Older Than Radio

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

Tropes first documented between the invention of the steam engine (1698) and the radio (1890s, if one presumes Everyone Knows Morse).

This is the classic age of English literature, and of the penny dreadful: Sir Walter Scott, Jane Austen and Charles Dickens, but also Frankenstein, Varney the Vampire and Sherlock Holmes. It is also the last time when books dominated popular entertainment, although many of these 'books' were originally serialised in magazines, such as The Strand, Blackwood's etc.

This is also when many compilations of legends and fairy tales were collected and recorded, such as 19th-century Finnish work The Kalevala, the Child Ballads, The Brothers Grimm books, and most European Fairy Tale collections.

Tropes from this time period: