Historical vs contemporary settings
Join LibraryThing to post.
This topic is currently marked as "dormant"—the last message is more than 90 days old. You can revive it by posting a reply.
I write historical horror novels and I enjoy the research and recreating a period as part of the creative process - I'd be interested to hear what other authors and readers either like or dislike about historical and contemporary settings in novels?
I just don't have much love for contemporary settings. I'm sure it's a character flaw, but I'd rather write about some (fake) historical setting or some wild futuristic setting than write about things in the present. Generally, I pick a level of technology I want my world to have and then a create an entire world around that, borrowing liberally from actual time periods but tweaking them to my liking.
You can blame my overactive imagination for that.
Generally dislike historical settings.
They're too cramped I guess is the shortest explanation I can give. Or require too much reader knowledge. History is real you can't alter things too much, otherwise it isn't history it's fantasy. But unlike SFF there isn't a lot of space for descriptions of the period and explanations of the importance of the peripheral figures, which some readers will know but many won't. I don't know why you can't just treat the past as if it were an SFF world and explain only those bits that are necessary - but I've yet to read a historically set novel where that was the case.
Maybe it's just the tendacy of an author, havign done a lto of research into that time period to get it correct, to let the reader know this. Not necessary. Just get the detils right that are necessary and leave the baggage behind as useful for some other day.
This topic is not marked as primarily about any work, author or other topic.