Beanie level: Jang Geu-rae

KDrama Review of “Go Ho’s Starry Night” (#15)
3 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 8/10
How I rate it: 6/10
A cute, easy-going, feel good, short series. It’s about heart and romance and seeing beyond what you think you know about someone. I loved the many “Pinocchio” cast cameos, brilliant!
Finished: November 2016

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    More people shud watch this little gem. The premise of carrying a torch in secret for somebody has been done again and again, but here the exploration was beautifully executed. Plus the show was super witty ^^

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KDrama Review of “School 2013” (#14)
5 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 9/10
How I rate it: 8/10
This show is one of the most real and accurate portrayals of the struggle that is “School”… for student and teacher alike. As a secondary English teacher myself I felt so deeply the pressure that Teacher Jung and Kang were under. The need to prepare students for their future, but also caring about each and every one as an individual his and her own story full of success and failure, joy and pain. I fell in love with their students with them and desired to carry them in any and every way I could. From bullying to abuse, gossip to examinations, friendship and guidance… this show touches on so many relatable and profound subjects. This show inspired me to be a better teacher and reminded me that it’s the most important job we have in life to challenge one another to serve, forgive, learn, and love unconditionally. So glad I watched this drama, it is definitely a new favorite! Great stories, great cast, great message. Give “School 2013” a watch!
Finished: November 2016

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    I’ve been eyeing to this ever since a beanie mentioned how closest it depicts the real student struggles.
    Will definitely give this a try before another semester starts. I have alot of kdramas I wanted to pick up this vacation tho.

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KDrama Review of “You’re Beautiful” (#13)
3 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 7/10
How I rate it: 6/10
I started this show because it is considered a classic of “KDrama”. It was silly and full of teenage angst, but I really did enjoy it. It made me laugh and want to be in a Korean boy band more than I ever thought possible, haha! I have to admit that I had a small case second lead syndrome up until the end. Park Shin Hye is so clumsy and awkward and I love it. “You’re Beautiful” is an easy, fun watch!
Finished: October 2016

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KDrama Review of “The K2”
3 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 7/10
How I rate it: 6/10
“The K2” is a show built around the hero played by Ji Chang Wook. He carries the production admirably. The action sequences are innovative and thrilling with no one like the other. Ji Chang Wook shined and was complimented by a strong cast of supporting actors and interesting characters. I would have liked to see some storylines drawn out in more detail, while others (mainly some of the dragging political focuses) could have been skipped over. This show had some really compelling moments, both with our heroes… and our “villains”. The lines between good and evil are definitely blurred by circumstances and motivations in this one. The show’s way of making you feel for/pity the bad guys is definitely one of its strongest points. Lastly, let’s all have a chuckle about the incessant and strangely timed Subway plugs continually popping up in this one, haha.
Finished: October 2016 (as released)

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KDrama Review of “Moonlight Drawn By Clouds”
4 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 9/10
How I rate it: 8/10
I really enjoyed “Moonlight Drawn By Clouds”! This is without a doubt my favorite sageuk I’ve every watched (so far, haha!). The overarching theme found in the title (ie: the meaning of “Moonlight Drawn By Clouds”) is surprisingly profound, genuine, and incomparably beautiful.
The cast is fantastic! Park Bo Gum is to die for as the Prince (handsome, strong, considerate, loyal and full of heart). Whilst, Kim Yoo Jung is adorably fun, compassionate, and slightly quirky. Their chemistry is engaging and alluring throughout the drama. There are moments I felt so silly because I couldn’t stop smiling at the two of them!
I must point out though that Kwak Dong Yeon truly stole the screen for me in this drama. Playing the role of the prince’s conflicted bodyguard and best friend, his strength, maturity, steadfast spirit, and divided loyalties really struck my heart and interest. I found myself more and more engaged in his story, at times even more than the main couple’s! Kim Byung Yun has my whole heart in this one!
I really did enjoy the political intrigue of this drama, tempered with humor and truly sweet, romantic moments. The ending was unexpected in a number of ways. Overall, I absolutely would recommend this drama to any fan of romance, history, and action. I especially look forward to seeing the “core four” in many more dramas to come!
Finished: November 2016 (as released)

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    Loved this show as well. The political aspect of the drama was quite well done. That coupled with Park Bo Gum’s really good acting made it a solid show. Didn’t care too much for Ra On or the actress who played her. I think my bias was because she was so young and it showed. Yoon Sung was to me what Byung Yeon was to you in this show. That character gave me some SLS. Jin Young is quite good as him. That’s not to say that I did not enjoy Byung Yeon though.

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KDrama Review of “Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo”
2 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 6/10
How I rate it: 4/10
In my opinion this show had it all: great casting, engaging characters, unique plot idea (time-traveling historic romance), strong central conflict, beautiful setting and costuming and an amazing soundtrack! Unfortunately, somewhere between the writing, filming, editing and airing… the focus and heart of the drama were ultimately lost. I was left quite disappointed.
Finished: November 2016 (as released)

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KDrama Review of “Bring It On, Ghost!”
4 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 9/10
How I rate it: 8/10
This drama had a great combination of suspense, romance, comedy, and mystery. I really fell in love with each and every one of the characters. From the engaging lead couple, to the hilariously awkward best friends, to the totally chilling villain. This is a drama that’s just feel good through and through. I especially loved the ending theme, use your gifts and talents for the benefit of others. The ghost element was done well in my opinion, it could have been cheesy or annoying, but instead it was all quite compelling and memorable. I’m really glad I watched “Let’s Fight Ghost”!
Finished: September 2016

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KDrama Review of “My Love From Another Star”
4 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 7/10
How I rate it: 7/10
I enjoyed this drama. There was a great balance between heartbreak and laughter. I liked the balance of genres in the beginning. By the latter episodes in was 100% romance… but by then I really didn’t mind! The leads had great chemistry, it was a touching love story. I truly loved Do Min Joon’s friendship with Mr. Jang.
Finished: September 2016

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KDrama Review of “Page Turner” (#7)
Watched: September 2016
3 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 6/10
How I rate it: 6/10
Cute story with a good message!

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KDrama Review of “W – Two Worlds” (#6)
Watched: July – September 2016
4 out of 5 stars DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 9/10
How I rate it: 8/10
First Watch: A compelling story full of romance, mystery, fantasy and thriller qualities, the show boasts compelling, memorable characters with a unique twist. “W – Two Worlds” is a gem among captivating Korean dramas!
Second Watch: There is something so riveting and clever about this show. I love the characters, the concept, and the plot twists. The second half doesn’t quite keep up with the intensity and awesomeness of its first half, but it is still awesome. I would consider “W – Two Worlds” as one of my top 10 dramas of all time!

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KDrama Review of “Pinocchio” (#5)
Watched: September 2016
5 out of 5 tars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 10/10
How I rate it: 10/10
First Watch: This is without a doubt the BEST KDrama I have ever watched. It’s wonderfully cast, beautifully written, not to mention, it has an important and powerful message for it’s viewers.
The romance is literally perfect. The humor is charming. The family relationships are unbelievably heartwarming and inspiring. I seriously cannot recommend this show enough.
(To quote a DramaBeans writer: “Park Shin-hye should only do rom-coms. And only with Lee Jong-seok”)
Finished: September 2016
Second Watch: This show is literally my definition of PERFECT. The perfect cast. The perfect moral lesson. The perfect ending. It’s so happy! I love when Dal Po is the bigger man and asks the questions that need answered, not the ones driven by bitterness and hatred. He’s decided to live motivated by compassion, love, and justice. The theme of this show, living a life of integrity. Diligently seeking to live honestly… that’s such a powerful statement in our world today. The truth always comes out. I will never watch the news in the same way after this show. I love “Pinocchio” so much! I know I’ll be back to watch this show again!

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KDrama Review of “Gu Family Book” (#4)
Watched August 2016
5 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 9/10
How I rate it: 8/10
I would absolutely recommend this show. I laughed, teared up, held my breath, and fell in love with the main couple. I really SO ENJOYED this drama! I thought the characters were relatable and engaging. The character growth throughout the series was fantastic. I am very thankful to have found this show. Favorite quote: “The opposite of faith is not doubt, it is fear.”
(This is my favorite role I’ve ever seen Suzy portray!)

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KDrama Review of “Personal Taste\”
Watched August 2016
3 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 5/10
How I rate it: 5/10
I enjoyed watching \”Personal Taste\”. It wasn\’t my favorite K-drama ever. The plot line at times was lacking and slow. However, there were a lot fun humorous moments, as well as, sweet/adorable couple moments. I liked the progressive backstory of the female lead. Lee Min Ho is always great to watch. (Ended up lacking the purity I enjoy in KDramas)

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KDrama Review of “Uncontrollably Fond” OR “Lightly, Ardently”
Watched July – September 2016
3 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 4/10
How I rate it: 4/10
The beginning of this show is really fantastic (subtext: I was disappointed in the second half/ending). The family relationships were so interesting to watch grow and change. Really though, the reason I would most recommend this drama (and I know countless others have said this) is how INCREDIBLE of an actor Kim Woo Bin is. I cannot rave about him enough. His emotion, passion, and drive! He is truly an unbelievably talented actor. He is so amazing in this. I also think the soundtrack of this show is one of my favorites. The cinematography is really quite beautiful as well.

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KDrama Review of “Heirs”
Watched July 2016
3 out of 5 stars on DramaFever
How much I enjoyed it: 6/10
How I rate it: 5/10
“Heirs” was the first full Korean drama I watched and I was hooked from episode one. The chemistry between the Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye is SO wonderful. Their romance plays in a way that is so raw and pure, I just love it! The emotions these actors convey just hit me in all the feels! Kim Woo Bin, surprisingly as the villain, really made me feel deeply for him. I found myself rooting for him in the stories, just as much as the heroes. All the characters are complex, with faults and vulnerabilities that make them so relate-able. Cha Eun Sang is really one of the most adorable character ever. While Kim Tan… *swoon*! Haha. This show had me laughing, tearing up, and clutching my pounding heart. I would definitely recommend this show! Drama and romance in the best way! Korean shows now have me addicted!
[As I’ve watched more drama’s I’ve sort of realized how childish and weak “Heirs” is. A DramaBeans writer described it as “one long angsty music video”… which is accurate, but I still loved watching. It was my introduction into Korean Dramas and it did its job well!]

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“Gu Family Book” Inspired Blog Post on SARAH’S SAGA
“The opposite of faith is not doubt, ​but fear.” – Wol Ryeong
READ IT HERE: http://sarahssaga.weebly.com/my-blog/the-opposite-of-faith

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Check out my blog, Sarah’s Saga!
http://sarahssaga.weebly.com/my-blog

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