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POLL: Accuracy in Historical Fiction


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Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP writes:

You can't read historical fiction with any expectations of accuracy. Fiction is by definition made up. The "facts" (and in many cases they are problematic too) are a mere guideline or structure to hang the story on.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
inaccuracies are annoying and can spoil a good story
43
24%
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other (explain)
1
1%
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accuracy is an issue for me
11
6%
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I am happy if they get the big picture right
34
19%
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I hate seeing modern attitudes in historical fiction
49
27%
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I am not a stickler for accuracy
12
7%
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I don't read historical fiction
14
8%
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don't rewrite history to make a good plot
18
10%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

Personal logo ochoin Supporting Member of TMP says:

I read a short story from the Diana Gabaldon series about Lord John Grey. It was a pretty good read, so I've started reading the longer novels. Admittedly her understanding of things military and the historical aspects of the SYW and F&IW are somewhat woeful, but for me it doesn't detract from the novels.

Is historical accuracy in fiction an issue for you?

Poll set up by Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian, based on this pre-poll discussion.