About Writersthinkersanddreamers

I love to write, think, and dream — like my blog’s URL proclaims. I blog about my interests and thoughts.

Currently I’m writing a multi-generational mystery novel that includes such diverse topics as the Victorian Era and the Brazilian favelas, so expect to see a lot of posts on what I write about!

Happy reading!

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5 thoughts on “About Writersthinkersanddreamers”

  1. Stumbled upon your blog at another Victorian blog. Coincidentally I’m writing a novel set in the Regency (but not Regency romance) and another in the Victorian era. Would really like to hear your thoughts on a Victorian setting.

  2. Caroline,

    Thanks for commenting on my blog! I’m very glad to meet someone else writing a novel set in the Regency/Victorian Era. Mine is also not a romance. I find Victorian romances (most of them written in modern times) are usually extremely exaggerated and not at all realistic. Sometimes when I’m bored and want to laugh at something I go on Amazon.com and read the first chapter or so of some of them. Most of them are quite “Harlequin” and “bodice-ripper” kind of books.
    I have done (very minimal, I must admit) research on the Regency while I was researching the Victorian Era. The dresses seemed much more comfortable, but the society didn’t seem all that different from the Victorians in manners and propriety.
    An interesting read, if you want to see what moral education for girls (and boys, to some extent) was like and haven’t already read it, is The Governess, or The Little Female Academy, written in 1749 but still in use in 1820, especially for girls, as shown by the revised edition of 1820. It’s quite dull and moralistic, and if you don’t think reading a book like that to laugh at it is what you want to spend your time on, just read this exerpt here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Governess,_or_The_Little_Female_Academy.

    One thing I love about writing about the Victorian Era is how

  3. alike we are. Even in fashion. I mean, corsets were made to emphasize the wearer’s bust and hips — like push-up bras and skinny jeans today. Another good thing about a Victorian setting is readers think they know all about it, but most often they don’t. People recognize corsets, bow ties, gentility, and Oliver Twist as from the Victorian Era; but what do they really know about day-to-day life for both the rich and the poor?

    From,
    writersthinkersanddreamers

    P.S. I checked out your blog, http://thebriarfieldchronicles.blogspot.com/. I was amazed by how much I learned about Regency religion and the Unitarians in just one post!

  4. sorry for replying late. I know, people have this fixed view of the Victorians as sadistic prudes with genteel manners. Which isn’t strictly true. While gentility and a cultivated accent was more emphasised then many Victorians were not very different from us today. I think to get the idea of a real Victorian you have to look at the middle-classes, which is why Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins are good. And what the Victorians had that we don’t have was a close community. Yes, there’s more equality today, but upper and working classes in the Victorian era could develop strong affectionate ties, unlike today, and that was something. I think that’s why we keep on going back to Victorian fiction, because of the warmth it gives us, unlike the isolated detached miserable modernist novel.

    Do put up bits of your Victorian writing on your blog, I’d really love to share ideas with you.

    • Wow, I really replied late. Sorry.
      I was torn between laughter and anger the other day when I heard a couple girls discussing how ugly and weirdly formal the Victorians were compared to us today, and how superior we are to them. The “weird formality” is just a matter of taste; but that they thought that all the Victorians were ugly grated on me a little. There’s been no time for evolution to take place; there’s been no change (except some small ones in height) between the bodies of the people of the 19th century and the people of the 21st. I think that people have a really hard time seeing other cultures and time periods as having any merit compared to our own.
      Speaking of Wilkie Collins, Marian Halcombe in The Woman in White pleasantly surprised me. Wilkie Collins was definitely not being a sadistic prude when he made her up.

      I actually finished my novel in early January and am working now on editing it. How are your novels going?

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