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Out with the old, in with the new
lettered wrote in 19thc_exchange
I made a mistake with this comm. I feel that my structure was probably way too ambitious and complicated, so almost no one signed up. I failed the few of you who did want to participate, because I was unsure about what to do regarding the lack of participants. As such, I'm going to delete this comm in about a week. This is just a notice.

I did really want something like this to work, mostly because I've had a constantly recurring thought over the years I've been in fandom on LJ, and that is: where is the Jane Austen fic? Where is the Charlotte Bronte fic? For a while, I asked, where is the Horatio Hornblower fic? And then I found despatches, which does an excellent job of linking Age of Sail fanfic.

However, I still feel the need for a place to post such fics. I also feel the need for such a place to allow other period fanfiction. Where do you post your Chaucer fic, really? Where do you post your Mulan epic? (Please, tell me there are Mulan epics.) Who is writing fic based on Onegin, and where is it? And yet, there are tons of people writing Merlin fanfic. Lots of people still write Pirates of the Caribbean fanfic. Those things are accessible, and not quite what I'm looking for.

So, what I would like is a comm that is for fandoms which take place before WWI, but takes a leaf from Yuletide's book excludes those fandoms that are extremely popular and get a lot of fic. I know there is rareslash and rarelitslash, which also allows het. There are probably other comms that address some of what I want. But it doesn't have to be literature, it doesn't have to be slash, and it could even be historical rpf. This would be just a posting community, where people could post old fic they have written, new fic, fan art. I want to say icons and such, but we do get a lot of that on bbccostumedrama.

Does anyone have any strong feelings about this? What fandoms should be excluded? Whether fandoms should be excluded? Whether icon posts are allowed? Whether you want to see weekly challenges, etc? I feel like many people have mentioned at various times that they have wanted a comm like this. I'm interested in getting some opinions before I do it. You do not have to be a part of this comm to comment. Thanks!

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If you care for my thoughts at all:
I would say keep it pre-WWI. But then I'm biased. However, once you get into the 20s and on, there a bit too much "modernization"...I don't know, the feel is different.
Probably keep icons out. There are at least three diff comms I know of where you can post icons, and people post there all the time. I would say, fic, art (like drawings art, not icons...maybe wallpapers) and fanvids (I;m biased on this account, again).

I agree with you re: post WWI feeling different. My housemate just expressed it perfectly: "the 20th century didn't begin until WWI."

However, I'm thinking about how there aren't really any huge fandoms that are set during that time, so there wouldn't be that much fic showing up on the comm, and how it would be nice to be able to have fic for Lawrence of Arabia, or The King's Speech, or what have you.

Maybe I'll do a poll.

Haha, well cutting it at WWI would cut Brideshead Revisited which isn't favorable to me....though that fandom has it's own comm so...lol.
It's more the fact that after WWI a LOT of customs and attitudes change...long dresses, courtships, candles are for decoration only...um lol, I mean, it's totally up to you. I'm just saying. Someone mentioned tagging and that seems like a good alternative.

Does Brideshead Revisited have a large fandom?

Definitely the flavor after WWI is different. But I mean, the flavor in the Middle Ages is different than during the Renaissance and Englishtenment, so it's not necessarily a comm based on one time period. But it is for stuff that is non-modern, so it's difficult to decide just how non-modern.

Brideshead doesn't have a large fandom. Especially compared to things that have truly large fandoms. It's Yuletide eligible and will most likely stay that way.
And, yes, about the different feels, but things begin to move and change VERY drastically from the industrial rev. It takes a few decades for the changes to take root, but I'd saw WWI really marks the start of a new, modern era, while WWII really doesn't.
I understand the temptation to include the inter-war period, and again, it's ultimately your decisions, and if we had tags it would fix a lot of searching issues.
Also, have you seen this comm? vintagefic Just thought you might find it interesting.

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