Do you prefer novels about real historical figures or fictional characters?
Here are our responses--please share your response in the comments section!
Kelly: I think it really depends for me. I have enjoyed books that deal with both; so I am constantly reading both. I feel like I am drawn more to the setting than the characters in many cases, though. If it is WWI, WWII, Canadian history, the 1920’s etc I will jump at the chance regardless of whether the people in the book were real people. But then there are also historical figures I am more drawn to than others. So, basically I look at each book separately and go from there.
Ana: I like both but if it's a well known historical figure I would rather read about them as secondary characters. I prefer to read fictional accounts about what might have been, about the loopholes in history. By now, some people are just too well known for that. I love books that grab the lesser known historical figures and imagine what their life must have been.
Marg: I had to actually think about this answer for a while. The truth is that I don't mind either type of story, but if I HAD to only choose one, then I would have to go with real historical figures. The main reason is because often we know a little bit about the famous people and the fiction helps to build a picture around what we already know. Having said that, it is very easy for said historical figures to be over exposed and written about too much!
Julie: Like Marg, I had to really think about the answer. I am happy to read either, but I think historical figures is my preference. I don't like reading which is based on a historical figure which then turns into a fictional account. As an historian, I would rather read about a historical person & then perhaps provide some evidence which might support an historical hypothesis.
Nanette: I like (and am willing to read) both. I love biographical fiction, especially biographical fiction about royalty, and I think it takes a lot of skill to take the historical record, with all of its detail (and its inconsistencies) and turn it into a compelling novel while staying true to the known facts.