Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

Speaking of famous literature from Denmark, are there any kdramas based on Hamlet?
Kronborg Castle is an amazing backdrop for an epic story of intrigue.

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    Oooohhh! I would LOVE to see that!

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    Sageuk! With ghosts!

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    I don’t know about Kdramas but there is a bollywood movie based on it and it was those rare exceptionally great movie. (called Haider)

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    But then wouldn’t everyone die at the end?

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    There was a version of Hamlet which was a battle for a corporation… would fit into a chaebol version.

    The problem is it doesn’t have an ending that qualifies as happy in any kdrama sense of happy…

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      I can just imagine a kdrama version where Hamlet and Ophelia live and spend an entire grating episode going to theme parks and shopping for PPL products.

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        Oh, the horror……the horror…… now I can’t unsee the sequence.

        Who would you cast for the doomed pair?

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          I… don’t know.
          Hamlet – I’m thinking Ji Chang Wook.
          I don’t know who else

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            No actress pops up when I think Ophelia…hmmm…

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            To make it a true horror, we should cast Park Shin Hye…
            and then atleast subway will go up for beanies will be eating it as an offering to dramagods praying for her character to die…

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            *subway sale ( PPL is life)

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In honour of the extensive kdrama filmography devoted to the Little Mermaid (Secret Garden, Surplus Princes among many others) here’s a photo of the statue commemorating Hans Christian Anderson’s narrative creation that I took in Copenhagen this afternoon.

I can’t say the Little Mermaid is my favourite source text but it seems to inspire Korean writers. What other pieces are based on or refer to the story?

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Jane the Virgin is not a telenovela. Jane the Virgin is a subverted telenovela.
After the Feel Good to Die debacle, I think kdramas are still too regressive to do it properly.
Please don\’t.

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    Wait, what??

    What???

    WHAT???

    DON’T TELL ME THERE IS GONNA BE A KDRAMA REMAKE OH GOD DON’T RUIN MY FAVORITE SHOW

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      That’s the word on the interwebz.

      I hope it doesn’t happen either. There’s no way Korea is ready to do Jane the Virgin properly.

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    Someone, who is more talented than I, needs to post some Lee Min Ki photos stat! I’m not sure Mindy can withstand this potential nightmare.

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I can’t believe I did this but since I did I should post the unexpected results.
Also, I was hoping for a hottie to call me Noona but got IU instead…

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Me too

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I love this child. She was so awesome in I’m Not a Robot.
How can a child have such an adult presence?

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Why is this so funny?
The Best Hit

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What do you do when you’re stuck home with gastro?
Watch dramas of course!
This weekend it’s Hit The Top, now on Netflix.

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So that would be the literal deus ex machina then

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    I am so disappointed. I didn’t expect a great ending but …

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      It’s pretty well the ending I was expecting. I’m just not sure why God chose to torture them both by an extensive period of haunting in which she had a breakdown and he had to watch.

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That plot bore no relationship to the plot of Giselle…

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    Didn’t they borrow a writer from abyss?

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      I feel like this was a more cohesive show overall than Abyss, which had no idea what it was doing or what it was trying to say. At least Angel’s Last Mission had a message, even if that message was the trite, “Love is selfless. It saves us from our selfish selves”.

      And while I’m sure people think the show “squandered its potential”, this is basically the plot of Twilight and it unfolded in almost the same way – with the odd final episode kdrama twist.

      The problem was, in their determination to tell the story they wanted to they trod over character development and plot sense in the final two. Honestly, little of it made much sense. I have no idea why her madness was supposed to mirror Albrecht’s madness when textually she was supposed to be Giselle. In fact, in the show she was both Giselle and Albrecht for the whole thing and that made very little sense to me.

      Dan was pretty well just… there…. which does not entirely make him a pot plant but he comes damn close.

      Unless you mean they literally borrowed a writer from Abyss, which I don’t know.

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        The first 4 episodes are written before the shooting of a drama and after that they don’t do any editing so the writer loose it’s thread and after it’s too complicated and they’re looking to the original synopsis and they’re like oh, we have to wrap it this way. It’s pitty though.

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    We were trolled. It was never Giselle, never Swan Lake, never Romeo and Juliette, …ARRGGHH!

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It’s okay, I’m a hardcore kdrama watcher. I left things like “needing to know wtf is going on” behind a long time ago.
Plotwise I can handle the Twilight stupid but Yeon Soo is wildly out of character

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    How on Earth do you take that story and conclude that suicide is the best answer? That’s not even what the story was about. Why would God spare him after she committed a mortal sin?

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      The story line for the last two episodes was Abyss level bad. Idiocy rampaged over the script.

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    I got to the point where I thought: if you’re so stupid about it, then maybe both of you should just die.

    Not the reaction the drama was going for, I think.

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      They want God to grant their prayer and make him human. So the episode starts with him going to murder somebody and her trying to kill herself???
      God this show was stupid.

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        They should have danced Romeo & Juliet. It would have been more appropriate

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Clear some space.
L is attempting to emote.
It may get messy up in here.

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    LMAOOO STAHHPPPP

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    that looks terrible…
    I don’t feel too bad dropping this one… the interest just isn’t there and it’s been more fun reading about it on the Beanie Fan Wall

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This might be my favourite moment in anything ever.

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    This gives me hope!! I had to take a break after ep. 9, because busy-ness happened, and I’ve been on pins & needles waiting for more feedback here on the Beanie section to gauge whether I should continue once I got a little bit of time back… The last I remember from where I left off, Dad was a dick and Gi Seok needed to get over himself and his elephant-sized ego 🙄🙄

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      Those two things are unlikely to change. But I do think the writer made the right decision this time in not giving the female lead a second external threat to deal with. The sexual harassment plotline was just too much in Pretty Noona.

      There’s still two episodes to go though so maybe just wait to see how it pans out.

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    I’m glad you caught up just in time for the final 2 episodes.

    I also loved this scene.

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Oh my God
IT’S 👏NOT👏 CHEATING 👏SHE 👏BROKE 👏UP👏 WITH 👏YOU

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    idk what this is but tell me yr not watching this in 480p

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      No I’m not. But One Spring Night is on Netflix so you can’t giphy it. The illegal version I ripped this from was only available in low res. It’s awful, isn’t it?

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        ahahha good!!! and yes, it is

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        Do you have Netflix?? If you do, Netflix on desktop let’s you screenshot stuff!!!!

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          With the giphy app it never used to let you. It gives an error. But I’ll try again.

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            this is probably too much and i wouldnt do it (maybe lol) but u can screen record and itll show up. well i have a mac so idk on windows then u can upload the clip to giphy etc

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    Jeong-In’s Dad is so overbearing and whimpy.

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I thought the slap in Twenty Again was the most satisfying slap in kdrama but it turns out this is.
Beat his ass, Mum!

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    So deserved, but worried me he’d hit back.

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      That’s the beautiful thing. HE CAN’T.
      All of his behaviour sits within a cultural framework that he never steps outside of. He can’t hit his mother-in-law. That’s what made the whole thing so perfect.

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        I hadn’t thought of that. Then she should of hit him harder.
        There is a conversation soon that points to this.
        It is just all that violence simmering under the surface. One you notice it it is hard to imagine it is not about to boil over at any minute.

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    YAS! I literally cheered out-loud when she did this. violence well deserved

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    the defiant way she gives him her phone, “Call the Police, if you want!”. THERE!! Take THAT!
    (I still remember how despicable of a mother she was in “Something in the Rain”. This 180 degree about-face is awesome! Great range, Mme Actress!)

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For some reason, this quick scene in One Spring Night was the funniest thing I\’ve seen in ages.

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I have my issues with Kim Eun, the writer of One spring Night and Pretty Noona but I don\’t think anybody else is exploring the intersection of tradition and modernity in Korea the way she is. The way in which the shows poke the pressure points between Confucianism and individualism, the family and the personal is really deft.
I just wish it wasn’t so damn hard to watch sometimes.

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    I know what you mean… “One Spring Night” is LOADS better than “Pretty Noona…”, but because of the frustration of “Pretty Noona…”, I don’t know when will be the next time I watch a Son Ye Jin drama

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      My problem with Pretty Noona was that I didn’t know why the writer told that story. It was possibly the most depressing story I’ve ever seen. Her ultimate message was that there is no way for a woman to win and so if she wants happiness she needs to drop out. That may be true for many women but, damn, do we really need to see it on screen?

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      One Spring Night seems to be the mirror opposite of Pretty Noona in so many ways.
      The Female Lead is a real bona fide independent and strong woman in one, and a total door mat in the other.
      The Mum in one is all about protecting her children, and the other is all about protecting her reputation with the neighbours.

      the only constant: The Male Lead who is mad-head-over-heels with the most adorable baby face. It’s a sin for a grown 30-yr old man to look so young.

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        I’m SO GLAD that it’s actually the opposite of “Pretty Noona…”, and hopefully it continues to go deeper into addressing the social issues that it has brought up (women in a heavily patriarchal society, domestic violence, not going along with what societal norms say is the way to live…), because “Pretty Noona…” fell pretty flat on it’s head in that aspect and turned into another typical Kdrama in the end

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Hey, did you know that season\’s change?

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    Ok, I have to ask what brought that on???

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      I’m watching One Spring Night. And I have to admit his music choices are leaving me a little cold again. He does this thing where he films half the show without any background or incidental music and then he brings in the OST when people have action or catharsis. And it’s a great technique. But then if the song that kicks in is the same song every time, it gets a bit tiresome. And in this case, it’s one that has the lyrics 🎶 Seasons change🎶

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    I’m still not sick of the soundtrack! 😂

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    Did you know that you can also open up a door again?

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Run awaaaayyyy…

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Quest: Side dishes.
Second task: Gosari Namul (Fiddlehead Ferns Side Dish)
Success ratio: 50%

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    Working with bracken is a lot more complicated and I was never sure how the prep instructions I could find equated to the wet raw bracken I had bought. So I think I overcooked the bracken. Or maybe I just don’t like the bracken, LOL.
    It’s carcinogenic anyway, so you shouldn’t eat too much of it.

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