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crazyrabbits
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12:35:40 AM Apr 1st 2014
Took out the following temporarily for having no context - they need a better explanation:

TheLyniezian
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01:25:35 PM Dec 23rd 2013
edited by 86.21.104.19
Do time-travel movies referencing "the present" really count as unintentional period pieces? Think about it- in order to establish the difference between "the present" at the time the movie was released- which may be identified like the 1985 of Back to the Future, or vague like Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home which suggests only a vague "late 20th century" (but, based on a few clues- like the news story about the nuclear arms talks stalling, Scotty's attempts to use a Mac Plus- can be dated pretty firmly to 1986)- you need to set the scene and show how "the present" is different from "the past" or "The Future" (whatever time period that may be).
CapnAndy
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01:38:23 PM Mar 5th 2013
Removed references to Friends and expanded on Seinfeld. Apart from the fashion, there's very little in Friends that could only happen in the 90s. Seinfeld, by contrast, has multiple episodes where a modern viewer can't help but be baffled that nobody's making the ten second phone call it would take to fix this. There's also references to Moviefone and the Steinbrenner era of the Yankees, and so on and so forth. Much more of its time.
Zernie
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02:32:12 PM Jan 18th 2013
How do you guys feel about works that maybe aren't super exaggerated, but clearly show their age based on how their plots wouldn't work in the modern age? I'm thinking of The Westing Game, which I just re-read for the first time since fifth grade (which was mmmfgh years ago). It was first published in 1978, and while it's not obviously dated, there are some parts that just couldn't happen today. For example, the precocious twelve-year-old plays the stock market, but has to actually go a broker and watch the ticker tape to get real-time prices. Plus, the plot hinges on a lot of Two Aliases, One Character which I can't imagine would be easy (or even possible) to conceal today. Thoughts?
VeronicaWakefield
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10:19:48 AM Nov 7th 2012
There's still a lot of Square Peg Round Trope here, making the trope pretty much meaningless ... right now the trope seems to be "there is some indication of a work's time of origin," which is effectively meaningless.

Is this trope "it is easily possible to tell when the work is set," or it it "the work is so saturated with its decade that it looks like they were doing it deliberately"? A lot a lot a LOT of these entries aren't about saturation, but about "oh, the World Trade Center is visible in the opening credits" or "someone mentions the USSR." And the one about how people who have studied freeway design can tell when a freeway was constructed ... that doesn't even approach close.
JCaesar
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11:14:57 PM Aug 17th 2012
This article could use a lot of clean-up. There are tons of examples without explanation, and quite a few intentional examples (current events shows like "Saturday Night Live" and "The Daily Show") which completely miss the point of the first word of the trope. Do I have permission to go at it like Dan Brown's editor clearly doesn't?
SeptimusHeap
01:56:16 AM Aug 18th 2012
You always have permission to fix bad examples. Go for it.
ACarlssin
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09:43:22 PM Jul 1st 2012
I removed this entry from 1980s TV:

The first few seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation, before it grew the beard.

because that should be on the page for Zeerust instead. It also should be clearer as to why it's being listed.
OldManHoOh
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10:17:56 AM Jun 19th 2012
  • Many plays by William Shakespeare were set in a time period that the original viewers during the Elizabethan era would find familiar. Nowadays, times have changed to the point where the dialect of Shakespeare's characters is frequently mistaken for Old English (which actually has more in common with German than modern English).

How many? I'm not an expert, but a lot of his plays seem to be historical or based on myths.
Vilui
03:36:17 PM Feb 12th 2013
Indeed. His plays are full of anachronisms — for instance, the mechanicals in AMND are much more Elizabethan than Greek, but still the setting of the play is Ancient Greece. In fact, I can't think of a single Shakespeare play that is actually set in Elizabethan England.

Maxaxle
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08:59:43 PM Mar 10th 2012
edited by Maxaxle
There's a car, the Chevrolet Confederate BA Deluxe Sport Coupe, with the spokes, lines, chrome, and overall aesthetic of a 1950's car, except it was made in 1932 and sold very poorly as a result (it had all of the limitations of a '30s car)....would that fit here? EDIT: Actually, yeah it would.
Mazz
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06:13:56 PM Jun 4th 2011
"Hair focused heavily on The Sixties while while they were still going on, but did so intentionally."

If it did so intentionally, does it still count as an example for this trope?
Tanrage
06:45:36 AM Dec 23rd 2011
not only that, I see a lot of examples that are explicitly set in the era they were created in Back To The Future Being a perfect example. That doesn't really sound unintentional to me. Red Dawn is an an unintentional period piece the adventure of Marty and Doc aren't.
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