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Carmy
08-07-2008, 06:15 AM
For me, 1910 - 1935 is taboo. Won't touch it, won't read about it, watch movies or TV programs set during those years. Don't know why, but it gives me the creeps.

If reincarnation is possible, maybe something bad happened to me then.

maestrowork
08-07-2008, 06:17 AM
2085. I don't know, I guess that's because that's the day I'll die.

benbradley
08-07-2008, 07:04 AM
1956, the year I was, um... don't even want to think about it.

JoNightshade
08-07-2008, 07:08 AM
Like I said in the other thread, I don't do the sixties.

Danger Jane
08-07-2008, 07:11 AM
Middle ages Europe. Not my thing, man.

kuwisdelu
08-07-2008, 07:34 AM
Middle Ages. Greece and Rome. Pre-Industrial Revolution nineteenth century.

Danger Jane
08-07-2008, 07:52 AM
Middle Ages. Greece and Rome. Pre-Industrial Revolution nineteenth century.

Greece and Rome no way!

Hmm I think I must revise my previous post. Anything between about the first century AD and the Industrial Revolution (Europe) probably isn't my thing. Course, I say this now and probably the next idea I have will be just PERFECT set in pre-industrial Germany, or something...

kuwisdelu
08-07-2008, 07:59 AM
Mmm I should also say that I doubt I'll ever write anything historical. I'm a perfectionist and the amount of research I'd have to do before feeling comfortable to do it justice....I'm just not ready for that, yet. It's difficult for me to write about anything I haven't lived (to some extent).

So in a way, anything before the late 90s is a no-no for me, for now.

Ideally, though, I'd love to write something set in the 20's and 30's. If I could do it, I'd probably feel inclined to dabble in some steampunk, too.

Atlantis
08-07-2008, 02:17 PM
None! I love writing period peices. The further in the past the better. I've done a whole bunch of ancient greece stories and would love to write about ancient egypt one day. I have a seven book series planned that begins in 1890 London and ends in 2020 russia. Each book is set in a different time period and location. I find the past fascinating. I've done hours of research on all sorts of things from Victorian fashions to ancient greece house diagrams.

Enraptured
08-07-2008, 02:19 PM
I don't read much historical fiction, but I'm neutral on most time periods. I do have an aversion to the 1920s and 1930s, though.

I'm also reluctant to read anything set in America around the time of the Revolutionary War, but that's because I read too many books set in this time period when I was a kid. (Not because I had any particular draw to the time period, but because there were just so many.)

darrtwish
08-07-2008, 02:52 PM
Anything before Jane Austen's time, with the exception of reading Shakespear.

SPMiller
08-07-2008, 05:32 PM
I already posted this in the other thread, so I'll post it again here: the Victorian era. Ew!

DeleyanLee
08-07-2008, 05:58 PM
Any era (and place) I don't have a good working knowledge of--which is the vast majority of time and locations. I figure if I'm not interested enough to read about it for fun, I'm not going to be very attracted to writing there.

Maryn
08-07-2008, 06:05 PM
I'll read in any era, but I find the amount of research to get things right when I write is far too daunting for anything earlier that post WWII. Heck, it's a lot of work to get it right even when I was alive and living through an era.

Maryn, for whom "Write what you know" was penned

maggieuc
08-07-2008, 06:07 PM
For me, 1910 - 1935 is taboo. Won't touch it, won't read about it, watch movies or TV programs set during those years. Don't know why, but it gives me the creeps.

If reincarnation is possible, maybe something bad happened to me then.
1950s-1995

Plot Device
08-07-2008, 06:52 PM
First off, I really think a moderator needs to inlcude/merge the posts from the other thread into this one. Fasciating stuff all around.

And second, there isn't an era I wouldn't do. People are people. Stories are stories. Drama is drama. It's all grist for the mill.

I can't imagine anyone going "Ew, yuck!" to an era. That sort of reaction just boggles my mind. And at the risk of offending everyone who has repsonded so far, this "Ew, yuck!" thing actually smacks as a form of closed-mindedness --a very selective form of it.

ishtar'sgate
08-07-2008, 07:53 PM
Probably the 1800's. IMO they've been written to death already.
Linnea

tehuti88
08-07-2008, 08:00 PM
I never would've imagined people not wishing to write about a particular era for any other reason than the ones I myself have, but to each their own!

I won't write about the eras I just don't know enough to write about. Don't know if I phrased that grammatically correctly. :o But you catch my drift. Most eras, I don't know enough about them to write convincingly, so I won't, or else I'll utilize an alternate reality-type fantasy thing (which I'm doing for my current story).

I imagine that if I were to get really jazzed about an idea set in an era I don't know much about, I could just research it until I feel I know enough, though I'm so picky it'd probably still be fantasy or would else have a nice disclaimer! I only write what I'm interested in learning about, so that would be no big problem.

Aside from that though, my only reasons for not touching an era are my own ignorance and lack of interest.

Higgins
08-07-2008, 08:18 PM
First off, I really think a moderator needs to inlcude/merge the posts from the other thread into this one. Fasciating stuff all around.

And second, there isn't an era I wouldn't do. People are people. Stories are stories. Drama is drama. It's all grist for the mill.

I can't imagine anyone going "Ew, yuck!" to an era. That sort of reaction just boggles my mind. And at the risk of offending everyone who has repsonded so far, this "Ew, yuck!" thing actually smacks as a form of closed-mindedness --a very selective form of it.

I figure there is no way to have a good idea of all times and places. So far I am avoiding China and Russia and South America and the Pacific in general. I have plans for alternative Africas, Frances, Englands, Italies, Levantine Realms, Slovakias, Greeces, USAs and Mexicos and for no time periods earlier than 500 AD usually. It's not that I have anything against earlier times, but you have to stay relatively close to what you know something about as much as you can.

Shadow_Ferret
08-07-2008, 08:20 PM
I'll write about whatever era strikes my fancy.

BenPanced
08-07-2008, 08:21 PM
Anything before Blondie broke up. I'm too set in my era and lousy at research, anyway.

Bayou Bill
08-08-2008, 02:06 PM
Nope, although I've found writing something in a contemporary setting can become a tad depressing.

Bayou Bill :cool:

Plot Device
08-08-2008, 06:34 PM
Okay, guys, I generally view history through two lenses: fashion and archtiecture. For now I'm just going to focus on fashion. This way of viewing history is something that got instilled into me very early on from two diverse sources: 1) a sci-fi movie, and 2) a college text book.

First, here's that clip from the 1960 movie The Time Machine which I saw as a kid. It includes the scene with the shop window where the women's fashions on the shop window dummy kept changing over the years.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhTfsgFfUho&feature=related

Fast-forward to the following two time stamps on that YouTube clip:

2:30
3:10

Both times the clothing thing lasts for less than 10 seconds, but that's all that's needed to get the gist of what is happening.




And second, there was a college textbook that I flipped through as a kid. That book came from the Philadelphia College of Textile and Fashion. The bottom of the pages (for something like eight pages straight) had a succession of full-color drawings of people standing along the borrom of the page, side by side, wearing clothes that progressed through history from left to right across the pages like a time line of fashion. It started back in Roman days, then progressed through the Middle Ages, and then the Rennaissance, and on up through to the 1800's. Then from there each precise decade and its hallmark fashion statement was dilineated. I recall the "Gibson Girl," the "Flapper," the Hollywood glamour look of the 1930's, the more conservative look of the 1940's, the "New Look" of the 1950's, an on and on. I really liked it! And then later when I got totally into film, I was always very picky about seeing correct clothing worn as costumes in period piece movies. (I especially loved that very comical situation from the Christopher Reeve time travel love story called Somewhere in Time where he went to a costume shop herre in present day and told the shop keeper: "I need a gentlemen's suit circa 1910." And then when he travelled back in time to 1910 wearing that exact suit, some lady across the garden took one look at Christopher Reeve and laughed, then turned to her husband and said: "I haven't seen anyone wear a suit like that in over ten years!")

http://www.yourprops.com/norm-48150913b3ba7-Somewhere+In+Time+(1980).jpeg

Taking all of this in as a whole and viewing it as a progression through history helped me appreciate all of it and to not merely discard or pooh-pooh any one decade. I just can't see hating an entire era. I see it as all very much connected and I love every last link in the chain.

tehuti88
08-08-2008, 08:54 PM
Oo! Mention of Somewhere In Time! :D I've never seen it but it was filmed in my favorite place so...


Taking all of this in as a whole and viewing it as a progression through history helped me appreciate all of it and to not merely discard or pooh-pooh any one decade. I just can't see hating an entire era. I see it as all very much connected and I love every last link in the chain.

This is a very good point. I often find myself starting to become interested in different eras and even subjects as a result of them being tied in to the eras and subjects I already write about. Ten years ago I never would have spent a second thought on the stuff I love to learn about now. For me it's good not to completely shut out any era or particular subject because sometime down the line, who knows how it might tie in with what I'm writing about now? It could even enrich what I'm already writing.

Soccer Mom
08-09-2008, 01:15 AM
I agree that there isn't any decade that is an automatic "no go" for me. I do find myself less interested in 50s-70s for no particular reason other than it doesn't light my fire.

Danger Jane
08-09-2008, 02:21 AM
First off, I really think a moderator needs to inlcude/merge the posts from the other thread into this one. Fasciating stuff all around.

And second, there isn't an era I wouldn't do. People are people. Stories are stories. Drama is drama. It's all grist for the mill.

I can't imagine anyone going "Ew, yuck!" to an era. That sort of reaction just boggles my mind. And at the risk of offending everyone who has repsonded so far, this "Ew, yuck!" thing actually smacks as a form of closed-mindedness --a very selective form of it.


I guess in light of this reply I amend my previous posts to clarify that certain eras just don't do it for me. I don't mind reading a good story set somewhere/time I probably wouldn't write about...but for the degree of research involved, I need to be really passionate about writing an unfamiliar setting, and it helps me a lot when I can place a story somewhere familiar.

Since the primary things for me are the people, the drama, and most of all the story...I try to pick settings (when I consciously choose them) that make it easiest for me to express those things. Usually this means somewhat familiar.

MattW
08-09-2008, 02:43 AM
1324-28

1508-33

1886-1904

Elodie-Caroline
08-09-2008, 05:05 AM
Although I love mythology and history, reading it and watching films (whether the films be accurate or not), I would only ever write novels that spanned from the 1960s until present day.


Elodie

Deccydiva
08-09-2008, 11:34 AM
Since the primary things for me are the people, the drama, and most of all the story...I try to pick settings (when I consciously choose them) that make it easiest for me to express those things. Usually this means somewhat familiar.

It's the same for me. I have to step into my story so I can see, hear, touch and smell everything and much of my material is based on real experiences.
I'm not against stories set in other eras and I have enjoyed reading many SciFi and historical novels, I just don't get motivated in quite the same way when it comes to writing it.

maestrowork
08-09-2008, 01:51 PM
Seriously, I don't like to do a lot of research, so I'll stick with contemporary or alternate universes.

(however, my WIP begins in 1941 and ends in the present)

Lyra Jean
08-09-2008, 07:16 PM
For me it's WWII. I'm just burned out on it. I don't even watch shows or read books on it anymore. So I'm definitely not going to write about it. There are four books I still love that are written in that setting: Diary of Anne Frank, Jacob Have I Loved, Summer of My German Soldier, and The 10,000 Mile War. The stuff has to be really good or different from the usual take on WWII stories to keep my interest.

10,000 Mile War is non-fiction. It's about the Alaskan during WWII and set in the Aleutian Islands.

donroc
08-09-2008, 07:47 PM
I go to wherever and to whenever the story takes me. No era is off limits.

ishtar'sgate
08-10-2008, 04:11 AM
Seriously, I don't like to do a lot of research, so I'll stick with contemporary or alternate universes.

(however, my WIP begins in 1941 and ends in the present)
That's probably what makes the difference. I love research. I feel like a detective or treasure hunter when I dig into the past. It's definitely not for everyone, though.
Linnea

Melenka
08-10-2008, 04:50 AM
I won't write about WWII. I won't read about it or watch shows or movies about it. This is largely due to having spent hour upon hour in 7th and 8th grade watching actual footage of concentration camps. My social studies teacher was a survivor and wanted to make sure we never forgot. He succeeded. And now I'm done.

I spent years studying the Renaissance - enough to know that setting a novel in that time period would force me to do even more research and I figure if I'm going to do that, I'm going to get a Masters degree out of it. I love the period too much to muck about it in right now. Maybe someday...