Historical Fiction

Eleni, Stephanie, Cristian, Abby, Logan

Historical fiction blends actual historical facts with fiction.

Setting: takes place in a definite time period and real place in history

Plot: mixture of real events and fictional events

Description: any historical events that may be unfamiliar to the reader are explained by the author

Characters: may be real or fictional, some real and fictional, but all behave in realistic ways for the time period

Historical Fiction Needs

  • set in the past
  • actual historic research in the writing
  • a real person in a fictional setting
  • Or an invented character in a historical event

Book Examples

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Short Story

How to Tell a True War Story by Tim O'Brien

There is no specific main character but we know he is a soldier in the Vietnam War. The events that he tells about the war are realistic in most ways. An interesting plot twist is that the main character tells us that his stories aren't actually true. His stories did not tell the physical elements of war but rather the emotional side. This is a good example of historical fiction because there are fake characters set in the past in the Vietnam War.

"And in the end, of course, a true war story is never about war...It's about love and memory. It's about sorrow."

"War is hell, but that's not the half of it, because war is mystery and terror and adventure and courage and discovery and holiness and pity and despair and longing and love. War is nasty; war is fun. War is thrilling; war is drudgery. War makes you a man; war makes you dead."