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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian14 May 2024 8:05 p.m. PST

Which are you more likely to read or watch – historical novels, or historical movies (dramas, not documentaries)?

Personal logo Old Contemptible Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2024 8:13 p.m. PST

Historical movies.

I have read some good historical novels. A lot depends on the source of the movie or novel.

King Monkey14 May 2024 10:06 p.m. PST


The Last Conformist14 May 2024 10:39 p.m. PST

Historical movies, but only because I haven't read a historical novel in a couple decades – I rarely watch movies of any kind.

14Bore15 May 2024 1:32 a.m. PST

Maybe books by a slim margin
Movies get more artistic and can get off the path of a book. But pretty much if not reading history will have a Historical Fiction book on hand.

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2024 2:51 a.m. PST

Movies. I don't read novels anymore just non-fiction.

Dagwood15 May 2024 3:12 a.m. PST

Both – if I have to choose one, then books.

Personal logo Dal Gavan Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2024 6:29 a.m. PST

Historical novels. I don't have to fight the missus for the remote to read them.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2024 6:54 a.m. PST

Movies, if it is a subject that I am interested in.

Disco Joe15 May 2024 7:54 a.m. PST

Definitely movies.

rustymusket15 May 2024 8:18 a.m. PST

+1 Dal books for same reason and the book is better than the movie, to me.

Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2024 10:13 a.m. PST

I read many more historical books than I watch movies.

rmaker15 May 2024 11:44 a.m. PST

Novels first, movies second.

FilsduPoitou15 May 2024 12:41 p.m. PST

I haven't watched TV or gone to the movies in years. Meanwhile, I'm always reading some kind of pre-1914 historical fiction on the weekends.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2024 12:49 p.m. PST

+2 to Dal Gavan.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP15 May 2024 1:01 p.m. PST

Novels. I currently have two in my Kindle account waiting for me to finish the current one.

I am loathe to list the recent, popular historical movies I haven't seen for fear of evoking the "that's not a REAL historical movie" death spiral. (Admittedly, I do enjoy a good death spiral as much as … likely more than … the next sentient hominid.) Rest assured whatever you think of when someone says historical movies, I haven't seen it.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2024 8:54 p.m. PST

I am more likely to watch the novel sit on my table, and more likely to read the movie reviews. :p

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2024 8:55 p.m. PST

Okay, seriously, probably novels over movies in the long run.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2024 9:36 p.m. PST

Books. Especially since so few worthy historical movies are made these days (how is this defined, by the way?), and so many that are veer too heavily into fantasy.

No one's made a film yet of "Eagle In the Snow" or "Seven Men of Gascony," and those are two of the greatest historical/military novels I've ever read.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP16 May 2024 8:30 a.m. PST

2nd "Seven Men…" It is a great Napoleonic story.

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