Beanie level: Water maid

All the Quiznos and Subway PPL really did eventually work on me. BUT!! I’ll only get it when I do go to Korea. Since I already know the quality of foreign fast food is way better than here in the US.

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Finished episode 8 of Chocolate, this show really knows how to kick you in your head when you’re down. I just want to fly to Korea & fight the writer of this show.

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It’s been a slow year for me and K-dramas; but on the other hand this year I was able to look past the production value of J-dramas to find some of my favorite shows ever.

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    Sameee. Japanese production values irk me too because korean and chinese are way more pleasing to look at. But they’ve got the better stuff that shines beyond the 2011 ish look.

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      Yeah they have really good shows. Alot of the slice of life stuff I wish Koreans would just make more of. Not every shows needs to be about a chaebol super genius

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    What J-dramas would you recommend?

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      I just watched “You And I On The G-string” which is a slow slice of life about people learning the Violin. “The House On the Slope” is also good. Nagi’s Kong Vacation is also really good. “One Litre Of Tears” is an old that I randomly stumbled upon, but it made me cry way more than a Litre. Those are just a couple that popped in my head.

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        Thanks! I’ve heard of One Litre of Tears. It’s on my to-watch list. I will look into the other ones.

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Chocolate really meant the melodrama tag. Doing a surgery right after getting into a car accident. I had to skip that part because I’m just like………. Cmon, yall doing too much.

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It probably isn’t very nice, but I feel super validated by this Produce scandal. 48 was my 1st Produce & it legit got me so angry that I still have not listened to any of the groups songs.

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Playlist has the best web dramas. & this new one “Dear My Name” is super funny. Reminds me of a Wes Anderson film.

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    I’ve had this on my list to watch, though will probably wait until it finishes airing to watch. Glad it’s good so far!

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One thing that they changed in Extraordinary You is how the physical comic works. In the Web comic the whole story was already in it, including th ending. In the shows pages fill as they happen.

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    I haven’t really decided if that change really affects anything or not.

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    Yes and that there are several volumes of Secret. Vol 5 is the dreaded volume for both Haru and Kyung. And that there’s actually a story in Secret. Everyone’s got a secret. I don’t think this drama is going that route and I’m totally fine with that cuz Do Hwa’s secret didn’t do me well. I felt sick.

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      The manhwa was definitely more makjang. But I think it also does a few things very well. I feel like the internal logic in the manhwa (webtoon) was more consistent than what we’ve gotten so far in the drama…

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      Oh, do tell. I want to know everyone’s secrets!

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The last episode of Graceful Family felt really rushed. I got everything I wanted but it just didn\’t really hit me. It\’s not a bad ending, just kinda like………
Ok

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    I thought it was unexpectedly sad.

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      Oh yeah, super sad. Wan-Soo was the saddest person in the show, I really felt bad for him. & even though I think it’s too little too late, I felt bad for his mother and brother too.

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      Guys will you please spoil me? How did the show end?

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        She found out her grandfather was actually her father, her father (i.e. brother) collapsed and went into a coma, she got her stepmother (i.e. sister in law) and brother (i.e. nephew) arrested, Wan-soo (oldest brother/oldest nephew) confessed to the murder and then killed himself. Han realised she’d lost and confessed to covering up the murder and went to prison.

        Seok-hee didn’t win against her family – she annihilated them.

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      I agree that Wan-Soo’s story was poignant. I pitied both brothers for being born to such horrid parents.

      I was missing a stronger emotional connection between Suk Hee and Yoon Do in the last episode. They triumphed in battle together and there was clearly a romantic attachment. But it seemed bizarre that she’d leave for the States—and the audience doesn’t see how she parted from Yoon Do. Their reunion was so confusing as well. Did they really not exchange any communication in the time she was in law school?

      Can someone please ask PDs to stop over-editing kisses? A dry peck on the lips is still a dry peck on the lips. Seeing it from 10 angles doesn’t make it warm in the least. However, the loving gaze they shared after their first kiss at the end of Ep. 13 was daebak.

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        Yep, the show pulled out the whole “went overseas for years without phoning and now come back and get back together” trope. I have no idea why. She had no reason to leave. For some reason, kdramas love this trope. And then they used the time skip to undo all the things they’d set up as their resolution – the “found family” dinner, him taking over TOP and bringing it in a new direction, them being together.

        Honestly, I shrugged and took it because it was just such a cliched makjang thing to do.

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          Hee hee … Shrugging is probably my most common gesture by the time any drama ends.

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I just want to thank all the people that were recommending 3 Meals a Day Mountain Village. Show is great, calm and makes me happy ☺️☺️

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https://lat.ms/2mlPf06 So they allegedly found the Hwaseong serial killer, and LA times has a few words from director Bong Joon Ho, who made \”Memories Of Muder\” which was inspired by it.

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Been holding off on the last episode of Be Melodramatic because I knew it would make me sad, which it did. But also I would give up a kidney to have a show about Eun-jung & the cursing director.

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I\’m going to give Melting Me Softly a couple more episodes, because when I enjoyed it I really did. But I did have to shut my brain off way more than I thought I would have too.

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    Same. I may have to fastforward a lot to finish it.

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      Yeah, I kinda started fast forwarding alot towards the end of the 2nd episode. Two episodes just of the build up to them waking up in the future was alot.

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Anyone has a genre that just not for them, doesn\’t matter the quality? For me it\’s Sageuks. I am not a fan of royal intrigue. I\’ve watch a couple that I liked, but could never……

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    Finish, because whenever I see anything with kings and royal court, it just makes me want to get pitch forks and groups of peasants together.

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      I like sageuks in part because I think the hanboks are so pretty and I’m fascinated by all the interesting headwear 😄 I don’t like how gory a lot of them are though. I think the only genre I won’t ever even try is horror. I don’t like scary shows.

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        I like horror, but I like “good” horror. With atmosphere and build up to the scares. I dislike murder porn (films like hostel etc) and jump scares because I consider that to be lazy.

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      I never met a genre that I didn’t like lol.
      Sageuk brought me to dramaland and I’ve learnt so much about Korea’s history, culture people etc in the past 10+yrs so it has been rewarding in a way.

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      Sagueks if they’re historically accurate and everyone dies. I made it through half of Queen for Seven Days.

      Horror unless it’s done so badly that it’s funny.

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    Also sageuks

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      I try hard to like them, because some I consider to be good. I thought Moonlight Drawn By Clouds to be great, but could not finish it. Rookie Historian seems to be really great, but I’m hesitant to watch it because it’s a Sageuk.

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    Melo
    also (usually) horror

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    Fantasy for me.
    I tend to finish what I started, but will never rewatch or even re-read recap.

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    Also sageuks

    But I’m watching Nokdu as we speak, so…

    Curse you, Kim So-hyun

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    I don’t personally relate much, because I like dramas from across almost the entire board of genres, but I definitely understand and know lots of others who can’t do certain genres.

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    Tale of Nokdu changes my taste buds 😁

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    Fantasy/Wuxia/heroic fantasy don’t work for me with real people. Strangely, I have no problem when it comes to animation or webtoons/mangas/comics.

    Medical and spy dramas were originally neutral to me but I soon became fed up with them.

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I completely forgot about the whole body temperature thing in Melting Me Softly. I thought it would just be a comedy? About adjusting to a different time.

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I watched this scene a bunched of time. It was so funny and cute lmao.

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I\’m willing to bet in Camellia that Yeong-Sim and their dog that they always mention is going to be important to the case later.

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Just finished Nagi’s Long Vacation and it’s going down as one of my favorite series. A show with a well executed concept, well written characters and a main character that actually learns and grows.

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I like Camellia, it\’s funny and weird. And I\’m a depressing person, so my interest is peaked by what was foreshadowed, if it actually happens lol.

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    The foreshadowing is so heavy-handed that I’m compelled to think it’s a red herring.

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      I’m thinking the same thing because this is Kdrama land. And if it’s not OCN, the chances of anyone actually dying is low.

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Every episode of Be Melodramatic my favorite character changes. And it can even be the side characters. The CEO of So-min agency had one of the best scenes this episode lol.

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https://www.soompi.com/article/1351126wpp/6-k-drama-tropes-were-so-done-with-already

In the comments ppl are saying that if they remove the tropes, then K-dramas would just be like western shows (pt1

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    And I personally don’t agree at all. I’ve watched shows without alot of these and they still have the same themes and formats of K-dramas.

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      It is true that Kdramas have tropes but American shows have their own set of tropes which are designed to manipulate the viewers’ emotions because they are incapable of stirring them earnestly like kdramas do. My humble opinion. No offence to anyone.

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    I have watched and appreciated a lot of KDramas lately that were GREAT and they had none: no Jerk Male, no Stalker 2nd Lead, no Fish Kiss and no (incomprehensibly violent) Wrist Grab.

    The Destined Connection and Disapproving Parents on the other hand… lol… that 2nd one is hard to come by because it’s soooo real and pervasive in many many many cultures (aside from Korean). I am a prone example of “When your parents don’t like the one you love” and how it messes up things (ex-bf). It’s an unfortunate but welcome trope. i mean, otherwise, where’s the drama?

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    I’m a sucker for tropes when done well.

    1) Jerk Male lead: Hmm well if he is just prickly but not disrespectful (Nam Se Hee in BTLIOF ❣️) or if he admits he was a jerk, asks for forgiveness and shows true change of heart (every Mr Darcy ever, Seo Yul in Chief Kim) I see no reason to banish such characters. I kinda love them. The problem is that often kdramas show that love is the only reason he changes into a better or more sociable person.

    2) Disapproving parents who disapprove with a valid reason are totally ok. Even if they overreact, but that’s life. For example, Soo Bin’s mom A Moment At Eighteen Sadly dramas tend to show parents who disapprove over money or class, or stupid mistakes they themselves made in the past. Again, it’s how you write the trope.

    3) Destined connection revealed at the beginning of the drama, like in sageuks, works much better for me than when thrown in randomly in ep. 14. See for instance Seven Day Queen versus Her Private Life.

    4) Fish Kiss. No comments. The Fish Cult might have something to say in its defence. 😂

    5) Stalker 2nd Lead. I’ve seen fewer and fewer of these lately, actually. Or I’ve been lucky in picking dramas.

    6) The wrist-grab. Ahaha it’s just funny when I see it (which is also less than before) and I tend to cheer when the girl does the wrist-grabbing so I can’t unfairly condemn the guys for it. I did like how Yang Se Jong held onto the girl’s sleeve rather than her wrist in Thirty But Seventeen. Shows respect for personal boundaries.

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