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Given the choice, which do you prefer? Real history? Or historical fiction? (Assume, for the purposes of this discussion that they are equally well-written and engaging.)

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

35 responses

  1. I like this question 🙂

    here is my choice http://bokunosekai.wordpress.com/2009/12/24/btt-history/

    Tho I am not celebrating Christmas I would like to say Merry Christmas to everyone who celebrate it 🙂

  2. I haven’t read any of these genre but if I were to choose..


  3. Great question! Here’s my answer:


    I’ll join Novroz in wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

  4. I’ll just answer here rather than my blog since my answer is very short: if they are equally well-written and engaging, I prefer real history to fiction,

    Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas!

  5. Wow! I’ve never been this high up on the list of commenters before! LOL

    My post this week has my answers for THIS week’s question, and last week’s — I missed it last week.


    Merry Christmas to all!


  6. Merry Christmas!

    My answer is here.

  7. Here’s mine.

    Merry Christmas!

  8. I recommend Matthew Pearl’s novels.

  9. I enjoy both genre, depending on the mood and where I am. 🙂 My full answer is up.

    Happy BBT, and Happy Holidays! 🙂

  10. Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! My belated response is here: http://sandcastlesgreenballoons.blogspot.com/2009/12/booking-through-thursday-history.html

  11. Merry Christmas everyone! I love history and recently I’ve thought about historical fiction as a fresh, (for me) new genre. Here is mine:


  12. I read straight history a lot. Only rarely do I read historical fiction. Right now I’m reading The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman.

  13. http://misspageturner.blogspot.com/2010/01/history-its-just-one-bloody-thing-after.html

    Great question! I know this is very late, but I wanted to answer it anyway. x

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