Beanie level: Errand boy

Beautiful and suggestions

Dear beanies watching It’s Beautiful Now, I’m still on ep 34 but I can imagine the next eps will be about the adoption of Mirae’s mom. It seems there will be angst but I can’t imagine the reason. Everybody knows Hyun Jae’s father was adopted so he has no blood relation to Mirae. What could be the issue against their relationship? They are still from different families.

I would also like to know if anyone has recommendations for kdramas similar to IBN? What I like about it is that most of the characters are nice people, the plot is too slow and meandering but the characters make up for it. The only other weekender I have liked was Father is Strange which was kind of similar but had better pacing. I tried Smile You but elders who are rude and bossy are to be avoided and I know weekenders have lots of those. KyungJa’s ridiculous behavior in IBN is the most I can tolerate from this kind of character.

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    Father is Strange is my favorite weekender but an older one I liked, by the same writer, is Ojakgyo Brothers. Two others I can think of that had characters who were mostly nice people are Five Enough and Once Again.

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Yumi’s Request

Dear Beanies, for the next days, please don’t post big messages on the wall which tell the finale on the first sentences? Some of us will take a bit longer to find out, must we really have to avoid the fan wall if we don’t want to know in advance? Is that an unreasonable request? I’m not saying don’t discuss or post, I’m just asking to make it in a way that people can skip the post without knowing the major facts. If you use a title which says which drama is being discussed, and a picture that doesn’t give much away, we could easily make choices.

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    That would be really kind if Beanies would do this👍🏼

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    Thanks for flagging this I think most people are going to be respectful ❤️

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    I’m so sorry i made a post about Yumi’s Cells finale few hours ago. I may didn’t reveal anything but I have decided to delete it.
    Once again, i’m sorry…

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      No need to be sorry, I did not find any posts about it yet. I was only thinking about this because it happened with other popular shows in the past. Thanks for understanding! Maybe repost it in an edited way?

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    Spoiler tags in DB would be so helpful. Thanks for this.

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    I just watched the eps raw as soon as they were available just to avoid being spoiled at all lol!!

    But that’s a very great suggestion and totally fair request!
    I hope everyone can be considerate! ^^

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    Oops. I read this post too late and ranted a bit on my wall already. Hope you weren’t spoiled. Just in case, I’ll just delete it for now. 😅

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Yumi 7-8

I am curious. Can anyone who knows the webtoon explain the BaBi situation? Is he a mystery in the story or the drama has been making changes? It seems a strange contrast with Woong and the editor, we know too little about a big character and his behavior is inconsistent. I’m thinking it’s done on purpose but I don’t mind knowing if drama has been trying to improve something.

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    He is ruffled and shaken by the new girl. Yumi breaks up. They try to get back together but Yumi realizes she doesn’t lvoe him. He does end up marrying the other girl and run cafe together. She falls in love with a character Soonrok (now i am not sure if they have changed the name of the character in the show)…and the overall theme of Yumi’s cells is self-love. Yumi is someone who gives and gives up everything in love.. herself.. but it is a journey of self respect and always keeping that corner for yourself no matter how much you love other people in your life

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    i am disturbed by her (former college student) editor/boss who is creeping on her! that isn’t a good storyline, it is stalking and illegal for him to pursue her as his subordinate, isn’t it?

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      I’m sure it’s not illegal and while he wasn’t exactly a creep, it wasn’t a regular romantic situation either. I wish kdramas would talk about the strangeness of bosses having relationships with subordinates, instead they pretend it’s very easy.

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Hey Beanies!

Any new romcoms to recommend? After BP I’ve been wanting a decent romcom but they are hard to find these days. Maybe I’m too picky. It’s fine if it’s jdrama!

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    I’m liking Shooting stars right now and Play All love. That are the butterflies-in-stomach rom-coms with the old tropes. Familiar and comfortable.

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    Ymi’s cells season 2 is coming this June. It’s still a month away but I’m counting on that.

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    I don’t know if you like family dramas but It’s Beautiful Now is super cute. All the couples are funny and adorable, esp the leads, nah, the maknaes, nah, the leads… okay, I love them all.

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      I’m not into weekenders because of the heavy stereotypes and terrible parents but I liked the premise of this and Yoon Shi Yoon. I’m always curious about him! I’ll have to give it a chance as well. Thanks!

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        Oh, don’t worry. This show is all about cute people and cute relationships.

        I hope you enjoy it ^^

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Business Proposal – Ep 1 – I like the marriage contract trope, I know it’s silly but if done right it can also be amusing. This first ep though, it’s souless, generic, formulaic, just because the trope is old doesn’t mean everything else also has to be. The ML is bland but of course he is a geeenius, considered to be handsome and is rude to almost everyone for no reason. The FL is hard working, clumsy, pretty, but everyone acts as if she isn’t, has a debt and her parents are rude and self-involved, but drama pretends this is funny. She has a one side crush on a idiot and he has no interest in women. Sure. Lovely cliches. Her act on the date was too embarrassing to be funny and the idea he would believe that or still want to marry her was absurd. Why not make him hate the grandfather? Then it would at least be a plausible reason.

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    I didn’t like the first episode, it was all over the place and the two girls looked awkward with eachother. However, the second episode improved on many fronts, including the chemistry between the two friends.

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    It gets better on the 2nd ep.

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    I assure you that the webtoon is different and one of my favourites. If you have the possibility try to read it, I think they added a lot of old tropes and forgot about the true nature of the story.

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2521 I’m trying to get on this love train but I’m still in the middle of ep 3. It’s ok but I’m not really interested in anyone. There is something missing in the interactions. HD’s a bit too childish sometimes, YuRim is flat, maybe a better actress could have pulled this, HD’s mom is terrible and narcisistic, HD’s daughter is a boring brat, the coach seem egomaniacal, and poor BYJ is just that, a nice guy in a bad place. Waiting for the time skip.

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First Love Again When a kdrama deals with the strange idea that humans might reincarnate with not only different faces but different genders! How is our romantic lead to find his long lost love then? Easy! They always have the same name!

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Bulgasal was a mess but one thing about it was genius. After a nice first episode, it spent the next 14 hours pretending it was a dog chasing it’s own tail. Somewhere along the way it gave us a makeshift family, an insane villain, a very grumpy male lead and the candiest Candy. After waiting so long I didn’t really expect the explanation to really explain much but not only it did answer most of the questions but it went further, and that was the brilliant part, it offered a supernatural explanation for the crazy behavior of the leads! If only all the generic romcoms could come up with something like that.

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AOUAD Ep 1-2

I am wondering what made people like this drama. These first eps were terrible. There was no character development, just a bunch of superficial, expendable characters that never behave in a logical manner. Plot doesn’t help because even if it’s a simple survivor tale, it doesn’t have any rules to give it any plausibility. The mad teacher just decides to test something crazy in his own family, the zombies behavior changes according to each situation, people have insane dialogues, they get bitten and turn in seconds or in several minutes, again it depends on what the plot needs. There were so many unintentionally funny moments in second episode that I started to think it might be on purpose and the whole thing was supposed to be a horror comedy. I detest this genre but I would at least understand what it was trying to do.

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    I enjoyed the show as a unique coming-of-age story spin on the zombie genre, including the obvious loss of innocence metaphor and how it explored how our systems fail our most vulnerable. Keeping in mind real-life tragedies, not just the pandemic but also things like the Sewol Ferry tragedy, made it really hit different for me, and I really enjoyed the friendships made. 🙂

    It was too long though.

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      And there actually are many (intentionally) comedic moments!

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    In the recaps, so many beanies didn’t like this series. It was a surprise to me, since I enjoyed this series. I enjoy it as an action drama. I do not look for logic when it comes to zombie things. I just accept it as it is. It makes it easier.

    What I do look for are the actions, characters take when they encounter zombies. I thought the young kids did pretty good as the episodes go further. That is, they worked together, albeit after so many childish arguments. They utilized the things they have at their disposal. There were quite a few good action sequences here as well. I’m very satisfied with that.

    I did notice some social issues they wanted to tackle in the series, but it didn’t really bother me much when they didn’t provide some sort of concrete message about it.

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      Thanks @mindy and @drawde2000. I thought most reviews had been positive about it.
      I also try not to care much about logic when there is a supernatural element but sometimes it’s impossible. For example I can imagine an explanation for the difference in time for each person to turn, but I can’t explain why students would not try to secure the doors or talk about flirting when there are zombies banging on the walls, or when one of them suddenly becomes a super hero fighting off half a dozen zombies at the same time. As far as social issues I got nothing from these first eps, the one thing that did bother me was the sexual harassment. It seemed to be used as plot device and it’s already bad when bullying gets used like that but adding sexual harassment is even worse. I doubt this issue was dealt with in the rest of the series so why add scenes like that and make it something exploitative.

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Can someone tell me if AOUAD is a complete story? I’m not in the mood for another drama that has an open ending without any reason for it, like Silent Sea or Extracurricular. Extracurricular was still great, SS not so much.

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    It is. They end a way that leaves some room for exploration if they do want a second season, but all in all it’s a complete story.

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Bulgasal There should be a rule against the overuse of flashbacks in kdramas. I never thought there would be a worst offender than Nice Guy but Bulgasal is really giving it a run for it’s money

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    I thought that practice was dying along with live shooting. The advantage of pre production is that you are not having to scramble to reuse footage just to make crazy deadlines.

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Bulgasal I wish kdramas would bother trying to explain why and how anyone would reincarnate with the exact same face. I don’t mean a nice logical explanation, any crazy theory would do fine.

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#2021 Drama Round-up
Day 13. Drama beanies loved but I didn’t / Drama I loved but beanies didn’t

This happens every year. Usually more than once. Some dramas get a lot of love and I’m left puzzled by the fact I detest them. Whether I drop them (DOTS) or make myself get to the last ep (del Luna), they make want to throw the nearest shoe at the screen. This year though. It was just such a non-kdrama year. Even the dramas I liked could not come even close to the stuff from other countries and those I disliked could not really make me hate them, so my traditional unpopular opinions became a mild version of themselves.

I can’t say I loved Nevertheless but I think it was a misunderstood drama. I thought it was about a young woman playing mind games with this mysterious playboy who might or might not be a manipulative person. As such it was rather interesting for the first 5 eps but later became very slow and meandering, coming back to the theme in the very last ep. However, since the narrator was so unreliable and the original story from the webtoon was so different, it made most people belive it was all about a bad relationship instead of a woman learning to make her own choices and growing up in the process.

I can’t say I hated Happiness but I’ve always been attracted to the premise of people stranded somewhere. I don’t care if it’s an island, a ship, or some boring building so this drama had me at hello. It should be all about character study and kdramas do try to be good at this so how come it got worse with each episode? The thing is I could not care for any of the characters, their actions became more unbelievable with every scene, as the story moved on everyone in the building simply stopped reacting in any way a real person would, doing any crazy action plot required to create even more unrealistic situations.

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#2021 Roundup
Day 10: Best Confession

Monthly Magazine Home I know! The drama was a mess, so many bad decisions. But. I did like the ML for so many eps, probably because his grumpy nature reminded me of my own. That moment when he bumbly asks the FL to give him 3 dates before rejecting him was so like me, telling any dumbfounded person to give me a few more chances before making a choice. It was the only confession this year that got close to the heart.

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#2021 Roundup
Day 8: The Drama Beanies Convinced You To Watch and You Can’t Be Grateful Enough

Move to Heaven was just my kind of thing but I had not known anything about it before beanies praised it. It was that kind of story you know exactly what will happen but it’s the how that matters and it worked, delivering something very close to what I guess people usually call heartwarming. If only every healing drama had that kind of purpose.

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#2021 Drama Round-up
Day 7 – The OTP you didn’t think you would adore

Enemies to lovers is one of my favorites tropes but it’s not easy to get it right. Mad for Each Other was a great example of how to do it perfectly. The drama itself wasn’t perfect but the main relationship evolved naturally, character’s feelings going from hate to mild dislike to friendship to love. Changing, learning and making each other better in the process.

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#2021Roundup
Day 6 – the OST you are obsessed with.

Nevertheless. Perfect choices for that kind of story.

Bonus Choice: Yumi and Monthly Magazine.

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#2021 Roundup
Day 1: Female Lead You Will Never Forget

Yumi. She was lovely and very much underrated, as was her show. A lot of k actors struggle with introverted characters but sometimes we get people who do it perfectly. Kim Go Eun showed every emotion Yumi was going through, and whether she was hiding them or not, she was always the same woman. The character itself was also one of my favorites because she was sensitive, honest, kind, but also insecure and immature. She was realistic and adorable.

Bonus Choice: Lee Min Kyung from Mad for Each Other.

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Is King’s Affection a gender bender? I don’t like sageuks or a lot of political intrigue or Rowoon so I’m wondering if I should give it a chance?

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    Her cross dressing is not a comedy element but a matter of life and death. It’s a fusion sageuk, so the political intrigues are more in the background, the FL growth being the main point. Rowoon appears a lot. So I guess you shouldn’t try.

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      Thanks. I did like Sungkyunkwan Scandal, because it was about the characters, since this seemed to be more about the political aspect I felt it wasn’t my thing, but the comments seem to be more about the relationships.

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Yumi’s – Ep 14

Can someone who knows the webtoon maybe explain Woong’s behavior? I know the drama can change his motivations but I’d like to know the original explanation. I liked this drama very much, the realistic and sensitive main characters and the metaphorical workings of their minds were a great team. I did not like the decision to forget Woong’s mind though, in the latest eps he was more of a secondary character for no reason. If drama decided that making his motivations a mystery was necessary to make people want a second season it was a silly idea and it did not match the rest of the story.

He was a caring guy and suddenly decided to move out without any explanation? Yumi didn’t behave like she should either, the woman who was mature enough to say the things she said in the Saeyi situation would not be someone who would never ask why her boyfriend left the apartment.

That last ep was rather weak, the awful PPL, the parents added nothing, both main characters behaved weirdly, the card metaphor was very overused and then Woong probably had some simple work explanation to break up but drama decided it needed to be mysterious for no reason.

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    he didn’t want marriage/ wasn;t ready for marriage .. he wanted to focus on his career

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    Woong was very proud. He didn’t even tell her about his money issues. She discovered it by chance. He accepted unwillingly to live with her. and it never was a permanent solution for him. The scene with Bobby made him feeling insecure and it’s why he decided to leave.

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      I understood why he left but the choice to not tell her why seemed strange and her silence about it was even stranger. If they had been fighting it would be possible but she was considering marriage and he seemed very happy with her, though still worried about his finances.

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        Also, her Pride Cell stood up and got in the way to a degree.

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    It was his Pride and Ego. He couldn’t tell Yumi that he is struggling financially and that he was not ready to get married. He always choose himself so he will rather lose Yumi than sacrifice his pride.

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      That First Priority metaphor was great in the coworker situation. It was nice to show how Yumi needed that in order to grow and have a good relationship with anyone. I would have liked it more if they had chosen to blame Insecurity, Ego or Vanity instead of Priority to justify some of Woong’s decisions because he was making choices that were bad for him instead of that Yumi’s example.

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    I think Yumi’s disappointment piled up, that is why her Love Cell got weaker and that is probably why she didn’t bother speaking up. First disappointment leading to the breaking was when she asked about getting married and he didn’t answer properly. Second, when she found out that he used to like Saeyi at the wedding. Third, when Woong moved out. Her final straw was when Woong transferred money for the broken chair.

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      Yes, that was probably better in the webtoon because drama made a big deal of how much she still loved him even after he moved out so her behavior seemed strange. I did like the sudden opening of that Love Balloon because of one small attitude.

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