Goodbye summer, hello updates
If you’re anything like me (read: a drama fanatic) you’re probably also guilty of measuring time by dramas. So, when I look back on the summer, it’s half remembered by the shows that aired, the feels they gave, and sometimes, the disappointments they’ve made us suffer. Regardless, it’s already September, and we’ve got a nice clean slate in front of us — just in time for some Beanie Origins stories, some updates, and some drama squees. (*Ahem* the header image of this article. ♥)
Origin of the Beanie
We asked, you answered, and we’d like to share a couple of the messages we received since our last support post.
Beanie Origins: Poliwag’s Story
A long time ago (circa 2014-15, which is about the length of a K-drama time skip), a tadpole-shaped seed was buried in the vast K-drama fangirl fields of Dramabeans and sprouted into the Poliwag you see today with enough fangirl tears.
Being a struggling student with little interest in my then field of choice, my only solace was reading reviews for dramas on DB, anything I could get my hands on. Eventually, I made the decision to start commenting in early 2015, trying to join in with the “cool kids” at the time who were also doing the same- at that time, you didn’t even have DB accounts! You were just Guest Beanie, Poliwag, and that was also around the time where I started duking it out with people in the comments section because I was just that deeply opinionated about everything.
Six years flew by and I’m now a working adult still watching K-dramas, specifically Forest of Secrets 2 (big love) and I don’t know if I would’ve wanted it any other way.
Beanie Love: Annya’s Story
I just wanted to thank you all for creating this website, maintaining this website, and for the purpose of this website. Your website is a huge valuable resource to me, a Ukrainian-American who speaks absolutely no Korean. During the COVID lockdown, someone from work suggested K-dramas as something to do. I was watching them for entertainment, but when I got to Secret Garden, there was something that really stuck in my head about Ra-im’s purse that I kept pondering over and over.
My friend couldn’t explain, so I took the internet and found your website which not only explained it, but I realized the recaps and translations were exactly what I needed to understand any show (since some of the show’s English subtitles didn’t exactly convey an accurate translation). I now use your website for all the K-dramas that I watch.
Want to share your Dramabeans origin story with us? We sure hope you do! Leave us a message with the subject line: Beanie Origins. If you have a registered Dramabeans account, include your handle so we can link to it, and give you all the accolades. (Word count: 500)
- Our video player is back in action! We’ll be mixing it up with variety shows, music shows, and of course… dramas! There may be some technical difficulties during this roll-out, because that’s life in the fast lane, so please bear with us and let us know if you run into issues by leaving a comment below.
- If you see spam, or any comments that are hateful or explicit, please tag @db-staff for cleanup. Side note: Spambots are getting so creative these days — they’re evolving out of control. They practically need a K-drama written about them.
Premium supporter updates
Thank you for helping us keep Dramabeans running! The whole team is so grateful for each and every one of you. If you’re willing and able to contribute, you can do so with a one-time purchase, or our annual and monthly options. Becoming a premium supporter helps us maintain the site and keep the community thriving.
Number of premium supporters as of August 30, 2020
If you’re starved for snack food variety, try out one of our BeanieBox options! We have four different boxes to choose from: Deluxe, Premium, Coffee Lover, and Noodle Lover. The Coffee Lover box comes with enough coffee to power you through an all-night drama marathon (so basically, 20 to 30 sticks of coffee plus sweet snacks). The Noodle Lover box is for ramyun fanatics and it comes with 2 to 3 cup noodles, 7 to 10 individual ramyun packs, and post-noodle snacks.
Here’s the TL;DR
- Like many a struggling Candy heroine, we could use all the support we can get. If you’re able to give financial support, becoming a premium supporter would be a huge help. Benefits include an ad-free Dramabeans experience, a virtual supporter badge (you can toggle it on and off), two months of KOCOWA for free, and the eternal gratitude of entire Dramabeans team.
- Grab a BeanieBox! It’s a win-win. You get a subscription snack box straight from South Korea, and we keep the lights on! And that’s very important, since dramas require electricity.
- Support us on social media by following our official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. Send us allllll the comments.
The Dramabeans team wishes all of you health, happiness, and lots of squee-worthy and thrilling drama moments. See you next month!