Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

Thought about posting a newer song, but I keep on circling back to this

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    Oh damn💘

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    THIS MAN ❤️❤️

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      Yes, I know 🔥🔥🔥The things this man does to my heart. I can only say, thank you, Woo Dohwan! 💚

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    @Fly Colours: Do you think these glorious arms are real or shopped? The left one looks weird. I hooe it is s realmpic.

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      I think it’s just a weird pose 😂 In the interview he tells that he’s been working out like crazy for his new role, so, yes, I don’t think they did any editing

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    😍

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Saw that @unniunni did it, so I checked mine too. They got the first 9 right, but “love triangle”, “misunderstanding”, “lying”, “unrequited love”? What have I been doing to myself? I HATE those tropes

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    I also got “lying”, “love triangle” and “unrequited love”. But I think it’s because those tropes are evrywhere, so it’s not our fault lol.

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    Perhaps you might actually loved them. It’s in the subconscious level. *😂*

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10CM’s sweet voice always makes me happy. So soothing on a Winter day

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    I have come to love this song. Thank you for introducing me to 10CM. He indeed has a sweet voice.

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Me waiting for the first 2022 drama to come and to swipe me off my feet
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    I missed these two! What a hilarious drama this was!

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      It was so funny and offbeat! I never imagined that Choi Jinhyuk could be so funny, his inner monologues were great 😂

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      I loved it to death as well, and their part in it too! It is the only 🧟🏻 kdrama I have really truly loved so far.

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@lilyleftthevalley, your wish is my command
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Kfangurl curated this awesome Junho anthology and I can\’t thank her enough for all the hard work. So many pretty photos in fun categories! Performance videos! Junho\’s vblog! Junho\’s cats! https://thefangirlverdict.com/2022/01/16/officially-smitten-with-lee-junho/#more-70654

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    I liked the post a lot, but…. I have to rant… she watched JBL and didn’t fall for him? I’m not talking about the (hot) man and the (amazing) idol here, I’m talking about the actor. He had shown before that he was not just an average idol turned actor, in JBL he proved he was an actor. Period.

    And now she says because of TRS (which you know I have issues with, even if I liked the drama a lot) and all the fuzz around him, its NOW that she discovers him?

    Ha! As Sic would say… the audacity!!!.

    Having ranted a little, I can’t be prouder of my babe and that he f i n a l l y gets the recognition he deserves.

    So many seeing the light on their way to Damascus… hahahhaha.

    Welcome to Junhoverse. May I introduce you to his fellow members and 2PM?

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    Hrm…page is having trouble loading even if I take off the #more part. I even tried clicking on the link from the wall snippet on the blog roll to see the full post, but same error. Will try again later. Thanks for the tip even if it’s not working for me just yet.

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    @flyingcolours: Thanks for this link! The camera loves Junho (and largely hates me but ce la vie). His looks have matured so beautifully and while he clearly looks after himself, luckily there doesn’t appear to be that plastic surgery enhanced other worldly facial features that many KDrama actors come to display (otoh what would I know about that? Nothing!). He seems so lovely that I feel I should make an Oscar Wilde* reference by wondering if Junho has an attic, and if in there, is a portrait of him which is his true evil self!/Em runs and hides in a corner/.
    * The picture of Dorian Gray

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Wow, this is… Unexpected? (sure thing, this is going to be super tame, but still 🤯)

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    And look at who the “Expert Sub” is. Should I be happy that my crush Lee Jun Young is not playing idols anymore? Went to check it on wikidrama, it’s a romcom movie based on a webtoon

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    I think someone mentioned this here not long ago, but I honestly can’t recall for certain. Wherever it got mentioned, I immediately went to look it up and could only find it then on IMDB, though I have since found an eng scanlation for the original ‘toon though it seems it’s not quite complete yet. Haven’t had time to start reading it just yet but plan to soon.

    Most of the comments I’ve seen say the original is more about relationship building than titillation, so if they’re true to that it may be a very satisfying watch (esp because if the fetishism was camped up for laughs I’d be so annoyed). I just double checked and Asianwiki finally has it listed now.

    Interesting choice to start it right before 💟 Day…

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      Thanks for the info! Yes, I hope they pull off the cute and the funny. Find the theme kind of risqué for a mainstream romcom by SK standards, but it’s actually kind of cool that they’re trying this out (hope they don’t get it all wrong, though)

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    Not sure what to make of this. 🤔
    In the trailer he ends up looking besotted, so who knows might be sort of fun 🤷‍♀️🤔

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    I want this to be a bit sexy and naughty 😈
    But i guess we’ll only get fun stuff. Not that it’s a bad thing though

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    When will vanilla jokes about anything bdsm be considered as lame as gay jokes? Why do people still think it is ok to make bad jokes about sexual preferences? Please prove me wrong movie.

Now is the right moment to.bring this back 😋
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I saw Jeongjo wearing glasses and went right back to this 2PM performance (maybe my rotten brain is just looking for excuses to stare at Junho being hot)

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    ngl I saw Jeongjo wearing glasses and I was reminded of his grandfather LOOOOOLL

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    Junho bb!

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    A bit off topic but Junho pulled off the beard very well. He looked very mature amd manly.

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      I’m generally averse to facial hair, especially those old-timey Joseon beards. Junho still looked pretty in spite of it, which I think is proof of how pretty he is 😋

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        Yes me too I don’t like the Joseon era beards but Junho is just hot!! And the pic with glasses from Make it…Phew I have to fan myself!!!

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So, Red Sleeve Cuff (*blows nose and sighs)
What a beautiful drama! Every scene is like a painting. That lighting! Those colours! So much pretty! Junho’s face going through all sorts of heart-wrenching emotions!
And the soundtrack: poignant but understated.
I don’t find RSC a perfect drama by any means – I had loads of issues with eps 13 to 15, especially because I didn’t like some plotlines that needlessly relied on violence against women to create conflict. On the same note, I felt that drama was romanticising a relationship that was very much in coercion territory. Still, episodes 16 and 17 drew me in again. I ugly cried during long stretches of episode 17. Why is reality so sad? These people lost so much 😥
SPOILERS AHEAD:

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    I appreciated it that drama didn’t gloss over the fact that even if Deokim chooses to accept San, it is far cry from a free choice.
    Drama establishes that she loves him, but her feelings are conflicted and she’s well aware that the little autonomy she previously had is lost forever. I also loved it that instead if San, her friends – with whom she keeps on having a trusting relationship – are her emotional centre. I’m here for Deokim/Uibin being a complicated, self-aware person. I lost it when she said “When you see me the next life… just pass me by”.
    On the other hand, episode 17 dedicates a lot of time to San/Jeongjon’s perspective, it almost feels like a biopic. It’s sad, but probably true to his status as a king that he never got to really know Uibin as a real person because there was so much she couldn’t express next to him. Besides, his responsibilities – and even the way court life was organised – simply meant his focus had to be somewhere else. Him forgetting about her for decades feels like honest storytelling.
    This approach to their story is actually less disappointing for me than the romanticised version of previous episodes, because it feels more respectful of the historical characters and their reality. So, for me, RSC ended on a beautiful, 3-hour-long high note.

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      I look at their relationship as a most-likely realistic (I measure my words in this way because one can never really know how life and relationships were like in the past) romance for that time, considering differences in gender, rank, and social status. Some audiences might have been disappointed by Yi-san’s behavior or Deok-im’s luke-warm response to the romantic relationship, but I think I am okay with these elements. Too often, modern sensibilities are injected into period pieces from any culture; so I think it can be shocking to some people to see such a different portrayal in a modern work. I felt for both parties in this relationship, and I cried for Deok-im. Even Yi-san’s seeming indifference or blindness to her real sadness once she becomes his concubine, while disheartening, is probably more realistic…I don’t know.

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        Same here! I definitely connected a lot more with the characters these last episodes, and they made me look back and understand better the characters’ previous actions

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          Yes the last two episodes actually tried to show how the dramas was never a romantic fairytale. I just wish they had done some of this before. And totally second both of your views. San’s indifference for DI after they were together and him forgetting her all felt realistic.

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      I have lots of issues with this drama—maybe more than you do—but I do think that they loved each other as they were portrayed *in the drama*. And I actually think the Senior Court Lady was right when she said that San ignoring her in the next life was just a kind of petty denial that hid her true feelings. In fact, I kind of think her asking him to walk by her in their next life might have a deeper significance. It may not be that she doesn’t want to be with him in their hypothetical next lives. Maybe she does. But it’s that she wants to be the one making the choice to be with him in her hypothetical next life. If she is with him, she wants to be the one doing the pursuing.

      Ultimately, I think Deok-im’s life in this show is extremely sad. Her marriage is so deep in coercion and inequality that I’ve called it essentially legalized rape. Not because I deny she loved him—as mentioned above, I think she really did in this story—but rather because she never had power over her body or her relationships. There was always so much pressure brought to bear on her, and I fear it ultimately may not have mattered whether she loved him. It’s fortunate that she did, but she was always aware that in the final evaluation her wishes and her thoughts and her emotions were superfluous. When San said he couldn’t imagine her as anything other than a court lady, I cried.

      In the end, she never had choices. In the end, she lost two beloved children and close friend in the same year she died. Her life was so short. She never even got to see her baby boy before he succumbed to the measles.

      I also think that San, for all that he says he forgot her and didn’t think about her, spent the years after she died constantly thinking about her and just pretended otherwise. I think it was the only way he could go on.

      Episodes 9 through 16 really rubbed me the wrong way, but episode 17 was nice as well as sad. I can’t recommend the show because the dynamic between this OTP is just so poisonous. But I don’t regret watching this.

      I also just want to say that my bb Junho was so amazing in this show. There were so many scenes where he gave me literally chills. For example, in the last episode, when Sun passed away, when Deok-im passed away, when Bugyori praised him, when he spoke with the Senior Court Lady, when he opened the box with Deok-im’s belongings and reminisced about their lives together and hugged her court lady hanbok—these were all scenes where his acting was amazing. I look forward to bb’s next drama, though I hope he chooses a better script (lol)

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        “It may not be that she doesn’t want to be with him in their hypothetical next lives. Maybe she does. But it’s that she wants to be the one making the choice to be with him in her hypothetical next life. If she is with him, she wants to be the one doing the pursuing.”

        That is an interesting interpretation. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

        “I also think that San, for all that he says he forgot her and didn’t think about her, spent the years after she died constantly thinking about her and just pretended otherwise. I think it was the only way he could go on.”

        I second that opinion.

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        We all agree that the drama is flawed, and yet here we are talking about it. When a story engages me enough to start thinking about the characters’ motivations and what their lives could have been outside the narrative, that’s a drama high. I’m happy that I get to share it with you, guys! 💚

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        The whole I forgot about her was for drama purposes. In fact, Jeongjo wrote her epitaph and visited her grave more almost 200 times, as it was recorded. So yes, he remembered her. As everything that was done in the drama, it was for San/Jeongjo’s motives.

        And URI bb Junho was amazing, even if I keep saying he had ups and downs in acting during the second half (I blame it not on him but on the weak script). He’s a born actor.

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      I haven’t visited DB in January, that’s why I’m late in my answer.
      My feelings are much yours. I was utterly disappointed by drama from episodes 11 to 15. I found the violent way San/Jeongjo was described to be totally unnecessary, specially as it was so romantised (that forced kiss was everything but romantic).
      But Junho was a great seller for the drama and we had to change the focus, leaving Deok Im and court ladies aside. Yes, they were there, but we learned so little about their real feelings and motivations.
      As I mentioned on the WWW post, I wished we had more of DI’s inner voice explaining why she felt that way.
      From the very beginning I understood her point of view, as well as I understood San (even the violence). As a reenactor and someone who loves history, I can place myself in the real context, and I could understand them both.
      But there were so many pieces out of context, like not having Queen Hyoiu (randomly mentioned from the first time when he learns DI is pregnant and deciding to spend the night with her, when during the whole drama the only Queen mentioned was Queen dowager), or not making it clear that Jeongjo never slept with Wobin, or making Deokro going mad because of his sister’s death and being expelled for the whole torturing court ladies when there were political reasons and mainly his corruption…
      History was far better than this horrible, terribly and lazy writing.

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        “History was far better than this horrible, terribly and lazy writing.” This! Such a missed opportunity with this drama

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    @sicarius because…this one has nuance and if I had time, I’d join in.

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Me psyching myself to face 2022 #on the verge of Insanity
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    #Moonsori power yah!!! (Insanity was the best of 2021. No one can convince me otherwise. )

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      Getting into ep 16 now. Yes, it’s the most consistent 2021 drama – not flashy, but super entertaining

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This spoke to my heart 💖 😂

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    I love The Swoon’s humor!

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    Oh no, this is The Best!!! Truly, I would have lost my mind without KD in the last two years.

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Ep10 is so funny and exciting, and then it suddenly makes you realise stuff and is *chef’s kiss
On the Verge of Insanity is great (and makes me happy that I don’t work at a corporation, he!)

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On the Verge of Insanity is so good! Met my favourite Weasel™: Ha Sekyeong (Lee Sangyeob) is my most favourite mediocre mean Supervisor 💚😂

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    I’m sad that this drama didn’t win more awards, it deserved better!

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      Its really a shame, because it’s such a clever workplace drama. I needed to use the search feature on Viki because it wasn’t even featured. Oh well, at least, it got a lot of love here on the Beanie-wall

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      MBC awards were more like The Veil and RSC appreciation awards whereas OTVOI as much as I’ve seen it was genuinely good with only LSY taking an award home.

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    VERGE was a wonderful unexpected gem.

    Slight ending SP0ILER for VERGE and D&G so be forewarned.

    I just want to say that the way both dramas wrapped up their character arcs, I found VERGE’s more satisfying than D&G.
    I enjoyed both dramas immensely but maybe because I have a soft spot for LSY I thought VERGE’s wrap up was quite clever and believable.

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      I’m on ep 11 now and loving it!
      We got a glimpse of why HSK is such a douche, an adorable look at CBS’s family life, and saw Jayoung having a meltdown at all the crap she’s been having to do because she’s that’s her only way to get ahead and it’s f*ed up, but totally believable. Patriarchy, yuck!
      Btw, what is D&G ?

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        DAL-RI AND GAMJATANG also DALI AND COCKY PRINCE.

        Enjoy the rest of VERGE!

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DAY 24: Best voiceover I loved all of Yumi’s Cells, but Choi Jinhyuk as the inner voice of Soyong (Kim Hyesung) in Mr Queen was very funny #2021 drama roundup

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Awww… So nice to see WDH back

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DAY 23: (not so) secret pleasure I came several times to the Beanie-wall to promote Idol: the Coup, so it’s not really a secret that this makjang/idol drama hybrid is my 2021 favourite bad drama.
Drama’s flaws first: it’s a very shout-y drama, over-the-top bad things keep on pilling on our girls, acting is sometimes stilted, and some things are straight up super cheesy (yes, ghosts, I mean you).
But it was a really enjoyable watch! Beamies, hear me out:
*I loved the companionship of the Cotton Candy girls, the fact that each of them had a background story and was a rounded character.
*There are lots of different songs and choreos where other idol dramas keep on banging the same 2 songs, and we get to have a peek at the creative process and the studio work, which I find very cool.
*The underdog narrative works, and the way the girls take the narrative in their own hands through savy use of social media and gossip journalism.
*Besides, Hani is awesome as Kim Jena, the group leader and moral compass.
*Finally, we get Kwak Siyang as cold CEO in the outside/ begrudgingly Cinnamon Roll in the inside, and I’m here for that.
My lizard brain responds a little too well to Cheesy, so I may be a little overenthusiastic about this one, so, Beanies, proceed at your own risk. But do give it a try! 😉 #2021 drama roundup

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    It was a really great show. Its interesting how they built up a different dynamic with the Cotton Candy members, and really looked into each one, compared to the other idol groups from Imitation and Let Me Be Your Knight.

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DAY 22: best Bromance Loved the chemistry between stoic An Junho (Jung Haein) and oddball Han Hoyeol (Koo Kyohwan) in DP

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Just Between Lovers appreciation post.
This drama is painful. It starts with a catastrophe that sends most of the characters’ lives off their foreseen trajectory. Then we watch them barely scrapping by, trauma and survivers’ guilt weighing down on their shoulders. On top of that, there are medical issues agogo. Had I known beforehand, I would have avoided it like the plague – because I don’t do hospital dramas.
Still, I watched the hell out of it in 3 days. I couldn’t let it go.
It was a combination of good Beanie feedback, Junho’s face and a moment of weakness from my broken brain that lead me to press play.
Do I regret it? Definitely, not. It’s beautiful.
Munsu and Kangdu went a long way, and it feels nice to see them slowly learning how to cope with trauma in healthier ways. I would have preferred it if drama had shown them looking for counseling, but episode 14 – when we see them talking and the effect of their words on each other – felt incredibly healing.
Still, I have issues.
First of all, why doesn’t anybody talk to anybody? People hide diseases, plans, the past… it’s maddening to watch them hamg out without spilling the beans about what really matters. And why so much suffering? Why? I think I understand what drama was trying to tell us with Kangdu’s medical issue in the last stretch – but it felt like drama stabbed me in the chest and kept turning the knife for the heck of it… If they didn’t solve that happily, I’d have cursed this for the ages.
But it is one of those dramas I’ll remember. I fell in love with half of the characters – and also all the cameos (Hi, Anupam Tripathi!). We got a satisfactory arc for every character, and even the unsavoury characters like Chaebol Brother were shown with nuance and had a believable comeuppance (also, loved Dad’s little awkward selfie, he!). Romance was nicely built up, even Noble Idiocy felt organic, and Kangdu and Munsu aren’t only Fated Lovers™: they are attracted to each other like magnets (so many casual meetings on the street!), but they have a great rapport and the relationship deepens and progresses and they go along.
Finally, I need to talk about the cinematography. This drama makes ugly places look beautiful. Never did a fishing boat, dingy shops and boarding house rooms look this sad and pretty. Besides, its got an amazing OST (particularly loved the instrumental pieces, couldn’t find them on YT, though) that complements nicely the scenes and never feels manipulative.
So, would I recommend this to other Beanies? Hell, yes! But only if you’re feeling strong enough to go through all the pain.

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    I love this drama so much. It’s based on a real life tragedy in South Korea (Chocolate also has characters tied to the tragedy). I loved the couple, the cinematography and the found family. Junho is amazing in this one.

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    I’ve been hearing a lot about JBL on beanies wall, I think I’ll give it a go, just tell me if it has satisfactory ending or not, cause after watching sadness for that long, happy ending is what I expect, so does it have?!

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      You’ll get what you seek. Haha I’m being unnecessarily cryptic but yes it has a happy and great ending and the most sweetest kiss to end on. Watch this it’ll be worth it.

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    I don’t know how they managed to use the right soundtrack in every single scene, and it alleviated the drama to become a masterpiece for me. It’s like some valuable piece you discovered in an antique shop; you didn’t expect it, but here it is.

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      JBL’s soundtrack is wonderful. I listen it to date.

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    I always say this is a drama about two people who learn to live instead of just surviving. And this may be the main reason why they never talk, because both MoonSoo and KangDoo need to leave behind the survivor’s guilt and learn to live. I also wished they had some professional help, but it is not that they change or “heal” just because, the way they discover they have the right to be happy and leave the past behind is perfectly built during the drama.

    I particularly loved YooJin (Kang Hanna) and Kangdoo’s relationship. It’s always nice to see a real friendship between a man and a woman in which both of them respect, admire and like their friend and openly talk about it.

    The music and cinematography… what can I say. Most songs are on my OST playlist, and this song… well, I always love when Junho sings with his lower tone, he always goes with the highest notes in 2PM. I just love his voice like this.

    I can tell you that when you rewatch, you will love it even more. It happened to me. I thought I would be so sad, because I knew how hard things get, and yet, I think I enjoyed better the second time I watch.

    This drama and Weather are my winter watches.

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      I’m not sure if I’m strong enough to rewatch 😅 But I loved the ride – even with all the pain

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        Ive always wanted to rewatch but never able to press that play button. So Much Crying yo! But y’all been talking about JBL so much recently.. i kinda miss it. WJA had an amazing debut with this one.

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          I always thought a rewatch would hurt so much, but in fact it was really rewarding. I can’t recommend it enough if you loved it the first time.

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    Oof how I love this drama! The instrumentals are on Spotify btw. The Sky is my favorite and probably the most iconic.

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    It’s such a good drama.

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    I watched it over a few weeks recently as my heart ached for all that sorrow. I felt wrecked but loved it. Hated that disgusting Chaebol heir with a passion. And Anupam’s cameo!
    One thing which I noticed was how much paler Junho’s already pale face was in the Drama even when he wasn’t yet sick. Was it intentional to show how difficult and precarious his existence was or just bad make up and lighting?

    Also, while I know the hiding the truth and not communicating trope is rampant in KDrama, we also hide a lot in RL. We minimise, obfuscate, ignore, lie and outright deny many emotions and truths. In RL, suffering writ large could be hidden in plain sight.

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      About Kangdu’s sickly appearance: guess they did all they could to make Junho look like crap – no small feat 😂
      But yes, you’re right. Irl suffering and difficult emotions are minimised and hidden all the time… Maybe that’s why this drama is so affecting: their interactions feel real

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        I have insomnia and communicating with you tonight has been the best part of my seemingly endless night so thank you for your humour, capacity for reflection and insights. I feel as though I have gotten to know you a tiny tiny bit more despite our online secret identities. Huhhuh. Take care!

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          Dang, I wasn’t expecting that! You made tear up. Hope you get some rest 💚

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