THE SILVER PETTICOAT REVIEW: ROMANCE IN ENTERTAINMENT

Our goal is to bring back the love of old-fashioned chivalrous romance in entertainment and inspire others to live more romantic, imaginative lives.

ABOUT

Our romance-themed entertainment site/blog, silverpetticoatreview.com, is on a mission to help you find the best love stories in movies, books, and shows. We also cover period dramas, Jane Austen, Classic Hollywood, fairy tales, fantasy, Romantic Living, Romanticism, and more.

We’re also on a mission to find and promote old-fashioned chivalrous love stories, 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. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a good love story, or being optimistic, after all.

OUR STORY

“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!

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WHAT WE COVER – MAIN FOCUSES

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 in any genre. See Old-Fashioned Chivalrous Romance 101 for more details.

Classic Romanticism

Classic Romanticism includes stories of Romanticism pre-1900. Or close adaptations of books from this time. (IE: Jane Eyre adaptations.)

Modern Romanticism

Stories from 1900 to the present day that are influenced by the Romantic Era of the 18th and 19th centuries. See Modern Romanticism 101 for further details.

Romantic Living & Romantic Living Entertainment

An inspirational, Romantic way of living your life. Creativity, travel, imagination, kindness, authenticity, optimism, finding purpose, and more. Romantic Living entertainment includes movies, books, and shows embodying aspects of Romantic Living. Or using entertainment to inspire us in our own lives.


WE’RE ON A MISSION

We’re on a mission to find and promote Jane Austen-like romances, optimistic Romantic Living stories, & Brontë-like stories of Romanticism because they exist! We’re on a mission to create these stories and 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 or explicit. And we challenge the 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 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…

Here at The Silver Petticoat Review, you will not only find content about great love stories, 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 everyone should 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 that literary movements are dead. BUT WE DEFY THAT. AND WE HOPE YOU DO TOO!

We can unite together and begin to create beautiful 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. Regardless of religion, culture, background, political beliefs, sexual orientation, etc.… we can all unite through common ground and by 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 that interested us. Namely, quality love stories (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 no 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 average intelligence in movies and television somehow make 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.

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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 exist still. 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 love?

Shouldn’t it be okay to be an educated, intelligent woman who also loves chivalrous romance, whether in stories or real life? Smart 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!

For a full exploration of Modern Romanticism in storytelling, see our Guide. And then check out Romantic Living 101.

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

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Photo: CBS

Here at The Silver Petticoat Review, we share reviews, articles, lists, videos, news, quizzes, romantic moments, interviews, guest posts, and even a Period Drama Review Archives sorted by historical era!

While we cover many topics, for us to cover a story it must either have a love story (no matter the genre) in it, have characteristics of Romanticism, or have aspects of Romantic Living. 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)

Books

  • Book Adaptations

Classics 

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 have the classification no matter what year the film was made. Faithful adaptations of classic novels will be given the tag because they are connected to classic literature.

We will also give the “Classics” tag to articles/lists that focus 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 don’t classify as “classics.”

  • Classic Books
  • Classic Movies & TV

Fairy Tales

Fictional Couples

Guest Posts

Interviews

Jane Austen

Lists

Movies & TV

  • Chick Flicks
  • Hallmark
  • 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
  • Streaming
    • Amazon Prime
    • Netflix

News

  • 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 that features a love story, 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 essential romantic subplot.

  • Action/Adventure
  • Chick Lit
  • Clean Romance
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Fairy Tale Romance
  • Fantasy Romance
  • Foreign Romance
  • Gothic Romance
  • Historical Romance
  • Inspirational Romance
  • Literary Romance
  • Musicals/Dance
  • 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.

Period Dramas

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.

Quizzes

Reviews

  • Book Reviews
  • Film Reviews
  • Theater Reviews
  • TV Recaps
  • TV Reviews
  • YA Reviews

Romantic Living

Posts that highlight the Romantic way of living – Silver Petticoat style.

  • Romantic Rebels
  • Romantic Living Entertainment: Movies, books, and shows embodying aspects of Romantic Living.
  • Silver Petticoat Travels

Romanticism

  • 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

  • Romantic Moment of the Month: We rotate between classic romantic moments and new romantic moments every other month.

Silver Petticoat Book Club

#TheSilverPetticoatBookClub is now open to join!

Silver Petticoat Updates

The Silver Petticoat DamselsNot In Distress

The name of our official YouTube channel. (You can also check out our popular YouTube channel, Silver Vintage Videos.)

Theater

Typing Fictional Characters

Using Meyers-Briggs personality typing to give educated guesses for the personality types of fictional characters.


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