Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

It’s 2020 and I’m still finding parallels to Because This Life is Our First in every drama I watch without even thinking about it

This is normal




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Me to myself 4 months ago: “If you do a complete chronological watch of Lee Min-ki’s entire filmography you will be able to easily rank each performance based on objective quality and write a corresponding 5-page essay for each role, thus reaching the pinnacle of insanity yet organizing your internal chaos and forcing yourself to find other, more productive ways to spend your time. What could be easier?”

Me now, trying to rank over 20 different performances spanning 15 years:

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I’M NOT CRYING YOU’RE CRYING

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All those pop-ups did was make me install a stronger adblocker.

@db-staff You know, if the website were secure, you could probably get a good amount of people to donate directly.

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    ha ha ha!

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    if only donations were an option…

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    There are only 2 people on the What We’re Watching weekly post, the bots have taken over and it’s been a struggle to get recaps but someone had time to put an annoying popup and those permanent distracting buttons on the screen?

    We are at the end of days for our dear Dramabeans. Where in the world are we going to get our drama fix now?! 😥😥😥

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@db-staff Ummmm… This is really annoying. Can you please… Not? This is not making me want to try the BeanieBox, it’s making me not want to go on this site. I CAN’T MAKE IT GO AWAY

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    Wait, you get a free one? Mine just gives me an unknown discount! 😂

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      Well that popped up when I clicked on the “Get 10% off!” soooo… I don’t know what I get?

      BUT I DON’T CARE why are they SO hung up on this Beanie Box oh my god find another way to bring in revenue

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        like what?

        the initial investment that came it.. the plan seemed obvious.. turn this site into an ecommerce point and they tried..but ultimately it doesn’t seem that people have been buying products – their bet was on fan merchandise and beauty products.. then they launched friday thoughts on what buyers would want to buy… a lot of people commented food.. and beanie box started after a few months 🙂

        there are no good way.. because truth is no body wants to pay. if people did, then they wouldn’t have bothered with what the beanie box contains

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          Like a reality show about drama addicts! (See my wall if you have not a clue what I’m talking about.) 😂

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          Make the site secure and set up a patreon or something

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            is patreon scalable? Operating costs are higher unlike youtube where infrastructure cost is not so much your concern..here they have to maintain the whole website..

            only sustainable model is when traffic can be monetized like soompi

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        It seems like the person who took over DB thought the amount of traffic should equal money, but DB was never selling anything.
        If they want to make money off of us they should become the new Drama Fever.

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      I had about three layers of pop ups and then the ad covering the bottom third of the screen that wouldn’t go away.

      @db-staff, this is not how you encourage people to support you.

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        It’s too much hardselling really. The 3 bar thingy even appears on top of my keyboard when commenting (mobile) 🙄
        @stroopwafel

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      I was offered a free one. I clicked on it because I’m fearless like that, and it was a free one if I signed up for a subscription. So now I only have the annoying corner add at the bottom of my screen that won’t go away. I’ll learn to ignore it.

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So this morning I was scrolling through my personal Instagram and commented on a photo of a certain actor I happen to like very much and someone replied to me with, “Are you Mindy from DB?”

I saw this message RIGHT when I was about to start my drive to work, and I think I actually screamed in my car when I realized that someone I didn’t know at all saw me on one platform and recognized me from another. As soon as I got to work I replied back asking who they were, and they said that they are my FAN (!!!!), a DB lurker, and referred to Lee Min-ki as my hubby.

You guys, I laughed about this ALL morning. It made my entire day. I’m glad my IG account is set to private, but the message didn’t weird me out at all. I’m honestly deeply flattered.

This made me remember when some time last year I was reading a random article on netizenbuzz or pannchoa or whatever and saw someone in the comments of the article ask for drama recs with nice male leads, and another user recommended Because This Life is Our First AND QUOTED SOMETHING I SAID ON THE RECAPS.

Now, I promise I won’t get a big head. My ego will stay safely deflated. Actually, it can’t be inflated or deflated because it doesn’t exist. But, uh…

Not to brag or anything, but guys, I’m famous across platforms.

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LMK’s birthday was yesterday and I know I didn’t post anything and I DIDN’T FORGET I just typed up this really grossly long post and still don’t know whether to post it and now it’s too late

But anyway here are the first new pics of 2020 woohoooo my dude please grow out your hair it’s too short. Also I can’t believe it’s only January and he already has a new project, he’s messing with my expectations

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Me @ myself after I wiped out after ice skating for less than 5 minutes

My knee is becoming very colorful

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    Ouch! The RICE Cure: Rest, Ice (approx 20 min per hour), Compression and Elevation. And if you can get it, arnica (gel/cream and little pills) will help amazingly with bruising and hurting. Target carries the gel, Whole Foods has the gel and the pills.

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    Oh nooo! That sucks, hope the bruising goes down quickly. *sending painkillers and hot chocolate*

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He’s talking about art in this scene (nonsensically, my beautiful idiot) but the real piece of art is that face

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    His styling is flawless. Flawless.

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    Duly added to my to-watch list ☝️

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    He is the definition of ART:

    The clothes, hair,make up, his piercing kohl lined eyes, the hand gestures, the rings on his fingers…Minki is 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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      I have never been into this aesthetic before this man and he’s still the only one who does it for me

      And I love that he wears rings IRL

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        I have mentioned this some other time when we were talking about him on the wall so I will say it again, that man has one of the most photogenic faces I have ever seen. Even in profile *chefs kiss*. This is a face that should be in front of the camera.

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          His 3/4 profile might be one of the most gorgeous things I’ve ever seen tbh

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He’s literally glowing what the heck

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Coming up with captions for all these is hard

He’s just cute and catlike idk

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So I’m apparently really bad at this “One SUFBB gif a day” thing

Sorry, guys

Playing catch-up now!

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The Because This Life is Our First cast looking like a 90s R&B group

Did Kim Min-seok dip his pants in grey paint

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    @lugirl131415 pointed out to me that KMS’s pants probably look that color because of the sunlight

    I guess that makes sense I’m sorry for making fun of you KMS

    I’ll fine a new target

    Hey Lee Min-ki what’s with you and your love of dumb hats

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Byung-hee copying Silva’s choke hold on Do-il will never not be funny

I love how unbothered Do-il is because he’s so used to Byung-hee’s ridiculousness by now

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Sooo, I said I would post one Shut Up: Flower Boy Band gif every day and then… didn’t. So I will post 3 today to make up for it!

Have I mentioned before that his little grins are my favorite thing? Yes? Well, I’ll mention it again: His little grins are my favorite thing.

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I made many many Shut Up: Flower Boy Band gifs over the weekend. And by that I mean I made many many Byung-hee gifs over the weekend. @ayaan told me to post one every day of the month, so that’s what I’m doing.

This one actually has the whole crew in it. I think… I think it’s the only one that does…

The way Min-ki glowers at the end of it. Why. Why do that to me?

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    Iwillnotwatchsufbbforthe4thtimeIwillnotwatchsufbbforthe4thtimeIwillnotwatchsufbbforthe4thtime

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      This was my 4th time watching the first 2 episodes! Lol. I’ve only seen it the whole way through once.

      It’s funny, this is actually my first time truly appreciating Byung-hee as a character. The first time I didn’t know Lee Min-ki but knew his character died and while his screen presence impressed me, I wasn’t too bothered when he died (gasp!). The second time was during BTLIOF and I was watching it purely for his electrifying performance, but again, for some reason the character himself never grabbed me. The third time was with you guys and my main thoughts were “Byung-hee’s a weirdo with no sense of personal space”.

      This time, though… Oh my god. I didn’t ask to have these feelings 4 years after watching it for the first time oh my god I could write an essay about Byung-hee and some day soon I will. But it won’t be as good as @leetennant‘s.

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        ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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        Lol that happens to me with kpop songs more since really I rarely rewatch kdramas.
        I really reeeeeally recommend the entire thing though! LMK’s performance does give the rest of the show the grounding it needs to believe that the rest of the boys would be so affected by his death but the rest do such a great job at showing a coming of age story amidst grief with one of the most solid endings ever for a kdrama.

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    Hooray! Just what I needed to start the morning 😁😍
    Minki’s look at the end cracked me up! I need to watch this show soon!

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      You should!! It’s one of my faves and remains the only drama I’ve finished in 24 hrs!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, BEANIES! 🎉🎉🎊🎊🎆🎆

It’s officially 2020 here in Chicago and I have to be up for work in 4 hours but I’ve seen the start of every new year since I was 5 and I’m not going to stop now.

2019 was a very difficult year for me. Probably the most difficult of my (short) life. Mentally, emotionally. It got to the point where it scared me, honestly. New years usually don’t mean much to me. I don’t make resolutions. This time, however, I figure maybe I could use a little symbolism, a fresh start. Maybe it’s just my mood creeping up a bit before an eventual downturn, but I think I can feel a positive change coming. And I’ve never felt this way at the beginning of a new year, so I’m going to savor it. I’m determined to be a bit kinder to myself every day, to cook more often, and to tell no lies–mostly to myself about myself, but of course I won’t lie to anyone else either!

I don’t really have any New Years-appropriate gifs, but I made 35 SUFBB gifs yesterday and need to share some more of them, right? I can hear the chorus of groans from Beanies already! Sorry, sorry!

But even looking at it objectively, I honestly consider Lee Min-ki’s role as Byung-hee to be among the most memorable kdrama performances of the decade, played with a pure magnetism and completely unique, individual charm and intensity that very few could hope to match. This man was a welcome distraction for me this past year, and as cringey as it sounds, watching him in anything was one of the only things that could make me feel better when I was at my worst. Of course I have to mention him in my year-end post! Hopefully in 2020 I will need less distraction, but his works will always be there when I need them.

Again, happy new year, Beanies!! May 2020 bring you plenty of joy and satisfaction, inside and outside of dramaland!





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    Happy New Year !
    May the new year bring you resolutions, peace, lots of joy and happiness !
    And… Thank you for the awesom gifts !

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    Happy New Year, Minmin. Hope 2020 dawns bright for you and that your husband will always be there for you when you need him.

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    Happy New Year! Hope 2020 sees you hopeful, happy, and healthy. *sigh* I like alliteration. 🤷‍♀️
    Oh, and how about it brings a hero in eyeliner.
    There is no cringe if he makes you happy. Unless you are actually physically stalking him and then I’d want to know what he looks like in person before reminding you that you should be embarrassed.

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      Funny enough, I’m not into guys in eyeliner at all. But on him… God help me.

      LOL.

      Happy New Year to you, too, Beverly!

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    Wishing you the best for the new year, Mindy! Being kinder to yourself is a wonderful, positive resolution. Sometimes we are our own worst enemies after all. Here’s to another year of Lee Min-ki!

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      Thank you, Fini! I think so, too. I didn’t do too stellar at it today but tomorrow is another day.

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    I’ll never say no to SUFBB gifs. Your husband looks great in guyliner.

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    Happy New Year!

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    Happy New Year Mindy!
    I especially love the fourth gif. 😍I look forward to the other 30 gifs too 😅

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      Thank you, Toki! Happy New Year to you as well!

      I love that one, too. <3 And LOL. You really want me to post the rest? I already did post some of them before, though, so there aren't quite 30 left. Maybe 25.

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    We need the 30 gifs of LMK, maybe one posted every day to ring in the new year!
    Trying to remember to be kinder to myself this year, wishing all the best for you in 2020!

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      Ayan, that’s a great idea, and if anyone complains I’ll tell them you told me to do it!

      We both can do it. It’ll be hard, but it’s possible. I’m rooting for you!

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    Happy New Year, Mindy 🎉 Hope 2020 is filled with lots of happiness, positivity, and good vibes (and much LMK too)

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      Thank you, Cori! I wish the same for you as well! I hope to see you around more often. I miss you!

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Some new footage of Lee Min-ki with Seo Hyun-jin because Beauty Inside was recently released in Japan! He starts laughing at her Japanese and she elbows him in the side, hehe!

I think everyone around here knows that I was the biggest detractor of the drama when it was airing. I was extremely disappointed on many levels, but mainly because it was the first and still only time I found Lee Min-ki to be lackluster in a performance, and the directing for everyone was, frankly, terrible. I still can’t bring myself to really watch it, but I freely enjoy watching their behind-the-scenes interactions, because they are ADORABLE.

As I’m loving Seo Hyun-jin in Black Dog right now, and as The Lies Within restored my faith in Lee Min-ki’s acting abilities, I find myself really wanting them to do another project together!

Lee Min-ki mentioned in a recent interview that he and Seo Hyun-jin met up with a scriptwriter to discuss a possible future project, and I really hope something comes to fruition in 2020. They deserve a second shot at making something great. Their off-screen chemistry is so comfortable and fun, I know they can make magic of it on-screen as well given the right script (and a decent director).

Please, 2020, grant me this wish!

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    They’re both such good actors… sigh. Let’s hope 2020 grants you your wish! How about an action thriller? (more action than crime hehe). I’d love to see him fly over a motorcycle again.

    Or if that’s too dangerous, I’d settle for a weekender. Or cooking show. Anything except rom-com or melo.

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      LOL.

      Please, no weekenders. I hate weekenders. Luckily neither of them have done a weekender since the very beginning of their careers so I think I’m safe.

      I wouldn’t mind rom-com or melo, to be honest. As long as the script is good!

      Also, if you want LMK and motorcycles, my friend, have you seen Quick?

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        No I haven’t… butI just read a synopsis and it’s an action comedy film??!! I should watch it quickly! *dashes off*

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          If you can, share the joy with a friend. It’s honestly the most hilarious and ridiculous movie I’ve ever seen I LOVE IT

          Also LMK in lots and lots of leather and tight tshirts

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            Why didn’t you tell me earlier that he’s in leather??? 😉
            I’m terrible at gifs but I can manage screenshots.

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            All the leather and sunglasses and motorcycles and yet he still manages to be absolutely adorable

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I am ringing in 2020 with this mindset

New Year’s Resolution: Be more like Choi Ae-ra

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CHOI AE-RAAAAAAAAA

I LOVE HER

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    This show was sooooo good and seems ahead of it’s time and it seemed to be the turning point for kdramas and the writing of the characters, especially the female ones.

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