Loving you is entirely different. You make me feel expansive, as thought my heart is big enough and strong enough to contain the whole world. As though I can become anyone I need to, or want to, without fear—I can reach higher and farther and not lose you for the striving. And oh, my love, do you know how great a gift that is?
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One historical fiction cliche that needs to die is aristocratic/wealthy women being surprised that their parents have arranged their marriages like?? How do you think money and property works in this period?? How do you think marriage works in this period?? How naive can you get?? Viola de Lessops in Shakespeare In Love being like “bUt I dO nOt LoVe YoU mY LoRd” like srsly girl wake up.
Elizabeth of York- oh I’m sorry, “Lizzie” in The White Princess being like “but i always dreamed of marrying for love!!1!” like honey... you were raised the eldest daughter of a king, in an age of political instability, where marriages could mean life or death. Even if after you were made illegitimate your ‘beloved uncle’ planned to marry you off to Portuguese royalty. You really thought you could just pick some guy and everyone would be chill? That thought actually crossed your mind? You weren’t raised on the idea you’d marry a prince or a king and leave England?
" '...would you consider the 1980s to be historical fiction?' "
"You're gonna hate this, but the 1980s is absolutely historical fiction. So I was a kid in the '80s, and back then I thought that World War II was like the oldest thing in the world, but guess what? When I was a kid, WWII was 40 years earlier. For kids today, the 1980s is 40 years earlier.
Here, I'll do another one! When I was a kid I thought that like hippies, 1960s people, Woodstock were like totally ancient history, right? For kids today, that's Y2K. That's how long ago that was; 9/11.
I work in children's books, so I mean I deal with this a lot, and I recently sold a book set in 2005...that is historical fiction.
If your target audience wasn't born, it's historical fiction. Sorry?"
How to show that a character is bi/ace/pan/gay/lesbian/aro etc when worldbuilding doesn't let you use those words
So first of all, this is a post brought to you all by popular demand, as it was the top-ranked topic in this survey: https://forms.gle/qN4zsEX3oCy1Btwq7 (if you want to voice opinions for future posts, please hop over there and fill it out - it only takes like a minute)
Getting into it, I will acknowlege that yes, technically you are the one who is doing the worldbuilding and thus, there is nothing you technically cannot do with it. This post is mostly made for people who have a certain vibe going with the universe they've constructed that doesn't support words that feel very modern-day or have those kinds of modern connotations to them. (other such words might include things like millionaire, HIV, rylon, etc).
Step 1: break it down.
Each of the orientation labels listed above (as well as other orientation labels I didn't include) are designed to be a shorthand to communicate an experience or facet of someone's identity. That means if you take away the label, there are still words to describe it. So maybe your worldbuilding doesn't have the term pan in it, but it does include people who are attracted to others without regard to gender. Maybe your worldbuilding doesn't have the term aro, but it does include people who are interested in are interested in friendships, and/or sleeping with people, but don't really have any intent of finding a partner.
For each character's orientation you want to include, figure out what the definition is, and use the words that exist in your world to describe it.
Step 2: show it.
Because most media plays into that "straight by default" worldview, unless you show that your character is cononically queer, readers are going to assume that they're straight (and no, avoiding it on page, and then just saying "wait actually they really are queer" after the fact is not the way to go about this - it is a form of queerbaiting).
You have a couple options when it comes to showing a character's orientation thatyou can mix and match.
The first is showing their attractions/relationships, or referencing past attractions/relationships they've had. If a character is a lesbian, she may have had a girlfriend in the past. In fact, she might even have one now. Show it. If a character is pan, maybe they've had relationships with people of different genders.
The other thing is pretty much just getting a character to say it.
"oooohhhh does protag have a crush????" friend teased. Protag swatted them "shut up. you know I don't get crushes."
"I dunno. The whole boy/girl thing's never really been a factor. If they're cute, I'm done for."
"I know her," she said, "we used to be together."
Another thing I've found is that using terms like bi or ace sometimes feel off, but using the full word - so bisexual or asexual - has a tendancy to fit in a lot better. I'm not entirely sure why, but my guess is that it feels a lot less slangy.
Men tell stories,” I say. It is the truest, simplest answer to his question. “Women get on with it. For us it was a shadow war. There were no parades for us when it was over, no medals or mentions in history books. We did what we had to during the war, and when it was over, we picked up the pieces and started our lives over.
Greek mythology re-telling books because is one of my favorite genders and no one talk about them:
A thousand ships by Natalie Haynes
-Re-telling of the Iliad by the perspective of all the women who were affected for the war
-“This is the women’s war,as much as is men’s. They waited long enough for their turn... This was never the story of one woman,or two. It was the story of them all...
Helen of Troy by Margaret George
-Story of Helen of Troy by her perspective
-“Margaret has captured a timeless legend in a mesmerizing tale in a woman whose life was destinated to create strife and destroy civilizations”
The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
-Story of Patroclus and his lover,Achilles,since they meet until they die
-“Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their differences, the boys develop a tender friendship, a bond which blossoms into something deeper as they grow into young men”
The Silence Of The Girls by Pat Barker
-Re-telling of war of Troy by Briseis,a prize of war,perspective
-“The plot begins when Greeks led Achilles sack Lyrnessus, describing the looting and burning of the city, the massacre of its men and the abduction of its women including Briseis, the childless wife of its king Mynes. When the women are handed out to the leaders of the Greek raiders, Briseis, as a royal (and according to the Iliad, beautiful) is awarded to Achilles”
Circe by Madeline Miller
-Story of Circe
-“With unforgettably vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and page-turning suspense, Circe is a triumph of storytelling, an intoxicating epic of family rivalry, palace intrigue, love and loss, as well as a celebration of indomitable female strength in a man's world”
Helen of Troy,Goddess,Princess,Whore by Bethany Hughes
(I know,I love Helen of Troy so much,she is the best,I love her)
-Story of Helen of Troy
-“As soon as men began to write, they made Helen of Troy their subject; for nearly three thousand years she has been both the embodiment of absolute female beauty and a reminder of the terrible power that beauty can wield. Because of her double marriage to the Greek King Menelaus and the Trojan Prince Paris, Helen was held responsible for both the Trojan War and enduring enmity between East and West. For millennia she has been viewed as an exquisite agent of extermination. But who was she?”
Out of the Blue is a romance/mystery/fantasy interactive fiction set in Regency Era England for anyone (like me) who is obsessed with Jane Austen and other period dramas, and always dreamed of being transported into that world to find romance and intrigue.
It’s also just a lighthearted project I’m working on to practice my writing skills and get familiar with Twine as a platform for other interactive fiction projects that I have in the works. Definitely a WIP, so characters and plot might change throughout.
You are a university student struggling to find the motivation to finish your degree as the world seems to be falling apart around you, when you find yourself transported to what appears to be Regency Era England. With no idea how you got there or how you can get back, you are at the mercy of the fates. Given the probability of being classified insane if you reveal your true origins, you decide to feign amnesia. Lucky for you, a wealthy couple decides to take pity on you and take you in.
Will you be able to keep your secret hidden from your new friends, or risk ending up in an asylum? Will you conform to the expectations of regency society, or show regency society what a modern person is like? Will you solve the mystery of how you ended up there and find your way back home, or perhaps decide that you’d much rather stay?
Isobel resides at Oakley Estate with her father, who runs the local coal mines. Being the daughter of a man whose fortunes were acquired through trade, she is not widely accepted amongst the higher class society, and her reputation is only made worse by her being an unmarried woman in her thirties. At first glance, Isobel appears to be cold and haughty; a proud woman who has little interest in you, but as you spend more time around her, you might discover there is more to her than meets the eye.
Max is the eldest son to Lord Charrington, the Earl of Charrington, and thus the heir to both title and land. He is upbeat, frivolous and a bit of a flirt, and people aren’t quite sure what to make of him. Although he seems to be cheerful and unconcerned, you can’t help but feel like he’s holding something back. Will you discover what lies behind his careless facade?
Richard Winfield [he/him] | Portrait | Playlist |
Richard is a Captain of the Royal Navy, just returned from the Napoleonic Wars to his childhood home to visit his brother and his wife at their new abode. Though he has made a name for himself, and amassed a sizeable fortune, his deepest desire is to find a spouse to start a family, and build a home, with, but he seems to be caught up on the past. He is suspicious of your intentions and sceptical of the credibility of your story. Will you be able to change his opinion of you and help him move on from his past?
William Taylor [he/him] | Portrait | Playlist |
William is a local farmer who struggles to get by while raising his two children by himself since his wife disappeared. Given that William and his son are the ones who found you and helped you, you feel like you should repay him somehow, but William seems to take an immediate dislike to you and wants nothing to do with you. Will you be able to weed out the story behind his harsh, biting shell and worm your way into his fortified heart?
Clara Amelia Hamilton [she/her] | Portrait | Playlist |
Clara is the daughter of one of the wealthiest families in Charrington, the Hamiltons of Ainsley Park. She comes from a life of comfort and privilege, seemingly lacking in nothing. Being cheerful and outgoing, she is well liked and generally always surrounded by people, so why does she feel so bored? Will you help her find some sense of purpose in her life, and possibly fill that void in her heart?
New Codex Black character bios!
Cosijoeza, Ahuizotl, Motecuhzoma and Tliltototl, all of which have already made their debuts in the webcomic. They're all real historical characters as well.
(All birthdates are fictional, the real ones are unknown).
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I don’t know; maybe it’s not that deep, but I do feel like there’s something to the discomfort I feel with period films sacrificing authenticity to bring characters more in line with modern beauty standards, especially female characters
when I see stills from a movie and the men are in suits that look more or less okay for the era, but the women are all plunging necklines (or anachronistic pants), Instagram influencer eyebrows, and half-up beachy waves, it makes me want to scream
in a way that’s only partly to do with the educational aspect of accuracy