Happy November – Lakorn Year End Check In
Posted on November 1, 2013
If you don’t want to write a novel in a month, there is another writing challenge: write a blog post every day for the month of November. It’s called NaBloPoMo haha, WordPress comes up with the most interesting of acronyms. If you opt to participate in this challenge, please feel free to post your blog link on the comment section below. And if you’re blogging specifically about lakorns for this entire month, then that’s doubly awesome. Go you! Yay us!
What do you remember this year?
A reader posted an awesome question in the previous open thread about ‘wow’ lakorns. This got my wheels turning. Lakorn watching is clearly subjective, because what I find interesting can be a meh to you. However, I think a wow lakorn is pretty universal, it’s wow in all aspect of the writing, directing, acting- and the all important cast chemistry. For example, it would be difficult to admit that Sood Saneha wasn’t a wow lakorn and didn’t deserve it’s accolades.
What seems to be embedded in my memory this year are the Khunchais, is it a coincidence? Do the elders of Channel 3 get together one fine day, mayhaps towards the end of 2012 and say, ‘well, I reckon we’ll make 2013 a Khunchai year?’ From the palace of Juthathep, to the mystery of Rangsiya and finally to the finely sculpted pecks of Khunchai Jantarapanu, it’s hardly surprising that we are on this Khunchai train. Nevertheless, I welcome the period train and the modern take, because at the end of the day, these lakorns reiterate that we need more gentlemen in our lives. Most importantly, we don’t need a spotless pedigree to preserve our values and fight for what we believe in.
Suparburoot Juthathep particularly resonated because they don’t subscribe to the obvious or beat us over the head with what they think we should walk away with. I prefer to come to my own conclusions thank you very much. Therefore, it’s the bane of my existence when I watch lakorns that subscribe to cliched and oversimplified plot devices so they could tell me how I should behave or contribute to society. How about show me that good and bad isn’t always black and white- better yet, make a valid argument that this is what you believe to be the case. Once that happens, I’m totally on board.
Obviously I am asking for too much, because I failed to finish several lakorns to completion this year. I’m a lakorn addict and it’s pretty difficult for me not to watch lakorns- in exception to a demanding job that may allow me to watch less- but I always try to play catch up.
This year I’ve finished:
- Nuea Mek 2- which ironically didn’t air to its full completion.
- Pon Prom Onlaweng
- Pan Rak Pan Rai
- Suparburoot Juthathep Series (5 stories total)
- 3 Taharn Suea Sao Series
- Dao Reurng
- Kaen Saneha
- Dao Kiaw Duen
I’ve dropped so many, they’re starting to look like dramas from another country! Don’t do that to me, lakorns. I love you, I don’t want to break up with you!
But there’s a silver lining- next year’s highly anticipated series will hopefully make our lakorn viewing experience a lot more interesting. I am excited to see the newfound gangsters (Rising Sun Series and Mafia Luerd Mungkorn), who will fight for power and love, and hopefully will make us fall in love with their characters too- be it hero or heroine.
Do share with me what you remember this year, what you liked, disliked, and your hopes for the upcoming, nearest future.
- Ruk Sud Rid
- Samee Tee Tra
- Yah Leum Chan
- Sai See Plerng
- Madam Dun
I am also currently looking for lakorn critics to write reviews, recaps or impressions on this blog. As you may know, I am participating in the NaNoWriMo challenge and will be away from lakorns for a month. If you have an opinion and like to share them, please email me directly and we can present it to the forefront of this audience, if not, well, it’s going to be a looong month. 🙂