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Open Thread #655

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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Happy weekend Beanies and keep Beaning On!

First of all: a happy (grand)mother’s day to all (future)(grand)mother Beanies!

Our government allows hanging out with the same 4 people from Sunday onwards as a mother’s day gift. My sister’s family is exactly 4 people and I am still living with my parents, so my mother is among the few lucky and happy (grand)mothers who can invite everyone for mother’s day. She is making her infamous lasagna and we will finally get to interact with my godson again, it should be a good day.😊

This week felt a lot slower than last week, probably because pre-Covid-19 May was the busiest month of the year, and my intense April challenges ended. When it comes to social (distanced) interactions however, this week was a good one. I received some interesting job application e-mails, babysat my goddaughter often and I had a group video call with my friend group. Our next meeting is this Saturday evening.😊

The socializing often kept me occupied during my scheduled K-drama time slots, so I will need at least one week extra to finally finish Top Star Yoo Baek and Sassy Go Go! I did not know that binge-watching would be this hard to do.🤔

On that note: how do Beanies define Binge-watching? Does it include anything that finished airing and cannot be live-watched anymore? Does it exclude even the slightest bathroom break in between episodes? How threatening do you perceive your opponent Real Life to be in this matter? It is a highly subjective matter, so I hope some veterans among you can share some wisdom.🤔

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In my case, the term "binge-watching" is watching a show for a longer time than usual. An example would be when a drama airs two episodes per week; watching a 2-weeks-worth of episodes of that show in one day/one sitting can be considered binge-watching, including bathroom breaks.

And binge-watching vs real life is the hardest battle I have to face when it comes to dramas.

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Real life *shakes angry fist*!😤 Now that you put it like that, catching up does count as binge-watching too. Turns out I binge-watch more often than I thought!😅

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Real life is always the enemy! 😤

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I call it binge-watching when a drama has finished airing and I can potentially watch all episodes in succession without a break, if I want to. I don't think I've ever actually finished an entire 16 hour series in a day. That would be brutal.

There's actually a dictionary definition of the term though and it's defined as:

"The practice of watching multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or digital streaming."

So by that definition I guess you can binge-watch a series even if it hasn't finished airing.

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Ahem. I have--finished a 16 hour drama in one sitting. Stopping only for bathroom/food/good night sweet potato get off the flipping couch, breaks.
I've done it more than once.
I've tried binging a 20 ep drama in a day before but alas not even my hiney could handle it!
I dont do much in real life out side of work so real life doesn't really hassle me when I go to binge something.

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I do not have much real life either, and yet that little amount of real life trolls me enough so that I cannot binge anything.😅

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I started out with that mindset when I was a rookie Beanie, but I find that it clashes with the descriptions other Beanies give in 'What we are watching' and how I consume K-dramas now. I am glad that I was not alone in that perception, and I hope you can binge as often as you like!😀

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I call it binge watching when you can do multiple episodes in quick succession, so a complete series - or I guess you could binge watch to get up to date.

I have young children so Real Life always wins even though sometimes I would rather to just hide and watch tv 😅

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I am godmother who often babysits her godchildren and interacts with employers and recruiters to find a job. Not as flexible as parenthood, but flexible enough to understand that right when you are about to press play they need you.😆

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What are you talking about? Drama-watching IS my real life 😆

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👏👊👌👍❤️

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TIL the reason why Chae Soo-bin and Park Joo-hyun had that undeniable chemistry in APOYM

These past few days, I found myself unable to move on from A Piece of Your Mind, so I decided to immerse myself on the show again by re-watching it, listening to its OST (on loop), and making GIFs out of it.

For some weird reason, I ended up checking (and digging) the Instagram accounts of the cast, especially Park Joo-hyun's IG account. There I saw a very familiar face in some of the photos... it's CSB! And their oldest photo was posted way back in 2016! https://www.instagram.com/p/BAZYSZ4Ksl8/

tl;dr: Today I learned that Chae Soo-bin and Park Joo-hyun have been friends for a long time and that's why their characters in APOYM had undeniable chemistry, even as friends.

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Thanks for making my day with this intel!!

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I feel you on the not being able to move on from A Piece of your Mind. I’ve rewatched the whole series, watched all the unsubtitled clips on YouTube, read all soompi articles about it twice and I still miss it. The show made me look forward to Mondays! I would love to see the whole cast again in another project. Not season 2 just a different story. I’ll wait patiently. I can do it after all I’m still waiting for the second season of Forest of Secrets!

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A Piece of Your mind made me want to re-watch my favorite shows because I find myself unable to commit to new shows right now.

And I am also looking forward to the second season of Forest of Secrets!

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Little Boy for 300k-315k by 19th of may
. I have my own challenges to face.
1ltr water per day training of 2019 is showing benefits in 2020.
You can pomp up your chest as much as you want, but without any test all of its is useless. Little Boy i'm in the battle arena. ofcourse,
A mother can worry and suffer but for an individual what's matter most is the challenge upfront.

Divide and rule is such a simple but effective policy. It works. It extrapolate the differences and then amplify them going as much to the level becoming cornerstone of identity. That's how you bat and win. Strength lies in unity.

Division creates chaos, confusion and indecision. One who should walk together, start to aim at each other. Pretty fun to watch.

I talk about Trump not because i've any interest in any of what he does/want to do/ did and how much it affect citizens(its their headache).I use him as an example to talk about human soceity in general But he's pretty tame compared to all other nutjobs out there at top positions. You can crib all you want but don't make it sound like your suffering is more or equal to what others face when you are supposedly still in far better position to speak. Somewhere else you will be taken care of and no one will ever utter a single word.

Politics is family business and its pretty evident among all democracies. That's why surprising to see Ivaka not leading and have control over her father. Any clever person would try to consolidate their position in party as well as build their own national base.
She was everywhere so its easy to assume she have learned the art of political bureaucracy. She can achieve much more by steeping up her game and categorising all her opponents in both parties. Cronies will side with her for sure.

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Baeksang Awards Nominations:

Best Actress

Gong Hyo Jin – KBS2 “When the Camellia Blooms”
Kim Hye Soo – SBS “Hyena”
Kim Hee Ae – JTBC “The World of the Married”
Son Ye Jin – tvN “Crash Landing on You”
IU – tvN “Hotel Del Luna”

Cannot there be a five-way tie in this category?

It does show how many recent dramas have been led by strong female lead actresses.

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Love them all but I'm going with Kim Hee Ae.

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I don't what to think of me and 2020 anymore.

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2020 will be the Mystery Queen 2 of years.

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2020 is drunk and needs to lie down.

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2020 desperately needs collateral amnesia or time skip plot. I personally don't mind both.

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Actually I take it back. The world should never forget the hard painful lessons we learn from this experience. Let us never repeat the same mistakes again and ve better prepared in future.

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Hi Everyone! ..... I hope all of you are doing well today, staying safe and healthy.

Mother's Day will be celebrated here in the U.S. on Sunday (and in a couple of other countries also), so a Happy Mother's Day wish goes out to all the Beanie moms! May you all have a great day!

This week:

Good Casting - Tried the first episode and it was fine but I'm still going to hold off on this one until a later time.

A Couple's World - Each scene just bulldozes through the screen, letting the pieces fall where they may ..... and it totally works for this show.

Soul Repairer - Watched the first episode and I liked it. I want to see what happens next.

The King: Eternal Monarch - A King is there, the woman he loves is elsewhere, a baddie is roaming around and I don't really know what year it is in the Republic ..... but I'm watching. Heh!

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

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👋 hey korfan! Hanging in there with all the beanies!

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I read this article in the Financial Times:
" The Godzilla effect: how coronavirus is shaking up Japanese society" https://www.ft.com/content/432c03aa-8490-11ea-b555-37a289098206

The most jaw-dropping part for me was reading that "the concept of home is not inherently Japanese". My world came crashing down, as it always done when I learn something about a new culture that is so different to my own. Beanies, is this true?

For me, "home" is a defining part of my identity. It influences what I do, where I go, and hey, why I'm actually where I am right now during lockdown. Trying to think of myself without an idea of home is impossible.

All I know about Koreans is through their dramas, and I thought they do have a concept of home. In THIRTY BUT SEVENTEEN and HOUSE HELPER, hey even FULL HOUSE, the heroine fights to maintain the house that her parents built, and that has all her memories. In LITTLE FOREST and I'LL FIND YOU ON A BEAUTIFUL DAY, the home is a safe place where one can always return to recover from tough timess. When Baek Yi-kang stepped over the threshold and left his home in NOKDU FLOWER, that symbolised that he was leaving the Baek family for good.

So, I thought Koreans definitely had a concept of home but now I'm not so sure my concept is the same as theirs.

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You can live in a house but it may not be a home.
A house is a building; a home is the social-cultural-family dynamic of people living under the same roof.

A single person may live in a house or apartment, but he or she does all eating, drinking, socializing, etc. outside so the apartment may be just viewed as a place to crash (like a permanent hotel room) and not as a home.

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I can’t open the article without a subscription. Would you be able to copy and paste it on your wall? Thanks!

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That's strange. I thought the article was free to read now, sorry. I don't think I should copy and paste the whole thing, but I'm quoting and paraphrasing the relevant paragraphs here:

Basically, it argues that having places like restaurants and karaokes closed for a long time during lock-down "is starting to reveal a surprisingly dysfunctional relationship between my friends and their homes".

Of course this isn't happening only in Japan, but the author argues that most Japanese only go home when they have nothing to do, so they are having a very hard time being stuck at home.

To illustrate this, the author describes how marriages usually have limited contact, and how most people eat and drink out every day, and spend weekends away. They would rather be anywhere except home, says the author.

This it the paragraph I mentioned, and also the conclusion:
The final, and most debatable, strut of the official’s argument is that the concept of “home” — as distinct from one’s physical house and family — is actually not inherently Japanese. For decades, housebuilders have peddled the ideal of happy families enjoying time in “mai homu” (he emphasises the English borrowing), but cramming a working couple plus any children into one for hours at a time further emphasises just how much everyone prefers to be somewhere else.

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Thank you! I found the concept that perspective interesting

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I believe that in Asian countries, we live in closer circles than in Western countries. What I mean is that to move out of the house normally happens when you 1) either have enough money on your own or 2) when you're married. Basically, many people live with their parents while tending to their needs until they are married. Some might still live with their parents even after they're married. The concept of 'taking care of those who took care of you' is regarded as the most important virtue in my country. If a person cannot take or does not take good care of their 'home', hence, they are considered somehow ignorant.

That said virtue inevitably makes people and home somehow deeply connected. The concept of home is inherently in our blood because of that virtue I'd say. However, I also think that Japanese are famous for their workaholic nature and the culture that relies on the husband to provide for and to be the head of the family. Moreover, I think men normally go out drinking with their colleagues after work even when it's already night time. It shows how much devoted you are in terms of working. I've also read somewhere that even last month, during the Coronavirus outbreak, less than 20 percent of companies allowed their officers to work from home. I think these, together with the somewhat westernized new generation, make it a more individualized society. I can imagine people my age there prefer to be thought of as hard-working than home people. It reflects how good they are at work, and that can be understandably a compliment in some society if not all.

However, it'd be nice to hear Beanies living there share their thoughts on this.

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That's one part of Asian culture i dislike, where to be perceived as a good employee you're expected to stay beyond the required 8 hours, and in some countries there's further obligations in terms of socialising with co-workers after hours. It takes a toll on both the person and their family life. I'm not saying every company is like this but it does happen often enough to be an accepted norm.

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Hello all:
Hoping everyone is well.
Happy mother's day to all and for all and for all and everyone's mothers.

Dramas:

Good Casting: Am liking the drama well enough but are these women really the best? It would've been better if the women weren't always close to being caught. yes, i know...we need cliffhangers but really?

Find in my memory: Ah, i love Kim Dong Wook. Not liking the fact that she left him twice. The guy is damaged! (Kinda wish there were more scenes showing him battling his everpresent in-the-past memory so we see how truly strong he has had to be to get over that debilitating illness. At this point, he just seems depressed.) He is a very sweet, giving, gentle character and wow, she broke her promise to him twice. I know they have to get back together but i'm not really hoping for it. Somehow he seems more frail than she does. Not sure if the writers intended that but it makes it hard to accept her decision to leave.

Born Again -- Ah drama. This is kind of my crack. Mostly because i really want to see how everyone else in the triangle's lives fit in the great karmic wheel of destiny, evil, yin, yang. The question is can good come out of all this? DNA doesn't have much power over the heart since our heroine was operated on and given the heart of a presumably heartless serial killer. Nurture seems to have some power over destiny because creepy family ties doesn't necessarily make you actually kill people, although it makes you ponder killing people. Karma doesn't seem to have much power either to make someone a killer. Am wondering when the rivalry/triangle began. In the past life 30 years ago? In some earlier time? Was the situation 30 years ago accidental or connected to a past time? So am wondering how all these accidental or planned or destined situations came to be?
Who are the cop's parents though?

Started watching extracurricular on Netflix and that is a tough watch for me so....i kinda bolted. But i'll have to return to it again.

Am presently binge-watching Arrested Development on Netflix and trying to get back into some chinese dramas.

Happy weekend, all. For those in the northeast --don't let the polar vortex get to you. We'll be out of cabin fever lockdown soon eough.
-C

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Happy Mother’s Day Carole! I bolted after a couple of eps of Extracurricular too. I couldn’t watch the downward spiraling. We have super nice weather this weekend, but I’m afraid to pick up flowers for planting yet because temps notoriously drop to freezing at night between now and the end of May. I end all my conversations these days with “stay safe!”

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Me too! Stay safe from storms, murder hornets, weird flus, non-flus, coronavirus, militia guys with guns. Thank God for flowers.

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That’s a stay safe list that is all too true and sad.

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Ahh, Lee Jung Hoon(FMIYM) is such a great character! I actually started to re-watch the drama because I'm making an fmv and I actually forgot about a ton of important scenes *facepalm* but now I just love him even more. Same, I wish they showed more about his condition, they barely use that plot point, even though it is so important when it comes to his character.

I don't necessary think Ha Jin doesn't deserve him, while re-watching, I noticed how good she is for him, it is just there is always something happening that makes her think that breaking up is for the best. I really hate when it happens though..

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happy mother's day to you, too, Miss Carole!

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Carole your BORN AGAIN comments keep enticing me to give it a shot. I am a JKY fan and planned on watching but the early returns were not that good.

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The early returns are overwrought and somewhat epic, at least they aimed for epicness. And i believe, they achieved makjang epicness. There's a line by Oscar Wilde about a book written by Charles Dickens: "Only someone without a heart can view the death of Little Nell without laughing." I'll admit it. I laughed at the mountaintop overwroughtness. Because it was just all kinds of weird loveliness. But you have to be in the mood. In the present era of our character's lives, the beauty of a hero who is a jerk is what's grabbing me. I haven't seen such a bitter in-need-of-soul-saving hero in ages. I AM definitely wishing that all the elders also had karmic debt/issues and that the entire circle needs to level up. Watch the first four or five episodes to see if you like it. Overwroughtness and dick heroes might not be your thing but right now...they hit the sweet spot for me.

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Hello May beanies, that’s about all I know is the month. Days blur. I’ve lost momentum for any sort of schedule so life is random these days. I do part time work from home at any time. I eat whenever. I watch kdramas some mornings which I never did before covid safer-at-home. And stay up until 1 a.m. watching more. Masked outings are infrequent, I stay in touch on social media with fam and friends and take long drives in the country because gas is cheap. But you know what, I’m ok and I hope you are too. Thing will teeter-totter all summer probably, and I’m thinking herd immunity is what will balance thing out so stay safe and healthy in mind, body, and spirit dear beans!
I’ll be watching King Eternal Monarch and Hospital Playlist tonight. Or maybe this later this morning ! Oh, and I’m loving Heart Signal 3.
❤️owl

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I have to watch Eternal Monarch and Hospital Playlist. I'm so behind. Mercifully, i'm beside the park so i can walk in it. We all do this kind of mutual avoidance dance move when we approach each other. Keep safe.

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I walk a lot too and yes the mutual distancing is a thing now

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Happy Mother's day to all types of moms around the world!

I asked my mom on how she wants to celebrate (we usually just have a dinner and a cake) and if there's anything she wants that I can buy, her answer was that she only wants me to buy fish. How simple~ >.< I did make a cake but my parents can't eat a lot since it's unhealthy.

Happy World Red Cross and Red Crescent Day to all volunteers! Though I'm no longer active in our local chapter, I've spent half of my life in this organization and have found a family that I grew up with. So in today's celebration, we did a zoom meeting, and played an online game. It was nice seeing and talking to them. And all of a sudden I miss my friends. I rarely miss people, but today I miss them.

*hugs*

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Been speed-watching The Third Charm this week, until I couldn't anymore because life is hell for the FL. Ironically I also started watching Signal and Extracurricular and found those two a lot less gruelling than TTC. Seems like I'm ok with serial murders and teenage escorts, but not with real-life scenarios 🤦

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Ok so I know not everyone hates or loves an actor or actress just cause they are not interested in them. But I do have one problem. Why do people write off actresses or actors just because they don't like their character in one drama or two? I mean I get it if they are not good at acting. But just cause you didn't like one character they played, really?

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interesting phenomenon, i call it a "drama grudge" and i've been known to have them... but they can change, when you see the actor in another role that you (this time) LIKE.

i.e., Kim Min Jung in The Thorn Birds - she was the antagonist/mean girl... i hated her so much in that dreary drama that i didn't get over it until Man x Man where she played a dweeby gooney manager and then of course, as Hina in Mr Sunshine... i am now an avid fan!

i know it made no sense to dislike the actress, but... it happens. another was Kim Tae Hee in Stairway to Heaven -- hated her character so much i had a hard time watching her in later dramas... but i LOVED her in My Princess and most recently, Hi, Bye Mama... so silly, i know...

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I am totally familiar with this phenomenon. I tell you , I hate, hate, HATED the mom and sister so much in Pretty Noona that by the time I finished watching the drama the first time (every time after that I ff'd their scenes) that every time they popped up all I could think was, "I really hate your face".
When the sister popped up in CLOY as one of the group of gal friends in North Korea even though she was sweet and timid I HATED HER until the very end of the drama. I kept telling myself she did nothing wrong. Shes a totally different character! And I saw the mom in something else as well, and it was a visceral reaction. My eye literally started twitching. I hated her on site when she was totally chill. Didn't matter.

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Lol this got me loled.

Pretty Noona was my introduction to SYJ and good gracious, it wasn't a good impression at all. I don't know if I should think of that as her being extremely good in her role or her lack of competence at choosing a good enough -or even as ok role to play, but well I hated her character so much in that show I couldn't stand watching her in anything else. I didn't know I had the 'drama grudge' until you mentioned that. She proved me wrong in CLOY though. She was very good in it I can even say that her performance there moved me more than Hyun Binnie's.

Drama grudge is scary. It silently came to you and made you close your mind when it comes to giving these actors the new chances to prove themselves.

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I know drama grudge can be scary sometimes.. So I watched an old drama called "Brilliant Legacy" which was originally aired in 2009. That drama was makjang but I liked it. However I just hated the character of the step-sister played by Moon Chae Won so much that I can't seem to convince myself to watch her other projects.I know it is really ridiculous and not the actor's fault. Funny thing is later on she did a movie with the lead of that drama .That guy is my fav but I couldn't bring myself to watch it although I have watched almost all his works. I thought how can the step sister end up with the hero ..No..I can't accept..I was so stupid..They had different characters in the movie and she was fl in it unlike the drama. I don't have anything against MCW personally and I think she is a great actress especially I heard her performance in The Innocent Man was good. But it is just the drama grudge.I don't know for how long it will continue..😅

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@atlas i totally forgot about Brilliant Legacy! i did hate the evil sister, but i didn't remember that it was Moon Chae Won...
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I can see that. Also the opposite can be true too. Have you ever loved a character and then find that your affection translates to the actor?
Someone just posted a pic from that Melty drama which I have not watched, but I loved those two actors in two different shows. So seeing them it made me smile.

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Hey that's how I have few of my favourite actors lol. Like uh I loved KSH's character in CTG and he's so sweet in real life too. I don't have a crush nuh uh no...

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yes, but then i was BURNED by Park Shi Hoo and Micky Yoochun.
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I don't think I've experienced hating an actor because of the character...eg: it's no secret that I dislike Kim Tan so much but hey...I'm watching Eternal Monarch 😂.

Anyways...I've seen this phenomenon going on. I saw comments saying they hate SSR in You Who Came From The Stars or The Last Empress (he was the villain in both), so they can't watch other dramas of his. Sad, so sad. These people are missing what a great actor he is. Hmphhh

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I haven't experienced it either. For me to hate an actor he has to be a bad person in real life. Honestly right now I have none.

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Recently, there are a few actors with questionable offenses whose dramas I’m avoiding now. It’s strange because I didn’t mind before.

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its not healthy, I tell you! I couldn't enjoy either of the characters that the Mom and Sister from Pretty Noona in their other roles. I spent the entire time glaring at them thinking (or yelling at the computer/tv screen, whatever) HOW COME YOU COULDNT BE THIS NICE IN PRETTY NOONA? HUH? HUH? HUH?
The bitterness was so real.
Even if my sanity was not.

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That means they are great actresses...no? You're supposed to hate the character in the drama, and they are so hateful, it sticks in memory. Ahahaha

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yup, exactly!

but we don't care during our drama grudge... totally irrational.
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Before Vagabond I only saw him in Liar Game and YWCFTS, playing villian in both but when Vagabond happened and every one was saying he's probably secretly the bad guy I kind of got a bit annoyed. Like hey not necessarily, lol.

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Nooooo....he was never the villain in VB. He was the rock in my rock candy ship that sunk to the bottom of the ocean too early~~~ calling @yyishere my fellow shipmate. Also I don't recall discussions about KTW being a villain in the VB threads. It would be too predictable if he was villain. Lol.

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Well not everyone but a few people were I think you had noticed it too the first few episodes. I remember cause I was like 'do they typecast him in such roles or what, that's just two dramas' lol.

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I couldn't look at Baekhyun's face for like a year after Moon Lovers because his character was so freaking annoying I wanted to punch him every time he came on screen

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It's interesting you mention this because I would have said I was immune from this. Assuming the issue isn't their acting but their character then usually if I hate them or can't stand them I'll assume the acting was good.

However, a few months ago I tried to watch the film Tune Into Love. Great cast, good writer. I was looking forward to it since it dropped on Netflix. But two minutes in, KGE delivered her first line and all of a sudden I was back projectile vomiting at her character in Goblin. And I couldn't watch the film. So it can happen and sometimes without you realising it.

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I feel you. But KGE is a good actors. Sometimes I feel some good talented popular actors select safe typical characters made for usual kdrama tropes. Like LeeMin Ho, he has potential but I never like the characters or script he selects. Recent dissapointment is hyun bin- CLOY and Alhambra.
Some talented actors who select good scripts are jo jung suk, lee sun gyun, cho seung woo, kim hye soo, gong hyo jin.

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On the flip side, there are dramas that I couldn’t watch no matter how good the actors are because I couldn’t relate to the characters or immerse in the story. It was like that for me with CLOY.

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Ditto. Son ye jin and hyun bin are my favourites and always wanted them to pair up. But the way characters were written in CLOY, I had a hard time in watching it. Such a waste of talents.

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I don’t hate the actors personally but there are instances where I am skeptical of the drama because they are in there. It usually happens when I start seeing the actor rather than the characters they are playing. Like I now only see George Clooney in every movie instead of the character he’s supposed to play. So after sometime I’ve started avoiding his movies. My take is that I’m there for the stories and very few actors have the charm and charisma for me just watch them playing themselves no matter the story.

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Ah that I totally get. It happens to me too. That's why I believe the better the actor the less it would happen. But mostly it happens when they play the same kind of roles.

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I am normally a very rational person. However, after I finished watching Temptation, I couldn't bear to watch any of CJW other dramas. But lately, after watching her in some variety shows, I've grown to like her! Took a really long time, though.

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Hi everyone, looking for a little help:

I am looking to participate in a group event where folks will share short (about 5 min) videos of a scene, YouTube, song, whatever to enjoy a little communal quarantine time together. Since I'm the only drama fan in the group, and a newby at that, I was thinking of offering a single drama scene that would give folks (mostly but not all from the US) a taste for what dramas may be like – not that there's only a single style – and hopefully convince them to watch one or two. Any suggestions? The main rule is that it can't be a big spoiler moment ("Luke Skywalker, I am....). Has to be something I can get from Netflix or Viki. Would love any suggestions you may have. Thanks!

(Reposted from the depths of last week’s Open Thread....;-) )

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1. In CLOY, the DMZ transfer scene where SYJ races to say goodbye to HB; or
2. If your friends like wacky, any musical scene from Pegasus Market.

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@welh That iconic scene is one of the best scenes I’ve seen in dramaland but it’s that quite a spoiler?

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Thanks for the suggestions! I've not seen PM so will have to check it out (I take it that you'd recommend it?). That DMZ scene was great especially if you had been on the whole ride...

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The moment our hero high school king realizes he's in love with his ten-years older secretary. Also, tip-toe kisses and hugs from Queen InHyun's man and high school king respectively.

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Thanks...but which show(s) are these? (hey...I did say that I was a newby).

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High School King of Savvy
Queen InHyun's Man
Both are on viki

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Thanks!

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How about showing characters in dramas watching dramas?
Like Cha Hyun's reactions to the drama shes watching in Search:WWW or Shim Cheong watching shows and movies for the first time and implementing what shes watched in a fight scene in the 1st or 2nd episode of Legend of the Blue Sea. Both are on Netflix I think.
Such scenes might be there in a lot of other dramas.

Also Dramabeans has an Instagram page where they share small clips from various dramas. You could look there and see if you find any you like. You'll find a lot of options there!

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Love the meta suggestion! Was thinking about something along these lines from "Be Melodramatic", haven't seen Search:WWW yet but get the sense that I should. There are also some nice drama-in-drama scenes in CLOY that might work. And finally, thanks for the direction to the Dramabeans Instagram page!

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Start the video at about 50 seconds in and run it for nearly a minute. :-) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4GDdwPcvy0

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Whatabout sharing snippets from Kingdom? Walking Dead ala joseon style would provide a lot of interesting discussion points. Although maybe the outbreak is a bit too close to reality?

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Ah, embarrassed too say that I've not seen Kingdom yet (it's actually next on my Netflix stream once I finish Reply 1988)....was thinking about Train to Busan in that regard (although a movie and not a drama). Actually, my Viki show right now fits very well into the isolation mode too (I"m Not a Robot). Really appreciate the suggestion!

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Literally just clicked on this bc of Hyun Bin in the thumbnail.
I have absolutely nothing to say. 😂
But I hope all you beanies are well!😊

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Me too😂😂..But found something to comment on.

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Hi everyone! Popping in to say.....

Shin Sung Rok has a new drama!!!! Yay!!!! 🥳
*wipes single happy tear*

I'm happy and wary. The description is making me wary, but remembering RH will return to dramaland is making me happy. And it's a Trot Lovers reunion with Lee Se Young. How awesome is it that the 2nd leads have now upgraded to 1st leads. *a proud and happy fan*

Please be informed that I will ocassionaly flood the wall with drama info and updates until the drama airs and might continue untill it finish airing. Fyi, the drama will air in September. It's gonna be half a year of drama updates by me! Hahahaha 😂

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The Netflix comedy, Never Have I Ever is hilarious. I couldn't stop laughing.

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Round 2 of my descent into madness known as the Best Drama poll is up and ready for votes

http://invisibledragon.home.blog/2020/05/05/the-very-big-end-of-decade-korean-drama-poll-round-2/

Jump in and vote for your best and favourite dramas.

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Things I hate in Korean dramas:
1. Stupid gang fights vs police squads. Yeah, like that ever really happens.
2. Food. It seems like 20% of all the dialogue in kdramas is like "have you eaten", "don't forget to eat" (how can you forget to eat, BTW?). Meanwhile 97% of all food in kdramas is left on the table to rot.
3. People babbling away on phones in full earshot of every enemy/rival that ever existed. They can be standing 3 feet away and never get noticed.
Things I love about Korean Dramas:
1. The Truck of Doom. The truck of doom is by far the most intelligent being in all dramas. It can track down anyone, anywhere within seconds in a city of millions and smoosh them to smithereens. It has magical infinite GPS tracking and is able to identify people and vehicles thousands of meters away, and then perform a precise hit (that obviously involves some pretty high end math skills).

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I finished watching, "Love in Sadness," and once again the writer didn't put the icing on the cake when it came to the last episode. Since Ma Ri was still married to In Wook when he committed suicide, she would inherit all of his assets. It would have been fitting and proper after Ma Ri recovered from her gunshot wound, that she take the inheritance and build a shelter for battered wives--then sit down and have a cup of tea with Jung Won as the last scene. Why is it that I'm very rarely satisfied with Kdrama endings, or is it a cultural thing?

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Hope you’ve all had a good week!

It’s feijoa season here (they’re a type of fruit, and the trees are very prolific during the season but it is short) and because we’ve been in lockdown I haven’t been able to give away any of the fruit from my tree (plus everyone seems to have their own tree). So we’ve been eating them, I’ve stewed some and frozen some and made some into chutney and some into jam and some into more chutney and some into cakes and we still have a full ten litre bucket on the bench....and they are still coming. I am running out of ideas 😅

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We have been under the lockdown for more than a month too here. Here at my (parents') house we have quite some mango trees, jackfruits, bananas and some other types of trees that produce fruits so I understand your feelings. Three weeks ago we got plenty of sweet, yellow mangoes and we ran out of ideas what we could do with them. I tried making mango smoothie and ate them raw and there were still plenty of them left. We have frozen the rest.

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I'm so jealous. Mango is my fave fruit and I ate it often when I grew up. Unfortunately it's not native in the country I live now so it's bloody expensive whenever they make the rare appearance on the supermarket selves.

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There’s only so many smoothies you can have, right? We had pears at the start of the lockdown so my freezer is getting pretty full 😅 it’s a pretty good problem to have I guess.

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How about making dehydrated mango slices? Saves freezer space and longer shelf life.

US mangos are imported. They are flash boiled while still green to kill bacteria/viruses/diseases. Then shipped in refrigerated trucks. So the mangos we buy in stores are hit or miss. More misses for me. I've given up on them in the last few years.

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I found myself unconsciously cuss in korean these days... Not that I cuss a lot. But still...

Wonder if anyone else have the side effect of using korean words when you dont even speak the language?

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hello beaniessss :)) weekly rundown coming at you
1. 'Hospital playlist' amazing as usual i just love it, if you arent watching it you should. its perfect
2. I don't even know why, but i started watching 'good casting' which i mean, i got to episode three and i think im going to stop?
3. binge watched all of 'Extracurricular' and damn all i want is more dramas likw this. It was brilliant netflix please give us season 2. kim dong hee i am falling for you more and more.
4. And last, and most definetly the least 'THE KING' i mean i've been talking about how dissapointing it has been all this while and it only gets worse, and the ratings seem to reflect that as somehow the main couple is already in love? Did i miss all the chemistry, or did it just not exist? Also the PPL's are insane. In episode 8 each and every scene had a product placement and i just cant take anything seriously. I've said it before and i'm saying it again. i am only watching this for Jo yeong and eun-sup. like yeah.
Any thoughts on the king? lmk if you agree or not :))

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i alrady posted the full rundown of all the dramas i'm currently watching but i binged watched all the episodes of Extracurricular (human class) and it was so good that i thought it deserved its own post so here goes...
Starting with the story and the plot line, it really is a completely unexplored genre in the kpop world. It connects the world of korean high school cliche's to a world of korean taboo concepts and ideas so seamlessly. The writing is so artful that all the plotpoints are introduced with ingenuity. Things like bullying and prostitution and crimes in general which would be handled in a very dramatic manner in other dramas were introduced into the story without flair, allowing the audience to almost accept it as if it were a normal thing for high school things to do.
The characters follow up, they are all so well rounded. Yes we have seen the poor boy who gets first in the class and is an outsider, but this guy is different. He is more than just a cliche, he has emotions and he has fears and he has flaws and that has such a charm to it. Even all the other characters who seem so standoff ish and perfect are all broken down well as the drama progresses. We see characters that are seemingly just korean cliches being broken down and shown raw by the end.
The directing of the drama really helped tie it up well. With the scenes shot to perfection showing dramatics where needed and calmness when unexpected bringing it to the next level.
The actors of course also did an amazing job of bringing the whole thing to life and really help create the suspension of disbelief that is so needed for this drama.
I also love the way it ends. it ends the way it should, with the cop knowing they were there but being unable to do anything about it. it leaves so much to the imagination. it then pans to the seoul skyline reminding the audience that people like this exist within our society right now, that some version of scenes seen in the drama are actually happening within our current lives. It is really impactful and quite frankly perfect.
If there is a season 2 (which there better be) i hope it focusses on how they got out of this mess and are now trying to live their lives as young 20 something year olds??? maybe they lost touch with eachother and met again. How they forgot all this crap and were jsut trying to live normally until they all met again and welll... idk lets see. tell me what you think :))

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hi
i am a new person here. signed up to be able to leave a comment on this open thread and hopefully gain insight from an older person on something that is bothering me.
i am 18, i'll soon turn 19 years old. today is mother's day and i feel conflicted, troubled. my relationship with my parents is a little fraught. various real life problems and circumstances keep us from fully understanding each other and divide us from within. we should be a team taking together on the world, but instead people from outside and their comments constantly cause divides between us. i have a younger brother too and i love him, annoying as he may be sometimes. i worry that these problems have a negative impact on him as well. there are various other issues that i don't wish to mention here simply because i have recounted these incidents several times and doing so again brings me no joy. just deep despair and sadness and some agony.
i grew up a little too fast, a little too early and sometimes feel like i missed out on some things because of the circumstances in our household.
i love my mom but sometimes we fall apart. in an ugly way. we make up too. i wrote her a letter today, detailing my feelings for her. my gratitude and love.
my dad is a bit of a different story. a few events over the years have caused us to drift apart and though i still respect him to a certain extent, i definitely don't love him as much anymore. he went from being my superhero to someone i care about, but not always.
i admit, that throughout my life i have made many mistakes too. but i know those mistakes were more due to me being younger and immature and less due to deliberate rebellion or planning. often the consequences i had to face for said mistakes were too harsh and left scars.
i have grown and learnt from every event because my mother and brother supported and comforted me. they held me through my worst and gave me the courage to push forth.
not sure where exactly i am going with this but i'll stop here. if anyone has any words to leave me, please do so. thanks :')

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Generally speaking, its understood that the teen years are pretty much a nightmare for all involved. The solution to it is time, time and more time. If life's hard at 19 (and for most of us it was), remember 21 us just two years away, and 23 is 2 years after that, and 25 is two years after that. Before you know it you'll be 40 and reminiscing about 'the good old days', having conveniently forgotten just how awful it was to be 19.

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Seems like a dumb question, but why I can't bold my text and use italics in comment session? I am quite a newbie here, so....

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Using the html codes will do the trick

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Oh no wonder the BBCode didn't work.
Thanks!

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