Friday, March 8, 2019

Backstreet Like It’s 1999

I’m going to see the Captain Marvel movie for research purposes. It’s set in the 1990s, which they make very clear in the trailer by having her crash-land into a Blockbuster’s video store in the trailer. So . . . what’s the research?

One of my urban fantasy novels, Werewolf in the Fold, is set squarely in 1999. The following scene has James walking through the drab brown cubicles of his office—yes, that’s how they looked before the nicer gray cubicles came in. There are no werewolves in this scene. Or are there?


He passed a brown corner that had suddenly sported a bumper sticker that read “I am the Anti-Spice.” What? The Spice Girls had imploded a couple years ago. Now there was the crappy rivalry between The Backstreet Boys and NSYNC, which had led to the festering growth of other boy bands. James wanted to remark about being stuck making fun of an old fad, if only he knew the joker who had placed it there well enough to—

He felt eyes on his back. James looked over his shoulder at some cubicles near Robert’s office. A couple women were talking to each other, heads visible over the cubicle wall that divided their desks. But they were looking at him and grinning, as if they approved of his scent.


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