I agree that "works set in" should be a separate index from "works made in". It's confusing to have those both be considered the same category. Plus, you either A) mix them all together, which is extra-confusing, or B) soft-split them, which is hard when so many works are both
—duplicate entries is a very bad idea on indexes, or C) soft-split three ways (made-in, set-in, and both) as The Sixties
does, which means you have to know when a work was set to add it at all, which is counterproductive.
I just didn't add an entry to The Sixties
because I couldn't tell when it was set—even though I know it was made in the Sixties. I also just moved several miscategorized works on The Sixties
. And there's a few more (like Flowers for Algernon
) where I'm not sure if they're miscategorized or not.
So I strongly support having separate "Medium
of the Time Period
" pages. (Note that Literature, at least, will have to cover a lot more than just decades.)
eta: as for Dragon Quest Z
's question about whether tropes-of-the-period should be indexed: I tend to think not. Most such tropes seem to be only loosely associated with an era. Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
may have become famous during the Sixties, but it's actually older, and it's still popular today.
eta x2: also, lets not forget about Grand Unified Timeline
, which is supposed to cover when works are set—or, more precisely, when events in works occur.
edited 3rd Sep '12 12:16:49 PM by Xtifr
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