Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Settings (Feb. 2, 2016)

Top Ten Tuesday brought to us by The Broke and the Bookish decided that this week’s theme would be settings. In particular, futuristic or historical settings. Futuristic ideas/books would be really cool, but I read too much post-apocalyptic to really have an actual list. So, I’m going with historical settings.

Historical Settings

1) 1950
While I haven’t read anything in this decade, I’m obsessed with it. I love the poodle skirts, the pin-up girls, the rockabilly style, swing dancing, ice cream parlors, and oh so much more! Some days I even think I might’ve been born in the wrong decade (sept that I’m too outspoken for the 50s :p). Either way, I think this is a fantastic decade. I think there should be more books written in this decade so that I can read them. (Open to suggestions if you have any.)

2) 1920
A scandalous decade if ever there was one. Scantily clad flappers with their short, a-line dresses. Jazz music at its prime (though I’m not a huge fan of most jazz). And prohibition. This entire decade (or most of it) was really about the nightlife, and seeing what people could get away with. While dangerous and illegal, it sounds like a lot of fun! Can’t say I’d look very good as a flapper, but I’d love to read literature than embodies the boundary-pushing lifestyle of the 20s.

3) 1800
I love the 1800s because of the unspoken rules. There are all these rules and regulations among the classes that keep them segregated and keep the upper class proper. For some reason, I love reading about these confines. I love reading when characters break one of these unspoken rules and therefore become a scandal because it’s all so exciting to read about. What’s more, is it’s a stark contrast to nowadays where we hardly have any rules. So, it’s a great escape from modern-day life.

4) Renaissance
The renaissance is likely one of the most common eras for novels to take place in because there was so much going on (and it’s quite a long era). That being said, it’s probably one of my favorites to read about. There’s always a new story. Or perhaps an old story with a new twist and the standards of the 1800s are ramped up to the max in the renaissance with monarchs still reigning and causing chaos. What better scandal than a monarch?

5) Medieval Age
An even bigger time period than the renaissance is the Medieval Age, also known as the Middle Ages. This era has more of a ‘dark’ theme to it what with plagues being a constant. That being said, it’s a little less scandal and little more realism than the renaissance. It tends to focus more on the middle or lower folk than the high society folk, giving an easier connection with the reader. This can be quite enjoyable to read, if one can handle death, destruction, and goodness knows what else.
6) Ancient Greeks

This is another era that seems to be lacking books. However, it’s quite common for stories in modern time periods to take influences from the Ancient Greeks. In particular, their Gods and mythology. (i.e. Percy Jackson). Yet, why don’t we have more literature on this time period and the lifestyle and the scandals? Surely there’s something interesting to write about. (i.e. the movie, 300). Not to mention, if you’re into mythology and influences of the Gods, I imagine this time period would be a fantastic option for a novel. Yes?

6) Viking Age
Alright. Call me dark, morbid, whatever you want, but I like the idea of the Viking Age. (No, I’ve not seen the show, Vikings, but I want to). Frankly, I think my desire to read more about this era comes from spending so much time on Beowulf, which is set in Scandinavia. No, no. They’re not quite the same. Anglo-Saxons and Vikings are different cultures, but there is something to be said about the warrior lifestyle of the Vikings. That, and I think we really need more novels delving into Norse mythology. Greek is cool, but let’s take a look to the North.

7) Anglo-Saxons
Oh, come on. You had to see this one coming. :p Having just spoken about the Vikings, their religion, and Beowulf, it’s an obvious that I’m going here because I can’t really recall any stories that really delve into the ‘pagan’ religion of the Anglo-Saxons before they converted to Christianity. From what I learned in my British Literature class in high school, the Anglo-Saxon society was very interesting. Particularly, the concept of wergeld, or the price that everything and everyone has. Imagine paying for a person? Crazy.

8) Ancient Egypt
Another very unique religion and people and society. I’ve actually read a couple of books that take place in this particular time period. ‘Nefertiti’ by Michelle Moran is a fantastic example of this era and I would love to see more books in this era. Even if they fudge the truth a little bit. (That’s why it’s called historical fiction. :p) But it would be really cool to see more of the religion play into the book and to see how people interact with them. (See a trend in my wants for these time periods? hee hee)

And that’s it!


Sorry y’all, but I picked some rather large time periods in this post. So, I kind of ran out. Oops. :/ But I’m really happy with the time periods I chose because each one’s different, but what do you think?

Which time period would you like to read about?
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13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Historical Settings (Feb. 2, 2016)

  1. Great choices! There are so many interesting time periods that I’d love to read more about. Especially in recent years, I’ve found history to be one of the best sources of inspiration. I have one WIP that takes place in the late 18th century and another one that takes place during the potato famine in Ireland. It’s fun to do research for historical fiction––it can be really overwhelming though!

    Have you read the Diviners books by Libba Bray? They take place in the 20s and are really cool. She has another series––Gemma Doyle––that takes place in the Victorian era and is also awesome. 🙂

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    1. Oh man! I could never write historical fiction. First off, I pretty much bombed history class (forever), and second off, what I find interesting about historical fiction is the culture rather than the specific people or events. Does that make sense? I also don’t like researching for my novels. (Reasons why I write post-apoc :p)
      I’ve heard of the Diviners, but I haven’t read it myself. Thank you for the recommend! I’ll look into her books! ^.^

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      1. Haha, I was always pretty bad at history too––I think it’s just that I’m bad at memorizing names/dates, though. I agree, the culture/atmosphere of an era is more interesting to me. And when you’re writing historical fiction, you can make up your own people who live in that era. 😀 Lol I love research for some reason (maybe because it makes me feel productive when I’m not actually writing, haha). But I don’t blame you, research can be frustrating. Let me know what you think of The Diviners if you ever read it!

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        1. Haha! I think feeling productive is why I brainstorm a lot. I like to do more world development when I’m not writing and society structure, but I generally work with blank slate worlds. So, I can do a lot with them. ^.^
          It could be a while, but if I read it, I’ll let you know.

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