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Drama Reactions & Reviews
Top 10 favorite drama OTPs (One True Pairings)
by | January 13, 2017 | 297 Comments
javabeans: Okay, I think we were being punished in this list for saying how easy the last one was (in picking our top 10 drama tropes), because damn if picking our top 10 dramaland couples wasn’t HARD. girlfriday: Yeah, Past Us really set us up to eat our own words. How can you even pick... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Top 10 gateway dramas to hook your friends on
by | January 4, 2017 | 337 Comments
javabeans: Happy New Year, happy tenth anniversary, happy 2017, happy everything-that-will-be-better-than-2016! girlfriday: Yay, I’ve never been happier for a new year to start! I still can’t believe Dramabeans is old enough to be a tween! javabeans: Oh god, is it time for braces, backtalk, and bad attitudes? I’m still the boss of you! girlfriday: You... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Thing vs. Thing: Image ruinations
by | November 11, 2015 | 95 Comments
javabeans: With She Was Pretty, Answer Me 1988, and the upcoming Oh My Venus in our collective consciousness at the moment, we’re reminded once again that dramaland loves its image ruinations. Or maybe it’s just that audiences love pretty people making themselves look uglier for the sake of drama. Not that they look actually ugly,... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Our love-hate relationship with drama remakes and adaptations
by | November 10, 2014 | 242 Comments
“They’re remaking another drama?” *Boo, hiss, wails.* I’m pretty sure that’s a familiar script for most of us who’ve been following dramaland for a while, and one that’s cropped up with particular frequency in recent months and years. Adaptations and remakes are nothing new—people will retell new versions of old stories until the end of... More »


Celebrity News
Triple threat Kim Jae-wook
by | July 15, 2010 | 69 Comments
Inch by inch, Kim Jae-wook has been stealing the show in SBS’s Bad Guy, with his deeply layered portrayal of a wounded feral animal, otherwise known as Hong Tae-sung. In a recent interview with 10 Asia, Kim discusses Tae-sung, acting, and his music. Good acting AND an indie band? Are you trying to make me... More »


Extended Glossary
Glossary: Banmal
by | July 13, 2010 | 105 Comments
While Eun-jo never called Ki-hoon “oppa,” she certainly used her share of banmal with him One of the things I find endlessly fascinating about the Korean language is the magnitude of what people call each other, and how they address one another as relationships evolve. As javabeans noted, in romantic comedies, we often squee equally... More »


Pop Culture & Society
Pop Culture: Piggyback Rides
by | July 11, 2010 | 218 Comments
My Name is Kim Sam-soon Hey, girlfriday here to kick off a new series that we’re doing, to call attention to some of the recurring motifs in kdramaland, by way of pop culture. Topics will range from cultural bits of Koreanness, to drama tropes, folktales, to things we simply find amusing or interesting, in tv/film/music.... More »


Extended Glossary
Glossary: Oppa
by | June 26, 2010 | 173 Comments
Was there ever such heartbreaking confusion over the meaning of the word “oppa” as with these two in Triple? Perhaps you’ve seen that Glossary link in the menu to the left, languishing in neglect with nary an update. I decided, what better way to update than to expound upon those familiar kdrama terms and concepts... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Romantic-comedy drama recommendations
by | November 28, 2009 | 294 Comments
Since I’ve had a lot of requests for drama recommendations following You’re Beautiful, I thought I’d put this up as its own post. I may be spotty with some of the other genres out there, but I’m ALL about the trendy drama! The following is a list of my recommendations (and some that are not... More »


Meta
Drama theme-song ringtones
by | November 22, 2009 | 161 Comments
Somehow the mention of ringtones came up on the last Open Thread, and I posted some ringtones that I’d made of You’re Beautiful OST songs. I got some requests, so I thought I’d put more up in a separate post, in case anyone else was interested. (These are short mp3 clips that you can download... More »