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Britain's Victorian period (technically 1837-1901) is a popular setting for fanworks because it was a period of peace, prosperity, romanticism and mysticism with regard to religion, social values, and the arts, both from fandoms set during the actual Victorian era and Victorian AUs in other fandoms. This page concentrates on canonical Victorians. The term is sometimes extended to works from this time period not set in Britain.
The later years of the period saw an enormous increase in literacy in Britain, fuelled by educational reforms, and the launch of dozens of magazines aimed at this new market, with a mixture of fiction and factual articles. New printing technology allowed them to be illustrated with photographs as well as line drawings. The Strand Magazine and the later Pearson's Magazine are probably the best remembered, but there were many others. Many important authors and artists of the period and the 20th century got their start in these magazines; examples include Wells, Doyle, and P.G. Wodehouse.
There are a number of fandoms set during the Victorian era, such as the works of Charles Dickens and Emily Brontë, as well as Dracula and Sherlock Holmes. There is also a little historical RPF set during this era, for example featuring the Brontë sisters. Fanworks for these fandoms often major in historical accuracy, with authors being proud of checking minute details of dress and culture.
Set in the British Victorian era:
- Jane Eyre
- North and South
- Sherlock Holmes
- Stalky and Co.
- Tess of the D'Urbevilles
- Wuthering Heights
Set elsewhere in the British Empire:
Set outside the British Empire during this period:
- C19 -- message board including North and South & Jane Eyre fanfiction, and discussion of the works of the Brontës, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell & Thomas Hardy.
- Victorian AU for fanworks that take characters from a modern or future-set fandom and relocate them to a stereotypical Victorian era.