Beanie level: Eunuch in drag

Sarted watching Cunning Single Lady and L’s acting is so bad. I can’t stop cringing and laughing. 😅 I like you L but let’s pretend this one never happened.

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I finished Radiant Office and I have a few misgivings about it. Mainly Ki Taek being terminally I’ll. I can’t believe show went there in episode 15. Also, the major cop out imaginary brother had me confused. Oh and Hyun could have been an incredibly interesting character if written better.

Nonetheless, I shoved that under the rug and I must say I love this little gem of a drama. Everything else made up for it. Loved loved loved the gang of Ho Won, Ki Taek, and Kang Ho. Words can’t express how much I rooted for Ho Won. Such a lovely young woman who doesn’t let anyone walk over her or trample on her morals.

The slow burn OTP romance was adorable as well. If I ever fall in love I want it to be like this lol. Ordinary. I don’t need piggyback rides, dramatic U-turns, nor guys running to me in the rain. They became friends, encouraged each other, had night strolls in the park, and were just incredibly adorkable. Everything felt so natural. 😍Thanks for the recommendation beanies!!

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    The first two episodes were by far the best of the show.

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Okay beanies. I need kdrama recommendations. Something addicting preferably 🙃 and completed so I can binge watch.

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My belated two cents on CTG, well, resident Newbie to be exact….Yoo Ryung was a controversial character because she was the personification of the dilemma, \’does the end justify the means.\’ I think she was more impulsive than reckless. It\’s not that she didn\’t realize what the consequences of her actions would be, it\’s that she believed the end justified the means. She literally threw everyone and everything under the bus in order to help others, including herself. Was it the smartest course of action? Probably not and I sometimes wished she would be more levelheaded or trust more in others. Like Jiseok getting suspended hurt me. 😭 I cried with him. But then we wouldn\’t have the character the writer envisioned. And at least the writer gave us reasons as to why she acted the way she did, be it through flashbacks or monologues. Some of us thought it still wasn\’t justified, some of us did. Personally, that was one of the things that really got me with YR but I forgave her eventually. I was just irked with her briefly because JISEOK! *more tears*

She was flawed but she had her motives in the right place. She didn\’t do it for recognition. She just wanted to help others. And at least from my standpoint I feel like the writer gave us clearance to either like Yoo Ryung or not. I for one liked her tremendously and I wouldn\’t change her. Also, it seems like most of the plot holes just so happened to be either relegated or connected to her character, which I think made her stick out more as the character in the wrong. Oh and one last thing, our drama happened in the span of 3 months. Certainly not enough time for a 180 degree personality shift. Not that I forsee her morphing into Jiseok or Mari, nor would I want that. But maybe in the future CTG world she at least picked up a few more tips from Jiseok on how to act more wisely while keeping her strong sense of justice.

Maybe I have a high tolerance to characters like this lol. While watching CTG I couldn\’t stop thinking about Jinsung from Beautiful Mind. I remember when the drama aired she got so much criticism that, unfortunately, some of the viewers frustration seemed to carry over to Park So Dam, the actress (honestly, I think she was scared away from kdramas because of BM 😅). But there I was. That loner in the crowd smiling at her like an idiot thinking, \”that\’s my girl.\” Jinsung was actually quite reckless and she messed up big time. She jumped to conclusions way too fast and acted on that impulse without weighing the facts. But I forgave her too because she picked herself up, admitted she was wrong, and took her superiors\’ advice/reprimands to heart.

At the end of the day, I seem to have a soft spot for these FL characters(thank you CTG for my second kdrama epiphany of the year). I like seeing them mess up and be..well human? Kdrama geniuses and prodigies don\’t appeal to me as much. On rare occasions they do but flawed characters tug at my kdrama feels so much more. ❤

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    I am feeling two things right now. Optimistic, and emotional 😢. Thank you so much for this ❤️

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    I really loved the female lead in My Strange Hero for similar reasons even though the character is very different from Yoo-ryung (who I also love, and who I think was developed incredibly well and played spectacularly by Moon Geun-young). In MSH people were really mad at the female character for making a mistake that hurt the male lead from when they were seventeen and acted like because of her sin and her misunderstanding she was forever marked as a blight on the male lead. And the thing was, she was such a badass. She was a teacher who loved her job – but who also had integrity. She genuinely believed what she had seen all those years ago and it was only her integrity that caused her to report it. And it was that same integrity that caused her to learn of her mistakes and ask for forgiveness and to grow. Not many characters do that. Yoo-ryung was the same. She was reckless in her ideals, but she was never intentionally reckless nor was her intention ever to do anything other than help people.

    I think we’re so used to the idea of helping people being tied to good actions that we forget that misguided actions often come from the best of intentions. And after years of having female leads who work hard and are “good” we forget that female characters can be “good” when they make mistakes too. The best part of a good drama is seeing a character grow to keep that idealism but to learn how to wield it properly. Yoo-ryung was a great character to show that.

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      Interesting. I may need to watch that drama then. That sounds straight up my alley. And this…!

      “And after years of having female leads who work hard and are “good” we forget that female characters can be “good” when they make mistakes too.”

      I couldn’t have said it better!!

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        It was one of my personal favorite dramas of this year, definitely recommend. I think I did a write up on the female lead somewhere back on my wall while it was airing too. I just remember really liking her, because she was just so well developed and her story arc was great to watch.

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      Yes exactly, that’s exactly how I felt from the start. Exactly what I couldn’t put into words the way you did. That’s was straight to the point. Such characters are complex too. Thank you😊. I haven’t watched My strange hero, but now it’s in my list of dramas to check out.

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Just watched episode 1 of Woohoo Waikiki 2 and LOL. I didn\’t watch season 1 so I can\’t compare but it reminds me of Modern Farmer. Which is a good thing.

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    Season 1 is really good. I don’t remember people being as satisfied with the 2nd.

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      Honestly I started it to see Seon Ho lol. Maybe I’ll end up watch S1 later since it’s a different cast anyway.

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    Season 1 is soOo good! I wish I liked the second season too but sigh!
    Glad you are enjoying it.

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      Then it might be for the best to watch S2 first, that way I’ll get something better in S1. 😉

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I\’ve come to realize, belatedly, that one of the biggest factors for me stanning an actor is their voice. I\’m surprised I realized just now, 10 years into my kdrama addiction. Nonetheless, it hit me yesterday out of the blue and I spent my afternoon relishing in my faves\’ beautiful voices.

I think there\’s one actor that immediately comes to mind for everyone when we talk about voices. Who else then The Voice! Lee Sun Kyun!! I saw him yearsss ago in Coffee Prince and I always remembered him vaguely as the only thing I liked about the drama. That little cover song he sung was on my playlist for the longest time. Eventually I forgot about him (tbh) and then My Mister aired. I started it on a whim but the second he spoke I was a puddle lol. Then I connected the dots to my teenage crush in Coffee Prince. Gosh, this man has a beautiful voice. He takes the #1 place in my list. ❤

Second place goes to the actor who made me have my epiphany. Kim Seon Ho. Oh my gosh guys. I can listen to him all day as well. Lee Sun Kyun has this velvety, rich voice but Kim Seon Ho has a this hoarse, deep voice. It\’s so difficult to describe but I love it.

Then there\’s Jang Hyuk. I think for him it may be more his articulation that makes his voice/conversation appealing. I feel like Jang Hyuk just has a really emotive voice so he transmits a lot just by speaking.

I\’m thrilled to finish Catch the Ghost and dive right in to War of Prosecutors. What a wonderful finish to my year. Let me know if there\’s another actor with an ah-mazing voice. 😏

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    Yea 🥰🥰🥰 I totally get what you mean!! Even though, for me, personally, it’s the eyes 😍😍😍😍

    Lee Sun Kyun, Kim Jae Wook, Choi Jin Hyuk, Park Hyung Sik, Lee Soo Hyuk, Lee Seo Jin, Woo Do Hwan are all my faves in terms of actors with voices I love ❤️

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    Kim Dong Wook for me.
    And Yoo Seung Ho.

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    Judging from my current trend, I fall for acting and characters first. But maybe voice plays a role too, since both JKH and SSR can sing. My no 1 favourite is SSR, obviously. I want a full solo album and also an audiobook. Hahaha

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      Oooh Jung Kyung Ho! I forgot about him. Lol how about a collab album with all our faves?

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    I’m a voice person too, jiii! Yoo Ah In and Woo Do Hwan! If they got to act together, I would implode

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      Funny because I came to the same realisation recently too. Voice is truly important as part of what makes the actor unique.

      Lee Sun Kyun has hands down the most unique voice. You will never forget his voice or confuse his voice with someone else’s. For me it’s also Gong Yoo who makes me want to listen to his voice all day. His voice is soothing and reassuring.

      From the younger actors I like Nam Joo Hyuk’s voice, especially the way his voice sounded when he spoke to Bok Joo in WFKBJ. He has great potential if he trains his voice.

      And forgive me Binnie’s fans, but Hyun Bin on the other hands… doesn’t quite have nice or pleasant voice. I like his acting and he’s very good looking but I’ve never grown fond of his voice *goes in hiding*

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    Song Joongki, Yeo Jin Go and Jang DOng Yoon has an amazing voice too!

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    Woo Do Hwan, Lee Sun Kyun, Yeo Jin Gu and Ji Chang Wook.

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2019 has been my year of dropping dramas. Some of them I actually liked but I just dropped them hoping to finish them one day. So for me to binge watch Catch the Ghost in one week convinces me that it was my crack drama of the year. Flawed and all I loved the characters and I liked the set up with the murder mystery. Is it my favorite drama of the year? I don\’t know yet. I honestly can\’t remember the 2019 dramas I managed to finish this year. I always have to check when dramas aired too because sometimes I feel I saw them the year before but they\’re current. 🤔 TLDR: Catch the Ghost was the perfect end to my kdrama year.

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Popping in just to say I am officially addicted to Catch the Ghost. I\’ve watched 4 episodes since yesterday and I CAN\’T STOP! Like now I have to go out (this thing called..real life 🙄) but I\’d rather stay at home and binge watch.

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    Yes. Welcome to the club. I am going to re-watch this so many times I will be breaking my no 1 rule of not re-watching, rereading any fiction so as to focus only on new experiences. Cause I would like to experience this again and again.

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      Yes! But nothing beats the first time experience of watching. So half of me keeps telling myself to slow down or it’ll be over too soon. Lol!

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I just finished rewatching Just Between Lovers and I fell in love with it all over again. It\’s SO good! After much deliberation I think Kang Doo is one of my favorite ML and if I had to pick an ideal type it would be Kang Doo. He\’s not a genius, he\’s not a chaebol, he\’s not distinguished, etc. He\’s so ordinary but such an extraordinary human being at the same time. Can I have a friend like Kang Doo at least? 😭

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    Yes! Just Between Lovers has the most beautiful, healthiest relationship I’ve seen in a Kdrama thus far. (I haven’t watched that many tbh and I might have forgotten a few good ones, but JBL is just so understated and sweet, it takes the first spot on my list.)

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    Such a good show. Glad you enjoyed it all over again.

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    I just rewatched this a couple of weeks ago and despite knowing what was coming, my heart still felt lots of things. I think I cried as much as the first time😭

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      I did too; I wasn’t expecting more tears since it was a rewatch but they came! It’s amazing how invested I was in the characters.

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    JBL is ❤️❤️❤️!

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Which should I watch first, beanies? When the Camellia Blooms or Melting Me Softly?

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OMG Mr. Thornton, guys.

That is all.

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    Injeong, injeong 😉 haha

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    Welcome to the club.

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      @kudoran @snarkyjellyfish I kid you not. At one point I found myself with the biggest grin on my face. I had to control myself before my family started judging me. 😄

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        The way he looks at her….love it.

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          Yesssss! Literally from second one of meeting her he’s smitten and I don’t think he even tried hiding it.

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        The first time I watched it I literally rewatched it right away because I love him so much.

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          I got the free month trial with Netflix just to watch N&S, and you sure bet I’m going to be playing it on repeat until Sept 16. Now I have to analyze everything with precision.

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            My cousin has never seen it and we’re gonna watch it together sometime soon, and it can’t come soon enough. After seeing your posts I may just watch it myself first and then rewatch it again with her whenever we get a chance.

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I\’ve been rewatching all the BBC Jane Austen movies/series and gosh how I enjoy period shows. Any suggestions for similar period movies/series? With the same Austen feel?

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    North and South. If you have not yet met Mr. Thornton, you are in for a treat.

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      Oooh yes, thanks for reminding me I have yet to watch N&S. 😏 And officially meet this Mr. Thornton (I’ve seen him on beanie fan wall posts before lol)

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        *fangirling* Take me along when you meet him!! 😉

        In addition, I recommend Wives & Daughters, Cranford, and Return to Cranford (Tom Hiddleston, ‘nuff said). All based on novels by Elizabeth Gaskell. 🤓

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          Lol! My expectations for Mr. Thornton are so high by this point, I can’t wait to watch!
          Tom Hiddleston, you say? 😉

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    North and South for sure if you haven’t see it.

    Wives and Daughters and Cranford are also great and based off of Elizabeth Gaskell novels and I’ve watched both several times.

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    I would say the film Belle which aired in 2013. It’s lovely to see a black woman play a lead role in a period piece. We need more diversity!

    I don’t know if you have seen the remake of Poldark starring adrian turner. Just be warned there is a hefty love triangle.

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    2005 Pride and Prejudice movie, Downton Abbey

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      P&P 😍 I’ve also watched Downton Abbey up until Matthew died. It made me so upset I stopped watching. Pity because I loved the Dowager.

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    Far From the Madding Crowd. As far as I know there are two versions, but both are wonderful. Under the Greenwood Tree. Basically anything based on a Thomas Hardy book, but some can be sad like Tess of the D’Urbevilles. It’s wonderful, but hard to watch at times.

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Moment at 18\’s premiere was pretty good. I like Joon Woo because although he\’s reserved he still stands his ground (or at least tries) when he needs to….and he\’s not a jerk, which is always a plus!

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11:30pm Ramblings….

I think one of the reasons why I loved TSLOMS so much was because the interactions between MI and GH/the boss-secretary relationship, reminded me of another favorite OTP of mine.

Any Latino beanies here who watched the original Colombian Yo Soy Betty la Fea or the Mexican version? MI/GH\’s interactions reminded me of the OTP, more so from the Mexican version (Fernando & Lety). The plot is completely different but both OTPs are so comfortable with each other even before falling in love. And they\’re funny and cute and crazy lol. I know one the recent trends in dramaland right now are boss/secretaries but are they like GH/MI? Did they start off with a sorta established relationship? Of course, MI was very needy and I admit very insensitive when he fired GH but they definitely had a level of comfortablenes between them already. A lot of beanies even brought up the fact that they had too much skinship for a boss and his secretary. Are these other secretary dramas like TSLOMS? Or are they more like enemies? I\’m asking because this is a trope I like but only how TSLOMS portrayed it.

Also, (since I\’m on the topic already) I noticed that they did another remake of La Fea Mas Bella yet again. How many remakes can you keep making lol! Granted, I believe some of the remakes have deviated a lot from the original, such as the American Ugly Betty version. I never watched that one but iirc, it\’s galaxies different from the original.

The Columbian version is great and I liked it more in terms of its side characters, and the the story was more compact. The Mexican version has some of the most annoying characters ever. The 300 episode show could probably be reduced to half of that if they took out all the unnecessary characters and plot lines. However, the Mexican version is my favorite in terms of the OTP. ❤ JAIME CAMIL ❤

I watched the Mexican version yearsss ago and the Columbian one ages ago. But this new remake got me roominating on a kdrama version. Honestly, they\’re the only Hispanic telenovelas I\’ve ever cared to watch and I\’d love to see a Korean remake. It\’s just such great angst galore.

For anyone who doesn\’t know (and cares to read my blabbering 😁), the story revolves around a very educated young woman who is considered \’ugly\’ by people. Because of her appearance no one hires her so she ends up taking a secretary position at a company, definitely not up to par with her education. She becomes the CEO\’s right hand. When the company is near bankruptcy Mr. CEO creates a dummy company under her name to seize his company instead of the banks. Long story short, his doofus friend and him start to get paranoid thinking she may end up taking the company from him (legally she can). So they decide he\’s going to make her fall in love with him to assure her loyalty. In true Mr. Crawford mode, he falls \’victim\’ of his own game when he falls in love with her. He\’s a jerk, what he did was disgusting but man does he pay for it to a point where you feel bad for him. And it\’s a journey of growth of course for our female lead.

It\’s great angst (imo), first of all because the while love scheme was completely unnecessary. She was already secretly in love with him thus her loyalty was infinite. Then she feigns ignorance after she discovers the truth and literally tortures him by getting back at him with his own game. It\’s soooooo good. As you can see by my Austen reference above, I always found it amusing reading Sense & Sensibility and seeing Crawford legit fall in love with Fanny. I think that\’s why I like these shows/plot so much. I laugh at the game backfiring.

Noble idiocy angst is annoying but this angst is so deliciously good. Koreans love their angst and this is some excellent and founded angst. I\’d give up a whole lot to see this happen on Korean TV. Of course, adjusted to their culture and maybe that would get rid of all the unnecessary characters in the Mexican version. The big con of the Mexican version were the side characters and their plots. Gosh, how I detested some of them! Hello FF button. A nice 20 episode kdrama could dispose of their shenanigans though. It\’d be the best of both worlds for me lol. Very unlikely for it to happen but hey, I can dream right? 😉

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    I love when we started talking about Telenovela 😄😄
    I’m not Latino but I also watched and love the original colombian version. If Betty La Fea was not soooo goood, it would not have been remade in many countries. C-drama also remade Betty with Wang Kai as one of the star.
    It’s a shame I hardly remember most of the plot. I remember one of Betty’s friend (or frenemies?) with big chest who love shopping too much that she ended with debt.
    Betty was really big here that my friend dressed and acted like Fernando for his student senate campaign (to be fair he did look like Fernando with glasses and slick hair) and he actually won because of it 😄

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      Wang Kai?! I have to watch it!

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      Lol at your friend dressing up like Fernando…and cool for winning! 😆 It’s definitely one of the ‘it’ stories for Latin America.

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        I just think I need to tell you about this. I just watched my friend on TV, well actually he’s been on TV a lot for the last three years. He’s an uni professor and politician now. How is it possible? I have no idea, in developing countries there’s no clear lines between politics and academics. He’s on TV to give his insight about economics/public policy issues.
        To think that it’s all started by cosplaying a character in telenovela, isn’t TV amazing?? 😄😄

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          OMG lol that IS amazing. Imagine him being asked one day, what event triggered the beginning of his career….so you see I was running for school Senate and dressed up as a popular telenovela character…. 😄 that is super cool!

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    I never watched the original, only the German remake (yep, it’s called Verliebt in Berlin) when I was a kid. I don’t remember much of the story, but loved Lisa’s (the secretary) development and growing confidence! Her style was similar to Gal Hee’s, if I remember well.

    That story must be really famous to be adapted in several countries 🙂

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      A German version? Wow I didn’t know about that one. I just googled it and lol she does have the same style! Curly hair & glasses.

      Yeah, it was huge. Idk about the Columbian version but I remember the Mexican one almost reached %50 ratings. It’s always interesting watching adaptations of famous stories like this.

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        Can you recommend other telenovelas like this one? I only see stories with gangsters when I switch channels these days. I’ve already seen the ones with Thalia, Muñeca brava, Rubi, Marina, Amarte así, La Bella Ceci, Luna, El Diablo, Da Cor do Pecado and a few more I can’t remember.

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          Unfortunately, I don’t know of any. I have vague memories of watching part of another one but I can’t even remember the name. 🙁

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I haven\’t watched the final episode of TSLOMS yet, only clips…but THANK YOU SHOW for not making GH have a make over or stick to dressing like VP. Yes, she\’ll doll herself up a little extra for her dates. But she\’s still the petite curly haired cutie with glasses that MI fell in love with. I LOVE THIS SHOW!

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Two minutes in Episode 13 of TSLOMS and this lady just threw herself in front of the TOD to save a fish. Like I can’t even feel bad for you when your priorities are a fish lol. *shrugs* On with fun~~~

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    I mean, it’s meant to demonstrate how difficult it is for the secretaries at that company. It’s also not totally out of the realm of possibility in real life. Speaking from experience, working in South Korea is grueling, especially if you’re not fortunate enough to have a somewhat decent boss. It’s why the suicide rate among office workers is so high in Korea.

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      Yeah, unfortunately, that’s the work environment for many people 😔 and I know what Show is pushing for. But at the same time I don’t think Show takes itself that seriously either? Their use of the TOD also seems to be a lighthearted jab at one of the industry’s biggest tropes. Which is perfectly fine with me! I L-O-V-E this drama with its fun silliness!

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I don\’t have much to say that hasn\’t been said already by other beanies, regarding the betrayal that MI is going to feel when he finds out GH has been lying to him. But I do have a lot to say about MI\’s feelings.

I know a lot of viewers want MI to find out the truth and instead of confronting GH about it right away, teasing her and playing along. That\’d be a lot of fun because gosh he knows how to tease her so well!

But then I started thinking that it\’d be more meaningful, in my opinion, if he admits to liking GH before he finds out the truth. Yes, I know that might up the angst levels more but hey we\’re getting a high dose anyway. Might as well. So I want him to flat out admit the girl he\’s truly smitten by is GH. Yes, I know they\’re the same person…but at the same time they\’re not! Veronica-Gal Hee is not GH 100%. I need MI to acknowledge he likes GH in all her adorable glory, with her red cardigan, glasses, curly red hair, solidarity, and spunky personality!

And then I want him at some point to make it clear to her that there are plenty of reasons why someone would like her, and I\’m not even referring to just romantically, but as a person, as a friend. I want GH to embrace who she is and realize she doesn\’t need to be a \’Veronica Park\’ in order to be someone. I have high hopes that Show will highlight this (don\’t disappoint me, Show) because of the Korean title being I Loved You From the Start….ya\’ know, as Gal Hee.

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    I’m hoping the same thing. I thought yesterday that he was going to choose GH but it looks like he’s going to choose VP based on the preview. I want him to love GH for who she is and not who she is when she’s pretending to be someone else.

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      Watch him be about to say GH and right at that second he gets a call from VP/GH!

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    I think the show will go in that direction, well, I’m hoping they do.

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    That would be great. He said something along those lines in the last ep. He said: “I wanted to be with you”, and Gal Hee replied that he just wanted her company when he was feeling down or missing Veronica Park. But he said: “No, I just wanted to be with you”. *cue moss ball floating*
    I have two possible scenarios:
    1) Gal Hee realises that Min Ik likes her for who she really is and confesses. He of course still feel betrayed but eventually comes back to her after a time skip. Angst level 6.
    2) Min Ik finds out the truth from someone else. Gal Hee finds out too late that he liked her for who she was and curses her low self-esteem. He of course feels ultra betrayed and decides to marry the real VP. The USB gets lost at sea. Angst level 10.

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      Lol @ option two. Hey, maybe the writers want to teach us lies only lead to disaster, pain, and everything bad. 🤷‍♀️

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    I’m also hoping the show will go there. Especially after the whole platinum arwana which is actually a golden arwana and the moss balls symbolism in eps 19-20. I hope it’s to signify Min-ik’s true love for Gal-hee instead of the fake Veronica.

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      Yes the symbolism was very well done! And then GH asked something along the lines if his dad treasured it knowing it was really a golden arwana. Nicely done Show.

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I always love the concepts for Park Sodam\’s pictorials. 😍

My girl looking amazing at the Cannes festival. (i\’m still fangirling over the fact she\’s in a film with Lee Sun Kyun btw)

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The Secret Life of My Secretary is delightfully fun! I love the leads\’ dynamics.

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    They are SO adorable, I really really like the show so far.

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This 2PM performance is so cute. I don’t know if it’s their choreography or the little smiles (Junho! 🥰) but there’s no other word I can think of to describe it.

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