This is a guide to the genre of historical fiction for young adults. It began as a final project for Pratt LIS 697: YA Genre Drama, Summer 2012.
Definition: Historical fiction creates a strong sense of setting, in terms of place and time, immersing the reader in the events and society of a bygone time. But there’s more to it than that. There are even arguments and questions.
Subgenres and Book Recommendations
Subgenres of historical fiction: An overview and a sampling of a few different genres.
- Medieval and Renaissance: Castles, crusades and court intrigue.
- Victorian Era: Gaslights and fog make a great place to have a mystery.
- Regency England and Gilded Age New York: An ocean and a few decades apart, what do they have in common? Ballgowns!
- World War II: Adventure, mystery, blackout curtains, and air raids
- Recent History: How recently can historical novels take place, and still “count?”
About Historical Fiction As a Genre:
The appeal of historical fiction: What is the appeal of historical fiction? Why are readers drawn to the experience of reading it? What Joyce Saricks has to say about appeal factors Why historical fiction appeals to teens.