Beanie level: Chaebol’s poor doppelganger

Dammit show! You have me swooning and then you just end!

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I’m trying to catch up without inundating the feed with my book posts and Day 4 of the book challenge which is Favorite Book in my Favorite Series relates to Day 3 SO my fav book in the HP series is the Prisoner of Azkaban. I think is the book where the series starts to transform and really set up the subsequent books.

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Day Three: Favorite Series

While I am still reconciling my feelings about the series since She Who Must Not Be Named is AWFUL (to say the least), this is technically still my favorite series though it may change in the future. HP had a huge impact on me as a kid and once I got more into the fandom as an adult, it was a safe space. This series is far from perfect, but it is (was?) my favorite for a long time.

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    I’ve read each of these books countless times. I love this series so much!

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    I think the big part of the reason why it’s hard for me (and maybe others too) to let go of the series is the memories I made while reading the series. The books aren’t that technically great, imho. and it’s all personal and I know that it’s ok to separate the work from the creator, but it’s hard when SWMNBN is so vocal about her bigoted views.

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      Totally agree. I reread the series every year and as an adult I could see all of the flaws, but there was good in the story. I was always emotional when it ended. The movies really do make me happy, but the fact that she is a bigot and double downs on it is just so angering, baffling and IRONIC. I mean, did she not even read her own books! There is definitely lack of diversity and insensitivities in it, but the fact that she can’t see the correlation between her views and the Death Eaters/HWMNBN is infuriating. It makes me so angry.

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        Yea! And all the actors/crew members who took part in the movies. So much good came out of the series.

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    I don’t usually say this, but I feel like this is one of the few instances where you can separate the art from the author – because this series became its own thing, a cultural phenomenon that impacted so many people in so many ways. It sucks that SWMNBN is terrible but I don’t think you should let that diminish the meaning of the series to you. I’m not saying you should ignore her behavior either – she sucks and needs to be called out forever for it. But I it’s OK to still say you enjoyed the series and that it’s meaningful while still not supporting the writer or her views.

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      I was reading a lot of comments when it all blew up and someone pointed out that the fandom is really what made HP great. SWMNBN created the world and it wouldn’t exist without her, but it was really fans who took it to the next level and created the culture. I’m trying to remember that.

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        That is kind of what I think makes it the exception to the rule – it was so big and so meaningful it took on a life of its own. Sure, SWMNBN created it and kept feeding tidbits to keep it alive, but it also spurred so many people to connect to one another. It’s part of the lexicon and even those who haven’t read it understand it. I think that while she is problematic and I hate the connection, it isn’t enough to mar the good the series did or the communities it created. If we let her destroy our love for HP then we are the ones who lose here, because sometimes art takes on a life of its own. Instead fans need to take it and rise above her and her views. So while SWMNBN will always be a dark spot, I don’t think that those who love it should let it lose the meaning it had to them.

        Plus, we still revere all sorts of male authors’ work without even discussing how terrible some of them were, and lots of those don’t even have the same sort of cultural impact as HP. At least here there has been a thoughtful discussion and understanding by the fans of how she is terrible but her work is still impactful.

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Day Two: Book read more than 3 times

There is one particular series that I have read multiple times, but I am trying not to use that for all of the answers so I’m going back old school. I LOVED this book as a kid. I actually started carrying a notebook and journaling because of this book. I was obsessed. I kinda want to read it again now that I am adult, but I’m a little scared since the kid glasses will be off.

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Since i joined the MS Kim Soo Hyun, I decided to start My Love From Another Star. 4 eps in and it\’s okay so far. I wouldn\’t say I\’m invested, but I do like elements of it.

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I saw the 30 Day Book Challenge and I wanna participate!

Day One: Best Book I Read Last Year

I don’t know if this is the “best” book, but this was my favorite! This book made me laugh and has a lot of heart. It’s quirky and I love stories set where I live so this was highly enjoyable for me.

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    I enjoyed the audiobook version earlier this year. Like you, I wouldn’t say it’s the “best” book, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good book. I liked this world and the people in it a lot.

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      Ohh, I am planning to reread it in October and I should listen to the audiobook.

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    I liked this one a lot as well! I dont think Ive read a better description of anxiety. Im pretty sure I AM Nina Hill but without the inheritance. I thought the ending was kind of meh though. Rushed.

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      I related to Nina so much. I think that is part of the reason why I liked it so much. And if the universe would like to send an inheritance my way I wouldn’t say no. Preferably from a long lost relative who lived a wonderful, full life.

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5 eps into IOTNBO and I\’m kinda loving it. There are things I\’m not fully on board with, but I am invested and intrigued. I also now get the Kim Soo-hyun love.

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    Welcome abroad on the drama ship and ‘Ms Kim SooHyun’
    MS= Motor ship

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      Glad to be aboard. This is only the 2nd drama of his I’ve seen and clearly I need to watch others.

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        What’s the other one? TMETS?

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          Dream High. I watched it when it was airing and thought it was meh. Definitely not representative of him as an actor, but none of his other projects interested me much.

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            I dropped Dream High for She who must not be named so can’t really say anything about KSH (Although as a pathetic fan I’ll just assume he was really good at his role 😅)
            You could try secretly greatly if you’re an action genre fan. It’s decent enough. And MLFAS is a top example among the rom-com genre dramas

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    Yes, I now get it as well.

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I figured out why I\’m having a hard time with Hospital Playlist. I LOVE the cast, but the eps are just too long. I find myself drifting an hour into it and there is still 30 min left.

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    I assume you haven’t watched reply 1988 🙂

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    Same thing happened to me while watching Prison Playbook! Loved it to bits, but the pace and the episode length were too much for my gold-fish-level attention span… I took up to watching roughly an half episode a day, and that worked out for me. Still hesitating to start watching HP for the same reason, though

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      I’ve decided to watch only one episode at a time and before I turn it on to really think if I have focus to watch it. The minute I start drifting I’m turning it off. I just really can’t do movie length episodes. My brain just can’t handle it. I can binge watch 4 hour long episodes of a show, but one hour and a half length episode? Can’t do it.

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I\’m trying to figure out what to watch next. Hotel del Luna. Yay or nay? I like the Hong Sisters, but I\’m still bitter about Hwayugi (I mean W.T.F). I\’ve enjoyed half of the dramas they\’ve written.

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    I enjoyed it but definitely going in with low expectations. It was really fun to watch and I feel pretty ok about the ending.

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    I really loved it. I think it recaptured the style they used to do well and IU and Jingoo are awesome. The side characters get well-fleshed out, too.

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    It’s a yay. Probably IU’s best role to date. Love the story also and the fantastic world that it created.

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Finished Her Private Life and I liked it! The back half was a little bit much, but it was light, frothy and cute which was desperately needed. Now to find another light drama to watch.

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I find it ironic that I have become a fangirl of Kim Jae Wook while watching show about him falling in love with a fangirl!

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    I fell for him in Coffee Prince. And you know, Gong Yoo (aka the love of my life) was there. Just saying.

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      That was it for me too. Coffee Prince and then, Mary who stayed out all night.

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    Haha yeah for all of us! That was the show’s intent! 😆

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Added Her Private Life into the viewing rotation and I love it. Exactly what I was looking for. It\’s frothy, cute and hooked me from the beginning.

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    I’m glad you’re enjoying it! I absolutely loved PMY in it!

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      I am such a fan of hers. I don’t love every drama she does, but I think she does such a good job in her work.

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        Same!! She may as well be one of my favorite Korean actresses of all-time. I’m currently watching I’ll Find You on a Beautiful Day and she’s amazing in it.

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    It’s such a fun watch. PMY and KJW are just fantastic together.
    And Ryan Gold is one of the best boyfriends kdrama has given us!!

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      This is the first thing I’ve seen KJW in something and I love him! I now need to watch everything!

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        I first saw KJW in Voice and personally, I really liked it. It may not be up your alley because of the dark topics, but he does a complete 180 in roles from his Her Private Life which just shows the breadth of his acting skills!

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Watched the first 2 eps of Hospital Playlist and I really like it. I\’m not super interested in the side characters, but our 5 leads **chef\’s kiss.** I rewatched the restaurant scene so many times.

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    By the end of this show, you’ll be really invested in the side characters as well! The show does a good job intertwining the lives of the main characters with lives of the side characters, so that your affection for the main characters translates into affection for the side characters as well. Also, I feel like the characters are all generally likable and reasonably well-written. And, if you’re like me, there’s one side character in particular who will become very important to your experience of this show.

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    When I finished HP, ep 1-2 and 8 were the ones I replayed a lot. Ep 8 because it’s my fave, Ep 1-2 because it gave me a false sense of starting the series like the first time. 2021 can’t come any sooner.

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Just finished When the Camellia Blooms and I am now a fan of Kang Ha Neul. I really loved his character and he is major reason why I liked the show so much. I have some qualms about the show in general, but I smiled a lot while watching it so it’s a win in my book. 8/10

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The male lead in When the Camellia Blooms is so ADORABLE! I\’m 3 episodes in and I want to just squeeze him like a teddy bear.

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    Kang Ha Neul. You’ll be surprised or rather happy to know that he is more adorable in real life or well variety shows.

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    Yes!! I LOVED his character <3<3<3

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Finished Mystic Pop-Up Bar and what a gem of a drama. It wasn\’t perfect, but I really enjoyed it. Next up is When the Camelia Blooms.

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Soooo I didn\’t expect to ugly cry during the 2nd episode of Mystic Pop-Up Bar but here I am 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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I\’ve watched 3 eps of Crash Landing on You and….I\’m bored. I love Son Yejin and Hyun Bin so how am I bored?

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    *pokes head in*
    *looks around carefully*
    *whispers*
    I was so bored I dropped it and I didn’t think they had any chemistry either, OMG I’m scared now
    *runs away*

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      I didn’t drop it but it was unbelievably boring with zero chemistry.

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      It’s so interesting how much people’s mileage can vary on these things. We all watch the same drama and yet for some no chemistry, for some off the charts chemistry.
      Personally I love a man in uniform repressing his feelings so I was all over this show 😎 but if we all thought that, there would be nothing to talk about.

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    I watched it for the soldiers and other side characters.

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    I also watched it for how they portrayed life in North Korea. It didn’t get less boring for me, but Hyun Bin’s character did grow on me.

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    While I like the drama as a whole, I understand what you’re feeling. It also felt a bit boring for me at the start, and I thought it had many annoying characters then. For me, it got better around the 5th/6th episode. If you love both leads, I think you’ll like it eventually because they did well here (at least for me).

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      I’m gonna stick with it and I’m hoping it just takes a while to hook me. Fingers crossed.

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Whelp, after a very long hiatus, I am visiting K-dramaland again. Decided to check out Crash Landing on You and VIP. If there is anything else I should watch let me know. I\’ve been out of the loop.

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    Welcome beanie! I’ve come back after a long time too.

    If you haven’t watched hospital playlist yet give it a try.

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      Ohh I heard about this. I’ll add it to the watchlist.

      And a welcome back to dramaland to you! 🙂

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    Welcome back!
    You can try Mystic Pop Up Bar. It’s only 12 episodes and it’s receiving much love from beanies. You will laugh and cry and enjoy the ride!

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      I saw this last night on Netflix and it looked interesting. I was curious so thanks for the recommendation. I’ll add it to my list!

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    Right now? Go and watch It’s okay to not be ok. When was the last time you were here???

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      I just now realized it’s been about a year since I’ve actively watched a show. Honestly the last drama I remember watching in its entirety was The Last Empress when the watch parties were happening. I was in the middle of Romance is a Bonus Book last summer, but never finished it.

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        I just finished 2 cdramas: Find Yourself and Romance of Tiger and Rose. Both are on Netflix. Both are excellent! When the camillia blooms (Gong Hyo-Jin), the untamed (another excellent wuxia cdrama), Rookie Historian, Touch your heart (the reaper/sunny sequel), secret life of my secretary, her private life, my country (Woo Do-hwan, Yang Sejong, Jang Hyuk!), Crash Landing into you. All these I enjoyed immensely!

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    If you’re looking for something heart-warming and funny to watch, try Hospital Playlist! The show is awesome and addictive but not like you have to binge it from start to end in one sitting. Highly recommended!

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    Welcome back!

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Been a long time. Poppin\’ in to say hi!

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