Don’t you love that feeling of getting utterly lost in a world that is entirely different from yours? I’m an absolute sucker for historical and fantasy tv shows, because they allow me to escape from my day-to-day life into storylines that involve adventure, passion, bravery, true love and even sadness and violence. Ask any of my friends and they will confirm my ability to get completely obsessed with a fictional world, to the point I can’t do anything else but suffer from word-vomit about the show in question to anyone around me. These kind of shows both give you an insight in that particular period of time (history! yay! nerd alarm!) and allow you to go on a journey that would literally be impossible in real life.
I know how devastating it is to finish your favourite historical/fantasy show, so I’d like to share some amazing worlds that you might be interested in travelling to…
1. Game of Thrones
Let’s start with the most obvious one: Game of Thrones. If you haven’t watched this yet, seriously, where have you been? Technically, it is not about a specific period of time as it takes place in a fantasy world. However, with some imagination you could think of this as a long, long time ago. A big fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy? Than this is most definitely up your street!
YES! Vikings! It took me about 2 episodes to get into the show but once I fell, I fell hard… The show revolves around Ragnar Lothbrok, the first man from Norse legend that went down in history as a legendary Viking warrior and ruler. He was supposedly the first Viking to sail west, and start the Viking raids. The story has a quick pace, there is a tremendous amount of character development and important to mention: the Viking women kicked arse.
Probably my favourite historical tv-show to date. It definitely took me two or three episodes to “get into it”, but boy am I obsessed with these series. History, myths, love, danger: everything I need is there. The story follows Claire, a world war II nurse who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743 Scotland, where she finds herself in an unknown world amidst highland clans, evil English soldiers and the start of the Jacobite rebellion. I am just going to warn you: the end of season 1 has got some very graphic scenes – definitely not for the faint hearted.
Don’t you worry, I’ve got a lot more up my sleeve. Make sure to look out for the next edition of “Shows you should watch if you’re into historical fiction”!