Thundie’s Prattle is ONE today. Happy birthday, blog!
(Here’s the post which started it all, dated Jan 12, 2009.)
To celebrate this little milestone, I would like to have another giveaway, one that is special and different. After mulling for days, it dawned on me that I could give away something “homemade” this time. Something dear to me and which I would like to share with you.
If you do not already know (from my list of Top 40 Dramas), my most-loved drama is Shin Don. It is the drama that owns my heart completely.
The best descriptions of Shin Don come from the friend who not only introduced the drama to me, he translated every episode. In MisterX’s words:
It’s a madly complicated and madly involving drama. Think Shakespeare. Decadent, intelligent, irreverent, romantic and a little crazy. Pretty much the best historical drama Korea has ever produced.
It finished quite a while ago, but I still can’t come to terms with what I’ve seen. It’s not just how complicated, intriguing, disarmingly powerful and intelligent, marvelously directed, written and acted this Drama is. The damn thing still dominates my thoughts. Every time I see one of the actors who appeared in it, hear even of silly things like a name (say, Goryeo), it’s all back to that incredible finale, to the moments when I stared at the screen, convinced I was watching something truly unique from start to finish.
It’s as if Freud and Shakespeare in Macbeth mode had a fight, reconciled and then wrote a majestic Sageuk together, with some of the most radical characters you could think.
The drama is 61 delicious, unforgettable and fully-subtitled episodes. Here are a few screencaps:
I would like to burn THREE sets of Shin Don on DVDs (61 episodes, all with English fansubs by WITHS2) and send them to the winners of this birthday giveaway.
To stand a chance of winning a set, all you need to do is complete the following sentence:
Shin Don intrigues me because…
The closing date for the giveaway is January 26, 2009.
Thank you again for reading Thundie’s Prattle!