Historical Fiction  

What Kind of Story Is Historical Fiction?

Books or stories in the historical fiction genre blend actual historical facts with fiction. The chart below describes the characteristics of the historical fiction genre.



There is another very important characteristic to be considered when classifying a work as historical fiction. Consider this: Is the author creating a clear picture of another historical time period, and is this essential to the telling of the story? If it isn't about a historical time period different from the one the author lives in, it is a piece of modern realistic fiction.

Several books we read today were written about a time long ago and are considered by some to be historical fiction. However, at the time it was written, it was a contemporary piece of work. In other words, the author wrote about things happening in his/her time. The book Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is such a book.


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