Beanie level: Errand boy

Hello my fellow Beanies.

Have a hug for being a bright light in what seems to be an increasingly dark world these days.

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One of my friends always asks me which Kdramas are good and then, after I’ve given her a list, never watches any of them. She asked me again the other day and I told her that I’m not a Robot is now on Netflix, that it’s amazing, and that if she doesn’t watch it, she’s never allowed to ask me that question ever again.

*I bet she still won’t watch it*

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    I have a friend like this. Not asking for kdramas but always asking for recipes, patterns, stories to read to her children, etc and never actually using them. I have stopped giving her any answers.

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      LOL.. same here. I have one who asks for recipe whenever I post food pictures. I used to diligently type out. Now I don’t respond.
      Also, it annoys me when you invite people home for food, they take one bite and are like ‘whats the recipe’!

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        At least they see or taste it and ask for the recipe! That can be taken as a compliment! My friend gives very specific instructions! Please share recipes including such and such ingredients and excluding such and such. Or asks for a pattern with specific requirements! I used to search my database and the net extensively and write them out for her very carefully. Not any more.

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You want me to buy a what? Or, my secret love for PPL.
The last of the unposted Theme of the Month posts

Kdrama has introduced me to many weird and wonderful things: the Truck of Doom, Amnesia, Evil Second Leads and, last but not least, PPL. Now UK tv and movies are also funded by advertising but it’s different. James Bond drives around in his Austin Martin for example, but nobody expects me to go out and buy one and advertising blocks on commercial tv are the perfect opportunity to make myself a cup of tea. Maybe kdrama is on to something by incorporating its ads within the programs itself.

My relationship with advertising has been warped from a young age. When we were kids, my brother and I would play a game where we would have to guess what a commercial was for as quickly as possible. We used to be annoyed by those ads that had the company name as the first image (thereby ruining our game) and we probably really irritated our parents by making them sit through the ad blocks before and after the news, so that we could compete for who had the ultimate ad knowledge.

This childhood game has seamlessly morphed into trying to spot the PPL in kdrama. My least favourite is the cosmetics PPL where all it takes is a scene of a woman putting her make-up on, or rubbing in layers of crème (without taking the make-up off!), or maybe one character complimenting the other on the softness of her skin. No, that’s boring. I like it when the drama actually makes the PPL part of the story.

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    I was complaining when watching Are You Human Too that surely a super-smart robot would know that riding an electric bike isn’t a form of exercise – that it has an engine is a clear give away – but then they used the scene to show how strong our robot was by having him carry the electric bikes up the stairs. My parents both ride electric bikes so I know that these things weigh a ton! And then the robot was riding the bike all by himself around the swimming pool and suddenly the PPL made me all sad. And don’t even get me started on the ‘Let’s ride these bikes until the batteries run out’ dialogue. It didn’t make me want an electric bike, it did make me want a robot – was that not the message?

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    So yes, PPL when done well makes you look at a scene in a different way. You know as a viewer that the writer had to get this image in somehow and if they do it in a smart way, I really like it. Subway PPL has become a bit of a running joke but 20th Century Boy and Girl managed to turn that round, by having our main girl hang out in Subway (and eating Subway ham sandwiches until she was sick and tired of them) because the actor she had a crush on was once seen in there. I loved how PPL referenced itself.

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      I saw this gif and internally squealed! @javinne, our favorite buddy-show! I would have picked it just for this. DB, what were you thinking?

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    I can only imagine that the writers have a love/hate relationship with PPL. In the first episode of Because This Life is Our First , Ji-ho is the PPL writer and the scenes that she adds are exactly the ones I love to laugh at. I thought it was a great idea to have one of the main characters be in charge of PPL – I imagine that the writer here is also not a fan of the cosmetics one and I was very interested to see the amount that companies paid for PPL.

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    King of Drama , which has forever warped how I see the making of dramas, goes one better: the opening episode is about a melo where the producer suddenly can get a lot of money if only they can add orange juice PPL to the final scene. The writer refuses to do it, and the producer needs to use all his subterfuge skills to con the assistant writer into writing it instead. She ends up adding a scene of how the main character actually gets a hold of the orange juice and drinks it dramatically before killing himself. As you do.

    So not only does this drama have the writer of PPL as a character, it’s actually having to add the PPL to the drama that sets the story going. They used PPL as the Inciting Incident for the entire drama. I loved it.

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    I can only imagine what the arguments must be like when there’s a sudden need to have doctors drink lemon drinks, or add scenes of people drying other people’s hair or rich people hoovering.

    I don’t know if PPL ever made me buy anything, even a hot robot cannot change my opinion of electric bikes, but I like the game of spotting PPL and I love it when it’s done right. Plus, to be honest, I absolutely prefer it over the ad-breaks that would be the alternative.

    Now… what did I do with my Roomba?

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      Did you watch My Secret Terrius? Because the PPL in that was so out of control that it almost became part of the show’s fun. Counting just how many thing they were trying to sell me became part of the drama’s fun.

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        No, I didn’t watch that one. It’s on my ‘if I have nothing else to watch, I’ll pick this up’ list.

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    Thanks for the insight and laugh, cloggie.

    Reading your childhood story about spot-the-ads game reminded me of a particular week in my childhood days when my Dad made me sit through all the ads because he needed fresh material to teach his language class. He would change the channel just so he can make sure he has watched all the new ads. *facepalm*
    I’m just glad that spotting even the most in-your-face PPL in kdrama is at least much more fun than waiting for the ads break that sometimes longer than the program itself to be over.

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Friends over Flowers
I apologise in advance for this not being funny and/or snarky. Maybe it should even come with a this is heartfelt warning!

It started with a Beanie conversation about making friends, and then this month’s topic made me realise that there’s one type of drama about friendship that hits me emotionally every single time.
One of my favourite dramas last year was Buamdong Revenge Social Club about three ajummas and a puppy who become firm friends in order to take revenge. I cared for all of them but most of all for the chaebol daughter. Watching her get drunk and sleep over at her new mate’s house was so satisfying.

When the series started, she was composed on the outside, coping, but she was lonely and without any friends. Sure, she knew people and used them for power, but she wasn’t able to be herself with them. She showed them the glossy veneer not the crazy pyjama-pants wearing person underneath.
When her backstory becomes clear, it’s obvious why she was like that: as a child, she’d been ostracised by her family and bullied by her siblings for being the kid of the mistress. Being self-reliant was ultimate survival strategy. As a grown-up, this carries through and she’s basically still all by herself. And then she makes friends! It’s so great.

This same storyline is equally satisfying in other dramas. Yes, the OTP in I’m Not A Robot is fantastic but how cute is the friendship of Min-Kyu with the Santa Maria team? Min-Kyu was another damaged child who had lived alone all his life, coping in the best way he possibly could. But as soon as he was physically able to do so, he reached out and made friends. In fact, I think that without those new friendships – including the one with Ri-El – this drama wouldn’t have been as great.

The bullied overweight child who hadn’t left the house for years when she was a teenager in Let’s Eat 2 grew up to become a writer who doesn’t really know anybody and is worried about dying alone. She’s another solitary adult until she gets dragged kicking and screaming into the wider world and makes friends through eating together with other people.

Two of those damaged children grow up into people who are pretending they are perfectly fine (honestly!) in the small gem that is Individualist Ms Ji Young . Our Individualist (such a better word than Loner) had such ghastly parents (I’ll spare you the details) that she decided at an early age that being by herself was a much better way to be. What heals her isn’t just the relationship, even though that is the catalyst, but finally reaching out to other people, such as a girl who’s in a very similar situation, and making friends with her colleagues.

And last but not least, there’s Mother . The child wasn’t just abused at home but also bullied and abused at school. Safe at last, she’s desperate to make friends and it’s a wonderful moment when she plays catch with her not-cousin. Is this the first time that another kid has played with her? Either way, you can see how this gives her confidence. The friendship heals her, like making friends healed all those grown-ups in the other dramas and I actually think that what Soo-Jin herself needs is a really good friend.

When I watch an OTP and think: ‘I give it a year’, that makes me want to switch off. So what about these friendships? Do I think that these people will be Best Friends Forever? Maybe. Or maybe not. I would like them to be but it really doesn’t matter. Unlike with romantic relationships, you can have more than one friend at the same time and society doesn’t frown upon it at all! I imagine my favourite chaebol girl going backpacking in Kathmandu with a whole heap of hippy friends, Min-Kyu having a bunch of army mates, the Let’s Eat writer having pals from a one-meal-a-day cooking class and our Individualist getting another job and making new friends there.

Because this was the point of these stories: they weren’t necessarily about people who make Forever Friends, but about people who come to realise that if they reach out, there are other people happy to be their friend. Possibly people who have the same interests as they do, be it taking revenge, techie inventions or eating. Or K-drama. I would hate for any of them to lose these particular friends and be lonely again. But I trust that won’t happen because what healed them was this new experience of making friends and knowing they can do that again and again.
Plus, how satisfying was it that none of these friendships required a hair-straightening make-over scene? In fact, we got a number of make-unders, where people allowed their veneer to crack and let their new friends see the true messed-up person underneath.

Nobody had to be perfect to make friends.

And, let’s face it Chingus, isn’t that what real friendship is all about?
Author’s Note : following @Leetennant’s great example of posting the posts that didn’t get posted.

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    THIS DIDN’T GET PUBLISHED?

    Sorry for shouting.

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      I think they’d published three of mine in a row at this stage and were probably getting bored of me.

      Alternative reason: the person making the selection was an evil chaebol who wants me to run errands forever.

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        Off topic: I adore the spelling pyjamas, and will forevermore pretend to not be American and wear pyjamas instead pajamas.

        On topic: I’ve been very meh about the romance lines in dramas of late, but give me a good friendship line, and/or band of misfits finding each other, and I am much more likely to become invested. I think your post has nailed down many of the reasons why.

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    Awesome, of course. Baumdog revenge club is on hold right now in my kimchi group, because I’ve been so busy with my weekends. But one of the other ladies missed our hang out so much, she’s planning a night of bowling for our group, without the promise of a kdrama watch. Because it’s the people that make the group endearing, and it doesn’t really matter what you’re doing, but that you’re doing it together. And now my heart is warm!

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    My favorite part of Just Between Lovers was the friendship/found family aspect of the drama. I’m with you on loving this type of K-drama.

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    Thank you for sharing your essay, @cloggie. I warms my heart to watch dramas like Buamdong Revenge Social Club celebrate agape because I know how essential friendship and platonic love are to my own happiness. Dramas that showcase thriving hermetically sealed romances, untouched by outside friendships lack verisimilitude—they drive me crazy!

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      That’s because we’re old enough to know that a person-without-any-friends-purely-focused-on-you would be a complete nightmare to date in real life.

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Especially for @leetennant – a lecture by Cloggie in three parts. Otherwise known as the Scene Stealer post that didn\’t get posted.

A literary guest lecture by Cloggie : Chekov’s famous remark applied to current day dramas.

Thank you all for coming to this guest lecture on Drama Staging and Set Design. For those of you who are less familiar in the subject, I will define all the commonly-used terms and put them in capital letters in brackets behind the definition so that the handouts will create a useful glossary for new students.

Anton Chekov (1860 – 1904) was a Russian writer of dramas and I want to explore how his most famous quote on stage design can be applied in the most innovative current-day form of drama (KDRAMA). Chekov said that if a gun is place on the wall in Act 1, this should be fired before the end of Act 3. Many literary theorists have interpreted this saying as meaning that every part of a drama should be meaningful to the whole. But I would like to show how this remark is really about practical stage design by looking at 3 kdramas from the sublime (BINGE-WORTHY) to the less successful uses of inanimate objects by the writer and stage designer (PD).

Chekov suggest that when an interesting object is shown in a drama, the eyes of those studying this drama (BEANIES) will be drawn to it (SCENE STEALER) ignoring characters and dialogue, and when discussions about the drama take place (RECAPS), the beanies will increasingly wonder when this object is going to be used. In the case of a gun, they will want to know when it will be fired and who will be killed. If this gun won’t be fired, the comment section of the recaps will be filled with beanies being dissatisfied (FEELING CHEATED).

The first item to study (WATCH) is the 2018 drama A Poem A Day. This is an interesting example because there are multiple cases of a scene-stealing object not being used to its full potential. First, let’s examine the shirt of the character Nam-woo with its logo. We can see that this logo (🐊) is used as a metaphor for Nam-woo’s poverty after his family’s earlier riches (BANKRUPT CHAEBOLS). The beanies watching this drama became so interested (OBSESSED) in 🐊 that poems were written and the relationship between Nam-woo and 🐊 was taken to be so important that the alligator became a character by itself and crucial to Nam Woo’s life (OTP). When 🐊 suddenly disappeared and reappeared without explanation (PLOT HOLE), this led to dissatisfaction (SO PISSED OFF) amongst the beanies, a reaction that the PD and writer may not have foreseen.

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    But the drama is worthy of study for its callous neglect of other scene-stealing objects, such as an important book of poetry. Of course, literary critics such as myself have highlighted that this is not the only problem with the writing of the drama but the discarding of the poetry book following an incident with a motorbike can be shown as an example of the terrible use of objects.

    The second drama is the 2018 drama Fox Bride Star. This has the most obvious example of the problems that Chekov highlighted back in the nineteenth century but that PDs still fail to take seriously. This drama introduces a high-quality inanimate object (ROBOT) makes it intriguing (SO CUTE), gives it a plot purpose (OTP SHIPPER) and then subsequently does not show the scene stealer ever again, making the beanies wonder if the object has come to harm or purely forgotten about.

    However, this drama does use other inanimate objects to great effects, especially items of clothing. In the illustration below, you can see how the matching angle of the berets and employee passes is used to depict that these two really are the OTP and human scene-stealers in their own right.

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    The final drama is the 2017/2018 drama I’m Not A Robot, which can be held as a supremely good example of the powerful use of scene-stealing objects. As the drama itself is about robots, this maybe comes as no surprise and the close integration of writing and set design alone is worthy of binge watching. The object that I want to focus on in this lecture is a weapon carried by the main character Kim Min-kyu, thereby making Chekov’s remarks even more pertinent. His baton is shown in the opening scenes of the drama (EPISODE 1) to make him seem aggressive and cold, as he uses it against the other main character to keep her at a distance.

    As a side-note, certain students of the drama have created a novel method (DRINKING GAME) to track when the baton comes on screen. Such methods can help in noticing instances of an object but can lead to long-term brain damage if used too often. Back to the main topic.
    As long as the main character is allergic to human beings, he carries the baton when outside. This transforms the meaning of the object from a weapon to a shield and ultimately to a metaphor for the main character’s state of health. Once the baton is no longer shown on screen (to save Cloggie from utter drunkenness), this is not because the writer and PD have forgotten about it, but to make clear that the main character is healed enough to meet people without his self-defence weapon.
    This drama is also binge-worthy for its powerful use of other inanimate objects such as a necklace and an umbrella, all scene-stealers in their own rights. Especially the umbrella is used to great effect to move the relationship between the OTP along (SKINSHIP)

    In all, I hope I’ve shown that Chekov’s remark about a gun can be applied to scene-stealing inanimate objects in general and writers and PDs should take note.
    I hope you found this introductory lecture to set design useful. Please continue to notice scene-stealing inanimate objects in future dramas and note their importance as part of overarching themes.

    Thanks for listening.

    Professor Cloggie

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      This was awesome!

      Lol, that alligator.

      Not an inanimate object but it does make me think of how focused some of us became on the cat in A Hundred Million Stars……at least for the first part of the show.

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      I should probably point out that I wrote this in the middle of FBS airing and I was truly Dusty & beret obsessed.

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      I’ve started to refer to INAR in my ToTM posts as that show I don’t need to name.

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        I could have added a whole paragraph on necklaces and robo-dramas just for @vivanesca but had to get it under 1000 words

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      Thank you, Professor-nim, for an enlightening lecture of Chekov’s gun analogies. As your brown-nosing student, might I suggest another well-incorporated (quite literal) example from a recent kdrama? In Mr. Sunshine, the stolen American gun made its way into the story line by the second episode and little bits of the storyline were weaved into the main narrative as a result of it. One thing that Kim Eun-sook excels in is storytelling and she rarely leaves a smoking gun on the table. Chekov would be proud. And he would have been proud of your write up as well! How was this not published?

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        Ally – are you that student in the first picture? I didn’t watch Mr Sunshine but I did enjoy the discussion around it with regards to the historical accuracy of objects used with the drama. Have a Gold Star!

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      I have created an MLA citation for the literary students to use when referencing Professor Cloggie’s lecture. Remember to change the second line to a hanging indent. DB won’t let me do fancy bibliography formatting.

      Cloggie. “Chekov’s Famous Remark Applied to Current Day Dramas.” Dramabeans. 3 March 2019. http://www.dramabeans.com/members/cloggie/activity/732388/. Accessed 3 March. 2019.

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      THIS DIDN’T GET PUBLSIHED??? I’M MAD. This is fantastic. I love it.
      “certain students of the drama have created a novel method (DRINKING GAME)” — LMAO

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      I was reading this all starry-eyed because it’s almost been half a year since Octobinar. I guess starry-eyed is a wrong way to put it, how do meth addicts look at people talking about how good meth is?

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        I think this is one of those rare occassions where being compared to meth is a good thing?

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      Thank you, Professor. I greatly enjoyed your lecture series ~ I’m so sorry that it was not selected for the seminar on scene stealers. I have yet to figure out how the board makes their decisions…

      Might I ask to use @egads citation to reference your work in my next piece? I think it will greatly enhance my argument on a certain point.

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Cloggie’s worlds collide

Yesterday I met up with a friend of mine at a classical concert. In the interval, she told me that her daughter was annoyed with her because she’d been slow off the mark and had failed to get her BTS Wembley tickets. She couldn’t believe that they’d all gone in 90 minutes. I said that it didn’t surprise me at all. She should have been waiting, finger to the ready, the second they’d gone on sale.

She gave me a shocked look. ‘You know who they are?’ she asked, ‘I had no idea they were that big.’ (the implication being that they’d have to be pretty famous for someone like me to have heard of them)

I decided not to enlighten her about the 110-track Beanie Island Party playlist that I still listen to on a regular basis. ‘Yeah,’ I said instead. ‘They’re pretty big.’

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    You should have just told her. Or sent her the link to it, you know, just to enlighten her. 🙂

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      There was no ‘just telling her’. To explain the full glory of the Beanie Island Party playlist, I would have had to explain why there was a Party, the ins and outs of the Island of Neutrality, ships, alligators, ducttape cocktails… the list goes on and on.

      Much better this way.

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        Oohhh, I hadn’t fully processed that (just waking up)! 😝

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          I could of course have said: listen to this playlist, without telling her why it existed. You’re right. I was over-thinking it XD

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            But why wouldn’t you tell her about this amazing international community? There’s nothing else on the internet like it! 🥰

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        Each of the few times I have attempted to explain the wacky wonderfulness enthusiastic creativity of this community, I have been met with a stare that telegraphs they are calculating how quickly they can either a) get me to a mental health facility, or b) run away. I have never tried to explain the A Poem A Day Experience, but I do wish The 50 Slings of Ye, and The Seaweed Slap were widely known memes.

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          I usually call it a community of amateur and professional writers where we share stories, poems, and drama ideas and critiques.

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        I usually get up to “virtual island” and then realise I should stop before I get to “alligator on tugboat hoarding the gin”.

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    😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
    I love this.

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      I didn’t even begin to tell the story of possibly maybe spotting one of their entourage in Amsterdam.

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    And speaking of the island playlist, I always forget how enjoyable this is to run to. Thanks for reminding me. I hadn’t listened to it since before last fall and just noticed Day6 is prominently featured as well. I hate running, but this playlist makes me not want to die while doing it!

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      Listening to the playlist makes it feel like summer in my house. It makes even rainy days so much better.

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    BTS added tickets for another show at Wembley! They go on sale in a few hours. Just for your friend if she’s interested.

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Netflix are adding dramas so fast that I can’t keep up!

The last couple of days’ additions (I think): Two cops, Hospital Ship, Empress Ki, Arang & the magistrate, Pasta, Marriage contract.

*good thing I only want to watch one of them*
*bad thing it’s the 50 episode one*

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    Okay, I was wrong. I realised they also added: I’m not a Robot, Warm & Cozy, Angry Mum, 2 Weeks, Money Flower and Fated to Love you. And I’m sure I’ve missed some.

    My life is ruined.

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      They added Angry Mom??? Yay!!!!! I have wanted my best friend to watch that since forever, but she will only watch shows that are on Netflix.

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        Nevermind…this is not for Netflix US. We don’t have any if these new titles 😭

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      WHAT!!!! *runs to Netflix*

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        Remember the days when we used to laugh about the rubbish they were adding? Sigh, that seems so long ago now.

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          I mean they’re still adding rubbish but there is also so many good things on there now. *sigh*
          I need to win the lottery and just watch dramas for a living.

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            Yeah, I’ll give Hospital Ship a miss (but then again…) Oh and I watched one episode of Diary of a Night Watchman and laughed so hard (where I wasn’t supposed to) that I’ll probably skip that too.

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            Diary of a Nightwatchmen looked good on paper! It was so so bad. I think I should give up on even trying sageuks. I never like them. I barely got through 10 minutes of Arang as well.

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    Well as if I didn’t already have no time for more dramas…

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    Is Empress Ki called that? If so, I don’t see it in the US.

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    Marriage Contract is really good if you haven’t seen it!

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      I haven’t. I’ve added it to my already really long list.

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        Oh I feel you. My list keeps growing instead of shrinking…

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      Watched it – loved it. Thanks for telling me about it.

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        I’m so glad you checked it out and loved it! I’ve been rewatching clips ever since you reminded me of the show.

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    I liked Pasta?

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    I’m already half way through Fated to Love You again – help me!

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      I only ever watched the first half… But I’m halfway through Marriage Contract

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        How is it? I’m actually interested in trying it, but I’m worried it’ll be too sad.

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          I’ve watched 7 episodes and think it’s great so far. I know the ending will be sad (ie death) and am mentally prepared for that.

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            I’m also interested in Two Weeks and Money Flower 😍

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            @frabbycrabsis sounds to me we’ve got the same watchlist

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            You know what? We should watch together then! Arranging a watch is easy when the time zone is the same? 😘

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            If you knew how much willpower it took to get myself away from Rabbit (so that I would actually do some work) you wouldn’t suggest that 😘

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            Speaking of, how’s it going?? It’s been so long! 😢

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            I managed to meet a couple of deadlines that I had and am slowly getting my head back above water. Or back on DB maybe.

            So things are good! How are you? All good?

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            I’m glad it’s not too overwhelming. I bought your first book by the way! I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I’m excited. 😄

            Heh, well it could be worse on my end? My exams are eight weeks away now, which is terrifying. It also means I need to start thinking about preparing for university now! 😱😱😱

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            Good luck on your exams! Frightening & exciting times ahead – I hope it all goes well.

            Finished Marriage Contract and I thought it was great. They managed to write a really uplifting ending to the story. I’ll prob post about it on Friday open thread.

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            I’m glad it was good! I’ll hopefully get around to it at some point. I’ve finished Fated to Love You again, and my verdict is about the same as it was the first time. I’m glad you only watched the first half – it’s so great compared to the awful second half.

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I\’d stopped looking at the Ratings, as I thought they were no longer being updated, so I was pleasantly surprised to see a whole bunch of 2018 shows up there. Maybe I was the only one hadn\’t realised

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    I haven’t looked at the ratings in ages

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      I hadn’t looked at it in ages but with a number of new old kdramas turning up on UK Netflix, I had a peak to see which ones were worthwhile watching, and saw that it had been updated.

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Whenever a drama character says: get married – do you want to die alone? I want to point out that statistically the husband is likely to die before the wife anyway. Especially if he\’s older than her.

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So good to open Netflix and see Bae Doo-Na gracing my screen with her presence.

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Okay, Netflix had been telling me that Kingdom was going to be there on Jan 25th but I didn’t expect it to be first thing…

#notcomplaining
#eventhesmokelooksscary

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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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