Beanie level: Errand boy

I’m sure you understand why I just had to stop for lunch…

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Why do Netflix have a Coming Soon list if they keep adding dramas that were never on that list? Is it to make it difficult to find their newly added kdramas? Is this an extra challenge?

If so, I’m up for it! I spotted they sneakily added The Guardians and will be watching it, thank you very much. As soon as I’ve finished Gangnam Beauty.

At least they told me about that one.

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    Don’t get me started on Netflix!!!

    I hate how the Recently Added list has old stuff in it. They keep changing the interface and algorithms and all it does is complicate things. Making it hard to find new stuff to watch.

    I’m still pissed they are raising their prices.

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    At least you get new k-dramas. We don’t get any of what you get. I’m pretty sure it is because of Kocowa.

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      It’s one of the few places where I can watch stuff legally – so I wished they would just tell me what they’re adding!!! I’ve got a feeling that stuff pops up if and when they sign licenses for new regions, so maybe their algorithm doesn’t see it as ‘new’.

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    I ALWAYS search using the kdrama codes. Much easier to find all the stuff that way.

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This might be really random but I just finished reading an stunning novel called Pavane for a Dead Princess by Park Min-Gyu, in which a good-looking guy falls in love with a really ugly girl. It’s an amazing novel but deeply upsetting in its depiction of how the girl is treated. It looks at Korea’s obsession with looks and money.

Going from finishing reading that (there might have been tears) straight into watching Ep 1 of Gangnam Beauty , which I hadn’t watched when it aired, was an odd experience. From reading the book, I had a much deeper understanding what the female character in GB must have gone through being ugly and bullied for that. In the novel, the girl describes that when the guy first does something kind to her, carries a box, she thought he was just doing it to make fun of her. Thinking of it in that way, how overwhelmed Mi-Rae is after she realises that people now like her, made so much sense to me.

Interestingly enough, in Pavane, the narrator tells that his editor wanted a kind of Cinderella ending ‘where the girl just gets plastic surgery’, and Gangnam Beauty takes that and runs with it. It tells the story of what might have happened then. It is of course totally possible that the writer of Gangnam Beauty never read Pavane for a Dead Princess , but I love to think of the drama as a response to the novel in some way.

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Can I just say how much I love that DB\’s new rotating banners also advertise dramas (and not just products).

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Symptoms of Drama Slump #37 :

You start Netflix to finally begin watching Six Flying Dragons but hit play on Tidying up with Marie Kondo instead

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    SFD is one of my fav’ <3 , hoping you'll watch it one day when you're in the good mood for it 😉

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    You’ll start looking at the stuff at home and wonder if those items sparkle joy for you.

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    SAME

    Also, Marie Kondo does not fold a fitted sheet neatly, and I feel all kinds of superior and smug about that.

    And, outside of my spouse’s cluttered closet and the his stuff in the garage, the state of my house and belongs, is good. Kondo doesn’t need to come here, unless she wants to learn how to fold a sheet.

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      *belongings

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      Lol. I take pride in my sheet folding skills as well!

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      My way of folding socks is better than hers. In all other things I bow to her superior knowledge of tidying up.

      But I now have a very tidy t-shirt drawer which did make me wonder how many blue t-shirts one person really needs. (answer: fewer than I’ve got)

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        I have a gray sweater problem collection, and firmly believe one can never have too many.

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      Sick burn, dang!! 😂

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      Ha! I do love a crisply folded sheet. I learned to do fitted sheets from Martha Stewart about 23 years ago.

      I haven’t watched the Netflix Mari Kondo show but but I did read her book last year and got some value from it—especially when dealing with gifts I’d felt obligated to keep. Plus, stacking t-shirts on their edges like envelopes revolutionized my bureau organization.

      Books keep streaming into the house and that’s okay. I’ll never apologize for having lots of books and I don’t trust people who “decorate” with books.

      John Waters has one of the best quotes ever about books: “If you go home with somebody, and they don’t have books, don’t f*** ’em!”

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    I consider myself a tidy person for the most part and I already follow most of the tips she provided in the first episode. I still put the episode on the living room tv so my sister could see it. She completely ignored it! How is my house going to be clean if my fam ignores the cleaning tips from someone other than myself, smh, 😂.

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      Living with untidy people is trying. Having separate closets has gone a long way to preserving my marriage.

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        I share a room with said sister.😐 The times I’ve wished for my own room are too many to count. She is dorming now. At least my room is clean Mon-Fri! Let’s just say someone is excited for the spring semester to start!😁

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    My oldest daughter turned that on the other day while we were sitting in the den together.
    Me: Why don’t we go through all your clothes while we sit here watching this?
    Her: Mom, I’m sick. *cough cough sniffle*
    Me: You can sit on the sofa and sort through clothes.

    By the end of the series we had three large trash bags for donation, an outside trashcan half full of clothes, a half-empty closet and three empty drawers of a six drawer dresser. I could kiss Marie Kondo.

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      😮 impressive!

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        It took the entire series because she had A LOT of clothes. She could never have all of them clean at the same time because they couldn’t fit in her closet and dresser. There was always 3 hampers full of dirty clothes. Marie Kondo’s folding method is amazing.

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    Marie Kondo might just be warming you up to watch Your House Helper!

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I finished Twelve Nights and I loved it. I even loved the ending – I fully appreciate that I’m probably one of the few people that did. It looked wonderful, and had so many great characters. I was mesmerised by the final four episodes. It was like watching an arthouse movie, with the same pacing, and an ending that was in line with that. Not to everybody’s taste, I know, but definitely to mine.

It felt like a mirror image to another drama, where the heroine gave up on her art and ended up with a boyfriend instead – and that was meant to be a happy ending. Here, the characters also have to make tough choices. What do they have to give up for their art? What are they willing to sacrifice? Almost all the characters were artists in some way. Some failed, some sold out and some became successful. The drama used the time-skips to show you how things work out for most of them. Full of fascinating side characters, I thought this was really well-written (apart from the episode where the male lead had to undergo emergency surgery) and for me, as a writer, some of the storylines really resonated.

It tried to do something different from the normal kdrama and I’m sad to see that the star ratings are falling on VIKI as people are upset about how it ends. I have to admit that I knew the ending was controversial when I started the final view episodes and that might have skewed my expectations. In a way, this drama felt like an extended Drama Special, where endings are much more often downbeat.

But hey, *** spoiler *** the main girl ends up having her own exhibition. That counts as a happy ending in my book.

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    I haven’t watched yet (I want to savor it, and time hasn’t been my friend lately), but I also think a lot of the outrage on Viki is because only the last 25 mins were posted initially, so people literally just watched that.

    I honestly rank this drama up there with Just Between Lovers which is one of my favorites. It’s moody and contemplative, and the emotions in it sometimes feel so real it hurts. I also think that this isn’t for anyone who doesn’t like their stories told slow-burn. I loved the time skips because the changes between them were so real. It’s so normal to give up dreams and then rediscover them. It’s normal to become strong but break in front of that one person. I think artists especially have to make hard choices because sometimes reality comes knocking. This show captured all that so well. And it was beautifully shot to boot.

    Anyway maybe I should go watch it now. I just feel like no matter what the ending, I’ll be satisfied because I don’t think this was just a love story about the two of them, I think it was also about learning to love oneself too.

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      I think you’re correct about the outrage. Viki messed up, and it thoroughly confused people.

      I still need to watch the last 3 episodes, and I think I’ll savor them this weekend.

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        I never look at Viki comments because I realized they’re all gut reactions and not the same thoughtful discourse we have here on DB. It was just so obvious that Viki had made a mistake, and it was ludicrous to me that people actually thought that the last episode was 25 minutes. But maybe I’m overestimating people.

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          I don’t look anymore because when I used to look, most of the ratings were given before the drama even began or because the subtitles were “taking too long”.

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        Oh, I had no idea that Viki had messed up!! I only saw the outrage and felt that I needed to post here as it seemed so over the top. If Viki only showed 25 minutes of the final episode, I can understand why people were baffled and upset by the ending!

        I prepared myself for the worst but still watched it, and was surprised to love it. This is in my top 3 dramas of 2018 for many different reasons. The interaction between the mother and daughter in the last 4 episodes was so real too: that you can get on eachother’s nerves but still love each other.

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    I completely agree with you Cloggie. I really liked the ideas and loved the execution in the beginning. The middle and end lacked some of the same emotional punch, but I appreciated the story that the drama told. Love is so much about timing and compatible life paths (not just personalities). It may not be as romantic, but it is very true. The year has ended with some real gems!

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    I needed a little more detail to understand why the main couple even thought of themselves as one. It would have worked better for me if there hadn’t been a lead couple and I’d had more time with the others and less with the leads.

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      I thought it was really telling when they were on the station together and he pointed out that they were only ever in the same location for twelve days. They thought of themselves as a couple because they got together after the second trip but couldn’t make the long distance thing work.

      I did like the moment when the girl admitted that if she’d gone to Nepal, if they’d never got together, she would never have stuck with photography. That without him (as her muse? her inspiration?) she would have given up at some point.

      That’s why I liked that ending moment, when they see each other. I thought it was the look of two people who had gone through a lot and who were proud of the other’s achievement.

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    I really liked the relation between Chan and his mother and how they overcame their differences. Initially I was angry just like Chan was for her leaving him. But I tried to understand her along with him, when he said that she needed to lead her own life too and that he understood it objectively but his heart needed more time- it made sense to me as well. Of course she could’ve handled the whole situation differently. But at least there was proper communication at the end.

    I’m glad that the main couple did not end up together. I would’ve been more surprised if they did. The main problem was their lack of communication. He just stopped contacting her after getting injured. He didn’t give her a chance to make a decision on their relationship. He didn’t want to worry her, but the whole point is to care for each other no matter what happens and he took away that choice from her.

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      I was cheering for her, when she said on the bus: you contacted me first, then you ignored me, and now you want to kiss me? I’m not just going to go along with whatever it is that you want.
      I loved that she had the emotional maturity to say a proper goodbye and then got on with her life.

      I completely loved the relationship between Chan and his parents. It was one of the parts where the drama used the time skips so well to show the effect that certain decisions have. After the first section, I’d thought that his mother had died – or was going to die and I was so sad when his father forced him to go back to his legal father. Then the next section showed Chan’s anger at what had happened. To finally have them be all together at the closed fairground and have a birthday celebration was so good.

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I’ve changed my profile pic, so that instead of an angry screaming So-bongie, I’ll be a chilled out Ahjumma instead. For a bit at least.

#finallyfinishingtwelvenights

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    I do miss your alien and potato.

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    I was so afraid she was going to die before the end of the drama.

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      That was probably my favourite plot twist: omo – she’s dying. Nah, just the side effects from her vaccinations to go to the Serengeti.

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    Well done for finishing the show 👏👏👏👏👏 when most people drop it for it slow pace (and with such an ending, fewer people will pick it up again)

    I am happy that halmonie was well and looking good

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      Are you pleased you watched it? I have some regret. I would have been happier if there had been more content regarding why they were a “couple” and why/how she made her decision. I really enjoyed the first half, but then the reason for their relationship was too sparse for me.

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        Nope hahaha but i am happy because the one bean i earned for watching this show, i had given it to a better one

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      Were you one of the people who watched the 25 min final episode? I had no idea that technical problem had happened.

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    I loved her in this. I want to know what you think once you finish.

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      But halmonie was on a different level than the other character. I love her character; she’s wise from a life experience, for living longer and older than the other characters. A photo shop wont make her rich and maybe barely enough to support herself, but she was happy and she made memories for herself and others. But with the humble photoshop, she managed to save to travel around the world. There are many things we can learn from her character.

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Happy 2019 Beanies!

May there be lots of dramas on your screens and none whatsoever in your life.

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Why I like Twelve Nights

Storylines like this one:
Girl has important meeting for her job. Boyfriend flies in to \’help\’ her because he\’s worried she can\’t do it by herself.

She makes him wait outside.

Does it herself.

Is successful.

Dumps him.

(yes, yes, I know it’s a bit more nuanced than that)

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    I love her character. Idk if I can take how it’s dragging on though. I want to see a little more happy times less heartwrenching times.

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I know it’s starting to feel like I’m beating a dead horse, but there was one other thing about the final episode of FBS that I found very disturbing and that was that the manager who used physical violence against one of her colleagues is the one who gets promoted.

Yes, I know that Seo-koon has been an awesome manager up to this point. But. She hit Team Leader Choi. In the face. About a work-related matter, where I think you could argue he was doing the right thing.

I hate the level of work-place violence that’s shown in many kdramas and that this one was a woman hitting a man doesn’t make it any better. Gender-reverse this scene in your head and it’s probably obvious why it disturbed me so much. She didn’t need to hit him in the face. She could have used words to show how angry she was. That would have been behaviour much more suited for a future leader of the airport.

Stop the violence, kdrama. Please. Stop.

#FBSgivingallthewrongmessages

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    Yes! I was absolutely taken aback by that scene! It was absolutely unnecessary.

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    I think she hit more on personal level since she mentioned divorce (yeah wth?). Mixing work and private matters when it’s concerning the safety of the employees and the public is another huge error in a show full of unbelievably stupid professionals. Hell, NO one deserves to be promoted in anyway or shape in that office.

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The sense of an ending.

Let me fix my beret before I talk about FBS.

***SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS ***

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    I watched it after I read @egads post, so I was pretty sure I was going to hate the ending too.

    So here were my thoughts as I watched ep 31/32

    1) Show, if you kill Dae ki, we’re going to have to have words (he doesn’t die)
    2) Oh, hyung is going to die in the car? I’m okay with that (he doesn’t die)
    3) Oh, Seo yoon has decided to die rather than be handicapped? I’m from a culture where the individual’s right to do whatever they want (including dying) is paramount. I’m okay with that (he doesn’t die)
    4) Oh, Yeo reum had sex with Seo yoon so that she could sneakily inject him? Hm, okay, bit more problematic (she doesn’t go through with it)
    5) Oh, Seo yoon decides to live instead of die and now ends up in a wheelchair? That’s an awesome ending!!! What did @Egads not like about that?
    6) Oooooh, random one-year time skip followed by return of all his powers. Sigh.

    Oh drama. What a disappointment. You had the chance to give an awesome message and do something in line with the story you have been telling all along and… you chickened out. Urgh. So annoyed.

    Final thought one: why didn’t we see Seo yoon’s face in the end? was he away or something?)
    Final thought two: THAT WAS THE WRONG ROBOT! WHERE’S DUSTY?

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      I’m thinking it was still Dusty, but upgraded with character development unlike *ehem* Lee Soo-yeon the characters

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      Not only wasn’t it Dusty, but it was a different actor. So was it really Seo Yoon?

      Did Dusty and Lee Je hoon both find the ending problematic so together they staged a walkout?

      As to your points:
      1) Oh boy, I think I wouldn’t have talked to you for a very long time if Dae Ki had died.
      2) Opportunity missed there, and too much time spent on that sequence.
      3) I was okay with him choosing to die also, and was not happy that others were making decisions for him.
      4) Yeah, not cool. But in the end, she did manipulate him with sex and tears to have the injection instead of them having a real conversation about what it means for him to live in his body. (Not that I’m saying his disabled body is bad, but rather he should retain full autonomy when making his decision)
      5) I thought we were going there too…..and then nope.
      6) sigh

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        Okay, now you’ve put it in my head that it wasn’t Seo Yoon at all but that Yeo-reum will just hug any man as long as he’s got super-powers.

        And yes, probably both Dusty and Lee Je hoon walked out in disgust about the ending.

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The plot of The Last Empress : royal woos and marries a gullible girl to hide the fact that he loves another (married?) woman, at the wishes of his mother, who is really the one in power. The girl then has (or doesn’t have) an affair with a body guard and ends up dead (or not).

The Windsors must be annoyed that you cannot copyright real life.

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    LOL, now I’m imagining the Queen monitoring Prince Charles with cameras all over his rooms, and I want to bleach my eyeballs. Thanks for that.

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    Haha Ikr?

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Fox Bride Star final episode prediction: in a surprising turn of events, Dusty turns up out of nowhere to bump these two together

#wishfulthinking

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Viki keeps making me wonder about how many people like both What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim and Iniesta TV

#DoYouLikeMessi

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Conversation between FBS and Cloggie

Drama: the Main Guy could die within a month! There’s schematics of how the arm works, gangsters. There’s a fight with gangsters. Hyung has a Tragic Backstory. There’s an epic 5 min stare-off with gangsters. Did I mention the gangsters?

Cloggie (through tears): Couple Socks!

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This should be a lesson about the risks of getting hideously drunk with someone.

Before you know it, you wake up in the morning to find that you’re suddenly… BESTIES!!

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I like the look of this FBS preview

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Conversation between FBS and Cloggie:
Drama: Pay attention! There’s a gang, accusations of misuse of authority. Fog! We’ve got fog!
Cloggie: You seriously expect me to care about that right now?

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What is this pain in my face? Is it because I’m smiling too much?
Smooth boy, very smooth.

Your super-fan is proud of you both. Keep up the cute work

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I’m not sleeping very well at the moment because I’ve got problems with my shoulder.

But look at the upside I caught the round numbers this time!

*thank god for small mercies*

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