Beanie level: Wrongly accused fugitive

Time for a Mid-Year Drama Roundup!
I thought I hadn’t watched many dramas so far because at the beginning of the year I wasn’t watching anything at all. But looking at my list, I averaged 3 dramas each month! I really like my list so far because it’s all been things I’ve enjoyed. I also dropped a drama and that doesn’t really happen. I usually push through just out of curiosity, but this time I think I’m okay. Progress, yay! My list in the reply.

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    June 2024

    My rating system:

    ♥️ = Love!
    ⭐= Like

    Also, I have very random comments because apparently I can’t remember anything from any drama besides knowing that I liked it or loved it, lol.

    The Story of Park’s Marriage Contract (2023) ⭐
    I heard people talking about this drama at the end of the year so I decided to give it a try. I liked it, but I felt it lost its steam towards the end. The characters were endearing so I think I was okay with how it ended and overall enjoyed it and liked it.
    My Lovely Boxer (2023) ♥️
    This was another drama that I saw had good reviews in DB. I was down for a sports story, especially one about a female boxer. I really liked the story and conclusion, the female lead was great, and I enjoyed the main OTPs interactions.
    Like Flowers In Sand (2023) ♥️
    I guess I was still down for more sports, but honestly it was because of the main lead, love him. I thought this story was great and really enjoyed watching this drama!
    Perfect Marriage Revenge (2023) ♥️
    This was all over DB that I finally caved and watched it and loved it! It was such a good revenge story, but also a good time travel one. I’ve always liked Sung Hoon during the time I watched I Live Alone, but I really liked him in this drama as an actor.
    Tell Me That You Love Me (2023) ⭐
    This was such a sweet and gentle story. I think the only reason it didn’t get a heart from me was because I didn’t quite like the last two episodes, but other than that, I really enjoyed it.
    Marry My Husband (2024) ⭐
    This was so much fun watching live! My cousin was watching as well, so it was nice to talk to someone about it in real time. I think this drama was so good, but it just needed a little more umph for me to love it.
    Business Proposal (2022) (Rewatch) (watched w/ dad) ♥️
    This is such a fun drama that I rewatched it with my dad, except we totally skipped that one scene. It was a fun rewatch for me because my dad really liked the humor. Grandpa was his favorite, haha.
    Doctor Slump (2024)⭐
    Park Hyung-sik! Park Shin-hye! I really like both of them so I had to give this drama a try. I really liked it and loved their growing relationship. I had a fun time watching it.
    Chocolate (2019)⭐
    My cousin loves this drama and I wanted something slow so I gave it a chance. I think what most surprised me about this drama was that it was not what I expected. I think I had the synopsis wrong in my head. I also kind of waited the whole drama for something to happen and nothing did, but I wasn’t that mad about it, lol. It was an okay drama for me.
    Wedding Imposible (2024)⭐
    Saw clips of this and decided to watch it live. It was so fun in the beginning, but then it went wayside for a bit. Still, I enjoyed it!
    Castaway Diva (2023) ⭐
    This was such a fun drama, filled with great music. I enjoyed Seo Mok-ha coming back to society and Ki-ho, of course. I really, really liked this drama, but it wasn’t a true love for me. Will recommend and have recommended to others though.

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      Queen of Tears (2024)⭐
      Kim Soo-hyun! I had to watch! I enjoyed the drama a lot, but I couldn’t completely immerse myself in the feelings, it was such a fantasy story for me. My tears are reserved for things that hit closer to home, lol.
      Best Choice Ever (2024)(C-drama)⭐
      I totally skipped half of this drama. Honestly, I was there for Xu Kai, but even though he was great, I couldn’t deal with the family (ahem, mother) trauma, it was triggering, lol. The parts I did watch were okay though, ha.
      Will Love In Spring (2024) (C-drama) ⭐
      This drama was good and, for a Cdrama, short. Which was great because it told a very concise story well. My favorite Cdrama has to be Meet Yourself which had more episodes, but still this drama was good as well and I enjoyed the story.
      Call It Love (2023) (Rewatch) ♥️♥️
      I just love this drama. I think I won’t have the words to say it well, but just that I love it.
      Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (2021) (Rewatch) (watched w/mom) ⭐
      Mom wanted to watch something with me so we watched this. She really enjoyed it and it was fun to see it with her.
      Everyone Loves Me (2024) (C-drama)⭐
      This is one of those C-dramas that focuses on the genius guy and gaming, but I think they made the female lead likable and capable which is a nice change. I had fun watching it, but it was full of tropes which was expected.
      Lovely Runner (2024) ♥️♥️
      Love, love, love! This one is going on the rewatch list! And soon. I think this was such a favorite of this year because of how funny and interesting it was. It made me want to stay in the new timelines every single time, but it was fun to go back and forth and see the changes.
      Knight Flower (2024) ♥️♥️
      I saw some love for this on the fanwall, but I honestly didn’t pay attention to it. Heard it in a podcast briefly and decided to watch it even though I am wary of sageuks. But this drama also goes in my favorites of this year! I loved it so much! And 12 episodes were perfect for this story! Love how it ended and, wow, did I swoon many times despite it not being the most swoony story (as in what other mediums want us to think of as being romantic).

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        Knight Flower made me swoon several times. Much more than Lovely Runner, honestly.
        And that’s saying a lot, because as you said, Knight Flower isn’t even a romantic drama.
        I guess it has a lot to do with the way we connect with the characters.

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          I loved Lovely Runner, but Knight Flower made me swoon more as well! Yes, I think it’s all about the characters. Somehow I connected more with the 30 yr old widow than the 30 yr old fan turned lover, lol. Also, TT!

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    What a great batch of dramas you’ve watched this year! I love your rating system too 😀 I keep changing mine and right now it’s 1-6 stars (don’t ask, I can’t explain anymore, but it’s working for now haha). I hope the rest of the year is as satisfying as the first half!

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      This year is working out well for watching dramas. 🤞
      No explanation required for your rating system. It great as long as it works for you.

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      I can see why you have the 6 in there! No need to explain, I can feel it, lol. That is why I stuck to those 2 emojis. I also have a third emoji that I didn’t use in this batch. It’s the shrugging girl meant for dramas that made no sense, but I still finished, haha.

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    Thank you for sharing your Roundup. You really picked the best. Well done. 👏👏👏

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      Aww, thank you! I usually kept a monthly track of my dramas here on DB, but it’s been hard this year. I’ve gone back to my lurker days, but somehow I still feel a part of the community.

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        I do hope you get to enjoy more dramas and chat about them too.

        I feels unreal these days I’m liking all current drama – how rare is that!

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          Thank you! I’m a huge talker and a not so great typer, but I do hope I get to hat more. I’m watching Cinderella and Mobster right now and so far I like them a lot!

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            I’m loving them both too. I’m a fairytale kind of girl anyway. 😍😂

            The Thirsty Deer boss is indeed unmissable also strangely enough it seems it may be a more serious drama. If you have time do come and let’s hang out in the recaps.

            Miss Night and Day also started well.

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I missed my chance on the first to wish all beanies a happy new year, so I am saying it now, on the 5th, but with the same energy and hope behind it, Happy New Year Beanies!!

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    It’s been a couple of eventful weeks with the holidays and the new year and work, ahh. It’s the busiest time of the year at my work and with some co-workers out sick, I had to cover for them so I feel exhausted. It doesn’t help that I’ve had a flare-up and low energy for you know, just existing. I didn’t make many goals this year, but the one I had in mind for a while was to just accept my body for what it is. It’s not as fast as I want and it hurts sometimes, but it’s okay! I can still enjoy my life, and even more so when I treat it right like eating better or exercising. So my goal isn’t to exercise more, but be more tuned to what my body is feeling and just go with it. I’m not watching a drama right now so it feels weird, but just like I need a break when I tired, I felt like I needed a break from the TV. I’m still watching YouTube videos, lol, but I can easily pause them and pick them up whenever in like 10 minute increments. But I’m ready to get back into dramas, I have my list ready from the Roundup and now I just have to find a way to watch Nana’s Tour because the IG posts are cruel to watch when I can’t find it anywhere “safe” to watch right now, ahhhh.

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    Happy New Year!

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    For you too Jellybn 🎈

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    Wish you a very Happy New Year full of health, happiness and dreams fulfilled. 😊 Take care of yourself and others too. Be happy! ❤

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      Thank you so much, Cera! I appreciate all the nice sentiments and wish you the same too!

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    Happy New Year! 🎊
    And being kind to yourself is a good goal. 😘

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      It really is, isn’t it! I mean if not me, then who, right!

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    Happy new year! I hope you had a lovely first week of the year. 😊

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    HNY JellyBN! I, too, seem to have come to terms with I’ll accept and appreciate my body and mind as they are and try my best to care best for them. There were times when I wish they were different -stronger and better- but to be able to breathe everyday is a magic enough in and of itself. We should be thankful for that. 🙂

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      Yes!! I agree with your thoughts 100%. Being alive is such a blessing that because of the other worries I have, I sometime forget. I will try to be more grateful this year and in the moment so I don’t forget the many other beautiful things in my life.
      Wishing the best for both of us, we got this! Fighting!

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    Happy new year and wishing you good health and joy!

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Merry Christmas (Eve for me right now) to all that celebrate!! 🎄 ⭐️ I hope you have a great day with family and friends!!

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#2023 Roundup
Day 23 – Freestyle

This is how my To Watch list is looking like after 20+ days into the Roundup:

-Perfect Marriage Revenge
-The Kidnapping Day
-My Lovely Boxer
-Castaway Diva (50/50)
-The Story of Park’s Marriage Contract (still on air)
-Tell Me That You Love (still on air)

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#2023 Roundup
Day 22- Best cameo

Did I even witness a cameo this year? I honestly cannot remember actors who had dramas this year, so it’s a very slim chance I would remember cameos.😅

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#2023 Roundup
Day 21- The OST you are obsessed with

My Dearest OSTs! I love listening to movie soundtracks, and now Kdrama OSTs, but sometimes I forgo the sung songs and go for the instrumentals. My Dearest has good songs and instrumental OSTs that I listen to when I want to relax. The instrumentals were added to my sleepy time playlist!

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#2023 Roundup
Day 20- Favorite kiss

I am shy when it comes to PDA, but ya girl still has eyes and feelings, lol. The first kiss in Call It love had me all in my feelings!

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#2023 Roundup
Day 19- Best used trope

Enemies to Lovers in Call It Love. It was one-sided because she really had it out for him and he was clueless, but I liked how her heart softened up for him throughout the drama.

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#2023 Roundup
Day 18 – Favorite villain

Ugh, if villains get in the way of the hero, I’m not on their side and can’t stand by them. I don’t think I saw a good antihero this year either.

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#2023 Roundup
Day 17 – Oldie (non 2023) you loved the most


Dali and the Cocky Prince!!! I loved this drama so much. I have no idea why I didn’t watch it while it was on live, but I’m glad I watched it this year at my own pace and enjoyed every step of it!

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#2023 Roundup
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure

I can’t think of a guilty pleasure drama this year. Maybe it’s rewatching dramas knowing that I was going to see something good on screen, and getting to that part and being happy that it still gave the feels!

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I just finished Twinkling Watermelon and now need to rethink my 2023 Bean allocations! TW just overtook Call It Love on my most liked drama of 2023. I haven’t teared up watching a drama in a while and haven’t felt totally satisfied with an ending in forever, but TW did it! So good!!!

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    Me too! Just finished it today. I was soo surprised by the number of times I laughed like crazy watching this.
    And…Choi Hyun Wook!!! He is making me want to check out that Weak Hero smth drama of his.

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      Yes!! I’ve heard good things about Weak Hero, I might add to watch list!

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      Watch it! And if you like Ryeoun in Twinkling Watermelon, he’s in Season 2 of Weak Hero Class 1.

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        Omg you just gave me the news of today thank you
        Can’t wait to watch it

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        I have yet to board the Ryeoun ship. He hasn’t convinced me enough. That’s why I was late to the TW party even though I knew it had Seol In Ah & Choi Hyun Wook in it.
        But I’ll def check out S1.

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        Weak Hero is now solidified in the To Watch list!

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    TW was just an absolute gem of a show – glad you enjoyed it!

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    That’s the magic of Twinkling Watermelon.
    You can change your beans yet 🙂

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#2023 Roundup
Day 15 – Special Kimchi slap edition: worst parent

They are a lot of bad parents to choose from, but the one that stood out immediately was the mom from The Glory. Spoilers: but selling off your daughter to be tortured, dang.

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    It is easier to choose good parents – because you don’t even need all fingers of one hand – than choose bad ones which apparently abound in K-dramaland. No wonder ALL our leads have childhood trauma.

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#2023 Roundup
Day 14 – Best bromance / womance

Hmm, I wasn’t really paying attention this year…Even though it was a tough watch, I still liked the pairing of Jung Hae-in and Koo Kyo-hwan in D.P. Season 2. They were the reason I returned to watch the season 2, but, yeah, it was a little tough to watch at times.

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#2023 Roundup
Day 13- Learning from my mistakes

This year I saw my dad rewatch his favorite Kdramas multiple times, completely ignore my recommendations and just go with his gut feelings to find his next drama, and enjoy the dramas that I thought he wouldn’t like. I want to learn from him! Seeing his approach to dramaland, my goal next year is to just embrace what I like and own it! If all I want to do is rewatch dramas, I’ll do just that! If a drama’s trailer or reel catches my attention, I’ll give it a try! I want my drama experience to be fun next year, it always is, but maybe it’s just pressure I put on myself to always like what i watch.

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#2023 Roundup
Day 12- Best suit wearer

Junho in King The Land! I’m sorry I didn’t like it as much I thought I was going to, but, hey, I stuck around for you, Junho, okay!

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#2023 Roundup
Day 11- Nam Da Reum prize: best child actor

I don’t think I saw any Kdramas with young children in it, or maybe I don’t remember which can also be true. Do the Crash Course In Romance teens count, lol! But I saw the cutest little actors on the Cdramas: The Love You Give Me and Unforgettable Love. They were both dramas were the children brought the ML and FL together and they were so fun and cute.

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#2023 Roundup
Day 10 – Your 2023 Crush

I wanted to focus on my 2023 Kdramas for this roundup, but my 2023 Crush is from a Cdrama and has to be the male lead of Meet Yourself, Xie Zhi Yao. He was such a thoughtful person in general to his grandma and friends and neighbors, but the way he approached his relationship with the FL made him go to the top of my list. I liked the actor before in another drama, but I don’t even remember the other character anymore, I just remember him as Zhi Yao!

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    Zhi Yao (Li Xian) was universal boyfriend goals. I think we should give him the prize of Boyfriend of the year.
    He is “Mother Bean”‘s favorite male character in Dramaland EVER for a good reason.

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    Li Xian has that quality and aura about him that makes his roles so relatable and feel like they’re ppl you could and would meet irl— Xie Zhi Yao is the most apparent of them all with this quality

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      I agree! He does have that vibe that makes you like him!

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#2023 Roundup
Day 9- Your non k-drama recommendation

My non Kdrama recommendation has to be Meet Yourself. Beanies recommended it on the fan wall and I listened and I loved it! I really liked the story, the family and friends/ community relationships, the romantic relationship, and the whole thing! I don’t really rewatch Cdramas, but I can really see myself rewatching this drama soon

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    So many of us watched because beanie were praising the drama on the fan wall!! It binged it less than two weeks, I think. Loved it to bits.

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      Same! I couldn’t stop watching because I was enjoying it so much!

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#2023 Roundup
Day 8- The character who most screams for mental health care

I think everyone in Dramaland needs to get their mental health checked out, but I really think that the main leads of Call It Love should really take some time for themselves to heal. In my head, they do because that’s the only way I see a healthy relationship functioning. 



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    They did take a break / time jump. Hopefully got some therapy sessions also squeezed in. 🤣

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      I hope they did! I think this is the only drama where I wasn’t mad that they took a break/time jump!

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        I can’t say I appreciated the time skip, after all it was noble idiocy but you’re right it was probably for the best. After being so high key they both needed to calm down and rediscover themselves before they could be together.

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          Oh, totally agree! I hate time jumps, but with this one I could see that they needed time away from each other, maybe not that much time!, but still they had some healing to do on their own.

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            I didn’t mind the time apart so much as the misunderstanding which the sister perpetuated. The family forced her to break-up and even after the mother had spoken / tacitly forgiven Dong-jin no one bother to inform her. 🤦‍♀️

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            @seeker True! I think I need to rewatch because I don’t remember well what happened. I sometimes make myself forget things I don’t agree with or like, which is maybe why I don’t remember this lol. Now that you said it, it clicked and yeah I was a little upset at the end hehe.

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            The selfishness of the FL’s family was definitely a mis-step in an otherwise perfect drama. Thankfully the brother was supportive.
            An amnesia inducing wand for oneself is very useful to continue enjoying K-dramas. 😂

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