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The otherworldly couples of The Lonely Shining Goblin

We’ve got more stills from tvN’s upcoming fantasy romance The Lonely Shining Goblin, this time featuring our two main couples plus Yook Sung-jae (Village: Secret of Achiara) all by his lonesome, but holding his own.

The couple at the center of the story: Gong Yoo (Big), who plays the titular goblin who can only end his immortality by finding himself a human bride, and Kim Go-eun (Cheese in the Trap), who plays a nineteen-year-old with the fate of someone who should’ve died, claiming to be the bride the goblin needs. From birth, she was anything but ordinary, but she longs to be a normal, test-taking high school student.

Their photos were taken against the autumn backdrop in Quebec. Kim Go-eun looks like a happy, fresh-faced youth next to a stoic, suit-clad Gong Yoo.

The other couple: Lee Dong-wook (Bubblegum) plays an amnesiac reaper and the goblin’s unlikely roommate, one-half of a bizarre roommate scenario. Yoo Inna (One More Happy Ending) plays a chicken shop owner who figured out early on that the most comfortable way of living as a woman is to live thoughtlessly.

Their photos were taken on a footbridge in Korea and have a decidedly different tone than the Quebec shots. They gaze at each other intently, and the mood seems rather serious.

Last but not least, we have Yook Sung-jae’s solo shots as the chaebol heir whose family has been taking care of the goblin for generations. I think the way he’s dressed comes across as more mountain villager than chaebol heir, but I’m sure there’s a reason for that.

I’m about ready for this drama to make its bow. It appears there won’t be a love triangle in the Goblin, which is nice; I figure writer Kim Eun-sook learned that two distinct couples can work just as well if not better after the smash success of her Descended From the Sun. May the odds be in the Goblin’s favor because I really want this drama to be great!

Friday-Saturday drama The Lonely Shining Goblin will premiere on December 2 on tvN.

Via Ten Asia

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I can't wait for this one. And for the first time i'll be able to a drama where there's love triangle, this i want see.

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Hurray! Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na are rocking with their visuals and even this not that informative stills gives the vibe that their chemistry will be off charts. Can't wait for them

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I’m about ready for this drama to make its bow. It appears there won’t be a love triangle in the Goblin, which is nice; I figure writer Kim Eun-sook learned that two distinct couples can work just as well if not better after the smash success of her Descended From the Sun. May the odds be in the Goblin’s favor because I really want this drama to be great!

You said it, chickachunga! I'd consider live-watching this show if it wasn't for my intermittent net connection over the next few months. Boo hoo hoo! Gong Yoo and the lack of a love triangle already sounds so tempting... *cries*

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yes! The all-around friendship/bromance/friennime relationships in DOTS was one of my favoritie parts of the show. Sooo hope that is repeated here!

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First time I like female lead for Wookie. Normally I'm getting used to his co-star or starting to like her while watching the drama. But here I really like Yoo In Na from her previous works I've watched. Thank you, Dramabeans for your updates! A bit more then 2 weeks! Fighting, Goblin!

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You didn't like Lee Dae-hee? I thought she was awesome in My Girl.

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She's Lee Da Hae :))) Lee Da Hee it's another actress. I liked her in Hotel King, but not in My Girl (not my type of female character), but I was talking that I used to become liking his co-stars while watching drama, cos before I didn't know them. As for Yoo In Na, I know her dramas and I like her from "Queen In Hyun's man" and "One more happy ending".^^ That means I'm already appreciating both from couple, no need to watch drama lol

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Spelling mistake. I meant Lee Dae-hae.

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I don't think Kiara is mixing up Lee Dae Hee and Yoo In Na.

I think she thought you were saying that you didn't like his costars at all even after watching the drama, and she was asking if you did not like Lee Dae Hee with him in My Girl. But you just meant that you didn't like the actresses until you watched the drama. And this is the first time that you already like the actress before the drama starts. Is that right?

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I know she Kiara is not mixing LDH and YIN. She has miss spelled Lee Da Hae's name. There are 2 actresses: Lee Da Hee and Lee Da Hae. The one in HK and MG was Lee Da Hae. And I was not meaning I didn't like them before drama. I was meaning I didn't know them at all before dramas. And in case with YIN I know her and already like.

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I still thinking LDH's best works in My Girl. Hope she finds her way back to kdrama. Since she already reunite with LDW in Hotel King, maybe next time reunite with LJK in a good romcom drama. My Girl still remains as one of the best romcom that i've ever watched considering that I am not so into romcom.

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I loved him with Kim Sun-ah in the Scent of woman - that was the kdrama which pulled me through this magic circle of addiction...

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My "addiction buttom" was Hotel King but I love SOAW as well. I really like all actresses who has played with Wookie, it's just I haven't been familiar with then before Wookie's dramas.

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That's where,I first saw him too. That was about dying which really isn't about dying.

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Finally one of Lee Dong Wook fan showing their true color, she hates Lee Da Hae.

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Are you pointing on me??? OMG, how can you get into this lol? Am I saying smth bad about her? Hotel King is one of my fav drama ever and so do ChaMo pairing. How can I hate the part of this amazing pairing lol. If I'm not watching LDH's dramas doesn't mean I hate her. You're weird seriously

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@samoa please don't start an unnecessary fan war. If you read princi's comment again as well as her comments in response to @Kiara's post, she has clarified that she meant that YIN's the first lead she's known and liked before the airing of LDW's dramas. Nowhere did she say that she has anything against LDH. In fact, she has said that the HK is one of her fave dramas and she also likes the chamo pairing. I think it's perfectly fine for us to have our own preferences with regards to actors or actresses as long as we are respectful, which she has been.

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LOL. What?! Come on now! I know English isn't everyone's first language but don't reply to something if you're not going to read it thoroughly. It only starts drama! -_-

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I love fantasy dramas, and this one looks like a fantasy, it looks promising and i can't wait for this one. And for the first time in ages i'll be able to see a drama where there's no love triangle, this i want see.

Oh, ignore the post above, that was housemate.

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Finally Lee Dong Wook and

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Oh sorry for double posting

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Finally Lee Dong Wook and Yoo In Na stills released. Was waiting for ages. Love both of them. And agree with you chickachumga, it's so great that there won't be love triangle. I've read somewhere that both couples will have different chemistry. I guess Grim Reaper and Sunny will be in charge of more mature romance with funny and hot moments.

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ugh lee dong wok :X he makes looking in your mid thirties look good

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Kim Eun-sook's dramas rarely had love tringles (except Heirs). And somehow I always end up liking the second couple more.

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Me too.

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Me three.
Even the third leads are cute.
Yoo Inna - Kim Sung oh (Secret Garden)
Yoon Jinyi - Kim Minjong (A Gentleman's Dignity)
Krystal Jung - Kang Minhyuk, Kang Haneul - his teacher (forgot her name), Kang Haneul - Kim Jiwon, Minhyuk's dad - Jiwon's mom (The Heirs). Basically I like everyone in The Heirs but the story is just meh. I even love the frenemies relationship between Park Shinhye and Krystal, it's so hillarious.
Except Descendents of the Sun, I love the lead to the bone eventhough it's not my fave drama.
I expected to love second lead couple but ended up kinda dissappointed after seeing Kim Jiwon's character. She harrased almost everyone there.

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i'll watch this drama for 2 reasons gong yoo and no love triangle really i hate this stupid love triangle in all k dramas
and kim go eun looks so cute& lovely in these pics

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From her styling to her walk and overall demeanor in these stills, Kim Go-eun looks a bit too much like a little kid. I can see it being an issue if this is the vibe they give off throughout the drama.

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Oh dear. That's how old my classmates look like when we have Korean class. School jumper and all.

And Gong yoo is in a suit looking older. I am sorry but I have her dad vibe coming across. Like he is going for a PTA meeting.

And I will be watching it. Except KSE is so youthful looking anyway. And GY has always been manly handsome.

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Yikes. Even backpacks are the same size. I have 4 Asian teenagers in class and they are about 16 yrs old. Like one of them even has that scarf. Just make them all in a green school uniform look even with the plaid.

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Oh yeah, he definitely looks like her father here. It's so creepy.

It really doesn't help the ick factor when your female lead is a high schooler who totally has the demeanor and appearance of a schoolgirl, and then put your male lead who has always looked older in a suit.

Maybe the drama will prove me wrong, but from the last teaser it seems like KGE is even putting on a bit of a voice to sound younger. It seems creepy to me!

I'll probably end up watching at least the first episode anyway, though.

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Kim Eun Sook dramas almost always have two love lines, many dramas need to do that, it's annoying the love triangles.

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Oh I love Yoo In-na!!

I miss her so much as the main lead.

#QueenInHyunsManFeelings

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I always love Yoo Inna in leading roles because she does such a good job in bringing a character to life without making it too cheesy. I'm excited because it's a sexier role that's still not evil. And I can already see her with Lee Dongwook.

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However absurd the plot, a chicken shop owner in this story is so weird.

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Well, PPL's gotta work too, you know..

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Omg, yes. 😓😒😑 I have a strong feeling that this drama's gonna be FILLED w/ PPL! I mean, c'mon, even Kim Go-eun's teaser felt like a candle commercial. Plus, they've filmed in one too many coffee shops already! 😭 Sunny's chicken shop might just be another PPL opportunity to advertise some store brand/franchise... sigh.

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I wonder if KES' writing style will translate well to tvN?

but then tvN has been making itself over into Big-3-lite for the last year now.

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But isn't it more about ratings now? I think they are hiring big names to get them big numbers (as in ratings) now. Recent example is K2 where quality was sacrificed in order to get the show written by someone who as an award winning writer and his previous show was a hit.

If I ignore that this drama's writer is KES, the premise of the show intrigues me and I would've definitely watched it but taking that into consideration I hope tvN has toned down her cheesy style a bit, though again that is what brings the numbers.

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Glad I'm not the only one who feels that from tvN. KES isn't going to change, tvN will accommodate her style is my guess.

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Gong Yoo looks so damn fine!!!

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+100

<3

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I think i can guess why KGE's character has the fate of someone who should've died. You just KNOW she's a past lover of centuries ago who has reincarnated to present day.

Lee Dong Wook and his soulful eyes. If I ever dream abou a Korean actor( well aside from the usual daydreams and fantasies), it'd be about LDW staring soulfuly at me, as he laments our love that can never be. Before he then, looses himself and pulls me into a passionate embrace and an intense make-...i'll stop here, lol

Yook Sun Jae looks more like a young martial arts teacher who runs a chicken and buns shop on the DL.

Now Dear Isolated, Sparkly Goblin, hurry the sh!t up! Not that I was waiting or anything.

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I can clearly imagine everything you've said about Lee Dong Wook....
As to reincarnation, it won't be KGE's character, it will be YIN's

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they should sell replicas of his eyes in a golden box, so everyone could stroke them in a corner of a poorly lighted room, hidden from the judgemental world...

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Lol. Absolutely lol. But can I have replica of Dong Wook overall, not just eyes? ;)))

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but what if he grows spikes on his back? I wouldn´t want to take any chances.

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Lee Dong Wook is my first love since My Girl's days. I am loving him more than most of his works actually. Considering that I am not so into pretty, white, milky skin guys, he must be special in my heart. :P

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I first saw Lee Dong Wook in the Wacky and surprisingly touching Blade Man. I didn't think I'd find him attractive but as the series went on, his eyes happened. I actually have discovered that I like his body type: lean and fit, not too buffy.

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You shoud try to watch My Girl. For me it is classical romcom that I still love until today 😊

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I really hope you're right about Ji Eun-tak being a reincarnation of Kim Shin's past lover because then I can see Kim Go-eun in beautiful historical garb! 👌🏼 But like someone mentioned below, I don't think that's likely since it's not in her character description that she's a character from the past... anyways, I know I've been waiting too long for this drama, so yes, PALI PALI JUSEYO! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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Everything we've got so far on Goblin looks good. Please be good, show.

Sungjae-ah looks cute as always. I hope this drama does a lot for him.

Also looking forward to Kim So Hyun-Kim Min Jae's cameo as King and Queen.

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Wookie's eye is what always drag me to his dramas and you can feel the sizzling chemistry from just a pic

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Why does she have to be a school girl? What is so wrong with a University student? I'll be getting over this post haste but seriously is this whole underage girl thing not off putting in Korean culture? Is it taboo?

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Idk the love story about highschooler (minor) with thousands years old man is kinda bother me

Aside that everything looks really good, the visuals, chemistry wow

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Every human is a minor to a 1000 yr old goblin lol.

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U rite.

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Yes, but I still wish Goblin Yoo had not started it with underage Kim Go Eun, just make her a college senior. I want this "my little bride" ish trend to end. It's uncomfortable to watch.

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Totally agree with you.

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Like someone said, Dong Wook's eyes attracts to his dramas. This drama will not become an exception

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Yook Sung Jae, I think you are late - Men in Tights came out in 1993...

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I always end up loving the second lead couple's story more waaaay more than the leads in KES's dramas. Even in SeGa despite Hyun Bin and Ha Ji-won's insane chemistry. And after DOTS where I practically fast forwarded almost all of the whole main couple's story, I think it'll be the same here. Lee Dong-wook and Yoo In-na looks great together already.

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OMG! I had the same experience. I don't know why but second couples in her stories gets the best script in terms of balance between epic and reality. And I have no doubts here will be the same story.

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"she was anything but ordinary"

Could she be someone who is 19 but "spiritually", she's actually old? I'm just trying to make sense of Kim Go-eun's character being a high school student. She seems special. She wants to be a normal student and she also knows that she's the key to ending the Goblin's immortality. Maybe there's more to her character than we know. The character descriptions have been vague so far, so I'm hoping the show will surprise us.

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I'm trying to make sense out of it too. Is she even human? We have a goblin and a reaper. She has some kind of special ability to see supernatural beings or something like that.
Then we have a second lead who probably murders chicken for her soup restaurant. Can we just go all out supernatural here and forget about the age thing lol.

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Maybe Kim Go-eun used to be a chicken who escaped the chicken shop. Wasn't one of the goblin bride requirements "someone who cheated death"?

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Hopefully! I hope there's more for KGE character. She must not be a just normal high student.

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Actually, it was revealed that Kim Go-eun's character, Ji Eun-tak, can see ghosts/spirits, which makes her "anything but ordinary," or special, as you put it. 🙂 I'm also hoping the show will surprise us with heartfelt characters.

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Ohh, I didn't know this. Thank you for clarifying but I'm still hoping for a surprise.

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For me one of the positives in DOTS was a dual couple and technically no love lines crosed with main couple. Each couple had their story and charm. I truly hope its the same case for goblin. I also miss Yoo In Na. Hope her storyline with LDW is engaging n interesting on its own.
Im also looking forward to see golblin and reaper's interaction.

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I looked over to the sidebar to check when this was airing. It wasn't listed. I scrolled up again to see the airing date. I sighed, whilst internally screaming. HOW MUCH LONGER WILL THESE PREVIEWS GO FOR. (Not complaining at the crew! I find it hilarious.)

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Finally, some Yoo In Na - Lee Dong Wook stills! I'm more excited about this second couple. Although, Gong Yoo any day is ❤.

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Love everyone in the cast. This is going to be good.

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Urgh i forgot this will start on Dec 2. I was soo looking forward to this because K2 already ended last week. Nevermind just few weeks to go. I have a feeling I'll love Go Yoo-Kim Go eun without doubt but i'll love Lee DOng Wook-Yoo Inna more.

For now I'll continue mourning for Madam Choi's death. Still cannot move on~

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Lol. It took me three months to be able to move on from Signal . I'm definitely sure it'll be the same with her character.

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What a gorgeous goblin and a reaper.... I can't wait to meet them.

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Lol @redfox! That'd be geeeeenius.

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Gonna guess Sungjae has an ancient doppelganger of an ancestor and he plays both

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I love love love gong yoo but I can’t help but think that I would be more invested with the lee dong wook – yoo in na love line <3 <3 <3

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Can I just say how gorgeous the set looks with the bright vivid colours? the PD definitely knows how to bring in the pretty, and how to showcase the beautiful cast! kim go eun looks so lovely :)

i know quite a few people who are turned off over the whole high school girl dynamic, particularly with Kim Go Eun playing it particularly young and girlish (from the teasers) and gong yoo very much looking like a man in his 30s (albeit a very very good looking one!)

it could be that there will be a time jump into the future , or the show wants to display her coming of age into a matured young woman (hence her playing it particularly young and fresh in the first episode to provide a contrast to her maturity later on). I have hopes it will tone down in the future!

the goblin is quite a departure from gong yoo 's usual drama characters (young, boyish and playful) - he has finally stopped chasing noonas and is playing the more adult one in a relationship! maybe that's why I am having slight difficulties envisioning the dynamics and chemistry between him and kim go eun - it will be quite interesting to see how he tackles this one!

I don't know what to expect but one thing gong yoo has never lacked in is his chemistry with his female leads. kim go eun seems to be really talented as well! looking forward to see how their relationship unfolds.

also the grim reaper has the most soulful eyes outside a basset hound I have ever seen. he looks so adorable! his amnesia will only heighten his lost puppy appeal haha!

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Looks like Yook Sung Jae found the Goblin's old attire lol.

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I wish your idea is close! :D Something like: his family takes care of the Goblin, but to him, Goblin is just an annoying hyung that he likes to tease when he can.

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The Korean James Franco will be in this one, it should be awesome.

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GONGYOO! ♡
The casts and premise look promising.

One thing I fear the most: Kim Eunsook. I can't stand her over-cheesy writing style.

I love romance but BIG NO to superrr-cheesy romance like Kim Eunsook always write. Even Song Joongki & Song Hyegyo can't save DOTS and gave me nonstop cringey.

Please, Kim Eunsook, don't make Goblin another-superrrcheesy-romance.

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