For our month of Kdrama, I’m amending my weekly Literal Book Cover post to feature Literal Kdrama Posters for each show I’m reviewing. This should be fun.
This week’s poster: Scarlet Heart: Ryeo
This poster is like, awkward family photo meets depressing historical show. I would expect nothing fun from this show. I’d be like, well there’s like, attractive people in it. I bet a bunch of them die. I bet no one laughs ever.
That is partially true. Here’s the synopsis for Scarlet Heart: Ryeo.
Hae Soo is a 21st century woman who gets caught in a solar eclipse and is transported to the Goryeo Dynasty, which ruled Korea from the 10th century for nearly 500 years. Suddenly, Hae Soo finds herself in the royal palace, where she comes across Fourth Prince Wang So. A man as feared as he is handsome, Wang So is based on the real-life fourth king of the Goryeo Dynasty and makes others tremble but wins over Hae Soo’s heart. However, he is not the only one in the palace with eyes on the throne, and a political battle of deception, secrecy and lies ensues between Wang So and all the other princes. Adding to the drama are Eighth Prince Wang Wook, who is less than willing to wait in line behind seven other members of the royal family, and Third Prince Wang Yo, whose right to the crown actually precedes Wang So’s.
Fortunately, there’s a bunch of laughs in the first 8 episodes or so, lulling you into a false sense of security before tearing your heart out.
Would you be interested in watching Scarlet Heart: Ryeo based on the poster alone?