Confessions of a Period Drama Junkie
My name is Regina, and I am a
Period Drama addict!
I admit it: I prefer Period Dramas to all other film genres. Give me men who take pride in their appearances and women who do not, literally, allow it to “all hang out.”
I find as I peruse the many pieces offered each hour and each day on my “fine HD” television, that I can find nothing worth watching. I screen through the many channels (something which used to drive me crazy with my ex-husband, but that is an entirely different post), and I ultimately end up watching a period drama. I go through my cable listing, and then I take a turn with BBC America, Starz, The Movie Channel, Showtime, Sundance, Chiller, Flix, Encore, etc. Today, I watched Great Expectations, Emma, 1918, and Daisy Miller – all of which I have seen multiple times. In addition, I own some 50+ DVDs that could be considered Period Dramas.
I know from where this obsession came. Blame it on my narrow childhood. Not only did we listen to the same music as our parents, but we also actually watched television together. We swooned over the same heroes as our mothers and admired the same “manly men” as our fathers. I grew up on dramas such as Shogun and The Thornbirds – on movies such as Von Ryan’s Express and Little Women. Be it of a British or Old World nature or the latest Western, that was the milk of existence.
Therefore, take a stroll with me down memory lane. I have combined the covers of some of my favorite period dramas in the slideshow below. (There are no Jane Austen covers in this montage.) Tell me which ones were your favorites and maybe add the names of some others to the list by leaving a comment. I will check in regularly to see what you think.