1.Did you watch the 6-episode version or 76-episode version?
I watched half 6-episode version at the beginning. I didn't take it serious, to be honest, coz I usually watched it while doing housework. then I give up. Later I read a review article that labeled this series (it turn out to be 76 episodes in full version!) as the nation’s favorite in China. So I watched it on Youtube, and I would say, this is one of my FAVORITE shows ever!
2.Which country are you from? Do you speak Chinese?
I'm American. I don't speak Chinese. But so far, I can speak several Chinese words, like Nihao(hello) and xiexie(thank you)
3.Do you watch this series with subtitles? How do you feel about the translation?
the subs are not great but if you follow story carefully you can make it clear
and get the story. I guess that's why I give up the 6 episodes. coz you have to concentrate on the series and the subs to grasp it.
4.Do you like Legend of Zhen Huan (Empresses in the Place) and what do you think of it?
Yes, I do like it! This is such an amazing production. Not only is the story line terrific, the complexity of the characters, the amazing make-up and costumes, make this series so visually rich.
5.How do you get started with this drama?
I can't remember. Probably I have lots of time to kill and need some soap opera.
6.How do you understand the complex culture in Chinese costume drama? (For example, did you discuss with friends, search the articles/read books, learn it from the explanation text post by fans, or through other ways?)
There are indeed many plots I can't easily understand. Some grand rituals, ridiculous thoughts and like the conversations always make me confused. But I can follow plot of story without knowing these stuff, so I didn't do the specific research on Chinese culture. I will definitely ask Chinese people if I meet.
7.How do you compare Legend of Zhen Huan (Empresses in the Palace) to the costume drama in your own country?
well, there is stronger sense of period in legend of zhen huan. and it seems like in this drama packaging is beautiful, the costumes are so exquisite. Costume drama is not the most popular genre in the states. But like the most popular drama Game of Thrones and Spartacus, the pictures were more like films instead of TV series. The stories were about the war or the violence. In the legend of zhen huan, almost every concubine died at the end, but they are completely different.
8.What are the elements of Chinese costume drama that attract you the most?
ah, I would say the culture is the most attractive element. It is easy to learn different culture while watching TV. of course the story and visual enjoyment( actors, grand palace, and costumes are all important.