Beanie level: Errand boy

I love Zhan Shiqi so much 😍 She is beautifully lethal and kickass
#Ancient Detective #Girlfriend is perfect

@outofthisworld @mayhemf @lugirl131415 @horangi @harunomasu @kimbapnoona

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    she’s the best! our lovely Shiqi~💛

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    I love that in AD we have a kung-fu genius FML who desperate wants to get away from the toxic work family and a candy ML who despite a traumatic past has the purest and peppiest attitude to help everyone around him! 😆

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I love this OTP 😍 They are so sweet together. I love it’s the ML crying rather than the badass FL 😆

#Ancient Detective #Girlfriend and Tender Boy #Tim cries so beautifully

@outofthisworld @mayhemf @lugirl131415 @horangi @harunomasu @kimbapnoona

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These 2 together make me laugh. They are so adorable and fun together. I love them 😍

#Ancient Detective #Boyfriend and Tender Boy #Protect your chastity

@outofthisworld @mayhemf @lugirl131415 @horangi @harunomasu @kimbapnoona

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    Lolol this scene!! I love their (b)romance <3

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    Their bromance is the best, purest, and the most adorable!!! I just cannot get enough of the petty jealousy and competitiveness between Wo Huan and 17! One of my favorite delightful moments:

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      Ahhhh! I forgot to gif this scene because I loved it so much! I even said I would and then totally forgot. Thank you for reminding me!

      Yes! I love how jealous Wohuan, or Boyfriend as we’ve dubbed him in the discord channel, gets of Shiqi (aka Girlfriend) 😂 we were joking that Boyfriend got his fancy ribbons and braids and nice clothes after Girlfriend returned because he had to actually work for Jian’s affection after she returned.

      I love boyfriends and Jian’s (aka Tender Boy) relationship. It’s totally straight but so sweet and cute how much they do care and love each other. It’s a healthy example of a loving bromance. 😍

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My current obsession Ancient Detective. I highly suggest this to anyone who likes costume cdramas. The characters and their relationships with each other are such a joy to watch and makes this drama so cracktastic.

I love that the ML, Jian Buzhi, has no martial arts skills and needs his best friend and lover to protect him. It’s a unique twist to most period cdramas out there where the ML is almost always very skilled at martial arts.

The first few cases aren’t all that interesting and it’s hard to figure out who is the culprit since the murderers usually used magical martial art skills to do them. But ultimately it was the characters that made this drama so enjoyable. I love the threesome (and later foursome). They are so much fun together. Even the side characters you meet are all fun, different and endearing.

You have the sweet and tender Jian Buzhi, who is the glue of the group. He might not be able to fight or protect himself but everyone looks up to him as an example of goodness and strength. He is trying to carry on his father’s legacy to uphold justice by solving crimes with his intelligence, bravery and skills.

Then there is the brash, loyal but lovable Zhao Wohuan who meets Jian and within the first few minutes decides he will be his protector. His journey from being an untrained swordsman to being a force to be reckoned with is rewarding. Him and Jian have a beautiful and healthy bromance together that I absolutely love, which is built upon trust, brotherhood and love.

The last main character is the kickass Zhan Shiqi. She may seem like a cold and emotionless assassin at first but she just wants to live her life being the woman she was never allowed to be as an assassin. She is highly skilled and protects her lover Jian without question. The relationship between Shiqi and Jian is sweet and tender. No grand confessions of love between them, but their love is real and strong.

I really wish this did well, both because I would have loved a second season (it ended very well but a scene at the very end opened it up to a 2nd season) and because these talented actors deserve to be recognized. I’m heartbroken that most of these actors have no future dramas, or they are small side parts. 💔 But I definitely suggest this drama!

@outofthisworld @mayhemf @lugirl131415 @horangi @harunomasu

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    What an amazing little gem!! I loved all the characters and I enjoyed the ending even more.
    Also, It really helped that this was capped at 24 episode.

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    Thank you for this write up, @trinpie!

    Ancient Detective is an underrated gem. It has garnered good reviews everywhere but didn’t enjoy half the popularity as dozens of C dramas out there which paled in comparison in terms of quality. It isn’t big budget but that doesn’t mean the production quality is bad. Everything was very tastefully done and I love the aesthetics.

    I enjoyed the cases more than I expected because I find most C crime shows boring. This one is pretty old school, giving me vibes of Agatha Christie. Although it got a little tad repetitive at one point, the whole crime mystery thing was well done. I was pleasantly surprised that they managed to tie up all the cases to the main plot with as little plotholes possible.

    Most of all, the cast is amazing! I enjoy the bromance between the two male leads so much! They are cute beyond words. I have seen my fair share of drama bromance. This is one of the very best. It’s straight, bucking the trend of BL these days but not less enjoyable. The rivalry between Zhao Wohuan and Shiqi over the position of being Jian Buzhi’s protector is hilarious. A departure from the usual male leads fighting over the girl or vice versa.

    Besides the Trio, the other side characters were interesting as well and well acted. For a relatively new and young cast, I’d give them top marks. Kudos too to the scriptwriter for these awesome characters.
    I have little hope that they will do Season 2. Look at C drama record, they seldom do seasons and even if they do, they take forever. Nonetheless, it’s a great drama and easily one of my top dramas for 2020, even if the year hasn’t ended.

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    Thanks for this Trin! Just like any good Wuxia stories the relationships between the characters in Ancient Detective are wonderful. I was continually surprised that even a few of the tertiary characters in this drama have depth and even growth. I am hopeful for a second season, at least it looks like the writer of the original story is indicating that there will be!

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      I really really hope so! The drama rated well with those who watched but sadly seems it wasn’t popular or watched by a lot. 😭😭😭🤞

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Here you go @hwihwi (click into the comments!) 😆

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This is one way to let your husband know you are angry with him 😆 #FakePrincess

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I\’m currently 15 episodes into Fake Princess and I\’m really enjoying this drama ❤️ I just saw Eleanor in My Love, Enlighten Me which got me interested in seeing this drama, and she is just as great in this. Her character is strong, smart, independent and loyal. Her ML is adorable, kind, and trusting and perfectly played by Zhao Yi Qin. Iโ€™ve never seen him in a drama before but he is also a very talented actor. But their romance is so sweet and even though some drama worked its way into their romance both characters chose to trust each other and their love. I even like the side characters and their romances. The drama overall is sweet and fun with a super adorable OTP that I highly suggest. I mean, look at them!

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    I’ve watched Fake Princess to episode 5 and I agree it’s a enjoyable watch as female lead is so clever and make lead is a total mushir and trusts easily which is a good thing here! But, this drama didn’t make me loose my sleep to bone watch or anything so it’s just a way watch. I started watching this drama as I liked the ML in Salute to my youthv and FL in My love, enlighten me.

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      I want to start watching ML new drama My Girl with his past co-star of salute to my youth. It started studying recently and some episodes are there on YouTube.

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      Oh it’s not my favorite drama out there but it’s still really fun and enjoyable! And I love both the main characters (and actors) so that helps!

      I was looking forward to My Girl because I thought it was a gender reversal (she was the CEO he is her personal assistant) but he is the CEO and she has mental health issues and I lost interest when I learned that. But after seeing this I think I’ll give it a go for the ML.

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    I love Eleanor. Can’t believe I missed this

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Here you go @harunomasu (click into the comments) 😆

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This OTP is ❤️ #TigerAndRose

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4 reasons to watch My Country:

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Day 15: Best Drama Villain

This was really hard for me because I was trying to decide between a villain who is logically the better villain, and the other who is one of my favorite characters but not necessarily the better villain. Unsurprisingly both antagonists have a similar trajectory so I clearly have a villain type. But I ultimately went with the illogical choice because I love his character so much and that is Runyu from Ashes of Love.

His character is more than him being the antagonist, he had a full and heartbreaking story. His trajectory from being the sweet and patient Night Deity, to actively working against his brother the main character makes sense. He wasn\’t evil for the sake of being evil. He starts out caring and loving his younger brother, but due to the way he is treated, and some horrific and horrible situations he is put through, he turns bitter and hateful. These events jade him and turns him into someone who will fight tooth and nail for the last thing he feels he deserves, the kind woman who showed him compassion and caring. But even that isn\’t his and by the end he has turned her into an idea of salvation he is desperate not to lose. He may have been the villain but he broke my heart.

Honorable Mention: Kimura Shunji from Gaksital

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    🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺
    I actually found him pitiful more than โ€˜evilโ€™….. The only thing I wasnโ€™t impressed with was how he used Jin Mi to kill Xu Feng, and then tried to justify it ☹️☹️☹️☹️ The confrontation scene between Run Yu & Jin Mi, though sad, is actually one of my favourite parts of the entire drama. I never questioned whether he loves her or notโ€”I really believe that he doesโ€” but his love took a backseat to his own resentful heart the moment he used Jin Mi into manipulating the whole marriage situation in front of Water God and the moment he cooked up the plan to use Jin Mi to kill Xu Feng 😱

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      He’s definitely an antagonist but he was never ‘evil’. And he definitely did bad things which is why he was an antagonist. And yes by the end he was more in love with the idea of her than in love with her. He had built up in his mind what it would mean if she loved him and I think he loved that more than her. He felt like he could only achieve happiness through her.

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    Leo!!!

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Day 14: Most Underrated Drama

It’s a crime that Mother didn’t get more recognition then what it got. It was a beautiful and heart wrenching drama about the love between mothers and daughters. Hye-Na may not have been Soo-Jin’s biological daughter, but that didn’t stop her from loving her just as deeply and risking everything to save and protect her. And not just this relationship, but the relationship between Soo-Jin and her mother was beautifully heartbreaking. The whole drama was brilliantly written, directed and acted and I highly suggest everyone go watch this amazing drama.

Honorable Mentions: Save Me

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Tine and Sarawat are so ridiculously cute together 😍 My current drama crack. #2gether



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    I didnt realize so many Beanies were watching this. I thought I was like one of three.

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      A few of us started watching it a couple days ago and we are addicted lol (and we are trying to convince others to watch) 😆

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      I’m watching it too!

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        It is such a sweet little summer romance.

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          It is fascinating how adorable and sweet this drama is. I mean it’s such a simple show, but the romance clicks so we’ll. I wanted more. It doesn’t even have a big budget, but they made it work. 👏👏👏

          (I am not sure though if I can watch another BL drama like this. I want something more next time.)

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            Exactly how I feel!
            The actors fit their roles so well. Bright and Win made the simple romance work <3 I got hooked after seeing the first episode. The OSTs are good, too. I love Wat's voice ;A: and when Tine starts singing with him? Ah~ my heart. I want more of this as well. Hope we get another BL with the same vibe.

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            (@drawde2000 – I agree. While I love the drama, I do think that at points it needs to show more. Like, they’re at a point when a kiss is natural, but they just hug. It’s unsatisfactory imo)

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    They have brought a lot of new fans to the BL world, including myself. 😊

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    Trin~ they are so cute together ;A;
    Bright and Win are really making it work <3 The MV is so freakin cute! It's just them, a guitar and lots of balloons and it managed to make me swoon. I watch this at least twice or thrice a day! Such a feel-good song.

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    Is this a sequel? I thought it was so didn’t give it a chance.

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Day 13: Most Overrated Drama

That would be Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. Had a cute OTP with good chemistry but everything else outside of that was awful.

Honorable Mention: Love O2O

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    Some parts of that drama was too awful that I felt disgusted, ugh

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    I felt like I was watching a different show whenever the OTP was not on. I didnโ€™t like it

    Ahn Min Hyuk remained as one of my favourite male leads tho! He was just soooooo swoony and his eyes were dripping with honey 🤩

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      That was the issue, the writing was so disjointed and terrible. The gangsters, the poorly written gay man (whose sexuality was just a joke), the jarring genre shift to the psychopath, the 2MLs whole identity was being a cop and had no personality outside of that, and the constant bathroom humor.

      AMH was a gem though ❤

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        Ahn Min Hyuk! Honestly if it wasn’t for the OTP I would have probably hated this drama.

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          Ahn Min Hyuk definitely hard carried this show. At some point Bong Soon even pissed me off. But my love for Ahn Min Hyuk was constant.

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        Yep agree to everything you said. Also, I went into to this show ready to have a severe second male lead syndrome because of Jisoo, but Jisoo totally under performed in this drama. I want to forget he was in this drama. And every single episode I fell for Ahn Min Hyuk.

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      Park Hyung Sik has naturally very expressive eyes, he doesnโ€™t even need to purposely do anything and itโ€™s like 🍯😍😍😍😍😍

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    I tried to like this drama because of all the hype but I couldnโ€™t and finally dropped it!

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    I loved SWDBS, but I’ve seen a lot of Beanies saying it was problematic. I wonder if it’s because the good parts outshone the bad for me or if it’s because the bad parts did not register with me. Either way I need to think.

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      I loved it too, but I found many portions of it problematic. I found the spouse abuse particularly hard to accept.

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    YES x 1,000.

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    I only watched it for the otp. Ahn Min Hyuk is bae

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    I have seen people loving Love O2O but I saw the trailer and the clips and I wasn’t interested in it one bit

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Day 11: Worst Kiss

This is an easy one because every kiss from Love O2O was nightmare inducing, especially the first kiss. What confuses me about the kisses is her expressions don’t match what she is supposed to be emoting. In their first kiss they are already dating but she looks like she is in pain mixed with confusion, like why is this man I’m dating kissing me. You later find out she was embarrassed but the actress (who is a pretty awful actress) failed miserably in showing that. And sadly she looks this horribly awkward in every scene 🙄 it doesn’t help that I hate this drama and only finished it because I was hate watching it.

Since I don’t want to be alone in my misery I’ll kindly allow everyone else to view this nightmare inducing kiss.

Honorable Mention: Almost every Park Shin Hye kiss

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This scene from When the Weather is Nice was hilarious. Eun Seob\’s reaction was perfect. Those poor books didn\’t deserve to be so carelessly dropped twice. 😂




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    SKJ’s got great timing for comedy and is not afraid to look bad. I’d love to see him doing lighter stuff

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    I rewatched this scene many many many times. Specifically for that “be cool, be cool, be cool, be cool, holyshizisthisreallyhappening, BE COOL!” slight frown head tilt expression in your second to last gif.

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Day 10: Favorite Kiss

This would be every kiss in Witch\’s Romance. This was my first ever Park Seo-Joon drama so I didn\’t know how talented this man\’s mouth could be until later *cough*. But I rewatched so many kiss scenes in this drama, especially the spilled beer, lick kiss. I love passionate, well-done kisses and this hit the spot. I love this drama but I don\’t remember a lot of the drama outside of the kisses 😅 one thing that really stood out to me was a lot of dramas at the time only showed wooden, press yours lips sedately together kisses. So I was shockingly surprised when they showed so much passion on the screen. I think it\’s time to rewatch some kiss scenes 😚

Honorable Mentions: Romantic Doctor Kim, Suspicious Partner, I Need Romance 3

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    This was the first kdrama where I saw two people kissing like they mean it!! that little teasing lick, lol!!

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      Yes! This is why it’s my favorite. It’s one of the first kisses I saw that actually showed some passion! There have been many great kisses and better done ones since but this was my first hot kiss 😍

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      And how he kisses her all over towards the end of the series ahhhh theyโ€™re so cute and natural……

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    I have been staring, transfixed you could say at the first kiss and for the first time I am realizing that he licks her too! How did I NEVER notice that before? I was so focused on her sexy little lick that I never–not even once–noticed that he was doing a sexy little lick at the same.

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    I remember being so upset when mom barged in, noooo mom, whyyy! Her surreptitiously patting his messy-after-make-out-session hair is so much cute.

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    now seeeee… this is NOT the kind of (chemistry) kiss Sae Ro Yi gave Yi Seo in Itaewon Class… i was very disappointed.

    he was also very very good in Word from Warm Heart in his role paired up with Han Groo also…
    *sighs*

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      I’ve never heard of Word from Warm Heart before. Park Seo Joon and Han Groo are great kissers so I must seek this out.

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        their relationship in the drama almost stole the show for me… i love them both.

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    Uhm Jung Hwa is a great kisser so these two together are pure fireworks. I loved her character in Venus Talks.

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Day 9: Favorite Secondary Couple

This definitely is Cha Hyeon and Seol Ji-hwan from Search WWW. I loved this relationship more than the main OTP. I already had a major girl crush on Scarlett so when she went all adorably fangirl on Ji-Hwan I couldn\’t help but fall even more in love with her. And I loved that SJH was so sweet towards Scarlett. What started out as thankfulness at her help and dedication, slowly turned into a sweet romance. I could watch a whole drama of these 2 being adorable together.

It also managed to introduced the very talented Lee Jae-wook to me. ❤

Honorable Mentions: Veronica and Ki Dae Joo from Secret Life of my Secretary and Sunny and Reaper from Goblin



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When the Weather is Nice is so beautiful. I love Eun Seob’s private blog posts. They are so lovely and heartfelt. I didn’t know how much I needed this drama, but it soothes my heart. ❤

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Day 8: Worst NOPT

(THIS CONTAINS SPOILERS)

This was a really easy one because I donโ€™t think any OTP can be worse than Ling Yi Zhou and Xia Lin from Well Intended Love. This was not a romance but a horror pretending to be a romance. This drama felt like the biography of an abused woman and was really disturbing to watch.

The ML Ling Yi Zhou is super controlling, manipulative, and emotionally abusive. He tries and succeeds to control and exert his power over the FL countless times throughout the drama. Xia Lin is an aspiring actress who has only been able to get small side roles so far, but she finally gets her break to play a large role in an upcoming drama. But Yi Zhou doesnโ€™t like how close she is to her co-actor, so out of jealousy and a powerful need to control her, he uses his influence and power to get the drama shut down, ruining her big break. Since she is an aspiring actress she didnโ€™t want to go public with her relationship, fearing to be the center of gossip since he is a powerful and popular CEO. But he goes behind her back and manipulates things to โ€œaccidentallyโ€ reveal to the world they are married. At another point he (of course) gets amnesia and is cruel and awful to her since he canโ€™t remember this is the woman he loves.

But all this isnโ€™t even the worst part. The worst part is the whole premise of the drama. The drama starts by her finding out she has lymphoma and discovers the only compatible bone marrow donor is him. So she confronts him asking if he would be willing to be a donor and save her life. He leads her on a merry chase before agreeing with the added stipulation that they enter a marriage contract because it is his dying grandmothers wish that he marry before she passes. This is all fine, until you discover later on that she never had cancer, he used his power and influence to fake she had cancer and he was the only donor to get her to marry him. This was beyond horrifying. What normal human being makes the person you like have fake cancer as a ploy to date and marry? He is this powerful CEO who could have any woman he wants but it never crossed his mind to simply talk to her and get to know her. On top of all this, when she sensibly tries to break up with him, he locks her in the house so she wonโ€™t leave him. Do yourself a favor and donโ€™t watch this drama.

Normally I post pictures to accompany my posts, but I donโ€™t want to mar my wall by posting images of this drama.

Honorable Mentions: Playful Kiss

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    Glad I dodged the bullet there and didnโ€™t have to go through all that experience myself. I only had to hear this story told from one beanie to another and another and another to get the hint that this is not the drama to touch on. 🙈🙈 I wish writers have respect for women when they form these fantasies in their head…… Women shouldnโ€™t fall for these kinds of scumbags.

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    I remember someone posting about this before and I was just like – WTF? This cannot be an actual romantic story. I was sure it must be some kind of stalker thriller. Lord. This is why I can’t do CDramas as much – I feel like a lot of the contemporary ones devolve into this kind of f*ckery (not this bad, but in the same vein).

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    This really seems a horror!!

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    I watched that drama but it was so disturbing that I had to stop it. I was so horrible! Boss is handsome and the actor who plays him is so charismatic but the manipulation and deceit were sickening!

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    ….what? Definitely not a Well Intended Love. Or a love at all.

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    *yikes* sounds horrible, thanks for the warning, will stay away from this

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