I have pondered over this a long time. Not knowing history very well I enjoy the book as a story. It takes me back to places that I wonder how it would be to live at that time and I wouldn't mind some time travel every now and then
I pretty much agree with you, AB.I'm not all that knowledgable when it comes to history, so I wouldn't know whether something is accurate or not. I think it depends on what the book is about. If it is just general historical fiction, about a time rather than an actual person, then I wouldn't be too bothered if it's not accurate. However, if it is specifically about people who actually existed, then yes I think I would be a bit put-out. I know it's fiction, but I would want any established facts to remain so throughout the book.
And since no one knows what these 'real' people were thinking all the time, or conversing about, then the dialogue and first person POV can be freely imagined and written to tell a really good story.
Yup, agreed. Medieval noblemen acting like extra politically correct 21st century dwellers is always a big turn-off, for instance.Silverseason said:Or thoughts and language inappropriate to the times.
But then you have the writers who get their facts wrong simply because they don't bother doing the research. Sometimes that's just annoying but unimportant, other times it's enough to make me give up on a book.
How much it would bother me would depend on how inaccurate the transgression is. Unless the inaccuracy is integral to the storyline, then it just shows either laziness in research or lack of attention to detail by the author.
For me, it really depends on the inaccuracy. I read a lot of Alexandre Dumas, who writes historical novels which sometimes switch around the chronological order of events to fit the plot, etc...but I don't really mind, because they still serve to teach me history I didn't know, and they're wonderful stories cleverly integrated into history. But I have problems with a lot of modern historical fiction that makes everything so very Hollywood: none of the characters have any sense of decorum or propriety, and really reminds me more of modern America than where the story takes place.