Historical Fiction

I’ve been following Julianne Douglas’ wonderful poll about historical fiction and marquee names on….

Writing the Renaissance

It has brought up and addressed many issues to do with the state of play in the HF world today. It has also opened up many other avenues of thought – for me at least.
Many months ago I wrote a note to myself in my workbook….

‘Today we are looking at these events through the lens of history.

At the time they were just normal people with normal emotions, living their lives.

Narrow the view.

Forget what happened later.

At any given time the characters were the centre of their own world.

Make them intensely human.’

A quick look at Dictionary.com for the word FICTION gives….

1.
the class of literature comprising works of imaginative narration, esp. in prose form.
2.
works of this class, as novels or short stories: detective fiction.
3.
something feigned, invented, or imagined; a made-up story: We’ve all heard the fiction of her being in delicate health.
4.
the act of feigning, inventing, or imagining.
5.
an imaginary thing or event, postulated for the purposes of argument or explanation.
Imaginary or not. Market forces or not…

Fundamentally — Historical fiction is for people and about people.

And I for one love it!

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