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.)
Ok, ok let me say this, I have a degree in history and will watch the history channel (Pawn Stars anyone?) and a documentary like nobody's business but when it comes to reading and what I do for my my pure pleasure, it is going to pretty much be historical fiction all the way.
Historical fiction is a great way to bring history to the masses. History can get a bit of a bad rap sometimes as being dull and boring so if historical fiction helps to liven things up, by throwing in some people we can relate to when we are following the story along, so be it.
I will say that I've found it harder and harder to find a really good, well written historical fiction book lately as well so when I do I get really excited. I think most people think we can set a book back a couple of hundred years, put it in a castle, throw in a war or two and a bodice ripping romance and call it historical fiction. Well I require a little more so when I find a good one I sing it's praises.
What are your thoughts?