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Open Thread #621

Happy Friday everyone!

Here is your Open Thread, which is here for you to chat about anything you want, whether it be drama-related or not. Nothing’s off-topic here! Spoilers may be rife, so proceed accordingly.

 
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It's been a little over a month since my father and his mother, my grandmother passed away. It's been a really hard time. Still trying to get used to the fact that they're not around. And it's been hard catching up with all the work I missed.
I haven't been able to watch a show in this time. I was watching Jealousy Incarnate and was quite enjoying it until then. I tried to get back into it but couldn't. Guess I now associate shows with events that happen in my life. Poor show, what did it do. Maybe I'll try to get back into it and complete it some other time. I know that there is absolutely no compulsion to finish a show but still.

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Looking forward to When Camellia Blooms. Really hoping it'll be light and cute.

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Me too! that one looks so sweet and I love the cast already!

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I'm sorry for your loss. It can be hard watching k dramas when their content mirrors so closely what is going on with you. I had a hard time watching anything with homelessness for a while. But DB does provide a great place to find something that does speak to you.

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My condolences on the passing of your father and grandmother. Don't even worry about the show you can't get back to. You'll get back to it, if you wish to, and any other show when you feel ready to.

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I'm sorry for your loss. Grief is a hard journey, do what feels right.

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Very sorry for your loss, Edgar. May you find the best way forward for you. <3

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So sorry for your loss. My husband passed away in January and I thought I would never want to watch romantic shows or movies again. Of course, I started watching them again, but it took some time. He actually watched Goblin with me and we were starting it for the second time, so I'm not too sure when I'll be able to watch that again.

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@melanie I am so very sorry for the loss of your husband. That must be so hard!
It sounds like you are still hanging in and going on with things.
When my mom passed there were some things I didn't do for awhile - but now I do it thinking that she is with me, and it gives me joy.
*hugs* to you!!!

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Thank you. Sending hugs back to you. I'm sorry about your mom. Mine is my best friend so I can't imagine what you must have gone through. I'm glad that you can feel that she is with you, enjoying the things you enjoy.

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thank you Melanie. You know, my mom wasn't my best friend - but if she hadn't been my mom I would have wanted to be in her circle and part of her life. That is what she meant to me.
We were a lot alike, and in some ways really clashed, but I loved her and am grateful I got to be with her for so long.

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I'm sorry for your loss stpauligirl! Its really nice to hear thats how you've gotten back to the things you enjoy! Thank you!

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I'm sorry for your loss Melanie! Thanks a lot for sharing that! Yeah as everyones saying, get back to it when you are ready. And I will too. You seem really strong, hope I can be as strong as you are!

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Thank you, Edgar. You will be strong when you need to be, but don't forget that it's alright to cry when you need to, also.

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I'm so sorry for your loss. My mother and grandmother died a few months apart and it was one of the hardest years of my life. I totally understand why you can't get back to a drama right now.

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I'm so sorry for your loss mugyuljoie! Thanks a lot for sharing about your similar experience, its really hard! Hope its less harder now.

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It does get easier with time.

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My condolences for your loss. I can't even begin to imagine how you feel right now but I'm hoping you will be able to move on some time soon

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My deepest sympathies @edgarpordwed. You're in my thoughts and prayers. 🙏

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Condolence for your loss, @edgar1234. Losing one loved one after another is so hard. My parents died three months apart. It took me a couple of years to recover but God sustained me through those times.

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Sorry for your loss Tizzy! Thanks a lot for sharing! Glad to know you sustained well through it!

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I just recently lost my grandPa too. Between wallowing over his demise and thinking he’s happy in heaven, i choose the the latter. *choose coz i miss him everyday

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I'm so sorry for your loss Miss Hyde! Yes I also like to believe that my dad and grandmom are sipping tea in heaven and commenting on all the bad choices we are making down here! That comforts me to some extent.

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I am so sorry for your loss ((((hugs)))

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@edgarpordwed
I am so very very sorry for your loss - that is a big one for you and your family! **hugs!**
It sounds like you are just getting used to your new 'normal' and that is okay. Grief is hard and it is important to let yourself feel sad and everything.
When the time is right there will be shows you can get into - maybe now is the time to watch documentaries about flowers or birds. Both my parents are gone - and the grief is still with me - but not nearly as intense as it was that first year after my mom died. The most important thing is that what you are going through is perfectly normal - we all grieve differently.

But it is good that you posted here so Beanies all over the world can send you love and support and let you know you aren't alone.
Hang in there and take care of yourself!

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Thanks a lot stpauligirl! HUGS!!
Yes I do feel happy that I posted here, and received so many comforting messages! I also realize that I'm not the only one going through something that feels just so unfair because no one else in my offline life has had the same experience. Thank you so much all of you!

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Hi Everyone! ..... I hope you are all doing well today. Happy Chuseok to all the Beanies who celebrate the holiday!

Arthdal Chronicles - Well, Tagon, the cat's out of the bag now!

Justice - Finally saw the last episode. I'm thinking that in the end, Chairman Song did feel some level of guilt towards Taekyung, even if he wouldn't admit it.

Let Me Hear Your Song - Does Yi-young no longer have her insomnia/sleeping problems that required her to listen to bad singing as a remedy? It seems like this detail has been forgotten entirely.

Doctor John - Ok, so last week the misguided nurse was bugging me. This week it's the prosecutor she's always calling who's bugging me.

That's all for now. Everyone take care and have a great Friday!

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Hi @korfan I was quite relieved that Dr John ended. It became less compelling because of the romance and made the mistake of moving Dr John's recovery off camera. I felt a bit cheated of that interesting conflict in knowing what drug he had helped create and how it may have helped him get better. I was also thinking maybe too much time was spent on the 'death' of the hospital CEO. It was informative about how a patient who's donating organs is treated, but still, the time afforded it felt a bit much for a character who'd been mostly unconscious and hardly seen.

I also felt show should have stuck to the good medical stuff and ditched the romance entirely that we found so 'strange'. But at least we got a happy ending of sorts. 🙄

Have a great weekend!

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@growingbeautifully I still have 4 or 5 more eps of Dr. John to left to watch but it's interesting to know what happens. I figured things would take a turn when it became apparent the good doc had a condition. As long as the story does something about that nurse and prosecutor, I'll be happy with things.

Have a great weekend also!

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"Does Yi-young no longer have her insomnia/sleeping problems that required her to listen to bad singing as a remedy? It seems like this detail has been forgotten entirely."
You know... this is a flaw in a lot of shows. They start the plot and the title and the premise around one quirky thing, and they forget about it and it becomes a Non Issues down the track. It's very annoying. Especially since the reason YY likes Yoon's voice is because it's like his brother's. Oh well maybe that will come back again when we find out what really did happen in that warehouse

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@sicarius Exactly! It seemed like it was going to be an important, specific detail involving the leads, but whatever. Perhaps that will come back later. We'll see!

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Honestly can we bring back the dysfunctionality of the insomniac who hires the shady next door dude to sing her to sleep please? Cos I'm pretty sure that's what made me like this show in the first place...

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*nodding in agreement*

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What's your go-to method when you have a flu (fever, sore throat, heavy headache, generally being miserable) to make yourself feel better and get better soon-ish?

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Comfortable pajamas
Blankets
Bed
Rest/sleep
Lots of liquids
Broth type soups
Hot showers

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All these, and for soup, I'd like to say spicy kind. Hope you feel better soon.

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Your comment made me curious if there was a soup "prescription." Found Prescription Chicken, a soup delivery business located in Washington DC, Baltimore and Philadelphia. Their graphics are adorable—with the chicken-capsule.

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Oh my gosh, this chicken place is the cutest thing! I'm so glad I saw this 😁

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spicy soup = YES!!
the best, in my experience, is spicy spicy thai soup -- either tom yum talay or tom kha gai are my go-to favs.

the spicy numbs (and i believe cures) sore throats; the galanga, lemongrass, kaffir help alleviate head cold symptoms; and the coconut milk soothes upset stomach.

i swear my bugs/colds go away quicker as i eat only the soup for the first 2 days...

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oh, and the capsasin (chilis) boosts your immune system!!

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If I know I'm coming down with something, I drink vitamin C during the day. I drink herbal tea in the AM or before going to bed.

I eat spicy amyun to open up my sinuses

I also drink cold medicine before going to bed while wearing pajamas and socks, all to make me sweat at night.

These are all the things I did this week.

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all the things the other beanies said! feel better soon <3

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All the above - and I also drink echinacea tea which is said to help with boosting your immune system. But the key is rest. All the remedies in the world can't make up for proper rest - whether sleep or just not exerting oneself mentally and physically.

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I had my first flu in about 15 years last year. And I spent it working overtime, then going home and crawling into bed to sleep. It was wonderful lol.

Hope you don't have to do that and feel better quickly! Lots of sleep and lots of liquid are the biggest things you'll want while being sick.

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Although H2O will make you pee non stop, if we’re talkng about “virus” it’s the only fluid that’d make it go. Unless you’re rich & can afford an anti viral deug...gogogo

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I take tea/hot water with lemon and ginger

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Water, lots of water and vitamin C - and sleep. That usually stops a cold in its tracks for me. Then again I don't know the last time I had the flu *knocks on wood*

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Honey, Tea, Lemon, and Whiskey (with some Ricolas thrown in for good luck) is our all-purpose cure all! We also love the citron lemon tea from SK, great hot or cold

Feel better❤❤❤❤

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Okay, so I'm trying to get to that rooftop. Copying and pasting this story about a psychotic errand girl from my wall who develops an obsession with a Cold Hot CEO.

...So the cold hot CEO almosts runs me down. He gets out of his car. He barks, “What the hell were you thinking, cruising on that plastic toy?” He points. I look.

My pedal-less cruiser is plastic rubble under the monster wheels. I almost cry. But then I look at him. My tears dry. Because he is so hot. He is the dryer I wish I have to dry my single suit of errand boy clothes. I have no dryer. I wash with my red swollen hands and drip dry my errand boy clothes. Next day I wear them soaking wet and by noon they are dry.
Okay. Where was I? He is so hot. Right.
He is wiping his glasses. This is a good sign. He’s not a dumb CEO. He can read, that’s why he’s wearing glasses.
“Are you dumb?” He barks. He’s rude, but it’s okay. I know he fell in love with me at first sight. Cold hot CEOs who like you are always rude. If they are nice and polite they don’t like you.

“I – I – ” I revert to Candy Girl mode. I bat my eyelashes, I stick out my tongue, even though it’s very dry and sticking to my teeth. Pedalling for one mile is thirsty work.

“Are you a Candy Girl?” He barks. It confirms how crazy he is about me. If he hates you, he’ll talk all kind and nice.

“No, I’m not.” I flash him my sad, adorable Candy Girl look. It always works in dramas. He looks sick, but I know it means he’s thinking about marrying me. Maybe tomorrow. If he smiles back, he’s not interested.
“I’m an errand boy-girl,” I smile wistfully, like Park Shinhye in Memories. I practise that look all the time at the traffic lights, I’m too poor to own a mirror so I comb my hair and stuff in the lights. My face stares back at me in three different colours, red, green and yellow. Like how cool is that?

“You’re a girl.”
“No.” I angle my face so it glows in the headlights of his Jaguar. He takes a step back, because he wants to cuddle me so bad, he’s fighting it. “I’m a boy-girl.”
He takes another step back.
“You need help,” he mutters. That’s when I know he wants to marry me like right now.
I lift up my arms for him to sweep me up.
He backs off and dives into his Jaguar.
The car pulls away with a screech.
God, he loves me so much. But he’s so shy.
It’s okay.
Cos I’m clinging onto his boot, and I’m never going to let go.
I can’t wait to see his face when he reaches back home.

Okay. This should notch up some points for my upgrade.

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“Hey there, hot stuff.” I crawl off the boot, and land on shaky feet.
He screams. Because he’s so happy to see me.
“You???!!” he says faintly. He can’t believe his eyes. The errand boy girl of his dreams is standing in front of him.
“Yeah.” I lurch up to him. “Gimme a hug.” I throw myself into his CEO-ish arms, but he dodges and runs through the sliding doors.
He’s in there, and I’m out here.
“Hey,” I holler. “I know you’re doing a Full House thingy. I get it, babe.” He’s pretending to be mean, see. Like Rain. “Hey, check the weather forecast, will ya? I need rain like right now. So I’ll be soaked to the skin, and get a raging fever and he’ll carry me in, and take care of me the whole night and put cold presses on my forehead and make porridge for me.

“I hate porridge.” I look at him through the glass doors. “I don’t mind ramen, though.” He looks at me and mouths, “Go away, or I’m calling the police.” I can lip-read; errand boy-girls have the gift.

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He disappears into the shower. I know this for a fact. Cold hot CEOs spend an obscene amount of time in the shower.

Ten minutes later.

I’m peeking at him in the shower. Don’t ask me how I got in.
He is showering.
“Hey.”
He screams. His face turns white. Seriously, he’s so cute. All that coldness was just a front. He’s showing his true self, because I’ve stripped him of all his defences.
Wait a minute.
He’s wearing a towel under his flat tummy.
What???
I slap my forehead. Of course! That’s the reason they never shoot BELOW the navel in dramas. My Princess, Full House…all those shower scenes? Those guys were wearing towels and showering!
I step into the shower.
He cowers.
He makes a I’m-so-scared face. Aw. He’s adorable. He’s pretending to be a scared little kitten.
I frown. I’m not happy.
I point to his abs and his broad shoulders. They are damp and drops of water are clinging to his gym-honed veins.
“Where are the suds?” I say. I have stopped smiling. My cute, sweet, brave smile is gone. “You’re supposed to be coated with soapy suds. This is a freaking shower scene, for crying out loud!” Remember The K2? Ji Changwook? He was a lethal killing suds machine!

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Ten minutes later.

We are playing a game. It’s Running Man in A Towel. He runs, I run. He’s playing hard to get. I’m having so much fun. He’s so funny. His face keeps switching colours, grey, white, red, then green, and now it’s turning blue.
“Hey, babe,” I yell. “Your face looks like a freaking rainbow.” I almost burst into tears. He looks so moved by my words. He looks at me and I look at him. I think we are having A MOMENT. I swear his lips are trembling.
“Go away,” he croaks. “Please, go away.”
“No.” I say, putting on my brave Candy Girl face. “There’s no way in hell I’m leaving you.”
He flinches. He closes his eyes. He can’t bear to look at the sad, brave love shimmering in my eyes.
“You’re everything to me.” I try to hum the song from DoTs but I only know the chorus bit, so I give up after a minute.
“You are the sun. The moon. The stars. The universe. The world. The – hey, babe, where’re you going?” Cos he’s off and running again. He’s so coy.

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Two hours later.

I sift through the shirts in Cold Hot CEO’s closet. I wonder what his name is. Hm. You know what? I don’t care. He’s just Cold Hot CEO to me. Romeo said, “What’s in a name?” Or was it Juliet? Whatever.
I pick a black tanktop and pass it to him. It’s cut off at the slopes of the shoulders. There’s a reason why I picked it. Seo Inguk wore one in The Smile Has Left Your Eyes and that’s when Jinkang’s eyes fell on 1. his biceps, and 2. the scar. Obviously she’d look at his biceps first. They’re way more important than the scar.
I wonder if my hot CEO has biceps. I look at him with my shy Candy eyes. I pinch my cheeks to make them blush. I can’t blush, see. My skin’s so thick and leathery from the sun and rain and hailstones I can’t even feel it anymore. Sometimes I can’t feel my legs too.
But enough about me.

He’s lying flat out on the bed. He’s still in that towel. But it’s dry as a bone. He spent two hours running, for crying out loud. He’s adorable. Pretending to be scared and all. So I just played along. “You can run but you can’t h-i-d-eeee!” I chanted. For two hours solid. After a while, he just stopped. He couldn’t outrun me. C’mon, these legs of mine are cast in iron. They are forged in the Fires of Errand boy Hell.
His eyes are staring at the ceiling. They’re kind of glazed. I know he can’t bear to look at me. Because he doesn’t want me to see the pain in his eyes. He’s crazy about me, but he can’t let me see it.

“Babe,” I say in my sweet, soft Candy voice. ‘Put this on.”
He keeps staring at the ceiling. He looks defeated.
“It’s okay, babe,” I nod, like a twelve-year-old, cute and trusting. “We’ll find a way. They can’t keep us apart.” Though I have no idea who “they”
is, it just sounds like something I should say. All dramas have that line, except it’s the guy who says it. But my guy is so sad with longing for me I figure I’ll say it for him this one time.

“C’mon, babe. Wear it. You don’t want to catch a chill now.” His biceps are turning purple. “Oh, I get it.” I roll my eyes cutely. “You want me to wear it for you, so I can put my arms around you, and you can look down into my eyes, and I can look up into yours, and you can dip down your head, and I can close my eyes, and you can lean in, and – ”
“I’LL WEAR IT!!!!” Holy shit. He yelled so loud I jumped. I’m so shocked I jump like six feet in the air, instead of tottering back a few steps cutely, like a little kid. “I’LL WEAR THE DAMN SHIRT OKAY JUST STAY AWAY FROM ME!!!”
He’s snapping.
He can’t take this anymore.
It’s us against them.
They can’t keep us apart.
Hm.
A thought just occurred to me.
Why are they keeping us apart?
Every drama has a reason.
I just have to work out what it is.
Maybe I’ll just ask him.
“Babe.”
“STOP CALLING ME THAT!”
I ignore him. It’s a good thing I’ve seen it all in my dramas. The foul temper, the tongue lashing. Why, in the old dramas, the guy even slaps the girl, just to make her hate him! And sometimes he...

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Still fun second time around!

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Apparently I missed parts of this. You write so well!!!
If this wasn't so funny and silly I'd say this is very scary and stalkerish! Then again Stephen King has written a few books about this hasn't he?

Well done @yyishere I love reading this!
Here's to all the errand boy/girl/girl/boys!

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@yyishere HERE FOR YOU CHINGUUUUUUU

[email protected] G!RL$ 4 L!F3

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YEAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!

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God, I'm soooo lazy. Should I post the rest of the story or just ask beanies to go read my wall?

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@yyishere i think the wattpad link is great! we can all upvote and comment etc on this thread, get you lots of traffic. ;)

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I'm adding the fanwall links because beanie reactions and contributions are as hilarious as the story itself:

- Part
1: "Candy Errand Girl" http://www.dramabeans.com/members/yyishere/activity/872098/

- Part 2: "Jaguar of Doom" http://www.dramabeans.com/members/yyishere/activity/872139/

- Part 3: "Running Man in a Towel"
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/yyishere/activity/872296/

- Part 4: "Winter in My Heart"
http://www.dramabeans.com/members/yyishere/activity/872815/

- Part 5: "Fated to Love You, Babe": http://www.dramabeans.com/members/yyishere/activity/873086/

Part 6: "Nosebleed On Demand" http://www.dramabeans.com/members/yyishere/activity/873257/

- Part 7: "I intend to feed hot Cold CEO today": http://www.dramabeans.com/members/yyishere/activity/873883/

Part 8: "All I See Is You" http://www.dramabeans.com/members/yyishere/activity/874249/

I hope I haven't messed up the order of the chapters. Now go and upvote. Let's get @yyishere to her rooftop!

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Thanks for posting it here, YY. I never could find the beginning of it, so just now started reading it. And thanks to @wishfultoki for tagging the rest of the story below! This is hilarious! At this point, I’m worried our CEO might snap and kill our poor errand boy-girl. You know what this reminds me of, Pepe le Pew and that cat on Loony Tunes! Poor cat and poor Cold-hot CEO!

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@ally-le It's so hard to keep backreading it...I reposted the whole thing into a book at wattpad for my own reference, and for posterity...lol

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Every time I try to stay longer on OT, time doesn't allow me.

Hi beanies! How's your weekend?
Jam just happy this week because ARTHDAL came back and I enjoyed the latest episodes. I am not sure though, how are they going to wrap up in just 4 episodes

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One of those weeks of being behind on all my shows. Cant wait to catch up to read the recaps and others thoughts.
Need to watch the last two eps of Moment at 18.....so sad to say goodbye.
Then behind on two weeks worth for I Wanna Hear Your Song. THANK YOU BEANIES for not spoiling it on the wall.
Then back to The Untamed. This one is dangerous because I put an ep on and then realize I've watched 4 in a row.
Still want to get to Arthdal Chronicles and Be Melodramatic. There was something about the interview that Beanies posted about the writer that really has me intrigued.
And The Great Show....anyone watching this?

Besides that I've been into the little snippets that are being released by Super M.

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Lol.... I get you... I knew I was addicted to The Untamed when I woke up by 5am today, an hour earlier than I normally would so I could squeeze in an episode into my morning routine before going for my lecture.

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The Untamed fever should be a medical condition. Have you thought about seeing a medical professional? Get a prescription written to take time off, binge watch the whole series, then read the book, then binge the anime, then the audio drama, then the drama again all while spamming the Beanie fanwall with gifs and images. There is no real cure but it can help with the symptoms.

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😅😅😅😅
It should be a medical condition indeed... Whoever wants to write a research paper on that has enough case studies to prove his thesis.

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I probably shouldn’t ask, but where might someone find the anime?

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It's up on YouTube under the official channel. You can find the first episode here.

They have the 1st season done and are airing the 2nd season now.

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@trinpie, thank you.

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@egads I think YouTube and WeTv have the censored version. Gogoanime has the uncensored version. In case you were interested. 😂https://gogoanime.video/category/mo-dao-zu-shi

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@jenmole 😱😱😱 There is a censored and uncensored version?!

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@trinpie, yes there's an uncensored version out there. I have not watched it yet. Lol

But I think it's more of the action stuff and the ghost hand. The story does not get affected. Also, the site I gave above, I'm not sure if there's are censored. I realized its another site that has the uncensored one. Lol

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@TrinityPie. Soon after season 1 finished airing, Chinese censors announced a new crackdown on bloody and violent online content. Tencent was called into a meeting with regulators. The anime was voluntarily taken down, re-edited, then put back up a couple months later.

Haven't checked out the re-edited version but my money is on how Wen Chao and his mistress were finished off. The original version didn't follow the novel but still pretty satisfying for the viewers.

The anime won several national awards, which couldn't have happened without the government's blessing. Thus, it fared better than some other anime which were taken down completely.

The novel itself is still inaccessible on its official platform due to violent content, according to the official announcement.

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The Untamed is a horrible and awful show because it is so incredibly addictive. It's why I am already into my 2nd watch 😆 Wei Wuxian forevah ❤️

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wow 2nd watch? I started thanks to all the rave from beanies, and got to ep 12 where someone said fun starts. I don't see the addiction yet. Wei- he reminds me of Seo Gang-jun in looks?

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It did take me a little to really get obsessed. I started getting addicted when they were in the turtle cave (which I believe is around episode 12, I forget which episode exactly) but as the drama progresses I got more and more obsessed. But around the turtle cave episodes is when it really starts getting good imo. From then it just gets better and better. I say stick with it a couple more episodes but if it doesn't really click for you by then then it may not be to your liking.

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Wei Wuxian is wonderful, but I think Lan Zhan deserves more accolades. I do believe he took a vow to never let WWX fall ever again. He always catches him after he returned.

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Oh I love both of them, don't get me wrong! Lan Zhan's love for WWX is absolutely beautiful and touching and I do love him. But it was ultimately WWX who made me fall in love with the drama.

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Continued from 4 above. Anything for an upgrade...

I ignore him. It's a good thing I've seen it all in my dramas. The foul temper, the tongue lashing. Why, in the old dramas, the guy even slaps the girl, just to make her hate him! And sometimes he makes her lip bleed!!!

It used to drive me so mad. Like who in hell slaps a girl he loves until she bleeds? Even though he does it with tears in his eyes. Me, I'd just punch him back square in the face and gorge his eyes out and get myself another guy who's not an abuser.

"Babe." This time, my voice is a bit meaner, maybe it's because I just thought about that slap in Glory of the Family. "Why do they want to keep us apart?"
He stiffens, and this time he looks at me. Like really looks.
He blinks.
I think we're having another MOMENT.
When he speaks, he's kind of whispering. I guess it's because he's got so emotional just connecting with me. Our eyes holding, like Jaewook and Minyoung in Her Private Life.
I feel goosebumps.
He gets up off his bed.
He takes one, two steps towards me.
I hold my breath.
My heart is pounding.
Another step.
A fourth.
We're so close I can feel his warm breath on my face.
"Babe..." I whisper, and lean in to him, like that dream sequence in My Private Life on the sofa.
He leans in....
Next thing I know, I'm staggering against the wall.
"Babe!" I yell. "Wait up!"
Yeah, he just ran out.

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I tiptoe into the kitchen, so I'd look cuter. I blow my breath out and up, so my fringe will flutter. I look left, then right, then up and down.

It'd be great if we were out there on the streets. In Fated to Love You, Jang Nara stumbled blindingly into the rain after seeing Jang hyuk wrapped up in his ex's arms. I can tell you, my heart broke to pieces in that scene. She was wearing a lacy white blouse and a billowy floral skirt, and she was shuddering and her face was streaming with tears as they played that heartwrenching song...damn, what was it called? I must have listened to it close to a hundred times. Goodbye My Love. That's it. I wail aloud I can't help myself. But I loved that scene so much, so here I am, re-enacting it, though I don't have on a lacy white blouse or a billowy floral skirt. I've got on my stinky trackpants and an over-sized ugly man's tee.

So I'm frowning, and swallowing, and wailing and choking back my tears. I'm clutching the walls for support. I fling myself on the island, so I'm lying face up, like Jinkang in the poster from The Smile Has Left Your Eyes and sob like my heart is breaking.

I remember to thump my chest for added effect. Thump. Thump. Thump. Ouch. It hurts. Okay, maybe I'll pat it instead. Soft little pats. Thud. Thud. Thud.
Better.
Much better.

"Hey."
I stop crying at once.
I swivel my head.
It creaks 180 degrees like creepy Annabel's doll's head in The Conjuring.

Cold Hot CEO is inching towards me.

"You okay?" He looks so cute, his forehead puckered like that. Hyun bin looked like that the scene he locked eyes with Shinhye across the hospital bed, it was like no one else mattered, but him and her. "Are you having a heart attack or something?"
Hm.
For a moment, I'm tempted to croak, "Y..e..a..h...re..sus..." and he'll give me CPR, like...like...shit, I can't think of a single damn drama because he's looking at me like that, worry and love clouding those dark brown eyes.

Now he's kind of hovering over me, like how Rain hovered over the heroine in Full House when he wasn't sure whether she was still mad with him or not.

"Hey, babe."
I spring up like a Jack-in-the-box.
He screams.
"I'm just lonely." I smile sadly. It's my best sad smile. I got it from Goblin, the final scene Grim Reaper looks across at the love of his life, and she's looking back at him, with sadness and tears in her eyes, old, but eternally young in his eyes. I bawled like a baby watching it.

I watch him carefully.

He doesn't look sad.
He looks...scared.

He backs away.
"Sit." I say breathily, like a Candy girl, out of breath.
He keeps backing.

I whip out the samurai sword, hidden beneath my butt.
I hurl it, the way they did it in Six Flying Dragons.
It flies like a bulletshot, slicing through the air, and embeds itself in the wooden cabinet behind him, a foot from the top of his head.

"Sit," I growl.
He sits.

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There is a loud sound, like a waterfall. Or the toilet flushing.

It's coming from my tummy.
Bingo.
This is it.
The Moment.
The Candy Girl's tummy rumbles piteously. She hasn't eaten all day. The cold hot guy leans over, and says, half-angrily, "You haven't eaten!" He shoves a plate of food at her. Sometimes, he cooks ramen for her.

This is a very important moment.
It shows how concerned he is about her.

I look across at him.
I look carefully at his eyes.
He blinks. Once. Twice. Nervously.

"Babe." I say quietly. "Did you hear that?"
"Hear what?" he says faintly.
I point at my tummy.
"This."
I smack it, hard. My tummy starts to groan and moan and hiss.
"Well?"
"Well what?"
"Hey, shithead." I stand up. I walk around the table. I thrust my tummy in his face.
"LISTEN REAL HARD IF YOU DON'T WANT ME TO CLEAN YOUR EARDRUMS OUT WITH THAT!" I point to the the samurai sword behind him.

He swallows.
He knows.
I am having a meltdown.
It happens around the tenth episode. Or sometimes earlier.

"You're hungry," he says. He chews his mouth.
"Yeah," I snarl. "You're damn right I am."
I point to the fridge.
"Go. Cook. Now." I bark.
"Cook?" he yelps. "Now?"
I nod. I roll my eyes till only the whites are showing.
He recoils.

"Can you cook?" I bark.
"Yeah," he mutters. "Eggs."
"Eggs?"
"Eggs. I can fry eggs."

Aw.
And just like that, I'm happy again.
He's going to cook eggs for me.
Am I dead?

I smile sweetly.
He's still sitting.
"Babe. Go. Cook. Now."

He springs up at once.
Runs to the fridge.
I am there before him.
He leans in.
Closer.
The slivers of fabric glow between us.
"Excuse me," he says politely. He reaches over to open the door of the fridge.
"Sure," I say.

It's now or never.
I move aside.
He yanks the door open, and smashes it right smack on my nose.

I moved my face back in, you see.

I collapse on the floor.
A hand clamps on my calf and I'm dragged backward until Cold Hot CEO flops down next to me.

His hand spreads across my lower back, pinning me firmly to the ground. The weight of his hand is delicious.

I am lying in his lap.

I get a glimpse of his biceps close-up.

My nose makes a weird gurgling sound.

"Shit. Oh, shit." He is staring at my nose. "Your nose – your nose is bleeding."

I got my Candy Girl nosebleed, alright. Just the way I planned it.

Pain radiates through my nose.

His arm rises to cradle my head. Can I freeze time and take a nap right here?

And...will I ever get to eat?

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"You've cut yourself."

I look down at my hand.
Perfect.
It's the exact spot where Seol hurt herself in Cheese in the Trap.

My nose has stopped bleeding, it's kind of numb now, maybe because I pressed it for twenty minutes straight into CH's broad muscled shoulders.
CH stands for Cold Hot. It's my nickname for him.

His shirt is all bloody now. It's got my DNA on him. How romantic is that? I'll bet he's never going to wash it. He's going to keep it in a drawer and sniff it when he misses me.

"Babe."
He blinks.
It's a worried kind of blink.
It warms my starved little errand boygirl's heart.
"Yeah?"
Holy shit. He's even responding now. Not that he never responded before, but it was more yearning looks, frozen gazes, tongue-tied pain, that kind of thing. He is verbalizing his love now. Omg. It took a bloody nose to break down his wall.

"Babe, maybe you should dress my wound."
"Huh?"
"Yeah, like dab it with a swab, and put a band-aid on it." Yoojung did that so perfectly. Park haejin Oppa, I love you. Maybe I should call CH Oppa instead of Babe. Hm.

"But it's just a tiny cut," he says hesitantly, and licks his lips. They're cracked, and turning a bit blue at the edges. He's running low on blood sugar. All that running must have drained him dry.
"No, no." I point to the sink. "I may get blood poisoning. You've got to clean it. Now." I bark the last word.

He stands up at once. He responds best to one-word commands.

He sweeps me up in his arms in a fluid, graceful motion.

I'm not being completely honest here.

The truth?

1. He can't NOT sweep me up in his arms. I have my errandboy's super-strong buffed arms and corn-hardened fingers locked around his neck in a death grip, and
2. He's anything but graceful or fluid; he kind of lurches to his feet like Frankinstein high on soju, and staggers and rocks for a bit.

But he's so gorgeous. Beads of sweat run down his smooth cheeks, flushed a little, because he's clearly overcome having me – finally! – in his arms. I can feel his heart thumping beneath his blood-soaked tee.
"Felt that." I whisper in his ear, and he blinks. Aw, he's so adorable.

He washes my delicate little hand under running water.
"You've got calluses." Hm. Maybe it'd be better if he doesn't talk.
"Yeah," I say bravely, and make my lips tremble. It's kind of hard, and all I end up doing is to stretch a dried crack. I can taste salt on my tongue. Shit. I'm bleeding all over.
"Hey, babe."
He flicks a glance at me, and yelps.
"You're bleeding."
"Yeah. I was going to tell you that. Kiss it away."
"What?"
"Kiss. It. Away. My bleeding mouth. Like Twilight."

He slaps a wet hand over my mouth, and keeps it there for a bit. It's like he can't bear to hear me talk anymore, it's breaking his heart.
He only releases his hand after I gag and start going into cardiac arrest.
I gulp in mouthfuls of air.
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"I need a band-aid."

He stares.
He may have a hearing problem.
"I. Neeeed. Aaaaa. Baaaannnd. Aiiiidddd."
He still stares.
"Band. Aid. Now. Go. Get."
He's half-way to the furthest cabinet even before I've barked out "Get".
I tiptoe to him on my cute little itsy-bitsy skinned toes.
He fishes out a drab- looking skin-coloured band-aid, and offers it to me.
I stare at him sourly.
It reminds me of my missing layer of toe skin.
"Gimme a cute one."
"What?"
"It's not cute enough. I want one with cartoon faces. Cute little kitty faces." I roll my eyes till they show white.
He gulps. Rummages desperately in the drawer.
He's so sweet. He's worried I'm going to get blood poisoning. Beads of sweat are streaming down his tight Ingeuk tee. I lean in and take a sniff. Whoa. Powerful stuff. I'm heady already. Can I bottle up his sweat in a peanut butter jar and carry it around with me and sniff it in between errands?

"Got it!"
He's brandishing a Hello Kitty band-aid.
"Yay!" We beam at each other. It's like we're having a moment.
But then I think of something.
"Babe." My face has gone very still. It's like that scene when Seol finds out Yoojung beat the crap out of that creep in the alley.
He blinks, the beam on his face wavering...and yup, it's gone.
"Why would you have a Hello Kitty band-aid in your drawer?"
He scratches his head.
It would be so cute if I wasn't so pissed off.
"I asked you a question." My nostrils are flaring. A caked dollop of dried blood flies out and lands on my arm. I flick at it coldly. I raise my serial-killer eyes to his face.

"It's my – my girlfriend's."
And just like that my bad mood disappears.
I beam at him.
"That's great."
Phew. I was worried he likes Hello Kitty. Cold Hot CEOS are not allowed to like Hello Kitty's. It's bad for their image.
Girlfriend?
Oh, yeah.
Perfect. It's just like the dramas. The mean beautiful rival. The arranged engagement. His first love. I am super excited. Girlfriend? No sweat. It's my thing. I grew up on bitchy girlfriends. Bring it on, babe.

"Bring it on, babe." I say it out loud and wink at him.
He blushes.
Omg.
"Um, should I – " He looks at my cut.
My smile sours a little. Yoojung never asked Seol. He just tookher hand and slapped on that band-aid coolly. That's when her heart fluttered.
I nod. I think I am glaring at him.
He rips open the band-aid carefully.
"Wait."
He pauses.
"Hold my hand." I thrust my hand into his face.
Hesitantly, his hand stretches.
Omg. Will I have to wait ten tears for him to hold my hand?
I grip his hand. Tight.
"Ouch," he whimpers.
"Hold. My. Hand. Now." I hear the steel in my voice.
He holds my hand.
"Tighter."
He grips it until it's numb. Bloodclots start popping up all over my dry rhinoceros skin. Damn. I need to get more of that cheap cooking oil. It has wonderful moisturising properties.

He puts the band-aid on my cut. His fingertips are so...

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CREEEAAKKKK

A jolt of pain shoots up my leg.

"AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!"

Ir's so painful I forget to scream breathily.

Instead I let rip with the crudest, coarsest, loudest, lung-bursting, throat-splitting roar ever. I think I even swear.

The glass windows are rattling. I can hear the mirror in the bathroom cracking. Outside a street cat starts yowling. A pack of dogs join in, howling.

Cold Hot CEO scrambles to his feet shakily, and my foot tumbles to the ground...wait, it doesn't. It started tumbling, and then it stopped. Now it's frozen midway, like I'm doing a secret chorus girl routine beneath the table.

He looks terrified.

"Oh no. Oh God. What's wrong? Are you having a heart attack?" Even in the midst of my pain, I roll my eyes all the way back to the fleshy hidden parts behind the whites. Do you know there is a whole universe lurking behind your eyeballs? I'm seeing stars now.

"Babe," I snarl.

"What? What?"

Candy girls are strong. They must never ever, ever show that they are hurting. They must always put on a brave front. Even if it kills them. So I smile bravely, and he gasps, momentarily dazzled by my beauty. On second thoughts, it could be the pesky piece of omelette wedged between my two upper incisors. I swear my gums are shrinking because of my bad diet. Give me a sec...okay, got it, I just gave an almighty suck, it's out, yess!! I'm chewing it, and swallowing it. Done. Waste not, want not.

He's watching me. He looks sick. With worry for me. Poor babe.

"It's okay, babe. Just. I need your help."

He nods.

"Babe." I say quietly. Yoojung used this voice when he was warning the evil girl to stay away from Seol.

He snaps to attention.

"Look. Under. The. Table. My. Leg. Is. Frozen."

"Oh. Okay. Yeah. Sure. Hang on." He ducks. "I see it." His voice is muffled. "Yeah, it's frozen. Wow. It's kind of... suspended..."

I grit my teeth.

"Babe."

"Yeah?" His face peeps at me over the edge of the table. It's flushed. His hair is tousled. He's got puppy-dog eyes. Aw. He would look so adorable if I were in a better mood.

"Massage my leg."

"Ma - " He swallows. "Um. Okay. Right."

Wow. He's actually RESPONDING. I can't believe it. He's getting used to me. We're fitting like jigsaw pieces. I almost weep.

He starts to massage my poor frozen knee. Up. Down. Up. Down. He's using his thumb and fingers. He's got nice, soft hands. They're a bit damp though. With sweat? It has to be. It's because he's worried sick about me. Poor babe.

He's good at this.

"Are you feeling better?"

Whoa. I think I napped for like two minutes.

And hey, my foot is resting on the floor.

I feel a rush of love. He's so precious.

"Yeah, I'm okay. Thanks, babe." I smile sweetly. "You're so good to me."

He blinks. He's blushing again.

"You - you're welcome."

He slides back into his seat.

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@yyishere oh you did it!! yay you :) FIGHTING!

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@anothernicole 🤢🤢

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@yyishere hopefully you find your way to the rooftop over the weekend! And stop torturing poor hot cold CEO~

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@katakwasabi Gonna give him a much needed rest. I'm sick of the cute. Bleah. 🤢🤢🤢🤢

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@yyishere I think there is a section missing? Between
Fingertips are so....
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CREEEAAKKK

Nice sequence on getting ready to eat and play footsies...

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@anothernicole Thanks, mate. This is the scandalous PG Footsie part where @wishfultoki stops playing You Are My Destiny.

Here it is guys. Insert it between Fingertips and Creaakkk.

He puts the band-aid on my cut. His fingertips are so light and feathery. He looks up into my eyes, and I look down into his eyes.
My stomach rumbles, on cue.
Perfect.
There’s always something to interrupt The Moment. A door banging. The phone ringing. An explosive, earth-shattering fart. Hey, I’m real, okay. I’m an errand boygirl. I fart to relieve stress. I fart all the time, quietly, between errands. It’s liberating. A fart a day keeps the blues away.

“Cook.” I mouth cutely.
He nods.
He runs to the island.
He wants to get away from me. His heart is pounding in his absy chest. That tee is so tight I can see abs ripple like waves every time he moves.

“Hey, babe.”
“What?” He’s cracking eggs into a bowl. Finally.
“Why don’t you strip?”

He stops beating the eggs.
He stares at me. He’s always staring. I can see myself in his eyes. I look like I’m on fire. My untamed hair is a jagged flame.

Nah. Just kidding. I can’t see myself. His eyes are too dark. They’re black pools of lust. I read that description somewhere. I’ve always liked it

“Why? Do you want me to strip?”
Okay, let’s pause for a sec and analyse this.
“Why do you want me to strip?
“Why? Do you want me to strip?”
See?
It’s…different. Break it up into two questions, and it gets kind of sexy.

“I just thought you’d be more comfortable…I mean you’ve got blood all over your shirt.” My blood. It’s. So. Romantic

“It’s okay. I don’t mind…having your, um, blood, all over me…”
Is that a ghost of a smile in his eyes? “I’m more comfortable wearing a shirt,” he pauses,” in front of you…”

He’s smiling. His eyes are crinkling, his lips are twitching. I start scraping off the coating in the non-stick saucepan to stop myself from kissing him.

He’s frying the eggs.
He’s making an omelette.
He’s good.
He flips it in the air and catches it.
I clap, and remember to jump cutely like a moron. He laughs. He looks pleased. I’m wearing him down, chipping at that wall
Soon we’ll be making out in his bedroom.

We sit, and eat across from each other.
“Wait.” I lean over and squirt a smiling face over his omelette. I leave mine alone. I hate tomato. I saw this in a Japanese drama. The hot chef squirts a smiling face over the heroine’s omelette. That’s how they fall in love. He keeps on wanting to feed her. After a long time, maybe 8 episides, he realises it’s because he’s in love with her

I stretch my foot, calluses and all, and pretend to touch his foot by accident. He doesn’t move it. He lets me tap it, nudge it, and still, he doesn’t do anything, I look at him and he’s chewing his omelette resolutely, it’s missing an eye now. My toes are doing the walking-up-a-hill thingy now. It’s painful, because I think I fractured them last year, when this 200-pound box fell on top of them, and...

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Happy weekend Beanies!

Science says there is a good kind of stress and a bad kind of stress. I experienced both of them this week and let me tell you, it is just stress, since both left me with some confusion, little sleep despite going to bed early (!) and all kinds of physical ailments to recover from. Needless to say it is Sleep Over Oppas this weekend. ;)

Let us begin with the (in the end not so?) bad stress. A month ago it was announced that I would receive my first performance appraisal last Wednesday. In my case that would mean a whole lot of yelling about false accusations, perhaps sprinkled with some personal insults. Normally one bad evaluation does not mean you get fired, but I would not put anything past my boss, who has friends in higher places. In the end my boss just announced that my evaluation would not take place that day, and there has not been any communication about it since then. They might ambush me with it in the future, or they might just not conduct one. It would not be the first time they scared me like that with something only to never bring it up again.

The good stress was the ticket sale for the GOT7 Europe tour. Usually my best friend takes care of those affairs, despite being at work when the ticket sale usually starts. However, I participated in a concert campaign that rewarded me with presale entry, so the responsibility was mine all of a sudden.

Since the stress has not fully left my body yet, I am still figuring out whether I am disappointed or relieved about the postponed/cancelled appraisal, and trying to process the fact that I will be seeing these 7 wonderful men, biases included, in less than a month during a weekend trip with my best friend! Fangirl screaming is bound to follow after I sleep some more and arrange the rest with my friend this weekend :P

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Sleep Over Oppas sounds like a great drama title. I hope you fully recover over the weekend.

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It is the standard K-drama length of 16 episodes, but Netflix-split into 2 days of each 8 hours. Hopefully. ;)

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Congrats on getting through the 'just stress' period. That's great about getting your concert tickets. Just fangirl scream already. It's great stress relief!!! Sleep is the better step, though and also easier on the throat! 😉

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It is cold/laryngitis season gallore over here, so the screaming is a big NO :p Sleep on the other hand, is always good. ;)

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Happy weekend everyone! I have no idea how I missed Arthdal Chronicles or rather group complaining in recaps, it's more fun than the show itself and make me even like it :)
On cdrama front I have so much fun watching ARSENAL MILITARY ACADEMY, the show is comedy gold I had no idea I needed.

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What ep of AMA are you at now? I just started, at ep 1. Xu Kai has improved a lot since I first watched him in Yanxi Palace.

But this trope about a girl disguising as a man, how are people in dramas so blind? It's alright though, I can ignore it.

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On ep. 12, I think they handle this trope really well, with a lot of humour and self awareness, I love it for that, plus her cover is blown pretty fast although obviously not to everyone. Xu Kai showed good comedy timing here, he has improved a lot.

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I agree with @shach. It's such a fun watch and they are cheeky about the cross-dressing, as in they don't take it too seriously. It's just a lot of fun and Xu Kai is perfect in this role. I really suggest it.

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"But this trope about a girl disguising as a man, how are people in dramas so blind? "

That is the question that lead me to discovering Dramabeans. I knew Yoon Eun Hye and I couldn't believe anyone could take her for a boy. I searched google for screencaps to see how convincing she looked and landed on a recap on db.

The funny thing is that now among so many similar shows, I feel she was the only actress that was able to impersonate a boy effortlessly.

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I think if you don't take Arsenal Military Academy too seriously, it's a pretty fun drama. I like the actor Xu Kai, his character is so funny :p

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Rightnow (up to ep. 20) I think Qu Manting is a riot. I thought she will be typical second female lead but she is hilarious and awesome at once.

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I think I am getting her now. I'm at ep 6 and she cursing at Xu Kai's character while piggy back him on her heels is just too funny!

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I must say that female characters although this show is centered around military academy are really well fleshed, and the way FL is not some Mary Sue who is good at everything while pretending to be man, the writer/director really sees the female character as humans.

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In most tv dramas > for soup teenager usually gets pregnent, everyone around become edgy and then 2 weeks later everyone becomes catholic and abortion is thrown out the window. Same with the Trash show. All the emotional trash talk for such a result.

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Catholics are not the only one against abortion (or those who really feel against it, for I know many Catholics in favor)... I am not a Catholic, but I respect the Bible and yes, it is against abortion, so I am in favor of avoiding pregnancy in the first time.
I would be also edgy with my teen sister pregnant, but I would never think of killing the baby. I would think: she is screwed! And I would feel the burden immediately. In most cases, teen pregnancy is a tragedy, even though tv makes it look like it can be lovely and happy just because the actresses are pretty😒
(I am not sure you are talking about a drama, but I am😉)

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Hey all. Feeling a little bit like I'm in a drought all of a sudden now that Hotel Del Luna ended. I'm really in the mood for something light and fun or supernatural and it seems like a lot of dramas are Very Serious right now. I tried a few episodes of One Spring Night and decided I just am not interested in "realistic" dramas are all conflicts caused by Korean cultural reservedness; it's not outright dull like Something in the Rain but it's just not interesting.

I turned to C-dramas lately for some entertainment. I blew through all 40 eps of both The King's Avatar and Guardian. King's Avatar is on Netflix, it's the story of a champion e-sports player who gets kicked off his team (shadily) and the guy starts his own. It's cute at the start as he normally competes wearing one of those health masks so people don't know that he's stunningly gorgeous (Yang Yang from Love O2O) or that the new net café flunky is in fact this famous esports champion. There's no loveline, just lots of video game playing sequences and eventually when his ID is outed lots of stories of him recruiting teammates. A lot of it is really dull TBH but it was good background.

The other show was Guardian which is famous for being based on a gay horror-fantasy novel about supernatural cops. Because of China's bans on both gay characters and fantasy, the TV adaptation explains that the demons and faeries are actually ALIENS who came to earth 10,000 years ago and have X-Men style mutant powers. Also that the 2 dudes are REALLY GOOD FRIENDS. The start of the series is pretty decent despite the adaptation but the further it goes the more off the rails it gets as they make up more and more stuff to plug the hole caused by altering the original source material. It's not just content quality, they get sloppy and contradictory. But when you crank out 40 episodes in 3 months something has to give! Anyway the lead actors just SLAY in the roles so I found it worth watching anyway.

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The King's Avatar is my current binge show right now. I'm loving it. Love watching him and his team work their way to the top. I am prepared to binge the rest of this over the weekend (I'm on ep. 28).

I watched up to episode 20 of Guardian and dropped it. I initially liked it but I just couldn't handle it anymore. I liked the main couple but I couldn't stand almost any of the side characters (especially Guo Chang Cheng who is one of my most hated drama characters ever). There was a lot of potential but it's sad because it suffered especially hard under the Chinese censorship.

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Xiao Guo in the novel was a lucky charm to the team and a comedic relief due to his inability to not say the truth. His good deeds credit accumulated via numerous lifetimes was essential in helping to save the world.

Yes the drama had no choice but to be radically different from the original source material. That was still no excuse for turning him into a useless burden. Of course, all characters, including the leads, were made dumber, less powerful and more "vanilla". Doing so is an easy way to create "drama". Although the author was initially reported to participate in the script-writing, I doubt she had much to do with the end product.

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It did. I think where you dropped it is about where the changed over from extremely padding the original material to just outright making their own stuff up and you can see the quality (and logic) just go up in smoke. I finished it, mostly just for the actors. I've now read the book as far as has been fan-translated.

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Got my dad to watch Mr. Sunshine with me and I don't think he hates it atleast lol. Before we where watching Nokdu Flower and he did like that one.

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Nokdu Flower is fantastic. Hope both of you enjoy Mr. Sunshine.

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I love Mr. Sunshine I'm rewatching it. I think my dad thinks it's a okay watch so far. Nokdu Flower was amazing.

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Happy Friday, Happy Chuseok and Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to all Beanies!

What a fruitful week! I watched one 50 episode and another 35 episode C drama in two weeks. I think it's a record. This is on top of watching countless related videos, BTS, interviews and reading articles online.

Now, I just started on a new 48 episode C drama. Because I want to wean myself off obsessing over the first one. Actually I started the 2nd with the same reason - it was to prove to myself that I like the character and not the actor. Which then led me to embellish my fanwall full of the said actor.

Anyone tried this method?

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Yes, and it usually worked for me, but not always ;) now I'm feeling like I'll got cured in no time thanks to Xu Kai in AMA.

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Looks like I need to put myself to the test! But what if I end up with another guy to obsess over? Watching C dramas is proving to be very detrimental to my productive life!

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Very true, but it can't be helped :D

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85 episodes in two weeks! We all might be a little jealous! Heh! :)

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I'm not sure @korfan I rarely binge watch kdramas because I almost always watch those that are currently airing. C dramas are pre-produced and even if you aren't current, they release the new episodes so quickly and more than a measly two per week that soon it's all you are doing.

The good thing is many C dramas aren't great but when you get a good one, that's it! You don't complain it's 50 episodes, you just consume them all. Worse, they have lots of BTS, interviews and whatnots.

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As long as you have fun, go for it! Like you said, sometimes you get a good one and well, you just have to continue watching! :)

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I'm actually kind of bummed after watching Guardian I wanted to watch the Classic of Mountains and Seas which is a drama that is based on the same book that the Guardian author drew a lot of her mythology influences from (and then gayed it up a lot). I thought it would be pretty interesting but it's one Viki has licensed but not for the US :(

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I downloaded Gank Your Heart and Oh My Emperor but haven't watched either yet. But I managed to start pulling myself out of my obsession thanks to Arsenal Military Academy and King's Avatar.

Was Gank Your Heart good? I think I'll watch it next because, well, Wang Yibo of course, and because of King's Avatar I am into the esports.

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I finished Gank Your Heart. As you may already know, I started this drama convinced that it would get me over WYB, that it was only Lan Zhan who I love. It looked like a low budget web drama, idol romance type and I was sure WYB would be bad.

Surprisingly, it wasn't bad at all. In fact a lot more satisfying than many dramas I've watched in recent years. On the negatives -the plot wasn't outstanding. One of the weakest part was the writing on the romance - very standard fare with the usual tropes. The positives were the realistic and very good portrayal from the actors during the gaming parts. I am not a gamer but this one seemed much better than GGS(which albeit was a different sort of esport). I really like how the actors portray gaming. Yibo did fantastic in this aspect too. The camaraderie among the team members while touching was less dramatic than GGS which I thought was kind of overdone. It hit the sweet spot for me.

Do you know I checked out King's Avatar final episode after I completed Gank Your Heart? I guessed correctly what the final ep would entail so I knew that even if I were to pick up the show, I wouldn't be spoiled much. I was curious to see how they compare against each other.

After this show, I am assured WYB is not a one hit wonder. I already kind of knew when I watched clips of his first drama as a young chaebol infatuated with Joe Chen. I was surprised that this barely 19 year old rookie could hold his own against two veterans.

Although he has room for improvement, I appreciate that he's nuanced actor who never overacts. He's a natural. His new drama will be a challenge because the character is a total opposite to his own. Well, he's only 22 with a long road ahead of him.

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Your love for WYB is so cute.

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Okay, this is getting embarrassing. I should stop ;)

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Thanks for the review! I'll definitely watch it then. Just need to get through my many other dramas first 😅

I don't know how they compare but King's Avatar has no romance and is just about the main character Ye Xiu, and the people he finds for his team, making their way to the top. It's an underdog drama with tons of heart and centers heavily around the characters.

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Happy day everyone and have a good weekend!

I plan to knit a beanie. Let's see if I actually start knitting it. Hehehe

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I have knit 3 beanies this week. I had to do something while watching The Untamed.

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a whole beanie? Was one of them me?

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Are you grey, wool, and have a couple of misplaced purls because I was too worried about what was happening on my screen to be able to count properly? Then, yes.

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Wow - if I'm an entity knitted by @egads, suddenly everything makes so ... much ... sense.

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I'm so sorry @cloggie.

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@egads, are you saying that if you hadn't paid such close attention to The Untamed, I would have had better hair? Or have been a better me altogether because of no misplaced purls?

*crying*

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I'm not sure @cloggie. I've been transfixed by a swoony stoic puppy in all white and his playful partner, and I can't be held responsible for anything right now. I don't make any sense.

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Hello beanies! Hello Friday! "Love, February" ranks as my all-time favorite month on dramabeans, but this week's revolt of errand boys is coming to mighty close second. I am here for it. I don't even know why---but it's so fun to me!! Maybe because real life is stressful right now, and this is something to be both serious and cheeky about at the same time. Maybe because it appeals both to my inner nerd (all the data, all the numbers) and my inner Tom Sawyer ("how can we totally scheme our way through this?")? In any case, it's been one of my most fun weeks on dramabeans.

In other news, I just started Moment of Eighteen. I DO NOT KNOW HOW THIS HAPPENED, but i didn't realize this was the "youth JTBC drama" that Kang Ki-young was in. Ever since I heard he was going to be one, I've had it on my list. I guess I never knew the title...I just thought of it as "the KKY JTBC youth drama." Anyway I am loving this show so much. I didn't read many beanie posts about it before, but it seemed like it was a solid show all the way through, so I am excited!

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Moment is good. I stopped at ep 1, but I knew even then it's good. He's so quietly intense, really powerful acting. I plan to continue one of these days. @lordcobol's statistics was one of the most awesome, funniest things ever. It cracked me up. Seriously, if there were a beanie best post, I would have voted for his.

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yes!! so so great!!!

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It feels like it takes me forever to finish The Longest Day in Chang'an. I really don't have time. My caravan subscription will end on Sunday and now I'm still at episode 40. I hope I can finish it this weekend.
Chang'aners I have a question, if Lo Bo and Zhang Xiao Jing were together in the 8th Squad, why ZXJ didn't recognise him when they met? *Gasp* Does ZXJ has amnesia???
I'm currently at episode 40.

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I watched the 1st ep. of Chang'an but it was a bit too gritty for me. Which isn't bad, but not what I'm really looking for right now. It was good what I saw though and seems like a very well done drama so I plan to keep it on my to-watch list.

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You MUST watch it. It's definitely one of the best C-drama in history.

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When was the last time they met? I thought they only saw each other inside the lantern?

I'm also somewhere around Ep 40 of The Longes Day in Chang'an. I put it on hold because of The Untamed. But also because the hours pass by so slow during the latter episodes. I think they spent too much time in that huge lantern. I am waiting for it to explode.

Now that I have completed The Untamed, I should be able to finish the show this coming week.

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I'm at episode 40, they just met, most likely after 9 years. Yes, I just remember they actually never met during the investigation. Li Bi, Hu Fen and Wen Ran met Lo Bo, but ZXJ never did. Yes you're right in the last 24 hours, they only met inside the giant lantern.
The flashbacks really annoy me. Ep 38 was only flashback. I haven't seen my girl Tan Qi since three episodes ago where is she??

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My gosh. So we faced the same issues with that drama. I'm glad to know there are others.

Re Tan Qi. Thank you. I was rooting for her when she decided to be free. Yet I didn't see her at all. My goodness.

I would have like Ep 38 if I cared for The Eight Squad at all. But I don't. So, yeah ep 38 was annoying. I wish they edited the story of The Eight Squad differently. It was just too difficult for me to care for them.

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I understand that The Eight Squad's story is important because allegedly what happened to them is the reason why Lo Bo decided to blow up Chang'an. But after annoyed us for 8-10 minutes in each several episodes, the PD gave us The Eight Squad for a FULL episode in ep 38.
I also don't really understand why I don't like The Eight Squad. Maybe because as soldiers they're too overdramatic, some of them trying to awol or glorifying Chang'an in every conversation. Also compare to the rest of the plot where the characters move in many places in Chang'an, the eight squad only stayed in the back of the wall. The only interesting action was when they catched a wolf and make it into stew.

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Good point about them staying in one place during the whole thing. That didn't help at all. There were no interesting plots there for me.

Also, I had a hard time recognizing the characters. They were all wearing the same thing, so I can't distinguish who is who.

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By the way, I just finished ep 41. There's movement now. There's some action. Yess. Thank goodness.

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Happy Chuseok!

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Hey!! Good morning! I hope everyone had a great week and hasn't caught a Fall cold (I unfortunately have, #college life).

Is anyone else watching Hell is Other People? I'm literally terrified. Are we assuming that's human meat? Yeah, I'm officially scared. Although... I'd really like if we got to the end, and discovered there really were no murders, he really did have social anxiety or something and was just exaggerating and imagining things. ...But then that detective has gone missing, so there goes that theory TT TT

Happy Fall everyone! Happy Friday!

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Happy Fall and Friday! I hope your cold is over quickly.

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Happy Fall, Friday and Chuseok! I watch Hell is Other People. It is creepy but I feel it is too cartoon-ish. I wonder if there will be any new twists (feel like we found out too many too early).

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Happy almost fall to you @cozybooks! Hope your cold doesn't last long. I usually get one in the fall and the spring.
Hell is Other People is totally creepy and addicting! My hope is at the end we find out this is all a book he is writing.
But it seems the landlady is giving him some kind of drug in that coffee she always pushes on him and somehow it is bringing out the worst in him - all his anger and rage at the world are showing up in his imagination. hmmm
But I still haven't figured out what all the office politics in both places have to do with the story. I hope they all come together and make sense soon.
But yes it is creeeeeeeeeepppppyyyyy as hell! But I can't stop watching it!

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any good jdramas or animes airing?

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