Monday, September 19, 2011

The Guilty Pleasure of Historical Fiction

More popular than ever.
So why have we fallen in love with historical fiction – and why are more authors writing it? I admit that I’ve just succumbed to its siren call with my first historical novel, The Girl in the Mirror, a story about the Earl of Essex and a girl sucked into the dramas at Elizabeth I’s court. Readers can readily justify this sort of fiction because they believe it’s respectable, almost intellectually improving – after all, they reason, the plot’s based on real events (or most of it is). There’s a faint extra frisson of self-satisfaction at the thought we’re not just wasting our time – we’re learning something. Most of us would not necessarily be picking up the same tale from the non-fiction history section. (Read entire article.)

1 comment:

Julygirl said...

Not just anyone can tackle such a venue. Requires impeccable research on the author's part, plus an understanding of the political complications and social influences of the period; otherwise it turns out to be like some Oliver Stone films. The best authors have lived with their subject matter for many years.