That’s a question I find hard to formulate an answer to. I think, for me, it just depends on the feel of the drama.
So, I read a bit more about what classifies sageuks, and sageuks tend to be categorized as
- fusion sageuks - fiction
- authentic sageuks - fact
- faction sageuks - fact+fiction
Time-travel and fantasy are big themes in fusion sageuks, so you could classify rooftop prince and Queen In Hyun’s man under that category. The golden age of Sageuks was filled with a mix of authentic, fusion and faction sageuks, for example Empress Ki would fall under faction on the surface, but some people argue it’s a fictional sageuk (the person was real, but none of the storyline was).
I also wonder whether I would classify Mister Sunshine as a sageuk, or if that happened ‘too recently’ in history. And dramas like Arthdal Chronicles would fall in the fantasy category for me, even though I would classify The Gu family book as a fusion sageuk.
TL;dr - It’s personal.
I’m having a lot of fun catching up on dramas I haven’t watched before from the ‘golden age of