Thursday, March 5, 2015
Historical vs. Contemporary
Okay guys! Here's another genre question for you!
We all know a historical novel is one that takes place in the past. Usually, but not always, a novel based around either a true event, or some big event in history. And if not that, then you usually learn about customs or practices from the past.
A contemporary novel is one that takes place in the present, obviously! The current day. Now times, dealing with nowadays issues.
But when does one become the other? How far back does "present" day go? And how far close to now does historical come?
I think we can agree that 20s and 30s would be historical. World War II times and the 40s obviously are. How about the 50s and 60s? Yes?
So... what about the 70s? Vietnam war? Watergate? Historical? Probably.
And the 80s? Historical or contemporary? The 90s? Historical or contemporary?
See? Starting to get a little fuzzy, ain't it?
Think of books set in those times periods. How do you think of them? Present day or historical past times? What's the "newest" setting you think of as historical and the "oldest" you think of as contemporary?
Let me know what you think!