Celebrity News
Shin Dong-wook publishes novel, still no comeback plans
by | October 28, 2016 | 54 Comments
Aw, I’m glad to have an update on Shin Dong-wook (Wish Upon a Star, Soulmate), even if it’s not to say he’s been cast in a drama or has concrete plans to return to acting. The actor has been out of the spotlight for the past five years after he was diagnosed with a rare... More »

Pop Culture & Society
K-drama YA novel alert: I Believe in a Thing Called Love
by | September 15, 2016 | 46 Comments
It isn’t often that we write about books on Dramabeans, but when I heard there was a Young Adult novel coming out that explicitly deals with K-dramas—and a Korean-American heroine who uses K-dramas as a love guide—it sounded like exactly the kind of thing Beanies might want to know about. We initially heard from YA... More »

Book giveaway: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
by | April 15, 2014 | 677 Comments
This is a little out of the ordinary for us here at Dramabeans, but we thought we’d offer it up to you guys anyway: We have three copies to give away of a young adult novel, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, written by Korean-American author (and drama fan) Jenny Han, which features a... More »

Celebrity News
Jang Hyuk publishes collection of personal essays
by | August 5, 2013 | 29 Comments
Bookish and writerly are hardly the first two words that pop to mind when thinking of Jang Hyuk (IRIS 2, Tree With Deep Roots, Chuno)—and maybe not even the last two words, really, in that they are words I would never think to pair with him at any point of any sort of adjective-naming game.... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Seung-gi turns photo-essayist (sort of)
by | November 28, 2012 | 90 Comments
javabeans: We can add another hat to the many already worn by Lee Seung-gi, since he’s apparently coming out with a photo essay in conjunction with his mini-album “Forest,” which is already a hit. You know, to make Korea’s mothers-in-law love him more, because he wasn’t popular enough with them. girlfriday: But… he doesn’t look... More »

Drama Casting & News
Ramyun Shop gets reimagined in novel form
by | December 21, 2011 | 14 Comments
It’s often the other way around, but following the success of tvN’s romantic-comedy drama Flower Boy Ramyun Shop, the story will be reborn in novel form. What makes this funny is that the drama is already (loosely) based on a novel, called Sweet and Sour Bakery. That book was different enough in setting and characters,... More »

Celebrity News
Go Hyun-jung publishes beauty book
by | May 1, 2011 | 61 Comments
Add actress Go Hyun-jung to the list of actors-turned-authors; the Daemul and Queen Seon-deok star has published a book of beauty secrets titled, appropriately enough, Go Hyun-jung’s Secrets. The book covers Go Hyun-jung’s everyday life in “documentary format,” which, uh, okay. (I suppose we can deduce that it means there are photos and short descriptions/essays/... More »

Drama Casting & News
Novel version of My Princess published
by | January 29, 2011 | 56 Comments
With the success of the drama My Princess these days, MBC Productions has hastened to adapt the story for another format with a novelization. The novel features a plot that, like the drama, focuses on the development of love amidst the quarreling and clashes of its two leads. However, it purports to differ substantially in... More »

Drama Casting & News
Secret Garden to be made into manhwa and novel
by | December 18, 2010 | 60 Comments
Can’t get enough of the wacky romantic comedy Secret Garden? Thanks to the popularity of the drama series, the story will be adapted for several additional formats: a novel, a photo comic book, and a soonjung manhwa (aka shojo manga, or romance-themed comic book). The novel will be written by a new writer, Kang Yi-eul,... More »

Celebrity News
Gong Hyo-jin publishes environmental essays
by | December 9, 2010 | 15 Comments
Gong Hyo-jin (Pasta) joins the ranks of actor-authors by publishing an essay book, which will be released this month. The collection is called Gong Book [공책], which is a play on her own surname and the word for “notebook,” and is themed around environmental topics. In it, Gong discusses her interest and thoughts about the... More »