Thursday, December 24, 2009

Booking through history

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Given the choice, which do you prefer? Real history? Or historical fiction? (Assume, for the purposes of this discussion that they are equally well-written and engaging.)

I like to read both. Real history as well as historical fiction. Real history takes us right into the midst of it. Reading history and analysing it is something I like to do. It gives me a better perspective of the present world. Most of the times, I have found real history more engaging than fiction.

In Historical fiction, the uthor takes liberties with the history aspect and can twist it to suit his/her own ends. That doesn't mean that I won't read it. I do but then I know am reading it for the enjoyment part of it and not for the education about history.


4 comments:

Novroz said...

I agree with you that reading historical fiction is merely for fun not to find facts of history.

But I enjoy watching real history rather than reading it

bermudaonion said...

I enjoy both as well, as long as the history is not dry and boring.

fredamans said...

http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2009/12/booking-through-thursday-history.html

Merry Christmas!

cutlex said...

Same opinion as yours. I could read both, the latter for the fun, the former for the facts. It's good to be knowledgeable on things that other people won't bother to learn.