I forgot that this was about visual art or writing, so I mentioned my favorite eras in general. The setting I am working on is 12th to 15th century-ish. The 1980's are the time during which I have grown up (or not? ) The music reminds me of my teenage time. I also think that the music was better back then.
I'm a history buff, so I enjoy all eras of history. (Even the Middle Ages were not quite as stagnant as everyone assumes--they were a dark time, yes, but many things were achieved during them)
That said, an overdose of civilized humanity also bores me, so my favorite era in Earth's history has to be Prehistory. Just the entirety of it. I especially love the Early-Mid Cretaceous period, the Permian period, the Ordovician period, the Oligocene epoch, and the Pleistocene epoch.
That said again, I probably would not set too many stories during pre-human Prehistory, just because there really was little of note back in those days in regards to re-tellable stories.
That's cool, it's actually why I wanted to ask about every possible period of history not just the 'civilized' times- because I know every deviant has some period that clearly influences their art, and it could have nothing to do with humanity, whether in the extreme past epoch or the far future. I used to think the Middle Ages was boring until rediscovering it recently.. western Europe definitely different than say in China or Americas, but still a fascinating time
The more recent the better. Everything about the past seems so boring and monotonous to the amount of life and excitement that goes on in todays world. How can a family of peasants who were the "average" for their time possibly have lived a more fulfilling life than today's middle-class family And it seems everyone of significance in history is such a stiff...or a maniac There was no time for fun in the past. Pretty much work and sleep until you die
Though they did build up a society we enjoy today. But I'm sure one of them would be much more amazed and entertained in our world than we would in theirs. Ancient history to me conjures up images of slavery and oppression, Middle ages conjures up images of poor villagers and greedy-ass kings and the Victorian sounds like a pretty boring time to be alive, as well as sucking for anyone who wasn't a straight male