I started writing a short story for the short story competition and have decided that this will turn into a much larger project for me. Originally I wanted to challenge myself by writing something that I normally wouldn't write: A war story, from a female point of view, a romance. My real question though is in regards to Context & Audience. I want this to be set in WWII. It's the budding romance between a German woman who was dragged into the war because of her special skills and an English POW. I have a whole wack of conflicts plotted and planned and I'm really enjoying how it's turning out so far. But, how do I make something that took place seventy years ago relevant to a modern audience? This sounds easy enough. For example: The war happened. Yes it's interesting, yes it's history, but being anything more than a major element that drives the story forward I think is a bad idea. Even the theme of gender roles--how she is a female in the military--I don't think I should overly stress because people in contemporary society are becoming quite accustomed to mixed gender roles. It's not really an issue. I have a story in my head. I have characters, a plot, and an interesting set of conflicts. But I am having one hell of a time thinking of themes to stress that relate to a modern audience. Many professors of mine have stressed how important relating themes to modern audiences are and how quickly relevance and context can change. I'm having problems with this. Any input would be appreciated.