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01 October 2008 @ 05:04 pm
For the fail.  
"This is the problem with so many costume dramas: Unless they're jazzed up with anachronistic touches, they can come off as stiff and stuffed, partly because the formality of old-fashioned language seems so strange to modern ears."


Really??? The only way to make costume drama compelling is by using anachronism? Maybe this explains why so many costume dramas are so bad: a failure to even try to recreate the past.
La Reine Noire: Crystal Balllareinenoire on October 1st, 2008 10:23 pm (UTC)
It's not just limited to film. There are far too many historical novels out there that thrive on blatant anachronism. Not to mention the occasional biography that tries to convince its readers that women in the thirteenth century were empowered in the same way twenty-first century women are. They weren't. What they saw as empowerment is completely different.

I know people who won't watch costume drama because they think it's 'too slow'. Fine. That's a personal choice. But I hate to think that directors and producers are going to insist upon throwing anachronisms and unnecessary sex; I'm looking at you, Andrew Davies into costume dramas to sell them to a larger audience. Sigh.
tempestsarekind: austen bonnetstempestsarekind on October 2nd, 2008 01:19 pm (UTC)
Hee. Yes--there were several Austen adaptations recently whose directors went on record as saying they thought the 'usual' costume dramas were all stiff and stodgy and boring. It does seem to be the first thing you have to do these days when making costume drama: explain how *your* film isn't like all those other (accurate) costume dramas, and really, all the people back then were Just Like Us anyway.
Spackle: stack of books and also teaspacklegeek on October 2nd, 2008 01:20 am (UTC)
Hi there. I found this journal while doing a google search for Tam Lin, which (who?) I'm kind of in love with, and am about to do a research paper on. Anyway. We seem to have some things in common, including a love for Shakespeare. Mind if I friend you?
tempestsarekind: queen of fairiestempestsarekind on October 2nd, 2008 01:24 pm (UTC)
Sure--friend away! That sounds like a really interesting paper, btw; any specific aspect of Tam Lin, or just in general?
Spackle: ireland: cliffs of moherspacklegeek on October 5th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Cool beans!

The class is on Medieval Britain, so the research paper has to have something to do with that. I'm planning to explore the connections between Tam Lin and Thomas the Rhymer, and the real person, Thomas of Eccleston, that these tales are supposedly based on. I'd also like to look at the presence of fairies and magic in a "Christian" society.

Mostly I just wanted an excuse to listen to old English ballads as I researched my paper. :D
tempestsarekind: history boys oxfordtempestsarekind on October 5th, 2008 11:31 pm (UTC)
Ah yes. I think I wrote a paper on Tess of the D'Urbervilles for similar reasons. :)

Your paper sounds interesting. There's a recent book out, Elves in Anglo-Saxon England, which is too early for Thomas, but might be helpful for background?

And this website has two prophecies that appear to be connected:
Spackle: blackberryspacklegeek on October 7th, 2008 01:12 am (UTC)
Oh nice, thanks! That site looks great.

I've just reserved that book at the library. It's worth a look, anyway. Also: elves!
tempestsarekind: quite a good arm actuallytempestsarekind on October 7th, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC)
Exactly--who doesn't want to read about elves?