Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

Good-bye~! <3 I sure will miss these two making out right in front of my salads but we'll see them again in the next thing! (Also, I like that show unwittingly portrayed a long engagement).

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About to watch the last episode of Her Private Life and I have some thoughts.

First, I want to say there is a lot to love here. I’m so happy to see Kim Jae Wook get loved on and even pettily fought over/the source of envy. It was nice and he is great. I really love both Ryan Gold and Deok Mi. I love them independently and together and like how the show keeps their independence when they’re a couple as well. Deok Mi still has things going on and Ryan still has things going on and these are all good things.

I think the sinker that is the “traumatic childhood connection.” Something I didn’t know was that this was based on a webtoon, so I guess I can’t blame the adapter for adapting but boy oh boy, I think some things should just be left out of the rom-com genre all together and this is one. Perhaps if Writer didn’t bundle all of the sadness into the last couple episodes it might have been better. For example, I like the way WFKBJ handled their male lead’s trauma, balancing it with the rest of the show and think HPL would have benefitted from a similar approach.

Secondly, I feel everyone on their thoughts about the direction of the show. Actually, I always thought the title was a tongue-in-cheek thing for Ryan’s character. Like it was his exclamation on the life she lived and not really the focus of the show per say. Basically, I went into the show thinking this was gonna be about a guy who finds out a secret about a girl at work and gradually becomes her fan/falls in love once he sees how she balances her life. Her through his perspective. In some ways my theory was right. I was surprised to see the show focus so much on Deok Mi in the beginning (even her crushing first), so I admit the second half of the show fell within my expectations more. I think what was missing was Deok Mi’s other side, her Healer-esque character with the crazy camera during this time. I can understand since her fave, Cha Si An, pretty much lived at her work place in the second half but maybe we could have done more with that too and then no one would feel like Deok Mi took a backseat. Her wrestling with wanting to take secret pics of him while he toured the gallery might have been pretty funny.

I DO like that Ryan took time to reassure Deok Mi and her mom that he was OK after the reveals. I thought that was nice and a subtle subversion of what I usually expect where the male lead kind of blames everyone and makes everyone feel bad and only thinks about himself. This saved things a great deal for me that he decided to put things behind him. Because it was mature and satisfying. The whole relationship was because the couple talked everything out. I love communication. T_T

All in all, I’m sure I’ll like the ending but wish for more balance. Please no more childhood connection tragedies. Put Kim Jae Wook top-billing in lots of things. And Park Min Young should really be paid extra. She makes everything look good. Clothes, co-stars, crazy fan culture…give her a bonus!

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Just finished watching Radiant. Everyone did such a great job in this little show. And now I\’m gonna go cry and ponder my mortality. D\’:

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Me watching Touch Your Heart : Lee Dong Wook, sir, all these soft smiles and gentle looks are way different than the ones in other dramas with other co-stars…
Inner me: You’re becoming delusional…
Outer me: THE SMILES ARE DIFFERENT!

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I\’m watching The K2 for the first time and I\’m preeetttyyyy sure Choi Yoo Jin\’s secretary is in love with her. Don\’t fight me on this.

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    Ooo one of my top favs. I love the action in this 😀

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      It’s pretty slick. I remember all of Ji Chang Wook’s interviews about it and how tired he said he was and now I know why lol.

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    K2 fan fiction is the only thing that justifies K2.

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      LOL! I’m enjoying it so far.

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      Well yeah the big downside to the K2 is the weak love story. But everything else is so good that I can look past it.

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        Haha, how they fall in love is the strangest but they’re pretty cute too. Kind of jarring against all the angst and danger tho for sure!

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Been busy for the past past hours so I’m just getting to share my thoughts on the ending of My Strange Hero. I soo loved it. Seeing all the wildflowers go into their careers was a little something extra that I wasn’t expecting but really appreciated. Had this been a family drama, I feel like Se Ho’s mom would have gotten a redemption in the end, but since it’s not I’m glad he left her in the dust while still showing that’s he’s not heartless. He still showed up for her when she got out of jail (tofu-less like she deserves, I noticed) and even still this she has the potential to change but he didn’t forgive her and that’a great. I also liked that Book Soo didn’t forgive him for what he did in the past. He never really apologized and he had a great deal of time to make it up and he didn’t. I’m glad for Se Ho’s growth and consequences and glad that Kwak Dong Yeon played him. Also I can’t believe Bok Soo is an ART TEACHER. WHUT. This is the best plot twist. Thank you, Writer. You’re a blessing. Yoo Seung Ho always delights me and I don’t think he will ever not delight me. It’s not possible. Jo Boa as Son Soo Jeong being the heart of the show and also the taker of hearts is really the grand highlight though. Oh how I love her. She was so great in her confidence and her vulnerability and her every emotion and apology and swear word lol. Truly the best girl and such a wonderful actress. I’m really looking forward to her next project. But now, it’s been a couple hours and I’ve said goodbye and have celebrated their graduation and I really do feel like I sent all my kids off to live the next chapter in their lives. Even if I don’t get to see it. (T^T) [Also Seung Woo and Young Min being LAW & ORDER BROS, pls my heart].

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Omg, what are we going to do with Se Ho? His mom is the worst but he doesn’t have to be. He had real friends and he even has a student right now who he can empathize with and help in a real way. I guess the problem is that he doesn’t know how to empathize anymore. Not with himself or anyone. Kwak Dong Yeon is really doing amazing and is gonna be a real force when he starts getting top-billed which is getting nearer and nearer to being a reality.

I really hope Se Ho can shake off his mom (and be the one to bring her down in a really big way -in slow-mo please PD!-) and get back to being that sweet guy deep, deep down who smiles with his whole face.

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I made the mistake of reading comments about [my beautiful and amazing] Son Soo Jeong in the earlier episodes of My Strange Hero and quickly noped out. Why do people refuse to recognize a queen? It’s the same poisonous energy that makes me turn off Viki comments on their videos lol. Please give female leads the space, time, and air to grow that you give male leads in 2019 (and every year)!

Anyway, me at Son Soo Jeong every episode: You’re doing amazing, sweetie!

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    Please give female leads the space, time, and air to grow that you give male leads in 2019 (and every year)

    Yes, this. I should finally write that essay on why we tolerate unlikeable male leads and allow them redemption arcs but don’t give women the same chance. I love that we’re getting so many flawed and unlikable female leads in dramaland lately. It’s such a breath of fresh air (also, Son Soo Jeong is frigging awesome).

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      I’d like to think people just expect the male lead to grow/change since dramas are often male-lead centered, but if I’m being honest it’s probably because the male lead is often someone uber popular that people just root for by default. We don’t really get that kind of devotion for the ladies unless it’s someone who managed to amass a horde of fans early on like Park Shin Hye. I think many of the older women in Dramaland get that kind of support, but I’d love to see much more for our ladies in the 20-something age range as I think many of them are great and bring a lot to their characters. Jo Boa is/has been wonderful and it’s been such a pleasure watching this drama with her in it.

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        Yes, the main complain is always that FL is mean to ML. Which is just childish and ridiculous.

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          Lol right?? She is always the WORST when she isn’t paying the guy any attention. Maybe she just has things to do (and often-times she does)!

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    Thank you! Yes yes yes to all this! She’s one of my favorite leads of late and I never understood the hate. All her actions are from rational places, even if they’re not the choices others would make. People are never ok with a female lead being selfish, but so many male leads are and it’s no big deal. It’s a horrible double standard.

    One thing I especially loved about Soo-jeong was that she was a perfect example of how selfishness can be used as a way to protect oneself in a non-malicious way. What she did was wrong, no doubt, but she did it to protect herself. She never purposefully acted to harm others even if she knew her actions could be harmful. There’s nothing wrong with that. She owns up to her mistakes and more than makes up for them. Of all the characters in the drama, she has the most growth and is the most complex. I love her.

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      Yesss, mistakes she mad at eighteen! She was a young girl with a friend/crush who finally understood her. Those teenage betrayals of trust are brutal and I understood her hurt even if it was born from misunderstanding, manipulation, and lies. She never once blamed Bok Soo and even admitted later on that she was selfish and she apologized genuinely and sincerely with both words and action. She is great. Bok Soo had good reason to be obsessed for nine years because I sure as hell would be too.

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Started watching My Strange Hero. Ugh, I\’m loving these endings, not quite cliffhangers but oh so good!! And also Yoo Seung Ho\’s longing gazes. T__T How @ his face??

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I’M READY.

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Finished watching Children of Nobody yesterday and I\’m just so proud Lee Yi Kyung. He\’s a star. Kim Sun Ah is always great. But! I kinda want a spin-off focused on Nam Gyuri\’s Soo Young. Gimme!

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This seems nice. I’m curious as to how the fantasy elements and other characters will come into play.

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*SOB*
It’s OVER! Ahhh my heart. I really wasn’t expecting to enjoy Mr. Sunshine as much as I did but I’m glad I was able to find some time to watch it at last. All these characters really touched my heart and I feel for Korea’s history. As a minority, I can be sympathetic with that kind of past although with different cultural and racial context. But that fight for independence and to be seen as your own people and that struggle is still so valid. Anyway, I certainly won’t be forgetting about Go Ae Shin, Gu Dong Mae, Lee Yanghwa, Kim Hui Seong, Eugene Choi and The Righteous Army anytime soon. I just want to shout out the amazing women in this show. Ae Shin and Hina exceeded my expectation and then some. I loved them. Kim Tae Ri and Kim Min Jung were in-frickin-credible and I can’t thank them enough for their astounding performances. Also have to give it up to Yoo Yeon Seok for making me root for Dong Mae every step of the way and making his entrance and exit in this show unforgettable and imbuing this character with such pathos and gravitas. Byun Yo Han is a light and Lee Byung Hun has unquestionable talent even though, yes, I do kinda wanna punch him irl (oh well). Anyway, I don’t know what to do now. Soooo…till next time. “SEE YOU, AGAIN.”

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    Aw, I like your review. Mr. Sunshine was flawless in its looks and acting, although some historical bits were questionable (but hey, it is fiction not a documentary).
    If you haven’t seen it, I recommend Gaksital. It is also about the fight for independence and has characters you can really root for. Plus fast pace.

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      I did watch Gaksital! I remember wanting the female lead in that to be more like what we got with Ae Shin. Instead we got…what we got lol. But that was a good one too. It made me really love Park Ki Woong although he is nowhere to be found right now. And yes, it doesn’t seem to have gotten to historical until maybe the end where many history Easter eggs and important figures seemed to pop up. I guess that can be thought of as a kind of sequal huh? I’d like a drama about the end and the rebuilding now. Don’t know if there are any.

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    The women were amazing, I agree, and the men were too. Just everything was really well done. I even got my respiratory therapist watching this, and she’s on episode 3. We actually were just talking about this today. I think it will take her a year to finish it, but I’ll be glad to talk to her about it! Your writing is really compelling. Thanks.

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      Yes! KES got two amazing actresses and it shows here. I was worried they’d just be flowers but I got two beautiful flames that burned bright all the way through. I’m glad you’ve got someone irl to talk about it with, that’s always fun and thank you for the lovely comment about my writing. ^^

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Ahhh, I was worried Dong Mae was using opium in order to deal with emotional pain, but he’s dying isn’t he? I’ve been joking to myself that he’s been surviving off of money owed to him alone and the need to collect but then he just gave all his money to the candy seller saying he doesn’t need it anymore. I’m—
Other things that wreck me: Ae Shin’s crying. When she mourned for her mentor and then her maid, I really can’t. And then the Joseon people creating a human barricade in order to protect her and let her mourn really made me sob. I was so happy when the enemy didn’t open fire though. I’m sure it was because the captain spotted the American English teacher in their midsts and couldn’t be happier that she was there.
Loving Hui Seong and his paper. I’m sure everyone appreciates him spreading all this news and making the people aware that a fight is still going on. Another moment I liked dealing with him, was him bringing his new wife home and his mom accepting. That unspoken understanding between the two was short but lovely. And then the dad is the dad…but at least he loves his son? Lol. I guess.
Still in the beginning of the last episode. I’m gon cry a lot, I know. I miss Hina already. I’m sure she’s watching with a fab outfit somewhere. T__T

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    Just by reading your post made my eyes water…

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Welp. Just finished episode 23 of Mr. Sunshine and I\’m wrecked.

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Dong Mae commenting on the fact that every moment that wrecked him was filled with redness and thinking of all the red items he has/has interacted with because of Ae Shin and then she shows care for him and wraps his arm after saving her with a PINK cloth. I’m— Who wrote this? I’m suing. This isn’t good for my heart at ALL.

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    I can’t believe I missed sth so important in the show!

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      Don’t even feel bad; I watched the scene way too many times yelling “Don’t block your blessings, Dong Mae!” at my screen.

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        Which episode was this?

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          22!

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            Wow, you’re very near the end! I may revisit this so just to check out this conversation. Thanks for posting 🙂

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      I missed it too!

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        Good to know I’m not the only one, lol.

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I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S RAINING IN MY LIVING ROOM RIGHT NOW. All this water on my face. 😭

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    There has been a lot of screenshots of Mr. Sunshine on the wall lately. It made me binge episodes 13-22 last night. You’re making me want to watch my favorite parts again. I have yet to watch the last two. Too emotional for me.

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      I’m almost there. I’ve been putting the show off for so long because I didn’t think I would enjoy it very much (even though I love Kim Tae Ri and really wanted to give it a shot for the ladies). I skipped DoTS and never finished Goblin, but I’m really enjoying this show. I’m living for Ae Shin and Hina and Dong Mae and Hui Seong when he pops up. I even like Eugene, mostly in his interactions with other characters on the show.

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    these two 😭😭❤️❤️

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    I was rooting for them more than yoojin and aeshin.

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      It’s so beautiful, I’m not even sure if I want romance between them or not.

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    This scene was probably my favorite out of the last 4 episodes. So beautifully crafted, everything about it. I recently finished as well.

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      It was so lovely. I know they weren’t really a love story, but dammit if they weren’t romantic in all the meanings of the word.

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A WOMAN. 😍

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Maybe Hina just needs to take her rapier and poke her dad with it’s pointy end. No judgement from me if that happens.
But gosh, I really admire her character. She’s awesome and deserves good things. And a warm hug.

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Ah, there are a lot of ways in which Go dong Mae breaks my heart but I think the scene where he talks to Ae Shin’s parents’ memorial is tops thus far. In a lot of ways he has the least hope, he can’t really be her friend like Hui Seung or her lover like Eugene, and the scar he gave as a hurt kid is still there with her. But in this scene with Ae Shin’s parents you really see him wear his heart on his sleeve and admit his mistakes and his care and longing for her and it’s a very touching moment. The way the show is longing out this two-week wait for his meeting with her is leaving me antsy and making me think that’s not going to happen. I’m very curious about what he wants from her. Probably just a little bit of her time. But I don’t think it’s going to happen. I think what I would really like for Dong Mae is some of Ae Shin’s understanding (even if it takes a while—Dong Mae can be quite rude). I think she is a fair person, so I feel she would give it as long as he was willing to open up a bit. All the guys are quite similar; I think she would recognize that he also has similar experiences to Eugene although he didn’t make it to adulthood in quite the same disciplined and mannerly way.

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