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Thursday, July 1, 2010
Thoughts in my Head: What is Historical Fiction?
I am sometimes perplexed by book designations, because some of the books I have read recently feel like HF books. For example The Making of the Duchess. Yes, it is considered a romance, but the writing included historical elements. The romances of Georgette Heyer can be viewed in the same manner. Both writers and others include such detailed descriptions of social conventions and activities, that they evoke the very time period they are writing about. Some books scream HF, such as novels by Elizabeth Chadwick's , Alison Weir, and Philippa Gregory to name a few. But should any novel considered to be HF, be judged against the likes of these?
Time period is another aspect which can be confusing. Sure, something written about the 1970's doesn't seem that historical but what about WWII or the Roaring 20's? Would you consider novels set in these era as HF? I would. Novels set in medieval times or during the Renaissance are absolutely HF, but I don't think HF should be defined by how old the setting of the story is.
What are your thoughts? Can books have multiple classifications? Is it just me or do you often wonder what exactly that you're is?
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