Beanie level: Wrongly accused fugitive

I’m really not into the story, since I’ve been reading the webtoon for a while now, and it’s become so so dull (and with more time you find so many great webtoons out there that True Beauty simply pales in comparison), and I know the plot, but I’m almost tempted, for two (very shallow I might add) reasons:

1. Hwang In-yeop, because I looooved him in 18 Again.
2. This photoshoot. This. Goddamn. Photoshoot.

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    what is the story?

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      Basically it’s about Jugyeong, a girl who hates her appearance, and sort of “tranforms” herself with the help of makeup. There are two guys involved – Suho, who is cute, veeeery handsome, but kinda dull, and Seo-joon, who is a good ol’ badboy tsundere. I kinda fell out of love (was I even in love to begin with?) with this webtoon, because it keeps going into cliches, and they are repeated over and over again. Don’t get me wrong, cliches aren’t always bad, especially when you use them well or you put a good twist on them, but in TB they are reused thoughtlessly, making the entire story feel repetitive and bland. Instead of maybe delving into more interesting, social commentary kinda approach (standards of beauty, role of makeup, metal health), the author keeps choosing the shallow route, with a love triangle that even after more than 100 episodes is still going in circles and is simply getting boring.

      Sorry, that didn’t really answer your question that well (though I did summarise basic plot, lol), and got kinda ranty, but oh well.

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    Webtoon suggestions, please?

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      Well don’t mind if I do! (Warning: there is a possibility I get too into it, and attack you with way too many webtoons, lol. But they are all good, I swear!)

      Most of the webtoons I like can be categorised as either romance, or slice of life, with a sprinkle of fantasy, suspense and melo here and there. But honestly, most of them are so “not in your face” with their storytelling, and so good at combining different sub-genres and ideas that I think anyone can find something to their liking.

      So… From the webtoons that are “in” and pretty popular on the platform, I recommend (Let this (!) serve as an indication of the ones I especially enjoy):
      Lore Olympus(!), Let’s Play(!), Age Matters(!), SubZero, Cursed Princess Club(!), Edith(!), My Deepest Secret, Unlovable Replacement.

      There are also so many webtoons that are a little less known, but are so so good! My recommendations among those are: Miss Abbott and the Doctor (completed), Gourmet Hound (completed), Odd Girl Out, Ghost Theater(!), Midnight Poppy Land(!), The Remarried Empress(!), Your Throne(!), Parallel City, In the Bleak Midwinter(!), Your Smile Is a Trap.

      And my most recent discoveries: The Makeup Remover, and The First Night With the Duke.

      I did get too into it… But anyway, I hope you find something that you’ll like here 😊

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        Where are you reading remarried empress from? they stopped with the translations

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The boys just never disappoint ❤️

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So, after all of this; after all the drama, the lies, the struggle to stay together, the running away from home… After all of that you’re telling me that you decided to use the \”even though I love you, I choose to hurt you and break up with you because that will be less painful/my mother/my family/my cat/terminal illness/I need to leave and I don’t want you to miss me/a fortune cookie told me so/I need to become a better guy for you/etc. etc. insert some other reason here” trope. In episode 14. In the penultimate week. After additionally introducing a completely useless character. In episode 14. Can you tell that I’m annoyed? Because I’m annoyed.

Screw you, drama.

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    😁 your rundown of excuses made me giggle. Good job!

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    Absolutely, there’s gotta be a better excuse than what we heard.

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    clearly, you’re upset… ha ha ha
    (I sympathize, I swear)

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😍

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    He’s back!!! But does it have to be this heartwrenching?

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    glad he is back but this song is so heartbreaking!! 😭😭😭😭😭

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Zombie Detective is so so wacky, and so so ridiculous. I love it.

P.S. Choi Jin-hyuk is life, Choi Jin-hyuk is loooooooove ❤️❤️❤️

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    🤣 😆 😂
    This reminded me of the boar in Habaek

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    Like, 75% of reason this drama works is because Choi Jin-hyuk is totally committed to the role no matter how ridiculous he has to be. The whole cast looks like they’re having fun, and I love it.

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      So true. If it wasn’t somebody as good as him, I don’t know if I’d get into this absurd premise. But he sells it so well, there’s just no way I wouldn’t buy. And yes, they all look like they are having a blast on set, which makes it all the more enjoyable for the viewer.

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These two just won’t let us breathe, huh? So. Much. CUTE!



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Finally managed to watch the remaining episodes of Flower of Evil, and… Sigh. What a bunch of wasted potential it was. If they went all out on the premise they’ve started with (Hyun-soo being an actual bad guy), it could’ve been awesome, but instead it was all shot down quickly and went into old, clichés-packed borefest we’ve seen dozens of times. At times it was even getting ridiculous – episode’s 15 finale made me laugh like crazy, it was that bad.

It did have some good things to it, like the performances, but all I can think of is what it could’ve been. And I sigh.

(P.S. I mostly associate Kim Ji-hoon with his Flower Boy Next Door character Oh Jin-rak, who was a very earnest goof, so his Baek Hee-sung hit me over the head like a brick. It was over the top, so very over the top, but he was selling it so so well. And this sickly, ghastly, and deranged vibe he had, combined with the hair… Let me just say dayum 😏)

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*incoherent screeching and a variety of other high-pitched noises*


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Gosh, how I love Song-ah. She seems frail and meek, but she is everything but that. She has this quiet strength in her, so much bravery (that confession!), and also so much depth and nuance. She silently charges forward, not matter what life throws at her, never losing who she is in the process. She is just such a thoroughly beautiful human being. I admire her, adore her, and feel for her.

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    When she said “I rather be hurt than made a fool.” to Joon Young after he tried to protect her from knowing about her two friends, I think I already knew she was a strong one. People who appear weak are actually the strongest because they have to take on more slack from others.

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      Yes, that scene was so powerful! I loved that she called him out on that, all while remaining perfectly reasonable and respectful. It was so telling. Rather than living obliviously, she’d prefer to have everything to be out in the open and get hurt. I think Joon-young kind of did what he was doing for himself all this time, but out girl is not the one to shy away from the painful truth. And I love her for that.

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        I was actually just as taken aback as Joon Young by her response. It was refreshing to hear and given what it’s taken for Song Ah to get where she is now, this girl is probably used to being at the receiving end of harsher truths. I’m just glad that she’s stronger than people make her out to be.

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          Yes, I was also surprised! I guess we just didn’t expect this level of maturity and self-awareness, and dear Song-ah left us all with our jaws on the floor, Joon-young included. And then we were all mighty impressed (again, Joon-young included 😝)

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It’s currently 2 AM, and this is me. Still high as a kite and squeeing uncontrollably after episode 5. I can’t sleep.

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    Me. Watching her roll on her bed squeeing

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    Update: I finally fell asleep around 3 AM. But the happy thoughts just wouldn’t leave, so I drifted off with a grin on my face 😂

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Stayed up until midnight waiting for subs, but it was worth it. So. Damn. Worth. It.


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My god, why is time passing so slowly? Who needs something like weekends when we could already have Monday?

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    I’m watching Into the Ring/Memorials to fill the gap.

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    I needed Monday after Tuesday. I’ve already rewatched the episodes this isn’t healthy HAAAALP

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Wait, is that what I think it is?

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Come hell or high water, I’m in. I’m 100% in. Take my heart, treasure it or rip it to shreds, I don’t care anymore. I’m still scared, but it’s irrelevant at this point, because these two… These two.


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    I honestly don’t have anything to fear because if the whole drama turns bad, I can just ff and rewind to our OTP’s scenes.

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      But it would feel like such a waste, for this couple to be in the mess of a drama. ;et’s hope it stays good!

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        This writer always makes questionable decisions in the middle of a drama for me—so my expectation will be it totally goes off the rails somewhere around episode 10, but as long as these two have more scenes than not, I’ll probably be fine. I’m in it for the music as well and the choices here have been fantastic. Recognizable for the average person, but also good pieces that aren’t overplayed in dramas.

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          I’ve seen that the writer has only done some quite short dramas, and not many too; I haven’t seen them though. Maybe having a ‘full-sized’ story will work for the better?

          Yes, music is so well interwoven with the story here. Each piece is meaningful in one way or another for different characters, and it makes it all the more enjoyable.

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    They are both so precious. I just want them to be together already…I mean the lines Joon Young is churning out, you would think they were already dating.

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      Yeah, he’s really not holding back, quite unlike himself. But I love this newfound confidence of his, because we all know how much he needs a little bit of happiness in his life. And if he’s willing to get himself out there like this to achieve it, who are we to complain? Not that I would even want to complain…

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        I honestly just want to see these two both together, happy and helping each other out with their music and achieving their dreams. All the side characters can honestly disappear for all I care. Hahahaha….

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          Heee, exactly 😝 I wouldn’t mind if it was just two of them navigating through their relationship.

          There is this ONE character in particular that could just, I dunno, go somewhere, preferably out of my sight.

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            Oh I think I know who. Honestly, there’s been a few characters that I’m like…can you just fall in a ditch somewhere already?

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I’m kinda on the fence about Record of Youth; I enjoyed the premiere week, but it didn’t feel like much (not like this other Mon-Tue drama…). BUT this… I will protect this relationship with my life if I have to. So goddamn beautiful.

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    I think I am the only one who felt the haraboji is not the best influence on his grandson, he is vicariously living through the boy and may not be very objective or practical voice of reason

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      He may not be the voice of reason, but he is one of comfort, and that’s why I love their bond. How long can you endure getting shit from every direction, including your family, before you break? And hearing Hye-joon’s side of things it’s not like he mooches off of them, so why clip his wings in such a cruel way? I’m glad he has his grandpa to support him unconditionally, as imperfect as he may be.

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        He has no savings, no back up plans and he lives with his parents……..from the looks of it, his family was okay up until they realized his career is in standstill which is true and now wants to delay enlisting without any solid reason…also his father likely suffered because of his grandfather’s mistakes in the same industry and I guess that has made him extra weary about his son’s ambitions…….I can’t really say I can make a case for Bogum’s character, he seems pretty clueless to me……Asian parents do not look kindly to a grown child being that clueless and careless about his future

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          He’s like my brother. But without the sunny attitude. Lived with my parents for 40 years, then finally found his soulmate and got married. Totally happy now, but is was a process. Some people don’t live on normal time tables.

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            This helps because I do relate to some extent to HJ. Maybe like light at the end of the tunnel. It is obviously bothersome when everyone is succeding according to the timetable but you’re an anomaly.

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      agree

      asian parents in asian economy will not kindly digest their son not even trying to find stability..

      Can you leave everything to fate and just hope hard work will bore fruits.. NO.. there needs to be a backup plan.. what , when youth is over and he can’t model…

      I get his dad, i get his grand dad, i get his mom..

      I DO NOT GET HIS BROTHER.. OR BEST FRIEND

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    But this drama convinced me again of PBG’s acting range..

    he sells minor nuances of a character..you can clearly see how his character in encounter is different from this, why 1988 was different, why monster was different, why and how each character has been b’fully different

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      Yeah, PBG is one of the best, really; he’s magnetic, and it’s not about the looks (though he is veeeeery handsome, lol). I remember how in awe I was while watching Moonlight Drawn By Clouds (which was one of his first big leading roles). He can express thousands of emotions with a mere gaze of his, a twitch on his face. I often had to replay some of the scenes because of his insanely good microexpressions. He has a way of breathing so much life into his characters, that you just feel for them, root for them and love them, no matter what path they are on.

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      I was just telling someone that his bemused smirk at the end of ep 1 did me in. And I’m ALL IN.

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    It was sweet. Also, interesting how he speaks to grandpa in banmal.

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    I paused it halfway which is not a good sign, but this looks worth going back for asap.

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Miss Independent Ji-eun – what a nice little web drama it was! So wholesome and cute, with the most awesome female lead, and absolute goals of a male lead. Loved it and recommend it! ❤️

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    So I watched individualist miss Ji young and it sounds really similar to yours. Is the one that you posted a remake or smth?

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Oh boy, I think I have a problem. This is so so good. Too good. I’m scared. But I love it.


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    I was just telling my friend that I’ve fallen too fast and hard for this show, I’m terrified it’ll break my heart later 🤢

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      Right now I’m loving it so so much, but I’m also terrfied. Terrified that I’ll be disappointed somehow, or that it’ll get worse – and I’d hate for that to happen.

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      I am very terrified I am loving these two fast that they will do no wrong in my eyes…. especially that preview in ep 4 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 I just want them to be happy and find their own happiness together. My heart felt so full after seeing the preview.

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    The only problem I had with this scene was his comment about being friends. WE DON’T WANT YOU TO JUST BE FRIENDS, DAMMIT!

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    I’m scared too. It has to end with them together.

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How come I’ve never known about this? 😂

(This web drama had me dying, seriously. Moreover, it totally ruined Urban Zakapa’s I Don’t Love You for me…)

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    Whenever I rewatch it – which is frequently – I now start laughing a good ten minutes before they start singing this song in anticipation of it.

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      I feel slightly mean for saying this, but (and I’m going to say it anyway) That Boy Next Door might be my favourite Jang Ki-yong performance.

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    This is exactly what happened to me late last year!
    I burst into fits of giggles whenever I hear that song! This webdrama was HEELARIOUS and absolutely one the best things on this planet 😂😂😂

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    Awesome!! Biggest smile all weekend

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    this webdrama was hilarious and I laughed whenever they played Urban Zakapa’s I Don’t Love You

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Since I seem to have a soft spot for classical music-themed dramas (despite not being an avid fan of classical music itself), I decided to check out Do You Like Brahms?, and I gotta say that I really really enjoyed it. I felt immediately drawn the ‘feel’ of the drama, and before I realised, I breezed through both episodes. It is so gentle and slow, and combined with classical music, it creates this calm and soothing atmosphere.

But it’s not only that; what really did it for me was the undertones – quiet longing, angst, aimlessness, the feeling of being lost – that were so well portrayed by both Park Eun-bin and Kim Min-jae. And speaking of those two… How cute is the relationship between them already? Those little bows, stolen glances and awkward smiles are beyond adorable. I can’t wait to see how it all evolves into something deeper.


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    I like that he is sooooo nice and polite not just to her but it’s his personality! My kind of male lead 🥰🥰🥰🥰 I’m glad he’s not a know it al genius! I love their awkwardness to each other. That taxi scene is one of the cuties my.

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      I concur! In a world full of jerk male leads, it’s refreshing to see an otp without the bickering and shouting. I’m so in love with this drama. ❤️

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        Very nice male leads are hard to come by, so I appreciate when writers take that route and choose an unconventional male lead. Here’s to hoping this drama continues to keep its momentum 🤞

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      Yes, to all of you! I absolutely love that he is so polite and kind, despite being a superstar prodigy etc etc. When I started the drama (knowing the premise) I was half-expecting either a cocky social butterfly or an unapproachable jerk, but when he went out of his way to cover for Song-ah, so that her friend doesn’t know about her not participating in the concert I went all “awwwwww”, because that was such a kind gesture. And then he just kept being the most proper gentleman and absolute man goals, and I gotta say I’m all here for it.

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Forget All I Want For Christmas Is You, this is THE Christmas song for me from now on ❤️
(I know it’s September… But this song, and this band, is such a gem! The blessings of 5-ji Kara 9-ji Made continue.)

Wishing upon a star is really not like me, but…
after all, it won’t do if it’s not you.
So I look up at the sky.

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