Top 10 Things You Should Know about Reading Historical Fiction

Stuck with a difficult book report? Curious about how to write a good book review online?  Or you simply just want to expand your readings? This article will help you find out more about historical fiction books. Here you will discover great information about the genre, its expected themes, character analysis, issues, and literature devices. Handy information indeed for any student, teacher, parent, online writer, or bookworm indeed!

#10 Historical Fiction Download


Historical Fiction is a genre of prose based on actual events and people of the past. It is a fictionalized adaptation of a piece of history relevant to the author and his audience. You can see this in books, TV shows, and movies. An example of a recent historical fiction book which was later adapted into a movie is “The Book Thief”. The book and movie tells a tale of a girl who lied during the World War II. Though the novel’s main character Leisel is not a real person, the events she experiences (such as being prohibited of books that may fail the Nazi name) are actual experiences of people who lived during those times.

#9 History versus Fiction

How do you know if its history or factual? How about fictional? Here are some pointers:

  • Google the names of the characters in the book or movie you have to review. Read about them if they happen to be actual people in history. See if the events in their lives are the same as the book or movie describes it.
  • Research about the events in the story. Was it during the Depression? A biblical event? A political change in a country? You would know by the dates or years the book or move mentions. Extra research will help you understand the fiction and nonfiction of the book or movie.
  • Note that details about the character’s feelings and insights are usually the “fictionalized” parts of what you are reading or watching. The author will try to make you step into a historical figure’s mind or a historical event then make his audience wonder how to react.

#8 Insights on the Theme of Royalty

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Some popular historical fiction books, movies, and TV shows highlight royalty as a theme. With royalty is intrigue and power. What else to expect? They are about real kings and queens of different lands. You might have watched or heard about The Tudors. The Tudors was a 2007-2010 popular show about Henry VII of France. Its first season tackled the king’s affairs including Anne Boleyn. The kind of power he had for France was also highlighted.

#7 Theme of Love and Lust

If you were ever curious about how your favourite hero or heroine in actual history has fallen in love or has faced lust then you can find it through historical fiction. Hold hands with Marilyn Monroe as she decides whether or not to tempt John F. Kennedy. Find out about the true loves of Solomon. All stories of love and lost in actual history can be found in this drama.

#6 Social Issue of Discrimination

When dealing with historical events, you will discover the author discussing hot social issues the most common discrimination.

Racial Discrimination. This is a common social issue dealt with in historical fiction books. Common periods would be the Civil War, the times of Jim Crow Laws, or even 911. It could also be a theme for books based in Africa or Asia which had several countries suffering from colonization.

Gender Discrimination. Several books about the “first female” to do anything like reign a country or cross far distances are considered historical fictions. Books and films also about the third sex are now becoming more popular.

#5 History Speaks Awareness of Today’s Issues

The social issues that people have faced in the past have a big impact on today’s concerns. You will unconsciously reflect on today’s issues with war as characters of the past also face them. You may want to provide characters information you have today about health. Learning about the past and enjoying is credible due to historical fiction.

#4 Literature Devices in Historical Fiction

Films and books often use symbolism as a device for audiences to analyse. Like in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” shows a hummingbird flying above their main characters as a representative of loved one they must let go of. Words of inspiration by the character or real event may be described through metaphors and similes. The author may also use imagery to bring the past to life for the readers.

#3 How to Analyse Characters in Historical Fiction

(Braveheart is based on the life of Scottish hero, William Wallace)

If characters are based on real people, you can critic if they would feel as the author describes it or beg to differ. You may also point out lack of emotion. You may even question their fictionalized decisions. If they are purely fictionalized then you might want to reflect how would you feel or what wise choices would you have made during the historic changes described.

#2 How to Write Historical Fiction

The best way to write historical fiction is by research. Look for books, magazines, newspapers, and websites about a person or event you’d like to write about. Place yourself in the shoes of that famous person or event as you research about it. Plan the plot very well using the facts as your guidelines. Describe the pictures you’ve seen or imagined but do make sure they are authentic to the real life event. Don’t forget your sources too.

#1 Why Love Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction is addictive because it paints colors to events and historical figures it also tackles past issues and will help you reflect on the status of these issues today. Historical Fiction also highlights the themes you’d fall in love with in other genres. It is extraordinary because of the authenticity facts have imprinted on today. So what else would convince you to kick back and enjoy  book or film with the Historical Fiction genre.

Do you know anymore facts about historical fiction? Favorite books, movies, or shows you want to share? Please do comment 🙂


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