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A Handy Rule Of Thumb For Western Historical Periods (using the best-known terms for the same)

If it looks like:

  • Titanic
  • Downton Abbey’s earlier seasons
  • The American Girl “Samantha” books/movies
  • The flashbacks to Daisy’s wedding in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby
  • Anyone in Crimson Peak except Lucille and Thomas
  • An American Tail
  • A Little Princess
  • The Secret Garden

It’s Edwardian. (1901-1914; continued aesthetically until about 1920)

If it looks like:

  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (anything after the flashback of how Dracula became a vampire)
  • The Prestige
  • Any Civil War movie made after 1990
  • Little House on the Prairie
  • Hysteria
  • Moulin Rouge
  • Young Victoria
  • Sweeney Todd
  • Fingersmith
  • Tipping the Velvet
  • Lucille and Thomas from Crimson Peak
  • The Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes
  • Spring Awakening
  • Newsies
  • Gangs of New York

It’s Victorian. (1837-1901; began aesthetically around 1830)

If it looks like:

  • Any Jane Austen movie made after 1990
  • Most adaptations of Wuthering Heights made after 1990
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell
  • Anybody in The Vampire Lovers except Carmilla and Emma

It’s Regency. (1790-1837; ended aesthetically around 1830)

EDITED 4/24/16 FOR GREATER ACCURACY. Thanks to @ive-decided-to-murder-you for helpful critique.

  • Samantha: Rebecca is the best, but she's ten years younger than me. When Rebecca was born I was already in third grade, which means if we were friends back then I would have been hanging out with a baby.
  • Samantha:
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  • Samantha: Oh my god, I could have killed her.