Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

Just saw Hyena ep 8 and after ep7 lulled me into a false sense of security, ep 8 just ripped my heart out, stuck it through the shredder and handed me a little bit of sticky tape to make it all better

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    oh no, i haven’t started on this week’s episodes and now i’m like both nervous and excited?

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    But it was soooooo goooooood!

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    Episodes 7 and 8 were the best so far! I haven’t been this satisfied with a drama in a while.

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    Man Guem Ja was so strong even as a teenager. It takes an enormous amount to strength to even consider stabbing yourself. Also the low five in episode 7 was so adorable. I feel so sorry for Hee Jae. Poor guy is carrying a wounded heart and no matter how much Guem Ja tells him to go for someone else, he can’t

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      The reason why it hit me so hard, is because it showed that no matter how strong you are, you carry the childhood damage with you. Especially the contrast between how she could stand up against the gangsters, but was afraid of her father.

      That she actually told Hee Jae was huge.

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        I agree. Even if she decided to embrace that moment of vulnerability, it was a huge deal that she trusted him enough to the him about her childhood. I think she realises that smart though he may be, Hee Jae is a pretty straight forward guy

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I got 6 episodes of Kingdom Season 2 this morning!

I can’t think of anything better to watch than a drama about a zombie apocalypse…

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Whatever you want to say about Que Sera Sera, I loved this track from the OST. They used it so often (hint: whenever something exciting was about to happen) that I expected RL life-changing moments every time this came up on shuffle play. You know – something throwing their employee badge in the bin. That kind of thing…

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    March Music #2

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    Call me crazy but I love “Que Sera Sera” and I don’t care if I’m the only one lol.

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      I love it too. It’s a love that’s wrong – which is pretty much in keeping with the drama lol

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    Didn’t know this one, but the 80’s cheesy feel is totally up my lane 😋

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Music March
I love the OST from Heart to Heart. It’s as if you’re drinking a cup of hot chocolate on a winter’s evening. Perfect for this drama.

(apologies for not finding a better video)

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My new favourite chaebol girl – UEE in High Society.

I’m continuing to love dramas that other people hate. I watched High Society and think it’s a brilliantly written exploration of class and privilege that the (admittedly young) cast just about carry off. What’s so great about it, is that the writer actually makes the viewer implicit in how we judge people from a certain background, by having two couples who are the mirror opposites of each other (always a good writers trick).

On the one hand, we have the rich chaebol guy and the candy part-time worker. They are the second couple. They’re cute. They are what we’ve seen a gazillion times before and well, you know what you’re going to get.

But on the other hand, we have the rich chaebol girl and the smart guy from a poor background looking to marry his way up.

And what the drama is asking all the way through is: why are we okay with scenario one, but get Mr Ripley vibes from scenario two. Oh, and to make it all more interesting, chaebol girl’s family is considerably richer than chaebol guy’s family. The drama makes this clear because the girl’s family own a private jet and the guy’s family doesn’t.

The drama starts off with the two chaebols on an arranged date. The guy is pretty clear that he wants to marry her for her money and power. So, when then poor guy dates her, and gets called out by the chaebol for that, he asks the question: why is it okay for you to marry for money, but not for me.

It’s really cleverly done and asks these kinds of questions of the viewer all the time. Why do we think it’s okay for the chaebol girl to lie about her wealth (she pretends to be poor) to her best friend for two years, but it’s not okay for the poor guy to pretend he doesn’t know she’s lying. By having the different characters ask those questions of each other, it really makes you think.

On top of that, I absolutely adored the FL. She’s been physically and emotionally abused by her mother all her life and just wants out. The way the drama deals with the damage that family can do (or the strength that you can get from a supportive family) is also great. She doesn’t want to have her background – but of course still uses it. Her self-awareness is utterly satisfying, especially when she realises that even when she was a part-timer, she was only holding onto that job because of her connections – getting her brother to bail her out of tough situations. Again, these are moments that are really fun for the viewer (because nasty customers get their come-uppance) but that later on take meaning. Also, I was looking forward to the angst episodes (not a feeling I have very often) because I knew that she was strong enough to deal with it.

Anyway, I thought it was great. Probably better to binge-watch than to watch when it was airing live, as some of the annoying bits (like the plot line with the brother) pass really quickly.

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These are my new cats. They love each other. I’m dreading the heart-breaking moment when they find out they’re siblings

#lifeisonebigkdrama

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OMG that epilogue of Diary of a Prosecutor ep 15! I haven\’t been so excited for a final episode of a drama in ages!!!!!

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    And if that was what I think it was, I’m going to be exceedingly smug.

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      Okay, so it wasn’t. I was trolled and totally fell for it.

      Still thought it was good because the show absolutely knew what it was doing.

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Woo hoo! I finally figured out what Forest is about. The stills on Soompi made it utterly clear: it’s about people disappearing. Compare the two images on the righthand side: the woman with the clipboard is still there but EVERYBODY ELSE HAS GONE

Especially the two guys really close to Park Hae-jin. Oh wow, that’s some special skill he’s got

*Alternative interpretation: they got airbrushed out. Not as much fun*

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Cloggie watches a kdrama: oh look, their fingertips touch. They must be the OTP…
Cloggie watches a jdrama: oh look, they have sex. I wonder if they\’re the OTP…

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Rewatching 30 but 17 made me appreciate once more what an amazing actress Shin Hye-Sun is. Even remembering how much I’ll love the romance in the later episodes, I’m back on that fence in the beginning, because the body language is totally that of a seventeen year-old in a thirty year-old’s body. So ridiculously good.

And, I think, I’m even more impressed because she’s so different from the feisty ballerina she plays in Angel’s Last Mission.

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    There is a reason she was a presenter at this year’s awards show.

    Shin Hye-sun is my very favorite actor or actress and your comment really shows why- her extraordinary talent combined with a superb dedication to her craft. She is always great- and seems to always be better than before. She even makes her co-stars better- and they continue to be better after having been around her- she literally teaches them the right attitudes to take to their work. By the end of ANGEL’S LAST MISSION M had actually become a pretty good actor (to the universal shock of all of us). She is actually very beautiful (a fact which was carefully kept hidden until ANGEL’S LAST MISSION) but there are many beautiful actresses. It is in her talent and dedication that she rises above the others.

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30 but 17 showed up on Netflix and I randomly watched the first episode again.

Urgh. It brought back all the fils. Now I feel super nostalgic for when I lived-watched that show. All the great moments came flooding back: Call-Me-Jennifer, Baby chick, Don’t Think Fil!, being on the finse about this show for so long (and the short-lived f.i.n.s.e community) and the always-excluded fourth rower.

Right, I’m off to rewatch Ep 2.

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    The Tale of the Fourth Rower

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      I didnt even watch this drama and I was like, “aww, fourth rower. We see you.”

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        He and Lee Ri-an ran off together to University where he rocked the rowing team and she topped all her classes and they were in love forever #canon.

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          Wait – so the reason why he wasn’t ever with the other three wasn’t because he wasn’t invited, but because he was hanging out with Ri-an instead? Helping her get over her unrequited love? With a happy ending?

          **mind blown**

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            Yes, this is what happened. He did feel a bit ostracised from the core three and was often hanging on the edge of their conversations with Ri-an there nursing her giant unrequited love. And so they began to talk, to connect and to share their mutual love of literature. Finally they realised they were in love, almost unwittingly. They made tentative plans to attend the same University before confessing to each other in a sweet but characteristically pragmatic way. And the rest is history.

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        You really Really need to watch this!
        So very sweet!

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I’ve still failed to find a Melona – I really did try @sicarius – in a shop but … I did find this recipe for how to make them yourself!

All I need now is an ice lolly mould.

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Wow – Netflix are adding a whole bunch of new dramas over the next two weeks. I’ve seen most of these but still…

*I’m in the non-North American English speaking region*

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Inspired by @missvictrix\’s post, I wanted to show that if you watch a lot of kdramas, you see kdrama plots everywhere. Here\’s one with penguins.

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My year in drama: in praise of friendship

I was away and therefore too late to submit this for Theme of the Month, but for me this year has been all about (female) friendship. If I think about the dramas I watched, and what’s stuck in my mind, it’s been the friendships shown on my screen. Two of my favourite dramas this year had female friendships at the centre. The three long-term friends in Be Melodramatic were fantastic. This was such a realistic friendship. Search WWW went one step further and showed both the power of friendship, making new friends, but also how much it hurts when you break up with a friend.

A less-beanie-watched drama, Spring into Spring had two women as the OTP. It’s a body-swap drama (I love body-swap dramas) where two women keep ending up in each other’s body and basically destroy the other’s life. Their journey from adversaries to friends is really fun. Even more than Search: WWW it uses OTP tropes to show the friendship growth – including dragging someone away from their wedding. To be honest, I thought they would actually go one step further and make them a romantic pairing too, but for K-drama that would probably have been a step too far. Still, I loved the frenemies-to-friends journey a great deal.

I love these depictions of female friendships and even in dramas where friendship has been less at the centre, it’s played an important part, like the friendship between Dong-baek and Hyang-mi in When the Camellia blooms and as the besties in Love with Flaws , Kim Seul-gi and Oh Yeon-seo are just awesome

Even in Real Life, kdrama has stood in the theme of friendship, as this has been the year where I’ve been meeting Beanies in RL. It’s been so much fun! Beanies are the best and it’s strengthened my belief that the only thing better than watching dramas is to talk about dramas. It’s made me very happy to make friends across that great divide – yes the age-gap. All the beanies I met (and their sisters) are at least a decade younger than me (and maybe two, or two-and-a-half *gulp*). It makes hanging out even more fun. And thanks for allowing the ahjumma to join you!

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    Thanks for allowing this younger than a decade or two girl to hang out and squee with the ahjummas and unnies whereas in real life I will just be a younger one meddling uselessly in their experiences. That doesn’t say that your experiences don’t matter to me. No. Not at all. I will come to my DB friends more if I have an issue because your experiences help me and you treat me as an equal. Cheers to all DB friends (female or male).
    Also this year, kdramas were definitely about strong women and women friendships, such a treat to see women being recognized more than a love interest.

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    Wonderfully said! I also enjoyed Spring into Spring – another under appreciated gem this year.

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    Speaking of really life meetings, let’s meet up in 2020 for sure, Cloggie! I’ll come to you!

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      Hurray!

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      @saya do we have a meet-up coming up? Now that Frabby has promised to come to London we should schedule in another Korean meal…

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        Early warning: I’m a seriously fussy eater, I’ll piss everyone off! 😂

        I’m in Canterbury these days, so I can get to London much easier than I used to be able to, this could happen.

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          We should certainly schedule something soon! Perhaps after the holidays when everyone’s gone back to their normal schedules.

          Don’t worry about fussy, frabby – I have a boatload of allergies and things I don’t/can’t eat (or drink) so eating Korean is always a bit of a trial/adventure. Plus I have zero dexterity so I’m also a chopstick failure, and I also have many needs in general…so yeah. Don’t worry, you’ll be fine, especially with five unnis to look out for you XD

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            Actually, I lie, it’s not an adventure, I literally always have the same two things: ddeokbokki and kimchi jeon. Good thing I love both XD

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            Oh thank God! I also have a bunch of allergies and can’t use chopsticks! 😂

            Wait, five? Who else? 😍

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            there’s also @unatuna, @saner, @helcat (and @wansywoo when she’s in the country)!

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I love Kim Seul-gi but my love apparently has limits. I didn\’t make it to the end of ep 1 of Love with Flaws.

If it gets any better, let me know.

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@leetennant, I thought I’d show you some of my holiday photos

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Drama – I’m trying to get off the Psychopath Ship and you’re not helping!!!

In all seriousness, I’m amused by the fact that the Psychopath thinks uri Doormat is a genius because he uses his methods

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    Or I should say: tries to use his methods. And thinks that not killing someone is all part of some dastardly and ultra-cunning plan.

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    Is there a BL psychopath mystery novel in Cloggie’s future?

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      I think there’s a BL psychopath drama going on in my head only.

      But whenever these two are on screen, it’s mesmerising because it feels you’re watching a mouse prod a cat with a stick and the cat looking on in utter fascination at the mouse’s daring. Ready to pounce at any moment.

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        And it really doesn’t help that apparently neither of them has any interest in women.

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        Ok.
        That’s it.
        I have to watch this.

        This reminds me a bit of The Smile Has Left Your Eyes. That first part was so fascinating watching him fall for her.

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Ship!

Oh no, wait I really shouldn’t. One of them is a psychopath serial killer. Still, that was a sizzling elevator scene.

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    So yes – ep 3 of Psychopath Diary still had me glued to the screen. Possibly for all the wrong reasons.

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    that ship was so wrong, how do we get out of it

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    Uh 뜨거워요.
    I can feel the sizzle & I chuckle squealed & I’m not even watching this. Now I want to.

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