Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

Y’all. have you ever watched a drama that made you flat out wonder if maybe you’re a horrible person? Oh, House of Anubis I love you so but you are not good for my self esteem/self respect.

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    A brief summary of House of Anubis in case you find yourself in this comment and have no idea what House of Anubis is.

    House of Anubis is a show that originated somewhere and found itself imported onto Nickoleodeon’s Teen Nick line up in 2011. Wherever the show originally aired it ran of like 12 seasons–Nick only imported the first three and then it was cancelled.
    Its about a girl named Nina who is from America and moves to the UK when she gets a scholarship for a prestigious boarding school two weeks into the semester. The house that she lives in while at school is The Anubis House. And there are strange things afoot.
    Joy
    On the day that Nina from America moves into the dorm/house the previous/current occupant is in class with her housemates and friends in class. She gets called out of class and abruptly pulled out of school. When her best friend and roommate Patricia goes back to Anubis House that day she is highly upset to find that her bestie pic of her and Joy has been crumpled up and thrown away. Also, Joys cellphone and favorite stuffed animal have been left behind.
    Patricia
    Patricia is Joys best friend. She KNOWS that there is something strange about Joys abrupt removal from school and she is determined to find out. However, the only clue she has is Nina from America. Making all of her interactions with Nina from America to be something like this:
    Nina: HI!
    Patricia (ridiculously high, shrill voice): WHERE IS JOY?!?!
    Nina: I don’t know….? I’ve never met her?
    Patricia (ridiculously high, shrill voice): I KNOW THAT YOU HAD SOMETHING TO DO WITH HER DISAPPEARANCE AND I WILL TORMENT YOU UNTIL YOU TELL ME WHAT YOU KNOW
    Nina:….I don’t know anything?
    Patricia (ridiculously high, shrill voice): WHERE IS JOY WHERE IS JOY WHERE IS JOY WHERE IS JOY

    Patricia (ridiculously high, shrill voice): WHERE IS JOY WHERE IS JOY WHERE IS JOY WHERE IS JOY
    Various other housemates, school mates, teachers and etc: erm…..
    Patricia: (ridiculously high, shrill voice): WHERE IS JOY WHERE IS JOY WHERE IS JOY WHERE IS JOY

    Now, I know that Joy’s disappearance is suspect. I vaguely recall that from when I watched this show 6 or 7 years ago. And the teachers have mentioned that they are suspect as hell. But Patricia and her ridiculously high shrill voice—I just CANNOT BE ON HER SIDE.

    This is what I want.
    I want the teachers to pull Patricia into one of their offices and have a serious of increasingly distressed emails from Joy to her parents. All of them are about Patricia. And how she hates her. And how she thinks Patricia is obsessed with her. And how she’s not even lowkey but flat out TERRIFIED of her. And the final message would be from Joys parents to Joy saying to act like everything is normal but they are coming to get her TONIGHT and that they’ve informed the school to never disclose Joy’s personal information or else they’ll have to get a restraining order.

    I know it won’t happen. But, seriously. Patricia? HAS GOTTEN ON MY VERY LAST NERVE.

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As I’m still semislumped and not at all tired I seem to be binging House of Anubis. Why? I dunno. I was too old for this ridiculous show when it first came on so 6 years later I’m even more too old and this show is still adorable.

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    Omo, I remember that show. How many genres can you mash together? It was a young adult, mystery, fantasy, boarding school soap opera. But I prefer the Dutch original, even if you can only watch it with crappy subs on YouTube.

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      Ive never seen the original. I love Nina/Fabian. I had to drop season 3 because the actress playing Nina goes to college. I remember there was such a stink about it that the actress did a special message saying that her fans knew all along that she would only be there for 2 seasons no matter how popular the show became because she really wanted to go to college and that they needed to give the new character a chance. For a kids show they had a pretty good head of suspense/tension in it. Ive finally gotten tired but I have to see how Nina gets out of the attic!

      Did you watch Are You Afraid of the Dark? back in the day? I rewatch that every October.

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        There are some things the American version did better but the Dutch version had a way better Nina/Fabian. It took them longer to get together but when they did they stayed together and really felt like a solid, real teenage couple. Although they had this whole ridiculous plotline where he ended up Clark Kenting it in the house and Nina was the only one who knew he was Fabian. That was in the silly final season.

        Still, nothing was as bad as the season 3 of the American one – I found that unwatchable.

        I didn’t watch Are You Afraid of the Dark?. But if we’re talking US/Canadian sci-fantasy, I loved Strange Days at Blake Holsey High (Black Hole High) and was disappointed their final season was gutted by the failure of the production company.

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    Also, I watched it in my 30s so if you were too old for it then…

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    I remember this show and I remember loving it for being a little edgier than other Nickelodeon shows. And the skinny blonde guy (I can’t remem his name) but I was so happy to see him in Game of Thrones as Lancel Lannister (even though I kinda hated his guts in it.) I wonder where the all are now.

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As well all know, my bias loyalties have been a bit….shaken…this comeback. As Mark Tuan is continually trying to biaswreck me. But, even though my foundation has taken many a hit these past few days I still love and adore Jackson Wang. He’ll always be my favorite even if my bias temporarily (???) goes astray.
And part of being a person who loves Jackson Wang is worrying about Jackson Wang. Who never, ever, EVER, seems super interested in taking care of himself. I’m not going to say “he looks tired” anymore. Its now just…officially a part of his face and visage. Sigh.
Loving Mark has got to be less exhausting, right?! He’s so shy and quiet he’ll never give me a moments worry or concern!

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I have no idea what the purpose of this game is other than whacking each other and shoving one another into walls. And yet. It was the cutest thing ever?

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ISWAK tonight on rabbit!
Whatever time it was last week same time this week!
Woohoo!
If you want to be a part of this good time we are on ep 4–we do 2 eps a week right before the Hana D watch!

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Beanies. I must share the horror. I was watching the GOT7 lullaby mnet stage and my boss hovered behind me and said: why is Ellen Degeneres on stage with them?

Dead. Serious.

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…I. I. I\’m being biased wrecked. I\’m being bias wrecked. Jackson Wang is in danger. Mark Mother F\’ing Tuan is trying to bias wreck me. Those glasses! That hair! That face? Hesnotstayinginhislane.

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I literally posted this same pic seconds ago but I didn’t mention the lean. Do you see the lean? DO YOU SEE THAT LEAN? DAMNIT MARK TUAN STAY IN YOUR LANE.

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Um…exactly when did Mark get so DAMN HOT? Like…I need a specific date. A video. A comeback. Something. Have I been sleeping on Mark (that sounds inappropriate). Has Mark ALWAYS been hot and I’m the only one who didn’t know? This is reminding me of that time someone posted that pic of SIGGY and I was like—Wait. SIG is sexy? Like sexysexy? How’d I miss that? Mark is like—HOT AF’ing fire and I missed ALL OF THAT TRANSFORMATION.
I need an ice water.
I’ve been too focused on Jackson Wang (who is looking like Jung Yong-Hwa this comeback NOT a bad thing).
Marks transformation has me so startled.
Is it because he vaguely looks like YAI in the past timeline of Chicago Typewriter? Someone help. I’ve fallen and I can’t seem to stand up again.

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Thanks for the link @raonah these humans make me SO HAPPY.

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Just finished my first listen of Present: You and I have to say that I loved it. I love that the rap line actually sing a bit more in this album than they normally do (they have lovely voices!) I was lowkey worried that it wouldn’t sound like GOT7 as there’s only 5 *GOT7* songs and 7 solos with 7 different artists exploring their own tastes and sounds and then the title track released in 3 more languages (awesome). Worry unfounded! They sounded like pieces to the same puzzle. They say all the time that if its not 7 then its not them this album was truly saying that again. It takes all 7 of them for a GOT7 album (plus all the people who it takes to make an album). And if they aren\’t all there then its not them–this just gave all of those individual pieces a few minutes to shine.

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    I love what you said about it and I love the album. Lullaby is so good I’ve been listening to it almost non stop. It’s wonderful that they each got to explore their own unique style with the solo songs.
    💚💚💚💚💚💚💚

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Yeah, ok, @raonah already posted this song but its MY FAVORITE (shhhh. It could be! We dont know! Nobody knows!) but this song is SO GORGEOUS. Youngjae sounds SO DAMN GOOD it needed to be posted again

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This is my favorite song so far (I’m only on song 4 of the album) I had to stop listening to the album so that I could find a lyric video I was digging it so much.

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The song is GREAT, firstly.
JB trying to attack me in the bookstore was NOT ok. But then he starts throwing books like an insane person and I was fine again.
Mark twirling down the street was adorable.
Yugyeoms dance break, though? Shush.
Thats all Ive got for now as I have to go to work for some reason instead of just sit and watch this all day.
I mean, guys, its a magical sweet lullaby. Come on.
GOT7 COMEBACK WOOOHOOO

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I was chatting on rabbit yesterday and mentioned that I almost wrote an essay on why I love Noona romances. @mindy said to write it. Sooooo. I did. Soooo its below if anyone wants to read it.

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    It was Spring 2015 I was working 3rd shift as an assistant supervisor at a university. I knew the supervisor from a pervious job and we got along well. Our friendship grew during our time at this job as we were both late 20s-30 somethings and slightly cynical and surrounded by the pure optimistic bent of the college students we supervised. We became quite adept at catching each other mid-eye roll. We were jaded humans.

    On this particular night we were bored out of skulls. I had finished my homework and didn’t bring a book to read. She had finished all her supervisory requirements for the evening. We only had one student with us that night—Delightful Gal A—and she was totally engrossed in what she was doing; watching a drama. She was laughing so hard that she was snorting. We finally out of sheer boredom asked her what she was doing. She answered that she was watching a k-drama and did we want to watch? She was too far ahead in what she was watching for us to join her but she could set us up with something else? We said sure why not, there was nothing else to do. And this thing that had captured the attention of a 17 year old could surely keep us entertained for at least one night. We’d be sure to plan better the next night.

    Feel free to laugh uproariously at this bout of arrogance.

    We devoured the first four eps of Coffee Prince that night. The next day, my supervisor friend looked up at me as I came in and said, “Sorry. I couldn’t wait for you. I’m on ep 10.” And didn’t look up for the rest of the shift. That was fine—I checked out a laptop and did the same. And the next day, I did the same. And when I worked with DGA again my first sentence was, “WHAT DO I WATCH NOW?”
    She gave me Boys Over Flowers. I devoured it. By the time I worked with her again 3 days later I had watched it all. I asked for a list of dramas to watch. She laughed and wrote down:
    Heirs
    Pinocchio
    You’re Beautiful
    There were a few more on the list—but I lost it. But, that was ok. You’re Beautiful lead to Heartstrings and Heartstrings lead to me trying to find “Because I Miss You” by Jung Yong-Hwa which lead to my becoming obsessed with CNBlue and their music and wanting to watch more things with Jung Yong-Hwa. By this time the school year was over and my position was let go until the Fall. I had all summer to watch dramas. The only place I knew to look for dramas was on youtube. I hadn’t discovered viki or dramafever or any of the sketchy sites. And the only keywords I knew were: kdrama
    Korean drama
    Flower boy drama
    and now—thanks to my love of Jung Yong-Hwa—I could use his name for a search as well. The first drama that I watched that Summer was A Gentleman’s Dignity.
    I was….stunned. I was surprised. I had never seen a drama like this before. These weren’t cute boys on the screen. These were men. If you haven’t seen it A Gentleman’s Dignity is about four men who have been best friends since their school days

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      days and their love lives. One is a widower who for reasons painfully unclear to me (theirs was BY FAR my least favorite of the romances) had fallen in love with one of his best friends much younger sisters. A second was the older brother of the sister. He was ready to marry his long-term girlfriend. She wasn’t particularly interested. The third friend had been married for quite sometime but couldn’t keep it in his pants. He was always out and about prowling the town for PYTs to entertain—on his rich wife’s dime. They spend the majority of the drama on the edge of a divorce. The final gentleman—and the male lead is a dyed in the wool bachelor. He’s never been tied down and has never been interested in getting tied down (unless maybe for some kinky bedroom shenanigans….) and he meets our female lead. And falls. HARD. The female lead is the best friend and roommate of the long-term girlfriend who isn’t ready to marry. And she’s had a massive crush on her roommate and dear friends boyfriend for longer than the two of them have been together.
      I was obsessed. This was the first drama I rewatched. These weren’t PYT’s. These weren’t tiny little waifs who were in the throws of first love. These…why…these were adults. They worried about careers not part time jobs. They stressed over bosses (if they weren’t their own bosses) and clients not teachers and homework.
      I was settled into my career. I had reached a somewhat awkward point with my friendships that year. My friends were all mostly married or had moved away in a mass exodus earlier that year (seriously—all of my friends left the state at once.) My friendly acquaintances were all at least 10 years younger than me—early 20s and still in college. Their priorities were different than mine. I loved the dramas that DGA had introduced to me but much like her they were mostly school dramas and youth romances. Because that’s where she was in life. As much as I loved them, I could see myself easily giving them up. In @ally-le’s post earlier this week she talks about representation. I’m a romcom girl at my heart. I would have kept on watching until something else new and shiny caught my eye because as much as I was enjoying them—I didn’t see myself in them. My 30something year old self didn’t find much to relate to with the steady parade of Candy Girls and her Oppa who was 10 years younger than me.
      But—how did I find more dramas like me? How did I find more dramas with 30somethings or 40somethings?
      Ah. That’s still a question that I don’t know the answer to. Mostly characters in that age range are dealing with adultery. Or divorce. Or their children. Which is fine. But something that as a viewer I can’t relate to.
      So. I watched A Gentleman’s Dignity and I loved the kickass and competent and the fragile and the adultness of the relationships. I still squeed over tentative handholds. Stolen glances. First (and second and ALL) kisses. But, they felt different. There was still giggling and

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        There was still giggling and hand waving and chatting with their best friend. But with adults—they had done this before. They’ve been in and failed in previous relationships. That knowledge adds a weight to the squeeings as they prepare to enter and entrust their hearts to someone new that school and youth romances don’t offer because their characters are young. They’ve never risked their hearts and had them shattered. Their flutterings are all of a does he/she like me back and what-do-I-do if they DO!!! Nature. With adults, especially adults who have had their hearts broken before there’s a wariness there as they have to decide if giving their heart away is really worth the risk of the potential heart break. And OOF it hurts so good as they try and decide and ultimately give in.
        I kept searching. Using my minimal keywords:
        kdrama
        Korean drama
        Flower boy drama
        It was my search of Jung Yong-Hwa that brought me to dramabeans for the first time. He was in Marry Him if You Dare and for the love of pete did I not like that drama. Where was it going? What was happening here? Who was she going to choose? Why was this SO. BAD? There’s a recap. I read that instead of finishing the drama. And by reading the recap I found more recaps and finally—I found a word. Noona
        I wasn’t sure exactly what it was. But in the course of my reading the recaps for the dramas that I had already watched the word had come up repeatedly. I found a list of noona romances. And…jackpot. Here were the women who reminded me of myself. The grown up candies who didn’t get swept off their feet by a conveniently located chaebol. Here in the noona romances were single 30 something year old women. Women who had had their hearts broken but still wanted to fall in love. Women who had focused on career and family and looked up and all the men their age were married or a blind date or 12 revealed exactly why they weren’t (um. Yikers)
        And I watched. I watched every one I could get my hands on and most of them (all of them?) to the bitter end even if they went off the rails into loony town and purely bad storytelling (Oh, hey Whats Up Fox and Pretty Noona)

        Not every romcom that’s not a youth or school romcom is a noona romance. I have no idea how old Oh Hae Young and Pyo Na Ri are supposed to be. I’d guess late 20s to mid30s. I loved them. They were my very first live-watches. I had no idea that live watching was a thing and how lucky was I to get to do it at a truly excellent time? Dude—there were SO MANY EXCELLENT DRAMAS THAT SEASON. OHY, Jealousy Incarnate, W, Lets Fight Ghost –and I think there were more? All on at the same time. I haven’t had a packed live watch schedule like that since. There were one or two dramas to watch every day. None of them were Noonas.

        So…why do I watch and love Noona romances? Because. I see myself in them. I watch Noona romances and the girly part in me that made me a romcom girl to begin with wakes up and tells

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          and tells me that just because I’m not 22 or 24 doesn’t mean it wont happen to me. I may not have found it in my 20s but that doesn’t mean there’s not a PSJ or a PBG or a SIG waiting somewhere in this decade for me.

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            Awesome read! Thanks for the mention too. And surely, there are many younger men out there that would be happy to have a Noona Romance with you!

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            WOW….I enjoyed reading this soo much…Thanks for sharing it….
            Like you, I watched a gentle man’s dignity and loved it a lot. Another drama like noona romance is the woman who still wants to marry. That drama is a gem. I watched it before I was 20 and I enjoyed it as of that time I love career women and I still do. Now I will be 25 this Sunday, I will like to watch it again. I am curious about how I will feel this time around…

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    What a fun read. May your very own PSJ come into your life.

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    what a great read!!

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Guys—where did we land on a GOT7 watching party for the new album?
I may be squeeing.
Just a little bit.
Shhhhhhh don\’t judge.

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In an effort to control my insane bingeing ways and not pass up the ISWAK crew I\’m going to binge miss in kiss and kiss me:thai instead. I\’m just a person! A person who loves to binge!

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It is so freaking hot here that I\’m tempted to wish for sweater weather. But I know that when sweater arrives it\’ll be time to start the snow watch. UGH. Weather! Stop it! We\’ve had hotter days this summer but for some reason I had heat-rage as soon as I got in the car to come home from work. Now, its nice and cool and its either time for a book or time for a drama. Speaking of which @greenfields are we on for tomorrow for Chicago Typewriter? Did you want to watch ep 4 (that we both skipped) or dive right in to ep 6?
Also, @egads, @earthna, and @jenmole are we watching ISWAK today? eps 2-3? Does someone else want to host sense I was blurry and gross last week? Or, I can try again. Its a perfectly ridiculously hot day so hopefully my internet wont wonk?

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Love this song, this stage. Are they an official unit?

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@Raonah
I am reading a book called The Way You Make Me Feel by Maureen Goo I\’m @\’ing you because she\’s mentioned the \”asian/kimchi squat\” on 3 separate occasions. And I vaguely recall you posting a video about this squat. So I thought of you. And I mentioning it.
@bammsie
I\’ve changed my mind. The book for AYHT lovers is no longer Cinder but Defy the Star by Claudia Gray. I\’m only like 50 pages in but the main plot point? A robot that gains sentience and since this a YA book with a girl protagonist (one who is about to kill herself so that her friend can live longer, I might add) I feel pretty strongly that romance is going to pop up sooner rather than later.

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    You have a good memory! How’s the book? What’s it about? 🙂

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      Its pretty cute so far. Its about a girl named Clara Shin who lives in LA with her Korean-Brazilian-American father. At the start of the book Clara pulls a huge prank during Junior Prom and winds up getting into major trouble with her dad, the school and a classmate–Rose–who Clara views as an overachieving, tattle-taling stuckup snob who is at polar odds with Clara’s on bent- on-destruction and cheerful chaos attitude. As punishment the two girls are sentenced to work on Clara’s dads food truck–the KoBra– all summer long. So far its about learning to be friends with someone you would never consider being friends with and the complications of family. Its cute and funny and I’m loving the friendship between the two girls. There’s a cute Asian boy that Clara is getting a crush on against her better judgement (he’s so cleancut! what does she want with a clean cut Asian boy?).
      Its very cute. I’m a little disappointed. In Goo’s first book there was a lot about Korean culture in there and intertwined in the storytelling. There’s not a ton of that here. Other than the frequent mention of that squat!

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    OH, yes! I was about to start reading that one, hehe!

    (Re : Asian squat :

    My thoughts when I learned of the name : I’m.. not part of the stereotype, am I?

    *walks to a point and sits down*

    *notices my position*

    Oh. I am.)

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