Video Post: Historical Fiction Versus Contemporary Fiction

This is an interactive blog post. Because in this video, I give my thoughts on historical fiction versus contemporary fiction, but I’m dying to hear your thoughts! Which category of fiction do you prefer, and why?



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  1. * maybeteenauthor says:

    I like reading either one, but I write contemporary because I always struggled with history and the research overwhelms rather than excites me. I find it more natural for me to write contemporary. I’ve had historical fiction ideas I wanted to write, but failed horribly at it and soon learned that simply wasn’t the style or genre meant for me.

    Just in general and as a reader, though, I think they both have their pros and cons – both genres can produce masterpieces or trash. It depends on the individual story and author, the research that was put into it, the theme/moral/lesson/takeaway of the story, and the quality of the writing more than the time period it’s set in.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 8 months ago
  2. * Tessa says:

    I write contemporary because I feel like teenagers can relate more with the modern-day struggles. The research would probably be too overwhelming for me also. I just don’t think I’d be able to write an accurate piece of historical fiction.

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 8 months ago
  3. * gatorade635 says:

    I actually love both! Historical fiction is awesome in the way it transports you to another time and place and I love all the different things you can learn. 19th Century is my favorite too, especially WWII! But I also really enjoy contemporary stories. As long as the plot and writing is good I don’t care too much about when it’s set!

    | Reply Posted 5 years, 8 months ago

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