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Curse you, Tilda!
#rememberjohnny

#OctobINAR

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I’m Not a Robot
#OctobINAR

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Umbrella kiss

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This #OctobINAR rewatch is a bit of a Pi rewatch because this show has such depth in its female characters. It’s easy to discount her because she’s so quiet in the background. And then she speaks.

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Number one OTP forever and ever
I’ve never shipped two people so hard.

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    They were great.

    For me the deception went on too long. I know people really disliked what the heroine did in Because This Life is My First, but I was starting to feel that way with this group.

    The writer made it seem like the only viable solution but I think the lie lasted too long. This was a lot of pain caused by the people you trust.

    But I still liked the show and the main couple. Definitely had wonderful side characters.

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Life hack

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Hey Beans!
Now that most of the post-Chuseok shows have started and you\’ve definitely watched the first episodes of all of them… which is the one you\’d pick up if you could only watch one?

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I know what you’re thinking.
“Wow, I never knew that I’m Not a Robot was such a gorgeous modern fairytale with amazing female characters and strong feminist undertones that completely subverts kdrama tropes. I must watch it now and enjoy it in all its glory.”
You must. You really must.
#OctobINAR
Enjoy!

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    I’m kinda sorta overwhelmed with all the new shows lately and it’s making me very tempted to just curl up in my bed and just rewatch this for the 6th/7th time just because 😍😍😍😍😍❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️

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And finally our PRINCESS, raised to be a perfect, subservient mechanism of docile femininity. A doppelgänger of our hero. Created to reduce our hero to something controllable.
#OctobINAR

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Introducing The BEAUTY, our Warrior Queen in Exile. Fresh from slaying the dragon but still looking to prove herself and fulfil her quest as an inventor.
#OctobINAR

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Introducing The BEAST and his stately, luxurious house of cards in a perpetual childhood.
#OctobINAR

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#OctobINAR
Fridays and Saturdays
10 p.m CEST
Be there or be a second male lead.

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Hello Beanies, I\’ve been giving some thought to things lately and I realise that it\’s almost NaNoWriMo. This was a washout for me last year because of things – you know what things – and I really want to devote a month to writing. No matter how unsuccessful I am, not matter how bad that writing is, I want to commit to the month this year.

As such, I\’ve decided to go on a bit of a hiatus. I\’ll be here through #OctobINAR but will then be taking a step back both from dramas and from the site. I have some contributions for this month\’s theme that I hope get published and a special project with @greenfields that I\’ll be getting off the ground [Watch this space]. But I won\’t be picking up any of the new crop of shows and will rejoin the fun again in December.

Obviously when I have time I\’ll still drop by Rabbit so if you haven\’t meandered over there yet, give it a try. Group watching is lots of fun.

It\’s a crazy time to be in Dramaland so enjoy! And I\’ll speak soon.

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    Good luck with NaNoWriMo!

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    Goodluck Chingu! Will see you on Rabbit hopefully. 😀

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    *sends best wishes* I’d love to do NaNoWriMo as well. Argh haha. Have fun! ^^; And ofc, we’ve got our script to work on. 😄 *enjoying this immensely*

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    Good luck with your writing! We will miss you for a month

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    Best of luck to you! We shall wait for your return in December!

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    But… but … NaNoWriMo is still 28 days away! You can watch a lot of dramas in that time!

    Just kidding, I’ve been taking a bit of a backseat at the moment too. Good luck with what you’re doing with Greens!

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      I know but if I was to pick up all the currently airing dramas I’d be watching 10 when November started. It’s better to stop now and not pick up anything new at all. I’ll be floating around for a while – it’s #OctobINAR!

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    Good luck Chingu and see you!

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    Good luck with NaNoWriMo!! I’d love to read you piece if you decide to share in the end!

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    I wish you all the best!

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I actually love where this show is going. I just wish they were speaking to each other rather than to other people.

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    The not speaking to each other was my major issue with how this show ends.

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      I just finished this. And in this episode… she was a dick.

      I actually quite liked when they had the conversation about wanting to just be with each other without the weight of societal and familial expectation. But why didn’t she just say that instead of pulling that nonsense of pretending to go to Mongolia?

      Then she implied the reason was that he wanted to force him to express his feelings. Surely she could have asked him to do that instead of going through this cruel farce?

      And then they got married anyway? Which….

      I actually thought this was great and wasn’t even upset with the last two episodes like everyone was. It was the last half hour that pissed me off. And that’s even with everyone ending up in a good place overall.

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        Yes, I liked episode 15 – I think I even posted on the recap that I was probably the only one who did 🙂

        But – when you’re with someone who’s entirely rational and willing to talk to you about stuff, there’s no reason to be cruel and manipulative. As you said, she could have asked him about how he felt, rather than dismantle his Safe Space. And then we’re supposed to think that’s a Happy Ending and it will all be puppies and unicorns?

        It made no sense.

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          This. Just… this. One of his defining characteristics is that he listened very carefully to what everyone said and parsed it logically to empathise with their point of view. And you’re saying that person is someone she couldn’t talk to?

          I was really angry at her smug face as she said “this is the first time you’ve talked to me about your feelings”. All she had to do was ask!

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            Yes! Yes! To both of you! I liked the drama a lot until she left and how cruel and self satisfied she was about the whole thing. And then when he woke up the next morning and she had left (even if she had just stepped out for a minute (I don’t remember the details) she could have waited. Or left a note. She was needlessly cruel and seemed to enjoy it. It ruined the rest of the series for me because they weren’t a couple I was all the way rooting for anymore and it tainted how I felt when I looked back at the rest of it. The wall was ALIVE with bickering: some people thinking she’s perfectly justified in what she did others thinking she’s a dick and it changed how they felt about her/them. Yammering now. Leaving k’bye.

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            Same here. It was such a great drama until that point. Of all the people this couple should have solved the ‘love’ problem a lot different than this!!

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This must be the scene you were referring to @vivanesca. And… yeah. Clearly yeah.

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I’ll just leave this here

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I’m sure this has been gif’d 100 times but I thought 101 would not be redundant.

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I absolutely love this couple and I love Nam Se-hee and Lee Min-Ki’s interpretation. I love their rationality and logic. It’s something I identify with and it’s a shame this man doesn’t really exist.

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I can’t say this is better than the original but it does have its moments.

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    It has lots of moments. I didn’t see the original, but I’m a sucker for found family dramas and that’s mostly how I see this one.

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      When it’s forging its own path I really like it. But when it tries to veer back to the source text it just makes me want to go watch the original instead. Korean writers are good at a lot of things but surrealism isn’t one of them. Their attempts to give the show the appropriate disconcerting dreamscape vibe are a bit lacklustre.

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I have a window to catch up on dramas I missed before I pick up something new.
VOTE NOW!
1. BTLIOF
2. JBL
3. LoM
4. Prison Playbook
5. AoY
6. Witch\’s Court
7. I can\’t believe [x] wasn\’t on your list!

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    7. is probably Misaeng if I’m honest

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    So far, Just Between Lovers has been my favorite of the 2018 dramas.

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    BTLIOF

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    Just Between Lovers!

    You said vote but if I were to watch them again I would do it in this order: BTLIOF, Misaeng, AoY, Prison Playbook, LoM, and then Witch’s Court. Just so I could have some happy in between the sad. Either way you go, they were all good so you really can’t go wrong😊

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    I’m probably not a good judge as my taste looks to be much different from others. But I watched most of these because of the fan wall hype, and the only one I liked was LoM. And the wardens parts of PP.

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      I’ve actually seen the first episode of Prison Playbook and it didn’t really interest me that much. But people keep raving about it so I thought I had to go back. It’s nice to have a minority opinion so I can check my expectations.

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        I have been discovering lately that I don’t do well with most slice of life dramas. And the episodes were so so SO long I nearly dosed off at the middle of every episode. But the wardens were adorable.

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        Prison Playbook gripped me from ep 3 onwards.

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    Depends on what you’re in the mood for. None of these will give you the same unique viewing experience you had with Risky Romance (though what can?), but you could add Devilish Joy to your schedule if you would like to be bored.

    Anyway, I always say BTLIOF because I love Se-hee. However, Life on Mars is really good if you want something heftier while still having some fun. But, if you need something melo this time around, JBL is the way to go. Have you seen My Ahjussi? If not, that’s the one.

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      *nods seriously* I was considering adding Devilish Joy to my live-watch schedule because I thought it may replace the gaping hole in my schedule left by the loss of Risky Romance. However, I’m now getting the impression it’s boring as well as terrible so will opt out.

      I have seen My Ahjussi and it was the top-shelf single malt or aged Grange Hermitage of 2018. I’m a bit melo’d out after the debacle that was Time so it sounds like BTLIOF or LoM are it.

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    So I think you should watch The Guest , joking 😀😀😀.
    I only saw BTLIOF so it will my recommendation for you to watch it 😊💗💝💙💜.

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      “Hey, did you know that May is obsessed with The Guest?”
      “No, I did not! She’s so quiet about it.”
      “ikr, none of us had a clue!”
      Speak up, May!

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        I did, doing and keep doing it in the future , but was caught up in RL stuff and as a proof of my obsession you can see my comments on the recap which I never do unless I’m obsessed with the drama I’m watching and for the first time of my drama watching history I learned how to make gifs and posted some of them .
        Besides I never stop talking others into watching it on DB or rabbit 😀😀😉😉😉😉

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        😂😂😂😂

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    Just Between Lovers is my favorite on that list. It took up all my headspace when I watched it. I really like all the others but Witch’s Court isn’t as good as the rest on the list. The acting in Witch’s Court is the best part, it’s just not as well written as the others.

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    1. BTLIOF—but I think you might hate the last 2 episodes, but then you can see why @mindy is gaga over LMK.

    2. LIVE—why is this not on your list? Best ensemble drama this year in my opinion.

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      Live is not on my list because I ran out of list. I shall register your vote. I have been warned about the final two episodes of BTLIOF. I know a lot of people were annoyed by them. I shall temper my expectations.

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        I didn’t think they (the last 2 eps) were bad at all. One of my favorite scenes is in the last episode. And I enjoyed the entire drama. One day, I’ll do a rewatch with my husband who hasn’t seen it.

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      I vote LIVE as soon as it’s been added to your list.

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    1!

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    Hands down, Prison Playbook. A good dose of laughter, fun, bromance, and tears for the next 16-ish hours.

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      You mean 24-ish hours…

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        Haha… though tbh, I barely noticed the looo~ng 1,5 hours furation per eps.

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          😅

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          I noticed the long eps, because my family won’t leave me alone for more than an hour a day, and when I watch a tvn drama (which is frequent) I have to preface my watching with, “I’m watching a tvn drama, so it’ll be more than a hour before I can sure you’re all still breathing!” And I still get interrupted. Which is why I couldn’t recommend Prison Playbook above the others. LIVE kept me engaged for the entire 1+ hours more than PP.

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            I don’t even get one straight hour. I usually pause a lot during each episode.

            The first time broadcasters announced airing dramas with two half-hour episodes I was very skeptical. But I watched two/four episodes of Look Out and I fell in love with the new format. It was like the writer and the director were telling me very considerately: hey you can pause here!

            It has gotten to a point where I have started checking if upcoming dramas are in half-hour format. Take a hint tvn…

            I mean a 24-episode drama doesn’t daunt me half as much as a tvn 16-episode one. I guess the balance of setup, narration, and cliff hanger in an hour is more to my taste than in an hour and half.

            Wow! I’m so sorry! Why did this turn into such a long rant!

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    Honestly depends on your mood and it doesn’t help that all the dramas were all good. I love slice of life dramas so I’ll vote AoY (there’s nothing boring about AoY though but still) from your current list but I understand some might find it boring, so my next option is LoM.
    LoM is thrilling, well paced and just about right. The cast were amazing.
    JBL can make you feel giddy while it simultaneously tears your heart apart.
    Witch Court’s is a fun watch. It’s not brilliant but it’s entertaining so I’d recommend that if you won’t want anything serious.
    PP is also amazing but it’s a Slice of Life (so I LOVED Itx and it is very long (which I LOVED)
    BTLIOF – I change my mind. I vote this! It’s well paced, has great characters, has romance, no heavy heartbreaks or terrible hair-pulling (except some scenes in the last episodes but they’re bearable) and it’s a lot of fun. Lee Min Ki was a treat in it.
    (I know this might not be helping but watch LIVE or AoY)

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    Definitely Age of Youth if you’re looking for a youth drama with mystery and comedy plus slice of life! :)))))))))))

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    I’ve seen all seven of them (and loved every single one of them) so all of the above? One ep/genre a day! 😀
    But I’m biased so my vote goes to JBL.

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    Among the lot I will choose BTLIOF

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    6.AOY season 1!
    7. Um ‘Flower boy next door’, maybe? It’s a feel good, fun 17 episode drama. ^^

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      Also do watch ‘splash splash love’, if you haven’t yet. It’s a two-episode drama with kim seul gi and do joon. It’s the cutest and the chemistry is to die for!

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    I would start with Nr 7: Live. Why isn’t that on your list? That’s been my favourite drama of the year so far. I absolutely loved it. Also, my favourite couple of the year (who are not the OTP, just to clear that up). That drama is satisfying from start to finish – which is very rare.

    Otherwise, BTLIOF and JBL are both very good. JBL looks beautiful and deals with the aftermath of trauma in a sensible way. But if that’s too melo for you, maybe after Your Honor , you want to see Mr Nice Guy lawyer in a relationship with Esom? They were great in BTLIOF. Esom’s character is kick-ass and my hero in that drama. There’s a punch to make it on your ‘most satisfying use of physical violence’ list.

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    #1

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    Prison Playbook!

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    JBL is my favorite!

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    Thank you everyone for a clear and conclusive vote for “everything”. I can see it’s going to be a busy week…

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    It’s a tie between Life on Mars and BTLIOF!

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    BTLIOF and JBL. JBL shot up to my most favourite list of all time. you wont regret it!

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    I vote PP if you liked Reply 88. If you didn’t watch it, that trumps all others.
    I vote JBL if you liked Come Hug Me even though I didn’t finish either.
    I vote BTLIOF if you like fake indie smart movies.

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