Dissecting Dragons

Dissecting Dragons: Episode 197: The Trouble with the Victorians - How a Single Era Influenced Our Opinions

November 22, 2019

Episode 197: The Trouble with the Victorians - How a Single Era Influenced Our Opinions

The Victorian era is a goldmine for the writer of historical fiction or for writers of SFF who wish to draw inspiration from history. The records are largely complete and it's long enough ago for the 'past to be a foreign country' but recent enough that it doesn't automatically alienate a reader. However, the Victorians have a lot to answer for in terms of influencing our opinions of art, law, literature, history and simply how we interact with each other today. While we have been drawing inspiration from the Victorians, the Victorians have been telling us a very specific story - one in which fact and fiction have been carefully blended to suit a particular narrative. This week, Jules and Madeleine take a look where this becomes a problem, especially for a writer. On the slab this week - Gail Carriger's Souless, Kara Jorgenson's Ingenious Mechanical Devices and many more.

 

Title music: Ecstasy by Smiling Cynic