hyung Joong in the year end review. But when you use this format in almost every single article (today) it becomes really over done.

I won't be tuning in on My Princess, so my money's on Girlfriday and Dream High.

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Totally Insanely Awesome :-)

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OH, New drama already?...

I miss Jung In and Mu Kyul....sad face

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"22, awwwwww yeah"

lol. you're gonna be an awesome korean cougar one day jb.

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The real question my friends is how big the fanocalypse will get the minute any of these idols have a kiss scene especially the IU/Wooyoung and Taecyeon/Eunjung love lines. I don't know how many of you follow kpop but korean idol fans are SCARY .

That said I am going into My Princess with zero expectations and a soft spot for SSH (Autumn in my heart was the first drama I watched in completion and made me cry like a kid whose lollipop was just taken) so it could only get better right? I mean couldn't possibly go to the negatives could it? lol.

All I ask of Dream High is that don't make me hate Suzy for bad acting because I think she is a sweet girl but if she can't act I will probably dropped this drama. KSH and the other leads and adults are currently the only interest I have in this drama and the fact that I need something to watch while I wait on "What's Up" news.

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Who else is totallly in favor of the new posting format? I vote for all posts to be like this in the future. I almost spit my green tea all over my computer screen reading this article.

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yes :D

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'Which is why it won’t hurt if I KICK IT a little more.' lol. had my daily dose of laughter today

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ROFL! As long as Mr. Hand Towel doesn't become any steroid jock's weapon of m**ass whip action then it's all good.

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CITY HUNTER the manga as a KDrama? With Lee Min-ho as Ryo Saeba? I wonder. Much of the humour in the manga comes from the lecherousness of Ryo, the bulge in his pants that he develops when seeing a pretty girl. Are they going to show that on TV? And, Ryo is a character who has been around for quite some time. At 23, Lee Min-ho is at least 10 years too young to be convincing.

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Word to this. I won't say anything about LMH's acting coz I haven't seen a peep of BOF and just 10 minutes of PT, but yes Saeba's erections are...well. Remember Friend, Our Legend? They blurred cigarettes in one of the eps I saw! o_O

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What about the rumoured drama with Hero,KHJ and Jung Yonghwa.All serious eye candies.But who can act?

I cringe but can't stop fangirling :-)

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Love your dialogues! So funny hahaha. You guys should do this at least once in a while :)

Personally, I'm looking forward to Poseidon! Dream High too for the music.

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LOL @ first pic. From the main page's thumbnail, I thought it was a representation of JB & GF. :D

If I am to take sides here (of dramas), I'm on Dream High. Talent showcase + high school drama, totally my kind of boat. ;)

- Gleek here ;)

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I am LOVING these conversational posts. hahaha

And right there with you both on the chances of these dramas. But I'll still watch every episode.

After Mary I feel like a battle hardened drama warrior.

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The wager? I'm IN for Kim Soo-hyun!

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Man I really want out of dramas n Internet related stuff.. I'm so screwed for my exams-I've done nowt work.. I come onto dramabeans automatically / unconsciously n there's this panic brewing at the back of my mind..
I'm so obsessed w/ all this stuff.. N just lazy.
Jb n Gf n other contributing recappers are such great writers.. Addictive style that one can't get enough of! Arch!

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LOL
Ok, so i'm actually not excited by dream high, and i probably won't watch it. love kpop, but still not good enough for me to watch a drama with taecyeon, suzy, eunjung, and iu in it playing high school kids.
i am, however, anticipating my princess. i'm a sucker for romantic comedies, and while i have been told the stars are overrated (never see them before myself), i will judge them by their performance in this drama.

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this new format is hilarious

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Javabean, i've been coming to your fantastic site for awhile now - your writing is, insightful, interesting and funny as hell.

But with the additional of girlfriend to your team - you guys really have kicked it up a notch or two. You both have me laughing out loud like a lunatic, that my flatmates think i'm nuts.

Please keep up the good work - you will continue to have an avid fan in me always!!!

Happy new year ladies!

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"Battle of delusional hopes"..."Can a battle have two losers".

"Five idol stars, a pop-songwriter for a producer, and a Hallyu star calling the shots? What could possibly go wrong?"

Pure class, you guys make me die!!!!

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My votes for best lines:
”Can a battle have two losers?”
"What? He's legal?

You girls have it!

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GF, I'm a sucker for the musicals and the dance movies too. I know Dream High is going to disappoint me, but I have to watch it.

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Kim Soo-hyun, did you really... choose THIS project? Really? With Ham Eun-jung in it? Girl looks like she's on crack! What's with her glazed over eyes? No really!?And then all the other bunch of laughables! It's like I'm in a nightmare I can't escape! Aaaargh!!

I was planning on checking it out regardless but the more I'm seeing about it, the more I want to scream blue murder.
Can't breathe... Can't.... Breathe....

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gotta say ladies, i am loving these little conversations. cant wipe the smile off my face the whole time im reading. lul

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this is awesome! it's hilarious!!! Love this post and pls keep this up, JB & GF !

Happy New Year to ALL Dramabeaners!

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Sobs..now,i'm traumatized.Mu gyul (who used to be that non cold kdrama male lead) and Mary broke my heart.
*get a knife and blindly running with those writers who just killed my mong mong yaow couple*
I'm gonna be cynical and not falling in love deep with the Cute.promise
Thanks,JB and GF.i cry and smile at the same time.i know,i'm a geek.

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I love this.....GF and JB, I think you two will be doing some independent drinking while watching your individual stories secretly wondering how the other is doing.

I think the competition will be a d.r.a.w.

Please periodically present to us which part of the hangman's "noose" or whatever Korea has that is an equivalent for each of your dramas. :)

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You two are hilarious. XD Oh well... I think both dramas won't be that good so I won't be expecting too much. T.T

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javabeans: OMG i thought you said “suck royalty.” Which would be a verrrry different drama.

Note to self: Don't eat in front of the computer while reading at DB. I almost choked on the cream pie. *watery eyes*

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"Don't eat in front of the computer while reading at DB. I almost choked on the cream pie."

that just sounded so wrong.. and i'm 5 yrs old for laughing hysterically at it.

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Random check on Dramabeans website got me here,, and what a crack! *lmao*

This exactly why I got to do everyday, knowing that even though there were a few posts that would interest me, I still can find one in you are archive.. Wkwkwkwk
(this post was also where I learned about Mr. Handtowel #grin)

Thank you JB&GF keep the funny going :)

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LMAO at JB's last comment & the last picture XD
You two are the best :)

Don't drink to much at new year :p

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Thanks JB & GF for the entertaining & hilarious post.... Awesome!

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You guys are the best! :D

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I don't know how old you ladies are but I'm so glad I'm not the only one who refuses to acknowledge the actual age of these young actors... they are just too hot to care! =)

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OK, so here are my guesses. So easy to guess, so hard to be right!!

Dream High will crash and burn like nobody's business.
This genre is difficult not to be cheesy with because we have seen so many of these stories before.
Can they pull a Billy Elliott and mix youth, talent, melo, social issues in a nice soup of pleasure episode after episode? Or will it be like the very forgettable remake of Fame?

My Princess has a chance if it is well written, and the cast can kill us with their good looks and glances. Throw in a couple of hot kisses, some not horrible OST, and I am sold. Secondary characters, if the OTP acting is bad, will have to make up the difference in how much we care.

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I'm going to watch both.

I gave up on both Mary Stayed Out All Night and Secret Garden after about 8 or 9 episodes so the bar is set very low.

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*LOL* JB and girlfriday, you're like the Starsky and Hutch, Fred and Barney, Raymond and Charlie(Rain Man), and Thelma and Louise, of the drama blog universe...and exactly why this is the greatest drama blog on the planet! You two complement/tag team each other so phenomenally well...and your resultant synergy is off the charts! Love you guys!

I wasn't particularly interested in watching either of these dramas, but, thanks to this "face off", it looks like they're now both on my list. haha!

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lol that was fun/cute. reminded me of me and my friend talking. let the wacky competition ensueeee

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Javabeans... when it was just you alone I totally loved and enjoyed your thoughts and ideas. Your understanding in all the dramas and the depth of perception you brought always gave me more meaning of the dramas I watched.

Since Girl Friday has joined you I have to say that you have found your Robin. You two are like this powerful team that keeps cracking me up. I have enjoyed both your recaps and your dialogue conversations kill me.

I'm so glad that you have GF with you cause 2011 is going to be an amazing year for drama addicts and you two are driving the bus.

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Thanks for this you guys! I love it...LOL!
i'm actually looking forward to both Dream High and My Princess....mainly because of IU and Lee Yoon Ji for Dream High and Park Ye Jin for My Princess....(yes, going for the secondary characters here..dunno how that will go...)

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Given the recents posts, it might be time to ship GF and JB. GirlBeans/JavaFriday.

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I think we'd have to be FRIEDBEANS.

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I'm sure there are others who have commented this.. but I think both of you should script write a drama and sell it.... you might even beat Hong Sister for US version? LOL...

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