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period drama, i will never quit you
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The worst time I can possibly get into a period drama mood is right before VVC; I want vids that are All BBC All The Time and also, you know, good, and I can't find any. My standards slowly but surely raise during the month pre-VVC, because I'm rewatching Premiere or hitting my vid collection and re-reading my old vid recs and you don't watch youtube period drama montages set to music for consistent theme, point of view, or meaning--you watch them to see Darcy, Thornton (holy God), Bertram, and every Austen and BBC period drama hero ever walk around being hot and brooding. Except this is pre-VVC, and I want more out of my goddamn romantic montages. Cutting on the goddamn beat, okay, I'll settle for five hundred My Heart Will Go On if they cut on the beat.

(And have wonderful moments of dissonance playing British Actor Bingo cross-referencing BBC period drama and Dr. Who; it's the most awesome thing in the world.)

Then there's the--other ones. That I love like stupid and everything, and objectively I know maybe they aren't magical but then there's a three second clip of Richard Armitage brooding in a window wearing a cravat and come the fuck on; I'm so in.

I'm super stupid for these.

Period Romance Montage to Run, performed by Leona Lewis (also includes the Titanic and Anne of Green Gables. Seriously!) I may have bought this song just now.

How Six Period Drama Collides, music performed by Norwegian Recycling, I think?

Period Romance Drama to Life After You, performed by Daughtry (I love this one like you have no idea; I sing along to this one while sniffling. That bit with Thornton staring broodingly out of the window; my God. And Edmund running after Fanny!)

You Wait for Rain - period drama all in the rain. *hands* Seriously. It's All Wet, All Rain, All Period, All the Time. Hello, welcome to my kinks. This one has a theme.

All the Right Moves - period drama dancing! This is the porn of period drama--oh, don't look at me like that. Obviously you haven't seen Pride and Prejudice. Or Emma. Or--well, what did you think the dancing was supposed to symbolize?

Hungry Eyes - ..okay, this is the porn of the period drama. Yeah. Go now. I mean, right now.

Note on this one: find this vidder, someone. This one could be kind of amazing; watch her scene choice and her cuts. I need to look at the rest of her stuff.

One day, I am going to buy a vidder at VVC, hand them a pile of BBC period drama, all the music I don't admit I own, and look really hopeful. Sure, they might kill me later, but oh my God. So worth it.

I have very specialized vid shame. It involves cravats, petticoats, and, um, running in the rain. Bring your judgment. (Or possibly, bring me your recs; going through youtube like this is killing brain cells that could be used admiring men in cravats.)


Here With Me, The Young Victoria, performed by Sarah Brightman - just, IDK, the music and the effects seriously work for me. And the speed. I like things with fast cuts.

Tanglewood Tree from Fingersmith, performed by Chris and Meredith Thompson - I wrote a lot of fic after watching this vid. This makes me want to read the book. A lot.

From Comments

mardia recs I've Been to a Marvelous Party here. Also located at youtube here

meretricula recs Just a Girl from Much to Do About Nothing here.

serrico recs Lacrymosa, period and not period, here - I just watched this one and it is utterly, utterly gorgeous.

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Oh, please tell me you've seen Charmax's I've Been To A Marvelous Party? (the link goes to Bam Vid Vault, but it's also on YouTube.)


I assume you've seen this, but just in case, I'll just leave it here...

I hadn't! Thank you! OMG EMMA THOMPSON YES!

oh! um, in that case, there's also another Much Ado About Nothing vid up at festivids as well - the full list for this year is here. enjoy!

Oh my goodness. LOVE THIS. LOVE YOU!!!

I have the biggest crush on James McAvoy (also known as Mr. Tumnus.)

...yes, he makes me want to curl up and purr.

Leto from Children of Dune as well.

Also, I'm an idiot for forgetting how absolutely hmmmghh rrr Alan Rickman is. Hnngh.

Also several fellows playing Mr. Darcy.

You can't go wrong with a Darcy.

Or Richard Armitage. *blwos out breath* that actor is catnip.

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If you ever decide to go for it and buy that vidder, I will happily cabal with you. I have disposable income! I WISH TO USE IT FOR THIS PURPOSE.

Also, to add to the pile: this has a lot of non-period source in it, too, but I think it includes enough BBC costume drama to count.

WE WILL DO THIS. WE WILL FORM A CABAL. (Somewhere, a vidder just felt a chill of foreshadowing and knows not why.)

OOh, thank you! Watching now!

re: dancing.
In my cult tv class, our professor always equated dancing in Pride and Prejudice with the fighting from Buffy (and compared several scenes, such as when Angel is watching Buffy in The Bronze with parts of Pride and Prejudice as well). Apparently P&P was an important influence when Whedon was starting Buffy. Also, apparently there's a fic out there that is a find&replace version of Pride and Prejudice, where Angel is Darcy etc, and they find&replace dancing with fighting.

...seriously? That makes me want to map the choreography. *fascinated* I wish I'd been in this class.

OK, this is kind of 90 degrees from what you're talking about, but...have you seen Jane Austen's Fight Club? :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2PM0om2El8

You totally need to see "Eden," if you haven't already. It's by a vidder who usually only makes vids to Christian Bale action movies, and uses those same editing techniques to add a lot of movement and visual dynamism to Pride and Prejudice. Give it a look

One of my favorites vid. :)

Oh now THAT'S a guilty pleasure indeed.

How Six Period Drama Collides, music performed by Norwegian Recycling, I think?
I am intrigued and I heart Norwegina Recycling, so I shall definitely check this out! \o/

Oh, hello period drama vids - I think I have discovered a new addiction! Thank you for all the links, I am going to spend some happy time going through them.

I recognised most of the sources for Period Romance Montage, but what is the drama with the boy and girl running through a field and then swimming next to a waterfall?

Tuck Everlasting. That one was kind of adorable.

I'd not even heard of that! Though looking on Wikipedia, I have discovered there is apparently an immortal toad involved... *boggles*

Drat, drat, drat. As if I needed to spend this much bandwidth today on iDesktop.tv converting these files to WMV for downloading so I can watch them later. Because it's not as if I wasn't already swamped with the veni_vici_vids recs from June and July...

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