Just a short post before I get back into the swing of things. This weekend I’ve been swamped with three separate writing projects that were due on the same day, so I apologize, readers, and promise that CWC will be back to its regular schedule very soon. For now, I offer the question: what’s your stance on historical fiction?
I admit that I have a fairly strong bias against it. I was forced to read too many of those tedious young adult chapter books when I was kid, from the perspective of a kid whose father fights in the civil war or from a girl observing World War II. While there are stunning and truly moving examples of the genre (I’m thinking of Number the Stars), most of these books sacrifice writing quality for the easy gimmick of having historical events swirling around, often happening too perfectly or coincidentally right next to our ordinary main character. Adult historical fiction often falls into this same trap.
What’s your take on historical fiction? Do you enjoy reading or writing it, and what’s the appeal for you?