I plan on writing a book set in the 90's either 1996 or 1997 the characters are black woman and an Indian woman. I have some info on 90's fashion and news but I want to know more from the point of view during that time?
90s Points Of View: Researching (USA)
God damn I feel old.
Well, read and watch movies from the 1990s and especially look for comedy acts made in the 1990s because comedy will explicitly look at what’s going on in the present-day, be it values or issues.
If you have your book set in a certain location, read and watch movies made by people from that area in the 1990s. Colette would like to note to try to find perspectives from specifically Black and Indian women as well.
Regardless of when these stories take place, they will often reflect the issues of the cultures and times they were created in.
If there are cult films, then you’re in luck, because they’re cult since they resonated so well with the spirit of the times… Here’s a list of things specific to the United States since I don’t know about outside of my personal experience:
Our cartoons had two strong genres I don’t see in cartoons from the 2000s or 2010s: “Dsyfunctional Shock Value” and “Urban Childhood.”
Kayfabe Was Alive: Dude, this is when professional wrestling was a big goddamn deal and it was REAL TO ME, DAMMIT.
Dysfunctional Cartoons: Until the 90s, we were still using the whole ‘American Dream, Leave It To Beaver’ family casting standard. The Simpsons broke that deliberately, and we were fascinated with it, and so so many, so many shows came out of that; we went to great lengths to be shocking or dysfunctional, that was the new trend. The cartoons that are famous from that include The Simpsons (the groundbreaker), South Park, and Ren & Stimpy. You’ll see watered-down versions of this Dysfunctional Cartoons genre in examples like CatDog and Rocko’s Modern Life.
Urban Childhood: Another strong genre from the 90s that sold very well focused on growing up in cities. Animated Examples: Arthur, Hey Arnold, Doug, Static Shock. Live Action Examples: Fresh Prince Of Bel Air and Sister Sister. If you want to watch these cartoons, just tune into TeenNick on any weeknight when they air The Splat.
Pop-Culture Riddled, Political Commentary Cartoons: Warner Brothers’ Animaniacs series and its related subshows (Goodfeathers, Pinky And The Brain, Aunt Slappy) were a sort of compliment to the ‘dysfunctional’ humor and are absolutely riddled with pop culture references for you to enjoy. Goodfeathers itself is a reference to the Goodfellas movie (1990).
Authors who boomed in the 90s: John Grisham, JK Rowling, Douglas Coupland, Arthur Golden, Irvine Welsh, Terry McMillan, Steven King.
Some 90s Cult Films:
- The Matrix
- Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery
- Dazed And Confused
- 10 Things I Hate About You
- A Night At The Roxbury
- The Parent Trap
- Don’t Tell Mom The Babysitter’s Dead
- Romeo + Juliet
- Hocus Pocus
And there’s the Disney Renaissance (Mulan, Aladdin, etc.) and Don Bluth Studios (Anastasia, Secret of NIMH, etc.) to look at.