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[Revisiting Dramas] Falling for a first drama love all over again in You’re Beautiful

By @lezah

I have a whole long list of dramas that I’ve loved wholeheartedly, and it felt almost impossible to pick one. I decided to go back to one of my first drama loves: You’re Beautiful. It was the drama that sparked my adulation for the cold, steely (but soft on the inside) handsome male lead and cross-dressing hijinks. Admittedly, it was the first drama that made me search Youtube like a maniac for all behind-the-scenes, interviews, and anything I could find on any of the main leads. I dare say Jang Geun-seok’s lead character, Hwang Tae-kyung, was my first K-drama love, with his guyliner and ridiculous hairstyles.

I’ve always had a very soft spot for dramas that are centered around music and bands (think Dream High, Liar and His Lover), because a show focusing on people creating good music just hits the right note for me. I like the camaraderie formed in a band, as the members spend time together and bond through music. Hearing Lee Hong-ki’s voice in the opening credits brought back all sorts of good memories, and when I heard the opening chords of “Promise” in Episode 1, I knew I’d made the right choice.

My first thoughts: Was Park Shin-hye’s voice always so high? My most recent memory of her was in Doctors where she was tough and sassy. Perhaps it’s because dramaland seems to have the trend of the strong capable woman now, but I’m not used to hearing such an innocently high voice any longer. I also wondered how anybody was ever convinced that she was a man with that voice, but it’s dramaland after all.

I guess comedy will always be comedy no matter how many years have passed for me, and I love me some good crossdressing hijinks. There are all sorts of hilarious misunderstandings just waiting to happen in a crossdressing plot. I found myself snorting at some of the funny scenes, especially the one right before Tae-kyung finds out the secret: watching Mi-nam and stylist-noona in a room on a webcam, being all touchy-feely and inappropriate; Tae-kyung spraying his glass of water all over his screen; and those glow-in-the-dark balls. On the other hand—birth secrets, annoying family members, and secretly bitchy national fairies? Meh. Those never interested me, and it seems that nothing much has changed for me in that aspect.

In the past, I loved how I felt this strong bond between Mi-nam and the other characters. I still do. Shin-woo is the typical sweet, quiet and understanding second male lead, and I expected myself to be more drawn to him this time round, but I guess my love for Tae-kyung still outshone all the tender gestures from Shin-woo. And dear, sweet, Jeremy, who was always a piece of sunshine. My heart still tore to pieces for him when he sang the song in the bus for her, his voice cracking with tears.

But more importantly than these unrequited loves, Shin-woo and Jeremy represented friendship and dare I even say, brotherhood, for Mi-nam. Thrown into a whole new world and having to crossdress must have been mind-blowing for her, and I relished those sweet little moments where Shin-woo hyung and Jeremy helped her to get through tough times with towels over her unglamorous sleeping face, treasure buses, and fluffy dogs. This show may be a light-hearted watch, but it leaves my heart full.

These a days, I don’t like male heroes to be like Hwang Tae-kyung anymore. A permanently annoyed face, lopsided smirks and a cold, hard exterior? No thank you—I much prefer the smiley, warm heroes. Give me Joon-hyung from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju, or Min-hyuk from Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, any day. But even so, I have to admit I found myself falling in love with Tae-kyung again, something I didn’t think was possible.

The way he was so steely on the exterior, but paused to comfort Mi-nam when she was crying her heart out over the news of her mother. The way he helped her over and over again, even though he really didn’t have to. I thought I’d moved on from him, but seeing the big softie he was on the inside melted my heart all over again.

And that fake-punch-kiss scene? Rewatching it reminded me of how ridiculous it was and made me wonder exactly how Hwang Tae-kyung could have pulled off pretending to punch her and then surprising her with a kiss instead, because there was no way that it would ever happen in real life. The rational part of me was silently cringing on the inside. But guess what? The scene made the fangirl part of me squeal and swoon again, and clearly that’s all that matters. Mi-nam wasn’t the only one who saw stars at that moment. Eee!

Perhaps to me, Hwang Tae-kyung will always be the first-love-drama-trope that will never fade. I may forget about him as I move onto other dramas and other male leads, but when he reappears in my life, I drop everything else and fall for him again, with his guyliner and lopsided smirks that promise more heartbreaks. Ahh, first loves. A.N.JELL forever!

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Slightly off-topic and nothing against @lezah, but Jang Geun Seok has always made me very uncomfortable as an actor and I don't know why...

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No worries! I've to admit that after YAB I religiously watched all his dramas (no idea how I survived through Jackpot) but I can't tell if it was because I liked him as an actor, or because I liked Hwang Taekyung too much. I think he was best in YAB and perhaps Beethoven's Virus, which I actually watched before YAB but never realized he was inside.

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Me too, he is a decent actor but something just is off, the only thing I can think of is his smile for some reason it always feels off.

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For me, it was all about Jeremy. 😂 I didn't know a thing about Lee Hong-ki before but I think I ended up watching We Got Married because of him. Through that, I learned that I actually really like his vocals.

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I didn't know a thing about Lee Hong Ki or Jung Yong Hwa before this show, and thanks to it, I downloaded songs by FT Island and CN Blue into my phone. And I definitely also ended up watching Hong Ki's WGM! His croony voice is oooooo *u*

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He was super sweet and I also started liking him there. I followed his work afterwards and became a fan, he's so fun, sweet and has a powerful voice. Our Hongstar is the best. 💗

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Same here! I started liking Lee Hong Ki because of this show!

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To me, SLS is so strong in this drama. Thank God for Heartstrings after that. Nevertheless, I remember that I was obsessed with this drama when it aired. I listened to the OST over and over again after finished watching this drama. Without Words is my favorite.

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Without words is my favourite too ;)

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Same for me. This was my very first Kdrama and I loved it up to the point I realised shin-woo was not getting the girl; specifically that scene where Mi nam doesn't see him standing right across the street! It was so heartbreaking for me that I dropped it right then and there. Thankfully someone mentioned Heartstrings in the comments and I got my happy ending (sort of). That was my introduction to SLS, k-dramas and CNBLUE <3. Maybe I'll watch this again and actually finish it this time around.

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Huh. I never watched this, but it looks pretty good, right up my alley. I'll add it to the list. Thanks for the post!

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OMG YOU HAVENT??

Watch it. It's totally crack. Was my first drama too and @lezah must be my twin aka sister-from-another-mother because I feel exactly the same about this Show (and Tae Kyung) as her.

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Pig-Rabbit!

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I loved this drama so much (one of my first) that I bought a pig-rabbit and pin. The only merchandise I ever purchased. She still sits on my bed ;)

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I have a big-rabbit stuffed toy too. I got it from a thrift shop, still covered in plastic with a tag from You're Beautiful/SBS. Hahaha!

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I have a pig-rabbit phone charm that now hangs off my bag. I like to think of it as my daily dose of stealth kdrama in real life :)

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when my sister and I watched this show, we kept on doing that Pig-Rabbit and we kept on laughing about it! LOL

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A.N.JELL forever! Next is Crudeplay! haha. Bonding with friends through music always gets me.

One of my early days favorite. I also remember how obsessed I was with this show before. Watching the episode-reading the recap-listening to OSTs for the nth time and rolling over my bed from too much squeeeeing. Ah good days indeed.

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I love pseudo-bands because the OSTs are always soooo good, and I listened to A.N.JELL's songs so many times that I could literally memorise them. Just like Crudeplay, I wished A.N.JELL could be a real band. I've been relistening to YAB's OST and ahhh those were good times indeed. *u*

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I still like male leads that have a cold/hard exterior but a soft interior. What I don't like is the male lead having that personality because of silly factors or mommy issues that don't ring true, and having a childish attitude instead of a mature one.

Give me an interesting and convincing background for, or exploration of, a cold/mature/interesting male lead and I'm there!

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I still wish that A.N.JELL was a real band!

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Oh man, this was one of my first dramas (I think it was my fourth completed one?) and I still revisit it every once in a while for old time's sake.

I agree that Hwang Tae-kyung's gooey marshmallow interior really kept me from having much SLS. And I can't watch Lee Hong-ki in anything without going "Jeremyyyyy" at least once. I even kinda love UEE's fake-fairy second lead because she's so delightfully bitchy. And PSH just totally sold the slightly dim nun so well it was hard not to love her. Even in retrospect, and with all my awareness of how corny and makjang it is, I will always love this silly little show.

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OMG I didn't even know the UEE was in that drama! I guess it shows that I knew absolutely nobody when I watched this drama!

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Aw, the show that got me into k-pop. I fell head first for Hong-ki/FT Island and Yong-hwa/CN Blue, and I haven't looked back since.

And, I still need to treat myself and get a pig-rabbit. It's just too cute.

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It got me into K-pop too. Sorry Sorry and Genie parodies we're so good I had to look up the real stuff.

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I remember having a bet about this drama after ep 3.
My cousin like the 2nd lead so much and I say to her that the jerk/cold always win at the end and she disagrees because who will like tae kyung. I see her point but I win the bet anyway, hahaha.

At that time I didn't really mean it since I am not into the drama but after I finish it, I really like "fool" song that Yonghwa play almost the end of the drama and Jeremy confession.

Years later, I watch the Japanese version and I feel disappointed when they don't have both of that singing part for yonghwa and jeremy character. I just really like that part from the Korean version.
The OST really stay with me and make me happy whenever I heard it.

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I think I was sitting right beside your cousin when I first watched this drama. It was also one of my first dramas and I still had no idea that jerk/cold characters always win. I've had one of my worst SLS cases with Yonghwa and didn't even know it was a thing.
Anyway, I watched it all over again because of this post and the funny thing is that now I can see Tae Kyung's appeal and was completely cured of my SLS for this drama XD

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Woah how the years fly by. This was my first Kdrama as well as my first exposure to second lead syndrome *cue my tears* I remember giggling over the prickly, cold male lead and my present day self is so ashamed😅. The change to sweet, kind, supportive male leads is definitely a positive thing in my book. If this show were to air there's a huge possibility I'd pass on it in a heartbeat. How times have changed. Gosh now I have Promise stuck in my head >_<

*time to finally rewatch the show*

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You're Beautiful has a special place in my heart and I rewatch it every couple of years when I'm in need of some comfort food. It's so silly, amusing, and full of heart.

It was my first JGS drama, and like many other Beanies, I was bowled over by the "and then he smiled" moment. The contrast between JGS's scowl and smile really is amazing! (The comments for that ep. are fun to read because there's so much collective squeeing over that smile. During a rewatch, I noticed that prior to that smile, he fake-smiled briefly at UEE, which I think was a mis-step.)

But I never really fell for Hwang Tae-kyung-- I just came to adore the whole ensemble, including Mother Superior, Pig-Rabbit, the Treasure Bus, and Jolie (the fluffy dog).

Thanks for the fun walk down memory lane, @lezah!

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I have to confess that i've two sets of DVD for this. One is the drama, another with the BTS. I dont think she was convince enuff to be a boy but I love the drama OST. How I love ANJELL's song and to remind of beautiful memories those days. I was still innocent and bright compare with nowadays bcoz a lot of responsibilities and serious task that I've to carry. Sigh. Anyway, if I want an enjoy drama that bring smile and laugh to my face, this is one of it. I'm glad I was hooked to the drama. Now, I'm thinking of watching ANJELL's show again.... Aigoo

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The drama that made me fell hard on Jang Keun Suk. I wondered what happened after...

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I was so obsessed with this drama,those were the days !!!!!!

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Tae Kyung and Jeremy were my faves. I guess I am just into the broody and playful types. ShinWoo was a bit too perfect bf type for me. Maybe I like flawed characters. But I did feel for ShinWoo when he was about to confess to MiNam. She was just a few steps away but she didnt see him. Their timing was completely off.
TaeKyung for all his bluster is a complete softie inside. I love all the ways he tried to hide it. You were right on all counts when he helped MiNam when he didnt have to.
You wrote a wonderful post which reminded me why I love this show. I was supposed to rewatch this but current dramas and RL took up my time. I may just rewatch my fave scenes another time.

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Omg me too, I love broody heroes. And it's also maybe because the contrast between his exterior broody don't care self and the inner self who would scream as loud as possible about how much he loves the girl was so adorable. I came on the show starting to hate him the most, looking at all the weird bracelets, guyliner, bitchface and all, lol but then I fell hard when he saves the girl while he was on the truck and he had to help her climb on it [ I could be wrongly describing the scene, so sorry for the confusion, erm]. That moment when he started running, was when I was absolutely sold on the OTP lol. And then next day he saves her from drowning or something? I can't stop gushing haha. Just this drama was my first kdrama, and I loved it for all the silliness, which was done cleverly though, I would say. JGS has done some really stupid projects, but still, YAB and Beethoven virus are still my favorite. I hope he gets a good project once again, which will do justice to his talent.
PS: Jeremy was so funny with his crush on PSH though haha. And Uee was in her best form here sigh. I am scared of the skeleton she has become now.

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Broody heroes are the best.. broody and absolute softies like TK. I also like all the different hairstyles he did in the show. 😊hopefully he will have great projects soon!
I luff the puppy Jeremy. 😊

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My first drama starring Jang Geun-Seuk and I remembered falling hard for him. Sadly, none of his subsequent roles impress me and my admiration for him has waned over time.

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I remembered being awed by him. He appeared to be steely with vulnerabilities cracking at times. He was impassive yet sensitive. Those were the times....Hwang Tae-Kyung will always be his best performance in my heart.

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my first jang geun suk drama and I have become a rabbit fan since..

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I remembered finishing Boys Over Flowers (my first drama) and experiencing withdrawal symptoms then somehow stumbling across this one and the rest is history. It was then that I realized that I have a thing for bromance!

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It's not my first drama watching. that would be all about eve. but this drama is the first drama which led me to dramabeans gate. oh nostalgia. i have a soft spot too for musical drama.

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Ahh my sentimental favorite! This is the first kdrama I watched on my own (and not on TV like other kdramas shown in my country such as Dae Jang Geum) and binge-watched. I remember loving it so much for fulfilling my favorite catnip of a romance between a prickly marshmallow hero and a sweet heroine. It's also the only cross-dressing drama I loved (well besides Splish Splash Love) because instead of the cross-dressing and the real identity being the main conflict of the show, Taekyung learned about Minyeo's identity early on. I think my main problem with cross-dressing dramas that feature that as their main conflict is that I was never able to suspend my disbelief over the male lead not knowing the female lead is truly a girl; and it's so obvious in most cross-dressing dramas too.

The comedy was also really funny and the OST was great. I have pleasant feelings every time I listen to the songs.

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I rewatched this a while back, since I needed something comforting and familiar, and I laughed at all the gags all over again. It's definitely a close favourite of mine.

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i loved jang geun suk in hwang jin yi 😍

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One of my favorite drama for sure.

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Ahhh....Hwang Tae-kyung <3 <3

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@lezah let me join you in falling all over again with You're Beautiful. I still can only love Tae Kyung, eyeliner and ridiculous punch-kiss included. His scene hugging the pig rabbit inspired my own username hehe.

The only point I have to disagree on is this: "A permanently annoyed face, lopsided smirks and a cold, hard exterior? No thank you".
Because School 2017. Tae Woon (Mori!) is less cold than Tae Kyung, and he's not really a jerk. He's just gruffly adorable, or I've lost all objectivity through fangirling. 😍

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Omg, whenever I saw your username, I thought of Pig Rabbit, no kidding. That's because when I watched YAB I had no clue about the Korean language, and "toki" was the one of the few memorable words I picked up on. Whenever I saw your comments, I thought of this show!

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High five! It's one of the first Korean words I picked up too! (By the way, I have Pig Rabbit on my fan wall but can't figure out how to make it my avatar/profile pic). 🤔

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Hmm. There was a bug quite some time ago that made the profile pics disappear... but it was fixed (so I have a profile pic now). Did you try re-uploading?

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This drama gave me serious second lead syndrome. am totally shipping PSH x JYH <3

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The only drama that I liked Park Shin Hye in. And Jang Geun Seok introduced me to this thing called guyliner 😀

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Ah the memories! This drama gave me so many butterflies in the stomach! And the OSTs were great (Without Words, Fool, My Heart is Calling)!

Also, I think this show had the best cliff-hangers. It always ended on a "squee!" or "omg" note. Totally addicting.

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I absolutely loved this drama, and this post reminded me of why. PSH will always be a favorite because of it, and I'll never forget how good the Hong Sisters can be when they're firing on all cylinders.

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oh my god, the memories. i don't think i could ever rewatch You're Beautiful and experience it the same way i did when I first discovered it all those years ago, but i do have to admit that it was such an integral part of my kdrama journey that i'm still a little embarrassed about how fondly i look back on it LOL. i can't believe i have such distaste for jang geun-seok as an actor now, when i enjoyed him so much back then in this role. so much has changed. 😭

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It's funny because this was going to be my drama. But my thoughts went the opposite way. I absolutely loved this drama when I watched it years ago. I even watched it twice. Then me and my Mom went to re-watch it and I couldn't make it past the 6th episode. I tolerated Park Shin-hye's character in the past but when I re-watched it I couldn't get past how poorly she played her character. And why did she have to shuffle everywhere? WHY THE SHUFFLE!? Does shuffling make you more manly? Or was that supposed to show how innocent she was? It drove me crazy haha. And how could anyone mistake her for a man? I know it was done for comedic purposes but it made me roll my eyes instead.

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Bingo.

Because of this month's theme, I watched the first three episodes again, and PSH ? Got on my last nerve. I've always hated the Too-Stupid-To-Live characters (almost always female, why?), which Mi Nam certainly is, but if anything, PSH played her even stupider than written.

I remember not really caring about her the first time, but this time I noticed something I missed... TK is kind of right about her. She's a disaster, because she's constantly inserting herself into everything. Like that's the first thing we learn about her. She's sitting in church, and the little girl is listening to music. Headphones on, not bothering anyone. Everything would have been fine if she'd just let it go.

I think on the first watch, I was too overcome with the crazy fashion and style to pay too much attention. But now? OMG. Go Mi Nam is nosy and self-righteous and dumb as rocks. UGH.

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Exactly. When I first started kdramas the whole dumb heroine thing was tolerable for me but now I can't stand it.

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Aw I was planning to write about You're Beautiful as it is the kdrama I'm currently rewatching...surprisingly enough I only had eyes for Tae Kyung the first time I watched it but upon rewatching it a year later (I'm fairly new to dramas), I'm finding Shin Woo and Jeremy to be extra adorable in a way that I didn't notice the first time around.

Anyway I am enjoying seeing Tae Kyung soften up again cause he really is a jerk at the beginning but when he does silly things like smile about being liked by "Go Minam" and hug and pat his pig rabbit doll, well I can't help but melt either. I think this drama captures that first love feeling so well and it's all so sweet. I am fast forwarding through all the silly aunt scenes and birth secret stuff though tbh.

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think is Tae Kyung had a reason for the cold exterior and being closed up to people. He was, first of all an only child and a neglected child, whose mom knew so little of him she nearly had him dead with seafood. I say no wonder. It was just a wall of self-protection. He was never able to be a happy child, so he didn´t know how to be happy as an adult. all he knew was "don´t put your mother in shame!" he avoided being ridiculed or caught in awkward situations, so it wasn´t easy to let his guard down. I totally understood where it came from so it never put me off. once he meant it, he was very devoted, protective and generous.
actually, I am not that annoyed by the second female lead, UEE did an actually good job being the self-centered fake fairy. I was more annoyed with Go Mi Nam being so useless. But she did turn out to be great comfort and a source of some security to Tae Kyung, so...

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She was clumsy all the time, and crying a lot as well... melo, melo 😂😂😂😂

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This is my sentimental favorite drama...it's like comfort food. I loooooved Tae Kyung and keeping hoping that Jang Geun Suk will get another role I like him in, he really is a great actor.

I still rewatch this about once a year as a mood lifter. Still don't like Shin Woo though :)

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This post is reviving my love for this drama and now, i may even be tempted to watch it again.

Can we take a moment to appreciate how well this post was written and executed. To the writer of this post, i hope you send dramabeans guestposts frequently so I can keep reading your marvelous posts!!

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Eeks that's very sweet of you and I'll definitely try to send in some whenever I can. I can't take all credit; the editors' editing of my original post definitely helped.

And yes, do watch it again! Or at least some of the more memorable scenes. They reduced me to a teenage fangirl again. 😍

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I have an awful confession to make: I really don't care for the music in most musical dramas. It's not just about the language barrier, but I generally find the so-called hit songs an underwhelming waste of minutes and find it hard to care about resulting band shenanigans, which leads me to tune out pretty fast.

Though, as with every rule, this one has its exceptions - and You're Beautiful is one of the very few music-involving dramas whose songs I absolutely love. (SUFBB is another.... and there's also Trot Lovers, but that was a weird case of the songs being the only good thing about the drama)

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Could not agree with you more. You're Beautiful is my go-to rewatch when life sucks or when I am going through a K-drama dry spell. It always brings a smile to my face. The only merchandise I have ever bought from a K-drama was a stuffed pig-rabbit that my teen and I fight over.

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I watched it like 5 years ago. I didn't hate it, but it wasn't for me. His constant sneer put me off, and all of it was so unbelievable. That accidental kiss, her disguise, the acting. No, never even thought about watching it again.

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It's like I wrote this! LOL. You're Beautiful was also my first drama and was also the one I chose to rewatch as well. There's something about firsts, right? (Also, I have a soft spot for musical dramas too, WHAT EVEN. Are you me?)

I agree with a lot of what you said especially the changing tastes in male leads. Although I really liked JGS as Tae-kyung, I could never get into his other roles. Sometimes I actually didn't like him (like that drama with IU, I could not get into that at all). So when I was rewatching this, I was actually surprised to like him again.

I think the gags and humor were still funny, but I was much more aware of how ridiculous and silly things were. Sometimes I laughed not at the comedy itself, but at how silly it was. Perhaps it's because I'm older now, supposedly an adult, generally more cynical, and no longer the easily amused middle school girl I used to be. (I'm such a grouch now) I did find the way they played up Park Shin-hye's innocence somewhat annoying this time around. It was kind of overkill. The drama aged fairly well though and I think it's still watchable--check it out if you haven't yet! (Although I admit to skipping through the bit with the aunt and the mom and birth secrets. Ugh)

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i have to admit that it was hearing Lee Hong Ki's voice in this drama that got me started listening to FTIsland. I don't necessarily like everything they do, but his voice never fails to hit the mark.

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Me too. I still remember watching FTIsland's music videos after I finished the drama just to hear his voice.

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This was my 3rd drama after BOF and Playful Kiss. It has it's own place in my heart, which is Pig- Rabbit spaced (I was given an "official" Pig -Rabbit for Christmas last year by my daughters, the ones who got me hooked on dramas! I also found FTIsland and CNBlue through YB, which sucked me into K-pop.

The funny thing is, I can't watch ANYTHING with UEE because I couldn't stand her character in this (something I have in common with a few friends) and it's the ONLY drama of Park Shin Hye's I can watch.

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Have you tried to watch pinocchio? She was way better there....

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No, I never got into that. My daughters liked it, but I just couldn't engage.

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I recently watched Marriage Contract with UEE and I liked her a lot. Well, I didn't liked her character (not her as an actress) but to me that means she did something good cuz I hated her (I forgot her character's name)

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I want to watch that, but the UEE block is strong. 😞

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I watched it because of the recommendation of a friend. She was totally crazy about Jang geun seok. And i tought to myself: he is handsome, but his character was not exactly likeable.
The plotline with his mother became very melo for my taste, and i really truly hated Park Shin-hye in this drama, also the very little i watch in Heirs, or heartstrings...
On her defense as an actress, i adored her in Pinocchio.
I also hated UEE, by the way... (but then i loved her in Marriage contract)
Anyway... You are beautiful... hum... it was not so for me, no.
But i am glad many had enjoyed, and Lezah (re-enjoyed it).... he he 😂
Good for You....
Please dont hate my comment....

I am also preparing my entrance, and i hope i can write something nice about the Drama i decided to revisit....

Lots of love for everybody.

Oh, and Lezah.... i finally found a Job! 😎😀

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I will always remember this drama with fondness. It was my first Hong Sisters drama, my first encounter with a flower boy, my first time watching JGS,PSH, Yonghwa and Hongki in anything, and my first taste of Kpop (sorta).

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I found the drama after watching Coffee Prince. My thirst for gender bender dramas became insatiable back in 2013. lol I think I did a gender bender marathon for a month (Coffee Prince then You're Beautiful, Sungkyungkwan Scandal, Painter of the Wind and finally To the Beautiful You).

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Thanks, @lezah, for your paean to YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL. It's been on my to-watch list for a while now. You've given me a nudge to get around to it. ;-)

COFFEE PRINCE was my first cross-dressing drama, but the music in it was just as compelling as Choi Han-gyul's and Eun-chan's character arcs.

I've listened to bits of the YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL soundtrack, and it sounds great. I already like FT ISLAND and CNBLUE, so now I'm really looking forward to tuning in. Plus Kim Dong-wook's "My Heart’s Calling" is lovely. ;-)

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Now all I have in my head is "jemmmmmaaaaaaa" 😂😂

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I have also recently rewatched You're Beautiful. I sympathized with Shin Woo in the past (never to the point of second lead syndrome), but in the more recent light, I found him kinda annoying in his selfishness. Like i understand he likes her, but he knows her feelings and still has several attempts to sabotage her feelings with Tae Kyung. The dead fish kissing doesn't bother me anymore; rather I found the heroine's journey in her feelings for the male lead pretty compelling. Jeremy's romantic feelings still is random to me. The ost is still forever awesome. Overall, it was laugh out loud feel good to surprisingly emotionally compelling gradient for me.

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Aw you made me want to rewatch YAB again for the 4th time. For me it was my first rom-com drama (my first were Stairway to heave, Winter sonata and stuff like that) and I looooved it. I always loved how Tae Kyung tried to hard to be a cold guy but he got annoyed when Mi Nam didn't pick him and things like that. And how not to love him when he created the most adorable creature PIG-RABBIT for her! that is one of the most cute-romantic gestures I've seen in dramas.

Jeremy was one of my fav characters, and he broke my heart in twice in those bus scenes, first when he was helping Min Nam and second when he sung then song he wrote for her, omg.

And finally, yeah I agree with you " Give me Joon-hyung from Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju, or Min-hyuk from Strong Woman Do Bong-soon, any day.", dramas don't give us this kind of though looking bad guys leads and I don't mind too much as long as we get them as cute as the two mentioned above.

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Just reading through this post makes me smile and swoon. Hwang Tae-kyung will forever be one of my favorite drama characters. 😍❤️ And YAB will always be one of my all-time favorites. Whenever I am in a drama slump, I'd always wish something as fun and zippy and swoony as YAB will come along. But I guess nothing will ever compare.

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