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[Staff Spotlight] Get to know odilettante

Explain your username (and/or avatar).

The “o” stands for obsessive, so it’s really “obsessive dilettante.” I love learning and exploring new things, but I’m easily distracted and will quickly move on to whatever is newer and shinier. Which is why I love dramas so much — a show only lasts a few weeks and then there’s something fresh to take its place. My avatar is one of my favorite drama characters, the quirky and delightful Kim Dong-ah from Wild Romance.

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

As a fan of Hana Yori Dango, I couldn’t help but be sucked into the hot mess that was Boys Before Flowers.

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

Professional escort. No, not that kind of escort. I was paid to watch other people work and make sure they didn’t go anywhere they weren’t supposed to. It’s just as mind-numbing as you’d think, but at least I now know my way around an industrial boiler room.

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

Once, a complete stranger proposed to me in the middle of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. I told him I was late for class and scurried away. Dramaland would probably spin this as a meet-cute versus the reality of a paranoid university student creeped out by a random dude.

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

Misaeng. I was losing heart in dramaland but this brought me back and made me believe in the magic of dramas again.

What drama genres do you especially like?

Slice-of-life ensembles along the lines of the Answer Me series, Dear My Friends, Age of Youth, and the aforementioned Misaeng.

What drama genres do you especially dislike?

Ohhh, this is tough since I don’t stick with shows that I’m not enjoying, no matter what it is (is “lazy writing” a genre?). Maybe classic tearjerker makjangs — it’s not so much that I dislike them, and more that I’m not really interested in them in the first place.

Is there a drama character you’ve ever strongly identified with, and why?

Lee Soo-kyung from Let’s Eat. Give me delicious food, my own place, a cute dog, time to watch my shows, adorable neighbors who drag me into sisterly friendship and understated romance, and I’m set for life. (I may also know a thing or two about annoying bosses and rage-eating, but let’s not think about that!)

What drama character would you want to be?

Anything played by Kim Seul-gi.

What was your major in school?

I have a degree in Psychology as well as one in Humanities (Art, History, Literature). I haven’t done anything related to those degrees since I graduated (you’re shocked, I know), but will still happily bore you to tears by endlessly ruminating on the cultural ramifications of WWI.

What’s a random skill you have?

I used to play the mandolin, and probably still could, although it’s been a few years since I last picked one up.

Favorite non-Korean movie and/or TV show?

Parks and Recreation is my go-to comfort TV show, and The Court Jester is cinematic perfection.

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

Kim Jae-wook, and even though I’d go into it with the hopes of talking intelligently about a variety subjects, the reality is that hour would just be spent in dazed disbelief that I was finally close to those cheekbones I’ve adored for so long. A fangirl’s gonna fangirl, dignity be damned.

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

Sloth. Can I just sleep forever? Please?

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

Jung Eun-ji stars as an unknown singer who becomes a viral sensation thanks to her trot covers of H.O.T songs. Her boyfriend from high school is jealous of her fame when she leaves Busan for Seoul, but he’s immediately struck by a truck-of-doom, gets amnesia, and becomes a shopaholic conman. She joins the same agency as an aging idol star who eventually falls for her, then he mysteriously disappears and reappears in Joseon times. Every man who falls in love with her comes down with some baffling and tragic ailment (cancer, probably). “Who will be the husband” becomes a chilling threat instead of a taunting mystery.

 
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I think yours is the funniest mutant baby drama plot I've read so far.

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Hahaha, agreed! I already loved how she included bits and pieces of Seo In-guk's and Ji Hyun-woo's other roles! But then this was just perfection: '“Who will be the husband” becomes a chilling threat instead of a taunting mystery.'

I now kind of want to see this, lol.

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Nooo....flashes back to Reply 1994 shipping wars!

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TEAM HAITAI 4LYFE

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Hahaha. "Who will be the husband?".. Answer me feels.. With Seo In Guk as Shopping King Louis.. I would definitely watch this. I'm still a sucker of Answer Me 1997, definitely Eun Ji and In Guk..

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Yay for a recapper liking slice of life genre the most. Even though kdramaworld makes them less, they make them best.

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Japan does great slice-of-life dramas and I'd argue it does them better.

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I meant in the genres among kdramas themselves. Japan definitely does them better.

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Nice to meet you Odilettante :). I always wondered what your username meant. I have to say that "Slice of Life" is also my favorite genre and I agree I don't like makjangs, sometimes they can be interesting and sometimes they are too much. I would also love to play any character Kim seul-gi has ever played, specially her character in "Splash Slash love"
About meeting Kim Jae-wook, he did such a good job at playing the killer in "Voice" that I admit I would be a little unsettled in meeting him, lol. I would happily listen to you talk about the "cultural ramifications of WWI" WWI and WWII were my favorite topics in World History class and I enjoy learning more about these time periods. Those were sad times but we can learn so much from them.

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i really like im joo eun's character in wild romance too! didn't know your avatar was dongah~

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Even though I've no idea what shows are in the mutant baby drama plot... (Faith? Aging idol star rings a bell but I just can't put a finger on it) it's hilarious because it sounds like a mishmash of all the weirdest things ever.

Side note: how do you guys choose ONE out of the 7 deadly sins? I think all of them will be my undoing, hah!

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Reply 97 and Trot Lovers.

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best mutant drama ever LD

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I still watch Hana Yori Dango on 2017. It's one of my favorite dorama. The bratty Domyouji Tsukasa is a classic annoying lol. He's such perfectly imperfect character.

Kim Seul-gi is an underrated Actress meanwhile Kim Jae-wook is one of sexiest male alive in this planet lol You did have a good taste.

Anyway nice to meet you... I love read your drama recaps. Seriously~

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I watched HYD again a couple years ago (the 10 year anniversary!) and loved it as much as ever. Not sure if I'd be able to say that about BoF, though.

And thank you for reading! ^_^

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Same! HYD is my favourite version of the stories. And I watched all of them, including the Indian one and the American one.

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Wait there's an indian version of HYD? :o

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Yup, it's called Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan.

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I know!
Kim Seul-gi really deserves more recognition. Its pretty unfair. I LOVED her in oh my ghostess as that was my first time meeting her. I followed her to discovery of romance(though eric mun was the pull factor😁😁) Then I watched her in queen of the ring (boy did she win my heart there) then finally to splash splash love
The girl deserves more roles dramagods. I think we've sort of stereotyped her to only comedic roles or something. A lead role in a major production shan't be bad huh? Drama gods?

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I would totally watch your mutant baby drama!!

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This is a mutant drama on steroid!

Could it possibly be an unholy spawn of a foursome consists of Reply 1998, Trot Lovers, Queen Inhyun's Man, and Shoppong King Louis?

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Yup I thought so, too. Def more than 2 dramas combined 😂

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*Reply 1997

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I wonder of the common thread is the human culprits of this heinous (but never the less entertaining) freak show: Jung Eun-Ji, Seo In-guk, and Ji Hyun-woo.

If true, what a torturous relationship of these three being in the most loved and most hated dramas. Very real life, but also very makjang.

Bravo, Odilettante! You might be the Dr. Frankenstein of Dramabeansverse.

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*laughs maniacally*

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I maaaaayyyyy have bent the rules a little but there are two primary dramas. 😉

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Nice knowing more about Odi :)
that moment at the cathedral sounds both drama-like and frightening. Hopefully, it's not a too bad memory.

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No, not a bad one, but it does get more and more elaborate retellings as the years go by.

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As it should!

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I've never heard of the job of professional escort before, I wonder what the qualifications for it are?

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Staying awake.

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That was quick. I'd never thought it was that easy to explain yourself (or so i think).

Hi @Odilettante, how are you? So nice to meet you. Wow! I gotta say, iam confused about your mutant-drama's plot. Who marries her, and what's her name?

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HAHAHAH, you remind me of me!

Short answers, not sticking with dramas I don't like but loving slice of life, driven by food, doing nothing with the degree earned, and wanting to sleep forever. And if your favourite drama is Answer Me 1997 (and MiSaeng), we're sisters. Soul sisters.

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Or maybe there's a birth secret and we're twins. Or we live in parallel universes. Or maybe clones.

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I in Beta II, you in Brave New World.

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It was fate, that you both met here. Or destiny, your choosing.

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Yehey!!! The one i have been waiting for.

@odilettante is also very funny. Love stalking her Tumblr account.

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Aw, you're so sweet! *humbly preens*

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I started with Hana Yori Dango too.
That led me to watch Boys Over Flowers, and then all Lee Min Ho's drama(as in, I've seen them all...) and ye, I didn't know I'd love kdrama this much.

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That Lee Min-ho😍 is culprit in so many of us being sucked into K-land 😛

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Hilarious mutant drama! As you can see, I'm assuming it would be a total comedy.

It's great to know a little more about you. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your recaps.

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It's like a mutant baby drama had another mutant baby drama to arrive at your version! :P

I see Answer Me 1997, Trot lovers, Queen In Hyun's Man and Shopping King Louis! I feel like the "everyman who falls in love with her comes down with some baffling and tragic ailment" is also a drama! But wait- out of them all I have only ever heard bad things about Trot Lovers! And if Answer Me 1997 is your favourite, then did you hate SKL??? How could you hate Louis and Bok Shil. They could be considered crazy for sure though! :)

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seems like am the only weird that started kdrama addiction with i am sam, love pmy ever since then and i remember thinking ajusshi is the name of teacher jang *lol*

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You love sleeping too? *hi-five*!

Any particular reason why you picked the mandolin?

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Short fingers.

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Lol...your mutant baby drama sounds crazy. I see threads of Reply 1997, Trot Lovers, Queen Inhyun's Man and Shopping King. I think I missed one but those are the only ones I can identify.

Nice meeting you odilettante!

Your kdrama moment does sound creepy but in kdramaland thats fate since you met sometime in your childhood and fate just pushed you back together 😂😂😂

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I still don't know how you got through recapping Dear My Friends. I would have sat at the keyboard sobbing and nothing coherent would have come out. Thank you for doing it, and so well.

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That was my other favorite drama to recap! It will always hold a special place in my heart.

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You are a kindred spirit of mine, Odilettante. I was also introduced to Korean drama through Hana Yori Dango.

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odilettante, thank you for the Misaeng recaps (with dramallama), they are works of art.

And, your mutant drama baby made me laugh so hard I scared the cat 🙀

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Is it weird that I look forward to reading these mutant baby dramas from the writers? Those dramas are crazily interesting and fresh.
Shopaholic conman? Genius. The money swindled from those tax invaders is well-spent.
"'Who's the husband' becomes a chilling threat", and yet we're stay tuned watching the whole thing while tortured inside...
Now my heart ache again for Chilbong.

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It's so much fun reading these... :D and your short replies to this thread are hilarious too!

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"Dignity be damned" - that is the perfect word to describe a fangirl's life lol can't stop laughing! Ah Hana Yori Dango, the very best (I watched BBF and Meteor Garden too so yeah).

And thank you Odilettante for recapping Misaeng with such love. It is, hands down, one of my favorite k-dramas of all time and reading the recaps while watching it made the ride super memorable!

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Misaeng! I read the recaps while I waited for it become available in my region to watch. Then I watched it and reread the recaps. What a show, and what a set of recaps! Thank you, @odilettante!

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Haha, I'm a Humanities major with a writing minor. I could write you one mean paper, or teach (NOT a good idea; kids in large groups are terrifying). I find WWI and the decades leading to it fascinating. From reading the comments, it looks like we could have a great time in a beanie WWI campfire meeting!

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Ah, @odilettante with her own brand of subtle snark, loved your recaps. Thank you for sharing the joy that is Misaeng!

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"The vessel with the pestle has the brew that is true!" Angela Lansbury is so beautiful in that movie. You have good taste there.

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But only once they broke the chalice from the palace.

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Now I have to to rewatch this!

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And make sure to avoid the flagon with the dragon! We know it has the pellet with the poison. Hehe

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Sunbaeeeee! ♥

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Hoobaeeee! *hugs*

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Danny Kaye, right? I'm a TCM fanatic. The Court Jester is one of my favs too!

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I bleed MGM musicals.

(Although The Court Jester is technically not one of them, but the idea still remains.)

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Ahh! Me too! White Christmas, singing on the rain, both favs of all time!

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I just love Danny Kaye--I was born in the wrong part of the 20th century.

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Parks and Rec is one of my faves too! Every character is so fun and very relatable in one way or another.

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Yay for parks and rec! 😍
Also if you want to talk about WWI I will listen. The whole time.

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You just became my favorite with "the court jester is cinematic perfection". Bless you.

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The mutant baby dramas always amaze me lol. I just sit and admire the imaginations of our DB staff.

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I want to see this mutant baby drama for some reason. Nice to "meet" you odilettante!

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Hi odilettante, good to meet you.

Your mutant baby got my brain into a spin and the rest of me chuckling long and hard.

Definitely with you in heartily disliking 'lazy-writing'. I'm thinking it's not so much a genre as a terribly bad habit that shows throw into the pot, because their plot, they have not a lot.

And tear-jerker makjangs, I no longer touch, even with a 100 foot pole, since they have no choice but to be contrived and manipulative, to keep jerking those tears out of viewers.

Thanks for all your recaps and reviews. It's been good reading you. Take care! 😃

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Hi Odilettante! I was trying to pinpoint the two parent dramas, but by reading the comments I see this mutant baby comes from a big, blended family! Jolly good fun. I love Kdramas for many reasons but largely for your reason- The predetermined end date. US shows, even most great ones, go on until they're terrible and can't be renewed anymore. This set-number-formula is just right for me! Although now my distractibility and tendency to move on to what is shinier has gotten worse, and if I'm not marathoning, I tend to drop most dramas about 3/4 in, which is sad. I adore the slice of life style of the Reply series too girl. Nice to know ya!

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Oh, I thought your username cames from the name "Odile"
Kdramas' slice of life know how to bring me to tears.... i love them

Nice to meet you odilettante.

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yeay finally someone from dramabeans who enjoys parks and rec! btw ive always enjoyed reading your recap. glad to know more about you!

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Kim Seul-gi! Fantastic choice!👍👏

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Oh gosh, my favorite mutant baby drama, so far!

Nice to meet you, O! :)

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You had me with your proposal....😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

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Mutant drama title: Joseon Conman.

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by the way, I think all Dramas-To-Life experiences are creepy, or what? I had one on my trip at a hotel that had this shower glass dimmed at the center.... you get my drift? I kinda had my very own shower moment when someone from the group came looking for me cause I had promised to lend them my foot massage oil. at least I was behind the glass. But it was very awkward.

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