THE SILVER PETTICOAT REVIEW: ROMANCE IN ENTERTAINMENT
Our goal is to bring back the love of old-fashioned chivalrous romance in entertainment.
Our romance-themed entertainment site/blog, silverpetticoatreview.com, is on a mission to help you find the best period dramas, romance movies, TV shows, and books. Other popular topics include Jane Austen, Classic Hollywood, TV Couples, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, Romantic Living, Romanticism, and more.
We’re also on a mission to find and promote old-fashioned chivalrous romances, create new quality romances, and inspire other authors and storytellers to write them as well. Why? Because the world needs more love and imagination and less cynicism.
Ultimately, we hope to inspire kindred spirits to live more authentic, imaginative and romantic lives so together we can all create a more beautiful world. We’re damsels not in distress fighting for the all-new optimistic Romantic Revolution and we want you to join with us as fellow Romantic Rebels.
“Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worthwhile.” — L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
We’re twin sisters, Amber and Autumn Topping, currently living in New York City.
Growing up with creative parents, we were able to imagine and create to our heart’s content. And as we grew into adults, we never lost that child-like wonder despite the many hardships we faced.
The idea for The Silver Petticoat Review first began at a Victorian Tea Room with a friend (Rebecca Lane) and now here we are!
WHAT WE COVER – MAIN FOCUS
We cover movies, television, books, theater, and romantic living.
Period Dramas/Historical Fiction
Movies, TV shows, books, and theater taking place in the past.
Old-Fashioned Chivalrous Romance
A style using chivalry and classic romance tropes to tell a love story. See Old-Fashioned Chivalrous Romance 101 for more details.
Classic Romanticism includes stories of Romanticism pre-1900. Or close adaptations of books from this time. (IE: Jane Eyre adaptations)
Stories from early 20th century to present day influenced by the Romantic Era of the 18th and 19th centuries. See Modern Romanticism 101 for further details.
An inspirational, Romantic way of living your life. Creativity, travel, imagination, kindness, authenticity, finding purpose, and more.
WE’RE ON A MISSION
We’re on a mission to find and promote Jane Austen-like romances & Brontë-like stories of Romanticism because they do exist! We’re on a mission to create these stories – as well as inspire other storytellers to create them. And we’re on a mission to live with optimism and wonder. Why? Because the world needs it.
Let’s look up at the stars and connect to nature. Let’s remember what it was like to feel alive in this breathtaking world. And let’s find and create wonderful stories of magic, romance, and imagination.
We promote this because we believe in old-fashioned chivalrous romance with a contemporary twist. We challenge the status quo of some modern-day romances that are all about casual emotionless connections and swiping left.
We challenge that all content needs to be cynical, pornographic, or explicit. (It should be noted, however, that while our site focuses on the style of old-fashioned chivalrous romance, we do personally support all storytellers in the romance community – even if we don’t typically cover explicit stories on this site.) And we challenge vulgarity of conversation. Instead, we appreciate wit, culture, art, and deep conversations.
In addition to storytelling, we also challenge this trend to be harsh, gritty, and cynical in our own lives. What’s wrong with creating and celebrating imagination, beauty, nature, travel, and emotion mixed with a little bit of logic, wit, and depth?
We’re on a mission to connect to you, fellow kindred spirits like us. Whether you’re looking for romantic influence in your own life, seeking a bit of escape, looking for inspiration to write the next epic romance or fairy tale, or wanting to appreciate the loveliness of life a little more, we’re the site for you! Here you’ll find a positive place to lift the spirit even when we discuss Dark Romanticism…
So, here at The Silver Petticoat Review, not only will you find content about quality Chivalrous Romances but you’ll be introduced to Modern Romanticism as well. It’s a new (or old depending on how you look at it) style of storytelling. You’ll also be introduced to our vision of Romantic Living.
By spreading the messages and styles of Chivalrous Romance, Modern Romanticism, and Romantic Living, we’re starting a new movement (or reigniting a past one with a modern twist):
We call it…
THE ROMANTIC REVOLUTION.
We see ourselves as Romantic Rebels fighting for an optimistic, creative world of empathy and imagination. We’re also uniting against the popular opinion that would have everyone believe old-fashioned romance and chivalry are dead. Or that imaginative stories of restraint (meaning without explicit content) are silly and merely “sentimental.”
Today, some may say in this post-post-modern world, literary movements are dead. BUT WE DEFY THAT. AND WE HOPE YOU DO TOO!
We can unite together and begin to create wonderful and memorable works of art inspired by the great literature of the past while also being original as well as contemporary.
Together, let’s create a Romantic Revolution and start an actual new literary, artistic, and intellectual movement. No matter what religion, culture, background, political beliefs, sexual orientation, etc… we can all unite through common ground and sharing stories.
IS ROMANCE BAD FOR US?
With the onslaught of blogs, online magazines, and social media in the mid-2000s to today, we discovered that hardly anyone was discussing the topics we were interested in. Namely quality old-fashioned chivalrous romance (more Jane Austen in style than Erotica) in entertainment, period dramas, stories inspired by the Romantic movement, and even romantic living. So, we thought, well, why not us?
SEE Our Old-Fashioned Romance 101 Guide
Since the time we started this site in 2013, it’s only become less and less acceptable to appreciate old-fashioned chivalrous romance (romantic comedies, paranormal romance, fairy tales, etc.) and/or imaginative Romanticism. In our Postmodern world, gritty realism, cynicism, casual romance, vulgarity, and explicit content have become the acceptable norm. While unabashed romance, optimism, Romantic imagination, and “non-explicit” stories are often sneered at. We say, why can’t there be different options for different types of audiences?
When you research popular search topics from Google, there’s clearly a current hunger for romantic comedies, fairytale-like romances, and Romanticism in the modern day despite the negative voices and media telling us these stories are dangerous or worse, “silly.”
If there’s not a standard of Realism or grit or masculine appeal (which is fine but let’s have more variety!), the critics quickly find ways to demean genres that “appeal” to the supposed feminine psyche.
We hate to break it to these academics and critics or even hate-filled voices on the internet claiming enlightened views, but in a bit of twisted irony, the same arguments made against romance (especially romantic comedies and paranormal) today, identically reflect the voices of men hundreds of years ago; the same men raging against women reading novels (especially Gothic ones) because it was bad for their delicate mind. Jane Austen herself satirized these ridiculous fears with her classic Gothic romance novel, Northanger Abbey.
Margaret Cohen, author, and professor of the French language, literature, and civilization, explained this history to the New York Times Op-Talk:
“From the late 18th century through the middle of the 19th …women were considered to be in danger of not being able to differentiate between fiction and life.”
Sound familiar? If we could count the number of times people have told us that reading a paranormal romance or watching a romantic comedy or romantic period drama (No, we don’t expect men to “be” Mr. Darcy) was unhealthy, we’d be rich! “It creates unrealistic expectations,” they say.
And yet women in perfect shape wearing scantily clad clothes while they fight like a ninja and fall in love with an average looking man with an average intellect in movies and television somehow makes the critical cut? Does that mean men don’t understand a Bond girl is a fantasy? As if our minds are so “weak” we’re unable to distinguish between the tropes found in a romantic comedy and actual life.
That said, while we don’t believe men or women should be fantasies brought to life, we do think it’s perfectly acceptable for chivalry to still exist. That it’s okay to be INFLUENCED by the great romances based on emotional connection! And it’s also wonderful to live a more beautiful, imaginative life inspired by the traits of the Romantic Age – with a modern twist.
ARE YOU A DAMSEL, DAME OR GENTLEMAN NOT IN DISTRESS?
There’s this modern belief spreading around that to be a modern-day woman (or man) you also need to scorn romance. Sure, it’s acceptable to appreciate romance in a logical, “need” kind of way. But where’s the swoon-worthy type of romance?
Shouldn’t it be okay to be an educated, intelligent woman who also loves chivalrous romance whether in stories or in real life? Intelligent women (and men) who long for equal partners but don’t scorn culture, good manners, and gallantry? Isn’t it nice to not have to do everything and always be superwomen even if you can?
So, we stand with kindred spirits like us who secretly (or not so secretly) love reading Jane Austen novels or watching shows and movies about immortal vampires and/or Prince Charming. We love cliché-ridden romantic comedies and we’re proud to say it!
We say, why can’t we be a modern-day damsel (or dame or gentleman) who’s not in distress but sure does like to be saved (or imagine being saved) from time to time? Yes, we absolutely believe in equal opportunity rescuing.
As we grow The Silver Petticoat Review, we plan to create a creative community of fellow kindred spirits who can connect and have deep conversations about literature, film, art, romantic living, and more. A modern-day Concord. So, make sure to join our Romantic Revolution by subscribing to our newsletter below for all updates.
As for us, we’re Petticoat Damsels (in our 30s because age is relative) …not in distress! And we’re not afraid to say it!
ARE YOU A FELLOW MODERN ROMANTICIST?
Now, while we’re influenced by the Romantic movement of the late 18th to mid-19th century as well as the American Romantics, Modern Romanticism is just a little bit different. Think of it as Romanticism combined with Old-Fashioned Chivalrous Romance in a realistic way and an adventurous, “Romantic” style of living without all the bad behavior of Lord Byron and Percy Shelley or even intense melancholy. We’re taking the positive aspects of the past movement and molding it into our modern world through a positive Silver Petticoat lens.
Being a Modern Romanticist means connecting to your true self, developing your imagination, intuition, and personal gifts (which doesn’t mean you have to create in the Romantic Style) as well as connecting to nature and others around you.
So, are you a fellow Modern Romanticist?
If you’re a non-conformist who believes in kindred spirits, love, nature, beauty, imagination, spirituality, individuality (IE: Jane Eyre following her own moral compass), and that people can and should be able to get along no matter what background (YAY for fellow optimists!), then you just might be!
IN SUMMARY – THE ROMANTIC REVOLUTION
In all, we’re starting an all-new Romantic Revolution! So, become rebels like us and embrace romance, optimism, hope, imagination, and creativity in stories and life!
We’re Amber and Autumn Topping…and we’re Romantic Rebels.
So, join the Romantic Revolution and rebel with us!
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Topics and Categories
Here at The Silver Petticoat Review, we share reviews, articles, blog posts, lists, videos, Period Drama News, Romance News, Quizzes, Romantic Moments, interviews, guest posts, and even a Period Drama Review Archives sorted by historical era!
While we cover many topics, with entertainment, a story must either have old-fashioned chivalrous romance in it OR have characteristics of Romanticism. And that includes the classics as well as international content.
We also strive to include less explicit content, minus a few exceptions for artistic merit and/or genre interest. However, these exceptions are made selectively and depend on the holistic overall emotional “feel” of the story. We include “content notes” as much as possible.
COMPLETE LIST OF CATEGORIES
(Posts typically cover many categories at the same time)
- Book Adaptations
- Silver Petticoat Mysteries (Coming Soon): Finding forgotten books and uncovering the mystery of the book and its author.
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. Faithful adaptations of classic novels 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.”
- Classic Books
- Classic Movies & TV
Movies & TV
- Chick Flicks
- International: We celebrate cultural diversity and foreign romances need more love. So, whenever we cover a story from a different country, we’ll categorize it as “International.”
- British Dramas
- Korean Dramas
- Amazon Prime
- Period Drama News
- Romance News
Old-Fashioned Chivalrous Romance
One of the main topics of The Silver Petticoat Review is old-fashioned chivalrous romance. Whenever a post is about a book, movie, or show heavily featuring chivalrous romance, we will give it this extra categorization (shortened as “Romance”).
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 with a main romantic focus, or an important romantic subplot.
- Chick Lit
- Clean Romance
- Contemporary Romance
- Fairy Tale Romance
- Fantasy Romance
- Foreign Romance
- Gothic Romance
- Historical Romance
- Inspirational Romance
- Literary Romance
- Paranormal Romance
- Regency Romance
- Romantic Comedy
- Romantic Drama
- Romantic Mystery
- Romantic Suspense
- Sci-Fi and Dystopian Romance
- Teen Romance
- Urban Fantasy
- Women’s Fiction
You can also check out our Old-Fashioned Romance Archive HERE.
Refer to our guide for romance 101 for more detailed descriptions of what we cover.
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.
- Costume Dramas – Fairy Tales & Fantasy: Any article or review connected to fantasy, 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.
- Book Reviews
- Film Reviews
- Theater Reviews
- TV Recaps
- TV Reviews
- YA Reviews
Posts that highlight the Romantic way of living – Silver Petticoat style. We recently added the new subcategories below (some of which haven’t been covered or written about yet – but they’re coming soon):
- Art Appreciation
- Beauty of the Earth
- Blogging Tips
- Clean Beauty (also includes perfume)
- Creativity and Imagination
- Kindred Spirits: Real-life stories of uplifting friendships; women making a difference, fictional characters who inspire us
- Real-Life Romance
- Romantic Decor
- Romantic Rebels
- Romantic Writing
- Silver Petticoat Travels
- Vintage Glamour
- Vintage Fashion
- Classic Romanticism: Anything before the 20th century
Any stories from the Romantic Period will receive this categorization. We also tag classic literature, that while not from the Romantic Age, is clearly steeped in the style of Romanticism (1899 and earlier). We also categorize stories pre-Romantic Period that influenced Romanticism. IE: Shakespeare, the early Gothic novel, fairy tales, and folklore, etc.
- Modern Romanticism: Anything starting in the year 1900
Modern Romanticism includes stories from 1900 to present-day influenced by the artistic and literary movement from the 18th to 19th centuries with a Silver Petticoat Twist.
Refer to our Modern Romanticism 101 guide for more detailed descriptions of what we cover.
- Romantic Moments: Spotlights on romantic moments in entertainment from all time.
- Romantic Moment of the Month: Romantic moments from the current month.
Silver Petticoat Book Club
#SPBookClub is coming soon. We hope to premiere the book club sometime in 2020.
Silver Petticoat Updates
The Silver Petticoat Damsels
The name of our upcoming podcast and vlog/video channel. Coming soon.
- Book Trailers
Typing Fictional Characters
Using Meyers-Briggs personality typing to give educated guesses for the personality types of fictional characters.
(The featured image was made by Dena from the Etsy BubblegumBlowfish shop)