For anyone who has been living under a rock or doesn't want to know what true joy feels like, SKAM is a Norwegian teen drama which focuses on a group of school friends, with each season focusing on a different character
And it. is. beautiful.
As amazing and perfect as this show is, being unable to speak the lingo is something of a setback to non-Norwegian viewers
First of all, NKR (the Norwegian network that airs SKAM) doesn't have an English distributor, which means hoping generous Norwegian fans will write the subtitles for you
SKAM also releases clips throughout the week so that viewers get to see the story unfold in real time. As awesome as this is, it means having to wait that little longer for the subtitled versions to become available
The show releases screenshots of character's Whatsapp messages and social media posts throughout the week, meaning that you miss out on all the extra info
Of course, you become well-versed in using Google Translate to deal with this issue
Then there are the Norwegian traditions that go STRAIGHT over your head
There are loads of little things you probably didn't notice
Reading the subtitles, particularly when they are layered on top of characters talking over each over while reading messages. can be a NIGHTMARE
You miss out on fan discussions
But despite it all, it is totally, totally worth it!
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