Historical Fiction A novel set among actual events or a specific period of history A type of Fiction The setting is a vital detail of Historical Fiction stories Typically, these types of stories are written by someone who did NOT live during the specific time period and therefore, only uses research
to construct the story and maintain accuracy, not first-hand accounts A type of Fiction cont Despite the required research, the setting, plot and characters MAY be fictitious The setting, story and characters MUST be portrayed as if they could have POSSIBLY happened
during the specific time period Sometimes, famous events appear from points of view not recorded in history, showing historical figures dealing with actual events while depicting them in a way that is not Other times, the historical event complements a story's narrative, occurring
in the background while characters deal with events (personal or otherwise) wholly unrelated to recorded history However If the author deviates too much from the historical accuracy of the time period or event, it may not be considered Historical Fiction, but may then fall into the genre of alternate
history, which is known for speculating on what could have happened if a significant historical event had gone differently Book Examples (+25 years) Gone with the Wind by Margaret
Mitchell Beloved by Toni Morrison To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Book Examples (past 25
years) Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Help by Kathryn Stockett American Historical Fiction This genre began during colonial times in America Then, it follows the development of America through the Frontier
times, the Civil War, Reconstruction, WWI and WWII, to current American events Historical Fiction in other countries Most countries have their own variations of this genre that traces the beginning of their country to present day
Time periods include Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome and The Renaissance Prizes for Historical Fiction There are no awards specifically designated to this genre, but several books from this genre have won various awards
For example, Gone with the Wind (novel) won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1937 The movie won 10 Academy Awards Famous Historical Fiction Movies Gone with the Wind Casablanca The Sound of Music
The Godfather Raiders of the Lost Ark Inglourious Basterds Music Crosby, Stills and Nash 4 Dead in Ohio was based on the Kent State shootings in 1970 Bob Dylans song Hurricane was written in protest of Rubin Hurricane Carters
imprisonment Finally On a similar note, events occurring in historical fiction must adhere to the laws of physics. Stories that extend into the magical or fantastic are often considered a historical fantasy Summary
So, Historical Fiction is a type of story that is set among actual events or a specific period in history, although EVERY detail of the story may not be 100% true Works Cited Booklists - American Historical Fiction. The Public LIbrary of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Apr. 2003. Web. 21 Aug. 2011. .
Donsbach, Margaret. Over 5000 Historical Novels Listed by Time and Place. HistoricalFiction.info, 2011. Web. 16 Aug. 2011. . Gone with the Wind. Internet Movie Database. imdb.com, 2011. Web. 21 Aug. 2011. . Historical Fiction - Box Office History. The Numbers, 2011. Web. 21 Aug. 2011. . Library Booklists: Historical Fiction. Library Booklists. N.p., 18 Nov.
2008. Web. 21 Aug. 2011. . Popular Historical Fiction Books. Goodreads Inc., 2011. Web. 21 Aug. 2011. .
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