Basically I know that not everyone has read about or been previously a fan of the Victorian Era. While I myself am a fan of the era and do my best to read up and learn about the era I fully acknowledge that I’m no expert. So I will be compiling a list of recommended reading, viewing, and listening.
Anything by Lee Jackson; this man is a walking encyclopedia of Victorian era London. Which sets the tone for this reading list. The Victorian era has provided us with some of the most well known and well read novels and writers of all time. The popular novel was well and truly coming into it’s own at the time and these are the authors that made it great.
Dracula; love it or hate it the various versions offer some insight into the secret desires of the Victorian men and women.
Gangs of New York; obviously the setting is not London and it’s 1850’s + but does give some insight into how organized crime operated at the time.
Great Expectations; quintessential Victorian settings and characters if a little upper middle class to high class centric.
Gunga Din; life in HRM army, defending the Empire and putting down rebels.
The Prestige; great set pieces and characters of the age though Tesla is portrayed as much older than he actually is in the 1880’s. (he’s only 31 in 1887)
Sherlock Holmes; really you could watch any version and story but stay away from the Vincent Price stuff, not that it’s bad, merely set in the 1900’s.
Sweeney Todd; I recommend the Jonny Depp version which is wonderfully entertaining give a very grimy street view of Victorian London.
The Wolfman; either version works but the latest with Benicio Del Toro really captures the gloom and angst of good Victorian drama.