Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

I got a little too obsessed with the Percy Jackson universe books these days, so I tried to use social media for like a week, and you know what? I almost died (dramatic much). I think Dramabeans is the only place on the internet that I genuinely like.

Even if I’m not watching kdramas these days, I really appreciate you beanies. I always will. Thank for being the best people online. This site can’t be perfect, because we’re not. But I can feel everyone here trying their best to keep it safe and warm. Thank you for that.

Love, February

Miss you, my friends. Read you soon (or maybe not because I’m on book eight of, like… twenty? Anyway, sadly for you, I’ll be back with my stupidity one day!).

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I just need to get some thoughts out of my system, please ignore me.

First suicide victims are jerks and we should just laugh at them, then women can’t live without men, and now child abuse is cute and necessary?

Like WTF is going on with kdramaland these days? It’s 2024, right?

I know kdramas aren’t rainbows and sunsets. There’s a lot of tropes that I wonder why do they still exist, but this is just horrible.

I clicked for some comedy and action and family drama, Moving or The Kidnapping Day style, I didn’t click for The Good Bad Mother’s spin off: The Good Bad Uncle. Ugh. This show completely ruined my mood.

Whatever.

#AShopForMoodKillers2

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Usually, the more I think of a show, the worse it gets. I can end up hating a show I liked after a few days of brain work.
But this time it’s the opposite.

I don’t know if I’m trying to convince myself it was a fitting ending for the show, or if I’m genuinely understanding it and accepting it, or if I’m just too tired because I haven’t slept and my brain doesn’t make sense; but I’m starting to find peace with Tell Me That You Love Me’s finale.

That’s crazy. I usually just get more and more angry every time I think of the show (do I have anger issues?), because I feel hurt and disappointed (sometimes even offended). This time, every minute I feel more calm.
Maybe I just loved this show too much…

I feel like I’m ready to say goodbye to it. I did love you, TMTYLM. And I think I always will.

*Falls asleep, wakes up and regrets everything*

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    Then don’t fall asleep. 😂

    Tbh, I am just like you. I don’t know the essay I posted above makes sense or not for others, but somehow I think I can understand the narrative of the story? In any case, I think your post reaffirms by feeling that this show is like an art piece, there can be so many interpretations for it or for any scenes. Tbh, I still am not sure if I got certain scenes correctly. But who cares! It might as well be a beautiful chaos, or a confusing love story, but I think all of us watchers have some thoughts on it. I think that’s good enough.

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I love little scenes like this one. Just characters having their picture taken. A couple, a family, a group of friends, it doesn\’t matter.

You know their stories, you know why they are there, you know if those smiles are fake, you know everything about them. But somehow, nothing of that matters when you see the picture. When it\’s just the picture you see what you want to see. You choose what to remember. What was taken wasn\’t only a picture, it was a feeling. What you feel for those characters. How you want to remember them.

#UnpredictableFamily

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    “What was taken wasn\’t only a picture, it was a feeling.” – such a beautiful sentiment.
    You comment is “picture perfect”. 🤣

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Can’t we just have this pic for every WWW post from now on? 😆

I know it’s a dumb request but this kid’s too cute! His adorable face makes me smile everytime I open DB. He’s like positive energy personified!

#WWW?We’reWatchingBaekDuBeingCute

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Half of the time I don\’t care if I miss a few subtitles while watching sageuks because I feel like half of what the characters say is a lie.
The vibe or atmosphere and what the characters are saying doesn\’t match. They are always pretending or just talking in code.

40min and I feel like there was only one conversation that didn\’t have a lie or \”hidden meaning\”. 😂

#KnightFlower

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    Lololol this is hilarious. So true. The subterfuge of the Sageuk

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      The real conversations are between facial expressions, body language and the mood in the room. 😆

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        Right? I actually don’t like a lot of Sageuks just because I lose steam when there’s too many scenes of old men with wispy beards plotting to put someone else on the throne. I’m a bit picky with my plotting

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          That’s a bit of a tangent from the mood in the room and body language thing haha but you are totally right, it’s often more about the mood and the facial expressions than necessarily the exact words said. At least in the more court conspiracy central dramas

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            It’s like when a minister or wtv gives the king an “advice” but what they really mean is “you better do what I’m saying because let’s be honest, you have no real power, my family is the one in control. You better behave if you don’t want to die”.

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            Lol it told me I posted an inappropriate word in my comment? I must have had a typo.. I gave another situation of when they say “we have to help the people in a certain way!” But what they really mean is “I don’t like the crown prince, I will stop him from marrying and place people I like in power”

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While trying to organize my feelings and thoughts about Park\’s Marriage I felt a little bad, because I kept thinking of things that the show should\’ve done better/missed opportunities. I kept comparing this show with TW, etc; but then, someone started screaming (I was watching Sam Dal on the background), and I realized that Park\’s Marriage could\’ve been SO MUCH worse. And I came to the conclusion, that I probably don\’t care that much about plots. I think I care more about characters.

And Park\’s Marriage didn\’t have even one main character as bad as Sang Do, so I should just be thankful for that and take the show as a little victory for kdramaland. 😂

I hate this guy so much, why does he even exists??? He has zero relevance in this story!! I want to scream!

#SaveSamDalFromTheseMen11

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    Wow. It sounds like you had real mixed feelings about Park…not so much with Samdal-ri 😂

    I’ll be interested to hear your final thoughts on Park. I finished this morning as well, and while I’ve never been as big a fan of the show as you, I felt like maybe it did too much in some places and too little in others??? I’m excited to hear where you end up!

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    Exactly my learning… incidentally with respect to the drama in my post just below. 🤣 I appear to be the only Bean watching it and midway through episode decided to trust the show – My Happy Ending.

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    I can sort of sympathize:
    Whenever I read the synopsis of a drama before heading into it, I hope for the best in the plot, first and foremost, then the writing of the characters and their (possible) growth and development. If the latter (the plot) fails, then it is on the shoulders of the characters (a.k.a. The acting of the cast) to keep me sane and interested and invested. If or when both things fail, then I’m out. It took me a while, but I have come to realize that it is okay for me to drop stuff, especially when it doesn’t serve to make me curious, make me feel (especially feel sympathetic and/or empathetic with the characters), and make me think (sometimes, critically).

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      Characters have a stronger impact in the viewing experience than I thought.
      I literally was shocked at how ridiculous Sam Dal (show) was this week, but I’m still watching the show next week because of the two sisters and their stories. It’s not like the show respects this characters that much either, but I really care about them. Even if their stories are bad I’ll be there.

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        I agree! Characters definitely have more impact in a drama and the viewing experience than I think we realize and feel until something happens to them (or disappointedly not, like many flat supporting characters, but this also helps to create that stark contrast when something DOES happen to a bigger character and ALL the feels are released)

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    I think we can all agree that Sang-do’s character is a made-up mess, but (being at present in the middle of today’s episode) it is also a pain in the *ss to have parents that see him *so* little. Can a boy (okay man, but none of them seem to actually be more than in their early twenties) uhm … can a person be allowed to have a crush and be a bit pained and not be shouted andd screamed at by your parents that “YOU SHOULD GO ABOVE AND BEYOND AND INTERFERE SO THAT THE GIRL ENDS UP WITH THAT BOY!”
    I know us parents are oblivious at times, but still – they could take a step back the first time he said “leave me alone”, right?

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      The conversation wasn’t about Sang Do, tho. His parents just asked him to help “poor heartbroken Yong Pil”, and he reacted like that was the most annoying request of the world for “no reason” (not their fault they don’t know about his obsession with Sam Dal and inferiority complex). He literally acted like he couldn’t care less about his friends (which is super weird in general, but specially in this show because everyone is in everyone’s business all the time).

      So his parents, like good parents, were just telling him “be good to your friend Yong Pil, he has been a good friend to you. You should help him out because that’s what friends do”. Then he started throwing a tantrum about always giving his “things” to Yong Pil… Yikes.

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        Right. That’s the last thing I wanted them to so to his already poorly written character. I guess I’ll skip through his scenes from now on 😑

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I loved this show with all my heart. 🥺💚
I\’m gonna miss it.





#GoodbyePark

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Second lead syndrome detected!! And I like it!

I don\’t want Tae Min to end up with Yeon Woo, and I don\’t want him for me. But I like him. I want him to be happy.

I don\’t like him because he was \”nice to the FL\”, I just genuinely respect him as a person/character. He reminds me of NJ (awesome Second Female lead of Our Beloved Summer).

I guess SLS can feel good!
Maybe the only bad thing about this is that now I\’m gonna dislike even more all the other SMLs because I\’m gonna be comparing them to uri Tae Min (just imagine tabong watching Sam Dal after this, pfff).

Anyway, I\’m grateful this show didn\’t use Tae Min just as an obstacle. I\’m grateful he\’s whole personality wasn\’t Yeon Woo. I\’m grateful he wasn\’t there as anyone\’s shield. I\’m grateful his bad relationship with Tae Had had nothing to do with his feelings for Yeon Woo (his feelings for her kind of had the contrary effect in their relationship). And I really like that his connection to Yeon Woo was deeper than just liking her because she is \”the first decent human being I\’ve met\”. Oh, and of course, this scene to give him (and us) closure! Calling Tae Ha \”hyung\”, calling Yeon Woo \”sis in law\”… 🥺💚

Beanies, I love this character and his story so much even when tho he was just there, doing not much?? How did this show did that??? Idk but THANK YOU. I need more of this in kdramaland.


PS. I can\’t believe they missed the opportunity to play 2AM\’s \”Can\’t let you go even if I die\” when Tae Ha was telling Yeon Woo he didn\’t care if his heart stopped. HE LITERALLY SAID THE TITLE OF THE SONG.
Just saying, missed opportunity.

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Cute family moments!


#Park11

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Everyone needs a Baek Du in their lives. 🥺 He\’s the sweetest kid ever.

#SandFlowers5

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¡Feliz año, beanies! 💚 I\’m finally on the other side. Hahaha.

I hope all of you have a great 2024!
I had a \”boring\” 2023 and I loved it. I hope 2024 is the same. The only drama I like is the one I see on my TV! For a boring 2024, with not-boring Kdramas! 🥳✨

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BRU2023
DAY 30 & 31- tabong\’s wishes
Wish 1. The drama I hope it stays the same: Tell Me That You Love Me.

I hope this drama stays the same till the end. TMTYLM can be seen as the last drama of 2023, but it also is my first show of 2024. I want to start the year feeling great. I want to be hopeful about this new drama-year. I want to start the year with greatness not disappointment.

So PLEASE Tell Me That You Love Me, don\’t be one of those shows that make people regret all the love they gave you the previous year. Be humble till the end.

Same goes to you Unpredictable Family. Stay golden.

Wish 2. Changes I hope we get: drama trend.

I just want a simple year. Romance, comedy, and slice of life. That\’s all I ask, kdramaland. Please. Don\’t try to be too much, don\’t try to be \”special\”, don\’t try to be the best, just be YOU.

Remind me why I love you so much, kdramaland. Trust me, I\’m not trapped in this world because of the crimes you want me to solve.
It\’s the cuteness! The wholesomeness! The comfort! The love! Romance, friendship, family, life… All those types of love are the only thing I care about.

Watching characters grow, support each other or just do dumb stuff. That\’s my jam. I want to have fun! Let me have fun, kdramaland. Let me have fun.

Beanies, let\’s have great kdrama year. Fighting! 💚

#BeanieRoundUp2023

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BRU2023
DAY 29 – tabong\’s favorite ending (spoiler free): My Perfect Stranger.

This show knew its identity. This drama had a clear vision of what it wanted to say. And I think that\’s why this show had such a great ending.

My Perfect Stranger cared so much about saying goodbye, how you say goodbye. The ending gave us real closure.

I love that episode 16 was just an hour of saying goodbye to everyone, even more than once. The show gave the characters multiple chances. It left us with no regrets.

Just thinking of the first episode of this drama and then the last one, makes me want to cry.

PS. Isn\’t Jin Ki Joo\’s smile everything? I LOVE HER SMILE SO MUCH.

#BeanieRoundUp2023

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BRU2023
DAY 28 – Favorite choices: Moving.
Except for the ending (that I will forgive and forget when we get a season 2), I liked every single decision this show made. And I liked how refreshing most of those decisions were.

Every time something happened I would ask myself \”is it a good idea to…\” and then the show would respond \”YES\” without even letting me finish my sentence.
Making specific episodes about specific characters, separating everyone\’s POV; caring more about the individuals, their past, motivations, decisions, mistakes, than a \”main conflict\”. Just everything.

This could\’ve been just another \”people with superpowers\” story, this could\’ve been just another teen romcom, it could\’ve been just some big political statement, it could\’ve been \”just\” this or that. But every episode this show kept making the show to be more than \”just\”.

And not only the writing, but every other choice this show made left me satisfied. Cast, directing, score/soundtrack, editing, etc. I loved it. I loved how they played with everything. I love how this show created its own world, and not because of the \”superheroes\” moments, but because of the \”superpeople\”. Their real power was their humanity.

#BeanieRoundUp2023

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    So well expressed. Kang Full really took the drama a step above his webtoon. 👏

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      I wish more adaptations were like this.

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        Absolutely, I want original webtoon writers to either adapt the drama themselves like Kang Full or at least have creative control over the drama script. They need to have a clause in their contract so we don’t end up with 19th Life and The Dog Show type “adaptations” which have no relation to the original webtoon as have been meticulously listed by @vienibenmio on their fanwall.

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          Sometimes we have great webtoon adaptations like Yu Mi (season 1), Seasons of Blossom or Moving.

          I don’t know how involved were the OG writers of the other two shows, but the drama kept the original intention. They followed the story of the webtoons.

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            It’s weird because Lee Hye (the author of 19th Life and A Good Day to be a Dog) acted on social media like she was VERY involved, but then the dramas barely resemble her works. Maybe she’s very chill, or maybe she genuinely is okay with the changes (although I dunno how she could be, frankly).

            There are good webtoon adaptations, I agree – Perfect Marriage Revenge is a recent example.

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To all my time traveller beanies from the future: Happy new year!! I\’m still stuck in 2023, but I\’ll see you all there soon.

I wish all of you good health, lot\’s of love, joy and wealth. 😌💚

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BRU2023: DAY #27
Maybe I wouldn\’t mind a season 2…: Twinkling Watermelon.

✨🍉 didn\’t care that much about logic and story development, but it had great characters and I want more of them. I would like a spin off where we get to know Cheong Ha.
I want her story.

I want to know what happened to her mom, I want to know how did she got rid of her awful stepmom in the OG timeline. I want to know how she met Eun Gyeol\’s father. I want to see what she did to become independent when she didn\’t have no one by her side (in the OG timeline), and I want to know how did she find that beautiful smile and that peaceful aura she had in the present (2023).

We first met her as an adult, sweet and lovely. No one would\’ve imagine everything she went through in the past.
I want to see that journey, I want to know how she got there.

And I want to see her paint! And I want to know what she likes, what she hates, and I want an alternative timeline where she finds her mom!

If I\’m not asking too much… I also want to see Eun Ho\’s story. He\’s probably my favorite \”hyung\” of the year. He was so cool. Sadly, we don\’t know anything about him. Nothing.

So yeah, I wouldn\’t mind a second season of this show (even if it doesn\’t need it) if it means I get to see more of him and his mom… More of his dongsaeng and his dad wouldn\’t hurt either. I just love all the characters. 😆✨🥰

#BeanieRoundUp2023

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BRU2023: DAY #26
Favorite rewatch: Lie To Me (ft. Love Story in Harvard).

I love rewatching a show I don\’t remember. Sometimes it\’s sad because the fun memories of the past get erased by the uncomfortable of the new watch (Big, Personal Taste), but other times you get same sweet and warm feeling you remembered (LSIH).

Or even better, you didn\’t actually have strong feelings about the show and you didn\’t remember one thing about it. That makes the rewatch feel fresh, like it\’s the first time you\’re watching the drama and you enjoy every episode as a new adventure.

That happened to me with Lie To Me. I only rewatched it because of Yoon Eun Hye unnie, I didn\’t remember anything about it. But it ended up being such a nice romcom.

It made me miss the old times, it made me like a second lead (scandal!), it made me remember the iconic coca cola kiss, and it made me enjoy a simple, funny, and cute romcom that doesn\’t pretend to be anything more than that.

I really liked it, and I wish we got more shows like this one in the present. It isn\’t perfect, but that\’s not the point. It was enjoyable, fun, it stayed true to it\’s genre (no serial killers!), and it had a good couple.

On the other hand, Love Story in Harvard didn\’t feel like \”like the first time\” (in my family we\’ve rewatch this show way too many times to forget it), but it did bring all the right emotions back.

This one isn\’t the perfect kdrama either, but it\’s a show with a big heart (and a good couple). And it\’s also so unique. We always see in kdramas how characters talk about \”studying in the USA\” but we never see them doing it. LSIH actually did it, and they took that as an opportunity to talk about many important subjects (even if they always didn\’t do it in the \”correct\” way) that other kdramas don\’t even consider.

I can ignore all its flaws and the makjang of the second half, because I love what this show meant for me and my family in the past, and I love that it didn\’t felt like a completely different show in the rewatch. It has the same vibe I remember, the same warmth.

Honorable mentions:
Mr. Queen, IOTNBO, Oh My Ghostess.

#BeanieRoundUp2023

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BRU2023: DAY #25
2023 drama tabong needs to watch ASAP because everyone is talking about it and everyone loves it and FOMO got strong: Call It Pink.

It isn\’t a drama that I dropped or that I know I won\’t like, it\’s just a drama I haven\’t watched, so I feel fomo. It\’s like I\’m ignoring some big masterpiece (and I like masterpieces)! I feel bad for not watching this show when it aired. LOL

I hope it doesn\’t take me centuries to watch it, and I hope I like as much as everyone else.

Honorable mention:
One Day Off

#BeanieRoundUp2023

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BRU2023: DAY #23
Favorite dimples aka. favorite chaebol: Tae Ha.

Everytime he smiles I die a little.
Yeah, yesterday I was DEAD. This guy can\’t help but smile every single time he looks at his wife (and he looks at her a lot). Will I survive today? I hope… Not. 🙈

Honorable mentions:
Ji Woo – To My Star (this guy smiles only twice each season? lol That makes his dimples and smiles more precious). Ri Ta – Moon Day, Eun Sung – UF, Yoon Young – MPS.

#DimplesRule
#BeanieRoundUp2023

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