This is the first year I take part to the A to Z Challenge and I’m so excited! I first learned about it last year when it was just over and I immediately decided I would take part next year. Then I discovered many people have a theme, and I immediately decided I would have one. I don’t know whether this is going to make things easier, as it’s supposed to do, since this is the first time ever I’m doing the challenge, but it sounds like fun.
I also knew immediately what my theme would be – besides I’ve been researching Roaring Twenties America for the past four years and I’m quite familiar with the subject.
Although originally I had planned to set my story in Depression Era America, I’ve never regretted moving it back one decade. The Roaring Twenties is a fascinating time where so many things we now take for granted first came into existence. It was a time of change for so many people (women, but also minorities, especially African Americans) but also a time where ideas still stubbornly clinging to the past (the Scope Trial, for example, and to some extent, Prohibition itself). These contradictions are the heart of this era, in my opinion.
When I first started researching the decade, I was shocked to discover how modern Twenties people were. In some respect, they were even more modern that people were going to be for a few following decades.
And what about aesthetics? I’ve always been fascinated with Art Deco and its streamlined lines. And the bobbed hairs, a women fashion that was at the same time a bit masculine and a lot feminine.
I was fascinated with Prohibition since the first time I read about it in my textbook at school. It was just a few lines (Italian history books aren’t particularly concerned with Prohibition, because other things concerned us most in those same years, namely, the rise of Fascism), but it blew me way the idea that such a natural, everyday life activity like drinking could be made illegal. I remember thinking that would be a great material for a story.
And so, some thirty years later, here I am writing that story.
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