It seems like in the YA section the 1920s are actually starting to become kind of a common trend. We have The Diviners, Vixen, and Bright Young Things, amongst others. Before we did our own themed week here at Mystic Cooking, I wondered why this period was becoming so popular, but after reading The Diviners and doing my own research I confess, I’m now a fan.
The 1920s was a period of big dreams and big change. View points on women and different ethnic groups were evolving with the idea that just about anyone could be a star. It was a time of rebellion as people refused to go unheard back to the old ways, a time where news spread faster than it ever had before.
Why is it becoming so popular now? Well, other than the fact that it’s some great story material, it’s relevant to current events. View points on large groups of people are changing, and the poor are once again rebelling against the class structures. Now real info and news spread faster than the Millenium Falcon with just a click of a button.
Gang activity has been as profitable and fierce as ever with the whole “War on Drugs” going on. Rather than bootleggers we now have drug runners taping bags of drugs to the undersides of cars of the poor unexpected commuters crossing the border every morning.
What does all of this mean for us writers and creative types? Well, for me it means it’s time to brush up on my history, because there’s some fine story material in there to be written about.
So, how about all of you? Have you noticed a 1920s theme going on in more places than just here at our blog? Do you think there are some big similarities between the events that are going on today and the ones that went on during the Jazz Age?