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What is the "cutoff" for a book to be considered historical fiction?

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message 1: by Atomicgirl (new)

Atomicgirl | 6 comments I'm reading Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd, and it involves the activities of Sinn Fein in the 1980s. I consider the activities of the IRA to be historically significant, but I'm reluctant to classify this as historical fiction since the events occurred just 30 years ago.

How do you classify historical fiction? Should a historical book be partially defined by when it occurred?


message 2: by Megan (new)

Megan Lyons | 4 comments I took a children's lit course on historical fiction and we read a novel that began with 9/11. My prof considered it historical fiction because it followed significant events. We did, however, talk a lot about whether or not it was opportunistic to write a book about the tragedy so soon.


message 3: by Nancy (new)

Nancy | 4 comments I agree that anything that focuses on past (however old or recent) historical events as a significant aspect of the book would qualify.


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