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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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This sounds like a great idea to me, and I think I'd echo what people are saying above - making it cover more periods, but narrow itr down with sensible tags, and of course there can always be very specific challenges and/or ficathons hosted/advertised here, or specific era recs as well. Certainly I'm in favour of up to WWII (and in fact, even post-war and 1950s are almost always presented in a very period way - i.e. 'how quaint, look at the odd little cars, and the prices, and how pretty the dresses are...' etc. (Maybe the cut-off point should be 50 years prior to date of posting? :lol: Sorry...!)

There are several things I can think of that would be included this way (Upstairs Downstairs, I Capture the Castle, Gosford Park, Forsyte Saga, House of Eliott, South Riding, Poirot/Agatha Christie - and even ITV's new Downton Abbey will probably be set both sides of WWI before it's done.)

Good luck...

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