There is something magical about reading historical fiction. After interviewing historical fiction writer Evie Gaughan yesterday, I am taking a moment to celebrate historical fiction.
Here are the reasons why I think we love reading stories from this fabulous literary genre:
- It is a form of mental time travel.
- There is nothing more pleasurable than escaping our modern lives via bonnets, horse drawn carriages, corsets, breeches, knights in armour, sky high wigs and chaste kisses.
- Historical fiction can make us appreciate our own era.
- It enriches us with knowledge.
- It gives us the opportunity to find out how historical events influenced and shaped people’s lives.
- The romances in historical fiction always take awhile to come to the boil but when that kiss finally happens we are beside ourselves with reader joy.
- It teaches us that human nature has essentially always been the same.
- We love the drama and passion that historical fiction brings to life.
- We get the opportunity to live in the skin of others who are up against different social constraints.
- We sometimes read it with a rough idea of what is going to happen but that doesn’t matter. This means we can focus our energies into enjoying the characters, settings and the dialogue.
- In historical fiction arguments between lovers are sorted out via a long stroll in the countryside and some lengthy handwritten letters. This is refreshing to read about as all our arguments with loved ones nowadays seem to be sorted out via text.
- We often find the costumes fascinating and I don’t know about you but I would jump at the chance to swap my shapeless jeans and over washed long sleeved t-shirt for an uncomfortable, but fancy, long swishing dress (with petticoats) that I have to hitch up in order to walk quickly.
- We are fascinated by the contrasting lives of the rich and the poor.
- Sometimes historical fiction makes us wonder whether we belong to a different age.
Savour those historical fiction books in your TBR pile 🙂
Have a fabulous day!