Watching two sageuks at once is quite an undertaking, but I’m enjoying it all the same. However, though both are historical dramas, they really are two completely different shows.
Thoughts on Gu Family Book-
I have found that I’m a huge fan of the sageuk’s that infuse Korean legends of the super natural. It gives a glimpse not only into their historical culture, but also their old superstitions and religion as well. I’ve seen many animes and dramas alike that give their own unique spin to the legend of the nine tailed fox demon, and it’s always entertaining. For those of you who have seen My Girlfriend is a Gumiho (Nine Tailed Fox) and loved the cuddly, fuzzy, human/spirit/fox that was Mi Ho, don’t expect it from Gu family book. Daddy fox (Wol Yong) and jr fox (Kang Chi) both have a raging, demonic, blood thirsty side that they are desperately trying to contain. Though Gu Family book may lean towards the campy side at times, I am still thoroughly enjoying it. I think this type of drama has to have a little gooey melted cheese on top to add to the flavor yah know?
Thoughts on Jung Yi, Goddess of Fire-
Okay, so I really like this drama overall, but I am finding that this is yet another sageuk that would have benefited from being a little shorter. Sometimes less is more. There’s only so much of the same situational drama over and over again that I can take before I start getting desensitized to it and I’m like *Yawn, ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ*. That being said, I think it’s really interesting that Moon Geun Young took on two roles about women who were pioneers in the world of Korean art. In Painter of the Wind she played the role of the first Korean woman to be a royal painter, likewise in this drama she is portraying the role of the first Korean woman to be a royal potter. Both are based on real people in Korean history. It really makes me like and respect her more as an actress because she’s choosing some dramas of substance, rather than all money making commercial regurgitation.