I have a question (will probably have more later ) and would love to hear your input. Any feedback would be mighty helpful.
One of the games I’m writing is set in the Victorian Era in London. I have been (and am) doing a lot of research about the time period and am having trouble deciding on how dialogue should be implemented. They didn’t really use different words, minus the slang used in lower classes, but they didn’t really speak with contractions and used, for a lack of a better word, ‘fancier’/elevated diction. I’ve been reading a lot of Charles Dickens and other short stories to get a feel for their speech but am left with this question:
Would you prefer regular (modern) dialogue implemented or prefer historical correctness?
I’ve searched for the answer to this question already and the consensus has been pretty divided. The ideas come down to, “Since it’s not actually written in the time period, I’d prefer modern language (barring modern slang) because I think it’s easier to identify with and easier to write. Things written, for example, based in a setting where a different language would have been used still utilizes modern English because that’s what the readers understand/like.” The other side boils down, typically, to “Since it is set in a setting where English (though not old English) was used and understandable, I prefer that to be implemented. It adds to the overall setting and helps me identify with the story more by adding immersion.”
Side note: Either way, the setting will be correct (as far as technology and such goes). I was just divided on this because there’s support for both ways. I would just do what I want to write, but the trouble is I’m fine with either. I’ve tried writing with the ‘style’ of the era and enjoyed it, and I’ve re-written the same passages with modern ‘style’ and have enjoyed it. Now I’m just unsure of how to proceed. Please help.
Andddd, I think I’ve added enough words for one question! Sorry for the massive text, any help is much appreciated. <3