Beanie level: Noble idiot

Me: Saccharine codependent all-consuming romantic relationships are boring and bad.

Also me: please hook Deom Mi/Yoon Jae’s love directly to my veins.

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You know what, at least Park Min Young has had the opportunity to exercise her range with this wandering plot.

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Is the lesson of HPL that women have to carry the emotional weight of the world on their shoulders? And do the work of keeping everyone alive to boot?

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Wait. What. There was a fourth kid? What is this. I am so confused.

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Deok Mi is such a creeper but I do love her.

Finally watching HPL 15. I will for always wish they had generated enough plot to dodge the childhood connection trope.

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Ok. I have hit saturation point on the childhood trauma/abandonment subplot of HPL and want a return to zany fangirl hijinx. That said KMJ×PMY are perfection even when teary and anxious.

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Totally normal and appropriate workplace behaviour.

Honestly grateful for the comedic relief of this and Director Eom. These past episodes have been muy intensio.

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Honestly I was afraid the show would put Deok Mi’s fangirling to rest once she and Ryan hooked up, so I am continually charmed by these unabashed moments of fan joy on her part.

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    Haha yes! I’m glad they show her still spazzing – like when CSA called her or when he met her outside the gallery! I do understand the reduced fangirl aspect in a way – cos she’s interacting directly with CSA these days and there is no need to go to his events – she sees him kind of ‘socially ‘ cos of Ryan! Ultimate fangirl fantasy.

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Busy week so only getting around to Her Private Life now. I want to screencap 90% of their subtle comfortable interactions BUT FIRSTLY

GOOD MORNING to this 3-piece suit & this suit only😍🔥

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What is the deal with the soundtrack to Abyss? It swerves between the mystery, pomp and menace of a Star Wars First Order scene and the bouncy trumpets of the Marvel title credits? Neither of which really suit the material and continually throw me off balance. I want to find something redeeming in this show but so far it really seems like a mess with grand aspirations.

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Can we talk about these wonderful fecking v-necked garments on Kim Jae Wook? Like. What. How is a sternum so sexy?

Also, I am relieved they have broken away from the pastel trouser suits on PMY.

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    so i am extremely interested in the sudden pivot of Deok-mi’s wardrobe. It coincided with her coming out as a fangirl to Ryan, right? Is it an extended metaphor about showing off her true self, etc etc etc? (It doesn’t work for me in a lot of ways as a metaphor, fwiw)

    Or did the stylist read DB comments about the pantsuits and we brought her/him to the light? 😉

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      I wonder about the motivation for the shift, too. Like it is the fact that her professional and personal lives are reconciled in a way they weren’t before? Because I’d also easily believe it a response to fan criticism, tbh. They were styling her so fuddy duddy/prairie school marm.

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    Yeah, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone make V-necked garments work like Kim Jae-wook does.

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    I’m glad you mention those gorgeous v-necks, bc I was silently blessed whoever decided to put KJW in that!
    I mean… it just his chest, but damn does he WERK it. Like every single part of him is sexy. HOW? (and how do i get my hands on it hehehe) PMY is so lucky!

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    I really didn’t like the way he was dressed in the first few episodes. Very eccentric – probably to show us his artistic nature. But whatever it is, the man can rock a garbage back as if it is designer material.

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Deok Mi\’s inadvertent mentoring of Hyo Jin is so kind and understanding. There are MANY aspects of the show\’s representation of fangirling that is v problematic. However, the way her character is as much about fostering community and joy among young girls, and trying to support them in celebrating their fannish loves in ways that (usually) keep them safe and keep their fangirling respectful.

I\’m for defo glossing the uglier sides of fandom, and I don\’t know that the show can and/or will ever address the distortion enacted by the cult of celebrity. But there are parts of Deok Mi\’s understanding of fannish practices and fan communities that resonate with my own enjoyment of connecting with others through or by way of a cherished art or artistic practitioner. Like this old Dramabeans.

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Okay, I saved Her Private Life #12 for tonight. Nothing prepared me for the cutest impromptu date/comfort night. My face is in a rictus of squee.

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Her Private Life dispensing with prolonged unnecessary misunderstandings and getting straight to the heartfelt chats is a big part of my love for this show.

Aside from all the hotness that is

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I’ve watched the first four episodes of Abyss and I can’t bring myself to care. The characters are very one-dimensional. The tension is at the exact same pitch all the time with insufficient comedic relief, romantic suspense, or anything much beyond the hunt for Oh Young Cheol to vary it. I am finding it hard to see how this is going to sustain my interest over 16 episodes. I also hate all the body shaming and oppressive beauty norms. And I don’t think the leads have very good chemistry.

I love you, Park Bo Young, but I may not see this through to the end.

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    Same. I’m finding the plot very boring.

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    It put me to sleep. I don’t care about the characters at all. They really are one-dimensional and not even PBY is elevating the material though AHS and the serial killer’s characters seem to be driving the story, such as it is, which is not a good choice.

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    I gave up after ep 2, with the faint hope that if beanie reviews about the coming eps were good, I’d pick it up again. Guess not.

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    Me agree……… I was waiting with excitement for Abyss to be released before. Oh well, so sad given that Park Bo Young rarely seen in any project right after one is ending. *sigh

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    I gave up after 1st episode. Not sure why- the plot isn’t badly written, I like the cast (but I do agree about the chemistry), I also just don’t care.
    I feel like the main problem is that the characters don’t exactly give us the reason to like them.
    The main guy started up as a guy who was mad about the discrimination he faced over his looks, but himself liked two girls who were both super pretty (and one does not exactly give other reasons to like her). The other, our female lead, said she was too out of the league for her friend of 20 years.
    Not that any of them suck as people they are just not as interesting as the show wants us to think

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    Same

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Yes, I do know there are other Kdramas broadcasting at the moment, but I want to watch Kim Jae Wook and Park Min Young be smoking hot and look adoringly at each other for an hour.

Again again.

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Just watched the first ten minutes of Her Private Life #10 without subs and sweet baby Jesus those two are so frickin adorable and hot I can hardly cope.

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Her Private Life #9

*chef’s kiss*

Bellísimo

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I am rewatching Episode 4 of Her Private Life and there is so much about that is perfect. Ryan\’s pained, confused and earnest expressions and Deok Mi\’s mobile, thoughtful and mischievous face ❤

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AND ANOTHER THING ABOUT Her Private Life.

They look so relaxed together in the BTS. I feel this entire show is cleansing away my residual Secretary Kim discomfort for PMY.

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    Indeed! I totally love seeing their BTS. They look comfortable with each other on and off screen. 😘
    Last week I saw a video taken by a passerby at the filming site, PMY playfully punched KJW’s face. LOL. They didn’t even notice they were being recorded. And yesterday one of the crews shared the team’s selfie, PMY comfortably leaned on KJW. Honestly, I’m staying with this drama for these two which I never expected I would do so because I never like PMY’s acting before. 😆

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      I love PMY but wasn’t sure about KJW being able to do rom-com tbh. He has icy babe down to perfection.

      With Secretary Kim, I began to detest PSJ almost as much as his character because of the BTS. He seemed like such an attention-seeking man-child that I felt sorry for PMY having to do so many intimate scenes with him. Bleurgh.

      But not so in this show! Adults being professional and respectful. Happy sigh.

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