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[Theme of the Month] Your year in dramas

December marks the end of the year, so it’s time to look back before saying goodbye to 2019. We’d like to hear different perspectives and approaches on your retrospective of the year. Maybe you encountered a certain character type or plot point that prompted reflection. Did you have a gem of a drama that moved you? Join the Dramabeans staff as we look back on 2019’s dramas!

Share with us what this year in dramas has meant for you. Thinking beyond a straight list of dramas you loved or hated, what spoke to you?

 
To submit:

  • Email your submissions to [email protected] If you have a registered Dramabeans account, include your handle so we can link to it.
  • Include at least 1 image, though more is preferred.
  • Suggested length: Between 500 and 1,000 words.
  • Deadline: We will post these on a rolling basis, so we’re taking submissions now. We will cut off accepting submissions on December 24. If you miss this month, join us for a new theme next month!

 
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Boksoo best drama 2019 <3.

That's it, I have nothing more to say.

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Oooh exciting!

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Dear Santa,
I really really did my best this year, I even tried to be a responsible adult and learnt how to skip, drop or speed up dramas to have time to concentrate on the important things in life (*cough* there was a kiss in No Second Chances!!! *cough*). Please, please, please, bring me a year review by Javabeans and Girlfriday. 🙏
Yours sincerely,
D.

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Aaaahhh you reminded me of the old old db where we waited with bated breaths for a year-end review from Santa.

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You will find me sobbing in the corner with three bottles of sake.

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Keep an eye out for my "A Year of Sh☠️tposting" write up. After the three bottles of sake of course.

(would they actually publish that if I sent it in? Lol...)

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No, they absolutely would not.

... But you should try anyway.

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Then they would not be recognizing my service to this country!!!!! *smh*

I should shouldn't I... hehehe

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Send them some sake bottles... with a misunderstanding, we never know!

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I did consider bribery.

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Tale of Nokdu was the most enjoyable drama of 2019 for me. The chemistry was like magic.

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Ok. Finally I get to write something????? 😅🙄🤔
Roughly I feel I honestly liked more 2018 than this year. 2018 was the year of My Ajusshi and Mother.
But yes I know, we have to move on.
I will try to participate this time.
Also, I am crazy looking forward to all your inputs.
Write a lot, beanies!! 🙂☺

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The theme I have been waiting for all year...:)

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#TheYearOfCdramasOnDramabeans

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Hahaha... this!
It's a year of discovery for me. Suddenly my to-watch list is filled with sageuk and Chinese costume dramas. (Not that I'm complaining 😉)

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MOOD

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( nods head vigorously and stumbles off to finish the last 2 episodes of Arsenal Military Academy )

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Again, MOOD lol

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seriously! All I could think about is the Untamed, even though I've watched 14 Kdramas prior to that. haha

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Same!!! I'm trying to think back to what I've watched this year in dramas and all my mind is coming up with is "The Untamed" XD

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After glancing at the list of shows in 2019, it's a good thing I didn't start The Untamed until October.
I can't seem to stop watching it (third rewatch, but with much ff-ing in the long scenes) and still I can't seem to start any new kdramas.... sigh..

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Hahaha It’s okay, take as much time as you need

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Same effect for me! I watched the drama, then the anime, read the novel, the donghua and I can't stop thinking about this drama! They deserve to win "Best Couple". Nobody can't beat this chemistry!

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I managed to untame myself from "The Untamed" but more and more Beanies have finally joined in on watching it and posting on the Beanie Section, and I am finding myself slowly being sucked back into the "The Untamed" hole OMG HELP

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HA! I was about to ask if Cdramas can be included in the Beanie count >.<

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'S what I'm wondering, too lol

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Then we'd have more beanies!

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Maybe I should write about what spoke to my fears and pressed my buttons , I just don't know how to start 🤔

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That sounds like a great topic. I would read it.

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Thanks 💚💚💙💙 I'm still thinking how to start

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This year in dramas taught me that I...have accepted that makjangs are for me and I am not above them because if a series can accept it and lean into it with accepting it for what it is, so can I.

So, thank you Mother of Mine and Graceful Family. And a shoutout to 2018's The Last Empress.

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Don't forget What's Wrong With My Mother-in-law XD

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Ahhh, yes. That one was too short. Too short.

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Yes, one of the very few makjangs one can say was too short!

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Can I like this more than once? DRAMA OF THE YEAR!!!

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The .mkjng virus has spread 😂

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Best Makjang EVER!

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If you substitute romcom for makjang, I did the same thing. The heart-pounding action of My Country, the suspenseful thrills of Vagabond, the torturous shenanigans of makjangs were as nothing to me. Instead, I find lip action and heart-eyes much more enthralling.

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I sort of wish I could watch makjang's, because that would mean I would get less eternally irritated at characters when they do stupid things, lol.

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This year's retrospective is same as last year and every year before it: disliked most of the shows loved on DB, got surprised by liking shows I didn't expect.

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I can relate. I disliked Tale of Nokdu and Her Private Life which Dramabeans loved and then quite enjoyed My Absolute Boyfriend (where Yeo Jin-goo was more heart fluttering than Hotel del Luna) and avoided reading recap comments because Beanies' negativity clouds my enjoyment.

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I can not only relate but probably beat you, nobody probably disliked more popular shows.

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HA!

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That's me almost every year.

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Can we only write about dramas that aired in 2019?

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You can start with shows that didn’t make the cut last year. Anything that premiered after Dec 1, 2018. I think older shows won’t count though. Even if you watched them this year. :(

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Potential titles for my review:

"Blood, Sweat, and Beans"
"Swimming with the Fish Cult"
"A Sageuk for Every Season"
"Magic Horse Lives On"
"Season 2: A Horror Story"
"Getting YY To Her Rooftop"
"The Fanwall Squad"

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It depends on how snarky you feel at the moment, doesn't it?

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One always has enough snark for #MagicHorseForPresident2020

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The Year of the Anti Bean

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That would be 2019 for me.

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It really was a year of mêmes wasn't it...

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I think you miss
"Sunflower, Work Place Musical and Singing to Cabbages: Weird is The New Sexy."
😉

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Anyone have a link to a complete list of dramas for 2019?

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Thank you!

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You're welcome :)

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I like this one too, which has them listed by network: https://wiki.d-addicts.com/List_of_Dramas_aired_in_Korea_by_Network_in_2019

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Yes, and there is one for the future dramas by network too.

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@kurama. That's my go-to site to check upcoming dramas: https://wiki.d-addicts.com/Upcoming_KDrama :D

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Thank you for this link! Unfortunately all I see are the shows I couldn't finish! ;-)

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Same. I think this year has the lowest number of dramas I’ve watched from start to finish

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You're welcome.

No Kdrama in 2019? Really? There were good one though.

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Oh I finished LOTs of them - but also there were so many I couldn't finish. But now that I've fallen into the UT abyss I can't seem to get myself starting any new ones.
But I'll certainly check the new one with Hyun Bin next week.

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I was thinking I barely watched anything, but I just counted up nine 2019 dramas that I watched without dropping ~ That’s pretty solid, especially since it’s not including previously aired shows or Chinese dramas.

My slump year was more full than I thought 😅

There is no defining theme to my watching, or my life, this year. So this will be a theme that I will sit out ~

Might I suggest January Theme of the Month be about our dream dramas? The ones we hope to come into being with each new drama ?

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*small excited gasp*
can I write about that in January anyway? I have so many.

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Please do, Sic dear~

Right now I know I will either be writing a lot or not at all in January, so I’m still committing to nothing.

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I second this!

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This year was about Jang Man Wol for me and her Hotel Del Luna staff. It is great to come across another memorable character, and a female one at that. Aside from teaching us about forgiveness and letting go, what I got from it is that the cards that are handed to us will not always be fair. However,it should not stop us from living with dignity and grace.

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2019 is simple: Shin Sung Rok.

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Every time i see his name I feel a little sad cause I like him so much but can hardly get through the dramas he’s in 😭

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2019: My 147th rewatch of Six Flying Dragons.

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I just started watching it. I am two episodes in. I didn't want to post any thoughts on it at this point because I want to make sure I can make the commitment.

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Ohhhh enjoy the ride!

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Thanks!

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It took me until Ep. 6 to get hooked and make that commitment. Enjoy!

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Thanks! I'm on episode ten. It does take a while, with all the set up. There is so much to cover.

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Yooo you're so fast!

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The rise of strong female leads. Lee Yeon Seo, Tammy, Scarlett, Veronica Park, Man Wol, Mo Seok Hui. May this trend continues on.

I didn’t watch a lot of K-Dramas this year. Even the ones I liked I had gripes, but I definitely appreciated the shift in female leads with amazing personality and characters. 💘💘

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Throwback to that time I first fell in love with Bae Ta Mi http://www.dramabeans.com/members/13infamyss/activity/798987/

Throwback to that time I decided Shin Hye Sun rose up to the ranks of my all time favourite actresses. She was amazing; drama not so much. http://www.dramabeans.com/members/13infamyss/activity/786089/

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Shin Hye-sun is my very favorite actress of simply extraordinary talent. I have always hated the fact that in her previous dramas the designers always seemed to want to hide her very great beauty with ill-fitting or dowdy clothing. Then we got ANGEL'S LAST MISSION and a designer who received permission to do the opposite- and it was a real treat for the eyes.

The show itself was seriously marred by the inability of the writer to choose between competing visions of the world: The Buddhist/Traditional Religious one and a Roman Catholic one- including a profound misunderstanding of the purpose of angels. Because of this the happy ending seemed forced- even though the elements for it were there throughout the story.

The sad thing about ANGEL'S LAST MISSION is that, had the writer not attempted a sloppy mishmash of world views we might have gotten a story as profound as GOBLIN.

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I will also like to add the wonderful trio of Be Melodramatic. I think you haven't watched it unless they would've been mentioned *hint: time to get over AMA too 😜*

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Yes correct. I haven’t seen Be Melo 🙈🙈 Guess I can add one more bean this year? 😬

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It is amazing. Totally worth a try. There will be serious parts but always something fun too to balance that out.

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She’s not a lead, but Hoo-ja from Fellow Citizens :)))

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Ohhh!! I forgot about Hoo Ja!! Yes she was awesome. I would consider her a lead, just like how I label Veronica and Scarlett leads!

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A lot of awesome female side characters and villains too I think!

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I have done my best

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2019 - the year of the sageuk
My favorite dramas (in order of airing)
The Crowned Clown
Kingdom
Nokdu Flower
Designated Survivor: 60 Days
The Tale of Nokdu
My Country

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