Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

Sometimes I wonder when my brain will just chill and not ruin more of my life or my relationships.

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    MINDY! I’ve missed you!
    And stop whacking your precious head since it won’t help in the chilling process.

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    I’ve been there. Hang in, it’ll get better.

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    Just hope your day gets better.

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    I feel you! My brain and my mouth just need to stop. Fighting Mindy! You got this, whatever that might be!

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Dear Dramaland,

If you mangle and ruin my favorite TV show by making a Jane the Virgin remake, I am never going to forgive you.

Ever.

Ever ever ever.

DON’T DO IT, PLEASE.

IT WON’T BE ANYWHERE NEAR AS GOOD IT JUST WON’T BE.

SPARE ME, K-DRAMA GODS.

The chances of a drama production being able to understand the genius of JTV AND being able to recreate it are ZERO.

AHHHHHHHHHH.

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    Am I being as dramatic as Rogelio?

    Am I?

    Maybe.

    MAYBE.

    AND I DON’T CARE I WOULD BE PROUD TO BE COMPARED TO ROGELIO DE LA VEGA.

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    What?! Oh noooo. Is this seriously happening? I can’t imagine this going well… 😬

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    But I’m kinda curious in this kdrama version will I be on #TeamMichael or #TeamRafael??

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I’ve played this countless times today and it just works really nicely as today’s anthem because I woke up determined to change my outlook, so

Thanks @vivanesca and @saturtledaisy

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“Doctor Detective”
“Doctor Prisoner”
“Justice”

Can these drama titles possibly get any more boring? Way to get me to NOT check out your show because I think I’m gonna fall asleep before I even hit play.

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It’s been super hot this past week but I hardly even noticed and was wondering how I could possibly not notice, and then realized… I’ve hardly been outside this whole summer LOL.

It’s gonna be 95F+ (35C) this week with tomorrow probably reaching 100+ (with the heat index being much higher) and it’s safe to say that I’m not leaving the house tomorrow.

I think I’d need more than a little fan to keep me cool, but… look how cute it is!!!

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    Mindy….his skin!!!!
    I’m so jealous!

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    You’ll have to stand really close to share that small fan.

    Do you ever wonder what the actor’s think when they hand them a prop like this?
    What’s the prompt? Hold this tiny fan while you stare into the distance thinking of your lost love?

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      LMAO. Right?? I just saw it on IG and don’t even know what it’s from. And when I asked the person who posted it they sent me a broken link OTL. But I’m so curious lol.

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    We will thank God if we get back to 35C. We have been at 43C this week.

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When someone tries to tell me that My Ajusshi “wasn’t even that good”.

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So, I finally watched the first 2 episodes of Hotel del Luna. It’s been a while since I properly conveyed my thoughts about a drama, as pedestrian and drab as those thoughts might be. I’m not smart and I’m not going to pretend to be, but I think it’s a good mental exercise for me to at least write down my thoughts. I haven’t been doing that enough lately about anything.

Overall, I just think that this drama isn’t meshing with me. I’m a big fan of fantasy and it’s my absolute favorite genre to read. I adore Studio Ghibli. I’ve always loved feeling that sense of wonder and curiosity that fantasy tends to bring out in me. It’s addictive. However, while watching Hotel del Luna, I felt none of that.

It’s beautiful, to be sure. The sets are stunning and IU and her wardrobe are both absolutely gorgeous and I really like the score. Nevertheless, something about the show just leaves me cold. While watching, I think I started to get opulence fatigue. Everything was so pretty and shiny and expensive that I got sick of it. This is similar to how I feel watching Beauty Inside (although no where near to the same extent).

Have you ever watched a drama that just doesn’t connect with you, so much so that you can’t even pay attention to the story? So many times while watching this I found myself scrutinizing the cogs and gears of the show instead of paying attention to the machine itself. I know that’s a dumb analogy, but it’s what I first thought of. Some dramas sweep me away from the very beginning and I’m along for the ride, not thinking about it critically until after the episode ends. But with other shows, like this one, I just can’t immerse myself into the world and thus can’t enjoy it. I can only assume this is a problem of the directing.

I’ve read many comments about the acting in this show, and I agree with just about as much as I disagree. Now, I’ll admit to loving IU. She’s one of my favorite singer-songwriters and while I never thought much of her acting before, My Ajusshi changed that. While I don’t think she’s perfectly nailing this role, I think she’s doing a fine job. She’s one of those actors that I think needs a little push by the director to really do well, and I’m not seeing that here. I keep hoping for a little bit… more. More of what, I’m not exactly sure. But nevertheless, I did have fun watching her. Her expressions were to die for, and I can tell that she is having fun filming this. “Cold” characters have always suited her the most.

Now, concerning Yeo Jin-goo, I find myself puzzled by some of the comments I’ve seen about him recently. I’ve always thought he was a great actor. I agree after watching this and My Absolute Boyfriend that comedy is not his forte–everything that I’ve loved him in previously (Circle, Huayi, etc.) have been on the darker side, and although I definitely enjoyed him in Shoot Me in the Heart, it was Lee Min-ki who did all of the comedic heavy-lifting, so to say, in that movie. All this is to say that I found myself unimpressed by his over-the-top reactions to the ghosties in this show.

HOWEVER, I honestly didn’t feel that those types of scenes happened often enough for it to really bother me, and I thought he was perfectly fine in all of his other scenes. He’s a bit young for the role, yes, but I think some of the comments concerning him have been a bit exaggerated. But I also wonder if people hold him at a higher standard because of his acting history. If that’s the case, I totally understand. I do the exact same thing for the actors who I love and think are genuinely great. When they fail to perform up to my expectations, it really disappoints me, even when I think that the directing is mostly to blame (yes, you all know what I’m alluding to). But really, Yeo Jin-goo isn’t disappointing me much here at all. I was expecting much worse based on people’s comments. I think he’s doing fine and will probably improve later on.

So… yeah. Those are my very basic and rambling thoughts that totally lack cohesion about episodes 1 and 2 of Hotel del Luna. I don’t think I’ll be tuning into this next week, but who knows? Nothing else is interesting me at the moment. Maybe I’ll peek in again just for IU. I need something to help pass the time until October anyway… cough.





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    So many times while watching this I found myself scrutinizing the cogs and gears of the show instead of paying attention to the machine itself

    This is how I felt while watching it. I never actually just enjoyed what was happening on the screen, and I think that’s why I also started being critical of Jin-goo. I don’t want to be. I really really don’t, but the whole production, as pretty and well produced as it is, just left me a bit cold and analytical.

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    I like it so far, but I understand what you mean by “opulence fatigue” and over-the-top reactions to ghosts.

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    Mindy, you do write well, and your thoughts are not drab. I’m still working through the first episode, only watching it when I run, which has been in 10-20 minute spurts. I really have to concentrate on reading subtitles when I do this, bobbing up and down, so while I’ve appreciated some of the pretty, I’m really only concentrating on the dialog and not on facial expressions, directing, lighting, or even the music while I watch. I’ve never watched anything like this while running, so not sure how much i can keep up this way. Recaps have been my savior. With that said, I’m enjoying the show, but I’m not really invested in it.

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Concrete, irrefutable evidence that Lee Min-ki is actually a cat:

Like all cats, he can be found laying in boxes.

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    Though I think dogs are sadly underrated on the fanwall I do admire that you found a cat in an entertainment world full of puppies.

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      It’s the other clever Beanies who noticed the resemblance during BTLIOF. It’s amazing how cat-like he actually is.

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    Ugh!! I hate that “Pretty Noona….” has ruined Son Ye Jin dramas for me T…T I can’t even do re-watches of her older dramas atm

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      Oh no. But Spellbound is awesome! Have you watched Spellbound? WATCH SPELLBOUND.

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        Hahaha It shall go onto my “To Watch” list… When I will actually get to watching it is another problem XD

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    Is this still being debated? I thought science had already confirmed LMK = cat ages ago.

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      Well my new Minday thing is gonna be to publish more evidence every week so if it hasn’t been officially declared yet then it will be soon. I’ll write the paper myself.

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I keep seeing people mention some character named Saya from Arthdal Chronicles and keep thinking that they are talking about our @saya

Saya, you should sue

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    Me too, @Mindy! I think they mean @saya every single time.

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      I am not watching AC and have no clue who Saya is but I think we all know who the superior one is.

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        I’m not watching it either but clearly the character can never be as cool as Real Saya

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          I’m glad I’m not the only one that thinks this every single time. Also, of course they aren’t as cool as the one true Saya.

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            oh my god

            you guys

            *sobs*

            stop being so wonderful

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Last night I saw Toy Story 4 and I have to say, Forky resonated with me in a way that few fictional characters have before.

Mostly in the manner in which he declares, “I’m trash” throughout the movie.

I, too, am trash.

Also, yes, after nearly 2 years I am still spotting BTLIOF connections in everything I watch shush.

To be honest, my reasons for declaring myself trash are more closely aligned with Ji-ho’s than Forky’s.

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Me 5 months ago: DALLA DALLA isn’t really my cup of tea and ITZY doesn’t interest me much, how sad

Me now: I LOVE MYSELF NAN MWEONGA DALLA DALLA YEAH

I guess it’s just fate for Mindy to be a Midzy.

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Seo Kang-joon promoting his new drama like the professional comedian he is

These actually made me laugh out loud

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    Is it the same cat or do they take turns?

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    He’s a surprisingly good actor. I’ve only seen him in Cheese in the Trap, and was not expecting this level of growth in the interim years.

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I’m actually still crying about @javabeans’s post and thinking about how much time I have spent on this site over the years and how many friends I’ve met recently who I so desperately hope will continue to be in my life forever and, and…

If I ever needed further proof that I’m regressing into a 5 year old, this is it.

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    Hugs mindy! 🤗🤗🤗

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    which post?

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    Javabeans created something really unique when she made this site. Come drama slumps or an onslaught of ardent binging, this community is so wonderful and supportive (with a healthy dose of snark).

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I’m not familiar with this actor (but apparently he was in The Guest), but I’m happy to see the ball rolling on the rest of the casting for this drama! As each day passes, I am getting more and more impatient. I wanted the teaser when the casting was announced. Lol! I think Everyone’s Lies will air after Hell is Other People, so we’ll probably be waiting until October. Sigh. I’ll have to survive. Maybe it will premiere on my birthday!!

Anyway, every little nugget of information I see about the drama gives me a little bit of satisfaction. But I want more!

I just want Lee Min-ki back in a GOOD drama in a GOOD role with GOOD directing and writing!!! Is that too much to ask!!!

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This is honestly my greatest fear

Every time the main Rabbit group chat gets quiet I become suspicious that you’ve all finally had enough of me.

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Seeing @kimbapnoona and @wishfultoki’s Mid-Year Bean Count Report had me curious as to how mine would look. Let’s see:

2019 Dramas Completed: 2
SKY Castle
Spring Must Be Coming

Old Dramas Completed: 1
I Really Really Like You

2019 Dramas Dropped: 8
The Crowned Clown
What’s Wrong Mr. Poong-sang
Romance is a Bonus Book
Possessed
Angel’s Last Mission: Love
Arthdal Chronicles
Perfume
Search: WWW

Currently Watching: 3
My Absolute Boyfriend
My Fellow Citizens
Beauty Inside (shut up)

This is… very sad.

I need more good dramas in the second half of 2019.

I miss 2017.

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    Everyone Lies is coming your way soon mindy 😆

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    I only watched the first 2 or so eps of Beauty Inside. (I actually liked it) But seriously whoever lit them deserves a bonus from them. Unbelievably beautiful.

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      I wish I could stop being so angry at his character’s very existence so that I could appreciate his ethereal beauty as I usually do.

      We have only seen ep 3 but the whole time I didn’t even look him in the eye. I couldn’t. It made me too upset. Yes I’m crazy.

      Can’t wait for his character’s lobotomy I hear it happens in just a few episodes.

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    Seriously Lee Min Ki show come back to a dorky awkward goofball role. He’s been too serious lately. Look at that goofy face!!! Which is one of the reasons IRRLY was good. There was room for goofball Min Ki.

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    Not really related: I ship the staff holding the green background. They would make a cute glasses-wearing couple.

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    hey mindy 🙂

    have you seen Strong Woman Do Bong Soon? The show is centered on a female and the male lead doesn’t behave badly. I just saw it this week and loved it.

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      I watched SWDBS while it was airing but had quite a lot of issues with it and dropped it fairly early on. But thanks for the recommendation!

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    why did u stop www? curious bc idt im gonna pick it up but

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      The romance, specifically some of the things the male lead said and the way the female lead acted around him, grossed me out and that kind of thing bothers me too much to keep on watching for most shows. But watching the women be awesome is fun even though is quite… in-your-face? It seems a bit try-hard. But you might like it! Lots of people seem to still be on board, although I’ve noticed opinions shifting from one episode to the next.

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I Really Really Like You is not a good show, but Nam Bong-ki honestly has one of the best character arcs from jerk to sweetheart that I’ve ever seen in a kdrama.

I think I’ve made it clear that romantic male leads behaving badly is probably the quickest way to enrage me and get me to click out of a drama at the speed of lightning. A jerk of a hero played by Lee Min-ki hurts even more and makes it feel as if I’ve been stabbed in the heart with 5,000 searing-hot knives (I guarantee, @vivanesca, that watching Beauty Inside hurts me much more deeply than it hurts you). When I first started I Really Really Like You over a year ago, I seriously struggled through 10 episodes (of 34) until I decided that torturing myself wasn’t worth it. This would just have to be a corner of Min-ki’s filmography that I left unturned.

But a few months ago a little voice inside me said to give the show another chance, and I’m glad I did. Because Nam Bong-ki is different.

A large part of that is because he’s not some entitled rich chaebol asshole. He’s just a very immature kid from a very modest background who grew up without a mother. He’s not malicious or manipulative, he’s childish and rude. I mean, he’s not a literal kid—he’s in his 20s—but I know firsthand that some people take longer to grow up than most, and Bong-ki is one of those people.

While the drama did show our heroine Bong-soon and his growing affection for her being a driving force for this change in him (unbeknownst to her for much of the show), she was not the only factor. The show took care to demonstrate how Bong-ki’s interactions with a multitude of other characters resulted in his maturation. I think what particularly endeared me was seeing him change with regards to how he treated the girls and women in his life. Bong-ki lacked respect for almost everyone in his life at the beginning of the drama, but the parts that bothered me the most involved the female characters, especially Bong-soon. Seeing him change while interacting with the President’s granddaughter, the first lady, Dr. Jang’s wife, Bong-soon’s mother and sisters and friend, and, of course, Bong-soon herself, warmed my heart—not to mention the way in which he spoke of his own late mother.

Seeing Bong-ki wearing sunglasses inside with the little girl he was guarding and telling her that he wore them because he wears his heart on his sleeve and doesn’t want people to so easily read him is honestly one of the most precious things I’ve seen in my 12 years of drama watching.

Now, I still don’t think I would ever rewatch the first half of the drama, even knowing that the later emotional payoff is satisfying, but I’m very glad I gave this drama another go. Not all character archetypes are created equal, and Nam Bong-ki is different. Am I biased? Probably. Would I have given it another chance if not for Min-ki? I doubt it. But he plays nearly every character so convincingly and with so much heart, even being as green as he was back then, that you can’t fault me for giving him a second chance.

He was a baby actor here, but there were some scenes where you could just tell he would one day live up to all of his potential and more. Whenever he looked at Bong-soon, my heart went out to him.

Also, I can’t help but be obsessed with his forehead scar after watching this. It was my first time noticing it and yes, he still has it. I have no clue how I didn’t notice it in Because This Life is Our First when I watched it so many times, but now I can’t unsee it. Here’s hoping for plenty of opportunities to view it in his upcoming drama.

This was meant to be just a short paragraph to explain these gifs, but it turned into an essay. Oops! Sorry, Beanies!





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    I really really Like You was one of those dramas which I inexplicably liked. Lee Min Ki was a big part of the ‘inexplicably drawn to’ factor, cos Bong Soon’s accent at the beginning was hard to swallow, President’s son was – oh so wrong!. But then Bong Soon and Nam Bong Ki – 😍.
    the swimming pool scene! 😂

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      Oh don’t even talk to me about the President’s son.

      I loved the swimming pool scene!! But it hurt so much when she said to him and she didn’t feel the same way towards him. The way he tried to laugh it off even though you could see he was devastated. Kill me. And the look he gave her when she finally arrived!

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        Yup the poor baby!
        But then we got the boxing scene. I’d have socked him a KO!
        When Nam Bong Ki broke his arm and was drunk and he thought his shadow was following him!! 😂

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    Looks interesting. Maybe I can watch it this weekend.

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      It’s not a good show don’t blame me if you hate it

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      Well if you even wondered how to say I Love You in many many different ways – Nom Bong Ki will show you. 😂

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    Too old. No interest.

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    I should watch it now , thanks @mindy

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Me

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During my free time yesterday, I was thinking about what righteous affectionate sociable detective Min-ki will wear in Everyone’s Lies—you know, totally a normal thing to ponder—when I remembered @wishfultoki suggesting leather jackets.

@vivanesca said she expected me to send her a wall of LMK in leather after I told her that and I didn’t want to crush her expectations so I was forced to do so.

I had no other choice!!!!!!

Conclusion: There is surprisingly not enough LMK in leather

@OCN fix this please

Anyway here are LS’s top 3 picks from what I sent her

It’s debatable whether the vest in #3 is actually leather but we’re going with it

Happy Minday!

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@waadmay sent this to me and I don’t know what or when this is from or why it exists or why May sent it to me or where May got it but it looks new, but that is odd because why would he be wearing a Christmas shirt in the middle of June?

Although, every day I see a new picture of him makes it feel like Christmas~

…I’m sorry, that was disgustingly cheesy.

Min-ki’s more than cute enough on his own but my dumb self actually likes the silly hearts and blush drawings.

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    I want to think this is someone’s Christmas card. That they photoshopped the picture onto the shirt then sent it out to all the aunts, co workers, and their children’s teachers.

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    It wasn’t “disgustingly cheesy” 💜💝
    I found him super cute in this picture too so you shouldn’t call yourself dumb because it’s really is super cute otherwise I wouldn’t have sent it to you 💝💝💝💝

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