Dissecting Dragons

Dissecting Dragons: Episode 217: You Are Cordially Invited - Costume Dramas, 19th Century Literature & Dragons

April 10, 2020

The dragons have often said that historical fiction fulfils the same needs as SFF for many people - intricate world building, the strange familiarity, the sense of visiting another place where the rules are completely different and doing so safely, and a rich, immersive story. For this, reason the Period or Costume Drama is amongst the most popular of genre adaptations. Following on from a previous episode on adaptation and reimaginings of speculative fiction, this week Jules and Madeleine look at the pros and cons of Period Drama; how historically accurate do they need to be? How faithful to the source material? And is it possible to breach the centuries between the audience a 19th C novel was intended for and a more modern audience? Under examination this week - Ivanhoe, Mansfield Park, Jane Eyre, Gentleman Jack and many more.

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