Beanie level: Noble idiot

This show. Yoon Shi-yoon is just killing it in this role.

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The only good thing about Mondays is that there will be new episodes of Fight My Way.

(I’ve fallen behind on Lookout and Circle, but that’s what weekends are for :D)

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The weather is beautiful, I became a Noble Idiot, found out that Dear Evan Hansen won 6 Tony’s yesterday, and I’m eating fried chicken for dinner. Today is a good day.

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Levelled up to Noble Idiot! It’s fitting, since I’m smiling at my phone during my coffee break like an idiot as a result (my coworker thinks I’m nuts).

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Caught up with The Best Hit today and, man, I’m really enjoying it so far! It’s hilarious! There’s enough substance, great characters, and mystery to make it not just a bunch of gags and jokes.

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    So happy that many people like this drama. I love Kim Min-jae’s character here.

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    Yes it is AWSOMESAUCE! πŸ˜€

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Can’t sleep, so I’m watching dramas. Only now I can’t stop. I have work in the morning, but tomorrow is Friday so it’s okay. Weekends are for sleep and coffee will be my best friend tomorrow. Hehehehe

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Watching Suspicious Partner ep12 now. When he takes her wrist and pulls her hand away from her neck…seeing his big hand next to her small one was unexpectedly so swoon-worthy. Is it just me?

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Can I just say beanies are such nice people? When we disagree, we do it through polite, well-explained debates followed by “I can see why you have a different opinion and that’s okay.” Much respect.❀

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    I was just thinking about this the other day—how this is such a great community, always so friendly and positive even when there are differing views. i love that!

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      yup we mostly are until some people begin to give downvotes…haha

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        hahaha yes! i JUST saw yuelie’s posts about her downvotes right after i posted this. so unfortunate. but still for the most part, this place is the sweetest <3

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    Until someone randomly downvotes you. Hahahaha

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      Lol yes. But compared to other communities, downvotes are not so common. Which on the interwebs is kind of a miracle. haha

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      there should be a upvote and a heart symbol instead of a downvote. jejej

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        The dislike button should be removed. There is no reason to use it here.

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          yes I really want dramabeans site to disable that because I’d like it to be a positive experience here for everybody and the dislike button can really harsh someone’s upbeat day. >_<

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Hmmmm…. The Good Doctor ABC remake picked up for series + new teaser :O Thoughts?

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    I honestly do not know how to feel. I’m glad Korean dramas are getting the international recognition they deserve and all but I don’t know if they’ll be able to create the essence Kdramas have. To me its different. We’ll just have to wait and see. I hope DB does at least an overview of the episode telling us their thoughts.

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      Yeah, I feel like you’d have to watch it from a fresh perspective. I think because of culture, it’d be difficult to capture the same feeling. I do like American TV/Film but I have yet to see an American remake that’s really good, like @kaybee says…it’s never seems like a good thing. I’m going to still check it out of course, but with hesitation. The team and the cast seem decent for this. Might be good as it’s own thing but probably can’t expect the same charm/ essence.

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    It is never a good day when Americans decide to remake other countries’ movies. On the plus side, like @ketchup said, it’s nice to have them notice kdramas. Especially since China is out these days. I’d just rather they got less lazy and started reading subs, so the original works would get picked up by their broadcasting companies and seen by a wider public, instead of the soul-less remakes they tend to put out. (NOT saying that American movies, or even their remakes, are soul-less, just the ones that aren’t remakes of American movies/shows to begin with. And obviously not all people who don’t like to read subs are lazy.)

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      I totally agree @kaybee it would be awesome if they decided to broadcast the original material. It could happen, in a perfect world, maybe someday.

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        *calls up Thomas More* Yep, it’s definitely utopian, even Thomas thinks so.

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      I wonder how much they’ll actually advertise that it is based on a Korean drama, or if it’ll just be presented to the general public as a new show. D: I mean articles I have read so far do mention the drama, but how many people would actually go check it out I wonder. :/

      However, I think the team/cast seem promising. Freddie Highmore is super talented (anyone watch Bates Motel?) and Daniel Dae Kim is producing. It’s nice to have some who’s Korean on the team. Hopefully he understands how to better capture what makes the story special from a Korean drama standpoint. I feel torn that the guy who created House is there. I really liked House, but it’s definitely a completely different show beside the doctor component.

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    It’s not the remake in general that is problematic, but the American TV format that creates problems. Kdramas remake other Asian countries shows all the time and vice versa. However, most Asian made tv shows are “mini series”, they have a finite episode length. American tv shows are serials and the typical season is 23 episodes. So once the first season ends, the content for following seasons will be original. Plus, if a show is a hit whose to say it won’t be on air for 10+ seasons.

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      *cough* Grey’s Anatomy *cough*

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      Yeah!! I’m really curious how the format will translate (or not translate). It’ll have to be quite different since it wouldn’t be made with a finite end in mind.

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        They might have to drag the plot unnecessarily to fill on the episodes if they want to continue with more seasons

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          Either way it will be hard for them to create more seasons without creating original content. I am seeing this as less a possible remake and more a stealing a general storyline.

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    He is a good actor – I’m not saying he isn’t, but… I mean, after seeing Bates Motel… I’m a little uncomfortable with this choice. It JUST ended and they didn’t even try to change his looks a bit – so I’m still seeing a creepy serial killer. And remembering Joo won’s version of the character makes it even MORE wrong.

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      They filmed the pilot while he was still doing Bates Motel in Vancouver, if I recall. Maybe that’s why they didn’t change his looks? I do know what you mean though about seeing him as a serial killer, but I’m hoping he’s good enough to make us see him as a totally different character. It’s too early to really say. I mean, before Bates Motel I would have never thought he’d play that role so well given his previous work.

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        You’re totally right! It’s just a teaser after all, not the actual trailer. I do hope they give him a more homely look, something to smooth the transition and help us separate the characters – the actor as good as he is can’t do all the job after all. And then, well, I LOVED him in August Rush, where his character’s tone was much more similar in terms of warmth and innocence.

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          I loved August Rush too! Even though it’s totally cheesy. I really liked that movie πŸ˜€

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Anybody else started Suspicious Partner yet? So far, I’m intrigued. (That cliffhanger doe.)

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    You can go through the fan posts to see who all has started SP. Like many said, it’s cute, but there is something missing. Let’s hope it continues to improve (if that cliffhanger is any indication)

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      Mhmm…it’s lacks a certain punch I feel. Even when stuff is happening it seems slow. Not sure why that is, but it’s cute and interesting enough still for me to stick around.

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        It’s kind of like My Secret Romance in that sense. There’s something lacking, but you still want to keep watching

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Although, now that I think about it… I’d much rather have an office romance like Jim and Pam from the Office than one like in a kdrama. JAM is love <3

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Unexpectedly discovered that one of my co-workers also watches kdramas. New office besties!?

Now where’s my office romance?

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    That someone who bickers a lot with you must be THE ONE. 👍😍

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      Korean dramas have taught me that bickering a good start to many relationships (Kidding! Well, maybe.). Not sure if that’s a good thing! LOL

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        The more you bicker, the more you can make-up and everything that comes with that! LOL.

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          Hahaha… And it’s so much more swoon-worthy when the bickering stops and he does something romantic/nice/chivalrous/all of the above.

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Just caught up and OH. MY. GOODNESS.
!!!

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LEVEL UP! I am now a water maid. -hairflip-

I know these levels are basically meaningless, but it’s still so exciting. Hehehe.

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    Congratulations Γ΄ fair maiden of the liquid element!!

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    Yaaaas, congrats hun

    This gif is one of my all time faves, he reminds of a frog (but a really hot one?!)

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I saw this cute guy from university at the bookstore today and did the saddest most awkward wave
-Just kill me now-

If only those kdrama meet-cutes could happen in real life. *prays to drama gods*

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This speaks to me so much right now.

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I have some time off work soon, any drama suggestions? Something completed I can binge. I often watch rom-coms+youth dramas (see my shows list). But I’m open to other genres! Please & thank you! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    Based on what you like, maybe:
    Ma boy
    Heartstrings
    Sweet 18
    The king 2 Hearts
    My Girlfriend is a Gumiho

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      Thanks for your suggestions! I’ll add those to my to-watch list! πŸ˜€ I’ve heard good things about King 2 Hearts and Gumiho, so I’ll definitely try to start on of those!

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    How about Jealousy Incarnate?? Let’s Fight Ghost, My Wife Is Having an Affair, Coffee Prince!!!!! I noticed you were missing My Name is Kim Sam-soon, I consider that show a quintessential kdrama watch.

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      Ohhh yes, I had been meaning to watch Jealousy Incarnate but I totally forgot! Thanks for the reminder! Need to write this stuff down. Lol. #priorities

      There’s a lot of older dramas like Kim Sam-soon and Coffee Prince, or Delightful Girl Choon Hyang as Jig (@crysta) mentioned below, that I really should go watch. Need to get through some of them classics! πŸ˜›

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        I find some of the older ones can be harder to watch because they can be a little more makjang-y, or the romances super stiff – the cringy kisses!! Are you a dead fish?!? But, both Coffee Prince and My Name is Kim Sam Soon feel relatively contemporary and are quite excellent. For example, I tried watching My Girl, since Javabeans and Girlfriday rated it so high, and only made it through 3 or 4 episodes. Too campy and old fashion for my tastes.

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    What’s Up (really good with good musical numbers)
    Delightful Girl Choon Hyang (a classic)
    The Three Musketeers (maybe not quite youth, but fun and entertaining)
    Page Turner (short and sweet)

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      I’ve actually seen What’s Up and Page Turner (Ji-soo!)–I loved both. What’s Up is where I got my love for Kim Ji-won and Im Joo-eun! lol

      Don’t know much about The Three Musketeers, but I’ll take a look! Thanks for the suggestions πŸ˜€

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    To the beautiful you…

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    Marriage not dating which is possibly one of my favourite romcoms💞

    There’s also healer which you might have heard about lol, it’s so gooood.

    I also loved oh hae young again, it had a lot of laugh out loud scenes

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      LOL yes, I can’t believe I still haven’t got around to watching Healer! Time always seems to escape me.

      So many dramas to watch, so little time.

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    Arang and the Magistrate
    Tamra the Island

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I just read a very bias article on US vs Korean TV, making out kdramas to be superior due to portrayal of relationships (sex), release dates (ep/week), and values/morals. Thoughts? (I watch both, btw)

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    I was thinking about this the other day. To me they are fundamentally like apples and oranges because of the sociocultural differences between the two. So they end up being different genres of television which they pretty much are. Putting this here as a “bookmark” to write more on in a bit.

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      Thanks for replying! Looking forward to seeing what your thoughts are! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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    Where was that article from?

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      Some sort of personal kdrama blog? I’ll try to find it again and I’ll post a link here if I do. Though biased, I thought it was interesting to see how this blogger saw American TV in comparison to Korean.

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        Yeah, it does sound very interesting. Let me know if you find it, I’d love to read it πŸ™‚

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    As @hades said, it is like comparing apples to oranges. For example, Korean work place dramas are miles from anything you would see in the US. The interpersonal work dynamics alone are a foreign concept to Americans. Now that I think of it, the US doesn’t even really have any serious work place dramas, the shows they do have are sitcoms eg. Parks and Rec. I think it goes to show how much value is placed on work in Korea. It seems they spend countless hours either working or doing workplace activities (drinking being the #1 thing I see). So, the storylines alone reflect Korean culture, which differs vastly from ours.

    I find the quality of shows equal, but content in terms of socioeconomic/cultural expressions is very different. I would not say they are morally superior or better at depicting romance, they just display these aspects in a different way.

    Plus, they have strict censorship laws that also play into what is depicted on screen. American tv can show hot and heavy sex scenes, be more violent etc. just because they can.

    I will say, the 2 episodes a week deal is pretty freaking sweet. Plus, I like that shows only last one “season”. There is a distinct conclusion and no dragging out of storyline – looking at you ER and countless other shows that lasted 10 plus seasons.

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      SAME. I like that dramas are made to end. It leads to more complete, thought-out, well-paced dramas. Most dramas don’t do this perfectly, but it’s nice. I still watch Grey’s Anatomy, which has 13 seasons now, but it’s like a never ending series of arcs–which I hate and love.

      I do notice how the idea of hard work is so ingrained in Korean culture. It speaks to how fast the country has grown, but I do appreciate how some workplace dramas show how that idea can lead to hardships—it can be quite thankless, I imagine. My Korean friend told me this: It sometimes feels like you have to work so hard but you don’t necessarily go anywhere (especially since many big conglomerates are family run and can be prone to nepotism). She also said that she’s heard things like if you aren’t successful yet, it means you aren’t working hard enough. In that regard it would be a very different dynamic to work/school life.

      Oh and thanks for replying!! πŸ˜€

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        I would not want to work in Korea after having seen kdramas. Their labor laws are definitely not as protective as ours and it does seem that nepotism goes far there. Plus, I always see workers getting yelled at and physically abused in shows. What the hell is that about? I am reminded of the sad news article Dramabeans shared about that rookie PD that killed himself. Now I just depressed myself 😑

        Until this post, I never really compared the two except for comparing length and air times. Thanks for the discussion topic!

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After a long week at work, my weekend plans, ladies and gentlemen:

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This is me, right now. Just got off work, it’s sunny in the usually rainy Vancouver, Canada, and it’s Friday…life is good. πŸ˜€

Happy Friday, beanies!

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