Telemad: Hooked on female historians

An able cast brings to life the engaging premise of K-drama Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung, but Singapore-Taiwan production All Is Well's concept fails to take off

Following the success of the period romance K-drama Love In The Moonlight (2016), there is now Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung. It is also set in the 19th century and has a dashing prince falling for an unlikely maiden. Indeed, there is a nod to the earlier show as Prince Yi Rim, who writes under a pseudonym, publishes a popular romance novel, Moonlight Love Affair.

But as the title makes clear, the focus here is on Hae-ryung. At a time when women are not expected to do anything much, she and three other noble ladies break the mould by becoming female historians of the royal court. Not only do they have to deal with chauvinistic male colleagues and superiors, but they also have to endure hazing by the other court ladies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2019, with the headline 'Hooked on female historians'. Print Edition | Subscribe