Here’s this week’s question from Booking Through Thursday.
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.)
Historical fiction is my favourite genre of book. If I’m reading real, factual history (even when it’s well-written) I sometimes find it boring, whereas historical fiction helps to bring the past to life in an entertaining, enjoyable way. I often find I learn a lot about historical events through reading fiction. However, it’s important to remember that it is fiction and not necessarily 100% accurate.
I very rarely read non-fiction, so if anyone would like to recommend some well-written and engaging history books it would be very much appreciated.
What about you? Do you prefer real history or historical fiction?