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[Staff Spotlight] Get to know CandidClown

Explain your username (and/or avatar).

I guess I picked CandidClown because it was an idea I wanted to aspire to. I’ve always loved the historical roles that clowns and jesters played. Being the only ones allowed to mock the upper class, they used jokes and absurdity to mask their candid commentary on the world. Of course, I would never dare poke fun at our magnanimous and merciful drama overlords. But, providing an honest perspective on dramas in an entertaining fashion? That sounds like fun. Bwahaha…

What is the first drama that you watched (or the first drama that made an impression)?

The first drama I ever watched was Iris, and it blew my mind. I’d never seen anything like it before and spent two days holed up in my room, binging. I thought I’d found the show to end all shows… until the final scene. I had innocently expected a Disney happy ending, but instead, got sucker-punched by a K-drama melo. You could say I was a bit traumatized. I spent the next six hours crying and swore to never watch anything Korean again. Clearly, that didn’t take.

Tell us about a job or two that you’ve had in the past.

One summer during high school, I agreed to babysit my boss’s 9-month-old son. I’d never babysat before, but I was assured that the baby wouldn’t wake up after bedtime, and I could spend the evening on the couch watching movies. It all went well until two hours in, when the little hellion woke up and announced his presence to the world. Loudly. I tried everything I could think of, but nothing worked. Finally, I called in the ultimate back-up: my mom. She arrived, took one look at the screaming child and her whimpering daughter, scooped up the kid and brought him outside into the night air for a walk. Within two minutes, he’d passed out into that dead-limbed coma state that only infants and blackout drunks can achieve. A half-hour later I collected the paltry 20 bucks that I’d naively agreed to go through this hell for, and practically sprinted out the door. I’ve never babysat since.

Have you ever lived a moment that you thought belonged in a drama?

This one time, at band camp (and no, I didn’t play the flute), I went to a dance with my friends. When I headed out for some air, my best friend’s boyfriend followed me and proceeded to confess that he liked me more than my friend. Fairly douche-y of him since she was dancing right inside. I was still pretty young and had no clue how to handle the situation, so I did what any socially awkward thirteen-year-old would do: I pretended I couldn’t hear him and dove inside to hide amongst my friends. I spent the remainder of the evening firmly ensconced within a wall of estrogen that no male with a half a brain would dare brave.

What’s your favorite drama that you’ve recapped?

I have to go with Strong Woman Do Bong-soon. While the show was not without flaws (*cough* Boss Tak *cough cough*), I still enjoyed every minute of Bong-bong and Min-min’s love story. I think I gave our drama overlords weekly headaches because my recap drafts were usually 1,500 words too long since I kept waxing poetic about Min-hyuk and his look.

What drama genres do you especially like?

I will always be a fan of the rom-coms, and I have a special spot in my heart for gender-benders where the heroine pretends to be a guy. (This probably comes from spending my formative years addicted to the author Tamora Pierce — I must have read the Alanna of Trebond series half a dozen times.) Coffee Prince still remains one of my top three drama favorites. “Whether you’re a man or an alien… I don’t care anymore.” I melt, every time.

What drama genres do you especially dislike?

Medical dramas! I just can’t watch, what with all the blood and organs and sharp knives slicing things. Blech. I once had an awake-surgery on my arm, and I kept my eyes firmly glued to the ceiling the entire time, in spite of the nurse who kept asking if I was sure I didn’t want to watch. I finally asked if she was sure she wanted to mop up the resulting vomit. She didn’t ask again.

What’s a random skill you have?

I love Ultimate Frisbee. I’ve been playing the sport for over a decade now, and I suspect I’ll still be playing it long after medical professionals deem it unwise.

Favorite non-Korean movie and/or TV show?

I won’t even try to pick a single favorite movie (“I could no sooner choose a favorite star in the heavens”), but I love the Canadian TV show Rookie Blue. Wit, heart, action, camaraderie, and an OTP that could rival many a drama. What more could you want?

Which Hallyu celebrity would you actually want to meet and spend an hour with?

Ji Chang-wook! I’d spend the first 59 minutes just staring at the Pretty, then probably use the last minute to blurt out something embarrassing, like, “Do you like Messi?”

Which of the 7 deadly sins would be your undoing? (Pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, or sloth.)

In the immortal words of Captain Mal from Serenity, “Hell, I’m a fan of all seven.”

Your favorite drama has an unholy alliance with your most hated drama and produces a mutant baby drama. Describe the plot.

Our hero, a bad-ass night errand messenger, is hired by a prodigy music producer to find the little sister of his dead girlfriend. Hijinks ensue when the hero has to go undercover as a bumbling idol trainee to learn more about the sister who wants to be a music composer. As the much older music producer tries to sort out his conflicting (and borderline creepy) feelings for the younger sibling of his once-true-love, the hero uncovers a secret organization behind their talent agency that’s responsible for murdering both his and the heroine’s fathers. The hero and heroine compose a song that exposes the shady group, falling in love in the process. The two declare their love to one another while cuddling on a rooftop, and the music producer is left to realize that falling for your dead fiancé’s younger sister is too weird. Finally, the awesome Ajumma — who’s been watching over the entire operation — calls them all idiots and uses her hacking skillz to erase any trace that the show ever existed, so we can pretend that Rain never tarnished his record with such a disaster. Oh, and the dog comes back to life to live happily ever after with Ajumma. The end.

 
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I loved how you chose all 7! Haha. And the drama. Healer and ?

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She's So Lovable?

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Ahh you're right. I was wracking my brain for a Rain drama.

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Ajumma's hacking skillz are very very good.

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Agh!!! I had erased that drama completely from my mind. As far as I am concerned, it never happened

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You didn't erase it! Ahjumma did! ?

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Love that mutant drama. Title it "She's So Boring - Heal Her"

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Imagine if CandidClown's fave drama is Kill Me, Heal Me. The title will be a bit, uhm, interesting?

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I need to watch that show, though. ?? That's more than two dramas, right?

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Love all your answers, CandidClown! The reason behind your name is awesome! If a guy could get "do you like Messi?" Reference, I would like him instantly. I haven't watched any Canadian shows, but now I want to check out Rookie blue.

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Oh my gosh, you read Alanna of Trebond too? That series was my life! OH MY GOSH I THOUGHT I WOULD NEVER FIND SOMEONE ELSE WHO HAD READ THAT SERIES!

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My daughter introduced me to Tamora Pearce just like she introduced me to Kdramas and Dramabeans. I love all three.

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Well all four actually because I naturally love my daughter too!

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I love Tamora Pierce, too! I've read (almost) everything she's written. The Song of the Lioness Quartet and Provost's Dog Trilogy are my favorites.

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Oh my goodness! Tamora Pierce's work was my life!!! Go figure that there would be fellow Beanies with the same tastes lol...Love you all :D

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This is amazing, I don't think I've ever met anyone, outside my family, who likes Tamora Pierce! Growing up, they were the only books I read (and I read a lot). I still read them occasionally for something quick and fun, it's nicer to meet other fans.

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I loved all of them, but my favorite was the protector of the small quartet :)

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Same here. Kel is relatable to me.

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I can't stop grinning after CandidClown mentioned Alanna! :D

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You and me both ? and now I want to go read them again!

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Who says? Lioness, wild mage, protector of the small, trickster's queen and even provost's dog - I've read them ALL!

And that's only for Tortall. There's also the Emelan series ~ Magic steps from the circle reopens was the first book of Tamora Pierce I read ??

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Alanna!! I read those so many times! But not as many times as the Keladry books, those were my ultimate favourites! I'm so happy there are other beanies AND a fellow recapper who loves them!

CandidClown, have you read the Farseer trilgy by Robin Hobb? You need to, there's one hell of a candid clown in it - a Fool, in fact - and he's one of the best fantasy fiction characters ever. If you loved Tamora Pierce, you have to love these!

*will never stop trying to convert people to Fitz & Fool*

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Yeeeaahhh! tamora pierce for the win!! I loovee all her books! Wish she published more often.. it's been so long since her last circle of magic book.

She is the one who got me hooked on the kickass heroines (who can literally kick-ass I mean) catnip!

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Lol, I came here just to post the same! Love tamora pierce!! I still read some of her books even though I am way past young adult age. Now I want to go see if she has any new tortall books out since whatever last book I've read.

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I had been trying to remember the name and author of this series!!! I remember the moment I stumbled upon the first book in a community library, I remember hiding away to read it without interruption. Lol

Count on Dramabeans to somehow remind me of things loved but long forgotten. :)

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I actually had totally forgotten about this book series but the mention of it has brought it all rushing back. I loved this series and now I am tempted to read it again.

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Nice to meet you.
CandidClown.

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Great timing... Today is Messi's bday.

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Oh my gosh, you're so hilarious. That babysitting story... lol!

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Your answer reinforces my belief that babysitting is one of the most effective form of birth control.

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It worked on me.

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I'm 15 years married and still no kids; thanks, baby sitting!

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LOL!! You are so funny!!?? I cracked up at your reply to the nurse during your surgery! And your mutant drama has a more interesting plot than My Lovable Girl ?

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That would be my reaction to Ji Chang-wook too, though I wouldn't have the sense to even say anything. Also anyone who quotes Serenity is a friend to me. ?

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Did you just quote Ever After? That's one of my favorite movies! I don't even know how many times I've watched it :)

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Waaah *kicks self for missing that reference*

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OMG Me too and Ever After is my favorite movie! /kicks self/ I can quote so many lines from this movie but I think I know more of the lines of Baroness Rodmilla than Danielle. Haha!

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Haha I'd have the same reaction if I gotta spend an hour with Ji Chang Wook! And we have the same random skill! I didn't know that I had hidden talent on ultimate frisbee until my friend taught me how to play frisbee last three years and suddenly I'm good at it. But I usually just join lowkey competition ever since.

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ahahahaaa!! mutant drama is from healer & that rain + krystal drama who's name I don't remember, right?! lol XD

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Nice to know you candidclown :-) you seem very funny & bright.

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BEST MUTANT DRAMA EVER HAHAHA MLG was such a nightmare....

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Yo, CandidClown, I really like the explanation behind your username - all for the honesty + entertainment, I took that class too. who is you professor (role-model) in that field?

enjoyed the SWDBS recaps a lot, even though I can´t imagine how you chewed through the pointless parts like the gangsters.

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Thats what I thought when I was watching the series too. Pity the recapper who has to recap these gangster scenes cuz I fast forwarded those scenes.

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I've been waiting all this time for someone to hit us over the head with Mal & Serenity. Were they thinking of Serenity when they wrote the question? I *think* someone hinted at it before, but the wording of the question just screams for Mal-style answers.

I couldn't resist writing up my own set of answers to the questions, with a Mal-quote in the answer to that one. Couldn't use the exact same quote because I'm not actually a fan of all seven, so I had to go with his next sentence.

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Candidclown didn't answer about her major in school...?

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Tamora Pierce <3

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It's great to know a little more about you CandidClown! Thanks for sharing and for your recaps.

That mutant drama and the babysitting story! ..... *laughing*

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CandidClown your way with words is just magical! I smiled at every single one of your well-thought out responses. Nice to meet you and I'll be looking forward to your next recap! I'm sure it will be a blast reading and hearing your thoughts on each episode! :)

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I suspect I may watch that mutant baby drama just for the lols. ?

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Seriously, do dramabeans staff share my brain?

Gummimochi - samurai x and howl's moving castle
Murasakimi - ghibli
Saya - fruit basket
CandidClown - Tamora Pierce

Great to know you, CandidClown!

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Hi CandidClown,
Nice to meet you. I love your wit. Your babysitting experience got me laughing my head off!!! :)

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Omg, this was so funny!

I'm the oldest of three, so I babysat my siblings all my life, but I've never babysat anyone else's kid before. I kinda wanna try it. I'm glad your mama came to the rescue for you, though.

Lol @ you pretending not to hear your best friend's boyfriend confession to you. Honestly, I've done that many times before. I've come across a handful of straight-forward guys back in school that went from, "Hi, what's your name?" to "So you got a boyfriend?" within seconds. It's so awkward.

Oh, I absolutely love gender-benders and is a sucker for medicals! I always get so inspired when I watch medical dramas. I suddenly always wanna become a geeeeeeennniuuuussss surgeon, too.

Your awake arm surgery sounds terrifying. I'd be tempted to watch, but would most likely chicken out and fixate my eyes on anywhere else, too. I had to get stitches on my foot once and I suddenly had a giggling fit and giggling throughout the entire process. The doc was like, "Well, this is the first time I see a patient laugh while getting stitches."

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Omg you play ulti? I love it so much but my ankles are so bad ?
Omg I would have loved to read the extra rants about Park Hyung Sik's face ?

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Loved your cute avatar and I'm glad you remember to give the dog a happy end in your mutant drama! Thanks for recapping Lookout, am enjoying your comments and thoughts ^^

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Finally learned about your username! :) And we're similar. Coffee Prince remains to be in my top favorites too. It's the very first one I got addicted to though I have watched other dramas before it.

I have never read the book series you mentioned but since you did and other beanies as well, I will check it out. I love reading, but I've been so focused on reading books strictly related to my thesis for years. hehe! Now that I'm done, I have time for leisure reading.

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Lol!!! I think I like you candidclown
I laughed throughout every question and we have similar likes!
I loved coffee Prince. The alien line gave me goosebumps after reading it too?
And I LOVED LOVED LOVED! Healer?
And finally the last thing we totally agree on
Our admiration for the star that is Ji Chang Wook!
I'll be looking out for your features and recaps more often now.
And lastly can I say you rock? ??

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"This one time, at band camp (and no, I didn’t play the flute)..." ???
Omg..I laughed so hard!

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"Do you like Messi?" ??

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Oh my goodness I just had to say something because your mutant baby drama is mine too!!! I seriously just thinking of how Healer and She's so Lovely could blend and I wasn't getting anywhere. Yours was so much better.

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Oh so 'sinful' yeah? You make for fun reading. Looking forward to reading more from you.

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Fun! I was going to ask who exactly the "Drama Overloards" were but your later response pointed to the answer -- the Dramabeans Overloards! Hooray for Ultimate Frisbee - it was inventeda in the highschool in my town in the field down the street from me, where there is a ceremonial plaque on a rock. Haha.

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