Historical Fiction Definition – What’s the best definition for the historical genre? The historical fiction genre involves stories about real people or events. A story may be set in a certain period of history or revolve around a political or social event of the time. The historical fiction genre places real world people in real world places or events with several fictionalized/dramatized elements. You’ll often find that historical fiction includes time travel stories, which crosses over and meshes with science fiction (Sci Fi). The historical fiction genre also goes well with fantasy or romance.

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historical fiction definition book coverHistorical Fiction Definition – Examples

Review this list of popular examples to help you get a better understanding of the historical fiction genre.

1. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

2. Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

3. Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

4. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

5. I, Claudius by Robert Graves

6. Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

7. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

8. Roots: The Saga of an American Family by Alex Haley

9. Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally

10. Shogun by James Clavell

11. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

12. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

13. The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

14. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

15. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

16. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

17. The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

18. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

19. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

20. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

21. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafó

22. The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

23. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

24. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

25. Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

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Historical Fiction Definition – Related Book Genres

* Faction Definition

* General Fiction Definition

* Narrative Fiction Definition

* Period Piece Fiction Genre

* Realistic Fiction Definition

* Speculative Fiction Definition

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