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Old September 2nd, 2016, 08:12 AM   #11

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Historical fiction is by definition fiction so really who cares?
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Historical fiction is by definition fiction so really who cares?
But it's also by definition historical!

Looks like I disagree with most on this thread. But it's probably just a preference of mine. IMO Historical fiction should be as accurate as is practicable. That is - as accurate as possible, but not so much that it kills the story.

For me, the fiction is about filling in the blanks that we have no way of knowing about - the individual encounters, conversations, etc.

When reading HF, I expect the author to be VERY familiar with the time period. I like to feel as if I've gotten into a time machine and I am watching the events take place. If I'm in the room with Julius Caesar I don't expect the samurai to show up with machine guns and start blowing away senators. We're into Mel Gibson movie territory at that point.

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p.s. I see this is a slightly stale thread, but I couldn't be silent!
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