Dissecting Dragons

Dissecting Dragons: Episode 176: Fact vs Fiction - Blending the Real with the Fantastical in Historical Fiction

June 28, 2019

Episode 176: Fact vs Fiction - Blending the Real with the Fantastical in Historical Fiction

 

In many ways, good historical fiction ticks a lot of the boxes of good SFF. Readers become invested in richly imagined worlds which are unfamiliar enough to escapism but contain the seeds of their own experiences. Historical fiction also offers a number of other attractive benefits. This week, Jules and Madeleine take a look at what draws both readers and writers to hist fic. How can you make time periods that might as well be set on other worlds because they are so different to modern times, both authentic and accessible to modern audiences? How can you blend in meticulous research without info dumping? And how do you mingle historical fact with fantasy elements to enter one of the historical fiction sub genres? Drawing on their own work as well as examples by Phillipa Gregory, Hilary Mantel and Juliet Marillier, the dragons will lead you down the rabbit hole and back in time in this week's episode.

 

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