Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

How I’m slowly crawling my way back to kdramas…

I actually started VIP before I got sucked back into BL novels (again), but I really wasn’t in the mood for such heavy material. & when Jang Nara started suspecting which of her female colleagues is having an affair with her husband, my 1st thought was, ‘Why can’t it be Shin Jaeha?” 🙈 *things that BL novels do to me* 🤣

So I picked another light-hearted romcom. People With Flaws. The moment I saw Wonseok’s storyline, I knew I had to watch this piece. I was so pleasantly surprised, coming from the land of BL novels. Though, the main OTP was ridiculous in every single way, be it story or acting. 🤦‍♀️

The drama gave me a 2nd surprise later on. Coz I realized Hodol’s house is exactly where my Airbnb accommodation was located at when I was in Seoul few months back!!! It totally felt like they were filming in front of my house & Hodol is my neighbor!! HAHAHAHAHAHA what the heck is wrong with me LOL oh yes, my updates on my Seoul trip is so overdue but I have priorities *cough* BL novels *cough* so… I have no idea when I will post the photos… *runs away*

Okay, back to Wonseok. I’m thankful that kdramaland is finally venturing into LGBT in the right way, albeit slowly. Cha Inha did a wonderful job, in terms of the mannerisms & gestures. I can totally tell he did his homework. It’s just devastating to know that we will never get to see him act again. I really liked him in Clean With Passion too. 😢 I just hope he’s in a happier place now. 🙏

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    I was in this drama for everyone except the main couple (mainly because of ML) and this storyline was also my favourite. I loved Cha In Ha on it and I also believed his job was fantastic. Some of the scenes where specially touching when watching considering he was no longer with us. Suc a terrible loss. I also hope he is in peace now 💜

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After these two awesome BL authors (MXTX & Priest), I’m moving on to Wu Ze, all thanks to @kimbapnoona’s recommendation.

Shoutout to kimbapnoona!

Sa Ye is awesome! I love the song lyrics so darn much.

I’m in the midst of reading her other BL novels too, some good some bad.

Oh, & I absolutely welcome more recommendations!!!! *wink wink*

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    try husky.. specially now that its up.. that one is intense hate-love kind of emotion rollercoaster.. but i fyou strip it of everything, story is still solid

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    wr r u reading it… did you find all 145 + 5?

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      Husky? got it, thanks. i see that it’s a period one. i prefer contemporary/modern ones, hehe. but will still check it out soon. (:

      yep, all 150 chapters. check out http://www.zhenhunxiaoshuo.com , i’m basically living there now. *giddy*

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    Maybe you can check out the BL author, Lan Lin
    (https://www.novelupdates.com/nauthor/lan-lin/) ☺️
    2 of her novels (“Uncontrolled Love” & “Round Trip To Love”) have been turned into movies, which I’ve actually watched and both kept my attention 😉😉

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    So happy to hear that you like Sa Ye @llljr!! 😊 The ost from its audio drama moved me to tears hearing those beautiful words set to music:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L96Zen192Ds&list=PLr-qtCp8IFEPznzcDUsGrEh5zSoAUIkKU&index=13&t=0s

    I read part of Wu Ze’s “有种你再撞一下” which definitely feels like a less mature younger work to me. I am excited to read 一个钢镚儿 which is on top of my list!

    For a really fun fluffy campus romance, I recommend “伪装学渣” by 木瓜黄.

    I just finished 当年万里觅封侯 which I really enjoyed. Despite the tragic premise, the story is absolutely hilarious and surprisingly low angst once the OTP gets together!

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      OMONA. thanks for the link, i didn’t check out the audio drama so i didn’t know there was this OST. 😮

      yep, 有种你再撞一下 was the one that i said was bad. 格格不入 was slightly better. i just finished 一个钢镚儿! it’s good, i like it as much as i liked 解药! my next on list is 轻狂. ^^ anyway where are u reading 巫哲’s novels? the website i’m using doesn’t have her whole list of BL novels.. 😅

      thanks for the recommendations~ I see that 当年万里觅封侯 is a period one.. i still prefer contemporary/modern ones tbh. have u see AWM? it’s by the same author & i have seen good reviews.

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        I have read 3 of 漫漫何其多’s works -AWM, 影帝 and 当年万里觅封侯 and 当年万里觅封侯 for me is the most written one with an actual plot. 😆 AWM and 影帝 both have really submissive 受s which don’t really appeal to me so the stories just feel like hero worshipping, but they are easy and diverting read especially if the premise of the stories appeal to you.

        解药 is also on my list to read too! I don’t have a particular website that I use but just whichever one that seems to have to least annoying ads. Try this one:
        https://www.52shuku.me/xiandaidushi/hxlo.html

        I am about 110 chapters in 残次品 and it is glorious…..thank you so much for your recommendation @llljr! I do get so emotionally wrapped up in it that at times I hve to take break reading other fluffier stories just to get a sense of balance especially at the end of intense work days! 😅

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          Ah… Submissive 受s… The favo thing I like about 巫哲’s novels is that there are 互攻s. I like that better than distinctive 攻受s..

          解药 has an ongoing donghua now, though it’s kinda awful imo..

          oh yes! great to know u’re enjoying 残次品! Glorious.. nice way to describe it. I can’t even find an appropriate word. Grand? Oh, 110 chapters? Hmm.. The heartbreaking parts haven’t even started yet… 🙊 Wait till you finish everything including the extra chapters. It’s really the most satisfying ending we can wish for. 💕

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            Oops! I gave you the wrong link!
            https://www.52shuku.me/zuozhe/wuzhe/

            Yeah, I like 强强 or 互攻 the most! That’s part of the reason why BL novels appeal to me much more than Asian heterosexual romances. Most female heroines display varying degrees of aversion to intimacy (at least verbally) or feeling like they are being taken advantage of whenever there is skinship and that is a putoff for me with my “western” sensibility. 😂 Just enjoy it!! He is hot and he is into you!!

            The heartbreaking parts haven’t even started yet…

            😭😭😭😭😭 thank you @llljr for letting me know of the satisfying ending otherwise it might be hard for me to ever get back to it! I am such a wuss like that!! I skipped the chapters when Wei Wu Xian was dying and HOB almost killed me with that torturous XL arc! 😅

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          thanks for the links!!! that definitely have more 巫哲’s novels than the website i’m using~ ^^

          heh, i just thought that 互攻 feels fairer… HAHAHAHAHA

          aww, trust me. it’s worth it. 残次品 is really Priest’s best work imo. so well written.

          anyway, i’m so glad i have someone to talk to about BL novels. no one around me reads BL. *cries* thanks @kimbapnoona for your accompany & recommendations! 😘

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Haven’t been posting much coz yes, I’m still stucked with BL novels. Lol.

It’s been a while since I finished all 20 BL novels by Priest. Sounds pretty insane huh?

Yep. So here I am, posting this sorta graduation award ceremony in order to move on.

Yeah I know DB isn’t really the right place to do so, but I can’t find a better outlet, so bear with me guys.

Favorite Mum – Xu Jin, Guo Men
Favorite Dad – Shu Lin Zhao, Huai Dao
Favorite Girlfriend – Jiang Ling Xi, Yi Shu Ren Sheng
Favorite Kid – Tu Tu Tu, Zhong Ji Lan Yin
Favorite Cameo – Qi Ye in Tian Ya Ke (Faraway Wanderers)
Favorite Squad – Huai Dao

Saddest side character’s ending – Emmy, Zui Hou De Shou Wei (Last Defence)
Saddest Backstory – Qi Ye/Ji Bei Yuan, Qi Ye (7th Lord)
The most scheming one – Leo Aldo, Zui Hou De Shou Wei (Last Defence)
But I dislike you guys even more – Bai Li, Jin Se; Zheng Yue, Guang Ze Jiu Shi

Brightest Lightbulb (A.I) in the whole world – Zhan Lu, Can Ci Pin (Defective)
The Shameless One – Zhao Yun Lan, Zhen Hun (Guardian)
Most Fascinating Couple – Sheng Ling Zhou & Xuan Ji, Lie Hou Jiao Chou
The Forever Bickering OTP – Zhou Zi Shu & Wen Ke Xing, Tian Ya Ke (Faraway Wanderers)
Best type of love-rivals-turned-lovers – Fei Du & Luo Wen Zhou, Mo Du (Silent Reading)
OTP who have the perfect ending – Lin Jing Heng & Lu Bi Xing, Can Ci Pin (Defective)

Favorite Period – Tian Ya Ke (Faraway Wanderers)
Favorite Crime – Mo Du (Silent Reading)
Favorite Sci-fi – Can Ci Pin (Defective)
Favorite Slice of Life – Da Ge (Big Brother)

All in all, Priest is an incredible writer & I love her SO SO SO much. ❤️

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Heaven Official’s Blessing will always have a special place in my heart, even after so many BL novels I read.

Why?

Coz it’s that EPIC.

Why?

Coz it makes me teary effortlessly.

How?

Coz Huacheng.

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    Agreed.

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    I’m desperate for the translation of this manhua. I probably have to start learning Chinese soon. 😭

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      erm, trust me. Korean is easier to learn. let’s try to be patient with the translations. Chinese characters are too tough for non natives imo. the manhua is following quite close to the novel too.

      anyway, my screenshot is part of the conversation where they were talking about ghosts entrusting their ashes to the one they chose to trust, the part when HC replied that he wouldn’t even care if the person were to destroy it or toss it for fun, if he’s the one who gave away his ashes.

      we just don’t deserve him, isn’t it? ❤️

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FINALLY!!!

A lead role for Seo Jihye~~~ 🎊🎉

Seunggu would be so happy. 😊 [Black Knight]

https://www.soompi.com/article/1382820wpp/seo-ji-hye-confirmed-to-star-alongside-song-seung-heon-in-upcoming-mbc-romance-drama

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HOB beanies, let’s scream!!!

Coz Huacheng is finally making his official appearance in the manhua!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH~ 😱😱😍😍

P.S. poor Xie Lian, lol.

P.P.S. Reading ongoing manhua is the best way to train your endurance & patience, I swear.

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‘Flower’ deserves a music video.

Well done, Donghyuk. 👌

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I thought it would be less painful when I listen to the album, knowing that Hanbin was involved too.

I am so wrong.

🎵💔😢

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Omg! I\’m so happy for him! First one in Model Avengers to get married & be a dad!

Congrats Sungjoon!!! 🎊🎊🎉

https://www.soompi.com/article/1380876wpp/sung-joon-pens-letter-revealing-that-he-has-a-wife-and-child

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Can’t help but smile to see Hanbin’s name on the tracklist.

But what about his vocals? Will they be included? T.T

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Just wanna say I\’m happy to finally see some positive news about idols on Soompi after so many frightening sad news last year. Congrats to EXO\’s Chen! (:

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    When I read this I thought it must be an award but I thought what would be really nice is a dating news. And I turned to soompi and voila it’s a marriage news. I’m all for celebs prioritizing their private lives. Congrats to him.

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      is this a marriage because she is pregnant?

      Koreans have a weird thing.. never heard of such rampant concept of “shotgun” marriages amongst asian celebs

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        I get the feeling that it’s more that they’re ‘forced’ to keep silent about dating, and don’t announce anything until there’s a wedding and/or pregnancy, and then it seems really sudden.

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          hmm.. that too

          this pregnancy before marriage i have never seen so rampant in any other entertainment industry 😛 , specially asian .. or maybe they abort

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    Awww it’s just like an epilogue in their story. Favorite couple of the show. EJ was a part of two couples and was equally and justly shippable with both.

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    This just made me grin SO HARD!
    I shipped them so hard, and I will assume their ship sailed even more after seeing this.
    Thanks for sharing >.<

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    Squeeing so hard right now. It would be a dream to have English subs.❤️❤️❤️

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    It’s partially captioned in Korean. I don’t speak Korean so the Google Translate roughly (awkwardly) says:

    Him: My asset manager is special. Because he rolled the 1% top assets in Wall Street.

    She: Was it rich?

    Him: [squinting] I’ll try it now. [To the server] Give me another bowl.

    [Female VO]

    Him: Are you curious?

    She nods.

    Him: Ah, you’ve been wondering

    Male VO (in English): Aim higher. AIM (I’ll bet you a dollar it’s Son Seok Koo himself, with his near-flawless North American English.)

    Female VO: [korean]

    [Last bit of cute banter as she downloads the app and shields her phone wasn’t captioned in Korean]😐

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Guess who? 😁🙈

😍😍🦋

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    I finally read the extra chapters! They are far too short! Really hope there is s drama adaptation

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      I have only read 1 of the extras. I really should read the rest.

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        They are cute and too short!

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          @ayaan @trinpie

          trust me, BL novels’ extra chapters are a must read!

          you girls should check out Priest’s novels too, if only complete translations are available. *argh*

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            Is Priest still being translated? I will wait until it is finished then.

            Yeah I was hesitant to start reading the extra chapter in case it was like TU novel. I like HOB a lot more than TU, the storyline is very interesting.

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            Ya I’ve added a couple Priest novels to my ‘to be read’ list.

            @ayaan Guardian is almost done being translated. Here is the link: Guardian

            This one is also almost translated: Sha Po Lang

            But I’m like you. I don’t want to start these novels until they are finished. There are a lot of her other novels in the works, but it will be awhile (if ever) for those ones to be finished 😔

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          Priest is actually the author’s name. She has around 20 BL novels under her belt. *internally screams* & yes, her novels are being translated, but not completed.

          ah! HOB has zero explicit content, unlike TU. actually the 1st version of TU I read was clean, until I chanced upon the ‘raw’ version, I got a shock, lol.

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        Guardian is her most famed work afterall, thanks to the drama adaptation, but definitely far from being her best work.

        ah, Shapolang, i have read that. i’m not a fan of period/historical stuff, but that piece is a fan favorite.

        i’m still in progress of completing all her BL novels, but my current top 3 favorites are Big Brother, Silent Reading & Defective (Imperfections)! 💕💕

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          Ooh thanks for the recommendations @llljr @trinpie

          I will wait until they are complete, I probably would forget the story if I had to wait for the next update

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            i would definitely wait if i were u. & i gonna endure that when MXTX publish her 4th novel. *SCREAMS*

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When I thought Silent Reading would be my 2nd most favorite Priest’s novel after Big Brother, The Defective (Imperfections) came by to fight me.

It’s a space fiction & I’m in awe of Priest’s ability to write so many different genres. & the usual complicated world building, no kidding. I had low expectations coz I knew the plot wouldn’t be easy to understand (I needed a reread to comprehend everything), but the relationships were oh so heart wrenching.

This is the sweetest BL piece I have ever read. The ring ‘proposal’ & that commemoration party disguised as a wedding. When I thought the ending couldn’t be sweeter, she gave us a pair of boy-girl twins whose personalities are so much alike to their dads. 😭😭

I almost teared when I saw the teaser for the donghua, just like how I felt when I saw Heaven Official’s Blessing teaser. 💕

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    Thank you so much for your recommendation of The Defective @llljr!! After watching The Untamed, I have been down the rabbit hole the last few months of reading Chinese BL novels, a genre I really knew nothing about before!

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      You’re so welcome!! You can check out all the BL novels by Priest. She’s an awesome writer. Have u read any of her books?

      Which BL novels have u read anyway? I’m actually worried about withdrawal symptoms if I finish reading all the BL novels by Priest, lol.

      Well, it’s Untamed that opened this path to heaven/hell for me too. I have officially ditched kdramas for the time being & giving 100% of my attention to Priest. 🤣

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        I totally hear ya, @llljr! Who knew the most fantastic drama can actually put a person in the slump! I spent most of my time reading BL novels, and watching far fewer dramas for the last half year.

        The only Priest work I have read so far is Gaurdian but I couldn’t connect with its mythology and the world building as much as I did with MXTX’s works, but I am ready to try her other works since her stories seem to be quite diverse!

        Are you also interested in slice-of-life stories? I have read about a dozen BL novels so far and my favorite work (other than HOB and MDZS) is Sa Ye (撒野) by 巫哲. I think I remember you a while back identifying as a Chinese speaker who grew up in Taiwan? If so, I highly recommend it since the translation of Sa Ye is only in its nascent stage. Although the setup of the story seems quite bleak, but the OTP’s supportive relationship for one another is incredibly heartwarming and sweet. It is the kind of story that has lingered in my mind and I feel so much joy knowing that they will continue to live beautiful lives happily even though the story has concluded. I believe the story is also in the initial stage of being adapted into a live action drama.

        I can definitely recommend a few more if you’d like especially if you can read Chinese!

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          Guardian was her most famed work, thanks to the drama adaptation. But it’s far from being her best work imo. I’m not a fan of Pangu/Nuwa mythology too, I just liked how Yunlan shamelessly pursued Shenwei at the start, lol!

          Yes! Do try out other Priest novels! I TOTALLY love slice of life stories, Priest had written 3 slice of life, & ‘Big Brother’ is my favorite. ‘Silent Reading’ is my favorite crime investigation piece from her, & Defective, the space fiction is even more awesome. I’m still in progress of finishing up her novels & I’m so excited. Teehee. She has wuxia/xianxia BL under her belt too but tbh I’m not a huge fan of period stuff, but I will still check them out.

          Not sure where u get that idea from, but I’m actually a Singaporean Chinese, haha! & yes! I’m reading all these novel in Chinese, & like I mentioned, I love slice of life. Do recommend as many good BL novels as possible!~ I will definitely need more after I finish all the Priest’s novels~

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            Haha Yunlan’s shamelessness is just awesome. 😆I will definitely put Big Brother and Silent Reading on my list.

            Happy reading, @llljr!

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          Remember to check out Defective too! Now I know who to look for if I need more recommendations for BL novels, HAHAHA.

          Happy reading to you too, @kimbapnoona! ^^

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[Hanbin released a song titled “DEMO.1” on his personal SoundCloud account. The song has no beat & features only his voice.]

:’) I’m just happy to hear his voice.

Happy New Year, B.I. 💗

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Livestreamed the 3 drama awards (as usual) last 2 nights, & I wish the cable channels have their own award ceremonies too.

Now, it’s my turn, aka Jrr’s Korean Drama Awards 2019. (My kinda Year in Review 🙂)

[For my own reference: 2018]

New Eye Candy – Ong Seongwu, Moment of Eighteen
New Eye Lolly – Lee Seol, Less Than Evil
Romcom Newbie – Kim Jaewook, Her Private Life
Favorite Squad – Special Labour Inspector
Favorite Ensemble & Best Side Characters – Fiery Priest
Favorite BL Potential – Hwi X Sunho, My Country
Favorite Secondary Couple – The squirrel & her acorn, Doctor Prisoner
Favorite Scene Stealer – Dohwa, Extraordinary You
Favorite School Drama – Moment of Eighteen
Favorite Revenge – Doctor Prisoner
Worst Weekender EVER – Mother of Mine

OST of the Year (objective) – Be Melodramatic’s Shampoo song
OST of the Year (subjective) – WWW’s Scent by Sam Kim
Favorite PPL – Be Melodramatic

Romcom Crack – Clean With Passion For Now
Makjang Daejang Ganjang Gejang – The Last Empress
The Fashionista – Hotel del Luna
But I want her wardrobe – Angel’s Last Mission: Love
Always drowning in his eyes – Ji Sung, Doctor John
The only Drama Special I watched – 17 Year Old’s Condition
Thank god I’m a marathoner so I dodged these bullets: Vagabond, Arthdal Chronicles, Melting Me Softly

Most Memorable Character – Kang Sungmo (Kim Kwon), He is Psychometric
Favorite Actor – Son Seokgu, Designated Survivor: 60 Days + Be Melodramatic
Favorite Actress – Jung Youngjoo, Fiery Priest + Golden Garden
Channel of the Year – JTBC

Happy New Year beanies! 🎊🎊

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Finally convinced that I won’t have enough time to finish another kdrama before the year ends, so I computed my bean count for 2019.

[For my own reference: 2018, 2017

*EYES WIDE OPEN* How the fuck did I collect 56 beans this year?! I was busy with my itinerary planning for months & I only have eyes for BL C-novels these days.. 🤦

Twelve Nights (2018) 📷📷📷📷📷📷📷📷
17 Year Old\’s Condition ✒️
Be Melodramatic 📺📺📺📺📺📺📺📺
Big Issue 💄
Clean With Passion For Now 🧹🧹🧹🧹
Doctor Prisoner 🚑
Encounter 💃
Fiery Priest ✝️
Graceful Family 🐟
He is Psychometric ☠️
Her Private Life 🎨
Hotel del Luna 🌙
Moment at 18 🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲🚲
My Fellow Citizens 💍
Radiant ⌚⌚⌚⌚⌚
Romance is a Bonus Book 📚
Sky Castle 🎓🎓🎓
Spring Night 💊
The Last Empress 👸👸
Touch Your Heart 💖
Waikiki 2 🤣
WWW 💻💻💻💻

[The Bean Count is our completely unscientific and gut-based exercise where Team Dramabeans gets to show our love for dramas by giving them (imaginary, useless) beans, which we accrue by watching dramas.]

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Let’s talk about the 9th BL C-novel I read. The title is Silent Reading.

GOD I LOVE IT! I just did a reread too. I love it so much more than Guardian. (Both by the same writer, Priest)

It’s crime investigation too, but without supernatural elements.

My heart aches so much for Feidu, & I’m just so glad that Wenzhou is there for him.

It’s freaking hilarious how these two started out to be love rivals, when the guy they both liked is straight as hell, HAHAHAHA.

I love the two way flirting & one sided nagging, while my favorite Priest novel, Big Brother, was mainly about the sarcastic big bro & the blind dedication of little bro. AWW.

*happy sigh*

I feel like I’m facing a major crisis. Coz kdramas aren’t going to hold my attention as much as before..

There’s always fanart out there, & here’s my favorite for Silent Reading. <3

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    Is there an English translation?

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      i saw an ongoing one for Silent Reading on wattpad! but not for Big Brother, sighs.

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The 80s’ vibe is killing me. 🙌

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I have only ONE verdict for My Country:

This script is a fucking BL material!!!! 😍😍🙈




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    The last scene of them shot in the palace made me think why the drama didn’t go full on BL. It’s not even like I didn’t like Hee Jae, it’s just both guys dedication to each other was more epic than the romance.

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      I agree. Like, why made it not only a romance with them, but eluding to a love triangle.

      Yeah, like Seon ho ever looked at her even a micro change at her like he did Hwi.

      They already gave us a bath scene with the guys, why not just go all the way.

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      sighs, censorship problem again?

      i actually kinda eye rolled at Heejae’s scenes with the boys, lol.

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