September 24, 2020

’90s and ’00s period dramas are the most soothing form of escapism I’ve ever known

'90s and '00s period dramas are the most soothing form of escapism I've ever known

Welcome to Cozy Week, where we’ll curl up by the glow of our screens to celebrate all that’s soft in entertainment. Pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa and sit by us as we coo over the cutest games, cry over the tenderest movie moments, and drift off to the most comforting shows. Because it can be a cold world out there, and we need something to keep us warm.

It all started with a video borrowed from my school library.

The year was 1999 and I had just started my first year at secondary school. Not that I’d have admitted it, but back then I was an awkward and rather uncool nerd who hadn’t yet found a friendship group to gravitate towards. Drifting aimlessly and friendlessly, I did what any introverted bookworm did: I sought refuge in the library. There, the librarian put me to work and gave me odd jobs to do like putting books and videos back on their rightful shelves. One lunchtime, while putting back some returned videos, I spotted a dusty box set with the words Jane Eyre sprawled across its case in an old-timey font. …

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