I have several favorite time periods, eras I would enjoy researching if I ever turned my attention to historical fiction.
- Dark Ages and Medieval Europe
- The Golden Age of Exploration — I did my research paper for my history major on Prince Henry the Navigator of Portugal.
- Victorian era — Especially Europe, but any location during this time period in which Sherlock Holmes could plausibly appear.
- Golden Age of Hollywood — Since I love movies from the 1930’s, ’40’s and ’50’s, I’ve already read a lot about the people working in the Hollywood studio system. A mystery set then would be fun to write.
So what’s your favorite?
I really like the “Laura Ingalls Wilder” time period. I also like the “Jane Austen” time period, if one doesn’t delve to much into the harsher aspects of that time.
Every time period has an ugly side to it, including the present. The Wilder books are interesting because they give you a different view of settling the West. If you only read fiction and watched movies, you’d think the West was entirely populated with gunslingers and their unlucky victims.
I love the pioneer days too- we read the ‘Little House’ books aloud so often mom claimed she had them memorized, and we lived near some of the sites Laura mentioned. I guess my blog gives away that I’m pretty hooked on the 30s and 40s as well 🙂