Beanie level: Errand boy

I finally completed Be Melodramatic!
This was a nice quirky, offbeat and funny little show.
I LOVED all the meta moments (the jabs at PPL and tropes hahaha, references to other dramas or actors, etc), as a k-drama fan, they felt like an inside joke and I thoroughly enjoyed them. 😂😊
I never wanted this show to end, because it has such a mellow and comfortable vibe. It felt like it could go on forever, and I wish we had more of these kinds of slice of life shows in dramaland.




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    Realistic yet fun done well. Be Melo dealt with very serious topics but made sure we smiled more and cried a little throught the entire sun.

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A dork, a cutie, a hottie.
Versatile and without vanity.
One of the best this year, and one of the best to ever do it. 💖⚡
I’ve seen 7 of Kang Haneul’s projects and I’ve always been a fan, but his performance in WTCB takes the cake.
Congrats to him for a killer comeback. I hope it only goes up from here!

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    That beginning is ADORABLE but then… GUCCI WHY

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    He is still cute – but what is with those Mickey sweaters?
    This shot is much better watched in little quick shots….
    but it sure seems to capture him doesn’t it?

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I was boycotting the fan wall this week bc I was too busy, and I didn’t want spoilers for the finale of When the Camellia Blooms… but I finally just finished it!

The final week went unexpectedly better than I thought.
It was still quite enjoyable and a had a nice (albeit, convenient) farewell vibe to it, and I liked the final sentiment of miracles just being the total sum of luck that’s owed to you.

Some issues about the second half of the show that I have a bone to pick with were offhandedly resolved, but not satisfyingly enough for me (I guess I’ll vent about that in the recaps).

But all in all, I really liked this show and I’d give it an 8/10 for all the things it DID do right.
At its core, this was an exploration of human relationships; and this lil gem of a show portrayed it with apt intensity, compassion and grace.
For that I will miss it. 😭💖🌹🌈



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It\’s so nice reading the comments on the latest recap of When the Camellia Blooms!

Seeing things from a different POV gave me a lot more insights, and this is what I love (and had missed during my hiatus) about Dramabeans.
And like many beanies watching this show, I\’m gonna be so pissed if Dongbaek lets what essentially is the tantrum of an 8-year old–as one beanie nicely said–control her life decisions.
I wasn\’t that pissed about it when I watched it last week, but you beanies are right. It makes no sense.
Fingers crossed that our worst prediction won\’t be realized. 🤞

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I finished Melting Me Softly this past weekend…😂😂😂
Let’s all just collectively erase this show from our memories.
I’m not even gonna lose my breath on describing how AWFUL it was, but somehow I finished it because it was the kind of awful that’s hard to look away from, and I just ended up watching it as a comedy.
Hope everyone is moving on to a better script, and this PD is officially going on my blacklist.

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When the Camellia Blooms is my current crack-show, and one of my favourites this year. So, it deserves to be immortalized in a special post.
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This gem of a show has managed to completely steal my heart and win me over in a way I did not expect. Before it aired, it wasn’t very high on my radar, except for the fact that I was excited that it was Kang Haneul’s first lead role (finally!) and I love Gong Hyojin.

The setting of the story in a small town gave me pause, because a lot of times when K-dramas are set in small towns, I find that they tend to use a lot of stereotypes in portraying characters (the Reply series being one of the wonderful exceptions). However, I was a bit hopeful because the writer on this wrote Fight My Way, which was a joy to watch back in 2017, so I tentatively dove in.

Boy am I glad I did that!
First of all, I love that this is the story of characters we don’t often see at the forefront of dramaland. I love that this is the story of a young woman who is a single mother, and that this is an exploration of what that means in the society she lives in. People like Dongbaek are often stigmatized by (the Korean) society and left on the fringes of their communities; but in this story, Dongbaek is the CENTRE of focus and it is so refreshing to be seeing this kind of story in dramaland.

This show is essentially a love story/ family/ slice-of-life drama with dark undertones. And I have to say, the tones are so well-balanced that nothing ever feels jarring. It gives me butterflies from all the cuteness and warm moments and makes me hold my breath from the suspense. The pacing of the story is impeccably done, the directing is gorgeous, the acting is natural and amazing, and the script is raw, vulnerable and refreshing.

But my favorite thing about it all is the characters! This drama has an ensemble cast, and the rapport between them works so well, it feels like they all complement each other. The characters are all authentic, complex and with stories of their own. Their relationships all intermingle and create the perfect recipe for a deep and genuinely humane story.

And at the centre of it all is Dongbaek, a young single mother who has been dealt a tough hand by fate, but is facing it all with fierce determination. I love that despite everything, Dongbaek is not a doormat. She could easily have let life beat her all the way down to the bottom, but she kept her head high. She is not ashamed of who she is or the life she lives. And throughout the series, it’s really a revelation to see her character growth as she connects with her inner strength and defiance, and allows herself to be loved again.

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    (continued…)

    It is with such a woman that Yong-shik falls in love with, because he is able to see all of that. But i can’t talk about Yong-shik without mentioning Kang Ha-neul –bless his heart– who plays him. Goodness gracious, that man is killing it! I know he himself is somewhat of a dork IRL, but he upped that to the maximum to give us Yong-shik: the funniest, cutest, dorkiest human to ever grace our screens. He is a persistent and effusive sort of guy, who makes no attempt to hide his feelings and proceeds right to wooing Dongbaek with all he’s got. The ensuing courtship is both hilarious and moving. Particularly, I love that Yong-shik never fails to remind Dongbaek that he is on her side, and that she’s precious and worthy of love. He believes in her strength and lets her handle her personal matters, but remains supportive.

    As a couple (#Yongbae?), their chemistry is electric. They are honest, supportive and vulnerable with each other. They respect each other’s boundaries, and individually they are people with vibrant lives of their own. I just love seeing a healthy relationship that’s not too cliché, and the whole of dramaland should take notes.

    The show is not over yet, but I trust that it will continue to bless us with its magic until the end. I already don’t know what I’m gonna do with myself, but I know it will stay with me for a long time.
    🌹❤🌈

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      What a lovely write-up! As you mentioned, KHN is a dork in real life and whenever he’s being one in the show i can’t help but imagine his laugh/clap combo in interviews 😂
      I think the great thing about Camellia is that The characters are really layered and we’re shown their different sides instead of being told one is straight up good/evil.

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      I always enjoy reading other peoples take on a drama that I love as much as this one.

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    🥰 A heart warming write up of a heart warming drama ~ I’m watching with my sister and my mom, separately some weeks, but always with at least a group phone to discuss what happened when we are all caught up ~

    I don’t think I have anything to add on the drama itself that you didn’t already say. Here’s hoping the final weeks keep the pacing and story together ~ (I have theories but I won’t share here, my sister told me I was reading too much into things 😅)

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BEANIES I MISSED YOU GUYS! 😭😭😭
It’s been a crazy few months, and I haven’t been on DB for 3 months!
We have a Beaniebox! So many new dramas! I missed fangirling!
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I had an amazing summer filled with reunions with loved ones; so that was great and much-needed.
And then I started the last year of my Bachelors, got swamped with SO MUCH WORK, I couldn’t hear my thoughts or allow any distractions.
But dramas DID continue to keep me company!
The last time I was on DB, I was watching Be Melodramatic and Devil/ WTDCYN.
But then I got too busy and put them both on-hold halfway through. I’m looking to pick them back up in the near future.

Currently I’m watching When Camellia Blooms. This show sneaked itself into my heart. I absolutely love it… I’m gonna have to dedicate a post to it, and I’m sure it’s going in my Top 10. 💖
(I’m also watching Melt Me, but only for JCW. Everything in this show is messed up, I just laugh at the terribleness of it).

What have you Beanies been up to? Did I miss anything? And ofc what dramas are you watching?
Love you aaaaaaaaaaaaaall! #Yuyu’sDBHomecoming

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    YUYUUUUUUUUU!!!! YOU’RE BAAAAAAAAAACK!!!

    Finally!!!!!

    I hope school’s going well!! My senior year actually ended up being the year I started going on DB MORE, lol. Somehow it was academically my best year of all despite the fact that I spent many class periods on the BTLIOF recaps…. cough.

    But omg I can’t believe you’re actually watching Melty. I nope’d out of that like 12 minutes in when Won Jin-ah was catapulted in the air with a water bottle jetpack.

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      It’s good to be back!!!

      And I also can’t believe I’m watching Melt Me, lol. But I’m in too deep, and it has now become about just watching the show to make fun of it 😂
      The show is so bad, I actually can’t believe someone used money to have it made. How can a show be so bad, with such a cast??? Then again, maybe I should’ve known since I never vibe with that director.
      I just really really want JCW to be in a great drama again!

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        LOL. I get that. It’s pretty much how @saturtledaisy and I watch Vagabond as well (although Vagabond is not as bad as Melty), and to watch the cast.

        I’m now convinced JCW really can’t pick dramas and that Healer was an anomaly. 😅

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          Well, I hope one of these days, JCW stumbles onto another great drama!

          LOL I checked out Vagabond bc my roommate (who i turned into a k-drama fan) is watching it, but I couldn’t take it seriously. The best thing about it is the production quality, but I feel like it’s so wasted on such a script.

          This really has been a lackluster year in dramaland…

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            Gah, I’m so jealous your roommates watches kdramas!! I tried to get mine to watch a couple and they didn’t bite. 😅 But my best friend watches them!

            Vagabond is not good but I’m having fun watching it with Daisy! Although we are behind. That and The Lies Within are the only things I’m watching at the moment.

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            I’m watching Vagabond solely as a comedy and fast forward through most of the villains/politicians talking.

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    Welcome back! Congratulations on your last year of school! Very busy, very exciting. I myself graduated last May.

    These past few months, I’ve watched Takane to Hana, Great Men Academy, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, and The Untamed (lots of Beanie posts convinced me to give it a try).

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    Welcome back!!!!!

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    Welcome back! Be Melodramatic is the best! Enjoy.

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    Welcome back!

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Melo Suits Me started out with a bang for me. I loved it!
And I’m already fond of our three leading ladies, and rooting for them.
This is giving me major Age of Youth vibe, and that’s an “A” in my book.
Hoping for the best.

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Checking-in after watching the premier week of When The Devil Calls Your Name (can well call it Devil)?
– It\’s perfectly hilarious and dramatic!
– The synergy between the cast is amazing.
– The Park Sung-wong x Jung Kyung-ho bromance lives on (I feel like they deserve a couple name by now).
– The story itself is refreshing.
– And have I mentioned my #WCE Lee El is in it?
– Also oddball JKH is back with a vengeance. Plus I was today years old when I discovered he could sing!

Finally, hope we keep getting musical goodness, and that this won\’t disappoint!🤞

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I was so excited to watch Melo Suits Me… but I can\’t find it anywhere yet.
Has anyone watched it?

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    I was super exited too and got so sad when I found out it got pushed back to August 9th. According to Soompi, it’s because one of the actors got into some sort of scandal and they had to replace him and refilm all of his scenes so yeah. It’s a good thing that August is coming along quicker than I thought it would!

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    It was delayed to August 9 because of one of the cast got booked for aiding and abetting drunk driving… They have new actor taking over, so they had to film scenes with this character again.

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Popping in to say hello!
Hope you all are well, and sending good energy to everyone.

Despite being on holiday, and having plenty of time, I’ve found it hard to hit the play button on anything. Sooo… drama-slump it is.
I’m looking forward to Melo Suits Me and When the Devil Calls Your Name, so I hope one or both of them can lure me back!
(PS: kind of sort of very much, still not over Ryan Gold).

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    *waving*

    Good to see you! Hope you’re doing well also! 🙂

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Beanies, I have officially SURVIVED my penultimate year at university! 😭
This year was so HARD. Not only the hardest in my uni life, but the hardest in my life in general (bc of uni).
At the beginning of the academic year, I didn’t even make any goals, I just told myself I needed to survive (yes it was that bad).
There were times I really thought I wouldn’t make it, but today I got all my results… and after a few hiccups, I passed it all. 😭😭😭
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That being said, I’d like to thank the DB community once more for being an amazing safe space where I could just escape into dramaland with you all, and enjoy the positive vibes that are always present here. 💖🌹


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Did someone say VILLAINS? 😏

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    Handsome villains! Great capture!

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    Kim Jae Wook’s Mo Tae Gu (Voice, season 1) and Namgoong Min’s Kwon Jae Hee (Girl Who Sees Smells) are the 2 villains of Kdramas that still give me chills, after the fact, to this day

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Soooo… when are we gonna have the function to like posts? 😃
I can\’t be the only one who\’s thought or sees the necessity of this.

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    I remember ages ago before the site redesign they were testing out a function to rate posts out of 5 stars but then they got rid of it…

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      🙁
      Did people actually use it?
      I think a like button would be enough. Sometimes, I read posts that are so good it feels weird to just leave the page like that. Especially on the Theme of the Month posts

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I\’ve dropped Search WWW, and that makjang drama-within-a-drama that Scarlett is always watching actually seems more interesting and entertaining than the show itself. 😂
There\’s literally nothing happening in this show, besides people talking or fighting.

This was also marketed as a female-centric drama, going for a \”strong female image\” but the characters\’ motivations are not well explored (and I personally find all the female characters unrelatable). Not only that, but the show doesn\’t even know HOW to portray \”strong women,\” because it\’s taking that to mean things like aggressive and machiavellian.

Let\’s not even talk about the queerbaiting, or the directing which leaves my head spinning.
(I\’ll admit JKY is nice eye-candy, but his character is boring).

thank you, next.

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    I dropped it quickly. Literally nothing interests me right now.

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    This!
    It started out with a bang, and I quite like the first 2 eps. But then my interest faded quickly when I didn’t find any of the lead characters relatable. I tried to hang on until eps 7, but then I just have no energy to continue watching it, so 1 more drama to drop this year.

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My finals recently ended, which means I’ve finally had time to catch up on dramas!!! 😭

– I’ve dropped Angel’s Last Mission, because while I love SHS’s acting… this drama universe is just ridiculous.
– Started Search Query WWW (which deserves its own post later). My feelings are mixed.
– Finally got around to watch Voice 2017 (on ep.06), bc I really need some thriller vibes in my watchlist, but this ain\’t perfect either, and I find the logic a little underwhelming.
– I plan to get back to Asadal Chronicles, and diss-watch it with my sister, bc this is just a good opportunity for a few good laughs. 😂

In short: There’s no drama that I’m actually enjoying 🙁

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    I pretty much gave up on Angel’s Last Mission but I still peep at the occasional Youtube clip from the show because SHS is breathtaking in this. It’s a shame, really, the show had a promising premise but the execution was…not great.

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    Same here, I can’t seem to get into anything.

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    I’m watching My Fellow Citizens and… that’s it

    Hopefully something good will start soon~

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    I’m with you! I have this feeling that this year’s dramas had been pretty lackluster in the writing area.

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This Drama-Year has kind of been MEH for me. Not much really clicks with me 🙁
We’re already half-way through and I’ve only watched 3 dramas: Boyfriend/ Encounter, Touch Your Heart, and Her Private Life. Which I actually all loved (but which were also kinda ruined by last-minute tropes).
I started Confession, but dropped it halfway through bc it was boring.

Right now I’m on a short 1 week drama-hiatus, because of finals (😭😭😭), but…
My current watch-list includes Angel’s Last Mission, which I’m not caught up on last week’s ep. yet (I liked it, but I might drop it depending on how it progresses), checked out Asadal Chronicles (which I’m sure I won’t finish, sorry SJK).
Of the newly-released dramas, Search WWW is the one that seems up my alley, but I have yet to check it out.

Last year, I watched a lot of melos (and thrillers), and there were many which were good. In that vein, I’d love to watch this year’s The Light in Your Eyes, but I simply haven’t been in the mood.
I guess this year I’m leaning more into Romance & Rom-Coms… partly because there hasn’t (IMO) been a really good Mystery/ Thriller around.

I really hope that the second half of this year brings amazing shows.


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    I loved SKY Castle, but so far that’s the only 2019 drama to make it to my favorites list. And we’re halfway through already! How sad. 🙁 But I’m currently watching My Fellow Citizens and loving it so far!! I really hope the second half has some gems waiting for us.

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      Forgot SKY Castle happened this year!
      I did watch it but never finished it, bc I was busy at that time. Thanks for reminding me, I shall get to it soon!

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    Maybe comedies like My Fellow Citizens, Special Labor Inspector Jo and The Fiery Priest will please you?

    When you will be in the mood for melo, try watching Beautiful World. It’s a great show about school bullying, presumed suicide, the reactions and the investigation around it.

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      I thought the comedies would do it for me as well, but nah. I don’t even why.
      And Beautiful World omg, I don’t think I have the heart for that. Kudos to those who were strong enough to watch it. Even the teasers made me queasy.

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        Beautiful World was really good. The first episode was rough, but the mystery keeps you guessing for awhile. You’ll be comforted by the main family as the drama goes along.

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        Beautiful World can be hard at first (it’s totally my type of drama so not for me) but the journey with characters is satisfying. You really need to be in the mood to watch it 🙂

        You can try webdramas? On youtube there are a lot subbed on Playlist Global, dingo story and more. They’re good compact romance stories that don’t require lots of time investment.

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    Search WWW is so good! Just started it and I loved it!

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    At this rate you may get demoted to Drama Princess 🙂

    But please try My Fellow Citizens.

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      HA! Okay that was a good one. 😂😂😂
      I have to admit part of the reason I haven’t checked out My Fellow Citizens is because Kim Min-jung is in it, and I’ve just never been able to stomach her acting.
      A lot of people have recommended this drama though, but i don’t see how I could get around her… 🙂

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    You should at least try My Strange Hero and My Fellow Citizens.

    I think it’s been a great drama year but then I watched Children of Nobody, Sky Castle and The Light In Your Eyes. All were fantastic but not fun and not easy to watch. The other two are just so sweet and fun.

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The man of the hour, Mr. Right 💖
Just a reminder that KJW is hotter than hell.

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Loved his ^_^

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But also, where can I sign the petition for director Eom’s spinoff drama?
I’m sure she’s had an interesting life, and an even crazier wardrobe 😂



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