Quality Characteristics of historical fiction
- There is a mixture of real and fictional events. ...
- Characters are involved in a conflict or problem that is real (or mirrors life) for that time period
- Uses descriptive writing that digs into characters making them interesting and are easy to identify with.
- Intriguing plot that creates some sort of suspense.
- Plot makes sense and has a solution.
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According to an article titled “7 Elements of Historical Fiction”, in general writers of fiction must address seven crucial elements: character, dialogue, setting, theme, plot, conflict, and world building. The characters could be based off of real or imaginary individuals. They typically would however, act appropriate for the time period.
Mar 24, 2015 · by M.K. Tod All writers of fiction have to consider seven critical elements: character, dialogue, setting, theme, plot, conflict, and world building. While every story succeeds or disappoints on the basis of these elements, historical fiction has the added challenge of bringing the past to life.
- Historical fiction should be used to educate the reader about the past, to show what was different or the same and how far society has come. That involves a lot of research.
- The beauty of historical fiction is that it adds something to history. An author can do their best to portray characters and setting authentically, but the novel still needs a story that engages the reader.
- Although I’m thrilled that fiction is now giving historical women a voice, it’s important for these characters to stay true to their time. It’s hard to create a strong, powerful heroine with attitudes correct to her time that is still engaging for modern readers.
- Language should be realistic for the time, but archaic language not overused. A well done historical novel may include thee, shan’t or wherefore, or describe someone as fair of face rather than beautiful, but should never have anyone say, “Okay, dude.”
Sep 14, 2017 · All writers of fiction have to consider seven critical elements: character, dialogue, setting, theme, plot, conflict, and world building. While every story succeeds or disappoints on the basis of these elements, historical fiction has the added challenge of bringing the past to life.
Mar 13, 2019 · In historical fiction, a story is made up but is set in the past and sometimes borrows true characteristics of the time period in which it is set. That story can appear in movies, novels, even poetry (e.g., Omeros, by Derek Walcott, or Brébeuf and His Brethren, by E.J. Pratt).
Historical Fiction takes place in the past, but cannot contain the names of real people. ... Elements of historical fiction DRAFT. 9 months ago. by emarieyoung123.
The story takes place in an authentic historical setting. The story is told from a first-person or a third-person point of view. The events did occur or could have occurred in the setting. All of the above are features of historical fiction.
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Whatever your source of inspiration, I postulate that it falls into one of six basic categories: time, place, person(s), event(s), culture, or legend. Some might argue that culture is nothing more than the convergence of time and place—and in some cases, that’s true. In the past, however, culture could develop and remain in relative isolation for long periods. Consider, for example, the Mayan civilization that existed in a limited location, but spanned the time from 2000 BC to the Spanish conquest in the 16th century CE. Alternatively, culture can be spread, typically through mass migrations or conquest/imperialism/colonialism. The culture of the Roman Empire affected places and peoples from northern Britain to north Africa and from the Iberian peninsula to the Middle East. For these reasons, I consider culture to be a distinct category. A single category of inspiration may be your starting point, but the shape of your story will also be inspired in varying degrees by one or more of...
I’ll begin by saying these are my personal assessments. Others—even the authors themselves—might describe the nuances of these examples differently. And I welcome any feedback or discussion. That said, let’s start with something fun—Downton Abbey. Julian Fellowes took time and place as his inspiration, peopled the story with fictional characters, used historical events as the catalysts for his story arc, and reflected the culture of the English aristocracy of the period. His paramount purpose was entertainment, so while faithful to the details of time, place, and events, the story relies heavily on his imagination. That doesn’t mean it has no merit as historical fiction. By stimulating viewers’ imaginations, Fellowes piqued an interest in what was actually happening during this period that viewers might have shunned had they been presented with only a history book. So how have other writers manipulated the settings on their mixer board to create great books? Ken Follett chose a very...
Within the panorama of human history, there are myriad sources of inspiration. Archaeological studies of long-vanished places. An old newspaper clipping. A merchant’s account book from 18th century Portugal. A myth or legend. Your great-aunt’s journal. Another author’s historical tale. A particular era. A local event or an event that played out on the world stage. A piece of art or the artist themselves. A place you visited and felt drawn to. An inscription in an old book. Famous, infamous, or not-so-famous historical figures (How many of us read the novel Désiréewhen we were in high school and thought it was a sweet, romantic story about an imaginary girl who might have loved Napoleon? How many learned later that Désirée Clary was a real person with a real attachment to Napoleon who later became queen of Sweden, though admittedly a reluctant and rather uninspiring one?) Are there things you should avoid? There certainly aren’t any hard and fast rules. Just when we think the Tudors...