Beanie level: Loan shark with a heart of gold

Is it only me, or do you also have the feeling ISW’s stylist got fired on episode 10 and now uri SeonGyeom wears “normal” clothes?

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I was anticipating such a terrible ending for Awaken (well I anticipated the whole drama went downhill from the beginning, tbh) that I actually liked how it ended!

Don’t get me wrong: the drama is full of tropes (all you can imagine) and plot holes the size of the Moon, but if you are a devoted follower of NGM, you will definitely enjoy it.

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    Same here! I just finished watching the last episode a little while ago and I agree it wasn’t terrible! NGM was really good in those last minutes of the show.

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      He was good all over the drama, and the ending made perfect sense to me.

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    I just watched the first 2 eps and it was ok but I also see dissatisfactions posts regarding this drama floating around. so now I dont know whether to proceed or not
    lol

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      Don’t expect the drama to be something special, because it’s not. But I enjoyed every episode, not that I wanted to FF or something. But beware that there are lots of things that don’t ever get explained, and that is probably its main failure: the story goes on and leaves behind questions unanswered. But it’s a fun ride. I only can recommend it if you like NGM and you just want to have a good time watching something easy.

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    Thanks. I am about to watch episode 16 now and yes I am and continue to be a NGM fan.

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      Chingu!

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        Yes. Like you Eazal I enjoyed the ending and NGM’s performance.
        I don’t know about you but over the last couple of episodes NGM’s character Jung-woo started to remind me of his character in DOCTOR PRISONER. In DP he played an ant-hero which is not the case here but there was something about both characters trying to bring resolution to their trauma that struck me.

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          I haven’t watched DP, but… guess which drama I will begin during the weekend because I need a weekly dose of NGM?
          I will let you know what I think about it!

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            You are in for a treat. The writing and acting was superb. The drama settled in to become like a tennis match going back and forth between NGM and his nemesis played beautifully by Kim Byung-chul.

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    Unfortunatly I dropped it at episode 13

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      It’s only three episodes left… c’mon… for the bean!

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I feel your pain. I feel your pain.

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SG: Yesterday I watched Jerry Maguire.
MJ: Was it fun?
SG: No it wasn’t.
MJ: I see.
SG: But it made me feel warm inside.I thought about why, and it was because that’s how I felt when you described it to me.
MJ: How was the movie?
SG: The male lead couldn’t seem to stand his failures in life. He ended up hurting the only person who stayed by his side. And he realized that person’s value once it was too late. But it kind of reminded me of myself. I was scared that things might end between us the closer we got. Your affection for me gives me meaning and value. But I wasn’t sure if you had feelings for me the same way I do for you. I wonder if you also want to hold my hand, hug me, and kiss me. I wasn’t quite sure of that. Because I do. Please, don’t hate me.
MJ: You’re changing from subject to subject.
SG: Did I? I’m sorry.

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    SeonGyeom is true to what he told his dad: “Unwanted love it’s the same as violence”. That’s why he says he asks MiJoo not to hate him, just in case she doesn’t feel the same way as he does.
    This is probably the best and warmest confession I’ve seen in dramaland.
    Oh, these two are getting so close to SeRa and Gong!

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    Thanks @eazal. This is a great example of the quality of writing we are getting in RUN ON. None of the usual sites as any info on Writer Park Shi-hyun. Kudos to writer-nim Park!

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I\’ve finished Six Flying Dragons!!!
I guess now I have to go with Tree with deep roots 🧐

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    So SFD first and then TWDR. Got it, they have been on my watch list forever.

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      Well that’s chronologically correct, but TWDR was released before SFD, so no specific order to watch.

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    @Eazal,
    I will probably never get to SFD.
    Join the party. I started TREE WITH DEEP ROOTS (Viki-US) last month and I am up to episode 11. I have been taking it a little slow and reading HeadsNo2’s excellent recaps as I go along.
    The source material is a novel so doing side research on history has not been an issue for me. Great cast and I was very impressed by Song Joong-k’s performance as young King Sejong in the early episodes.

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    Well done! I have to find somewhere new to watch it (it’s not on Netflix here now or on Viki in my region – I may just have to embrace the power of a VPN)

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      It’s on YouTube, on SBS World. I think there’s almost 20 different subtitles including English.

      It’s titled: Roots of the Throne

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      I hope you can finish soon. The middle episodes almost lost me, but the last 15 episodes I binge watched in 3 days, now I kind of miss it…

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        I’ll have to try to get myself back into one episode to get past the heavy philosophy.

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    I’m also watching 6FD, I’m still halfway through. I started watching it again after seeing you post about it. Alter 16 ep my brain just decided it was time to stop, like this is supposed to end now.

    I tried TWDR earlier last year & couldn’t get into it. (I’m not a sageuk person) But I loved 6FD. Hopefully you’ll also love TWDR. Have fun watching!

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      I think that from episode 22 more or less to 36 you just have to force yourself to watch. It is exhausting, all the discussions, all the politics and philosophy… it drained my brain.
      And Viki subs are really bad in this one (I ofter had to change the Spanish subs to English and even so I knew they were wrong), but I really liked it. Although I don’t think I’ll ever rewatch: too exhausting, too long, too much.
      I’m not a sageuk person either, so I can’t believe I finished this specially considering I don’t like long dramas. TWDR is only 24 episodes. Piece of cake!

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        I started ep 30 today, it’s good to know it gets easier. On one hand I want to skip all their talks, on the other hand I’m scared I won’t understand anything…
        The YT subs are OK thankfully. Yeah same I don’t rewatch anything actually, just the scenes that I like an embarrassing amount of time until I know them by heart

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    Yay! 🙂

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I know that in many countries Christmas is over. Not in Spain, though. In fact, the most important day of Christmas is about to come.

Tonight it the Twelfth Night or Noche de Reyes meaning that the Three Wise Men or Reyes Magos are arriving to Bethlehem to worship the new born Jesus after following the star for weeks.

In Spain, children are brought presents by the Reyes Magos mainly and not Father Christmas (although in the past 20 years he’s gained popularity, when I was a kid I never received presents on Christmas day). The face the biggest Christmas Parades and the Magi sent their pages all over the country to collect all the letters from the special mailboxes you can find on every single Town Hall, every post office and even on the streets. And tonight every single child and adult would leave their clean shoes by the window so their favorite king (mine is Melchior) would leave your presents as you’ve been a good beanie. In exchange you leave some milk for your king and biscuits or carrots for their camels.

On Epiphany or Día de Reyes you must share with your loved ones the typical Roscón de Reyes (a sweet cake) which hides a present inside. The one who finds the present, can be the king for a day.

There is not a single day in the year I love more than Reyes. I’m already exited and nervous because they are almost here!!

¡¡Feliz Noche de Reyes!!

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    Awwww.. that sounds so exciting and delightful. I hope you enjoy the day! 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰

    Meanwhile, in my country the second lock down was announced for some provinces yesterday. 😥 Shops are now close at 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. in the morning and all schools and universities are close at least until the end of this month and they are to teach students using online platforms.

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      @mmmmm I’m sorry to hear that.

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        Thank you @sirena 😊 Let’s hope that the situation is getting better, and the better days are ahead of us.

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      Well, I’m pretty sure things will be complicated here as well from next week on. As I said, Christmas finishes tomorrow and we’ve been allowed to travel and families to reunite (I hadn’t seen my sister since late September, for instance), so I think next week and the following weeks there will be an increase of cases and much more strict measures will need to be taken.

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    In the PH too. We greet each other Happy Three Kings!

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      Likewise!
      So nice some traditions still bond Spain and Philippines ❤️

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    Enjoy your festivities! That present in a cake sounds like my kinda thing but i wonder what sort of stuff u put in?

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      Just a small thing, it may be a little toy (like a thumb big). In old times it was a bean, in fact!

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    This tradition sounds wonderful!

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      It’s my favorite day of the year! Much more than my birthday!

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    Actually for Orthodox Christians it’s the real Christmas on the sixth of January so in my country some families are celebrating double New Year and double Christmas 😉

    It was pope Gregory who adapted the current Christmas date to other religions in Europe and their festive dates, he was really clever in this way, because the people were starting to mix it together and they’d converted to Christianism more easily.

    In France there is Galette de Roi made from puff pastry and almond filling , similar to Spain with a fève and paper crown for the one who finds it in his piece of cake. My older son is cheating all the time to be the king.

    In my country there were kids and young guys wearing big paper crowns and going by three from house to house bringing the happy news of Jesus being born and singing beautiful carols while getting some little gifts from people. Poor folks could make some liitle money for their families but that’s not the case anymore like the snow at this time of the year. When they were leaving the house they marked their initials and the current year on the doors in a white chalk – G+M+B 2021.

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      Thanks so much for sharing your country’s tradition. I love it!

      The Adoration of the Three Wise Men is so important in Spain that even the oldest piece of theatre that’s preserved in Spanish (not in Latin) it’s called Auto de los Reyes Magos from the 13th century.

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      @kerouregan Thank you for sharing this beautiful tradition with us 🙂

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    Adults too??? My family used to give gifts on Epiphany so we would concentrate on Christmas better… but I grew up and didn’t qualify anymore. Maybe I should leave my shoes out today. 😀

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      Do it!!! Kings are magic, they are Magi!! You only have to believe.

      And yes, everybody gets their presents on Epiphany. In fact Christmas presents are usually called “Reyes”, as in “My Reyes were a couple of books, a dress and a new cell phone”.

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    Wow, thank you for sharing your traditions! It’s been fun reading about them! My parents have always told us about El Dia De Reyes but never really explained what it was about, I’m not sure they know and only see it as a tradition. When they were young they would put out their shoes at night and wake up to them with a small present, but they never did that with us. Here in the States, they would buy us Roscas, but here the roscas have little baby figurines, of baby Jesus I suppose. Whoever gets the baby in their piece of Rosca has to make tamales for February 2nd, el dia de la candelaria, so everyone wishes to avoid it. Did we ever make tamales on February 2nd, no actually. To be honest, my parents just did as they heard, but never knew what they were celebrating l, therefore, I don’t know much either, so I don’t know either. All I know is that Roscas taste good😊

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When locations are amortized.

Photos 1-2: Detective Kang’s house in The Good Detective .

Photos 3: Mun’s house in The Uncanny Counter

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I just came across this and I think it’s so nice I wanted to share here. Happy 2021, beanies!!

Seven Rules of Life:

1- Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
2- What other think of you is none of your business.
3- Time heals almost everything, give it time.
4- Don’t compare your life with others and don’t judge them. You have no idea what their journey is about.
5- Stop thinking too much, it’s alright not to know the answers. They will come to you when you least expect them.
6- No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
7- Smile. You don’t own the problems in the world.

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    Nice set.

    #1 is something my mentor always liked to say – referring to the Sanskrit word “santosha”, meaning “contentment – make peace and be contented with what you have and where you’re at. It’ll all be much easier then.

    #5 made me think of Hikaru no Go and the Divine Move. 😀

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      I’m a firmly believer of #6. I define myself as “I choose to be happy”. It’s a hard task sometimes, but someone has to do it. You usually don’t get to choose the bad things that can happen in your life, but you choose the way you react to them. It is also related with what your mentor likes to say. Santosha. I already like the word.

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        So true! I also feel that happiness needs to be actively achieved in some circumstances, which translates into removing toxicity and everything else that causes the opposite of happiness from your life (whether in the form of relationships or thoughts). Maybe that’s also why I like watching dramas with happy endings 🙂

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    Thank you eazal, perfect thoughts to keep in mind for the new year.

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Happy New Year, dear beanies! Thanks so much for being here during this strange year.
¡Feliz Año Nuevo! 🎊🎈🎆

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It’s December 31st today. Last day of this strange year. Today I will be having dinner with my dad and sisters, as restrictions have been lifted so my dad and I can travel to where she lives (my hometown is on lockdown and I can’t go outside the borders of the city, which sometimes makes me think I’m in some apocalyptic tv show…).

I want to share with you all the Spanish tradition for this day, and it is the Twelve Grapes / Doce uvas / Uvas de la suerte. What is this? This tradition consists of eating a grape with each clock bell strike at midnight of December 31 to welcome the New Year. So in every single home in Spain, by 11:55 everyone gathers before TV so we watch it together and eat the grapes. Most TV networks broadcast from Puerta del Sol in Madrid where this tradition got started.

You may wonder how this tradition began. Well it goes back to 1895 but became “officially” established in 1909. In December of that year, some vine growers popularized this custom to better sell huge numbers of grapes from an excellent harvest. Very mundane, don’t you think? Yet the tradition has survived to our days!!

And what happens if you don’t like grapes, like myself? Well, you then take 12 of other things: I’ve done olives, lacasitos (which are Spanish M&M), tiny potatoes (I know, crazy!), peanuts… Now I’m more sophisticated and I have 12 sips of champagne. Always stylish!

Is there any special tradition in your corner of the world?

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#2020RoundUp

I’ve always thought, right or wrong but driven only by own personal experience, that siblings relate to each other the way their family does: when a child knows that he/she’s loved and there’s nothing wrong about showing that love to others, it will be easier to that child to create bonds in terms of love. So this year I payed special attention to dramas in which sibling’s relations were a main part of the plot, maybe because this year I wasn’t able to see my sister as much as a I wanted.

Cold winter brought me the warm Im family in I’ll find you on a beautiful day. They openly laughed, hug, respected and talked to each other. This family was fierce defending and caring for their own, siblings relation being probably the most honest one. It may look like sassy and confident Hwi was always taking advantage from stoic and shy EunSeob, but I never felt that way. One of the best moments in the drama, if not the best (as I’ve already written in this round up), takes place when EunSeob carelessly changes the saddle in Hwi’s bike, and we see her going through all possible emotions a human can have to finally burst into one of the most heartfelt confessions in dramaland: Hwi, who had already lost his brother once and is so scared of losing him again, yells “I’ve liked you since I open my eyes and saw the world because you were my brother!”. And she explains it all. That’s what maknaes feel towards their older siblings.

Winter also brought another warm family bonded by love and not blood. Love with flaws was a drama with many, many flaws, but Joo siblings, WonJae, WonSuk, SeoYeon and SeoJoon had to build a new life when they lost their parents, and difficulties made them even more united: the way they protected, sacrificed so many things, teased and cared for each other was unique. I loved how the four of them would seat around the table and talk about what was going on in their family and worked together to find a solution, and even how every one would hide whatever they knew would hurt the others, just to be the strong one that has their backs.

Yet, communication is not always easy. As I said before, just loving is not enough: the ones you love must feel they are loved.

Communication problems, were surely a thing for the Kims in My Unfamiliar Family. Summer brought us this drama, which was a perfect example of what I said before: children mirror their parents behaviour. You get what you give and give what you get. And communication was an issue in that family: no talks, secrets, hidden pain and so many emotions repressed. EunJoo wanted to escape from a suffocating house where she believed all her effort was taken for granted without even thanking her, EunHee played the playful middle sister that wouldn’t get into any problem even escaping from the pain she could have caused, and JiWon would just be the spoiled maknae that thinks his actions don’t have any consequences. They were three islands that wouldn’t build bridges to reach each other, and when they did, crossing those bridges was tough. They were adults learning to trust each other, with a very biased opinion on how (little) reliable their siblings were. Watching them learning that family is not only about sharing meals and a roof, but about trusting each other, loving and accepting being loved was the highlight of the drama.

But the Kims were not alone. When talking about communications Lees didn’t do much better. And for much longer, although maybe it was not that much in gumiho’s years. In Tale of the Nine Tailed Lee Yeon and Lee Rang spent 600 years not telling each other how they felt: being the most precious thing to each other. Their love was the real true love of the drama.

And there are different levels of (lack of) communication when one of the siblings firmly believes it’s his/her duty to protect the other one. In It’s Okay not to be Okay Moon brothers had a lovely relation that almost drained Gang Tae of all his energy, bringing the question of how much a person can give away in order to take care of someone who depends on you. When does love end and begin the burden? How selfish are you allowed to be? If you want to relieve that weight on your shoulders, are you running away? Will guilt let you live a happy life? Is that treason? It’s not only love that matters here, but trust. Gang Tae had to admit Sang Tae could learn to fly and occasionally fall down, and that by doing so he was freeing both of them. The same way SeungSoo had to let YoungSoo choose his own path in Hot Stove League, or HyunSoo had to asume HaeSoo would finally take responsibility of her actions so she could be free at last in Flower of Evil, exactly the same way MyungJYeo and MyungJoo did in I’ll find you on a beautiful day.

2020 brought us many other siblings: the donsaeng who left a void that nothing could fill, leaving the hyung behind just surviving until he found a healing love, like GongMyung did in Memorials by having the amazing SeRa and the crazy Goo family by his side; the sisters that were kept in the middle of adults war who messed in their relationship (as the selfish adults they were) parting InJae from DalMi in StartUp, making them walk a long and winding road until they find each other back for good; the supportive oppa DoChang had always been, helping his donsaeng get rid of an addiction and get her son and her life back in The Good detective.

Bothers and sisters. Oppas, Hyungs, Unnies, Noonas. Siblings. Sometimes we wished they were never there, but then when they’re not, we miss them.

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    If you dont mind, whats the episode for the scene you mentioned in I’ll Find You…

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    I love your study of sibling relationships in all these dramas. I only watched I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day, My Unfamiliar Family and IOTNBO our of those you listed, but MUF in particular led me to reflect about birth order. I am a maknae myself (with a big age gap between me and my older siblings), and even as adults, it’s hard for us siblings to break out of those roles and old patterns. We have moments where we’re able to relate to each other on a level that transcends our roles within our family, and when that happens more and more, it feels like a deeper kind of love. I think we started to transform around the realisation that our parents are growing older, and having to think about what’s best for them, even if we are separated geographically. I really do miss the days when we lived under the same roof because I look back on those times very fondly, even if there was lots of sibling conflict/ups-and-downs!🥰

    ¡Feliz Año Nuevo, Eazal!

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      I’m a maknae myself so I relate to the feeling!

      Happy 2021 to you!

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Blame it on @mindy and @purplesheesh for posting about Into the Ring.
I melt with them together. It’s impossible an OTP is more adorable.
I love them to infinity and beyond.

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I\’ve barely survived December the 30th in the office but I have.
The year is over. Today was quite a battle, didn\’t eat anything and I\’m exhausted.
But, this beanie is now home, has one week of holidays and is about to watch episode 5 of Run on while eating a very much deserved piece of lemon pie 😎

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Now, I feel like a celebrity. I’ve been trolled by an anti-fan in the Lovestruck in the city thread. I’m half annoyed half proud of being hatable by a troll, would be prouder if comments made sense.

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    Not liking the trolling, but understand the feeling!

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    You’ve made it to the big league, Eazal! All we need next is a gossip thread on soompi 😉

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      🤣🤣🤣🤣

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      Oh, and which of my rabbit holes would be the origin of the gossip? I’m really intrigued about that 🤔

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    Protect Eazal mode on! (*runs to the recap)

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      Better ignore trolls, but I also feel my fans protecting me 😊😊😊

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        Yikes, that’s a real antifan! Totally unprompted, they named you in two comments! You’re right, it’s better not to feed the troll and – just between us – those comments look like they’re going through something, and I don’t like to make fun of people who are struggling.
        Anyway, I’m curious to find out what comment of yours could provoke such ire, you’re always so good-natured 🤔🥰

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          I think it was in the 365 thread were I said I didn’t like Nam Ji Huyn. It’s not an actress I’m fond of and I think I said that she was the part I liked the least.
          I got some rude comments back there and I apologised, although I hadn’t thought I was being rude. After all I was only saying I don’t like her.
          But then, she’s not in the drama and I only said I like the pretty boy and the comment itself is quite agressive… and the mention to the porn? Because two adults have sex after knowing each other for a week or so? Well… I think someone needs to visit the real world, and anyway I don’t know what’s the relation with porn, the actress and me, sincerely.

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            I had one follow me onto the fanwall. I wish drama beans was better at moderating.

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            @ndlessjoie 😱😱😱
            I hope it doesn’t follow here.
            Really I don’t know why trolls troll like this.
            I’m really sorry, fellow bean celebrity with anti-fans.

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          Yeah, it’s weird and kind of aggressive. That why it feels like the writer is going through something. On the porn thing, I guess you can find people with all kinds of sensibilities online, but classifying whatever kdrama as porn feels a bit… mmm, how to put it? …Naive?

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    So that troll was really referring to you! Congratulations on being trolled (?) xD

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    💐 to you for finding the humor in it and shaking it off!

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      You have to laugh at someone who gets this offended by any comment on a fictional character of a fictional story on a fictional show. That poor troll, the day reality hits it…

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    I was so amused that this person remembered your name and all lol

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    I saw that comment and I was really mad at first, like really. I tried to think of something mean but looked polite to say to them, but then I just stopped; some Beanies had prior to this suggested me on one of my fan wall posts that the best way to deal with these … is to ignore them. And I believe egads told me that I gotta find humor in it because there was absolutely no rationale in their comments.

    I truly hope you can find it humorous though I sincerely think that they truly deserve a very phenomenal kimchi slap. 😩

    😎

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      Yay to kimchi slap!!! That’s why I’m writing here to share my frustration with beanies in the wall.
      Trolls only do this to make you react and they feed on bad comments. Ignoring them is the best thing we could do.
      It’s just that his two comments are so direct and full of hate, I can’t imagine what could have been so offensive for such a visceral reaction.

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        Nothing, I can assure you. To me it feels like you are just their random target (I think you are SO polite.) 🥺 They just needed to vent their frustration onto someone and that just isn’t fair. I actually was thinking about how people should be able to sue some hateful comments on the Internet because they can definitely cause mental distress to others.

        *hug tightly*

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          *hugs back*

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            If you ever need to look at something so cheerful and adorable, you can always come to my fan wall; there are a lot of nice photos of Baby Kim Seon-ho in it and trust me he looks oh so adorable in everything. 🥰😍

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    Yikes! Just took a look, what the heck is that?! I admire your not-feeding-the-troll restraint – but Protect Mode on for sure.

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      You learn not to deal with a troll after you deal with a troll and learn it’s impossible to talk to a troll, because if you’ve read any fantasy book you know that trolls have a very small brain.
      And I’m too old and tired and have lots of better thing to do than to teach a troll manners.
      Besides, trolling it here it’s much funnier.

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Did anyone else realized the parallelism between these two photos.
Not watching any of these dramas, btw.

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    Haha I did.
    One is a dance, I’m guessing in the other she fell down still they look quite similar.

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      I noticed it too! Yep, she fell down (she trips at least once every episode 🤣)

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#2020RoundUp.

I wish LGTB characters had more space in dramaland. I’m not talking about BL dramas (there have been some web dramas many beanies have praised here, but it’s not a genre I’m into), but about LGBT characters, although this 2020 gave us some interesting opportunities.

Joo Won Seuk, wonderfully portrayed by Cha In Ha in Love with flaws was a nice surprise. He was openly gay, worked in a gay bar, would never hide his affairs, and was much loved by his siblings who didn’t care about his orientation. His self confidence and his attitude came precisely from the support and love he received from his family. In a most heartbreaking flashback scene, we are shown how Won Seuk had tried to commit suicide and is recovering in the hospital. As he apologizes to his dad, he just tells his son how much he loves him with these words “I prefer if he is more talkative than you. I’m talking about the guy you will introduce to me one day”. What a sweet declaration of love from a dad to a son in despair. No matter how much you think you are wrong, you are not, and I love you and will always have your back. There was nothing to be sorry about being gay. The only thing he should be sorry about was trying to take his own life and stop being his precious son. The scene was even more heartbreaking considering Cha In Ha had left us too soon.

On the opposite side we had TaeHyeong (Kim Tae Hoon) in My Unfamiliar Family. As someone who never received support and real love from his family, his actions could never be filled with love and support. As much as I can understand his situation and what he was going through, I hated the way he treated EunJoo. If only he had been honest to her, so much suffering could have been prevented. But TaeHyeng is just the reflect of a very traditional society in which being different is not acceptable. We never saw his father but her mother was really despicable, as someone to whom only position matters, who would never care about her son’s feelings and pain, because he just had to be perfect and even when she knew he had his “flaws” the way she said he would always come back and do the right thing was so infuriating! I just wanted EunJoo to punch her in the face and then drain all her money out of her, because that’s the only thing she cared about. It was infuriating, but also a slap in the face: only if you have the full support from family and society you can be happy. Live and let live should be a motto to everyone.

And in the middle of these two situations: the total acceptance and self confidence in WonSeuk and the denialism in TaeHyeong we had Kang GunWoo in Dinner Mate. Not that we learned much about his circumstances (I wish we did), but he was also open and direct about his orientation (and about his crush on HaeKyung… who could blame him?) and anyone beanie who’s ever read my posts knows that he’s the one who delivers my favourite quote on dramaland ever so he has a special place in my heart. Also, he openly talked about his family not wanting him because he decided to act openly as the person he was, not trying to hide or to adjust to other\’s standards. His family not having his back for him was painful, but he had the fully support of his friends: from the 2N Box Staff to HaeKyung and most important of all, Son NaEun. Their relation would have been lovely and nice to see if any other actress had been casted and actually acted.

I hope 2021 can bring us some more diverse characters and I wish I could watch a lesbian relation on a kdrama, because I firmly believe that tv shows help normalize what should be normal. So far I can only recall a WL story (and it was more hinted than anything) between MaRoo and her roommate in Matrimonial Chaos.

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    Give me the lesbians!!!!

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    I don’t know if I am the one that thought so… it seems to me that in Oh my baby they hinted to a relationship between two men: the photographer and Ha-ri’s collague. In one scene in particular, it seems that they talk to one another on the phone about their daughter and the expense for her studies.
    Instead, at the end, they are shown as friends that eat together and talk about their respective families…

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    Tae Hyeong!! That was very layered characterization in an outstanding show, and I loved how they tackled the issues, instead of caricaturing it or sweeping it under the carpet.

    I do also agree about the lesbians! I haven’t watched Matrimonial Chaos yet, you’ve got me curious now.

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      You haven’t watched Matrimonial Chaos? You???
      Go watch, Pickle!!
      😑

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    Great post Eazal! There was also Itaewon Class that showed a transgender character and the beginning of a romance with her friend in the crew. There was a lesbian relationship hinted in SF8 Joan’s Galaxy.. great chemistry between Kim Bo-ra and Choi Sung-eun.

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      Thanks!
      I haven’t seen Itaewon class or SF8 (this one I’m waiting it can be available on a legal site in my zone 😢). Now si have another reason to watch!

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#2020RoundUp.

Sometimes you watch a drama and feel an immediate connection to one character. It doesn’t have to be the lead, or even one of the main characters. You just feel the connection, like the sparkles you feel when you meet someone for the first time and you know you like that person (and it’s not necessarily in a romantic way).

For me this year that character would be Jang Geu-Rae in Misaeng but that is not a 2020 drama. Even so, I don’t think I would ever have such a strong reaction for a character in my life. I just wanted to protect him and fight for him in every possible way. I would fight monsters for him. Yes, that’s how I felt about him.

If I have to chose a character from a 2020 show, there would be some candidates as Thomas in Missing: The other side, Joo Won Suk and Kim Mi Kyung in Love with flaws or Kim Ji Woo in My Unfamiliar Family. I loved all these characters and enjoyed every single minute they were on screen in their dramas. But above them, the one I felt that special connection was Seo Dan in Crash landing on you. From the very first minute I saw her, I liked her, and as episodes went by, I grew to love her. She was an intelligent, sensitive and witty woman, she was never harsh, or malicious. She just thought she was in love with a man she hardly knew (who could blame her if the guy is Mr. Ri?) and realized she wasn’t and learned to embrace her more sassy side as she spend time with Seung Jung. I could only understand her and support her in every decision she made, whether it was a good one or a bad one. And at the end of the drama I wished I was the supportive friend to hold her hand to gave her some comfort, just listening or being by her side in silence, like friends do.

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    What a beautiful post, Eazal!

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      Thanks! There are certain characters in drama that warm your heart up. I just wanted to talk about them.

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    I really liked Seo Dan and her mom! Crash Landing On You definitely had some good characters!!

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      Mum was just one of my favourite characters of this year!

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      Completely agree. I really liked that they were never made to be villains – just people who also had something they wanted, who were able to examine that, and then adjust course as they understood/realized more about their situations. I was happy that Dan kept playing her music and genuinely wanted her to be happy.

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Another version of my favourite quote by GunWoo in Dinner mate: “Unrequited love is not love, is violence”.

And now SeonGyeom in Run on.

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#2020RoundUp.

When watching dramas we all know we are going to get our dose of tropes. Not that western shows don’t have them, because they do (specially in police shows: when escaping from a car people will run in front of it, instead of going on the sidewalks, or they would escape upstairs, because everybody knows that when you reach the rooftop there’s a way out…). Anyway, tropes are always there and we are willing to see how they develop or roll our eyes as we sigh because we’ve seen this a thousand times. There are big tropes (childhood connection, childhood trauma, fated love, first love, amnesia, contract relationship, noble idiocy, cohabitation, police/prosecution/politcs corruption, evil CEO, cold ML, candy FL, unrequited love…), and minor ones we all think a drama isn’t a drama without (piggyback ride, shoulder nap, first kiss, mum packing food, leads passing by each other without realizing the other, foot shoots).

This year we had all of them. Some shows dealt with them better than others, sure, but two shows that lead with them the best way possible were Kairos and Mystic Pop Up Bar. In both of them we have lots of tropes, but they are not just plot devices, a big Macguffin placed there to make an advance that otherwise we wouldn’t have. In both the shows writer-nim uses what he/she has in his/her advantage and makes a perfect movement, making the trope part of the story and not the other way round. Like when we know all the way in MPUB who the Prince really is but the show keeps doesn’t fool us or throw red herrings to us, but just show us all the details and the options like saying: think what you want but you’ve always had all the information and it’s up to you only. Or in Kairos how we meet the cold aggressive ML and the good hearted and a bit naive FL who little by little and by their interactions and the tragedies that shake them realize there’s another way, you can trust others and that will make you stronger.

And also a special mention to The Good Detective in which one of the leads, Oh JiHyeok (wonderfully acted by Jang Seung Jo) had a childhood trauma. Throughout the show you kind of expect him to suddenly remember the face of the man who assaulted and killed his father. He witnessed it, but could never recognize his face, even if every body told him it was that man. JiHyeok barely can live with the burden of not remembering the face of his father’s murderer (the insomnia, the obsession over his cousin, the abandoned child syndrome). It was an evident trope we were all hoping was related to the case, but it wasn’t: it just explained his personality, how close he felt to EunHye, and how he could help her, but nothing was miraculously solved and he was healed by a sudden revelation, but by helping EunHye he helps himself and can start healing.

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And I slowly keep watching Six Flying Dragons.

I’m not a Christmas person, but more a Mr. Scrooge person, you know. But I am a VERY Muppet person, so I wanted to share this with you all to send you my best wishes for this season. Whether you are Christian or not and this days have some deep meaning to some, the Winter Solstice (in this part of the world) always brings me some peace as days are finally getting longer. As the ancient romans used to say, long live Sol Invictus.

And after all whenever you find love if feels like Christmas.

And after all whenever you find love if feels like Christmas.

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    This year sure is one of the least Christmas-sy ever… Thanks for this little Muppet snippet of joy! 💚
    And happy Solstice to you too, may 2021 bring brightness to us all! 🌞

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    Happy this-time-of-year, from another not-a-Christmas-person!☃️😊 ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!🌱

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    @Eazal I want to wish you and your family the happiest of holidays and a prosperous and blessed new year!

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    As the days turn brighter, so may the year ahead be for you! Wishing you a happy solstice and all the best for the days ahead.

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