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How to write historical fiction - What is historical fiction?

Historical fiction is a category for novels and stories that take place in past times (usually more than fifty years before when the author wrote them).

The characters and events in these stories might be completely imaginary. But the world of these stories is based, as closely as possible, on the reality of a particular historical time and place. For example, if you write a historical novel that takes place in Paris during the 1930s, you can:

  • invent a story about a real historical person at that time, for example, Ernest Hemingway.
  • invent a story about a real historical event, for example, World War II.
  • create a completely imaginary character, for example, a painter named Pierre who is in love with his landlady.

But no matter which of these options you choose, Paris in the 1930's is Paris in the 1930's, and nothing in your novel can go against the known facts about it. Pierre may be imaginary, but he cannot carry a cell phone or post on Twitter. And he can't assassinate Hitler and end the war in 1940 because we know that didn't happen (when I say he "can't, " I mean according to the rules of historical fiction. If you want to write a new version of history, then that's a different category of novel called speculative fiction, with its own set of rules).

It is important to note that not all fiction that takes place in the past is historical fiction. For example, Emily Brontë was not a historical novelist. Although Wuthering Heights takes place in the past, it was also written in the past, and as far as Emily Bronte was concerned, it was a contemporary novel. If Emily Brontë had instead written fiction about Ancient Egypt, then, she could be considered a historical novelist.

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The entire Bible is fiction. 2

2006-09-13 08:50:31 by Jesus666

Although some books of the Bible are traditionally attributed to a single author, many are actually the work of multiple authors. Genesis and John are two examples of multiple authorship.
Many biblical books have the earmarks of fiction. For example, private conversations are often related when no reporter was present. Conversations between God and various individuals are recorded. Prehistoric events are given in great detail. When a story is told by more than one author, there are usually significant differences. Many stories--stories which in their original context are considered even by Christians to be fictional--were borrowed by the biblical authors, adapted for their own purposes, given a historical setting, and then declared to be fact

An excellent review of said book

2002-02-21 12:37:29 by inside_here

Not Out of Africa
How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History
by Mary Lefkowitz
How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History
by Mary Lefkowitz
New York: Basic Books, 1996
This is a book for teachers and scholars, written by a professor of classics at Wellesley College. I wish there were no need for such a book. It is to our national shame both that Afrocentrism has been allowed to flourish inside our schools, but outside the boundaries of the traditional standards of empirical research, and that there has been a need for Afrocentrism to develop in the first place

The bible is not like your avg. fairy tale books

2011-03-22 18:08:10 by T-Jimmy

Unlike various mythological tales which have long been proven to be nothing more than fiction, the bible has quite the staying power.
One reason is the historical accuracy. The people, places and events written in scripture are quite often supported by archaeological finds and historical evidence.
There are many examples, but here are a few:
1) The existence of more than a dozen Israelite kings have been securely identified in extrabiblical sources. Ten Israelite kings have been found in Assyrian documents, dated from the ninth to seventh centuries B


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