Beanie level: Noble idiot

So… I tried watching the first episode of Vincenzo yesterday. I quite enjoyed the mafia bit in the beginning, but then the more it came closer to the end the more the tone shifted from serious mafia drama to…. cringy overacting and cringy ridiculousness.

I want to ask beanies whether the show is more of the first or the latter in tone going forward. Because if its the latter it’s a hard no for me.

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    It’s MEANT to be over-the-top and ridiculous. It doesn’t take itself seriously.

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    No one normal lives in Vincenzo.

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    Doesn’t the writer generally produce the over-the-top and cringy ridiculness? Both of her previous shows were unbearable for me because of that exact reason

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    Hi! The writer wrote comedy in that kind of style for his two previous dramas. So I guess here and there, there will be some ridiculousness. Having watched ep 3 and 4, i think they toned down and not as over the top as the first two eps. Dont know how they’ll handle it forward, but I think they’ll mix the ridiculousness with the more action (and I hope it works).

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I have to say I looooove LUCA: The Beginning. Every week I’m entertained and it doesn’t have that typical half-way drama drag that most shows do. It’s probably due to it’s shorter episode count. If that is actually true I’m an advocate for shorter show runs. Quality over quantity!

I just like the action spurts interlaced with good (!) character interplay. I really like the underacting. It fits the tone of the show so well. Also this drama does the science experiment/ cult thing so much better than most other dramas. It’s serious gold.

Therefore I’m low-key disappointed that it doesn’t get more love among beanies. Except for the super awesome episode recaps by @knewbie

Can’t wait for the last 4 episodes. It actually feels like we are going into finals week with what happend last episode. Can Not Wait!

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    Earlier I was afraid that the capture-electrocute-escape cycle would be repeated ad nauseam, but I agree the pacing has turned out to be one of the show’s strengths.

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    I still have to watch episode 8 but I’m already a bit tired of being leads beaten almost to death, fights on a loop and very little advance in the story. Last two episodes felt like, oh, look, they are beating someone, an that someone manages to still be alive. Wow, let’s see how many times can we do this…
    I really enjoyed five first episodes but I may drop depending on how episode 8 goes (I’m watching tonight).

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    I’m watching half a dozen dramas and somehow this might be the one that is entertaining me the most. I was getting a bit tired of the repetitiveness and then Episode 8 happened and I’m ready for ZO to electrocute some people again.

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So… I just started watching ‘Search: WWW’… and now I’m already on episode 6.
I totally missed this gem because of my drama-slump last year but I’m so glad I found it via Youtube-video hijinks.

I totally miss dramas like this with a strong female led core group. It is rare to get one of these from basically any country. I like that this drama does not compromise. The female characters (so far) are all multilayered complicated people who don’t suddenly become a flower pot as soon as a man enters their lifes. They are not bitchy with each other even when they hate each other and no shrill screeching so far. Please drama stay good till the end. Pretty please!

Why don’t the drama gods bless us with more dramas like this where the women feel and act like … you know… actual people?

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    I really liked Search:WWW! For me, it was solid right until the end

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    It will only get better.
    Scarlett is my girl crush, but Ta Mi is the FL I relate to.
    I loved how these women were real and fought for themselves and were never damsels in distress.
    One of the best dramas from last year.
    If you haven’t watched Be Melodramatic, I can’t recommend it enough. You’ll have another bunch of really interesting female characters.

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Happy Halloween yorobun!

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I just finished watching ‘Life’ because I needed more Lee Dong Wook in my life.
This drama is a total gem and I loved every second of it.

The drama writer is the same as Forest of Secrets and it most defenitly shows in narrative style and its mood. Also in both dramas Jo Seoung Woo (our dear Prosecuter Hwang Shi Mok) has a leading role although here he plays more of an antagonist. I have the odd feeling that both his characters are somewhat the same just instead of being devoted to upholding the law he is devoted to this huge conglomerate he works for in this one.

All characters are wonderfully complex and relatable even the baddies and there is no snow white character here either. Even the characters you root for have their flaws and selfish motives.

The hospital setting gives this drama a different feel and stakes from the usual crime drama. The medical stuff was kept to a minimum because the story focus is the struggle between the new conglomerate owners of the hospital and the fight of the hosptal staff to keep health care accessable to all people not just the super rich. I enjoyed the story complexity (I was lost after the first episode to be honest but the execution of the drama drew me in regardless) and most especially the character study that this drama at its core represnts.

This drama is now officially among my new favorites.
Sometimes being shallow pays of in dramaland because I never would have started this if it wasn’t for Lee Dong Wook.


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    Life is indeed a gem.

    I like how the writer totally changed track to develop Life after the critical success of her maiden work in FoS. While still a piece of social commentary on corporate priorities vs professionalism, it has been most successful in delivering a whole raft of interesting, three dimensional and memorable characters despite seemingly without a central plot. And you can have different interpretations of the title “Life” – not least medically related in my view.

    I live-watched it and haven’t done any rewatch but almost all the major characters are still so vivid in my mind – and that said a lot about the script that created those characters and the spot on acting of the cast. And I have a lot of favorites:
    – The dapper and boldly ambitious CEO played by Jo Seung-woo who is however a nobody once back home in front of his parents. What a far away world from that of Huang Shi-mok.
    – The super capable and perceptive secretary played by Yeom Hye-ran. We need more people like her in the workplace.
    – The Lee Dong-wook and Lee Kyu-Hyung (!) brothers.
    – Moon So-ri’s neurology head whose arc from being indifferent to smart manoeuvring is among the most impressive subplot that I like.
    – Yoo Jae-myung’s low profile and quiet turn right after his alpha portrayal of Lee Chang-joon.
    – The organ donation coordinator who has the most unenviable job in the hospital. Well done, Tae In-ho.

    If to be real picky, Won Jin-ah is miscast or she’s not quite ready to deliver what’s required in her role. And to a certain extent, Lee Dong-wook fails to land effectively as the protagonist here (and sorry for this opinion as you are obviously his fan).

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      This show is on my top ten of all times. I always say it’s a drama in which nothing really happens, so I get why many people can find it boring. I was totally invested in the story and the characters. All of them.
      My favourite will always be Secretary Kang. This drama marked my eternal devotion to Yum Hye Ran.

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Record of Youth #7

Why did she start calling him cheetah? Did I miss something? Does it have a particular meaning?

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    I was wondering the same thing. But somehow it fits him.

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      It rhymes with “let’s go” in Korean, I think. “Kaja” “Chee-tah”

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I just wanted to get beanies opinions on Record of Youth first two episodes. Is it worth the time investment? I love me some Bogummi but I don’t do well with slow dramas… Opinions?

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    If you like pretty boys walking down runways, you’ll be fine. PBG is sooooo pretty in this. The dialog is fast and witty. The family relationships will be the centerpiece I’m sure. Bogummy already showing his acting range in the first two episodes and he is so good! Th first two topsides are worth your time. I liked the second episode more. But was already all in after the first.

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    First episode was a little slow, but it picked up in Ep 2 for me. For now, I’m on team keep watching.

    Bogum is sooo good though 😍

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Flower of Evil #11

Ok, wow. That was one emotional episode.
All the scenes between our leading couple are heartwrenching and raw and I swear I only cried a little… Also LJG is too beautiful for words and his acting in this drama is top tier.

Up to this episode I was a denier of the theory that the real BHS was dads accomplice. I didn’t like all the coincidences this would involve but they showed us the truth this episode and now I don’t know what to do with myself. I wouldn’t have liked it any better if the dads were accomplices but I don’t know if I like this ‘twist’. Real BHS looked really psychotic this episode so I have no qualms about beliving him helping in the killings but I don’t like the coincidence of him running over DHS then falling into a coma because of mum (presumably) and then DHS becoming fake BHS. Anyways I’ll keep watching (duh) but for now this part is more of a turn off.

Thank good CJW and DHS no longer have any secrets from each other. Their scene when CJW told him that he DOES love her was really emotional and I loved every second of it.
I kinda miss seeing little Eun-Ha. Hopefully she will be back before the end of this series and won’t be stuck with grandma till the end. ^^’

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    LJG is an amazing actor!
    I miss little Eun Ha too. Hopefully we will see more of her next week.

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    I also thought it was too predictable that RealHeesung was the accomplice, but then, on second thoughts, there must be more twists in store… Hyunsoo’s first memory being of the age of 10 is definitely an interesting detail. My current theory is that Heesung and Hyunsoo are somehow connected since childhood. Are they brothers? What if Hyunsoo was actually a Baek? Eunha also seems to be mathematically gifted… it could run in the family. Also, if there’s a connection between both Dads, the accident could have been somehow provoked. I don’t know, just throwing ideas around, we’ll have to wait and see how it unfolds. But the main thing is that LSG and MCH are slaying it! In less skilled hands, this whole thing would come off contrived, but they doing an amazing job. Also love it that Hyunsoo and Jiwon don’t have secrets to each other anymore, they are the real deal 💚

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      Yes, I think we will be in for more twists.

      And I’m liking your theory. I do want to know more about both Hyun-soo’s and Hee-sung’s childhoods.

      I wonder how Hee-sung ended up in a coma, and I am wondering how things really were in the Baek family. I can’t help but feel that Hee-sung is a disappointment to his father. And what did the mother do that contributed to his accident?

      There is so much to find out and learn. And I must give kudos to Kim Ji-hoon for his performance as Hee-sung. He is so freaky at certain moments, lol.

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    The real BHS being the accomplice and everything that followed is the kind of k-drama coincidence that makes me roll my eyes, but I never really cared about the identity of the accomplice. Ji Won, Hyun Soo and their relationship is what makes this drama standout.

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Day 30: Your Favorite Book Of All Time

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

This book introduced me to my favorite fantasy world and the one I’ve spent the most time with. I read all of the A Song of Ice and Fire books and religiously listen to the A Podcast of Ice and Fire Podcast which is often hilarious, sometimes informative, sometimes stupid but never boring. I have learned so many interesting details and theories (wrong and correct and unconfimed) that I missed during my readings from that podcast that I never grow bored of rereading any of the books.

I know of no other book series that has spawned so, so many elaborate fan-theories. (Harry Potter might have been one…) A large part of that is probably that the series is still unfinished. The tv show has had an influence aswell as it gave some content to talk about during the wait for the next book, but I don’t consider it canon. AT. ALL.

My room at one point was plastered with map posters of Westeros and the rest of that world and I consulted them a lot. I’m confident that my geographical knowledge of that fictitious world is better than that of our real world… not sure that is something to be proud of though. ^^’

Thanks to everybody for reading my rather lengthy book challenge posts. And thanks to whoever sugested this challenge. It gave me a good reason to go down memory lane again and to think about the books I’ve read from multiple angles.

Also,
#WaitingForWindsOfWinter

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Day 29: A Book Everybody Hated But You Liked

I tend to not be aware of what other people think of the books I read. Of course I look at reviews, but I tend to look at the three star ones because those are the most ballanced once neither fangirling nor hating.

I guess the only answer is Twilight by Stephenie Meyer because of the very public shitstorm around this series.

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Day 28: Favorite Title Of A Book

Dying of the Light by George R.R. Martin

It’s such a beautiful title for a sci-fi-ish story (because Martin never writes just one genre.) It’s essentially about a planet that got settled because it had a comet-like path that would pass this beautiful star collection once and after that disappear into the endless darkness hence the title. But the setting on that planet and the history and the melancholic and opeless feel of the story are just great. Also there is some romance in there but it’s not the main draw.

And I’m cheating again because this is my post and I make the rules here… ^^’ sort of:

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

The title itself isn’t all that but that bookcover… Just look at it. I was obsessed with the cover for a good while after I bought it.

THe book is the first book in the prequell series to Clare’s The Mortal INstruments series and has a steampunk setting in ye olde London. If you are familiar with Clare’s style you will know what you get.

And now get back to staring at that cover!


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Thanks to @yongsital for sugesting A Beautiful Mind to me.

I really enjoyed the drama. It was an interesting take on the nature vs nurture discussion of APD. It was a bit heavy on the hospital stuff but it was character-driven enough for me to finish and actually enjoy it. I have tried quite a few hospital kdrama and have finished almost none. (I only finished the mess that was Doctor Stranger for Lee Jong Suk.)

I liked the character exploration and the interactions with other people and how APD can be a limitation but also a strength in certain moments.

It was only 14 eoisodes which was enough but I wonder if the normal episode count of 16 was cut down due to ratings or something?

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    Yes due to low ratings, I think they were between 2 to 4 percent but it was a rarity to get that low ratings at that time. But that’s also where it all started because after Beautiful Mind, public channels kept getting low ratings and they may have realized that it wasn’t a certain drama’s fault rather overall cable had started scoring more because of their high production and good stories.

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    They did lose two episodes. I don’t recall exactly why, but remember thinking the ending lost something…

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    Yay! I’m glad you watched it and enjoyed it. I agree, the character exploration was its strength. Some of the dialogues have stuck with me since I watched it because I absolutely loved them and how perceptive they were.

    KBS said the episode cut was because of the Olympics starting the finale week, if it had been 16 episodes. But it was a general consensus by viewers that it was due to the ratings. KBS just never owned up to the true reason. They had the date for the Olympics for ages prior so they would have know it would overlap. Of course, that’s why it made no sense and unfortunately the ending unraveled at lighting speed. As an avid fan of the drama I still wonder sometimes what was lost in those two hours.

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    Glad you enjoyed BEAUTIFUL MIND and yes like the others I am still annoyed about the episode cut.

    If I can go down memory lane. One of my favorite scenes is where Nurse Jang Moon-kyung (Ha Jae-sook) does a spot on imitation of Dr. Lee Young-oh (he of no emotions) right to his face and his response: “Don’t push your luck”.
    I loved it.

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Day 27: The Most Surprising Plot Twist Or Ending

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I actually threw the book across the room because I was so heartbroken and angry and in denial. (I’m actually getting flash-backs to ‘The Smile Has Left Your Eyes’ if you know what I mean.)

In the following books the ‘situation’ got resolved but I’ll never forget that desperate thump the book made when it landed on the floor.

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    I hated that twist as well.

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    I felt the same when I read it. I suddenly wasn’t interested to read the rest of the series (but glad to hear it got resolved)

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Eun Ha is simply adorable and Moo Jin is just really funny.

Also Lee Jun Gi beeing simply too good at action scenes. ^^

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    I wonder if LJK has the same stardom in SK as he used to. The 87ers overshadowed him alot but he deserves all praise.

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    Yes to all the above!🎉

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Day 26: A Book That Changed Your Opinion About Something

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

It’s not actually the book that changed anything for me but rather the publics reaction that did.

When the backlash against Twilight started I was bewildered to put it mildly. I couldn’t understand it and not just because I was a fan. Even back then fandoms were celebrated or at worst ignored but never before have I seen so much hate towards a book and worse its fans. They were labeled as stupid teen-girls who didn’t know better and were met with an alien-like fear. It then became a trend to distance yourself from these ‘stupid teen-girls’ by proudly and loudly proclaiming that you were not on of those. And even today being a Twilight-hater is a badge of honor. But why? Do we as a society hate teen-girls that much? Weren’t we all/most of us teen-girls at some point? Tastes are different and not everybody has to like the same thing, that would be really boring, but hating on something this maliciously is unique in fan-culture. And the only difference from this franchise to others is its primary target audience.

So what I learned from the Twilight backlash is the following: As a girl you need to have more courage to like what you do especially if its made for you without feeling the need to explain yourself to the world. Giving in to peer-pressure is easy but it won’t make you happy and to find joy in the discomfort of others by unashamedly enjoying the books I want even if its a stupid teen romance.

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    I agree! I’m one of those who were criticized for being a fan. I’ve never pushed this book to anyone but the hatred I got (in person and online) was so bad that I stopped reading the book openly.

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    I read all of the books and I enjoyed them (except for the ending of the fourth) and I watched all the films. There is a youtuber who made a great video on the Twilight books and the hate/criticism that they received as well as Stephanie Meyer.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8O06tMbIKh0

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      Yes, I adore Lindsey Ellis. I could never be as articulate as her. =)

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        A colleague introduced me to Lindsey Ellis. She has a lot of great videos.

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    Oh, I understand this completely. Even this week my manager mocked me for wanting to read Midnight Sun but not being at all interested in the Hinger Games Prequel. Ive been wanting to read Midnight Sun for a full decade now. And I have 0 interest in president snow. Why would I read that book?

    I will say Ive never seen actors treat fans the way Kirsten Stewart and Rob Pattinson did. When the movies came out/ right after there were so many interviews and clips of them saying how much they hated the books, the movies, the fans, the fandom all of it. To this day I will not watch or support a single thing with either od them in it. I went on opening night with my bookclub girls to watch the first one. All the other movies Ive picked up at library booksales. I want NONE of my little bit of money going to those jerks.

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      I never knew that they behaved that Way with fans. That’s a shame. I have put the audio book of Midnight Sun on hold.

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        It was rumored that Rob Pattinson is the onr who leaked the first chapters of Midnight Sun back in the day. Stephenie had given copies of the chapters to him and to I believe the director of the first or second movie to help them understand Edward better and RPat was reading it while getting his hair done, called it trash and threw it away. The person doing his hair picked it ouy of the garbage and put it online. So the rumor goes.

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Day 25: A Character You Can Relate To The Most

Sansa Stark of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (not Sansa Stark from the tv show, they are very different)

In the beginning of the book series Sansa is the epitome of a fangirl. She likes stories of strong handsome knights rescuing the princess from danger and sees the world through rose coloured lenses just waiting to be swept of her feet by some handsome oppa… uhm. Yes, this.

As the story goes on she learns that reality is not like the stories she loves and she has to figure out how to manoeuvre the dangerous adult world around her. While my world is not quite as dangerous as Sansas the change from childhood to adulthood is every bit as non-glamorous as depicted in her POV. And thus I, as does Sonasa, often find myself escaping to a dream world be it books, dramas or dreams.

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Day 24: A Book You Wish More People Would Have Read

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

This one is the first book of her Age of X series which to date only has two books published. The main reason being that it didn’t sell well enough so the publisher decided to not go ahaed with the rest of the series.

But I really like this series. It’s a little more adult than her hugely popular Vampire Accademy series but the style is otherwise the same. Why wasn’t this more popular? I. Need. The. Next. Book.
But after so many years its futile to keep waiting… Even though Richelle insists that if time allows she will self-publish the rest of the series… It’s just that she has to write her contracted books first… It’s been over 5 years now. Do you think its time to give up?

The story and setting of this series is quite interesting: It’s set in a rather futuristc world that nevertheless has some dystopian story elements to it (virus nearly destroyed all of menkind). There is some destructive religious extremism in the past that let the RUNA to strongly monitor all religions in its territory. Justin used to be an investigator of religious groups but got exiled when he claimed something supernatural was going on. He is given a second chance when Mae comes to fetch him back for the RUNA because his skillset is required. Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills. Together they investigate a serial murder case that may or may not have a religious background.

I like the world that Mead created. Most of her other series are set more or less in our world with a supernatural element hidden. But with this series she created something new. Maybe it was that the market was over-satiated with dystopian novels at the time but worse books than this became really popular. And I can’t emphasize how much I’m craving the next book because book 2 ends on a cliffhanger of sorts.

So yeah, I really wish more people had read this for purely selfish reasons. ^^’

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    Goodness, finally, someone else who agrees with me! This was SUCH a unique series and had ALL my favorite elements (fantasy, good worldbuilding, flawed characters, and GODS!) and I just don’t understand WHY it didn’t sell well!

    She says she’s written the third book, but who knows when she’ll publish! My soul feels tortured!

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      I’m not familiar with this author’s works but as a young adult, I have to admit that our generation’s reading habits follow trends and as a whole we are very likely to ignore good stuff

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Flower of Evil #9

Is that what the therapist said? Did I miss something?
I also really like LJG’s subtle emotes during his wifes speech. ‘Is this really what you think of him?’

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Day 23: A Book You Wanted To Read But Still Haven’t

Oh boy, my to-read list is more than 50 books long… but the one I regret most not having read yet is

Successors Promise by Trudy Canavan

Mainly because its the last in the Trilogy and I have mostly forgotten what the other two books were about. :/
I love Trudy Canavans books and have read all of her prior series but the long wait between books pushed this one further and further back on my priority list because there was always some book that was more shiny.

I even own a hardcopy of the book. It sits on my bookshelf staring me dead in the eye every day. Judging me. I can feel it.

(Dis-)Honorable mentions go to Winds of Winter (George R.R. Martin) and The Doors of Stone (Patrick Rothfuss). I can’t believe it’s close to 10 years and I’m still waiting for these books to be published.

#WaitingForWindsOfWinter

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The Good Detective – Final Thoughts

A drama that stuck its landing and wrapped everything up nicely without any of it feeling forced or unnatural.

I really liked the tone of the drama. It didn’t reinvent the wheel with its corruption plot but I liked that there where mercifully few scenes of politicians scheming with each other. The case itself was multilayered and felt big enough for the 16 episodes. I don’t think I ever felt that something was just filler. The three leads were likable and had good chemistry with each other. Even the villains were three-dimensional for a change, well except for the cousin but I somehow liked his presence anyways. (Maybe it’s because I still have Oh Jung Se’s heartmelting portayal of Moon Sang Tae in the back of my mind.)

The side characters were great aswell and their stories were woven into the main plot very organically. I tip my invisible hat to the writer of this drama. Very well done!

My only nitpick is that the death penalty discussion didn’t really go anywhere and we never found out who was advocating what side, so that in the end it felt more like a plot device than an actual discussion.

Overall this is one of my favorite crime dramas I have watched and is up there with the likes of Signal, Children of Nobody, Nobody Knows and Forest of Secrets.

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