The problem with historical fiction

An interesting article from author Carolyn Hughes on the challenges of portraying the “strangeness” of a different era whilst engaging modern readers.

If I were to portray my hero as an authentic early 20th century man he would probably be unacceptably racist, sexist, violent and generally narrow-minded by today’s norms. On the other hand, he would still be tall with dark eyes and a wolfish smile that changes lives 😉

Source: The problem with historical fiction (III)

About Hannah

Author of literary historical fiction set in the First World War. Revising my first book, writing the next, seeking representation. Mountaineer, gardener, traveller, off-road runner. Africa, modern history, coffee, roses, films, book and unrealistic romance. NHS midwife in a former life.
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