Beanie level: The Goblin’s underpants

The Light In Your Eyes/ Radiant: I don’t think I’m watching more of this show, something about it is just not clicking with me, and I also feel that the show feels odd somehow instead of natural. NJH has improved acting-wise, and HJM/KHJ are doing well in their dual role, and SHJ has very good comedic timing but his character is weird (I don’t understand why he just loiters around all day, and doesn’t look for a job, and his weird parents don’t say anything…). Overall this show is just weird instead of heartfelt, and is not doing it for me, so it is dropped.

Fiery Priest: So far the comedic approach of this show is funny but very cartoonish (including directing-wise), so that keeps jarring me out of the story that has its sad/serious moments. The priest seems to have a lot of unresolved grief, which seems to be translated into volatile (but righteous) anger. The story is generic rich villain oppressing the poor and trying to grab land, which has been done a lot before. KNG looks good in his priestly frock (I have to admit), but I wish the execution for this didn’t feel so juvenile, but it does come across as very simplistic and juvenile.

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    Yeah on The Light in Your Eyes: I thought the first two episodes began well, but suddenly these two episodes were a complete misfit? The actors are all good in their roles and I’m really not sure what it is.

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So I’m going off on a tangent here, but I am contemplating watching an Italian drama titled “IL Paradiso Delle Signore/ Ladies Paradise”, since seasons 1 and 2 are available with English subs… but I don’t know if the end of season 2 gives closure, which is making me hesitate to invest my time in a story that might turn out to be unfinished. But I’ve seen several youtube mvs of it, and it looks really good. So has anyone here watched the first 2 seasons of this? Does it give closure? Is it a good/happy ending for the H/h?

Anyways here are some of my favorite non-K/ non-Asian romantic dramas/movies:
Emma 2009
Beauty and the Beast (tv mini-series) 2014/2015
Jane Eyre 2006
Little Women 2018
Cranford 2007
A Walk in the Clouds
Pride and Prejudice 2004
Untamed Heart
Send Me No Flowers (classic)
Pillow Talk (classic)
Lover Come Back (classic)
How to Steal a Million (classic)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (classic)
The Sound of Music (classic)
An Affair to Remember (classic)
The Notebook
Benny and Joon
Water for Elephants
All in a Night’s Work (classic)
Wuthering Heights 2009
The Phantom of the Opera (my favorite musical)
Romeo and Juliet 2013
The Horseman on the Roof (French with English subs)
Pride and Prejudice 2005 movie
Road To Your Heart (South African with English subs)
Oscar (comedy)
Maid in Manhattan
Lost in Austin (a funny and wacky twist on Pride and Prejudice)

You can feel free to add your “liked” or “favorited” non-asian romantic dramas or movies!

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    Pride and Prejudice 2004 and Pride and Prejudice 2005—who is in that? I feel like I haven’t seen one of them and thats just not acceptable. And what is the Beauty and the Beast miniseries? Ive never heard of that—and again! UNACCEPTABLE! Im falling down on the job.

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      I think the 2005 version is the movie with Keira knightley and mathew McFadden. I really thought he was great as Darcy.

      I’m not sure about the 2004 version, I haven’t heard of it.
      I caught the first episode of the adaptation which stars Colin firth as Darcy on the weekend. Not sure if I’m sold on it yet.

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        I meant the 2005 version, lol

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        Firthy is Mr. Darcy. I canNOT stand the KK/McF version! He plays Mr. Darcy like a lost little boy. not a full grown man who has been in charge of his estate, his sister, and who knows what else for 10 years by himself. Although, i do like when he hands her into the carriage and flexes his hand right after. That was cute.

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          Thats worded a bit strongly, isnt it? Other people are perfectly within their rights to like that other version. Loads of people do.
          I just, you know, think that you’re all wrong.
          But I didnt mean to bite your head off at all.

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            You’re absolutely right isa! People can like whatever they want but if they like any version of P&P better than the Colin Firth version, they are clearly wrong 😄

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            No I understand completely what you mean, I get the same way about book and film adapations!

            I’m going to carry on with the series and I’ll let you know what I think at the end!😁

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            Hahahaha. Has no one seen the original 1940 version? With Laurence Olivier as Mr. Darcy? He is an excellent Mr. Darcy too. This is my favorite version to be sure. Plus, the actress who plays the mother is hilarious and the entire cast is fantastic (even if Greer Garson is technically too old for Elizabeth).

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            @umbrellaman I’ve seen it…its above the KK/MM catastrophe but well below everything else as Greer is way too old and the time period is wrong (lovely costumes though) and…oh hello I seem yo have found a soapbox to stand on. So I will end with, FIRTHY ALL DAY.

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          I will check out the Colin Firth version!

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      Heh, it’s “Pride and Prejudice” with Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfayden, so I think it should be 2005 lol (I mixed up the years).

      As for “Beauty and the Beast” (I think it is an Italian production… there is no magic spell, and it is a bit more grownup version of the story… it has Blanca Suarez and Alessandro Preziosi… you can find it on amazon prime)

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        I was assuming that one of those was the KK/MM version but it was the other one that I hadn’t heard of. My roommate has Amazon Prime, I’ll search for Beauty and the Beast later this week. Does it have English subs? I love Beauty and the Beast—although, I didn’t like the Emma Watson movie at all.

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          This version of “Beauty and the Beast” is in English, so no need for subtitles!

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      Okay, so I checked out the Colin Firth version of “Pride and Prejudice” and I agree that he plays Mr. Darcy really well and fits the role really well (definitely better than his 2005 movie counterpart). However when it comes to story-line, I still prefer the movie (because it is less slow). I found the Colin Firth P&P mini-series to be really slow and boring (sorry to say).

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        I did gasp right out loud at the word boring. But, I can see that. I have–on more than one occassion–skipped the first 3 hours and go right to ep 4–the proposal–and skip all that business with Lydia. I have decided opinions on Lydia (mostly that she’s 15 and young and excitable but sweet and silly. That bit where she insists on going to meet her sisters when they are coming back from London is a perfect example of just the kind of person she was. She went to be kind (presumably because she missed them and she was bored, equally) and thought it would be a great treat to have a nice lunch. Before too long she had spent all of the money she had on this nice idea on bits of nothing for herself and there was so little room in the carriage because of all of her little purchases that there was barely enough room for everyone. And they had to pay for the lunch because she had spent all of her money. Kind but inconsiderate. Not thinking things all the way through, 15, albeit a flaky 15).
        I can see why you’d say boring.

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    I love How to Steal a Million! Such a fun movie!

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    I need to screen shoot this 😄
    Thanks!

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    @sweetsour I’m unfamiliar with Il Paradiso Delle Signore, so unfortunately I can’t answer your question. However, I do have a question for you …. if you’ve watched any Italian programs before, where were you able to watch them (which sites)? I’ve come across some very interesting shows, but I always have a very difficult time trying to watch them.

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      I haven’t watched any Italian shows before hehe… oh I did watch one titled “La Figlia Di Elisa”, and the eps for that were available on youtube at the time (I don’t know if they still are). However it didn’t have English subs unfortunately, I still marathoned/skimmed through it (the male lead is gorgeous in this one).

      As for “Il Paradiso Del Signore” this one is available on amazon prime through ACORN TV. So if I want to check it out, I will have a 7-day free trial through amazon prime, and then would have to sign up for ACORN TV and pay 4.99 per month (I am thinking that if I can’t finish the first 2 seasons in 7 days, that I would just sign up for ACORN TV but only for one month, so that I can have enough time to finish the drama and then cancel my subscription… but we’ll see if I do decide to check this out).

      I agree with you, in that I wish that more shows (romantic ones) would be more readily available with English subs.

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        @sweetsour Thanks for your response! Certainly appreciated. In my area we used to have the MHz Network channel which was shown on regular, over-the-air tv. It had all kinds of international programs and they were awesome!! I watched some Italian shows on this channel and they were fantastic. But they decided not to renew their contract in this area and are now gone. 🙁

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    In addition to those in your list, I also liked:

    The Illusionist
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCgkXnxMKOk

    North and South (the British drama) – ah Mr Thornton!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7BW9fzFEPM

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-FAdtz7w_I

    Barefoot in the Park (classic)

    Persuasian
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7c2tdQD7Ys

    Sense and Sensibility 1995 & 2008
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0GLV1OoCFo
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88_tyulOQDE

    I might think of a few more.

    and for fun
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PH0InqHDXD0

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Romance is a Bonus Book eps 7 and 8: Wow… this show is on its way to becoming my favorite drama of 2019! Episode 8 was my favorite so far… and I don’t dislike Ms. Go any longer (even though what she did previously is still wrong, but characters should grow and learn and I’m glad that it seems that this is what is happening here). I hope that she can be happy and content with her life (whether she stays single or finds her significant other… and to also stop being pretentious at work). I thought that the show was going to develop a friendship between Hae Rin and Dani, but it seems that the friendship will be between Ms. Seo, Ms. Go, and Dani… I really liked their unexpected bonding and crying in this ep. I actually found myself getting teary as well.

I also like the male characters as well (especially Eun Ho, and the widowed CEO, followed by Seo Joon). As for Ms. Seo’s ex-husband, well he needs to step it up (it seems the reason that his marriage fell apart is that his order of priority is all wrong… his wife and children should come first before anyone, and then his brother and brother’s family, etc). So he needs to grow-up before Ms. Seo forgives him, otherwise I’d want them to continue to go their own way, and for Ms. Seo to maybe find a better partner (even though I feel bad for her ex-husband).

I also feel that the show will develop a romance between Hae Rin and Seo Joon… I hope so, so that Seo Joon will not just be the third wheel of the developing romance of Eun Ho and Dani. As for Eun Ho and Dani, I loved the progress in their relationship this episode! I hope that Eun Ho will just confess and pursue Dani openly. She seems so shocked at the realization that he might like her… why is she can be so clueless? Heh, I really like them together. There was so much chemistry when he caressed her face at the end, in this episode. I hope we get more! I also really liked how he (oh so smoothly) got her to work with him all day at his house, and away from the office (so he can have her all to himself hehe).

Overall, I am really liking this show, it keeps getting better and better with every episode, and I hope that it will hold up until the end.

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    i think too.. the show is going to set up quite a few romances.. its a bookstore, it will show us different faces of romance..

    the last set of snippets- wonder if all of that phrases will come together in their marriage slambook or part of another webcomic eunho publishes

    romance needs to go full speed now

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    I like the show too. Ep 8 was really good.
    I like that there is enough depth in all the side characters too. It’s not just about the main leads.
    I think she is a very mature woman but a bit clueless about men/love. And also she was mentally set him in brother zone so she absolutely did not see anything else.

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Touch Your Heart eps 3 and 4: This show is cute and lighthearted, and has no annoying characters… this is the type of story I like (a lot better than WWWSK when it comes to H/h dynamics). I keep liking YS/YIN more and more with every episode, and I keep liking JR more and more with every episode as well. I like that even though the setting of this drama is a workplace, there is no bullying, and everyone is laidback and quirky and has a story to tell. But the huge drawback is that the male lead’s hairstyle bugs me a lot (it makes him look really weird, when he’s actually handsome and masculine). I will watch two more eps of this, and then decide whether to stick with it or not. I just really hope that they either change his hairstyle soon, or that I can get used to it soon… otherwise this will be the first drama I drop for a silly reason such as a hairstyle (it’s a pet-peeve)… heh

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    Maybe you should watch Wild Romance and come back. You’ll be cured LOL

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      I just looked it up and LDW looks good with a good hairstyle… the problem is that the synopsis of that drama sounds very cartoonish and un-realistic. Heh, just my luck… when I like his hairstyle I don’t like the story, and when I like the story I don’t like his hairstyle. I still might check it out though… thanks for the suggestion lol.

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        He looks so bad in that drama, but his character is this really childish jerk, who even beats up a woman o.o Though, he gets a bit of a make over around ep 8 I think… But, to me, he looks amazing in anything else compared to that drama. Wild Romance is decent as a drama; it kept me interested… it’s ridiculous but the characters are well done. I have it ranked 30 out of 79 on my list right now.

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          Oh lol, really? Well then I guess I won’t check it out, I thought you were recommending it because he looked good there LOL… I guess you were being sarcastic 😀

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Romance is a Bonus Book eps 5 and 6: I love how Eun Ho is getting jealous, and how he’s coming to know his feelings for Dani. I guess we now know why he didn’t reveal his feelings before. He wasn’t sure how strong his feelings were, and he knew that he couldn’t start something with Dani if he’s not sure he can go all the way with her (because she is important to him). I didn’t expect writer Kang to be Eun Ho’s father… but his name is Cha Eun Ho and not Kang Eun Ho?… anyways I’m looking forward to see where this mystery will lead. I like the workers in the company, except for Ms. Go. I don’t care what excuses the writer might try to make for her later on, she is not qualified for her job and she needs to be fired ASAP (I can’t stand the pretentious – insert colorful word here – and her unfair/spiteful bullying of Dani). Why can’t we just have a good drama without any extra annoying characters? Ugh.

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    Ms. Go is a rhymes with witch. I actually said it out loud while I was watching the eps. She’s one of those characters who is unhappy in her life and takes it out on others and I hate that.

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    Oddly, I’m starting to find Ms. Go interesting. Though at first I didnt like her.
    I like that it turns out that she did have that idea too.
    And that she sent Dani in person to deliver birthday greetings. It’s how you keep a client happy and she was delegating it. And that moment when she reminded her “friends ” she makes her own money, lol.
    I mean I like my directors, managers, supervisors at work, but I never forget they are my bosses and sometimes I’m just the worker bee, lol.
    I wonder if Hae-rin handled the situation wrong. That she didnt go up the chain to get all the all clear on Dani’s name. Also, that she should of explained it in private not in the middle of the office.

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      You don’t think that removing Dani’s name from the marketing of the book, when it was Dani who came up with the idea, is wrong? She is outright mean and unfair, and for some reason is spitefully bullying Dani (who is working hard and doing her best, and has never given her a reason for this bad and unprofessional attitude she is displaying). Honestly, she just comes across as a miserable hag, who likes to make anyone she feels she has control over, miserable as well.

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        Yes and no. To Dani it is very personal but I dont think it is to Go. She even admits it is not fair and it’s not but it’s business.
        And I LOVE the way Dani handled it. Love. That she was all professional.
        I think I find it interesting because of a hard time with my job last year. I took it personally because it was to me and had impact on the way I felt about myself and could of had great impact on my life. But I dont think my bosses took it personally it was just business. It hurt me but they were not out to hurt me.

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          No one is buying the book based on who’s name is written in the marketing slot of the book, there is no business reason for her to do that (except maybe trying to stop Dani from getting promoted or noticed for any type of achievement). Dani’s name in the marketing slot would’ve simply been paying deserved and fair lip service for what Dani contributed. Most people will not even look at the other names, besides the author’s name… that is the truth. There was no business reason for her to do what she did, besides being spiteful to Dani while trying to discourage her at every turn (for some unknown reason).

          I don’t know what happened to you, but all I can say is that I hope that you have a good working environment 😀

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Touch Your Heart/ Reach of Sincerity ep 1: This show is off to a cute/funny start… OYS is an innocent airhead but a cute/adorable one, and the male lead is stoic but I can tell that he is a good guy. The only flaw is the male lead’s hairstyle, I really hope that they will change LDW’s hairstyle soon! The hairstyle really doesn’t suit him, and I find it a bit distracting (please just brush it back or to the side!). As for YIN, I think if they ever gave an award for an actress with the most adorable voice, she would win it hands-down. I have yet to come across any other actress with YIN’s voice quality lol. Lastly, I liked JKY’s cameo! What a pleasant surprise!

I will write my opinion of this show after ep 4, right now it is too early for me to make any judgements. I will only say that I liked what I saw in ep 1, and the show is off to a good start (with the exception of the male lead’s hairstyle).

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    The thought popped in my head when she 1st entered the office that she’d end up giving everyone a makeover XD
    Her character is adorable. There’s a fine line between cute and annoying for me, but she’s doing it well.

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Romance is a Bonus Book ep 4: … and so the plot thickens, what is Eun Ho hiding? What happened in the past? The way he looks at Dani is beautiful, I can feel their chemistry getting stronger with every episode! This drama continues to get better with every ep! I can’t wait to see where this show will go, and hopefully it will hold up until the end!

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    This is turning out to be a drama we should binge, instead of waiting every week to watch. I can’t handle the feels aaaahhhh ;A;

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      I know! Somehow it went from “Okay maybe I’ll check this out, I have nothing to do” to “I cannot wait for next Saturday” in four measly eps.

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Romance is a Bonus Book eps 1-3: I really like this drama so far… however I was expecting it to be a romcom, but I wouldn’t classify it as such because it is heavier (the heroine goes through a lot). So I would say it is a sort-of lighthearted romantic drama. I hope that Danyi will triumph over the many obstacles in her life, and that Eun Ho will open up to her as she also starts to open up to him (I mean how can she not see what a great guy he is? despite his natural hardness). On a side note: I didn’t understand why in ep 3, both Eun Ho and that other supervisor Hae Rin kept quiet about that witchy director’s stealing of other people’s ideas. If they know that their director is stealing ideas, then they should speak up, because she obviously is not qualified. Anyways I like what I’m seeing of this show so far, and I hope it will get better with every ep, and that the characters will get fleshed out.

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    I could see why Eun Ho didn’t speak up, since he’s pretending not to know Dan I at work. I’m intrigued by Ms. Song’s reasoning; I suspect she may be playing a long game.
    I’m hooked. This (so far) is exactly what I needed.

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MOA: Where to start? First off, now I’m really hoping that this ending was in preparation for a second season, because the ending is literally an open ending (an unfinished story). If this ending was not meant as a setup for a sequel, then it is very lacking. Anyways here are my thoughts:

1. JW was the best character in this drama (and also the most developed), I just don’t understand why he (and CSH, sec Seo, and prof Cha) were considered bugs by the psychotic game but not SJ and Marco (who were the first to be in the same position as JW and CSH). Also it was Emma (the NPC) who started glitching, after which the game spiraled out of control like a domino effect, so shouldn’t Emma be considered a bug as well? The supposed key to heaven was actually the key to death instead.

2. I’m thinking the game reset was a miracle to save JW’s life? Is he now hiding in the game like SJ was? But it wouldn’t make sense for JW to be hiding, because the circumstances are totally different. Maybe he is stuck in the game despite the reset? But how? If he is alive why hasn’t he contacted poor HJ and his friend director Park?

3. HJ, I like her and don’t mind that she cries a lot. She is sweet and devoted, and I like that she brings gentleness to an otherwise harsh story. I had hoped that if Emma (the NPC) represented death, that HJ/Emma the real-life person would represent life and a new start to JW… but alas no happy ending.

4. Why did director Park release the game? Aren’t they afraid that the game might start to go crazy again? Now so many people are playing it, if it goes berzerk so many lives will be lost! I guess JW will have to save the world in the sequel, if it gets made heh.

5. I honestly thought that the ending would be something like this: JW would beat the game, and would then be released from the game, and get back to HJ were he can finally rest and live his life and forget the nightmare. He, SJ, and director Park would open a new company, and destroy any server than contains this game on it. Or scenario two: everything would reset back to the way it was in the first episode. Sec Seo, CSH, prof Cha, Marco would all come back to life, but the only person who would have the memory of what happened would be JW (oh and maybe SJ as well). SJ and JW would then destroy the game and all the servers the game is on. JW then would go to the hostel to pursue a clueless Hee Joo. The ending scene would be him knocking on the hostel door, her opening (like the scene in the beginning), and him asking her if she has a room… then he would smile knowingly at her with gentle/loving eyes and she would look at him sweetly and cluelessly.

6. Anyways it is what it is, nothing can be done about this ending (which wasn’t much of an ending at all).

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    I like your comment. The question of why the bug happened with JW and CSH was not also clarified. Was it because they physically fought with each other? And if that is the trigger, then can’t it happen again with other players? SJ was so underused! I would have liked if JW teamed up with SJ to figure things out.

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    2nd season of MoA?

    i rather wait for 2nd season of 3 Musketeers. even that will only happen in my dream. 😂

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    Amen, sister. It started so promising and ended as a total bull*t.

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    When the people died in the game, their dead bodies were left. Only Jin Woo and Se Ju didn’t leave their corpses behind meaning that they must be still alive. So the other characters can’t come back to life. Although I was kinda hoping that it would break the rules and bring everyone back 😛

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      Agreed, that is why I added it as an alternative scenario and not as my main scenario for my “wished for” ending.

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    I like your endings…
    I also wanted the former wives to be more integral to the story…

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    I agree with you about Hee-joo and your other points. The issue I have with the ending is not that it’s open ended but that it’s a mess and that for a series that focused on Jin-woo we barely got to see him in the final hour, that Go Yu Ra ex-wife got about as much screentime as him. So I would have liked your ending instead. Still open but better written.

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    DUDE I don’t know whether I would’ve loved or hated if the game had RESET EVEN DEATH LIKE SAVE POINTS BUT IRL. Loved it for the gaming parallels and hated it for being a cliche only the hero remembers plot line probably lol.

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Encounter: Question, why is it that all the mothers in this show are to varying degrees problematic? With two being outright nutcases (HS’s mother and her ex-MIL). JH’s mother I expected better from you!… why so cliché show? Anyways, I’m sticking with this show till the end despite my frustration. I guess I will remember the nice atmosphere, the sweet chemistry, the visual beauty of PBG and SHK together… but the story could’ve been better, more dynamic and more engaging.

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    I’m flip flopping like crazy on this thing right now. I should just climb up on the FINSE.

    But whenever I see these mothers in dramas I mostly think they want a demure, young, inexperienced daughter in law so they can control them. The last thing they want is for precious son to bring home an intelligent, successful, wealthy older woman they can’t dominate. If that happened, the entire system would collapse.

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      On this note, I wanted to say a lot about mothers in this drama, I find them very interesting in regard to the way they adapted/ accepted the patriarchal society and try to blend in. I will do this in a post, I hope its fine if I tag you both?

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      You’d think they’d WANT an intelligent and successful woman for their son; and it always trips me up that, that always ends up becoming an issue somehow.

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        I really don’t think that SH’s success had anything to do with the reasoning of JH’s mom. The way I see it, I think the catalyst here is that SH is JH’s boss at work, so people are viewing her son so negatively because of it. I guess everyone is assuming that he only got the job because he’s sleeping with the boss.

        I think that a small part of her also is a bit possessive of JH, and she is afraid that if he gets married to SH it means that he will move out and have a life of his own and she will lose him (in a way). She should let her son figure his own life out, and she should trust him to make his own decisions. Instead she went behind her son’s back to talk to SH. This is the part about JH’s mom that I don’t like and that I find troublesome.

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      But that isn’t the reason JH’s mom is against it. Well, I believed her at least. Staying there in this hotel is only a bad idea for JH’s career, not one person could ever take his work seriously, he should have quit long ago. Instead both of them continue to live in fantasy land only proving for her that this romance is very much a passing thing. And IRL which CEO would marry her son/daughter in this situation? And what would be left of their careers and reputation after the romance ended? Any mom would do the exact same.

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    I loved what JH’s Mom did but I knew people would not like it. And she was not a cliche at all. If most moms knew only what she knows they would do the exact same thing in a much less sweet manner.

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Here’s another teaser, this one more romantic and dreamy (wish LJS had the same hairstyle here that he had in the other teaser, but oh well…) Regardless I can’t wait!

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I really can’t wait for this drama, it looks so cute!

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MOA eps 13 and 14: I will leave my final review of this drama until next week, when it wraps up. So I won’t comment on the game aspect, the company aspect, and the supporting characters since right now it is one big question mark heh. But what is clear so far, is that Emma (the NPC) is the reason the game started glitching, the error started with her. I loved the JW/HJ scenes, even though they were few. I wish that the last episode of MOA will be dedicated to JW/HJ, since we didn’t get enough of them together! Also, I still think that this drama has the best ppl placement lol (in this episode it was the watch and the lighter lol).

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    Why would Emma have so much power over the game? Did they explain it in ep 14? The theory that says it was because her NPC saw SJ getting stabbed seemed really weird.

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      No, they didn’t explain anything, yet. But it seems that Emma started glitching after which the entire game started glitching. So I don’t think she has any power over the game, just that she started a domino effect within the game (perhaps). Anyways I hope things will get explained in the last 2 eps.

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      As far as i know, it was not explained in ep 14. I say its magic. It doesnt make sense to me why emma can make a glitch huge enough for the game world and reality to be mixed up. A glitch this huge needs to be manmade not made by an NPC that is programmed to be in the game. Hua3

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Eps 11 and 12 of Encounter/Boyfriend: I really don’t know what to make of this drama overall, sometimes I like it a lot, and sometimes I find it slow and boring. Anyways it has been getting better, and PBG and SHK have beautiful chemistry… I also like the fairytale drawings and dreamy atmosphere. I’m hoping that eps 11-16 will be my favorite and that this drama won’t fall apart (since so far, I like eps 11 and 12 the most). Sometimes I hope that CSH would leave the damn hotel and just go with JH, and they can live in a nice middle-class house in the countryside (like JH’s father and mother); and work and form a family, and be happy and at peace… just like a fairytale but without ending up in a castle, but rather ending up in a warm house.

I also watched eps 1 and 2 of “The Crowned Clown”, and YJG is great in this (even though I didn’t care for him before, now I see what some posters who liked him saw, he is a good actor). I hope they will show more of the queen’s point-of-view as well. I’m not sure if I will stick with this or not, because it is very intense and depressing. I think I might watch one or two more eps, to decide whether I will stick with this or not.

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    I sometimes wish she would leave the damn hotel for them and escape into Jin hyuk’s arms but then I remember how hard she worked to get the hotel to the standard it is right now and I want her to stay and fight them bitches.

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MOA ep 12:

1. The JW and HJ scenes made me *squee*: their banter in the car on their way to their date (which unfortunately got interrupted, poor grandma) and the scene when HJ returned from the hospital to find JW had prepared a simple breakfast even though he can barely cook… JW is not the expressive type, so it feels more impactful when he does those small things. I really hope they give us more light/sweet/sexy scenes between JW and HJ, their chemistry is no joke!

2. How did HJ see Emma? I am left with two explanations: a) HJ is wearing the game lenses, but I don’t see how JW would allow that; or maybe he just needs HJ to talk to Emma and get information from her and then she will logout, because we know that the game only starts to go crazy starting with level 4. Or b) the game is mutating, and this scares me because it means that HJ could be in danger.

3. Professor Cha seeing his son with JW standing there, was so heartbreaking… again I give props to the acting on all the parts of the cast. But what I don’t understand is if professor Cha stays away from JW, like JW told him, wouldn’t he still get attacked and not just see what JW sees? (e.g secretary Seo…)

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    For number 2, I just realized something, the players can’t talk to Emma unless they reach level 5… so I don’t understand how HJ is seeing Emma and talking to her (unless the game is changing). Maybe she will only see her and not talk to her? But then what’s the point? I am looking forward to see where this drama will go, because it really is unpredictable.

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      Much of what is revealed is not done linearly, so it could be that JW had her join the game, helped her level up, but did not make her an ally or enemy to reduce her risk. Just pure conjecture on my part, but I don’t see how or why she would see Emma otherwise.

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        +1 on the non-linear-ness and the possibility that she has leveled up, but level 1 noobs can see Emma, just can’t interact with her.

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MOA ep 11:

JW is getting attacked from all sides, and what’s worse is that no-one believes him except for HJ – the woman he deceived in the beginning and who only knows what he tells her (how ironic?)… The kiss was sexy and sad at the same time, but I blame myself for expecting fluff…This drama is to fluff, what ice is to fire, it is the opposite!

All the characters in this episode were caught between a rock and a hard place, with JW being at the top of the list… but it looks like JW will make professor Cha his ally in ep 12, in order to prove that he is not crazy, which I’m guessing means that professor Cha is going to get stuck in the game now with JW.

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MOA ep 10:
1. Oh the stress! … this episode was stressful! I hate “horror” and this ep had some horror.
2. I’m so sad over secretary Seo, and the scene when JW realized that secretary Seo was dead was heartbreaking… I must say that Hyun Bin is turning in the performance of a lifetime in this drama.
3. Director SH’s conversation with HJ summed up the situation so well and gave me goosebumps… he is stuck between a rock and a hard place. Also, even though I don’t speak Spanish, it seems that PSH speaks the language pretty well!
4. At least the romance is starting finally! Ep 11 should be lighter than this ep, which is a good thing.
5. Are the testers in danger now? I think if they reach level 4 their lives will be in danger as well, since the game seems to be evolving like a virus.

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    2. He looks broken there. Now, not only he is weighed down by the guilt of killing his ex-best friend, he also inadvertently causing his trusted ally and friend’s death. Another man would probably let himself be killed in their next meeting with the enemies.

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    Point 2. Hyunbin is doing great as JW. I cant recall his previous work, it has been a long time since i see him in a kdrama. But he is totally killing it with this role (no pun intended)

    Point 3. I like the conversation between HJ and director. His frustration of the whole JW-game situation is real. And his exasperation or disbelief at HJ for trusting JW so easily imo is understandable.

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      Quote: “I can’t recall his previous work…”

      I’ve watched him in “Secret Garden”, “My Name is Kim Sam Soon”, “Hyde, Jekyll, Me” (I dropped this), and “Worlds Within” (I didn’t finish this, but I might pick it up again)… anyways with these past roles, he never stood out to me. Yes I thought he was handsome, and acting-wise I put him in the okay-to-good category, but I felt that he had a heavy-handed and lacking-in-nuance acting style.

      However with “Memories of Alhambra” he is turning in a performance that is at a whole new level… he is subtle and nuanced, and his expressions are on point… and all these expressions, he does them so subtly because his character is mostly calm. So for me, this is the first time I see him turning in a great performance that is layered and stands out for me (his well-written character here also helps, I guess), and not just an okay-to-good performance. With this, I put him in the “great actors” category.

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        i thought secret garden is a good testament to his acting capabilities… that role is so difficult..

        any other actor would have turned it into the usual jerk ceo or would not have managed to do justice to comic timings.. his character drives a lot of aspects of the show.. and ha ji won’s is a dud or other characters.. because those are all monotones and don’t even innovate in their interpretations

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          I didn’t like him in “Secret Garden”, first because the character he was playing was annoying, and second because they gave him a terrible hairstyle. However I will give you that his character must’ve been unlikable and annoying on paper, and yet HB managed to make his character eccentric/interesting and sort-of likable despite all the yelling (which I dislike).

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    *oops* *kinda wanted more horror for this show* *ma bad*

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MOA ep 9:
1. I don’t understand Hyun Seok’s father and his character… I really hope we will get an explanation for his behavior, and that he will at least make sense like his character in “W”. I also didn’t understand JW’s first wife (now ex-wife), and what she was telling JW on the phone.
2. I can feel the chemistry between HJ and JW, and even though romance isn’t the main focus of this drama, I hope we see more.
3. I continue to enjoy Minjoo’s interactions with JW, these moments give a respite from the tension of the drama.
4. Secretary Seo… noooo! RIP ☹
5. It seems that the body count will continue to rise as the game continues to go crazy… I also wonder if that message was indeed from SJ or not, because it seems like JW is in grave danger, and the message might have been a trap.

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    I was thinking it was a trap to and that would be a twist if it came from little brother.
    Yeah the father turned creepy. That was sad when she mentioned how she now understands why her husband was so afraid of him.

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This is my official Christmas post:
I wish a very merry Christmas to all my fellow beanies who celebrate it too! And I hope that the coming new year will bring you nothing but joy, success, and peace (that peace which only Christ can give).
I pray that the Lord will shower His grace and mercy upon us all as we remember His birth this beautiful season.

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    Small disclaimer: I got these images from google images, since like I’ve said before I am not very good at photoshop and drawing!

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One of my favorite Christmas hymns:

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