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Happy Friday!
Is it ever!!!!!

I am waaaaay too sad with Nice Guy right now, it is not healthy...
Maybe a caramel candy apple will help?

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Hi Jomo! I wanted this Friday to be happy but I watched NG and well, EG opened her eyes in the end and now my heart hurts!

Here's a caramel candy apple for you.

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It's like a pleasurable form of torture watching this show. I so want to be optimistic, but am so preparing for the worst!

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I read somewhere, someone calling NG a pleasurable torture or it hurts so good or something hahaha

'guess everyone is trying to be optimistic, knowing how things will probably end up but still hoping we're wrong.

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I think that was JoAnne. Must give credit where credit is due!

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@Korazy Lady Thank you! Now I just have to find the comment hahaha

But doesn't her description perfectly describe the feeling? Knowing your ship will sink but you're not jumping off or getting on a life boat.

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I would guess JoAnne also, but all your comments almost make me want to go back and start it, just for the pleasure/pain. Maybe after next weekend, when I'm at loose ends, I'll tentatively open that Pandora's box.

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Aww... what is NG doing to us all?

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DO IT

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Do it!

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I'm scared to open it too...but its SJK...and MCW...

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Raine - it's GOOD. It's sooooooooooo GOOD. And it's well-done, too. Everything is just what you could ask - you get ready to hate people and they reveal humanity. You get ready to trust people and they screw you over. The writing is good, the acting is ah-MAZE-ing, especially our young lead. There are light moments to break up the tension, and anyway - listen -

it's amnesia done RIGHT. When does that happen? Ever? For that alone, you must watch. This is history.

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Yeah, no kidding...

When he promised not to die... I was like no! don't promise that... that's just pushing your drama fate too far...

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I have to say, every Saturday I wake up sad - because it's another 6 days till I get another addictive taste of NG.
It's soooo good but I make this face >.< every time somebody pushes a drama fate button....

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Thank you! It is delicious AND healthy!

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jomo~

Happy Friday!

I'm 1 ep behind on NG.

Watching: Seer , May Queen and Zhen Huan

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John!

Any damages from the storm? You didn't lose any mead or anything, I hope.

How is Zhen Huan?

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Shuk~

Wind and rain, a bunch of leaves in the yard.

I feel for those that are without power and/or flooded.

Zhen Huan is a typical C palace drama, lots of intrigue, plots, cruelty, etc.

Beautiful costumes.

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Hello -
How far did you get with ZH?
Scariest show ever! Who knew it was deadly to be a concubine?

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jomo~

We're at ep 26 of Zhen Huan.

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Ikr? The last scene of episode 16 was insanely heart-tugging. I felt like I could collapse any minute. :(

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EG is THE female version of Maru. I know that now.

The other day, I read something (here I am again not knowing her sources) about opposites attracting. But according to that person, people don't get attracted to people who are different from themselves. They fall in love with people who are very much like them. A slightly modified version of who they are. Maru and EG really embody that thought.

***off to find that quote!

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I agree with you. Though opposites may really attract, people are tend to like a person who is similar to them more. If a person were to choose between someone opposite to them and someone who is like them, usually, they choose someone who's similar to them.

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"EG is THE female version of Maru." I was thinking the same thing. It freaked me out when EG opened her eyes during the kiss- felt like i was looking @ Maru 4m Aamori.

Also weren't their roles reversed in this ep? Last time it was EG who was waiting 4 Maru until nyt fall & he showed up & gave a calculated kiss, this time it was da other way around.

I'm a nervous wreck thinking what's gonna happen in the next few episodes. NG what have u done 2 me???

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EG is absolutely the female Ma Ru. She even took the blame for the lawbreaking of someone she loved early on in the series, just like he did. After being hurt by people they loved, they both also cut themselves off from romance and instead used their attractiveness as a weapon—Ma Ru as a gigolo, and EG as someone who uses her femininity to manipulate her coworkers. (Like when she flashed the lawyer in the Japanese hotel.)

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Happy Friday too, jomo! :)

This is the first time I saw you get to comment #1. :)

I haven't seen Nice Guy, so can't comment yet. I'm still watching Arang - coz I just finished Faith. I'm on a lean 1-drama-diet these days coz there are lots to do, both at work and at home.

OMG. Sweets? I'd go for it if I were you. :D Caramel. Candy. Apple. Mmm. (^.^) I miss the Korean apple pie that my friend brought from Seoul.

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Hello, ladies of the JB court!:) Not watching Nice Guy, but this seemed to be an appropriate place to say hi to everyone.

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Just wanted to say hi back at you, oftheshore!

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as much as i like SJK and what i read abt the show in recaps, I dun think I can actually watch NG.

It will twist me up and leave me sleepless for nights. But for those who enjoy the genre, the show does seem to be doing a great job.

Candy Corn for all and happy halloween and OT.

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I dare not read thi thread too much in case there are spoilers. Just finished episode 12 of NG and am sooo loving this drama. Am so emotionally invested that for every little victory against jae hee, even by good luck ( like the call from her brother) or just the littlest glimmer of hope for POTENTIAL happiness, I find myself clutching my cheeks and crying while doing little bicycle kicks in the air!!

Hope to catch up by tomorrow.

Happy OT everyone!,

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Oh and of course, I cannot say any of this to anyone but those closest and dearest to me

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Your secret is safe with us!

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i know it will be - i feel so safe here!

i know i will be understood when i say I SOOOO LOVE THIS DRAMA I CAN CRY FROM HAPPINESS WHEN I GET A GLIMPSE OF POTENTIAL HAPPINESS FOR MA RU AND EUN GI

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The early bird might get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.

Have a happy weekend!

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Good morning / evening / night / Friday / Saturday, am!

That's one of my favorite sayings, although in my case, thanks to the landlord, all mice go straight out to the trash pail. Hopefully the exodus from the cornfields to the kitchen is done.

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It's Friday night where I'm at but I'll take all those Good's for tomorrow because I'm greedy like that :) Thank you!

While I lived in Florida, man, the mice are just everywhere!

But the saying reminds me more of The Hunger Games for some odd reason.

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Maybe because everybody else jumped in her traps so she could become the Big Cheese? lol

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Leave the mice alone! They are cute.
Well I also love cheese. Ottoke? .... Grab those mice!

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lol

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Happy Friday everyone! Hope you all had a good week!

I'm finally finished with mid-terms and can watch dramas again, yay!
First I finished White Christmas. I'm not sure about the ending, I felt really weird after watching the last episode. I think I didn't like the ending as much as I hoped, but I certainly don't hate it. The very ending scene I really liked, with them all standing together (minus one) in the light, with the darkness behind them. I thought it very symbolic.
Also finished Arang, it was so cute! Very thrilling until the end. I'm glad with the way the wrapped it up, but I could watching Arang and Sato bickering like forever.
After that I marathoned Shut Up Flower Boy Band, which I wasn't planning, but ended up watching in one go. It turned out to be a new favourite, I [Read more]

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You are so productive!

http://donnapie.tumblr.com/post/34640698046

I am waaaay behind on 1N2D, Arang and Faith. I am too enamoured with VP2 to fall behind. Please post your thoughts on VP once you get around to them =) But how are you going to marathon 1N2D? There's like a gazillion and one episodes.

Happy Friday everyone!

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Hahaha, that pic made me laugh so hard! And yes, it is soo true! I have a really productive and satisfied feeling!

I just finished the latest episode of VP2, and it's so great! The cast is hilarious and it feels like they really are a team. And Red Eyes! He's so sexy, haha. I really liked the fight scene between him and Tae-yeon. Which episode/moment did you like the best so far?

Well, I started watching the second season (for Joo-won, haha) and now I'm only a few episodes behind. But I'm making it my long-term project to watch everything ;p

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Where do you watch 1N2D? I want to watch few special episodes from season 1 ( especially the bestfriend special) but I can't find a site where season 1 is still watchable.

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I tend to use 'boosaysharingiscaring' site. Do a Boolean search and it should come up.

Some of the older episodes links are broken but I do know that for the friendship special ep 236 and 237, though the YT episodes are dead, the RS dl links are working just fine since I downloaded them just recently to watch.

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Well, I watch season 2 on http://boosaysharingiscaring.com/ and there are download links for season 1 on http://www.avirtualvoyage.net/2012/08/1-night-2-days-season-1-fixed.html
But I'm having a hard time finding season 1 episodes, since most links are down. On A Virutal voyage, the links are gradually uploaded, I think it's now up to 159 or something like that. Hope that helps!

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Ep 5 is my current fave for VP2. It tied everything together and was hella scary. Plus, that was the ep that brought Tae-yeon back to the forefront, which I think they should definitely do more of. I want to see my vampire prosecutor with all his conflicted emotions and not just smirky smirks, which I still adore, but I just want more of his character to show. And I agree that Red Eyes is smexy =) That fight scene was intense.

1N2D is my long-term project too! I watch it sporadically. Basically my problem was (and still is to some degree) my unwillingness to let go of the former cast Eun Ji-won and Lee Seung-gi. I miss them *THIS* much! And I understand the new cast needs time to adjust and get to know each other better and show off their own individualities, but still... I also miss Na [Read more]

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Yeah I agree with you that Tae-yeon should be more in the foreground. The latest episodes it was less again, but I'm hoping the overall storing will be picking up soon, cause I want some action!

I think the benefit of not seeing season 1 first, is that I could embrace S2 more easily. I can imagine the difficulty of letting go the cast you loved so much. So I'm actually glad I watched S2 first. That saves me some tears, which I might be needing, seeing as I finally started Nice Guy!

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fishcalledwanda, oh I hope you love NG too. SJK IS fantastic in it. he is soa natural and relaxed in his acting. and I LOVE his voice. the girls are equally good too. even when the storyline occ puzzles me a bit the acting has remained top notch. such a pleasure to have stumbled on this gem for me since this is my first melo. am keen to check out SJK and mcw's other works now ;)

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Three episodes in and I really like it, though I'm not (yet) obsessed about it, but that can't take long. SJK has really done me in, I never saw him before but he's enchanting to watch. And like you said he's very natural and relaxed, you can't tell he's acting at all! And his voice is to melt for!

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The ending to White Christmas left me a little bewildered also, but it is a drama so different from the rest, I give it high marks. I'm giving a shout out to HeadsNo2 for introducing me to something I would not have bothered to watch without her excellent recaps. If I had to described this drama, I would say it is "The Shining meets The Breakfast Club".

I also enjoyed SUFBB, I think it is in my top 2 or 3 dramas for this year. Which is surprising since I am way beyond the age group this was targeted for (I am a grandma) but it goes to show that a great drama knows no limits.

So happy Friday everyone, and let's get some rest before the next crop of dramas is hatched.

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The ending to White Christmas is insane...
seriously Hospital? What sorta crazy idiotic people are you?

But yeah the rest of the series was great <3

I just pretend the ending didn't happen...

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Yeah the hospital! And the bodyswap, totally unbelievable! And the police were so incompetent, haha

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LOL "The Shining Meets The Breakfast Club"

Perfect description! [hats off]

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The drama is so different from what I've seen, so I give it also high marks. I liked the intensity and the cinematography was so beautiful! And indeed, without HeadsNo2 I would never have watched it!

Haha, there's no age limit to great dramas! Glad you enjoyed it to.

I'm very curious to the next batch of dramas, I hope I will have the time to keep up!

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Hey, how did your mid-terms go? I hope well.

I am so glad you finished White Christmas. It's one of those dramas where the end is not the destination itself but rather the journey there. It made me contemplate things, my own feelings and re-evaluate how I estimate people, my own self too WHICH was so different to many other Kdramas where the end is just about getting the OTP together. It's a drama that has lingered in my mind and for that reason alone, I am very fond of it.

Shut Up Flower Boy Band is my favourite drama this year, AM1997 included. That ending was so inspirational. Again not about getting the group back together or the OTP but rather about loyalty to each other by supporting them no matter what, even if that means giving them the strength to leave. Beautiful.

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Hi Sabah! : )
I don't have the results yet, but I have a really good feeling about my exams! Thanks for asking!

It's so true what you said about the drama being about the journey rather than the end. That's why the ending of White Christmas, though I don't love it, doesn't really bother me. I really liked the intense feeling and not knowing what will happen next. The characters were extraordinary and so layered and thought out. And the cinematography! Just wow, the snow the building, so beautifully done. I found it refreshing to watch a drama so different. (If anyone has suggestions to dramas with a feeling alike White Christmas, I'm listening....)

The ending of SUFBB I really loved. I was kinda surprised about the band not being the goal, but realised that I wouldn't want it any ot [Read more]

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I think it is much better and more sane to reward hard effort than the results. As long as we know we did our best, we are able to sleep at night even if life is sometimes unfair. Wishing you success upon success!

The cinematography was stunning, adding a contrasting layer to the entropy and degeneration of the characters. There were beautiful moments too. I loved those scenes between JiHoon and Moo Yul, (I think episode 7) where they fight in the snow. That moment when Moo Yul just collapses lying in the snow, a mess of emotions trying to order themselves was just mesmerizing to watch. Dramas tend to change my opinions about others but this one made me think more about myself, about how I deal with the darker feelings within me. We are clouded by self righteousness so much that we [Read more]

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Yeah, that scene you're referring to, was amazing. All those moment flashed through Moo Yul's head and he was THAT close to letting go, but he didn't. That moment is one of the most defining moments of the show I think. The doctor said that he was very interested in Moo Yul's inside monster, but with that moment he chose not the monster's option, but the good one (one can still argue about what is 'good' of course, but that's another discussion). That moment also brings the two of them more together. I liked it when they had this communication going on with just one look, and made plans together.
I think I liked almost every moment with Mi Reu, he has such a strong personality and also takes action. Of course Moo Yul was a favourite character too, because he tries so hard to be a real he [Read more]

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" I liked it when they had this communication going on with just one look, and made plans together." That's so true.

"because he tries so hard to be a real hero, but feels outshined by Ji Hoon. I think that’s a feeling a lot of people can connect too." I never understood that need to be a hero. I loved the concept they presented in this Japanese film 'Ping Pong' that we all need heroes, people that outshine us, because there is a comfort in knowing that we can rely on someone else rather than the 'difficulty' of knowing that you have to be your own hero. However recently, I had to protect a vulnerable person and I was filled with this warm feeling that I have never felt before, of being someone else's safety net and I completely understand now the reason why being a hero is sought [Read more]

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Thanks for saying you enjoy my notes on it. I'm not always sure what I'm saying is totally coherent and completely understandable for others. Also because English isn't my mother language, I sometimes struggle to find the right words. And when I read my comments later I find many stupid mistakes, but oh well.

'I have always believed that every decision we make will affect our character, in a way that we can’t shield it or protect ourselves from it.' I totally agree with this. Every decision influences the path my life takes, even if it's just a tiny bit. And there is also the choice I didn't take, which also defines me as a person. Why did I chose this and not the other option? What does this say about me as a person? These thoughts often fly around in my head. Sometimes a bit too mu [Read more]

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English is my ONLY language and I still mess up, more times than I should.

"And there is also the choice I didn’t take, which also defines me as a person." I didn't think of this. This is such a good point. Now I am pondering over the things I didn't do or choices that I rejected. There is a real truth here though, because what we omit to do becomes a gap within us, a hole that can not be filled.

Yes, I have never agreed with the axiom that the ends justifies the means. How can it when the feelings realized are wholly dependent on the path that you took there? The feeling you will find erupting in your heart when you find out that you aced your midterms through earning it with hard work is upon a whole other level than if you cheated.

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Haha, well then I'm not the only one who messes up occasionally.

You often hear the saying that it's better to regret something you did than to regret something you didn't do, but I always feel hesitant to agree with that. Yes, you might be a coward for not trying, but some things cannot be undone. But on the other hand it's like you said: 'what we omit to do becomes a gap within us, a hole that can not be filled'. So it's a difficult line to balance.

Ha, you don't sound depressing (well, only a little bit). But isn't it mostly so that you appreciate things to most after they changed or are gone? And if you could go back in time with that knowledge of now, you probably could enjoy it to the fullest.
Thanks for your kind wishes!

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One thing I learned after watching Shinhwa Broadcast 'Fool Eric' episode is that negative thoughts generate negativity that can affect not just yourself but 'fate,' as it were. So remain positive about your results!

Currently, I am waiting for the new batch of dramas as well as watching 'Can we get married?' VP S2. I have put Third Ward on hold because I don't feel an urge to watch it 'right now.' Finally there is 'Nice Guy.' Don't worry no spoilers. After last week's episode, like Joey/Rachael from friends, I have put that drama in the freezer, (not literally like them of course.) Just put it on hold until I know it's safe to watch again.

I am pretty much a coward, I have always been so. I always need to know how the film/book is going to end before I conclude watching it. [Read more]

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I don't read spoilers, in fact the word says it all for me! When I know how things are going to develop, it kind of puts me off. I only read spoilers and recaps before watching when I'm not that interested in the show, I did that with Faith. But now I most of the highlights a lost a bit of interest (not that I had a lot of that for Faith in the first place). I do understand the feeling of being scared of what's going to happen, but for me that's part of the fun. I like it when I'm surprised and the shock effect that causes. I really like your comparison with being thirsty, I hadn't looked at it that way, but it describes my feeling of not wanting to know things beforehand pretty well. But in real life I'm a coward too, so maybe I balance that in dramas, haha. Paradoxically, I can really en [Read more]

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You brought up two really interesting points. Firstly that you can not re-live that first time you watch something. So many times, like Holly from Red Dwarf, I wish I could erase my memory and re-watch something I love for the first time. Those feelings of expectation and anticipation are so raw, so pure that it inspires you to hope and dream, even for fictional characters, in a way that you can't when you re-watch things. AND yes! I know I say this as a person who just confessed to being a spoiler addict but I was thinking about those dramas where I was braver.

I think it is different with books. I find that my emotions deepen, become more intense when I read it for the second, third or fourth time, up until a certain number which varies with each book. I think it might have so [Read more]

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Yeah, sometimes I wish it would be really possible to erase it from your memory and watch it again for the first time! But then again, you’d also lose the fond memories you have of it and that comfort of familiarity you mentioned, that sometimes becomes a part of the series too. I like what you say about it being different for books: ‘I think it might have something to do with the labyrinth that connotations of combinations of words can make’. You said that beautifully. Do you read a lot? What is your favourite genre? I love reading, I just love losing myself in stories in general, dramas being no exclusion.

Some 4 or 5 years ago I met someone who was really into manga and anime and she was so enthusiastic about it that I decided to see it for myself. I didn’t really get into [Read more]

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I love to read too. I tend to read more non-fictional works though in terms of modern stuff and pretty much any fictional classics EXCEPT Chaucer, I really don't like his style. Yes, I do think I was born in the wrong era, though 'Midnight in Paris' did make me question this desire to go back to another time. So, what do you read? It's so interesting to hear how people from such diverse backgrounds find their way to Asian dramas.

Around the year 2000, me and my sister decided to give away our TV. We had enough of it dictating our lives where we would just sit and watch whatever line the channels had lined up for us. More than half of it we weren't really interested in, just watched because relatively it was the best thing on at the moment. I gave my time to reading in the eveni [Read more]

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Do you like the Brönte sisters classics too? (I read my first classic because I share my first name with one of the Brönte sitsters, haha) I’m still working my way through classics like that, It’s taking me a while to really appreciate books like that. I pretty much read everything (except story with a setting in war, I get nightmares from that) but I like reading fantasy the most, indulging myself in another word with a fantastical setting and rich background. But only if the characters are done right and not some excuse to blabber on about this world the author clearly finds great, but fails to convey that to the reader. That’s why my favourite fantasy books are written by Robin Hobb, she does everything right. Do you have a favourite book?
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I've read Bronte, though not my favourite, more of an Austen fan, I did enjoy them. I love Shakespeare, I could read it all day. I also like Homer and Dostoevsky. I too enjoy fantasy, like Terry Prachett, Lord of the Rings. The Princess Bride by Goldman is one of my all time favourites, I love the detailing. I haven't heard of Robin Hobb, but I am always interested in female writers. Thanks, I will look her books up. What about you?

Korean is a beautiful language. Japanese and Arabic too. I would love to be fluent but I find it so hard to pronounce things well. Also it takes me so long to say a sentence, because my mind to mouth co-ordination is poor! I tend to mumble my English too, though my American friend tells me that my English accent makes me sound like a professor, so I [Read more]

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I love Austen so much! After finding the concentration to read those books I really enjoyed them. I also really liked (most) of the movie adaptation! Sometimes I wished I'd lived in that time (though I would not like to be married off to some old guy). The Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb is my all-time favourite and heartily recommended if you enjoy some good fantasy. Terry Pratchet, Joe Abercrombie and like the like I also really enjoy, and also some more contemporary fantasy. Princess Bride has been on my to-read list for ages, but I'll probably pick it up soon. The problem is that I don't like to read English books translated to Dutch I prefer the original language. But that means I have to buy most books as the library doesn't offer a big selection of English books, which has the consequ [Read more]

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If you can find a copy then I would recommend the BBC TV adaptation of P&P with Colin Firth. I also loved their version of Persuasion with Ciaran Hinds.

Of course those times had bad things too, but it's those manners and etiquette that I miss the most. Nowadays it is almost cool to be rude. Why would you want to go back?

I do understand about wanting to read originals rather than translations. It is one of the reasons that a good friend of mine refuses to watch Kdramas because she says that there would be so much she just wouldn't get and miss, those intricacies of language within the dialogue. She too, like me, loves detailing in stories. I remember whilst watching FBRS, the recaps here would try to illuminate some of the puns of words etc, and it really made me wish I [Read more]

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Already saw that one! Man, is Colin Firth handsome in that one. I think I probably saw every version of Jane Eyre too and liked Sense and Sensibility. It's like you said: nowadays it's seems cool to be rude. I wished I'd lived then because respect was so important, outed in etiquette and good manners. I also love those dresses and I think the dancing looks so dignified. Suits me probably more than the dancing that is done these days, haha. But then, I wouldn't have had the chance to go to university, and don't want to miss that so I still prefer this time!

I wouldn't not watch Kdramas because a lot is lost in translation, but I sometimes wish I knew the nuances more. But I have watched enough Kdramas to pick up most nuances, still I often have the feeling that I'm missing something. I o [Read more]

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Ah! The dresses! Though I like modern clothing too, I much prefer classical styles. Even when I watch Kdramas, I ooh and aah over the chic clothing but then when I watch a sageuk, I just fall in love. That's speaks to my soul. I don't think there is any version of dancing that would make me look dignified.

Q10 has just jumped right up my list then! Have you seen Orange Days? Kimi Wo Petto? or Kurosagi? I used to read the posts at 'silent regrets' but I don't know what happened to that site.

Thank you so much for the link. I agree there are hardly any blogs for other Asian dramas BUT not to sound rude, there aren't that many Kdrama blogs that provide what I am looking for either. What I mean, is that I don't want just a recap but a review that might add things that a non-Korean m [Read more]

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Haha, well you're not the only one doubting there is a form of dancing in which you could look dignified. My motoric skills are just not made for dancing. Though, when I'm at a concert I tend to forget that and just be absorbed in the music.
I just love dresses, you won't see me in pants! Nah, not very feministic on that point, haha. I always want the dresses that the girls were in dramas, makes me greedy! And how awesome would it be to wear a traditional Korean dress, they are so beautiful with such vibrant colours! Though it took me a while to get used to the hats the men wear!

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Firstly, wishing you well for a new season of studies! I hope we might find ourselves back on OT sometime in the future to catch up on our latest Kdrama news. Hehe. Thank you so much for this conversation. I really enjoyed talking to you AND I gained some wonderful suggestions and links too. I am much obliged.

Yeah, that's my dancing style too, '...dance like no one is watching.' It isn't very elegant or co-ordinated so no one is ever watching...or rather trying NOT to watch!

I probably wouldn't have finished Kurasagi if it wasn't for Yamashita Tomohisa. He has major swag going on! (Did I say that correctly, I think my niece is cringing somewhere...) Orange days is a gem, something like White Christmas in that it gives you a lot to think about, question yourself but also gives you [Read more]

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Aw, thanks! I really enjoyed this conversation too and hope we'll find ourselves back in future OT's. So thanks to you too! Also thanks for recommending Orange Days and the link to the RM episodes!
Sadly I have now a college on Friday just around the time the OT starts, so I'm probably going to join in later for the next weeks.

Yamashita Tomohisa did make me watch on that drama, he did have a swag going on, haha!
And I just put Orange Days higher on my to-watch list! And I agree with you that character inconsistencies puts me really off. For me the characters make the story and the drama. And a drama can be very good, but if I'm not emotionally invested I don't get it. So when I'm emotionally there I'll like a relativity less good drama better than an objectively good one.

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Wanda, : )

Aw, I understand about life clashing with 'things you just wanna do...' I will look out for you on OT in the hopes that you managed to steal some time away from your own life.

Once again, thank you and I truly hope you better even your own expectations this year.

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Shut Up Flower Boy Band is also still growing strong as my favourite drama of the year, though I haven't watched White Christmas...and still need to finish some other ones. But I loved everything about it from start to finish (ok, maybe not everything, I didn't really like the main girl....but who needs romance when there's awesome bromance happening left right and centre?) And the ending pretty much did me in.

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I would heartly recommend watching White Christmas!

I'm curious as to why you didn't like the main girl. I liked her more than some of the other main girls in dramas of late. She really spoke up for herself, I think.
And at the end of the series I was a mess, but a happy mess!

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Don't get me wrong, I love characters who stand up and have backbones, but I just found her acting wrong and annoying. It's been a while since that drama has aired but I think it was her constant smiling that is suppose to be interpreted as "happy go lucky" that peeved me. Maybe there was too much cutesy put into those smiles? There was just something about it that made me wish someone else was playing her character. I tried to like her because her character had principles, but it was really hard to like the character when the actress was so aggravating.

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Hiya Wanda! Sounds like you got through your school work all right and are making up for lost Drama watching time!! I actually marathoned Nice Guy and started with Panda and Hedgehog this week. Needed one to balance out the other!!

Am still loving Full House 2 and Ooh la la Spouses. I'm also looking forward to King of Dramas and a few of the ones starting in the new year (yay for the next Flower Boy show!). Things in drama-land have seemed slow for the past few weeks, so I'm hoping they'll pick up soon.

Any good uses for those potatoes by the way?

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Hi there Ladytron!

Haha, of what I've heard of Nice Guy the cuteness of Panda is definitely needed. I'm planning of starting it after I shopped some tissues.

Yay indeed for the next instalment of the Flower Boy series, so exited! And I'm super curious how the next batch of dramas will turn out (please be good!). You already mentioned King of dramas, which other new drama are you really excited about?
After hearing good things about Full House 2 and getting slowly over the heinous styling, I think I'm ready to take that one on!

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WC is my favorite favorite show. That ending is just mind blowing! SUFBB is rockin too. I'm so excited for the next installment in the series!

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Yeah, White Christmas is definitely high on my list of favourites!

I'm also very excited for the next instalment of the series. I'm praying and doing raindancethingies to the dramagods that it'll be good!

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Just wanted to drop by to say hello and Happy Friday/Happy OT, everyone! Nothing much going in the drama department for me. Hope you all are well!

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I have my very important exam tomorrow....so will start watching my dramas again from tomorrow....yay.... :D

I was watching only Nice Guy(as it comes only twice a week)..

well I wanted to ask....what food do the Koreans eat at home normally...like daily....??

in India..we eat Dal,chapati,rice,vegetable curry.....

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Good luck with the exam!! :D

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Thanks a lot :D

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Goodluck with your exam! I'm sure you'll do just fine! ^^

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thank you so much cv :)

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I wish you a loooot of succes! May the dramaforce be with you (I hope that helps, haha).

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Happy OT, everyone! I hope you all had a good week and for those in the Northeast, I hope you were able to ride out the hurricane without damage. I for one, lost power but had my computers charged and was happy to to have Queen In Hyun's Man downloaded to I could spend the evening catching up!

Now that Faith is over, I'm just watching Nice Guy (what a ride) and lots of Big Bang videos in preparation for the concert next Friday! Yeah! Noonas, here we come!

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Korazy!

Yeah, it's going to be fun next week. Probably damp and smelly, but fun!

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I am praying/crossing fingers/looking for a talisman so we don't have to forfeit our noraebang evening! That was seriously the main reason I was going (although after downloading 5 Big Bang songs on my IPod, I'm actually really excited about the concert hehe.)

I have 3 pairs of binoculars I can bring in case we actually want to see their faces!

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I sent an email to the Karaoke place to confirm that they are open. It's in Koreatown, and we will reach Manhattan at Penn Station, so it would be a bit of a walk if we were forced to it. Still got my fingers crossed though!.

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Korazy Lady~

My wife watched QIHM last week. She marathoned it.

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I had started it, but when life gets busy things get dropped. Still have 2 episodes left, but it was a great diversion from my basement slowly flooding!

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Hello Korazy! and hello everyone! I'm currently on a mini-break in the mountains, there's snow ... but there's also a lot of sun, which does not go well with the snow. Anyway, I still need to finish a text, but then ... THEN! I am ready to watch dramas like crazy. like Korazy. I need to catch up on Nice Guy and Vampire Prosecutor 2 and am getting ready/excited for Jeon Woo-chi

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Hi Kakashi! Do you get to watch your dramas while on break? Feign a sore throat, send the others out skiing or snowboarding and take the time to catch up!

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OMGGGGGGGGGosh m soooooooo excited for the BigBang concert.....i have exams on the Monday after the concert so m studying extra hard now to make up for lost time for the concert....even though i wont be able to meet any DBs before for the dinner....(n karaoke i hear.....gonna resist changing mind about not coming.....)....m so excited to be screaming with them collectively...PS..m sitting in section 8 row 15....so if anyone is near by...holla at me!!!!

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Hi all:

I keep waking up with the Faith Ost in my mind, but am holding up with the help of J-dramas Ooku: arikoto etc, Priceless, and Monsters. Also totally loving Ooh la la spouses. Am really loving them all.

Still waiting for subs on some others. (Piece, Sugarless, Ugly Cake, Tefutefu) Waiting for I Miss You. And wondering what wonderful surprises waiting in the wings will bring me great wonder!

Happy weekend, all!

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oops, forgot to add that I'm liking Vampire prosecutor as well and didn't expect that 2-parter. Am trying to commit to seeing Nice Guy cause I really should but I'm so worried about a nasty surprise near the end, such as Maru dying. (That's why I dropped Kekkun Shinai, I hate going through a drama and getting an ending that upsets me with a kind of nihilistic hopeless fatalism. Sometimes I can spot the fatalism coming but sometimes I'm wrong. Will see.

Other than that, I attempted to make Rooftop Prince omurice with a friend. I challenged him. He made it for his wife --even using kimchi-- who praised it to me. I messed up totally. So I'll have to see if there's another recipe from another drama that I won't mess up.

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lol - nihilistic hopeless fatalism - I think all Nice Guy fans have a slight expectation of that! It's called "steeling my heart for the impending doom!"

But, on a brighter note, the acting is fabulous, as is the writing in my opinion. And the OTP is just so beautiful to watch :)

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Hi, I'm fairly new here. Love it, but it only fuels my addition. btw, love your name, Korazy Lady. lol. that's cute.
So, what does OTP mean and what show is SUFBB?

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OTP - one true pairing (don't know who came up with that title!) SUFBB - Shut Up Flower Boy Band (haven't seen that but heard it's good!)

There's truth to my name, and yes, the OT is very addictive! Enjoy :)

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Know Your Meme has an interesting article about the origin of the phrase OTP. A lot of things about the Kdrama fandom were new to me when I started watching last summer, but I remember OTP from my days as a bandfic writer/reader.

::sigh:: 1997, I will always miss you.

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When it's that well done, I especially can't watch the heart wrenching ones, as it sends my bloodpressure to the moon. :( I have to be satisfied with the wonderful recaps.

My speed is mostly lighthearted and funny.

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I've been reading the recaps because I am just so fearful of that heavy thud in my heart when the hammer of doom slams MaRu on his hematoma. IF the ending turns out well (sorry, i had to laugh there...somewhat maniacally cause I do not believe there will be a happy ending) I'll go and watch all the episodes I missed.

So I'm interested in this drama still. Very much so. But not gonna put my heart in danger of full-blown grief by watching it.

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laughing at picturing you laughing!

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I have Sugarless in my queue too! I watched most of the 1st episode unsubbed and the beginning really grabs you kind of epicly and then - hahahahaha... I won't spoil it for anyone but MAN I want to watch this and understand what they are saying.

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I know a friend who learned Chinese so she could keep up with the RAW subs of her dramas. I'm thinking I'll end up learning Japanese or Korean for the same reason.

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I have to take a language for my degree and I'm seriously considering Chinese or Japanese because I think it would be useful with my FL movie and drama love, and because it only requires 2 courses whilst something like Spanish requires 4 classes. They do not offer Korean at my university or I'd be all up on that. I'm American, anyone have any opinion on whether I should go with Japanese or Chinese fl classes?

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just my opinion but since Chinese IS the most spoken language in the world, it SHOULD be more useful. that's how I would choose. although I am
Chinese and speak mandarin poorly and instead wanna learn Korean myself . I do speak my dialect though, in my defense

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I am one episode behind on Nice Guy, I might watch it later today.

I have been rewatching Warrior Baek Dong Soo and I am going to try to finish it before Missing You (or is it I Miss You?) airs, but we will see. After watching Arang, I am finind it so funny when the characters talk about heaven and hell and the king of heaven (because Yoo Seung Ho and Park Joon Gyu are in it).

I am very excited for Missing You though, even if it is a melodrama and that usually isn't my thing, but so is Nice Guy and I am kinda enjoying it.

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WBDS?
One of my most endearing shows ever, even if it drags a little in the ginseng, made me a YSH fan for life.

PS ((Hugs))

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Yes Warrior Baek Dong Soo, I loved that show when it first aired and I am enjoying it so much now too ^^ it also made me a Yoo Seung Ho fan ^^

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Happy Friday to all!

I've been marathoning Panda and the Hedgehog! It's so cute! the bromance is so sweet that I'm actually envious!

Have fun all those peeps that will be going to the Big Bang show in LA!

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I've been marathoning Panda and Hedgehog this week too! I needed the cute after watching Nice Guy. Wow, that show is intense...

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That show is ALL about the bromance! HAVE FUN WITH BB!

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Happy OT day everyone!!!

I think I've finally come down from my several weeks of happyness and socialising now... it feels weird being back normal again...

Still so behind on Nice Guy and mega mega behind on Faith (yeah I'm not even sure if I'm actually still watching it...)

Hope everyones having a good week! <3

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Leaf!!!

Eh, what is normal anyway? Normal is overrated. lol

I spoke with someone who is on the fence about going to see BB in London. I told her to bite the bullet and go. That way there's a whole group of us that can spazz over our respective experiences!

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Oh she should definately come!!! It will be worth it!!!

And I can't wait to hear all about the OT Unni's trip!!! <3
HAVE SO MUCH FUN!!! <3

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Is BB = Big Bang? I know someone who watched all the Big Bang concerts in almost the entire Asian leg. Almost, coz she missed one because of a Zac Efron fan meeting. :D She regretted it - the ZE fan meet. LOL.

BB must be really good? I haven't heard a song of theirs. Or maybe I had but just didn't know it.

Happy Friday! :)

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I just want to see pretty boys cavort on stage in the company of KDrama, like-minded party noonas. lol

But their music is good as pop sounds go.

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i completely agree and use that whenever I get called crazy :D. you get crazies all together, THAT becomes the normal.

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Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope this finds you all in good health. The East Coast here is battered but unbowed. My area didn't get slammed as bad as those farther north, and I hope all Easties here came out relatively unscathed. I had to work straight through my wekend but [shrug] hey thats overtime, and it will help pay for Big Bang!

As far as I can determine, the concerts in Newark will still go on, and everyone who planned to go is going! Yay! Ive been posting updates to the repair efforts for those who want to know how the Tri State transportation repairs are going.

In spite of everything, I managed a bit of drama watching:

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* Faith - a scraggly LMH has it's own appeal.
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Oh Sherlocks awesome!! Seriously all my friends are completely obsessed over it!

And Big Bang should be on...

I'm glad you weren't affected too bad! My Mum was meant to fly to DC on monday but she only got to fly yesterday...

Have fun at Big Bang <3
Hope you have a good week!

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Leaf -

I remember you saying that last week. Everyone focussed on NYC, but I didn't hear of any significant damage in DC. I still thought it was funny that VA had tropical conditions and blizzard conditions at the same time, thanks to the one-two punch of the hurricane and the nor'easter.

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Yeah cause my Family is around DC we spent quite a bit of time worrying if they would be ok but they were fine.

I'm glad everyone on OT is ok!!
Hopefully New York can get back to normal soon!

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Agree with Sherlock!! I think Benedict Cumberbatch is the best Sherlock Holmes ever!! Do you know that they actually make Watson's blog? They updated it after every new episode aired. It contains spoiler until the ending of season 2, so if you want to check it out, I advise you to hold it until you finish season 2.

@Shukmeister: Consider yourself lucky. Waiting more than 1 year for every 3 new episodes is torture.

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I've got Season Two waiting in the wings and probably won't get to it before Christmas (or armageddon, but whatever).

I agree, about the characterizations.
A lot of, um, older noonas like myself ;-) grew up with the Basil Rathbone image; upright, snooty know-it-all. It wasn't until I read the books in my adult life that I realized that Sherlock was actually a psychotic opium-using nutter.

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Haha, maybe I was too hasty when I said Cumberbatch is best Sherlock when in fact I'd only watched 3 adaptations of it.

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Fish Called Wanda reminded me!

I'm also watching VP2, although I'm about 2 epis behind. The new Big Bad scares me with his strength and ruthlessness, even as our prosecutor smiles and looks cute more.
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Haha, how could you forget our cute vampire prosecutor!! I really like Red Eyes as the new Big Bad, it's so different from last season!
Also, Sherlock is so awesome! The twists and turns are always unexpected, and so good! Benedict Cumberbatch is rocking it as a very annoyingly Sherlock! And the ending, not gonna say anything, but it's a crime to wait until the next season!
@ kaka, I didn't know there was an actual blog. Gonna check it out, thanks!

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BBC's Sherlock is awesome. So much better than Guy Richie's movie version.

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omo Benedict Cumberbatch left me completely SHERLOCKED by the end of the first episode (even though I'd read all the ACD novels/stories as a child and remembered who the murderer would be in that one, and for the second episode I unfortunately remembered some bits from my Chinese lessons as a kid and spent quite a bit of time yelling 'THEY'RE NUMBERS, YOU FOOL!!!' at the screen).

And you must watch the second season if you haven't already. It's SO GOOD.

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YES. And having read the actual ACD stories many times over, I got a lot of side-jokes that other people may miss - especially their references to previous cases...

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It's ready to go, pogo, just lacking time to watch.

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Shukmeister, saya harap kamu semua Akan menikmati konsert big bang minggu depan! My niece and her friends were there for the one in kl and they actually had rehearsals the night before to better sing along during the concert, can you believe it?

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Terima kasih, enz. I appreciate the sentiment, and despite the nor'eastercane disaster, the Noona meeting will go on as planned.

And I'm ashamed to say I've been humming along to their "Alive" album myself.... lol

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yes you should be ashamed since you should be SINGING it instead! I wish I knew at least One BB song but alas, no. so I should really be ashamed @.@

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The guys at the precinct look askance when I start belting out tunes, whether in English, Latin, Spanish, Japanese, or Korean.

I will say that the lockup, with all its concrete block and metal, has better acoustics than your average shower stall.
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I haven't watched BBC's "Sherlock" but I have been watching CBS's "Elementary". I don't know how the two compare but I'm liking it so far. I've never really been into the Sherlock story but I like the idea of female Watson in this version.

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"....prior to the Big Bang." Lol, on first read I was thinking about that other less important Big Bang that resulted in our current universe.

I would love to meet you guys even though I'm not super active on DB like you guys are. Don't know how you guys would feel about hanging out with a dongsaeng though.
I'm actually still working on convincing my parents (really just my mom) to let me go to the concert. But you know... teen rebellion might ensue. I must see the result of my 4years of BB fandom in person. (Any noona advice :)?)

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Well you could tell your mom you're going to hang out with a bunch of women in their 40s and 50s who talk a good game but usually go to bed by 9:30 and hold down responsible jobs...

How old are you? What have you done on your own so far? Break down the situations you would face and think of situations in the past where you have demonstrated the skills (social and self-protective) to handle those situations.

I began letting my daughter spend the day in NYC without adult supervision (we live 2 hours away, in CT) when she was 17. But she was familiar with the places she would be going, she had demonstrated remarkable equanimity in the face of various travel related snafus over the years, and I knew that she was aware of her surroundings and well-versed in how to be careful with stran [Read more]

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