At a time where many are enjoying Downtown Abby, I am immersed in Medieval Korean with a drama called Jewel in the Palace. Why Korean miniseries? Because they have a beginning and an end, with somewhere between 10 and 20 chapters, instead of a season two, three, and, (insert yawn) season eleven. Because the music is beautiful, there is no *s__*, nor explicit or excessive violence (if any at all), and because while they show us their culture, they also touch on universal values we can relate to, and the acting, scenery, customs, characters, all of it is pleasant and qualitative.
The first three days I had to see an episode or two until I could not keep my eyes opened anymore… now I’ve come to a happy balance, I don’t have to see an episode every day at all. And I’m not a person who watches any TV, and I barely go to the movies. If anything, my husband may rent a red box movie, or I may find one online, or we simply watch our classic movies the girls have. I wasn’t looking for any screen time, my friend told me about them and I was smitten by curiosity. Now, after those addictive first days, I know the series is there and when we have some time, my daughters and I, specially my oldest, snuggle with the laptop and watch an hourly episode. My oldest likes to listen to the Korean language and the acting clues, and she reads enough of the subtitles to get by with understanding the plot. This particular one, Jewel in the Palace, is very girlie, but there are other series with more action which I’m sure will catch the attention of the male public. I was thinking about you friends, mothers of girls and fans of history and Eastern Culture, you won’t go wrong with this one. And for the mothers of boys, or both, you can see here different series grouped by genre.
As I recently discovered, I’m far from the only weird non Korean person who likes to watch Korean miniseries. And if you are going to try, I warn you, if you start watching you may not be able to stop!