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Before I Transform into a Beast, Saying Goodbye to “Gu Family Book”


The phrase, “Biting off more than you can chew,” applies here. Days before “Gu Family Book” began, I sat down with Softy and she encouraged me to recap again because my puppy Lee Seung Gi would be back on the small screen. I knew it might not be a good idea because I just started a new job and moved into a new home, but she was very convincing, saying things like, “As a Lee Seung Gi fan, you have to do this because it’s his first sageuk after he didn’t get ‘Iljmae,’ and you have neglected your blog for too long. Also, you weren’t sure at the beginning but remember how good and fun recapping ‘Faith’ turned out to be.” When all that had not fully sold me she finally added, ” Just think about Sung Joon’s main of glory.”


Weeks later, she is singing a different tune and saying my health should come first. After regular visits to the doctor, my conclusion is that Korea is trying to kill me. My body is physically reacting to the environmental changes and it’s affecting my health and state of mind. My immune system is down and I can’t fight off the foreign germs and stressors in Korea. After Monday and Tuesday, I spend all week trying to catch up on sleep and can’t get anything else done.  I just can’t foresee going through this another 14 episodes. So it is with a heavy and shameful heart that I announce I am no longer able to recap “Gu Family Book.”

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Softy and I discussed the possibility of her taking over my recaps but during episode 10, I had to help her with Lee Soon Shin’s lines because his military talk was too difficult for her to handle on her own. On each recap night, I need to get a reasonable amount of rest, but if I stay up to help her past midnight with certain lines, that would defeat the purpose of stopping these recaps to get more sleep to function the next day. This drama will only get more complicated with Gwan Woong’s plans to work with the Japanese so Softy doesn’t have the confidence to continue solo.


We bandied around legitimate reasons why I should stop and also why I should continue and the only conclusion my body can handle at this point is to drop the recaps. Just like I held out hope that Sung Joon’s main of glory would improve over time but it continues to be an embarrassment, I am going to have to face facts and realize my situation won’t get any better. What I need is time to learn my way around Korea so I can stop stressing out and getting sick. I need time to build a healthy routine so I can handle Korea better. The upside to all this is that by the time “Heirs” rolls around, I will be in better physical shape to tackle it. I will also have time to watch other dramas and write more about them, as well as about Korea.


Forgive me readers and fans of “Gu Family Book.” Even up to this moment of posting this announcement, I was thinking, “Just one more week,” but I have to be rational and honest to myself. I am sorry to disappoint the many fans of the drama but please know that in spirit, I am with you in my love for the darling little thing. I hope by the end both Kang Chi and I will be fully human.


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  1. iviih #

    Omg Joonni :(, stay healthy! I think you made the right decision and you should feel guilty/bad for stopping recapping, please don’t, take care and I hope you can adjuste well in Korea and rest well from now on, hope you recover well…

    I’m glad you have Softy there for you 🙂

    Thanks for recapping the first half of GF Joonni even though it was very hard for you and time consuming. 😉

    Fighting !!!

    May 13, 2013
    • iviih #

      Omg! I meant ”shouldn’t, and you shouldn’t** feel guilty/bad for stopping recapping”

      May 13, 2013
  2. Cindy #

    Hi Jooni, it is enough for me to know that you are a fan of Lee Seung Gi just as I am. I will miss your live recap but then, as many have so wisely said, your health comes first. Hope that you will be in the pink of health soon and continue to watch GFB ! Jooni and GFB fighting !

    May 13, 2013
  3. Hello Joonni,

    I 2nd and 3rd the comments and responses and well wishes that have been expressed before mine. Yes, your health is very important, yes, we DO understand, yes we want you to be and feel better so you can enjoy Korea, your new job, your new home and everything else you are currently experiencing and will continue to experience over the rest of the year.
    Please keep up posted on how you are doing. My prayers and well wishes are sent on your behalf and to you. Thank you for giving us 10 episodes recaps of GFB. We appreciate that, A LOT.

    Wishing you a speedy recovery, a lot of rest, and a wonderful time in Korea (really).

    May 13, 2013
  4. Dear Joonni, everybody already says what I wanted to says. Just get better and stay healty..thank you..

    May 13, 2013
  5. reglest #

    I’m regretting just know about it now, all busyness keep me far from your blog for a week.

    Joonni, over all, your health should come first. Just enjoy the ride without any burden to recap, and I wish you speed recovery, as well as fast adaptation *hug*. What makes me enjoying your recap is your warm & beautiful insight, the touch of humanity all over it. Will miss it, but you should do the priority (which is HEALTH!) First!


    See ya around 🙂 *
    PS: Now I want to be a bit sadistic, will a drop of Kang Chi’s blood help your recovery? *run away

    May 13, 2013
    • sarah #

      haha lols, that came on my thoughts too!!:D if we can just get a little drop of KangChi’s blood then our Joonnie will be a Strong as bull again.. haha ;D take care Joonni!!^^

      May 13, 2013
      • nanamony #

        “̮˚°◦♡ώκωķ(∩_∩)◦°˚”̮ it’ll be great if we can get a drop of his blood for our joonnie.. And keep one little drop for ourselves just in case..

        May 14, 2013
  6. sarah #

    Dear Joonni your health is the.moat.inportant than anything else..^^ You just did the right thing.. 😉 but I will miss ur recap.. Im a silent lurker and haven’t left comment before but just want to say Thank You sincerely for recapping GFB.. you are the fastest and that’s why this blog is so close to my heart..^^ I will look forward to other future drama u will recap.. Get better and be healthy and strong soon.. ^^

    May 13, 2013
  7. Tartani #

    Thank you for all the amazing recaps you’ve done so far. After all your health is the most important thing. Get well soon joonni!!!

    May 13, 2013
  8. Dear joonni,

    Your health is more important then the recap….we need to think long term….there’s always going to be another drama series that makes us goo-goo but there’s only one joonni!

    Thanks for the 10 episodes of recaps!

    Take care ,

    May 14, 2013
  9. nonski #

    joonni dear, health first. 🙂 we are just here waiting for the next drama you will recap. 🙂 as much as we would want to read your recaps, we want to read that your are well first and foremost.

    May 14, 2013
  10. Annal #

    Have followed you since QIHM and squeed along with you. Take care of yourself, get better and only come back when you are healthy and can enjoy it! When I first came to Asia I broke out in spots, worse than my teenage years. I tried all sorts of things like eating turtle jelly and drinking ‘detoxifying’ Chinese herbal drinks. Nothing worked for me and my skin only calmed down after about 2 months. I hope you will adapt to Korea faster than I did to Hong Kong!

    May 14, 2013
  11. SH #

    Joonni, I hope you feel better. Dramas can wait; please take good care of yourself and enjoy beautiful Korea 🙂

    May 15, 2013
  12. miha #

    i wish you be healthy joonni! tho i miss your recaps i’ll wait for “the heirs” and hope you’ll get better! health before everything! without it there’s nothing left! so get healthy and stay strong joonni and we’ll wait for you because we are loyal to your blog! best of luck>:D<

    May 16, 2013
  13. aPple bOx #

    Sending you bear hugs and lots of healing smiles too. Take lots of rest & sleep.

    I wish you good health. We shall be right here when you feel better to do drama recap again.

    Thank you for the recap you did for Gu. You did well! SeungGi must know and must thank you for the hard work you selflessly gave for his first saeguk.

    Do not worry. SeungGi will have many more drama/series for us to feast on…..and for you to recap in the future 🙂

    May 17, 2013
  14. Mileyy #

    Hello Jooni. . (づ。◕‿‿◕。)づ

    How r u now???

    Don’t be so sad. . Health comes first as Softy says. . Don’t worry. I know u will come back in no time. There are plenty of other sites with we can read the story (of course they are no match to ur skills but sufficient for us till u come back). .

    Take good care of ur health. . Wishing u healthy and speedy recovery. .
    ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

    Come back soon. . ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

    May 18, 2013
  15. There is the option of just a plain recap instead of live recap but if you’re seriously not well, I do recommend letting go for a while. Your readers love your insight so instead of full recaps, you might also just write a simple impression of the episode. Any decision you make, I’m sure no one would begrudge you for making your health and life a priority. Take care and be healthy!

    May 19, 2013
  16. sb #

    I’m sorry Joonnie you’ve been having health issues. Health definitely comes first. Just wondering though if instead of recaps which is so time consuming, what about just doing a quick review of the episodes after? I would think most viewers have access to some sort of subs so don’t need the full recaps per say. Just a thought. But again health is far, far more important so focus on that first. I hope you feel better soon.

    May 20, 2013
  17. aPple bOx #

    Hi joonni,
    Hope you are well.

    Hi to all Gu fans too 🙂

    On ep 14 –
    OMG, the episode is beautiful. The ending a classic cliffhanger! The complications giving everything and every cast some fitting crescendo!

    Note: hehehe, I am biased, being a loyal seungGi fan. :-))

    On possible resolution to KC dilemma –
    love is the answer….love, YW!
    (and a kiss! ugh, that would make it so fairytale-ish)
    not surprisingly…

    (Just have to add, that in reality, it is rather odd,
    that while LOVE makes us more humane,
    it is “being human” that often keeps us from loving as we should!)

    May 21, 2013
    • aPple bOx #

      And oh GUys, it is Wednesday!
      Just not the best part of the week, u agree, when we are rooting for Mondays&Tuesdays?!
      Ugh! Help!

      May 21, 2013
  18. oho! sorry i didn’t know you were so ill. i loved reading this post though – going to go back and read your old recaps 🙂

    May 22, 2013
  19. CallieP #

    Hi Joonni:

    Just read about your ceasing to recap Gu family and taking care of your health. With your new job and new country, you need to focus on those things first. Take care but keep in touch with us every now and then. I hope you will be ready when Heirs start. I will definitely follow your recapping then. Both you and Softy, looking forward to it. Till then have fun with your new job and lovely Korea.

    May 24, 2013
  20. Hello Joonni,

    Just found time to comment here after being busy and all. It was so sad to know that you had to drop recapping GFB. But hey! The most important thing here is your well being dear. Uri Seung Gi-ya wouldn’t be happy if you will sacrifice your health. We all understand you dear, so no worries. We are all hoping that you will feel better soon and get your healthy body back again. Your recaps will be missed but we want you to be better really soon. ^^ Get well soon dear!^^

    May 28, 2013
  21. ladyeury #

    Dear Joonni,

    I hope since your last post things are starting to turn around for you. I’ve been living in S. Korea from the US for a year now this time around (this is our second time living here, the first was for 3 years). If I can help you in any way, please feel free to contact me. The allergens are terrible this time of year and unfortunately take a while to get use to. Please let me know if I can give you any tips to help you out!

    Hope things are turning around for you! *hugs*
    Rochelle aka ladyeury

    June 3, 2013

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