Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

#BVIPP 2

https://open.spotify.com/track/2K4ycFYl0Yp3DIJea9Rxb1?si=b7fcb87143a2462a

This is originally a song by Young Tak, but I find this cover more fun. ^^

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    Is there a YouTube link as well? I use YouTube as the base list, but I so appreciate the Spotify link! I would not have probably found this one otherwise!

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Day 25 – Most fabulous style

There is one style that stood out to me a little bit extra this year. I’ve always admired the way Park Bo-young dresses in her dramas but her style in DOOM AT YOUR SERVICE was just exquisite. Too often, I find actors and actresses of shorter build horribly styled in outfits tailored to height, making them look even shorter.

Park Bo-young in DOOM AT YOUR SERVICE is the shining example on how to make the petite frame both fashionable and comfortable at the same time. Those long skirts, numerous boots and knitted sweaters were truly one of the memorable things this year for me. I know nothing of fashion, but I was really nice seeing something a bit different in drama land. There will be a separate post on the coat-porn, it deserves it own post.




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    Oooo, love these outfits! I love the skirts too, the beige is my fave!

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Day 22- Best secretary / assistant.

I have two favorite assistants this year. Because first there was Mr Jeong of RUN ON, the sane and pragmatical grown up, balancing the impulses of director Seo. But then came secretary Yeo of DALI AND GAMJATANG and part of time, she was the comic relief as well as the utterly loyal but still able to think for herself goon. And I absolutely loved her. She is in fact one of the characters who are most memorable to me from that show.

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Day 21- That cute little drama.
Dali and Gamjatang was the cutest drama for me this year. I was insanely tired of all the greed at the end and the endless critisism Dali had to endure. However, this drama has to be recognized for the cuteness that was Dali and Moo-hak with honorary mentions to secretary Yeo and Moo-hak. Such memorable characters.

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Day 19- Your 2021 crush.

How could I choose? I’m utterly charmed by Im Shi-wan in Run On, he looks like a bunny. All big eyes and innocent face. Then there was Wang Duo, who made me watch YinYang: Dream of Eternity all of three times and then gave me the biggest second lead crush in the history of drama in Bloody Romance. Yoo Yeon-seok playing drums while looking perfectly content in Hospital Playlist and speaking to children with that cutesy voice, Jung Kyung-ho from the same show always looking slightly lost and lonesome and puppy-like. Too many oppas this year to choose only one!

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Day 17- Best idol turned actor.

Junho in my heart. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Day 14- Most memorable scene.

Hmm, there were a lot of memorable scenes this year. To name a few I recall the fortune teller scenes from Vincenzo as that was a flirt with Song Joong-ki’s previous drama Sungkyunkwan Scandal. There was the drunken confession of The Day of Becoming You. In Move to Heaven, I bawled my eyes out when Sang-gu found that shoe storage. And in You’re My Glory, when Yu Tu visits the desert movie crew to enhance the internet performance. That was my favorite scene in the novel as well.

Then, there are of course a lot of memorable things I’d rather not remember, as Seo In guk’s hair in Doom At Your Service. It lingers uninvited in my mind. And sadly, that’s about it I remember about that drama. Perhaps a blessing in disguise.

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Day 12- Best quote / oneliner.

I think Vincenzo flicking his lighter should count as a oneliner. There was a load of attitude in that lighter.

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Day 11- Secondary character that stole your heart and the show (SL, villains, kid…).

There were a lot of memorable secondary characters this year.

From Kwak Dong-yeon in Vincenzo whom I spent the first episodes wondering why he accepted such a simple role to marvel at his chameleon skills in the latter half.

Then there was the cray-cray ex-husband of Jun Jiu Ling, played by Du Ya Fei, whose clear eyes filled with utter obsession always entertained me instead of filling me with disgust.

Alice Ke in Railess Love in a Godless Land is another scene stealer. Playing a character who aims to always be in the way of the OTP, she could easily be seen as tiresome but instead she brings a sense of mischeviousness and fun.

And finally, there was the second lead couple that stole the show. Miss the Dragon was such a dud for me, but the secondary characters were something else. They had chemistry, they had a great story and the actors were the best in the show.




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Day 10 – Best confession.

Best confession and best couple this year for me is Ki Seon-gyeom and Oh Mi-joo of RUN ON. My favorite thing about Run On was the way communication was handled between the characters, no flowery ways and dancing around issues. It felt real and meningful and it reminded me of real life. Sometimes it’s harsh and sometimes it cuts to the chase, even though it’s awkward. This really appeals to me as I generally try to avoid speaking in sub-text and have a difficulty understanding people trying to give me subtle hints. Mi-joo and Seon-gyeom were always direct with one another and avoided many stupid miss-understandings and the dreaded noble idocy. I felt I could relate and understand where they were coming from with every conversation they had.


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Day 9 – The oldie (not 2021) you loved the most.

Above all other drama, the show who won my heart this year was the 2018 cdrama BLOODY ROMANCE. It was tightly written, bold, dark, artistic and majestic. I usually prefer romantic drama and despite it’s name this is a show in serious lack of it. Instead, it features political intrigue and pure madness. It also holds my favorite male character in any drama, ever. Gong Zi, played to perfection by Wang Duo, is the second lead; a blind prince hidden away in a village of assassins and a master of tactics, big and small. Although there are many well-written characters in this show, his is a character you grow to have many a complex feelings for.

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    he he..i remember reading on twitter that the book is originally a p*** .. not even erotic

    but i agree.. it was a good adaptation.. and layered characters..

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Day 7 – The OTP you didn’t think you would adore.

I’m usually a dedicated follower of the OTP train from the start and the only couple which took some time to warm up to this year was Chu Li and Zhou Chuan from MOONLIGHT.

Hadn’t the praise of beanies urged me to continue despite Esther Yu’s nail-grating baby-cute voice, I barely would have made it through the first two episodes, let alone discovered this lovely pairing. Chu Li and Zhou Chuan feel in love early on with each other’s alter ego and after some stupidness on Zhou Chuan’s part, also became a couple. But, they also had great ambition as individuals and managed to keep professional enough to be able to work together. A lot pertaining to Chu Li’s fervent ambition to be the very best editor that she could be. As a female lead, she was inspiring and never lost track of her priorities.

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    Ah Moonlight, the show I watched on mute 🙉

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Day 6 – The OST you are obsessed with.

I know it’s an unfinished show, but I have rarely been so touched by an OST as the one featured in RAINLESS LOVE IN A GODLESS LAND. There is a grand spectrum of feelings conveyed in the tracks and their instrumental BGMs which are at times bleak, hopeful and comforting. There is also different genres blended into the music, primarly traditional, folk music style with a modern computer-made effect. I have a fairly ungifted ear for music, but the soothing feeling of most tracks resonate in an emotional way for me.

There needs to be an honorary mention to VINCENZO, the musical director was a bit genius. I really liked how opera as a theme was handled both story wise as well as utilized in a number of ways through music. The show was such a spectacle and opera highlighted this. The show simply went for it, 100%.

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Day 5- The drama that will always live in your memory.
The drama that took me by surprise this year is SCRIPTING YOUR DESTINY. Another beanie mentioned it on ’What we’re watching’ during the mess that was DOOM AT YOUR SERVICE as a show of similar thematics, so I decided to check it out. That show struck such a chord with me, not in the least for having a sad ending. I find stories about life and fate most poignant when they end up like life usually does, somewhat complicated and not without repercussions. Although I cried rivers in the small hours of the night after having binged the whole show in one night, I have nothing but fond memories left of it.

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    Scripting your destiny is Doom at your service well done and it is indeed a lovely drama.

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    Thank you for the mention. I am watching it now, and like the dry humour.

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Day 4 – That mess you watched and you still wonder why.
For me, the biggest mess of 2021 was I MARRIED THE ANTI-FAN. I’ve become skilled at dropping drama but this drama kept me hanging on to hope that the second leads would change. They didn’t. They moved a smidge towards more becoming more tolerable people but were toxic to themselves and their environment throughout. And sadly, that’s most of what I remember of the show. Honorable mentions to MYSTERIOUS LOVE but I had such a crush on the second lead male that he saves the entire show.

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Seriously, how to you get past the 200 character limitation?

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    Write somewhere else and copy paste. Even writing in a reply works.

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    Type it somewhere else, then paste WITH THE MOUSE. Do not touch the keyboard after you paste. (This is for Windows, not sure about Macs, phones, etc)

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    Sadly, the copy-paste doesn’t seem to work with a mac. At least not one lacking a mouse. =(

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      You mean right click and paste doesn’t work from your touchpad? Or maybe you edited the text after pasting – deleting a space or something?

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        I turns out it was my inherent keyboard shortcuts that got the best of me. Thanks a lot for the help!

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      It does. Just with the mouse get the option paste. I have a Macbook air.

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    Hi! I found this in my desperate quest for the same info. Did you find out, or did it just happen to you?

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      No, it works just fine now. You have to use the mouse. No keyboard commands and no typing after pasting.

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Day 3: The drama with the best costumes / wardrobe.
I think I’m gonna have to go with JUN JUI LING on this one. Some of the costumes were exquisite, this is my favorite. The details!

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Day 2: ML you will never forget.
Steven Zhang in THE DAY OF BECOMING YOU. This is a body-swap drama and what he does with the male lead is nothing short of extraordinary.

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    Oh yes! Not doing the roundup but he fits the title perfectly. I don’t think I’m forgetting his performance any time soon.

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1- FL you will never forget.
Definitely Jang Nara in Sell your haunted house.

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In case I’m not the only one who’s been looking for this.

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