Created By: CaptainRainbowz on January 25, 2012

Perpetual Modernity

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Often used in commercials and other short media, Perpetual Modernity is where, while a large amount of time has passed for the characters, the setting remains in the same time period. For example, a character goes through life from birth to death (~90 years) but technology and culture remains the same.
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  • January 25, 2012
    It takes some Fridge Logic to realize it, but this is true of The Picture Of Dorian Gray. The novel takes place over eighteen years, and while characters (except Dorian of course) age, there's no indication of society changing around them.
  • January 25, 2012
    Compare with Medieval Stasis, where works of High Fantasy tend to get stuck with medieval-age technology, government, and culture even though hundreds of years may pass.
  • January 25, 2012
    Theatre: The play Krapp's Last Tape might qualify. The title character uses a portable tape machine to keep a diary, and we're told he's been doing so for over 20 years. But the play is set in the early 60s, so he would have had to have recorded his first tape during the war, i.e. before tape recorders were available.
  • January 25, 2012
    Never mind. Read the OP wrong.
  • February 26, 2012
  • February 26, 2012
    Subtrope: Medieval Stasis
  • February 26, 2012
    Sort of the inverse of Comic Book Time, where history advances, but the characters don't age.
  • February 26, 2012
    EDITED: We have Modern Stasis.

    I misread it since I saw "Modernity" in the title and didn't see it mentioned yet.
  • February 26, 2012
    Not to be confused with Modern Stasis, where the time period is explicitly stated to be The Future but looks suspiciously like the present day.
  • February 26, 2012
    Maybe this should be called Period Stasis and taken as a supertrope of the existing Medieval Stasis and Modern Stasis.
  • February 26, 2012
    Yea, missing supertropes are a problem.
  • March 1, 2013
    I am discarding this because it has gone for more than a year with no reply. It seems like it might be a trope, but I suspect it overlaps with enough other stuff to not be worth bothering about. Don't let that stop you from resurrecting it if you want; but please do see it gets finished in that case.

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