Differences in Writing in a Historical Fiction Genre

Is writing in a historical fiction genre any harder than writing in any other genre? What is the main difference in writing a historical fiction book than a plain fiction book? The fact is that writing in this genre is very difficult considering all the factors that go into this. Not only do you have to write the book, you have to study the person or time frame to a great extent. No one wants to portray a historical figure in a way that would be inappropriate of that person. Writing fiction does come so much easier than nonfiction because you can make the story and plot go as you would like it to go. When writing a historical fiction book one must consider the readers. What does the reader expect when buying this type of book? Another point is that an author must tell the reader in plain terms what this book is all about. Is this book merely for pleasure? Is this book a thorough detailed biography. Is the book written about someone famous but written in a completely false pretense. Even so, the author must consider whether writing about a real person without telling the whole truth could have some consequences to it. Whether it was written in a completely immoral way or in a way that was to entertain the reader. In my book Richard the Lionheart, I wanted to portray Richard the best way possible but add some interesting points to the story. I researched and researched things about him but none of the references gave a precise time frame of events. Some references were different than other references. I searched the internet and library for information that I could use in my book. Different books and movies portrayed him in different ways but I had hoped that my book would portray him the way he should be portrayed. He was a king of courage, chivalry, and morals. He wasn’t always perfect but he repented of the things he did wrong in his life time. He became a crusader for the cause of Christianity. I believe he is a historical figure that many should respect and pay tribute to. Therefore I hope that this topic brings to light some important issues that an author should take into consideration in writing in this genre.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Babysitter Stories
    Jan 06, 2013 @ 00:11:59

    Aw, this was a really nice post. Spending some time and actual effort to produce a top notch article… but what can I say… I hesitate a whole
    lot and never manage to get nearly anything
    done.

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