How old does a time period need to be for books written about the time period to be classified as historical fiction?
I’m fairly certain we would all agree that a book written about 100 BC would be considered historical fiction. A book written about the 15th century would be historical fiction too, right?
Okay how about the 1940’s? I read The Book Thief earlier this year and I’d have no problem considering that historical fiction. What about the 1970’s? I’ve read several books recently that take place in the 70’s but I wouldn’t considered them historical fiction. 100 years from now chances are people might consider them historical fiction.
Is there a certain ‘timeline’ you use to decide? The time period must be XXX years old to be considered historical fiction? Some other criteria?
I’m interested in hearing your opinions!