While I agree it is true historical novels have the reputation of being costume period dramas, in which the author’s need to cram all the prodigious research into a single novel sometimes overwhelms the plot; I would like to point out history has produced many his...
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...elieve if readers give the genre a chance they can learn about past events, themes, and ways of life while at the same time enjoying a fictional story. The most successful novels of this genre are ones where the author uses his/her imagination to weave a believable plot and create characters who manage to transcend time and speak to us from their own perspective in a way which educates readers about the culture of life in the past.
Johnson, Sarah. “What are the Rules for Historical Fiction?” www.historicalnovelsociety.org/historyhic.htm n.d.
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: Charles L. Webster & Co, 1884.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls. The Little House on the Prairie. New York: HarperCollins Publishers Inc, 1937. Print.
Follett, Ken. Lie Down with Lions. Tiptree, Colchester Essex, U.K: Signet Publishers, 1986. Print.
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