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The Silver Petticoat Review: Old-Fashioned Romance, Period Dramas & Romantic (emphasis on the capital ‘R’) Storytelling
“To love or have loved, that is enough. Ask nothing further. There is no other pearl to be found in the dark folds of life.” — Victor Hugo, Les Misérables
“Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” — Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
“Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while.” — L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
“Vulgarity is no substitute for wit.” — Violet Crawley, Downton Abbey
The Silver Petticoat Review was started by twin sisters and a close friend (Amber, Autumn, and Rebecca) – all with a vision in mind. To discuss the type of entertainment we all love (hint: Classic Romance and Romanticism) in the hopes of finding kindred spirits with similar interests. The idea first began at a Victorian Tea Room a few years ago and now here we are!
VISION & OBJECTIVE
The Silver Petticoat Review covers both classic and modern entertainment from around the world and specializes in old-fashioned romance, period dramas, and Romantic storytelling. Our objective is to promote and bring back enthusiasm for swoon-worthy love stories and diverse storytelling steeped in or influenced by Romanticism without the excess of explicit content and unsentimental cynicism.
Beyond that, we aim to build a collaborative creative village of contributing writers from around the world. We believe stories have the positive power to unite, not divide.
What is Old-Fashioned Romance? Read Our Checklist – As Defined By Us (Film, Literature, & TV Recommendations included)
What is Old-Fashioned Romantic Storytelling? Read Our Checklist As Defined By Us (Film, Literature, & TV Recommendations included)
The Silver Petticoat Review is a hybrid online blogazine with a vintage yet modern design that is a mix between a blog, an entertainment magazine and a literary/film journal. We discuss both classic and modern film, literature, theater, and television in a fun and fashionable way.
In all, we hope to not quite be high-brow or pretentious, as we like to have a bit of geeky fun, but we’re also not low brow. So think of us as something in-between.
WHAT WE COVER
Our magazine’s focus is on all of the categories from Literature, Film, Theater, and Television listed below (though each story within these categories must also have elements of old-fashioned romance and/or Romantic storytelling for us to cover it):
- Period Drama and Historical Fiction
- Supernatural (IE: Monster Literature)
- Romantic Fantasy
- Urban Fantasy
- Paranormal Romance
- Magical Realism
- Fairy Tales
- Folklore, Fables
- Time Travel
- Space Opera
- Hallmark Movies and TV Shows
- International Content (IE: Romantic K-Dramas)
- Literary Fiction or Intelligent Drama/Comedy
- Brit Lit
- Suspense/Psychological Thriller (think Hitchcock)
- Romantic Suspense
- Historical Mystery
- Cozy Mysteries
- Historical Romance
- Contemporary Romance
- Romantic Comedies
- Other Romantic Categories not already mentioned
- Autobiography/Biography/Memoir (typically about literary/film/historical figures rather than modern political ones)
- Non-Animated Feel-Good Movies/Family Friendly
- Religious Fiction (within our categories of interest)
- YA Literature, Films or Shows (within our categories of interest)
- Animation: Classic Disney, romantic, or based on folklore/fairy tales
- Content with Byronic Heroes
- Independent Films (that fit within our categories of interest)
- Literature/Poetry from the Romantic Period
- Other – Any film, book, or show we feel fits that doesn’t technically fit into the above categories. These will have an element of old-fashioned romance and/or Romantic storytelling.
We strive to include content that has PG-13 “like” content or below, minus a few exceptions for artistic merit and/or genre interest. However, these exceptions are made very selectively and depend on the holistic overall “feel” of the story. That said, just because something is PG or PG-13 doesn’t mean it is old-fashioned or that we automatically cover it.
However, if we do cover a film, book or show that is R-Rated in content (though this is less typical), we will give a content warning. It should be noted that we do not believe the MPAA rating system works as we are only using it as a basic guide to explain what kind of content we typically cover in film, literature, theater, and television. If there is only a scene or two (while still looking at the overall feel of the story) that may cause an R-Rating we’re more likely to cover it than content that has vulgar and/or gratuitous content throughout.
Some of our earlier articles, however, do cover more explicit content. We have added content notes for your convenience. We apologize in advance if any slipped our notice.
Note: Past articles & reviews may not always reflect our site’s focus. The Silver Petticoat Review evolved over time!
WHY SHOULD YOU JOIN US?
If you love old-fashioned romance found in Jane Austen productions or other period dramas, well-written books and films steeped in the Romantic spirit without all the f-bombs and explicit sex scenes, international shows with fantastic writing, witty comedy (Oscar Wilde is our friend), a paranormal love story where the leading man is immortal and gives smoldering stares like Mr. Darcy, or even old-fashioned romance of the sappy variety – like a Hallmark film, then join us in the discussion! We’re here to have fun and celebrate what we love. And hopefully, what you do too!
We want to bring back the joy we felt as kids when we read a good story. Because, for us, reading or watching a story that inspires us or moves us, is what good storytelling is all about. We hope to find those stories and share them with you so all of our lives can be a little bit brighter and happier.
A huge focus of this site is the past! So, for categorization purposes, all books, TV Shows, and films from before the year 2000 will be categorized as a classic. Documentaries or researched biopics about classic authors (IE: a documentary about Louisa May Alcott or a biopic about Jane Austen) will also be given the classification no matter what year the film was made – as long as it’s of high quality. Faithful adaptations of classic novels (these have to clearly be novels that have stood the test of time) will be given the tag as well because they are connected to classic literature.
We will also give the “Classics” tag to articles/lists that are focused on the classics or the authors (IE: Jane Austen quotes or a romantic moment from a classic film/classic adaptation).
However, retellings of classic books are not classified as “classics.”
Costume Drama – Fairy Tales
Any article or review that is connected to fairy tales, folklore or mythology (with costumes) from film and TV so you can find all of the “fairytale” content with costumes in one place!
Costume Drama – Fantasy
All articles and reviews connected to fantasy with costumes in film and TV will receive this categorization.
We love period dramas! So any time our articles are about a period drama we will give it a categorization of period drama to make them easy to find. We’ve also included a Period Drama Archive for an easy go-to list of all of the reviews.
Movies & TV from outside the United States. British Dramas, K-Dramas, Australian Dramas, and more. Of course, our international choices fit our site’s theme.
One of the main topics of The Silver Petticoat Review is old-fashioned romance. Whenever a post is about a book, movie, or show heavily featuring old-fashioned romance, we will give it this extra categorization.
And then to make it even more fun, we’ve recently added sub-categories of the romantic genres so you can find what you like. These are for stories that have a main romantic focus, not just a subplot.
- Classic Romance: This includes romances from classic literature, classic films & classic TV (the 1960s and earlier). It also includes faithful adaptations of classic romantic literature (IE: Pride and Prejudice). Retellings don’t count.
- Historical Romance
- Regency Romance
- Sci-fi Romance
- Paranormal Romance
- Fantasy Romance
- Fairy Tale Romance
- Contemporary Romance
- Gothic Romance
- Romantic Comedy
- Romantic Drama
- Romantic Suspense
- Inspirational Romance
- Young Adult Romance
- Urban Fantasy
Diverse traditional storytelling steeped in or influenced by Romanticism (a popular art movement from the 18th and 19th centuries) without the excess of explicit content and unsentimental cynicism. For further explanation, read Romantic Storytelling 101.
CATEGORIES (with descriptions)
- Film Reviews (including film shorts) of mainstream and indie movies
- Literature Reviews
- Television Reviews
- Theater Reviews
- TV Recaps – Recaps of various TV Shows. Soon, we will be adding Vintage Recaps (which means recaps of shows from the past; or even past seasons of shows still airing).
- Young Adult – Literature Reviews (as well as films/shows adapted from books) focused only on YA.
Articles & Blog Posts – Magazine like articles, blog posts, videos, features, theories, or musings on various subjects related to Film, Books, and TV.
- Book Trailers – Coming Soon! Book Trailers made by us about classic literature.
- Climbing the Alpine Path/Working Title – Amber and Autumn’s (Silver Petticoat’s Editors) journeys to writing novels and screenplays.
- Curious Appetites – Coming Soon! A food blog that will be connected to literature, film, and television. For example, recipes inspired by something written in a novel.
- Doctor Who Diaries – Thoughts and theories about Doctor Who!
- Fairies, Witches, and Gods! Oh My! – This column focuses on elements of fairy tales, folk tales and mythology used in literature, film, and television. This may include posts from us or even guest posts from experts and/or authors talking about a tale or myth that influenced their story.
- Behind the Grimm (sub-category) – Modern adaptations of fairy and folk tales influenced by the Grimm brothers comparing the new with the old.
- Guest Posts – A place for guests to talk about their book, film, or show in creative ways!
- Interviews – We talk to various people from film, literature, and TV.
- Learn to Entertainment Blog – Coming Soon! We always get asked how we put together this site, how we write reviews, where we get pictures, etc…so we thought we’d share with all of you what we’ve learned with lists, tips and how to guides for anyone looking to put together a book, film or TV blog or even an Author website or something similar.
- My Journey Into Old Movies – Rebecca shares her journey easing into classic films (this section now is mostly retired). Follow along and watch the same movies with Rebecca as she experiences some older films for the first time (as picked by fellow Silver Petticoat writers Amber and Autumn). This is perfect to follow for anyone interested in watching classic films but have been too afraid to try before.
- Revisiting Disney – Silver Petticoat writer, Bailey, takes an in-depth look at all of the Disney animated classics. The column is now complete.
- Silver Petticoat MysteriesComing soon! A new column coming soon with a fun twist. Each post will include a new mystery. Basically, how it works is we pick an old book and then we start to research. These are typically lesser-known novels (fitting to our site) forgotten over time and we want them to be remembered. So we will research the author and the book and share what we find. We’ll also let you know what the book is about and more.
- Silver Petticoat Travels – A new Romantic travel writing experience. We travel to locations around the world focused on literature, film, and television and share our experiences as well as give you some helpful tips and fun trivia. Whether it’s visiting Concord, Massachusetts where Louisa May Alcott, Emerson and Thoreau lived or visiting where they filmed Anne of Green Gables, we plan on making this a lot of fun to read. There will also be travel lists and other recommendations connected to the topic.
- Silver Petticoat Updates – News and Updates connected to the site!
- Silver Vintage Videos – Transformative videos made by Amber and Autumn. We have had a couple different popular youtube channels over the years but have been using this particular one since 2009. We have quite a bit of fun making these videos about various Films and TV Series and perhaps are best known for our romantic montages as well as our Moonlight videos (that were popular on a previous YT channel). We have an emotion-driven style that focuses on storytelling rather than heavy effects and have won a few transformative video editing awards over the years. We will continue to share all new videos with you as we make them!
- Story Glamour – A blog section dedicated to story (film, literature, and TV) inspired makeup and fashion. From vintage makeup reviews, how-to guides, easy tutorials, costumes and more!
- Typing Fictional Characters – We type fictional characters using the Myers-Briggs Assessment. We base our choices on research and all around educated guessing. It’s all in good fun and we love a good discussion, so if you agree or disagree with our choices let us know!
Lists– Fun and informative lists.
Period Drama News – Upcoming news for period dramas and other costume dramas (fantasy and fairy tales).
Quizzes – Our version of fun online personality quizzes for you to take.
Romance News – News for film, TV, and literature related to old-fashioned romance.
Romantic Moment of the Week
We highlight old-fashioned romantic screen moments from all the way back to the silent era of film to present day film, literature, and television. Expect to find new/recent romantic moments, classic romantic moments, and literary romantic moments. We want to bring the excitement of old-fashioned romance back! This column typically goes up on Saturdays.
Period Drama Review Archives
An Archive of the period drama reviews categorized by historical era!
Newsletter – Free Ebooks/Monthly Watchlist
Your Silver Petticoat Monthly Newsletter. We now are sharing with you free and discounted/inexpensive ebooks focused on the categories of this site! We will send out a once monthly (sometimes bi-monthly) newsletter with links to some awesome books with great deals researched by us. The email will also include recommendations, a monthly Movie/TV watchlist, and more. The buy links are available to the US (though if you are from outside the country, just note that these books are often on sale elsewhere at the same time). Subscribe to our site now to get exclusive access.
(All graphics were made by Dena from the Etsy BubblegumBlowfish shop)