FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can I recap for you?
Maybe. We aren’t actively seeking writers, but you can refer to our instructions here.
Can I request recaps?
Can we request that you do the dance of joy when we snap our fingers? (Well, you can always ask. Just don’t expect a yes as your answer.)
Are you ever going to finish recaps for [currently unfinished series]?
The answer is pretty much always going to be, we really really want to. The reality of the situation may be different, because that fourth dimension sometimes closes its doors on us and restricts access to the space-time continuum. She can be a bitch that way.
Can I repost your recaps or news articles on my blog?
Why not? Everyone else does it.
Those people are doing it without permission, and against our wishes. Feel free to link or excerpt, but taking entire posts violates internet etiquette. Possibly also copyright rules, net ethics (nethics?), and basic decency to humankind and kittens. Think of the kittens!
How do you do that nifty rotating header business?
Umm, once upon I time I learned the bare minimum of technical skills required to implement something called a rotate.php script. I installed it and promptly forgot how. But the internet could probably tell you a lot better than I could.
Who’s in that header?
Here’s the master list.
Can I send you a header?
Absolutely! I am much indebted to the graphically inclined readers for the awesome banners on this site. Email a link to the header via contact form, or post it on the headers page.
How do you get music to play on the blog?
I use the Audio Player 2.0 plugin.
How come you’re so sarcastic? Just tell us what happened in the episode/article, without your opinions!
We are not a translation service. What we do on this site is share interesting information from K-dramaland, along with our thoughts on them. That’s the name of the game.
But I want to form my opinion without your bias.
Go right ahead. Please don’t let our opinions stop you from having your own. The comments section is there for you to discuss your differing opinions.
Why did my comment get held for moderation/not show up/get deleted?
It may have gotten stuck in the spam filter, or held because there were links. We’ll fish those out.
If it got deleted: Did you link to a spammy site? Or were you offensive? Be really honest with yourself here — did you make an obnoxious comment, attack another commenter, or flamebait for the lulz? Maybe you wrote insults in a language other than English. Or, you know, in English. Check out ourCommenting Policy.
Where do you find the time for recapping and watching so many dramas?
After many years of space travel, javabeans finally found the door to the fourth dimension, and has kindly shared the secret with girlfriday.
How do you decide which dramas to watch/recap?
At the beginning of each year we play a sadistic game of Korean Drama Roulette. There is much drinking and gnashing of teeth.
That doesn’t sound like a real game.
It could be. Mostly, we watch the first few episodes of anything that piques our interest, and then we decide if we could write ten thousand words a week on it.
Do you guys know each other in real life?
What is this “real life” you speak of?
Come on, do you?
Yes, but we can’t reveal the details of how we met, since it involves a getaway car, a nine-iron, and a brief stint in the pokey. We may have already given away too much.
How come you guys have such similar writing styles? Are you sisters?
First of all, there’s no such thing as blood relations having similar writing styles. Too busy fighting over shoes. Secondly, we’re not related as far as we know, but then again, birth secrets usually don’t pop up until the third act. Shh, don’t spoil us!
Is it possible you’re the same person?
There are a few Clark Kent/Superman theories floating around, but we’re fairly certain the Podcast is proof we’re not the same person. Or maybe those ventriloquism classes are finally paying off.
Are you Korean?
Yes, we are both Korean, but totally American. We both grew up speaking Korean with our families and watching lots of un-subbed k-dramas.
Are you female?
Uh…what gave it away?
How old are you?
How old are YOU?
Do you have jobs?
Yes. In that “real world” we’ve heard so much about.
Why didn’t you respond to my email? Do you hate me?
Javabeans is notoriously bad at responding to email quickly, or in what might be deemed an “appropriate” turnaround time. She promises to try harder about email replies and to respond as much as possible. Sometimes she might not answer if the email asks a question (example: “When is the next recap coming?”) that will be answered by a forthcoming post (i.e., the recap is posted). If it’s important, you might want to email back in a few days, because guilt really works on her. Girlfriday employs a team of highly trained monkeys to respond to all emails, so you’ll get a quick response, but don’t expect it to make any sense.
What are your favorite dramas?
Turns out we wrote up this handy dandy Ratings List just for you.
Do you have a favorite drama character?
Javabeans: Lee Jung-jae in Sandglass is the guy we all wish we had but don’t deserve. Dal Ja also rocked, Medusa hair notwithstanding. Girlfriday: To be, Kim Sam-soon. To love, Choi Han-gyul.
What about favorite drama tropes?
Javabeans: Forced proximity pretty much rules — reluctant roommates, accidental partnerships. Especially combined with the hate-at-first-sight trope, which transforms to love. So every drama ever. Girlfriday: I’m a sucker for the cross-dressing, the I-love-you-so-much-I’ll-go-gay-for-you, and the strong silent type.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Pretty much this, but with bundles of cash. Does anyone know how to combine “writer” with “gajillionaire”? Yeah…so pretty much this.
What motivates you to keep writing?