It’s another Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish
This week’s topic is open-ended: 10 reasons you love _______. So, I’m taking the opportunity to ramble in delight over period dramas, whether they be film, television, or series productions.
Top 10 Reasons I Love Period Dramas
As a fan of both history and historical fiction, what better way to combine story and facts than a period drama?
Style HAS certainly changed over time, and it’s fascinating. I’m thankful to live in a modern era where comfy pants are acceptable. But I love seeing the elegance and class of past eras. And cravats. Need I say more?
3. Musical Scores
Essential to enhancing a story, if you ask me! I spent a previous topic talking about some of my favorites.
4. Various Story Formats
Series, movie, miniseries. All great for different reasons.
5. Often adapted from books
Books + visual representation of setting + amazing casting = perfect recipe for a perfect period drama.
6. Portrayal of Relationships
For some reason, period dramas tend to have a better grip on relationships — or at least they emphasize them. And I’m not talking about romantic relationships, but friendship, sibling, or parent-child ones. Think Anne and Diana in Anne of Green Gables, or the Bennet sisters in Pride & Prejudice, or the closeness of Jo March and Marmee in Little Women. Maybe it’s because our life is more complex now due to technology and travel, but fewer modern stories can emphasize and portray relationships with such gravity.
7. Love Stories
Call them chick flicks if you want, but I am a huge fan of love stories. And classifying a production as a period drama almost guarantees some part of the story will involve characters finding love and, hopefully, happiness. Which brings me to….
Yes, I’m aware that not every period drama ends with a happily ever after scene. And that’s ok, I still like some of those! But I’m a sucker for a good ending. Or at least one that offers hope and maybe leaves you wondering about the rest.
9. Variety of Sub-Genres
Mystery, suspense, war, drama, romance, comedy, true stories.
A little item, yes, but SO important. Language and vocabulary are two more things that have changed so much with time. It’s so interesting to be reminded how people spoke.
And, sometimes learning new words is a fun bonus! Examples: Plimsolls, quixotic, taciturn.
It’s your turn! Why do YOU like period dramas? Or do you prefer another genre of film/TV? Please share your thoughts below!