Cabbageweevil, I am on the side of historical accuracy, or at least time-neutral language in books and other entertainment in period costume. I can't stand overly contemporary language coming from characters who are wearing hoopskirts, trunk hose, or togas. I think it encourages ignorance of history, which is a huge pet peeve of mine.
This is the reason I shut off Moulin Rouge! after ten minutes and refused to watch Marie Antoinette. There are other examples coming with the wrong music for the period and I don't want to know what they're doing with the dialogue.
Interesting! My understanding is that Moulin Rouge, Marie Antoinette, A Knight's Tale, etc. were deliberately mixing historical and modern elements as part of their unorthodox style, their way of helping modern audiences relate to what the characters were going through. Of course not everyone has to like
that style; but to me it doesn't fall in the same category as someone who Did Not Do the Research and thus has Charlemagne firing handguns or something. I wouldn't even really call those historical movies, more like fantasies.
This is a great thread! One thing that bugs me is the "series syndrome." It seems like, in the genres I like such as fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, people can't just write a single, self-contained story anymore. Everyone wants to have the next big series where people hotly anticipate every volume coming out. I feel like authors deliberately string the storyline out, introduce way more characters and complications than are necessary, and never resolve anything so that readers feel compelled to pick up the next book. If you've got a long story to tell and you know where it's going and you'd just rather release three medium-sized books instead of one huge book, that's fine, because actually I don't like huge books; but I get the sense in a lot of series that they're just trying to milk it for as long as possible and don't really know what the endgame is.