Beanie level: Errand boy

Watching Her Privare Life is like being forced to share a vacation house with a newly-wed couple. It is funny and cute and pretty in the beginning, but gets way too old way too soon.

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    I thought I was the only one who felt that way! Felt the same while watching What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim. It must be Park Min Young (but I love her so much in Healer, Sungkyunkwan Scandal and City Hunter)

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      Strangely I liked the childhood trauma parts in WWWSK. The rest of it was rather boring but harmless boring. I could watch it mindlessly with half an eye. But HPL is just too cheesy and pretentious.

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12 bots in one page. What is the record, I wonder..

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    Mine shows 14! Annoying bots asking me to diet, yoga, trade stocks 🙄

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I have started Nokdu Flower. Tell me! What is this accnet they speak?? It is so strange to my ears but at the same time cute and musical! Does it exist in modern Korea too? Why haven’t I heard it until now?

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    *accent*

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    The story takes place in Jeolla Province so it’s the Jeolla dialect but with historical ton(?). The dialect developed and is still spoken.

    At the moment the story is in Jeonju from where celebrities like Yoon Kye Sang, Taeyeon, Wheein and Hwasa (Mamamoo), Sung Kyu (Infinite) are from. The other big city is Gwangju where J-Hope (you hear his accent in some songs), Park Shin Hye, Suzy, Sung Jong (Infinite) and more celebrities are from.

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      Historical tone was the key. I started to recognize and remember it a little. But this historical one is so much more fun. Thank you for your answer.

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10 hours is a LOT for a show to take to pick up speed but Fiery Priest has AT LAST become fun. I was this close to giving up hope.

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    I am in the last stretch and it has definitely picked up even more speed!! This is an interesting show. I find it often hilarious and like all the characters, and am I wrong to like Cheol-beum as much as I do? But then I also find it lacks something even though it’s pretty solid and I can’t quite tell you what that something is. Is it enjoyable? Yes. Is it as good as Chief Kim? No.

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      No not at all. There are WAY too many bad guys and way too many useless guys.

      It lacks reward. There hasn’t been even one win for the good guys in 26/13 episodes. Chief Kim was perfect in balancing win and loss. Among other things!

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    oh is that when the fun started..

    i was there till grand-dadish head priest was killed..thrown off the cliff..the series was just tooooo boring..gave up..was it ep 7?

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      I think ep 4 by one hour counts. 7-8 half-hours. The fun started at 19-20 but it still hasn’t picked up much at 25/26.

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    I could not stay awake through the first half of this series. When Father Kim broke out his motorcycle it picked up some steam for me.

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    @midnight Yes, this one certainly took a while to pick up! But it does!

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I seem to be the only beanie who disliked Touch Your Heart, but LOVED Romance is a Bonus Book.

It feels like my definition of sweet and cute is very different from most beanies’. To me RIABB was very sweet and cute even though it dragged a little bit in a few parts.
TYH was very boring and gave me cringey secondhand embarrassment the whole way through.

RIABB had the loveliest ensemble cast I remember after Chief Kim, TYH… well, suffice it to say that the only thing I liked about it was the way LDW portrayed a shy boy, and the manager oppa.

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    I honestly don’t mean to slight anyone who loves TYH. I just felt bad that RIABB didn’t recieve the love I felt for it, and as I watched them back to back it kinda came out like this. I apologize if I have iffended anyone.

    LDW and YIN are two of my most favorite actors and I was very surprised and disappointed that I didn’t like their show. On the other hand LJS and LNY were both in my ok-list, and I couldn’t believe how fast I fell for their and all the other characters.

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      I haven’t watched RIABB yet, but I think most would agree that there was very little plot in TYH. The biggest cheering section here was for the secondary couple.

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    We’re all different and like different things. I’m sure there are others that share your opinion as well (just not me 😉). I’m always heartened when someone else speaks out saying they liked or disliked a show that the majority held the opposite opinion. For me, I liked 20th Century Boy and Girl better than Because This Life is Our First, and both aired about the same time. But most Beanies would disagree.

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    Oh, I loved RiaBB—I thought the female lead turned into a mary sue/candy girl towards the end and that irritated me. But, right up until that part I was looking forward to it every week! I didn’t dislike TYH, though. I liked both.

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    *ahem*
    I have almost dropped TYH… I have been stuck at ep10 since forever but I watched RiaBB live as and when the subs were made available…. I won’t say I loved the show but I did enjoy it more than TYH!

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      I don’t think I would have loved it if I had live-watched it either. It is too mild to hold my attention and interest week by week. But it was perfect for watching at my own pace.

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    I definitely preferred RIABB over TYH, but that could be because TYH became so incredibly stupid in the legal stuff that I had to stop watching three episodes from the end to keep my sanity. They should’ve stuck to the cute. I’ve ranted enough about this on my wall so I won’t get into it again here.

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      I’m glad that I did post about it and discovered the love for RIABB.

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Has there been a format change on the fan wall section or is it a glitch with my phone browser? Some of the beanie names are shown in very large blue font and I can’t see the like button or the 3 dots, just the likes number and the word ‘menu’ overlapping some other text.
@mary

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    Same on my mac using.

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      Oops, using safari browser.

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      Nope. I see the same format as always.

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        OKAY nope – scroll a little further down the fanwall, and the format is wonky. But up here, its fine.

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            You’ve been working hard the past few days. Hwaiting!

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            Oh man I didn’t know working around the character and embed limits made things extra work for you. Fighting mary!

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            @greenfields not always. But there is a risk and it sometimes causes problems. Like recycling a syringe. XD

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            😅 that really sucks. A recycled syringe is quite the analogy. I’ll keep it in mind.

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            Thank you for the constant hard work and immediate trouble shooting. I hate tagging you in these posts. I feel like I’m whining and nagging 🙈

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            Can you let us know what we should not do when we use html codes while posting on wall? Or put some FAQ section with some do’s and don’ts. Thanks for the fix!

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            @mayhemf don’t worry, it’s not HTML that caused the problem.

            I’m really tired and cannot deal today. I’m sorry if I can’t explain in detail why the FAQ suggestion wouldn’t work.

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    On my device, some posts are fine and some are not, they’re just like you described them.

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    @midnight nuuu, it’s better to tag me cos I don’t see everything. Imagine if beanies aren’t proactive and I have to look at every inch of the site every hour every day O___O I’m actually pretty lucky in that beanies are mostly chill about stuff like this, just letting me know and waiting patiently for a fix. ♥ Me feeling overwhelmed is my problem. Please don’t let it squash your helpfulness!

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    Yeah, I experienced that earlier.

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Is anyone watching Heart Surgeons?

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    I am. I have only the last 4 episodes to finish the drama.

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      What do you think of it?
      I started the first episode but thought ot will make my blood boil by too much playung with people’s lives.

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There is a curious absence of any mention of Children of Nobody ep 17-18 on the beanies’ fan walls…

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    havent had time to watch it
    the plan is binge-watching 17-20 tonight
    is something major happen?

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      I think only one episode aired this week? I might be mistaken though…

      Don’t know if it can be called major, but chilling… and fantastic as always.

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        Yup, MBC aired a special recap episode on 19th December, so we got only 1 episode this week.

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I absolutely love rewatching beloved dramas.
I have always liked Park SeoJoon, but he was stellar in Midnight Runners. I fell for him hard there, and watching Secretary Kim has led to rewatching Midnight Runners for the 5th time, and my heart is so so full of joy right now. I feel so proud of the boys as if they are my own students.

Small spoiler ahead.
The first time I watched it I was shocked and scared at the sudden cruel turn of the events. But with every rewatch I am loving it more. Of course knowing exactly when to ff or look away helps too. It is a great movie.

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Uh oh! I wasn’t planning on watching Heart Surgeons, but now I see it is by the writer and director of Defendant!
Is anybody watching it? Is it good? I really liked Defendant.

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    I liked Defendant, and I tried Heart Surgeons, but watching this only lasted a couple of minutes unfortunately. Perhaps another time.

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    I watched the first 2 episodes. The standard fare of medical drama, which obviously can be a bit dramatic if you ask me..
    lmao
    But I postpone it to later date since I have a lot on watch-list rn…

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      And I never get excited about a medical drama… So this is probably a pass. Thanks.

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And a few more:

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Switch rewatch. Jung Woong In wardrobe deserves an Outstanding Presence award! It was perfect!

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    His wardrobe was quite unique in that show. Particularly his ties.

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      It was! And I am saying this as a person who rarely likes pairing so many patterns and colors at once! But his style was quite unique and fitting.

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I finished Life.

This show was a masterpiece in human psychology and interactions. It also had a genius knack of making me care about every single person and object with a simple closeup shot. It was brilliant.

The amount of criticisms, beanies and otherwise, is heartbreaking. I hope the writer and the director know that there are people who absolutely loved it.

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    Congrats for finishing the drama.. im still on its final episode atm waiting for the good timing to watch it.

    Those are the same reasons why i seek this drama

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    I’m glad to see that you enjoyed it. Life is a drama which broadens the dramaland variety, it’s a pity that this drama isn’t seen for its true value : either because of high expectations towards the writer after Forest of secrets masterpiece or the unusual character driven drama.
    I loved it and I’m glad that I’ve watched it, who knew I would have enjoyed so much hospital politics haha.

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      Even in Forest of Secrets I cared more about the characterizations, especially the villains and the semi-villains psychology and motives, than the leads and the mystery. That was seriously new for me, as I am usually a strictly good guys fan in my drama-watching. They took this up a notch in Life.

      I remember the background music being shred to pieces on beanie walls for being too over-dramatic and incongruous for the plot. But to me it was perfect. Hospital politics might be boring to outsiders, but it can be life or death for the staff…

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    It’s always makes me inexplicably happy to see other people also enjoying Life. What a strong and unusual character-driven drama. It’s one of my absolute fave this year.

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      I was waiting hopefully for your comment @gadis! I dug deep into the fan walls to get to the finale date, and noticed that you seemed to be the only beanie who praised and loved the drama very much. One of my absolute faves too!

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        Honestly, at that time there’re only a few of us who watched this drama faithfully till the end and loving every second of it that I felt the need to spread my love for this drama everywhere. I’m glad to see more people decided to binge-watch it now that it finished airing.

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    Life is one of my favorites this year! ^^

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A short review on My Ahjussi and Life on Mars. Both very popular and highly praised dramas on DB.

They were both very well-written and well-acted dramas. But they didn’t engage me on a personal level at all. They felt very real, and I felt like someone on the side, like the office janitor maybe, seeing and hearing things on a daily basis, sometimes even being interested, but never for too long, and usually having other important things to attend to.

I had never had this feeling while watching a drama and it was very strange and unnerving to experience it twice in a row.

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    I felt the same about My Ahjussi. I knew it was a well-produced show but it just didn’t grip me.

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      Same. My Ahjussi is a masterpiece objectively speaking you just can’t find fault. But personally I couldn’t really be interested in it except for certain scenes

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    I was the opposite. I loved both of them and wanted to go live in certain parts of the drama. The family/community building is the part that really tugs at me.

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Saw an instagram video clip of Lee HwaShin dancing for the SBC ad in JI, and the English subs wrote Espresso! Espresso! instead of SBC! SBC! 😂

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Watched Switch: I love smart leads and smart villains when they are balanced throughout the drama. Just like watching a game of first-class tennis. Back and forth. Back and forth.

Watched Lawless Lawyer: Ha, everybody finds out everything immediately! I love smart characters who just HAVE to know!

Nth rewatch of Accidental Couple: I simply absolutely adore this type of quiet shy male leads who don’t show it but are quite sharp and smart underneat.

5th rewatch of Deserving of the Name: Both of them are shrewd, smart, quick on their feet and intelligent.

I am starting to see a pattern here.

Not to say I don’t like less than extraordinarily smart characters. Just that smart ones give me an exhilaration and happy heart that cute lovey dovey couples don’t. Makes them better for my unwinding and destressing time.

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My 11 year old son came to me just now and asked: How do you pronounce J U N G?
I froze for a minute: Who is it?
He: He is a member of a band my cousin introduced me to. Have you heard of BTS? They are Korean, like the shows you watch.

The world is catching up, and my son is growing up, both at break-neck speed.

PS: There has been no mention of BTS in my country\’s media yet. His cousin learned about them from her friends, and they from the internet.

PS2: I admit I shut him up quickly when he started to recite each member\’s biography and career word by word. Sorry kid, I get you, but go pour it out to your brother.

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    .. cause your mom is already filled with Kpop/kdrama information and needs DB to pour it out sometime…

    Woww now you can soon have company in kdrama watching too….

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    I wonder if my kids will ask me one day “mom, have you ever heard of k-drama and k-pop?” 😂😂😂

    Oh you have no idea 😀

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Ok, did I crack the secret to upgrading in DB? Everytime I have had a sudden spree of leaving comments around the site I have upgraded. And it has not even been a TON, just having relatively more beanie interactions in a short period of time.

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Drama-marathon update, and some thoughts.

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    I have finished Hwayugi and I LOVED the ending.
    I should make it clear though that had the penultimate episode been the ending I would have hated it. Not because of what happened but because everything was poorly executed. We weren’t told HOW SM was supposed to kill the dragon alone, this especially ruined the tension of that scene for me because I didn’t understand what was supposed to happen.
    And when OG came it was so natural and in line with what had happened every time until then that it completely deprived the scene of any feeling of sacrifice.

    THEN the last episode happened, to drive in the point that these are immortals. These poeple don’t play by the rules of our world.
    When he gave her his eye and said now I will be able to find you I laughed out loud. It was so typical of him. Even MW didn’t find it impossible when he heard about it. He thought it typical of him too!

    I finished the drama feeling exhilirated and satisfied. And that is a keeper in my book.

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    My thoughts on the Hong sisters.
    I have been a fan of their dramas for over a decade now, and have watched and rewatched most of them many many times.
    I have to say this, that although I LOVE watching their dramas I nearly never like neither the characters nor the storylines. But they still manage to keep me pinned in front of the screen.

    The only drama of theirs that I love thoroughly including the characters and the storyline is My Girlfriend is a Gumiho. And I’m gonna be completely honest and say that LSG and SMA might have everything to do with that.

    I have watched Delightful Girl Chun Hyang maybe 50 times and still the only character that I love is Ji-hyuk who was just a friend and a side-character. I LOVE My Girl and Best Love TO PIECES but the only characters that I love in one is the male lead and in the other the two managers. I don’t like anything in Master’s Sun, You are Beautiful, or Fantasy Couple. But I have STILL rewatched them all maybe fifty times.

    That is why I never expect to love their characters or the storylines. Their genius is in their wit, their dialogues, their social commentary, their one-liners, their knot-making (seriously! Everything is related, and is designed to pull the knot a little bit tighter!)
    I LOVE how their mind works. I don’t need to like the story to laugh out loud at it. They are girls after my own heart.

    I laughed with Hwayugi so much that my face and my stomache hurt, and I loved more than 2 of its characters. That is much more than enough for me, and I’m happy.

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    My final thoughts are on LSG.
    I don’t know what acting classes he has taken during military service but can he sign up 90 percent of the younger actors for it??
    I mean, I have always loved him a LOT, but I have been the first to admit that his line delivery and his timing aren’t perfect. I usually tried to close my eyes on it and just enjoy him.
    But in Hwayugi his line delivery was PERFECT! I can even say he has gotten quite on par with CSW who in my mind is a master in timing and delivery.

    So again, I enjoyed Hwayugi much much more than I had expected. And if any beanie has gotten this far in my fangirly rambling I should say thank you for reading 🙂

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      LSG is my ultimate bias. So yes, I agree! *heart emoticon* The post military LSG is the best! *hearts*

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Please help out a beanie. I\’m watching 1% of anything v.2, and I do not understand at all! I\’ve checked the recaps too but I guess I\’m too dense… IS marrying Jae-In a condition in the will or isn\’t it? I can\’t understand what these people are arguing about! If it is not, and Da-hyun is the heiress no matter what, and Jae-in and his lawyer friend lied to her about having to marry him, then what is that six-months-dating deal with the grandpa supposed to mean? On the other hand, if it has been a condition from the beginning then why is Tae-ha considered a contender, and why did they talk about her being surrounded with gold-digger suitors and grandpa not caring who she marrys? I DO NOT UNDERSTAND! And when I don\’t understand I can\’t root for anybody….

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    If I remember correctly, the will states that either of the cousins need to marry DH to become the heir. Initially JI refused saying that he’s not interested his grandpa’s wealth. But his lawyer friend convinced him saying that his dad’s mall is also included in the property. So JI goes to DH with the proposal and she understandably refuses. When JI meets grandpa, he says that he can’t marry her. Then grandpa says if he won’t marry her, TH will and he doesn’t care who marries DH. JI got the first chance because he’s the older one. Then JI agrees to date her seriously for 6 months and grandpa agrees. He goes to DH with the renewed will, but omits the fact that TH is a contender too. They agree to date each other, with the agreement that he’ll get the property without marrying her and he’ll fulfill whatever conditions she has, like proper facilities for her school and helping to launch her favourite idol. Hope this clears your confusion.

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      Well, unfortunately no. Then what happens if DH doesn’t marry either of them? JI tells her she will become a miserable heiress with men chasing her and lots of rich people problems. So SHE doesn’t need to marry one of them to get the money, she will get it no matter what. Then why should she go about all the deal-making and dating? Why should she care if he gets any money or not? She says your grandfather gave me his money and gave you as a free sample…. No, I still don’t understand the clear conditions of the will.

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        Ok LOL! didn’t think about it so much. I think she doesn’t need to marry either of them, that’s true, but one of them needs to marry her if they want the property. But I think she tells JI that she doesn’t want all the money and all the hassle that comes with it. So I guess he tells her that if she dates him, he’ll remove the clause of her inheriting the property. Sounds stupid I know, I mean who wouldn’t want all that money. But she’s a simple girl and doesn’t need all that. I’m sorry I don’t remember more clearly. Anyway the story stops focusing on the will and more on their relationship. It just became a plot device for them to get together so probably that’s why I don’t remember clearly.

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          LOL yeah I think I should stop thinking about it and focus on the relationship too. The first two episodes were all arguing about the will and it got me badly confused. Third episode dating started and I guess I can stop thinking now 😁😁

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            Yes stop thinking about the will and enjoy. The trajectory of this couple is satisfactory compared to many others.

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        The original agreement if I remember correctly. She inherits no matter what. The cousins inherit only if they seriously date/marry her.

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    Lol, this is giving me a good laugh. I watched the original (which had way more forced machinations to give them a reason to date) so the remake seemed almost obvious in comparison. But when I think about it, you are right, she doesn’t seem to have too much reason to go along with the plan. But my understanding was this:
    Grandpa named her heir (because he wanted her in the family, and felt she could handle the money if it did go just to her).
    His ‘natural heirs’ who were expecting the money could still get it if they could woo her. (kinda grandpa trusting that Jae-in could choose the better man)
    Da-hyun felt that it was wrong to make a claim on the inheritance at all, because there were already family members to succeed grandpa.
    But, grandpa had already drawn up complicated paperwork that left all his assets to her. Da-hyun did not have an easy way to cancel this paperwork, or much legal know-how, so she tried to make a deal with grandpa.
    Grandpa offered marriage to his grandsons as the easy out because then the inheritance is shared with the man she marries.
    Da-hyun turned down marrying a stranger just to avoid a weird legal battle, and asked for a more reasonable deal.
    Grandpa offered 6-months dating one of the guys, and she accepted this. Why she decided this was okay, I don’t know, but it gives the leads a reason to date, so it is determined as 100% mandatory by the drama.

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      Hahaha thank you for elaborating. And you are right. Ultimately what really matters is the dramaland reason to date not the logical one! Lol

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