Literature Meme: (3/3) Genres
↳ Historical Fiction
Historical fiction tells a story that is set in the past. That setting is usually real and drawn from history, and often contains actual historical persons, but the main characters tend to be fictional. Writers of stories in this genre, while penning fiction, attempt to capture the manners and social conditions of the persons or times presented in the story, with due attention paid to period detail and fidelity.
Historical fiction is found in books, magazines, art, television programming, film, theater, video games and other media. It presents readers with a story that takes place during a notable period in history, and usually during a significant event in that period. It often presents actual events from the point of view of fictional people living in that time period.
In some historical fiction, famous events appear from points of view. Historical figures are also often shown dealing with these events while depicting them in a way that has not been previously recorded. Other times, a historical event is used to complement a story’s narrative, occurring in the background while characters deal with situations (personal or otherwise) wholly unrelated to that historical event. Sometimes, the names of people and places have been in some way altered.