Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

This is a familiar name in SSR’s Instagram story….👀 @katakwasabi

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Finally made myself watch the end of Gu Family Book. Knew what was coming and still 😭😭😭😭😭

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Picked 6 Flying Dragons back up after not watching any for few weeks, MAN why did I stop? It’s so good! If it wasn’t a million episodes long it’d totally be the drama I recommend to nondrama watchers.

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    Yay!

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    it is brilliant..

    YAI is just so so so good

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    Glad to hear you picked it up again! It is good!

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    I gave it up ages ago after about 6 episodes…what made you pick it back up again? Did I just give up at a bad time?

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      I’ve been watching it on my commute to work (it’s about an hour by train so it fits pretty well)…then I missed a few days because of various reasons and just got out of the habit…so picked it back up because it was there and I had nothing else to do 😄 I’m only on episode 10 so it’s still early days for me really.

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        If it helps pass the time on a commute, sounds like it’s worth putting back in my rotation. Happy watching! 🙂

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    It’s been on my list for ages but the number of eps never let me start! Now that I know another Beanie is watching it, I’m gonna start ^^

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I liked the first ep of DoDoSolSolLaLaSol – none of it was groundbreaking but it felt like a nice watch.

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Help my children have discovered BTS. We’ve listened to Dyna-na-na-na-na-more 8 times today. By 8am.

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    *mite thanks autocorrect

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    I might be okay with that. It’s better than Baby Shark on repeat.

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      I was fine with it for the first six or so listens but I think they need to expand their range 😅 baby shark would break it up a bit at this point

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    They are releasing NIGHT versions tonight in addition to the 4 versions they already have (acousting, EDM, tropical and Poolside). I’m looking forward to all of them. 🙂

    Hopefully, your kids are willing to mix them up a bit.

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King2hearts – so my sister and I have been mocking the Evil Australian but I just looked up the actor and turns out he’s from NZ 😱😱😱 just lost all faith in my ability to recognise my own accent 😂

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@ally-le this is not kpop, nor is it new (though it may be new to others as he’s an NZ artist), but it def captures the guy falling first

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@ally-le it’s not new but when I think love songs from kdramas, this comes to mind first😊

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My final book post!This was a great challenge, thanks @isthatscorner. I really enjoyed seeing the books everyone had in common as well as the ones that were different.

25. Character you relate to the most – I’m skipping this because I can’t think of a good example.
26. A book that changed your opinion – this is kind of superficial, but I was pretty much of the opinion (after reading many) that the kind of books that win modern literature prizes are mostly arty waffles more concerned with sounding clever than being a good book. Then I read Life of Pi (which won the Booker Prize). It’s great. If you haven’t read it, you should.
27. The most surprising plot twist or ending. Ok so I legit hated this book because of this. Why pose the question if you’re just going to make it irrelevant? My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult.
28. Favourite book title. I don’t know, I like many. Let’s go with A Hat Full Of Sky, by Terry Pratchett. I like this, it seems very full of possibilities (also, I like the book, which helps).
29. A book everyone hated but you liked. Like others, I’ll say Twilight. I’m not saying they’re high quality literature but they were never meant to be? They got a lot more hate than was really necessary. I enjoyed (most of them) while I was reading them and then forgot them afterwards.
30. My favourite book of all time: The Ordinary Princess by M M Kaye. It’s a sweet fairy story (the original edition that hasn’t been Americanised is superior) and I love it so much one of my children’s names comes from it❤️

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Catching up again…
Day 21: first novel you remember reading
So in reality I would have read many before this but the first novel I have distinct memories of reading is Jane Eyre when I was about eight years old (probably an abridged version – I was an advanced reader but that seems VERY advanced).
22. A book that makes you cry – there are so many because I am a weeper; Anybody Out There by Marion Keyes is one that made me cry BUCKETS.
23. A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t – The Classical World by Robin Lane Fox. This has been beside my bed for literally years. I have read some but keep fading out. It’s a huge doorstop of a book, but I will make it through one day!
24. A book you wish more people would have read – Bad Science by Ben Goldacre. This is a very fun, informative (critical) look at science and pseudoscience in the mainstream media (things like how a fabricated study led to anti-vax movements). Especially these days I think everyone could do with a bit more critical thinking around what they see online.

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Day 20 – favourite romance book

I couldn’t choose, so we’re having two – my fave romantic melodrama is
The Shadow of the Moon, by M M Kaye. Sweeping historical backdrop! Falling in love with superior officer’s wife! Secretly (and not so secretly) protecting her! Military men restraining themselves from love because it cannot be is totally my cup of tea (see also Crash Landing On You 😄).
My favourite romantic comedy is Cotillion by Georgette Heyer. It’s very funny and sweet and has my favourite romance trope of all time – the pretend engagement. Even my husband liked this book.

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Book challenge catchup post!
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14. book turned into a movie and desecrated
The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
The book is very funny. The movie is just not. At all. It’s terrible. Don’t watch it. Just read the books and remain in happy ignorance of the movie.

15. Fav male character….I feel like I should pick someone from a series or some sort of influential book for these but I’m just going to choose one I’ve been reading recently 😅 today I will go with Hugo Darracott from the Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer. I like most of Heyer’s heroes, but Hugo really appeals to me – everyone expects him to be big and dumb but he’s very strong and smart (but playing up to expectations with a cheeky sense of humour)
16. Fav female character….Princess Amy from The Ordinary Princess by MM Kaye. I love Amy….she’s fun, hardworking, kind, a princess 😄 I love this book to bits, as a child I memorised the entire first chapter.
17. Fav quote from fav book….not necessarily my favourite quote, but one I like: “For though she was ordinary, she possessed health, wit, courage, charm, and cheerfulness. But because she was not beautiful, no one ever seemed to notice these other qualities, which is so often the way of the world.” (The Ordinary Princess)
18. A book that disappointed you …..Cousin Kate by Georgette Heyer. By the time I read it I’d read most other Heyer books so I was excited to get hold of it…but it’s just not very good, unfortunately. It lacks the charm of her other books.
19. Fav book turned into a movie…. A Room With A View. Watching the movie makes the book better; reading the book makes the movie better. Plus, the movie is stacked with people you know and they’re all so young! Baby Helena Bonham Carter!
Honourable mention to the Princess Bride – not because it’s my favourite book (I really really do not like the book), but because it’s a favourite movie based on a book (that is SO MUCH better than the book)

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    Gosh you’re reminding me I should re-read Heyer sometime! I haven’t read her since high school, and I remember how much I used to enjoy those books.

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      They’re so good (mostly, there are some duds), I revisit them regularly! My favourite is probably Cotillion….maybe I should choose my favourite male character again lol.

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        oh yes they’re a lot of fun! Her crime novels are utter rubbish, though. Golden age crime fiction is my crack genre, so I have read a lot of detective fiction from the mid-20th century. Heyer is definitely bottom of the pile in that list :p

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          Oh I agree, I can’t read her crime novels – I’m not a super fan of the more serious historical novels either, give me my light and fluffy romances 😄

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        I LOVE Cotillion too! I always feel like she thought while writing Friday’s Child: I wonder what the story would have looked like if Ferdy was the lead instead of Sherry! And then she did just that! She even used almost the same name for him!

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        I love and re-read many of them a LOT, but my absolute favorite is Sylvester. I read it every few months and it never gets old.

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          Oh my! I have read ALL these books – Cotillion, Friday’s Child, Sylvester, Cousin Kate.. But I can’t for the life of me remember anything (other than having enjoyed them thoroughly when I read them). My friends and I even have a group called These Old Shades… I’m now itching to pick them up again.

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            Time for a re-read then! Keep us posted so we can fan-girl along. And if by any chance you happen to read False Colours tell me if you agree that it is the PERFECT script for a kdrama!

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            I will! I need to make the trek to my aunt’s bookshelf for this. She has the complete collection. I will put False Colours on my priority list 😀

            That said, I remember there was some copyright issue over Heyer’s works, which is why her books never made it to TV or cinema. I recall reading somewhere that this might have been sorted out recently, and someone (BBC?) had acquired rights. They’re all so eminently dramatisable!

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            Uh oh! Now I’m scared they will ruin my beloved stories!

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          Sylvester also on high rotation for me, I’ve read it so much the cover is falling off 😄 And False Colours is also a favourite. I could go on a list of all my favourites but it might be nearly all of them 😅

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    Did you ever see the BBC TV version of Hitchhikers?

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      I’ve only seen a couple of clips of it, not enough to form an opinion. Is it any good?

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        I discovered it and the books around the same time so they’re sort of linked together for me. Some of the effects are dodgy but because it was made by the BBC it has the right British sensibility.

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    OH MY GOD Hugo Darracott!! Never did I ever dream to see his name on DB! He is one of the most perfect Heyer Heros!

    And about Cousin Kate. I was very fortunate that the books belonged to my mom and she always told me beforehand what to expect from each one I started. With CK she said you can skip it. I still read it because I was a teen and I didn’t really listen, but at least I knew it wouldn’t be good.

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      I had no warning 😕 and I think it was the very last one I had left to read so it was sadly disappointing. I had to go read some of the others again to make up for it (any excuse, right? I’m totally going to go and pull them all out and read them again after this!)

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    😁 I so agree with you about A Room with A View, the film and the book really enhance each other. Yes, and so many stars st the beginnings of their careers! Daniel Day Lewis!
    As fabulous a movie as The Princess Bride is, it’s true that the book is even better. I read it in a day and laughed sooooo hard.

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Well here we go….officially the longest kdrama I have ever tried to watch 😆 Will I finish it by the end of the year?
One episode in and I have strong Game of Thrones vibes (minus the magical stuff)

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    Oh!! This is a good one!

    I do hope you enjoy it as much as many of us did!

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    I’ve looking for this one but couldn’t find it on Viki, Kocawa and ODK 🙁

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    Ohhh, I’ve been trying to finish this one for over a year now. It’s a bit old school – lots of old men conspiring in rooms, over-acting agogo, and that secret back door that everybody uses is 🤣 -, but the characters and the story are really compelling. Gil Taemi is my favourite villain ever, Moohyul is adorable, and Bangwon’s journey breaks your heart – and plus: sword fights!
    I blame my goldfish attention span for not having finished it yet. If you like it, please do share your thoughts here on the Beaniewall, that will surely motivate me to go back and finish it!

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    I’m been trying hard to get myself to start watching it, but every time I see how long it really is I walk away slowly and think to myself that I should save it for another day LOL it’s a never ending cycle

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      I have an hour long commute by train a couple of days a week so I figure that’s the time to watch 😄

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      MY COUNTRY covers the same time period if you want something shorter and more recent, but SFD is better in terms of writing and will give you a clearer idea of the historical events. 🙂

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        My Country definitely has a more modern feel to it – it looks incredibly pretty, and the battle scenes feel like a film production. And, of course, Woo Dohwan, makes it all the more compelling 💚
        But my experience is that 6FD (and the stuff I read while watching it, because for a while I was so interested in these characters that I wanted to know who was real and who was made up for the drama) was helpful to understand MC. Otherwise MC wouldn’t have made any sense to me, it treated historical events in a really choppy way. I’m glad that I watched it while airing, because Sageuk-Beanies’ comments gave me a lot of context!

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    Don’t think GOT. That will spoil it for you. It is a brilliant historical drama. Yoo Ah-In does the character in all his historical contradictions so well. I can’t speak highly enough of it. Some people find the politics too much, but when you read up on what its all about, it provides a fascinating revisionary history, and of course the really amazing thing is at the very end as a tribute to what is to follow. BTW I also loved Byun Yo-han and Park Hyuk-kwon in their roles. One of the best, for me.

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      I’m trying not to think of it – it was just the scene early on with the boy watching his father executing a wrongdoer – Game of Thrones has basically the same scene.

      I’m unsure whether I want to read up before or after I watch it – most western historical dramas I’ve seen I’ve known a fair bit about beforehand but this I’m going in almost completely blind….I’m not sure if that makes the story more interesting or unnecessarily stressful 😅

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Day 12: a book you love but hate

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Ok I actually thought of one while I was choosing my favourite writer.

Trade Wind by M M Kaye. I love M M Kaye, her historical romances are amazing, but this one is so deeply flawed. It’s great and atmospheric and I love the setting and the hero and the heroine except (spoiler) he totally rapes her out of revenge and then they fall in love DOES THAT MAKE ANY SENSE

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Day 13: your fav writer
(I’ve skipped day 12 for now because I couldn’t think of one)

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I have a couple of options for this but I’m going with my favourite New Zealand children’s writer, Margaret Mahy. I met her once when I was a child and she signed my book 💖 it is an absolute highlight in my memory. She had a great gift with language and her stories are magical.

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Day 11: A book you hated
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Mr Phobe’s Fear by David Walliams

I’ve just been reading this to my six year old – it’s one of the World’s Worst Teachers series and I get that it is supposed to be funny, but it is NOT. None of the books are that great but at least (from the ones I’ve read) the teachers are mean so it makes sense for the kids to get their own back. But in this one, the teacher is just a brand new teacher who has done nothing wrong and the children brutalise him just to be cruel – it’s presented as if they’re doing something really funny and cool. It makes me really angry.

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Totally outed myself as a kdrama watcher at work today lol. Someone else recommended Crash Landing On You and I was like “someone else here watches kdramas! It was great!”

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    Aww that’s rather cute! I do think that Netflix has played a huge role in expanding K-dramas reach in the last few years. Plus the fact that there 1 season worth in one story makes for a fast/addicting watch!

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      I’ve been trying to get my friends to watch kdrama for 15 years, obviously I just gave up quite a while ago. Out of the clear blue sky, I just found out that my friend and her adult daughter watched Crash Landing and loved it (and Hyun Bin). Duh! 😁

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    I would love to find a coworker to watch dramas with.

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      I was pretty surprised when he said it because I have this perception of kdramas as having a female audience (I know it’s not wholly true)

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Day 10: A book that reminds you of home

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This was hard! In the end I’m going to say

Morris’ Disappearing Bag by Rosemary Wells

Mum and Dad read this to us all the time when we were kids and it is still quoted heavily by all of us.

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Book challenge day 9: a book you thought you wouldn’t like
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A Room With A View by E M Forster

I had previously read Passage to India and Howard’s End by same author and I didn’t like either of them, so I had no hopes for this. Then I read it. It’s great. It’s very funny and romantic but also has a lot to say about how we let what other people think influence our behaviour. I re-read it often.

(The movie is also great but did have more full frontal male nudity than I expect in a period drama😱😂)

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    Oh wow yea, I’ve only seen the movie but haven’t read the book. I remembered liking Passage to India when I had to read it in high school. I liked his writing style but barely remembered what the book is about. Lols.

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      I might have to reread Passage to India now I’m older, I might like it better. Howard’s End I still can’t make it all the way through.

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        I remembered loving its atmosphere a lot. Wow maybe i’ll join you in re-reading this!

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    I didnt know this was a book! On the list!

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    I’m reading this right now and find it highly entertaining and thoughtful. Can’t wait to find out what Lucy will decide to do (I’m at the part when she’s back in England and new (but old) faces showed up in her neighborhood).

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    I remember liking this book and movie. I should re-read it.

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Book challenge day 8: most overrated book
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The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Meant to be ‘good’ but is just miserable people having terrible time being miserable.

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