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[Beanie Recs] Drama lovers in dramas


Ahoy, Beanies! It’s time to gather your collective genius for a recommendation series that features you and your drama knowledge. Each week we’ll drop a drama conundrum and leave it up to you to provide a drama rec, and the appropriate rationale behind it, be it long or short. Respond below!

From @jls943 (Unaspirated):

I recently started a re-watch of Crash Landing on You and have fallen in love all over again with Joo-mok and his fantastic love of dramas! I love it when dramas do this – go meta for a moment and have a character watch/interact with/talk about a particular drama or scene (real or made up). What are some other dramas that do this well? Which are your favorite instances of this in dramaland?


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Goblin: grim reaper and his morning drama
Business proposal: fake drama that mirrors the real drama
Reply 1997: mom calls drama writer to change the story

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You stole mine, hahahah!

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So Not Worth It
I hesitate to recommend this because it’s not everyone’s cup of tea, it’s mostly slapstick humour and has some cringe acting. But it’s earnest and I’m a sucker for dorm life/ shared living stories

One of the international students Minnie is obsessed with Kdramas, Crash Landing On You is among her favourites

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Grandpa in Business Proposal and Scarlett in Search: WWW were drama lovers for the dramas within a drama Be Strong, Geum-hee and What’s Wrong With My Mother-In-Law?

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Scarlett is me with my guilty pleasure makjang obsession.

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Oooooh I was racking my brain for a minute.

I would go with Search: WWW! The drama scenes were funny and added a fun layer to the secondary couple's story.

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the kimchi slap and the mole lol I remember most of the fake drama xD it was a perfect makjang

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Another vote for Grandpa in Business Proposal - especially when he is commenting on his drama, "like any rich family would meet their inlaws in a pork cutlet franchise." Okay, Mr. Pineapple Socks... cause we all expect unrelenting realism from a drama.
I just love his character anyway, I mean, you know the whole time that he'll end up accepting Ha-Ri, but it's still hilarious to watch him chasing Tae-Moo around trying to beat him with a cane.

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There was a scene in Goblin with the Grim Reaper watching a drama in a restaurant. It was pretty funny.

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Reply 1994 had a long scene about Sandglass with what was probably a very accurate depiction of its impact right down to the Choi Min-soo vs Lee Jung-jae arguments.

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Shin Hari's parents and Go Foods Haraboji in Business Proposal. Shin Guem-hui worn the hearts of all the social classes

And Kiss Sixth Sense with the Haroo story. What better way to make a tetchy sad conversation you wouldn't necessarily have open to discussing? Haroo provided them a means to closure.

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Waikiki family.
Scarlet (Search WWW).

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The North Korean soldier in Crash Landing. Fanboy’s dream come true when he actually meets the FL of his kdrama!

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Oh wait, that’s the original one! 😆
The recent one that I thought was great was also Business Proposal. The FL’s chicken shop had it on and her family watched it as well and the ML’s grandfather.

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I've never watched this drama, so I don't know the context, but North Korea has spoken out against the content of this drama about portraying North Koreans. Watching Western productions and listening to Western music, including South Korean dramas, is prohibited in North Korea. Only for a very short time, Twice managed to go there in 2018, but it was a "thaw" for a moment. North Koreans go to jail for watching forbidden content.

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They hired a former North Korean as a consultant on the drama to get a more realistic portrayal of how some North Koreans live. It's very clear in the drama that those behaviors as well as owning certain items is prohibited.

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was there not a scene where "Yoo Na" checks out Park Seo Joon in Kill Me Heal Me and asks whether he is a drama actor.

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Ji Sung's father in Protect the Boss

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Is it too obvious to go for the confession scene in Be melodramatic when they are walking and act out two or three versions of it?

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There’s Dramaworld, a Viki production that was super-meta as the kdrama fan heroine gets transported to being IN a drama:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dramaworld

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Where's Muggy? Muggy should be here
@ndlessjoie

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Is this a call to mention THE BEST drama of all time Marry Me Mary/Mary Stayed Out All Night? It begins with a drama watching candy who eventually becomes a drama production company secretary. Throw in chaos, chaebols, an indie rock musician, trope salad, uneven writing, and you get messy perfection. This may be the drama that broke @wishfultoki though, so proceed with caution. I miss you @wishfultoki.

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Why does nobody ever think of my mental health? Oh no, it's all fun and games when LT loses her mind.

But, yes, of course, this rec page is made for Marry Me Mary.

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You losing your mind is THE BEST entertainment. If I could think of a way to force you to watch this drama again, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

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It's not just the cruelty, it's the unconcern 🤣🤣

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@leetennant I might have the tiniest amount of concern. You made it through the clam show, so I think you can watch anything.

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@ndlessjoie I dropped the Clam Show. I watched all of Jinxed though and, let me just say, I did not come out unscathed.

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In Doom at your service, she watch dramas to find out how to fall in love with a supernatural beeing.

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I know this is my own request, but I thought of another one!

In Vincenzo, doesn't Joon-woo watch a fake drama when he's hiding out in the countryside mansion? Before he gets poisoned by the bottled water? I don't remember what happens in the drama, but I remember it being VERY dramatic and I think it was referencing one real-life drama in particular. Does anyone know more about this one?

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Did you request this question? Would you please tell me how xan I request one?

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Sure! You can just send a short email to this address: hello @ dramabeans.com (without the spaces, obviously). I try to be really clear about what I'm looking for, so that the editors and other beanies understand what to recommend, but that's all there is to it!

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Thnks

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Also Because This is Our First Life... Ji-Ho is a drama writer, and the whole first scene is watching her cram a list of crazy PPL into the script, rolling her eyes the whole time. Then later on there's the scene where the producers take her drama script and hand it to the writer, who proposes all kinds of nutty tropes to add into it to "improve" the story...
This whole series focuses on her being able to tell a "real" story, and ends with you realizing that the series itself was her "real" story (about herself). Essentially telling you that you have already been watching her real-life drama... although nobody in the series watches dramas, they watch soccer games.

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Legend of the Blue Sea
Crying pearls to So Ji Sub.

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Run On?
she imagined herself and the ML in the movie she translated

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We saw a made-up movie in Mystic Pop-up Bar - Gout Lovers .

In Vincenzo, one of the characters made fun of another for looking like Park Saeroyi because of hair. I didn't watch Itaewon Class, but I knew exactly what it referenced!

In My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, there was an imagination sequence from a side character that referenced the hit drama at the time, Giant.

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Scarlet in WWW Search!

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