Monday, May 2, 2011

Musing Mondays: Do you care about realism?

This week’s musing asks…
Do you care if the book’s storyline is unrealistic? Will you keep reading, or will you set the book aside?
 Depends on what we're talking about. If it's fantasy or magical realism, or just completely outlandish, no, I don't care. If it's historical fiction, I think it should be grounded in historical reality- in other words, get the known facts right and invent what history leaves out. I'm not a fan of alternative histories or books that re-write history but I like historical fiction when the author can create a richly imagined world that works within the framework of what's known about a period or a person. Having said that though, I'm often bored by books that fictionalize real people even if the books aren't bad. Loving Frank was one that, while I enjoyed it, I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction even though it was fiction about a real person. I think I'd rather authors just create a fictional character based on a real person rather than inventing things about real people. If I'm confusing you it's because I get confused!

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