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  1. EVENT: 50 Things You Learn From a Korean Drama (2021 edition) Back in 2006 a Soompi Forum member posted a list of 50 things she had learnt from k-dramas. As we Event Organizers were reading through the list, we came to the conclusion, that several of the items on the list are STILL true today. But since many things had also changed, we thought that it would be fun to put together a 2021 edition. How are we going to decide what the 2021 edition list should contain? Easy. We brainstorm, and we vote which k-drama tropes happen in k-dramas in 2021. What do you need to do? Please read through the list below. These tropes have been suggested by the EOs. If you feel that something is missing, please post your suggestion on this thread and we will add it to the list. What happens after that? We compile a final list and we vote which 50 tropes make the final list. As we can only fit 60 options in the poll, we EOs reserve the right to edit some of the tropes or leave out ones that aren't so common if there are more than 60 options in total. List of tropes from 2006 that are still true today.... 1) You're allowed to make u-turns wherever you want in Korea. And there is never traffic on the side you want to u-turn to. 2) If you're sick, all you need is an IV to make you feel lots better. 3) Soju must cost 10 cents. Everyone drinks it everyday all the time, especially the poor people. 4) If you're rich, you're a jerk. 5) If you're poor, you're an angel. 6) You're not studying hard enough unless you get a nosebleed. 7) You go to America you come back miraculously successful. You go to England you come back amazingly fashionable. You stay in Korea the only thing that changes is your hairstyle. 8) Everyone always goes to the same hospital no matter where they are. 9) If you stand out in the rain for more than five minutes, you'll end up with a fever and vertigo and people will rush you to the hospital to get some magic IV. And instead of taking an ambulance or driving they'll race you on their back. 10) If you're saving someone from being hit from a car, you'll push them out of the way and wait for the car to hit you instead. Couldn't be more true, they're like a deer in headlights. ---NOTE in 2021, it's a truck. And it's called the Truck of Doom 11) If you're getting off a plane, you're ALWAYS wearing sunglasses. ALWAYS. 12) Girls will always storm off because they're mad and the guy will stoically grab them by the arm and swing them back- and by magic, not dislocate their shoulders. 13) You always get stuck in an elevator with someone who makes you feel uncomfortable. Even if there are six different elevators, you'll always be stuck in the same one with that guy you hate (or just fought with). 14) Unless you're fabulously rich, your in-laws will always hate you -- NOTE in 2021, most in-laws hate you - regardless if you're rich or not 15) There are only 2 ways to kiss. You either press your lips against theirs with your mouth completely shut, and just press away for a very long and uncomfortable time. OR you devour the other person and suck out their soul. In both instances, the world spins. 16) A guy will always get the right size ring, even if you're never held hands. 17) You'll get pregnant if you hold hands. 18) One Korean man can kick the butts of 6 gangstas. Especially when they all stand in a circle and attack the guy one by one. Then when each of them get their butts OWNED, they wise up and attack the guy at the same time. Then the guy will get pulverized and bleed out onto the dusty concrete floor of the empty warehouse they've found to fight in. There will be a fire in a trashcan somewhere. And the girl will have watched this the entire time, screaming in horror. Instead of calling 119, she'll just watch and cry. But it's okay. Cuz the next day the guy will be fine with a few random bandages and a few face scars. But never a black eye. 19) If you study in the states (preferably Harvard), you are one of the top students and can speak perfect English (as assumed by the reactions of those around you). Why the rest of the world OUTSIDE of the TV can't understand a single word uttered out of your melodramatic mouth is beyond me. New 2021 tropes suggested by the Event Organizers.... 20) If you have a husband, he's probably a cheater. The audience will be shown lots of barf scenes of him cheating. You'll need barf bags. 21) The leads ALWAYS knew each other already as kids 22) A drama isn't complete without the male lead brooding in the shower - not that we mind - lol 23) In the early 2000s everyone died of cancer - in 2021 everyone is just randomly killed off (preferably by a serial killer with a brain transplant) 24) People throw in all kinds of random English words into conversations even though it makes no sense in that context 25) People always eat at Subway, cafe or a fried chicken restaurant. Or you're using a coffee maker, putting on facial cream or offering your work colleagues donuts all the while the camera is zooming in on the brand 26) Your future mother-in-law will throw water in your face. 27) If you're being cheated on, you will throw water in the face of your hubby's mistress. Or you'll slap her. Or you'll grab her by her hair. In any case, the husband will not interfere. He will just stand there looking at the both of you like he's encountering the Truck of Doom. 28) If you're not drinking soju, you're drinking iced Americano 29) Ramen is the national dish of Korea. You'll be slurping away on ramen in nearly every episode. And you'll compliment how good it is. 30) You will take out a cigarette but you'll never light it 31) If it's winter, you never look cold even though you're not wearing a coat, gloves or a beanie. You don't need those even if it's below zero. You're always feeling warm because yeah, you're fashionable. 32) When driving, you don't need to look at the road. You speak to the person in the passenger seat and give him/her long gazes while the car just drives itself miraculously. And you never need to check the side mirrors or the back mirror because you're the best driver in the world 33) If you're in the elevator, the elevator is the slowest in the world. You can have a 3 minute discussion in the elevator even though the building is only 4 floors in total. This is normal elevator speed in Korea. 34) Someone is always a secret chaebol. 35) If you travel abroad you always want to go to France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany or Spain. If you happen to speak German, French, Italian or Spanish, viewers won't understand a word of it. 36) The male lead is always younger than the female lead. Because noonas are in fashion and apparently every man in Korea wants one. And if you're an ahjussi, then you'll prefer a super young woman. An idol actress will be cast in that role 37) If you're a criminal, you always wear black clothes and a black baseball cap. Because no, you won't look suspicious at all. lol 38) If a guy is a jerk, he is definitely into you. He'll have narcissistic tendencies, but he will just miraculously change for the female lead WITHOUT any kind of therapy. Because you know, the power of love. 39) If you're playing an "ugly" character, taking off your glasses and straightening your hair will turn you into a goddess and all men will fall for you after that. 40) What would a drama without the ML grabbing the FL by her wrist be? 41) You'll always tell someone that the weather is nice. Even though there's a hurricane. Because yeah, you'll think that the rain and wind are refreshing 42) If you're working in a restaurant or at the fish/fruit market, you'll be an ahjumma with curly permed hair. 43) If you're a police officer or a detective, you won't have common sense. No, all criminals will be smarter than you. The newbie in your squad will puke at the crime scene. You'll be good at fighting, but the criminal will always get away anyway, because they will be better than you at taekwondo / kung fu. So, you won't catch him until the last episode. By then, the story will have become so complicated and convoluted that it doesn't make sense anymore and the audience will just be left shaking their heads in disbelief. 44) You have bangs regardless if you're a man or a woman. Yup, even if you look better showing off your forehead, you'll still want to have outdated wispy bangs if you're a girl and a bowl cut if you're a boy. And this Korean trend will not fade away - it will still be the trend in 10 years. Heck 50 years. We can only dream of forehead oppas. 45) If it's a daily drama, karma always hits you. 46) If you're second male lead, you'll never get the girl. 47) If you are having coffee/juice/pizza or anything in a cafe/restaurant, you will never ever finish them. You won't take a sip or bite of it, and leave the poor thing on table since something urgent always happens. 48) If you're poor, you'll always have the latest Samsung phone. Everyone in the drama will have the same phone, just different color. 49) If you're texting someone, there will never be any chat history on screen. 50) Slaps are more effective using food - seaweed, kimchi, a pork chop. And you can eat it too after the slap is over. No food waste cr. to owner Chingus, please post your suggestions below. Do you want to rewrite one of the options, or did we miss out on one? Let us know. In 24 hours, we'll be putting up the poll. Your Event Organizers, @partyon @Lmangla @Sleepy Owl tagging:
  2. Quick Poll: K-Drama Seasons As we gear up for the season to be jolly, I wondered about all the K-drama seasons we have watched together and desperately prayed to K-Drama gods and goddesses to grant us a new season after we bid goodbye to them. Therefore, is it any surprise if an announcement of a new season makes us squeal and jump in excitement? Recently, there has been a bloom of K-Dramas with multiple seasons and a lot of new projects are already in the pipeline. Be it the internationally acclaimed thriller, 'Squid Game' or rom-coms like 'Yumi's Cells'. We love our K-dramas and more the seasons, the merrier we are. So, do vote for your favourite K-drama with multiple seasons. Is there any drama that you wish to see the second season of? Do let us know why you wish to see it. "As with all Quick Polls, you only have 36 hours to vote! " Tagging: Please feel free to reach out to us, your friendly neighborhood EOs with your suggestions for events, including Quick Polls. re : Your friendly neighbourhood EO Team: @partyon @Sleepy Owl @agenth @confusedheart
  3. EVENT- A Blast from the Past Do you remember binge-watching your first K-drama and falling in love with the amazing and fascinating world of K-dramas? We all have our favourite K-dramas that have struck a chord with us. Let us take a walk down the memory lane to see if these dramas have stood the test of time and are as enjoyable as they were when we first watched them. As we re-live the nostalgia, chingus, we have a few quick questions for you. We are all ears to know how your journey began. How did you start watching K-dramas? Was there a specific K-drama that made you stay? Which 3-5 K-dramas are the best dramas you've ever watched? Why would you recommend K-dramas to others who know nothing about them? What do K-dramas mean to you? Which K-drama you cannot stop yourself from re-watching? Here's a sneak-peak into the EO's foray into the K-dramaland. @partyon's answers: @agenth's answers: @Sleepy Owl 's answers: @confusedheart's answers: Here is the list of dramas with their iconic posters. Group 1: Dramas 2002-2013 Group 2: Dramas 2013-2017 Group 3: Dramas 2017-2020 You can vote for a maximum of dramas in each group. Since our poll can only have 60 dramas due to technical limitations, we apologize if your favourite drama isn't included. As always, feel free to leave a comment below. Thank you @partyon your patience and support! The poll is open till 17th October, 2021. If you have any event suggestions, do not hesitate to contact your friendly, neighbourhood Event Organizers. re: @Sleepy Owl @agenth @confusedheart tagging:
  4. [Drama 2006] Goong (Princess Hours) 궁 RE-WATCH EVENT Chingus, welcome to the Goong (Princess Hours) re-watch event! You may have heard of this classic k-drama - now is your chance to watch it together with your Event Organizers! Why not watch an older drama to re-live the feeling when the original Hallyu Wave was at its peak? 1. How do I register? Raise your hand and say you're in. You can join or leave at any time just like in a regular drama thread. 2. How does it work? Every week - we will watch 2 episodes and post right here on this thread. You can watch at your convenience but post your responses to the episode no earlier than Monday each week. 3. I've never watched it. Can I join the event anyway? Absolutely! 4. What should I keep in mind? You can watch the episodes faster than 2 episodes per week, but please keep to the episode schedule with regard to commenting. Also, please do not add spoilers in your posts that might take away from the enjoyment of the chingus watching for the first time.... All normal k-drama thread rules apply also in this thread. 5. What is the schedule? When can I start commenting on the weekly episodes? Aug 2 -- ep 1 & 2 (i.e. you can start commenting on episodes 1 and 2 on Monday Aug 2nd) Aug 9 -- ep 3 & 4 Aug 16 -- ep 5 & 6 Aug 23 -- ep 7 & 8 Aug 30 -- ep 9 & 10 Sept 6 -- ep 11 & 12 Sept 13 -- ep 13 & 14 Sept 20 -- ep 15 & 16 Sept 27 -- ep 17 & 18 Oct 4 -- ep 19 & 20 Oct 11 -- ep 21 & 22 Oct 18 -- ep 23 & 24 6. Do you have any information about the drama? Drama: Goong (Princess Hours) Genre: comedy, romance, school, drama Network: MBC Episodes: 24 Director: Hwang In Roe, Kim Do Hyung Writer: In Eun Ah Release date: Jan 11, 2006 - Mar 30, 2006 OST: Spotify, YouTube Official site: https://program.imbc.com/gung Other site: https://asianwiki.com/Princess_Hours Plot: Feisty, bubbly, and no-nonsense, Chae Gyeong is an ordinary high school student. Until one day when she receives some unexpected news. Because of her grandfather's will, she must marry the unendurable Crown Prince Lee Shin who also happens to attend her high school. Chae Gyeong initially resists the proposal before reluctantly agreeing to marry him to help her debt-ridden family. As she struggles to adapt herself to royal life, learning proper manners and taking on the duties of palace life while dealing with a disagreeable husband, the Crown Prince's sentimental cousin and second-in-line to the throne, Yul, steps into her life. She feels like she can rely on Yul for help and guidance but still finds it difficult not to worry about her haughty, cold-hearted husband. To help bridge this gap, the senior members of the royal family take some special measures to get them to spend the night together. (Source: MyDramaList) Cast: Yoon Eun Hye - Shin Chae-Kyung Ju Ji Hoon - Lee Shin Kim Jeong Hoon - Lee Yul Song Ji Hyo - Min Hyo-Rin Lee Yoon Ji - Princess Hye-Myung Shim Hye Jin - Lady Hwa-Yong Park Chan Hwan - King Yun Yoo San - Queen Min Kim Hye Ja - Queen Mother Park Kim Sang Joong - Lee Soo Choi Bul Am - Emperor Seong-Jo 1.Soompi code of conduct | SOOMPI RULES FOR KDRAMA | MOVIES | ACTORS' & ACTRESS' SECTION Don't post any requests for subs!Anything unrelated to the drama plot is considered spamming. Don't quote images. 01.Due to the copyright/legal problems, no illegal streaming links will/should be posted on this thread as there had been major crackdowns going on lately.02.Any complaints about any streaming links will be counted as spam and will be reported to the mods.03.Any complaints of the respective companies such as Viki, youtube, Etc.. should be report to the respective companies instead of posting your complaints here.04.Those who are caught breaking the Soompi posting rules more than 5 times will have their Id/IDs reported the mods. 05.Those who are caught promoting/posting illegal streaming links with subs ( those without permission from the orginal subbers and doesn't have copyrights like SOOMPI TV, Viki, Dramafever, Kdrama.com or Crunchyroll) will have their ID's reported to the mods for endangering Soompi to legal issues for illegal streaming sites promotions. PLEASE GIVE CREDIT TO WHERE CREDIT IS DUE tagging some people : Your Event Organizers, (who will be watching the drama too ) @confusedheart326 @agenth @Sleepy Owl @partyon @Lmangla
  5. CHOI TAEK ❤ SUNG DEOK SUN PARK BO GUM ❤ HYERI ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- SIGNS THAT HE IS THE HUSBAND 1. Left- handed/ ambidextrous. 2. Smokes. 3. Lack of socks. 4. Thin layer of clothes. 5. Hint of previous formality with Noeul. 6. Photo on January 1989. 7. Went to 1989 MBC Song Festival with DS and everybody else. 8. Calls her pretty. 9. Selective memory. SIMILARITIES WITH REPLY 1994 AND/ OR REPLY 1997 1. Childhood flashback scene. 2. Moment of realization. 3. Running in white shirt. 4. Drinking milk. 5. Smoking. 6. Broken arm. 7. Saves the main girl from a stranger. 8. Plays a game before a big day and wins (1997= before exam. 1988= before competition). 9. Failure to confess as planned on the d- day because of someone important. 10. Technically always kissed the girl first. TAEKTANIUM CSI FILES 1. Time/numbers theory: 1/2/3/4/5/6 2. Baduk posts: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9 3. Water/fish/yin-yang symbolism: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11 4. Dolls theory: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7 5. Color theory: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16 6. Parallels with other couples and characters: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17/18/19/20/21/22/23 7. Packmule3's posts: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17/18/19/20/21/22/23/24 8. Narrative structure: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15 9. Characterization: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17/18/19/20 10. Future scenes explained: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12 11. SunTaek posts: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15/16/17/18/19/20 12. Reply Twilight Zone: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12 13. Eagle eye visual analysis: 1/2/3/4/5/6 14. Other popular theory/analysis/ symbolism posts: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10 //OTHER LINKS: - GIFs: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12 - Fanarts: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11/12/13/14/15 - Parodies/Fanfics: 1/2/3 - Funny/popular posts: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8 //TAEK♥DEOKSUN PLAYLIST: //TAEK♥DEOKSUN CLIPS: //BOGUM♥HYERI CLIPS:
  6. Quick Poll: Are you a K-Drama addict? Signs you are a K-drama addict! If you are a Potterhead, you must know about the ‘soul-sucking fiends’, the Dementors who leave their victims in a permanent vegetative state. Has your soul been consumed by the K-drama Dementors, leaving you with no social life? cr: to the creator Did your addiction start innocently with a ‘Playful Kiss’ ? Do you find yourself 'On the Verge of Madness'? Is everyone now aware of your not so ‘Secret Romance’ with K-dramas? Does your ‘Love Alarm’ go Du-geun Du-geun when your discover a new oppa/ noona/ unnie/ ahjussi? cr: to the creator Fear not Chingus, your ‘Good Doctor’ EO ‘Healer’ team is here. Because we firmly believe in the mantra that ‘It’s Okay to Not Be Okay’. So check out the Quick Poll and diagnose your symptoms. cr: to the creator And the results are *drum rolls* 0-5: you got lost on the forums and now stay for the tea and cookies. 6-9: you either need to catch up, or you're hiding your obsession very well, even from yourself 10-15: you're at the point of no return, have succumbed to the trills of dramatic K-drama OST and can fling around random Korean words around you as self-defence for anyone wanting to bring you back to the normal world 16-20: your relatives have checked you in rehab, which is the only reason why you aren't walking down the streets of Seoul to meet your oppa. Perhaps you have broken out already and been to Korea, but there are so many drama locations you haven't been to yet... " As with all Quick Polls, you only have 36 hours to vote! " Please feel free to reach out to us, your friendly neighborhood EOs with your suggestions for events, including Quick Polls. re : @partyon @Lmangla @Sleepy Owl @agenth @confusedheart326 tagging:
  7. EVENT: Celebrity Sightings - Spill the Tea cr. @gm4queen Chingus, we assume that some of you have met a celebrity, talked to them, gotten an autograph or just admired them from afar? Or that you want to meet a celebrity? Who? As we Event Organizers (EOs) are HUGE fans of gossip (lol), it would be fun to read stories regarding celebrity sightings. Either ones that have happened, or ones that you wish would happen. Have you seen/met a celebrity? (can be anyone from around the world, doesn't have to be Korean) What was it like? Did you talk to them? Did you get an autograph? Were they nice? Or different from what you expected? Which celebrity would you really like to meet one day? If you have a picture, feel free to post it here for other chingus to admire. You don't have to name the celebrity if you would like to keep it anonymous. Here are some examples of celebrity sightings - the Event Organizers spilling the tea.... "I met a local celeb actress -- was in a hotel and waiting in the entrance for the valet to return our car. Turned and saw the actress and first I was confused "oh, she looks familiar" and then realized she was from xx movie and then I was like "woah! she is seriously short even with those heels...." I looked like a giant next to her and I was wearing flats." @Lmangla "I was visiting Korea many years ago and ran into a Korean actress in a department store. For some reason I thought I had met her (didn't realize she was a celebrity), so I kept ("secretly") staring at her, trying to jolt my memory about who she was and if I should go up and say hi to her. After a while she started to look annoyed with my staring, and that's when I realized that I didn't know her and that she was a celebrity. I guess she was wondering why she suddenly had a foreign lady stalker. lol " @partyon "A few years ago, before the pandemic hit us and brought our lives to a standstill, my friends and I were travelling. Our previous flight had just landed and we hardly had enough time for check in and board the next flight to finally reach our destination. As we flew across the airport lounges, trying not to miss our flight, we briefly saw a very popular sportsperson. Obviously, our young hearts fluttered at the sight of the young handsome sportsperson and we desperately wished to meet him, click a couple of photos, perhaps even get his autograph. But it wasn’t to be so, if we needed to catch the flight. So we simply left with a memory in our hearts. The sportsperson looked way handsome in person than on television, that’s for sure! Though I wasn’t a fan, I definitely became one after the ‘celeb-sighting’. It was love at first sight though one-sided and reciprocated. Now, I have discovered K-drama and lots of oppas. My heart goes ‘dugun dugun’ again at the sight of them. Hope to catch a sight of them someday soon." @confusedheart326 "I met half the Italian national football team once while shopping. When I realised who they were, I immediately called my friend. As she told me she's 5 minutes away, i followed at a distance to keep them in my sight, but they sort of noticed me when they went in a perfume shop so I asked for a photo with them and one even sprayed his newly bought perfume on me." @agenth "I have seen this one really famous cricketer in domestic airport while travelling, but I was just like "Oh, its him", and then continued reading my book. Wasn't really my favorite cricketer." @Sleepy Owl We look forward to reading your stories. As always, if you do have any event ideas, do reach out to us. Your Event Organizers @partyon @confusedheart326 @Sleepy Owl @agenth @Lmangla Tagging:
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