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[Survey] Answer questions, win 100 Beanie points

You’ve probably heard us mention a few times now that along with the new site redesign, we’re looking for ways to grow and add new features to the site, like a store where we can sell Beanie merchandise, among other things. But before we launch ourselves headlong into new endeavors and partnerships, we wanted to ask all of you for your help in giving us some feedback on your drama-watching, drama-reading, and drama-spending habits.

So we’re asking our readers to take the short 5-7 minute survey below (or via this link), to share a little bit about your drama addiction and its accompanying side effects. To show our appreciation for taking the survey, we’re awarding an extra 100 bonus Beanie points to each and every person who participates.

(Beanie points, in a nutshell: Registered users gain points for various activities, such as writing comments, posting on your fan walls, and following and being followed by others. Earn points, level up! For those of you keeping track, 100 points is the difference between starting out as a Candy or a Jang Geu-rae.)

  • The survey will be open for two weeks until Monday, June 5.
  • If you want to claim your 100 Beanie points, please make sure to fill in the email address associated with your Dramabeans account in the last question.
  • The survey is open to anyone, regardless of whether or not you have a registered account on Dramabeans.

Thanks, Beanies!

 

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I love survey and this is for dramabeans so how can I miss this!!!

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Done! I can't wait for the results. I liked the question about the fandom leading you to travel to Korea. Um... yes. Yes it did. Though I didn't do much 'drama' stuff. I fell in love with Seoul and I'm already plotting a return in the next few years.

This is the dark cycle of drama addiction, Beanies.

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Seoul is already on my list of places to go. That and Jeju Island! Korean dramas make Korea look so enchanting that you can't help but fall in love.

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It really does make you fall for it. It's huge and busy but fascinating. I loved exploring it over the 10 days I was there. I didn't have the energy to do everything I wanted (my dad passed away right before my trip and I was still coping with that), but it was a wonderful experience. It was my first solo international trip and I had so much fun.

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Aah so lucky, the flight tickets from my country to Korea is soo expensive, that I need to save for a year before I can plan a trip to Korea and my fav destination is Jeju islands ... And I would love to visit it during cherry blossoms

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Same here! Must save more to visit Seoul, Nami Island, and Jeju. ?

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I was born in Seoul (raised abroad) then came back to Seoul for uni and yes, there is something about the city that makes one fall for it. Of course it may have its cons as any other city and perhaps not exactly like the kdrama settings xD, nevertheless, it's wonderful with just the right blend of the urban city and the traditional palaces and such.
As for Jeju, it's a beautiful island. The turquoise ocean is breathtaking but so is the seemingly endless green tea fields :D

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I liked the hustle and bustle of the city. I felt so safe the entire time. I stayed in Hongdae and loved walking through the streets at night. It was fun to see the shops all open and the food carts set up.

I just returned from a trip to the Netherlands and Belgium. While Amsterdam was a blast (I have some friends living there), I found Belgium to be beautiful but boring. Things closed early and everything was overpriced. Plus the food was bland.

I think you nailed it with the mix of modern and tradition. Plus the food was beyond fantastic. I still crave 오뎅 from the food carts.

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Amsterdam is love! Which part of Belgium did you go? I really liked Antwerp, and Gent was charming.

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@junny I went to Antwerp, Bruges, and Brussels. I actually really enjoyed Antwerp and Bruges, but got bored at night because things closed early. I only passed through Gent on the train.

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Ah, I see. I never went to Bruges or Brussels. Yeah the night bit is different from Amsterdam. I do remember the chocolates from Antwerp, they were yummy.

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@junny The chocolate was sooooo good. And so was the beer!

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Haha!! I can see why tourists might think this way, but I have lived in the Netherlands and in Belgium, and for living Belgium definitely wins: better food and more lively cities, but of course you need to know where to go. Next time you go to Belgium go to Liege and enjoy the bars street where people party 24/7 all week long.
Btw, I also love The Netherlands, Dutch are funny people and they have wonderful places there. And I love their lakes, canals and gardens crowded with ducks and swans.

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More than Seoul, I would really like to visit the country side all the places look so beautiful. But I'm afraid, because I'm not white and visibly south Asian, will the people in those regions be more racist to me than say I'm city locales... ? I don't want a bad experience churning me off from Korea, I've prepared a lot because obviously there's bound to be some racism, since Korea is not such a diverse country

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I like the city but I prefer the small towns and the countryside. I love the sense of community, festivals, fresh air, relaxing atmosphere, fresh food, less crowded, out in nature, bike friendly etc etc.

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Don't worry about the racism at all. If anything, try to brush up on the Korean (or Mandarin). The bigger problem is that they won't understand you.

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I would want to see familiar sights in Seoul that I've seen in dramas, but in general, I also much prefer the countryside. Korea is soooooo beautiful. I could spend a year just hiking it.

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I go for the food...

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I don't blame you! The food is fantastic.

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I can't wait for the day that I will go and visit Korea! There are so many places I want to visit in person and not just see from k-dramas or shows ??

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I've been 3 times in the last 5 years. Thanks k-dramas! I love Seoul but last time I went we travelled all around the country which gave me more of a chance to practise my Korean as many people couldn't speak any English. The cities, countryside and food are all amazing!

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I'm going to really need to study Korean for that. I desperately want to go the the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang next year, but it's way too expensive to do that.

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really? all the people i encountered speak little english. or maybe i didn't notice because i know a little korea.

but yes, korean is an awesome place.

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Do you have any recommendations for Seoul? I'm travelling there soon! :) I'm also going to Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Iskigaki) so any suggestions for that are welcomed as well! So excited!!

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Take a tour of the DMZ/JSA if you can. It's pretty intense and we were able to hear North Korea blaring propaganda at the South.

Go to the Ihwa mural village and walk through to see all the fun murals. You will likely recognize some from dramas.

Seoul offers a number of free walking tours. You just need to sign up for them in advance. I took one of a hannok village and was the only person on the tour so the guide took me to a few extra spots.

Shop and eat in Myeongdong. In the evenings, the streets fill with food vendors. It's touristy but so much fun. I actually went twice.

Hang out in Hongdae. I stayed there and really enjoyed the area. Despite being older than most of the crowd, it was really cool.

I can't help with Japan since I haven't been yet. Hopefully that will change in the next few years.

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Ahh thank you! Will look into these :)

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HI fellow beanie,
I am also traveling to Japan in mid June. First time to Japan. I heard that Tokyo and Kyoto are the places to visit. I am very excited as well. Wishing both of us best travel :)

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i wished you could have traveled sometime in April- the cherry blossoms are just so lovely. Went to Korea twice since last year just for Spring.

For first timers, I would recommend N Tower during sunset then Myeongdong for shopping and street food during the night. Also, Dongdaemun Design Plaza and Changdeok Palace.

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I wouldn't recommend Tokyo Tower, not worth the money in my opinion.
I enjoyed Nijo castle in Kyoto, the entrance fee was pretty low and the building has a nightinggale floor and pretty carvings and paintings. Kinkaku-ji is pretty but very crowded (at least when I was there), I personally preferred Ginkaku-ji simply because of the garden (small but lush) and afterwards you can walk the philosophers path down to Nanzenji. For shopping I liked Teramachi.

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Me, too! When I first started watching kdramas, I went there with my cousins who were also kdrama addicts. It was also because of their culture. We started noticing how wonderful their culture was, and we wanted to experience it firsthand.
After visiting, we fell even more in love with Korean culture! Now, we're planning to go back. We're even more excited now because we're much more knowledgeable about their culture and language.

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I agree about the culture. When I started watching dramas, that was the strongest appeal to me. Something about it really resonates with me, and I keep coming back for more.

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Same i visited but didnt go any drama stuff. I thk the only place i visited n was link to drama was the all in house. I would return to korea but probly again not for drama stuff nor the city. The best part of korea for me was the nature n many places were seriously beautiful but theres no tranquility in tourist places swarming with tourbuses n visitors. I enjoy goin places off the beaten path. I love the petitzel jelly from 7 11 stores sigh. I thk i should plan another trip next yr

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I know! My daughter begged me for years to take her to Japan (she is an anime fan). When we finally managed to go I added three days in Seoul. Someone asked me when I got there if I was going to do any drama related stuff and I said no. I just wanted to walk around a city I have been watching for years.

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I also felt that the survey did not provide enough depth or options to describe my viewing habits:
- for some dramas, I will watch it as soon as it is available, even before subs are done
- for other dramas I will wait 1-3 for subs to be completed
- other dramas I wait, preferring to marathon them when they are completed
- yet other dramas wait for weeks or months on my "to be watched in a dry spell" list.

And yes, re-watching is a definite thing; I've lost track of how many times I have watched Coffee Prince and Queen In-Hyun's Man. I keep a list of all dramas I have finished, with ratings and comments, to refer to when I am looking for a re-watch or want to recommend a drama to someone.

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Yes, I really wanted an "it depends" option for many of the questions. I have periods when I don't watch dramas at all, periods when I binge watch them, and periods when I follow a drama as it airs. How many hours a week, as opposed to day, would be easier to answer. In general, though, more questions about what actually determines viewing habits, similar to the question regarding the decision to stop watching a drama, might be more informative. If you're like me and you tend to watch dramas on the weekends, at different times of the year, etc., it was difficult to answer some questions.

How I read recaps really varies, too. It often depends on my interest in the show or why I'm reading the recap. For example, sometimes I'm only interested in the comments/review from the author and other viewers. Sometimes I'm interested in how a show I stopped watching ended. Sometimes I might skim a recap to see if I want to watch a show. It depends.

Also, it might be worth adding a question about show length or channel to future surveys. I don't care about genre, but I tend to shy away from the long week-end shows. I prefer the short 12- to 16-episode dramas on the cable channels. It would be interesting to see how many people watch dramas from other Asian countries (e.g., China, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, etc.), as well.

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I haven't gotten to visit Korea YET, but it's on my bucket list. I'd probably also attend cultural events if it was possible, but nothing is held close enough to attend. (The central part of the US could benefit from things like this, but they always seem to be on either coast.)
Thank you for the opportunity to earn points! :)

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That's an important point for me in terms of attending and spending, as I'm also not anywhere near the coasts where KCon is held. I'd be able to do more of both if someone came to the middle of the country (hint!hint!).

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What is the color question about? lol

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I picked the second color sky blue since it's the color of Dramabeans' logo.

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hahah me too ^^

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I chose the 2nd color too - close to Korean Air uniform color.

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I did that as well. I was about to choose the teal one below that because it's the closest to my favourite colour, but I guess I kind of associate kdramas with DB...so I went with DB's logo blue :)

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I chose that one too. It's the closest to my favorite color and also the color of the tips of my hair. Or t was, they are a little more green after my last touch up.

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Ha, i picked the sky blue because the bear for one of the stations is blue. can't remember which station the bear comes on for.

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Bear? MBC MBIC?

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i think you meant sbs bear hahahaha

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I chose yellow. No clue why LOL. It was the first color that popped into my head when I thought of dramas.

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Me too!

I suspect it has something to do with the vibrant colors in kdramas.

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And me! That or turquoise blue, I thought...though all the colours didn't appear for me, I just went with my gut and went for yellow. It's a sunny colour, like some of my favourite dramas!

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i picked the turquoise -- the color of the water around Jeju Island and also the beautiful color of hanbok... wanted to pick the magenta also as the two are often paired...

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I couldn't see the colours - didn't work on my iPhone for some reason. So I just guessed haha ? Sorry probably not so accurate. But what a fun survey!

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The color question doesn't seem weird, kdramas feel utterly like Spring Green to me! ?

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I chose green too!

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I chose that color, too! ?

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Haha, I thought it was odd at first. But then I picked the beige for the actor's skin color, LOL. I really do watch dramas because I like seeing Asians in stuff so I guess it was a kind of psychological/associative question. Very interesting.

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I selected pink because I can't help notice that most of the time the lead guy or second lead guy wears a horrible pink coat(even fluffy) or something atleast once in the drama which....why?! I always wonder if the actors cry internally being forced to wear such terrible clothing...
Oh, & the male leads have lips more luscious & pink than the female's, always.

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I selected pink too because yes ago wide ties were the fashion and I saw so many beautiful pink ties in dramas then. Also because of the pink cosmos flowers. I just love them!

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I chose the dark blue cause of the south korean flag

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Dark blue was my second choice because of the flag. But red won, it reminds me bold sageuk costumes and evil mother-in-law lipstick.

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I would need those points, I'm still a candy...

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and I'm still an idiot lol.

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Done! Will I become Jang Geu-Rae finally? :D

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What's after Jang Geu-Rae? Is it Water Maids?

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Yes

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Does Water Maid comes with hot masked prince with mommy issues?

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I'm not even sure Jang Geu-Rae comes after Candy. Is that right?
And I am still a Candy, by the way :P

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This survey made me realize that maybe I should think over my decisions in life all over again.

'KPOP is Life' is not something I'll say out loud but my playlist says otherwise. Ticking that box made me feel unsure of my whole being OTL. And when asked how many hours do I spend on watching dramas a day? I tried to lie to myself. 1 to 2 hrs? nope. 2 to 4? nah-uh. The safest answer is 4 to 6. For the sole reason that I don't have much time for it. Yes, 4-6 hours is barely giving time for it. 4 to 6 hours of unproductive sitting in front of your monitor everyday (but more like every night) . If I'll push it to 6 hours, my eyes would bleed and I'll already be blind by the time I'm thirty with uneven buttocks and bad back due to all the sitting and lying down lmao. For those who ticked 6+ hours, kudos for all of you. And all your butts.

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Ooh, good point about consuming but not producing. I've definitely struggled to find a balance, but I do feel that my drama passion has fed my other passion (writing). Through watching so many good, mediocre, and even terrible shows (and reading others' opinions about them here), I feel like I've learned a lot about what makes a good story and what makes unrelatable characters and so on. I just have to be careful to make time for creating my own stories, instead of only studying other people's.

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yeah I answered * kpop for life too* I'vee been listening to it since 2010 and now I'm a hardcore ARMY, but since university just wouldn't let me rest I can't watch dramas for more than 2 hours a day

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Done! I haven't been active on the site and therefore haven't been accruing points, so this'll be a nice boost!

For the "Where do you hail from?" question I wasn't 100% sure which to choose, as I am American but I've been in Korea for over 5 years now and am almost certainly going to stay here...

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I just answered how I feel... I live in Southeast Asia, but I don't consider myself Southeast Asian. I feel more East Asian, hence that was my answer.

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I miss the old layout
Where it shows the "now airing dramas, time and ep"

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What do you mean? The Currently Airing Dramas schedule was brought back to the sidebar.

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There is option to switch to BLOG VIEW at the top of the page. It makes the page similar to the former layout with the "now airing dramas" on the side as you scroll down.

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Can't wait for the Beanie merchandise!

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I completed the survey, but for some of the questions (particularly 9 and 20 - which seem important) I felt kinda pigeonholed because my answers vary A LOT depending on what drama we're talking about. Whether I read a recap first or watch an episode first (if at all) all depends on the drama in question. If I'm really into a drama, I don't want to read the recap before I've watched it. If I'm watching a drama through my fingers, I want to read the recap first. If I may or may not marathon a show when it's done, I still might flip through the recaps as they air. There isn't *one* habitual way I read recaps.

Same deal for question 20. If I am really into a drama, I'm watching it the second it's subbed. Not sure if it's my cup of tea, I'm waiting to marathon. That could be as soon as the finale airs or not until months later.

Since most of the answers to those two questions applied to me, I felt I should mention it because the ones I gave were to a certain degree eeny-meeny-miny-moe and therefore seemed rather unhelpful to you.

(And I may not have visited Korea yet, but I reaaaaaaaally want to go.)

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Second this!

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Third this

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I was reading the comments to see if anyone already mentioned this. Me too, I feel some questions should have "select all that apply" instead of just one... I got stuck at the recap question too...I do a little bit of everything I think too...so which one to select??? I haven't gotten to the others yet. DB staff, can you update the survey so we can just select all that applies on all questions?? I know it would be much more to filter through...but maybe more accurate responses?? I will try it again later. You'd think this should be something fairly simple to fill out...maybe we're taking this too seriously!

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Same with the recap question, I've done all of those at some point (except the what is a recap? of course). It depends on the time I have. I read more when I was in school, but now I get the chance to watch the episode before the recap comes out. If I'm watching an older drama, I often will read the recap while I'm watching the drama just to see if they had the same reaction as I did or to clarify something. If I am unsure about the premise of the show, I like to read the recap and gauge other people's reactions before I decide to go in. It just depends on the show.

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I chose the average. It helps if you just think what is it that you might do juuuust a bit more than the other choices. I picked watching 4-6 hours of kdrama cos that would be my average, but like others, I binge watch/marathon dramas aswell.

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Yesss!! Me too (or should I say six ?). I was very conflicted in answering those questions. Made me realize how serious I took the survey ??

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I wish I'd read your comment before basically posting the same thing.

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A store for beanie merchandise sounds nice. It is quite hard to get stuff in Germany, but what I would really love is a second book with your insides on WHY DO DRAMAS DO THAT. I very much enjoyed the first one.

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Haha! I almost checked all choices in item no. 19. Meaning I love anything kdrama!

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i want to check the "other" opt but i don't even know what's left lol

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"Which K-drama genres do you like?" Erm, guess I'll just select ALL of them? LOL. It's true though.

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I did the survey but I feel bad...I live in a small town in France, there are no conventions, no events about Korean culture. There isn't even a Korean restaurant here!

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Make your own then...*giggles*

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Not sure I can cook korean food well enough.. :(

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Same here, no conventions, no events, no Korean class. But we do have Korean convenient store and restaurant here.

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Lucky you!!!

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Yeah they should have had an option that says : living in wrong country/continent! lol

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Especially because Europe (and Australasia) is often overlooked in kpop world tours.

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Especially in Africa too. Nothing happens here really. No conventions, no events and korean class.

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Africa here too

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Awesome! I'm so intrigued by the last question. Definitely can't wait for results!

Lol. Anyone have a hard time answering question 5? Does belting out kdrama OSTs in my car count as speaking Korean? Haha, I decided I'm not quite at the level where I can check the box yet...

Lol, "what's a recap". I almost answered that for kicks because Question 9 was hard for me. I have different recap/episode routines depending on the drama. Mostly I watch the episode and then read. But, for shows I'm uncertain about, I'll skim the recaps first and then watch if I find them encouraging. What We're Watching posts have been making me do that less though.

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Yeah, I agree with having different routines, some series I don't read recaps, but there have been a few that I haven't watched, only read recaps, as well as everything in between.

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Does belting out kdrama OSTs in my car count as speaking Korean?

If you can understand what you're belting. To me, "speaking Korean" would be being able to watch dramas without subs.

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I can actually understand a lot without subs, but can only speak very little still. I recently discovered that viki now has a learning-mode for some shows (Rebel, for example) that lets you see hangul along with your subs. It even lets you click on specific words/syllables for definitions and pronunciation. So now I'm really hoping to develop my skills!

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You are so lucky! I can only still understand phrases, not even sentences. One of my goals this year is to really enroll myself to learn the language.. and also how to learn how to make gimbap!

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The thing is, some questions will lead to conflicting results. Ex: "Kpop is my life" (my playlists reflect that), but do I go to concerts and fan events ? No, my kids are too young to serve as an excuse, and I'm too old to mingle among the rest of the fandom (my friends' tastes are v.different)

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I'm the same as you. Maybe pre-kids I may have gone to some concerts, but now I feel I may be too old to go to the concerts.
I just listen/dance to kpop with my kids. :p They always ask me, "umma, kpop! kpop!"

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Ok done, I'm not sure how well my answers actually reflect my watching habits though, for instance I think I checked 2-4 hours daily watching time, but in reality there are a few days each week when I am not able to watch any, and on the others I'll often watch 6+, so I went in between??
The K-pop questions made me think, only in the last year have I started to listen to some, before that I would've claimed that I wouldn't listen to it if you paid me, hahaha, I'm a changed person, but it's surprising because it came on so gradually, starting with OSTs (and idol actors) and then finding other songs by the same artist ?

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Definitely agonized over a few of those questions more than was necessary...

My drama-watching hasn't taken me to Korea yet, but I did try... it just didn't work out. And I'm actually finally going there next month... for an hour-and-a-half layover on my way home. Someday I'll go for an actual visit!

I have no idea what color dramas remind me of, but I chose the yellow-orange one because it reminds me of Dramabeans. <3

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Unfornately, when I went to Korea, I wasn't a drama fan yet so I wasn't keen on visiting the famous places haha. Will definitely return for Namsan Tower though.

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Thanks DB - The survey was fun! Like a lot of other commenters, some of my answers were "as close as I can get." Right now, life has been very busy, so haven't been watching all of the new dramas that I want to watch just due to lack of time. If I'm on the fence about watching a new drama, I read recaps and comments first to decide if it's worth a try. I definitely have on my bucket list a trip to S Korea, but I have to wait for another year or two to go (a little harder to coordinate when going with a family of 4, vs going by myself). But I am DEFINITELY going - my 19 & 18 y/o boys would never let me go without them! My current playlists are all Kpop, but usually the slightly older guy groups, like Highlight (formerly B2st) and CNBlue. But I have really liked some of the more recent OSTs, depending on my mood (Goblin, SWDBS, Weightlifting Fairy, Liar and His Lover). And my walking/exercise playlist consists of a lot of upbeat and EXO songs. And I'm an ajumma, so the music is something I can relate to with my kids and some of their friends. And no, I'm not Korean and I don't speak/understand it like I should, for all the dramas I've watched over the last 10 years! Oh, and one question that would've been fun to add to the survey - do you now eat Korean food after watching Kdramas? (Just curious cuz I certainly have found a love for Kfood! Think "Let's Eat!") I would love to hear everyone's response to that question! Haha! ? Happy Monday, Beanies! Have a blessed week! And Fighting/Hwaiting to all of the Beanies who are in finals, studying for finals, and the parents who are suffering with you! ?)

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Definitely can relate to that! I remember only checking out a Korean restaurant after watching "Let's Eat". And the food is one (if not the main) reason I would like to visit Korea. I am always checking out Korean restaurants, but I have been disappointed by the lack of authenticity.

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I can watch dramas more than 12 hours in a day if life and work don't get in the way. Morning, afternoon, evening, midnight, whatever time is available, I watch dramas.

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yeah, same. I wish that -and many other questions- had more options.

Generally, on weekdays I watch fewer hours of kdramas per day, but when the weekend comes it's all fair game: soooo many marathons! ♥

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I read "survey" and I was sold. Don't know why I love some much filling data about my hobbies and likes... narcisism?

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I'm back again to rant... OMG 3 new drama today and I've already completed the survey and refreshed 1000000000 times the websites where I usually watch my drama and nothing yet. What time is it in Korea now? Why so many drama premiering at the same time? If it were just one, I would be able to manage to focus on sth useful... sigh... drugs are bad for health, and these type of drugs are bad for productivity...

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Me, too! I love lists...reading other people's, as well as filling them out for myself!

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Lol, I love that Lee Jong-suk picture.

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I'll be honest and say that I clicked on the article purely because of that Lee Jong-suk picture.

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1. I love how Dramabeans is always coming up with ways to make us participate and engage in the site.

2. This made me re-evaluate my drama habits lol.

3. "Beanie merchandise".... take my money.

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Done. Where's my 100 points? I want to get inside the Goblin's Underpants so bad.

I've been to Nami Island, it was freezing cold, and Bae Yong Joon and Choi Ji Woo figurines were all over the place. I saw the part where they bicycled and the line of trees. I slipped and almost fell the ice was so thick and slippery. I ate red bean dumplings that they made out of a huge black charcoal urn.

I stayed in Seoul.There was a very good looking guy who sold sausages near where I was staying. I had a crush on him so I bought sausages every night I came back from my shopping. He spoke perfect English.

My favourite colour is blue so I put blue. Korean dramas feel very blue to me, very pleasant and calming.

If you're setting up a Beanie merchandise store, could you come up with Park Hae jin Oppa cutouts and lifesize toys?

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So blue is your favorite color and that's why you made my candy-wrap shaped ribbon blue!

My Oppa's life-size cutout toys? I'll be buying them ALL!!! *giggles*

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Me, too. I want all kinds of Oppa merchandise: Oppa-shaped pillows, bolsters, cushions, lamp shades...*faints with the flooding of images in brain*

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*takes advantage of you fainting to giggle some more*

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What's with the giggles?

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Your giggles are contagious, I got them *giggles*

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i have travelled to korea. but it wasnt really because of kdramas or fandom. its just because i wanted to go. but being in korea does remind me of kdramas when i hear ost's being played in shops and on the streets~

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Not made a comment since the new site. Then DB puts my babe Jong Suk in my fave Nam Soon, so... :)

I miss him so much T_T

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If u ever do open a beanie merchandise
would love it if I could order Mr Buckwheat ! provided it is available worldwide.

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I love answering surveys hehe.

The color question was fun to answer, i never thought about it before.

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Some question suggestions (for both my curiosity and maybe yours):
How often do you check dramabeans for updates?
What percentage of dramas do you drop (stop watching before ending) and why?
Also I agree with many that my recap reading habits depend on the drama - for dramas I really like, I watch and read to catch all the details. Others I read the recap for a few eps before I start watching and skim, or decide not to watch and just read. Most dramas I try to wait for 2-4 eps to air before watching so there's a bit to marathon on before catching up with live schedule to make the wait less agonizing

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I check dramabeans daily, twice if there's not update in the morning.

I rarely 'drop' dramas, but that's because I always finish reading the recaps if I run out of time or steam to watch it. My work can take me up to 12 hours a day, so I don't always have time to watch 2 or 4 hours but can read the recaps in half an hour while on the bus and am not being a nuisance. Like, I knew I wanted to watch Chicago Typewriter, missed the premiere so read the recaps, jumped in at episode 6 till 9, waited a week and will watch the other episodes when I get to my sewing machine! On the other hand, I marathoned Suspicious Partners (whilst sewing) because I've never seem JCW in anything but it sounded cute and fluffy and refreshed furiously since I'm out of sync with broadcast/subtitling/recap scheduling, thinking sadly 'Nooo, what have I done? That can't be it!'
My skirt hem will have to wait >.<

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If only I were younger...
Anyway, I've passed the torch to the next generation (my lovely nephews).
I don't like much the term "K-pop", I prefer K-music, so many talented people !
And I really do like dramabeans' recaps, I sometimes do subtitles (I translate from english to spanish) and those recaps really help to understand some details.
A big thank you !
The survey was great too!

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Me too! I prefer K-indie, K-jazz... and what do the K-OSTs fall under?

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I always say that the K stands for "quality".
This sounds better in spanish ("K de calidad" ) as "K" and "ca" have the same sound.
But yes, K-music is life, every week there are so many new songs. Plus the great amazing collaborations...

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I like K-R&B....Zion T, Crush and Dean are my favorite.

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This survey was Swa----ggg!
Pretty interesting things DBs been experimenting ❤️
And how awesome is that BTS won at the BBMAs? I ain't a big kpop fan but I voted like crazy until there was this notification that said "You have already reached the vote limit." just because it's Korean pop.
Man! The fandom really united.

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I'm so glad the emails have been fixed! I was going crazy not being able to quickly scan the news! There were a couple questions that I struggled to answers. I rarely read the full recaps but I do read the thoughts of the recaper at the beginning. Though there are specific shows where I'll read the recaps. And while I try not to watch more than 1-2 shows a night there are days where I'll go hog wild and watch 4 and even 5 episodes.

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Excited for questions

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Done!!! However, there are questions I really can not give correct answers, like average 1h/day for dramas, but able to binge watch 2 days in a row, time to watch is less than time spent on dramabeans sites complaining of next eps or commenting, etc. :D

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I agree. On a normal day I watch 1-2 hours, but on a marathon day, 4 would not be unusual.

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I mean, I don't usually buy merchandise...but I'm fully prepared to invest significant funds in acquiring everything Dramabeans. :D

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yay! I liked all the questions!!
Waiting for Beanie merchandise!! <3

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Hello!
I like to marathon my k-dramas but I get bored waiting for they to be completed and I switch to J-Dramas, T-Dramas, C-Dramas or movies. Western tv is not an option for me anymore.
I haven't found anything like your webpage to look for re-caps for other Asian dramas, yes they are some but not as nice as this one.
I like to go to your re-cap list to check the comments on the firs chapter of the drama I intent to watch but let's be real 1 chapter does not lead us to decide if we watch it or not.
I just did your survey and I think I have a suggestion. What about a new section call: what not to watch!
You do a synopsis for the drama when is completed, even if is old, and we write about if we liked or not. Not necessarily if you re-caped or not. It is impossible to watch and re-cap every drama out there but we can help each other to decide if we watch it or leave it. It could be for any other Asian dramas too. And this way we can recommend each other dramas to watch.

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I have to admit that I spent more time lurking and commenting on DB than actually watching dramas.
Thanks for not asking lol.

I enjoy having a personal wall to write stuff about my favorite shows, actors and music on it.
Thank you for that!

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*Goes to check your fan wall out*
It's taking me a while to get used to having a personal space on dramabeans, but it's great being able to see what everyone else is doing! So thank you for highlighting that (and allowing me a peek into your Heukrip collection!).
Especially since I'm usually such a bad lurker - exponentially so if the thread has more than 100 comments! XD

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I'm sensitive about my age. I'm having a hard time being truthful so I'm glad it's included in a "younger" bracket. Heh.

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That was awful, having to finally confess my real age bracket to JB, gf and team ?.

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What's sad is when your age is right at the start of an older bracket. ??

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Done with the survey.?

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I would have liked to add that I'd like to visit some of the castles and shrines rather than high rise buildings.

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I am proud to be a tiny beanie :)

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This is a unique way of recognizing and interacting with your fans. Beautiful!!

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It makes wish i were a diehard soccer fan, i'd be in korea right now. My country's U-20 soccer team is in jeju. I''d really like to travel to Korea.

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I like the question about visiting S. Korea because honestly, even though I'm a travel agent, I never considered it to be a place to visit or direct clients to visit. But now that I'm an official k-drama watcher (addict?), it's on the top of my list of countries to tour. Seoul looks like it has some really unique neighborhoods and the countryside / islands are beautiful. I'm hoping to convince my family (who think my k-drama watching is the strangest thing ever) that it would be fun to visit. Maybe if I play up the Winter Olympics angle, it'll make it more interesting to them...

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Done :) Though it's not as accurate as it could've been, sorry about that. Like how many hours a day I watch dramas. That honestly varies so much for me. Sometimes only one or two eps, but then there are breaks and weekends and stuff where the hours go way up lol :b

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Also, regarding recaps: I checked "I only watch the episodes", because it was the closest, but it's not entirely true. For one or two dramas I read recaps for a couple of the eps just to finish the show (instead of watching those eps) and once in a while I'll read a recap if I'm following a really popular show and want to see the recapper's and other beanies' comments. Sometimes I'll also use them before watching a show, to see if there are potentially major turn-offs lol, so that I don't wade into a drama without knowing what I'm getting myself into :P

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i was wondering if you randomized the questions or answers because the questions about where i wanted to visit left me with the han river cruise and when i was asked to think about what color for korean dramas i immediately chose the the dark blue cos the han river picture had lots of blues in it. :D

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