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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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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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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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Never Twice is currently my happy pill.

(also available: cute images of Kwak Dong Yeon holding a baby)

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    The synchronised head-bob just cracks me up.

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    Ohhhhh what is it about? I was hesitant to pick it up because it seems like a 50+ episode show?

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      I have no idea how long it is! It’s a weekend drama, so definitely long. MyDramalist says 60 x 30-min episodes, AsiaWiki says 38 x 30-min episodes. But I think it could so easily be 100 x 30-min episodes. Aren’t those weekend dramas normally 50?

      What is it about… well, how long have you got? Basically it’s a make-shift family living in an inn vs a chaebol family in a hotel. With hilarious consequences. Kwak Dong Yeon is so funny as the chaebol heir great at jumping to the wrong conclusions.

      But his mum is part responsible for killing Park Se-wan’s husband. Park Se-wan is great as the feisty young widow (with a baby) looking for answers to why her husband died as she’s certain it wasn’t suicide.

      What I like is that it’s full of actors who have previously played second leads, or small parts, or ‘mums’, who all have quite a different role here. Normally with family dramas, one story-line draws you more than others but I’m actually interested in every character at the moment – even the spoiled chaebol daughter.

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    Is it free to watch via viu?

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Camellia ep 17/18 (I tried to write this as spoiler free as possible)

I know that many people didn’t like those episodes but I loved the writing of them (even though I might not have loved watching it play out on my screen). After the episode that said: mothers know when their children are in danger (which annoyed me to no end: this isn’t how that works) this one spelt out the danger of overprotective love. It showed that in mother/son triple mirroring which I really liked (and that makes me trust this writer for the final week).

First, we have Yong-Sik’s mum who loves him and wants the best for him, and thereby destroys his relationship with Dong-Baek. Dong-Baek loves Pil-gu and wants to keep him safe and tries to keep him out of the serial killer’s reach by suggesting he should live with his father for a bit. She doesn’t tell him why because she knows how protective he is. All those loving actions hurt the sons.

And finally we have uri lawyer (I think she’s the writer’s favourite too) who gets to explain it to her mother-in-law: you love your son and that’s why you were horrible to me, but this totally backfired and you ended up hurting him. This possessive, protective love is utterly damaging for the exact people you’re trying to help.

It wasn’t an easy one to watch but I thought it was a very interesting message to present to the audience. It’s not only abandoning children that harms them. It’s being overly protective and thinking that you know best, that’s harming too.

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    same Hi Fi

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    I give Mom some slack because she has been there for DB and Pil gu and while looking out for a kid is what you do, there is no excuse for DB.

    Sometimes you just get tired of helping adults who don’t want to help themselves. If Mom is doing this herself, of course she does not want her son to live the rest of his life doing it either.

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    You put into words what I felt about these episodes.

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The lawyer is easily my favourite character in #Camellia. And then I remembered that the same actress also played one of my favourite characters in #Life.

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Whenever I see one character in a car take out another on a crossroad, I can\’t help but think that it must be so hard to get the timing on that absolutely right.

#mustswitchoffmybrain

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    The logistics must be tricky, but then dramaworld people seem quite slow when crossing the road so that helps.

    Psst, congratulations on the new book. My copy should be arriving soon.

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      Woo hoo! You got it! I hope you’ll enjoy reading it…

      The logistics must be impossible. First of all, you need to know where exactly the other person is. This can be done with GPS tracking. But, then you need to start at precisely the right moment. And what if that other person has to stop for a traffic light? Or suddenly turns?

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SHIP!

#TheLiesWithin

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I just love actors (m/f) who are hardly recognisable from one project to the next. Ji E-suu is one of the ones on my radar at the moment – kickass as Detective Na in My Fellow Citizens, and pretty and pathetic as Jessica in When the Camellia Blooms

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The first episode of The Lies Within dropped on Netflix and all I can say is: wow show\’s darker than I thought it was going to be. Love it.

Ep 1 spoiler in comments

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    Didn’t expect it to end with Dr Ye’s hand in a box. Also, he’s not on the Asianwiki cast list. Is that because there are two Lee Joon-Hyuks acting in the drama (Lee Min-ki’s boss is played by another Lee Joon-Hyuk) and the site got confused? Or is Weasel purely a cameo and … we can safely assume he’s now dead?

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OMG @yyishere – is this your cameo appearance on #BeMelodramatic?

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    That hair is good for running errands. Very slick.

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