Beanie level: Errand boy

I don’t think we needed that trauma trope so late in the story. We feel for him anyway so it was a pointless. That being said I really loved the lovey dovey scenes. I am beginning to think they might be okay for each other.

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    Luckily it didn’t make it worse or better~

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Remember some episodes ago when he said ‘I alone decide your fate. Everything you have belongs to me. I decide whether you live or die. Never forget that!’

BEST BOYFRIEND MATERIAL EVER!!!

#redsleeve

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    Still haven’t watched this week’s eps, but, yes, that was an awful scene. Still, that was probably the frame of mind most males had at the time. Hong Deokro even suggests that San should rape her, the little turd!
    I’m not justifying San’s behaviour –
    I’m just saying that the depiction is likely to be historically accurate.
    Drama romanticizes a relationship that to our contemporary eyes is based on crass power imbalance and is just plain wrong (royal concubines are glorified prisoners). This said, my mind is flexible enough to recognize that real life San and Deokim possibly felt real love for each other, in spite of all the caveats – because that was their reality, and because people are complicated whatever time they live in.
    Besides, acknowledging the power imbalance serves as a good justification for Deokim to refuse him!

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      The power imbalance is too much even from a sageuk standard and this isn’t my first sageuk. I am dropping this. The forced kiss made me super uncomfortable.

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        Honestly, the show lost me once they brought in the child bride. I’ll finish because I’m already on episode 15 and it’s only 17 episodes long. But I regret that this is Junho’s come back drama.

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          Oh god there is a child bride??? Thank god I stopped where I stopped! I understand it was ‘true’ to the time but let’s not glamorise something that doesn’t need to be glamorised.

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            You remember Doek-ro’s younger sister? Yes? She came as a concubine, thinking it’ll help his brother in some way! What is worst is that she went into depression thinking she won’t be of any help to his brother after one night. She says to deok-im something like ‘Im useless’ can’t help’!!
            Later she just dies! Poor kiddo!🥺

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            Yep, a child bride plus discussion of San having sex with her. He doesn’t do anything, but the mere discussion of raping a child is disturbing enough.

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    If you think this is bad, there’s a scene in episode 15 where he explicitly threatens to rape her (they use the phrase “bed” him, but the euphemism isn’t fooling anybody) as punishment for her “insolence”.

    Yeah. I don’t know what the writer was smoking, but this isn’t a romance. The genre for this show is horror.

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    Ok, I watched EPs 13 and 14. This is not good. It goes beyond historical context: I was going with San learning to think of Deokim as a real person instead of a prop who’s there to satisfy his emotional/other needs, but there’s just too much misogyny built into the story. I totally HATED the Hong arc. And that forceful kiss should have stayed in 80s soap operas where it came from. So awful!

    I’m sad because I like Junho, but this is devolving into a hate-watch 😭

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Oohhh a FORCED KISS!!! How romantic 🥰🙄

#redsleeve

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May your Christmas be filled with joy and laughter…and also sunscreen….🎄☀️

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Day 21: Cute Little Drama

My first J Drama, An Incurable Case of Love. Absolutely ridiculous. Absolutely stinking cute 🥰

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    Love this one! His confession on why he likes her, made this be one of my favorite Jdramas.

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If Our Beloved Summer ended in 2021 I would have given all my beans to it.

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Day 18 – Best cameo

Omo! Who else other than our dashing Gong Yoo in Squid Game 🤩🤩🤩

(Forever my Choi Han Kyul 😍)

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Basically at this point I am just waiting for one episode where he will not be punished by his grandfather for some insane reason!
#redsleeve

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    Omo he got punished again? 🤦‍♀️ Grandpa now it’s time for you to go, then only this will stop!

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Day 14 – Most memorable scene

The prettiest wedding scene ever. Bossam.

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Day 13. Drama beanies loved but I didn\\’t

Forgive me you all but I absolutely loathed Run On. What the f was that about? Huh? Hated it. Dropped it. Case closed.

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Day 9: The oldie I loved the most

Umm…anyone who knows me knows the answer to it 😬

Coffee Prince ❤️❤️❤️

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Day 7 – Best OTP

Ah! This one is easy! These two! I had so much fun watching them! The chemistry was sizzling and I love love love SHS and KJH. Separately and together 😍😍😍

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Day 7: The OTP you didn’t think you would adore

I never pick up a drama where I think I wouldn’t like the OTP. So I don’t have an answer to this. However…I do have the experience of not liking an OTP together even though I thought I would….*planning on running away as soon as I finish typing*….Chief Hong & Dr Yoon from Hometown Cha Cha….*runs away*

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    That happened to me too.
    *Hides under a pillow*
    Dong-kyeong and Myeol-mang from Doom at your service.
    I really wanted to love them but I didn’t.

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      Is that pillow big enough for two to hide?

      While watching Doom, I had this thought: One of the worst thing you can do as a romance writer is to make your characters more interesting when they are NOT together.

      I liked Dongmyeong and Myeolmang when they were not together (before they met and when they had amnesia). Together, they became so bland and flat (to me).

      I also am not a fan of insta-love. Their romance had barely any build up which did not help either.

      I was so excited for Doom but the romance just did not work for me either.

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        I share so many of your issues over Doom, it’s the disappointment of the year for me.

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        Oh my god they even had the amnesia trope??? So glad I stopped when I did!

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Day 6 – The OST you are obsessed with

Bossam. The background score had a Pink Floyd vibe to it that I really went with the atmosphere of the drama.

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Day 5 : The drama that will always live in your memory

The first kdrama that I watched with Mr Ren happened this year. Squid Game 🤩🤩🤩

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Day 4: The Mess

This was again a year of the Drop. I checked out quickly on Doom, Oh My Master, Run On earlier on for my mental health. However I couldn’t stop the mess that was Lovers of the Red Sky! From huge plot holes to weak CGI to bad production/editing this was a mess I saw through to the end.

Was I satisfied? Absolutely not. Will I do it again in future ie persist with the un-persistable (it’s not even a word)? Maybe….

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Day 3: Best wardrobe

I love how the Queens dress in sageuks and so I can’t pick which one I liked best – and this one was a year of segueks. So I have my choice of WORST fashion in a drama!

Male lead of Run On 🤣

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I have realised why I wasn’t enjoying Red Sleeve as much like the rest of you after watching ep 7! The employee-employer relationship! He has too much power over her! There! I found my missing link.

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    Interesting observation – and probably one of the reasons I’m not into sageuks.

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    I share your concern even if I have enjoyed some aspects of the show. Episode 7 was very problematic and you re absolutely right.

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    Sadly, that’s what Confucian Joseon’s social order was like.
    Traditional sageuks are brutal, and maybe it’s best not to watch them with a modern mindset.

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      This is not my first seguek and I don’t recall watching one between a ruler and household help. Two extremes. One with absolute power and the other with none.

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FL that I’ll never forget (2021)

The man that needs no introduction!

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The FL I’ll never forget would be this wonderful lady! No one has played a Royal with so much grace and poise as Kwok Yuri! Gorgeous!

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