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Trends in Historical Fiction

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Ash
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Post by Ash » Fri December 26th, 2008, 10:58 pm

I've learned not to preach. When I get in those conversations, I'll say 'well, if you liked that you might really enjoy this one..' and just talk about a similar book by an author I liked. That often gets them started, if they are really interested in the subject.

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Leyland
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Post by Leyland » Sat December 27th, 2008, 12:24 am

[quote=""keny from prague""]and i also agree with everything in gyreheads soapbox. i think good writers stay away from trends and folloow their own interests. chances are if the writer is genuinely interested in what they are writing rather than following a trend, they can hopefully transfer some of their interest to the readers.[/quote]

I would love to read work by a writer with a distinctly individual passion for certain historical persons or events. The writer would hopefully be transferring a bit of their heart and soul into the storytelling instead of focusing on a popular theme in order to appeal to a current trendsetting genre. How many writers have spent years, or decades, on a work that became a truly remarkable novel?

And how many of these novels may have inspired readers to either learn more about the people or events from history texts, or to find HF by other authors in the same era, etc.?
We are the music makers, And we are the dreamers of dreams ~ Arthur O'Shaughnessy, Ode

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Kasthu
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Post by Kasthu » Sat December 27th, 2008, 7:42 pm

[quote=""nona""] Don't get me wrong though, I enjoyed PG when I first started reading HF but now I feel my appitite has out grown her level of writing. Which I guess we have all been there, looking back I wonder if I had read SKP, EC, Alison Weir, or many of the other if I would find PG as fullfilling as I did then.[/quote]

I feel the same way! Loved The Other Boleyn Girl when it was first published in the US, but after reading books like The Sunne in Splendour it's sort of like going back to generic brands once you've had the luxury ones.

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