Crossed Wires: Some Pressing Concerns on the Writing of Historical Fiction

by Jose Carlo Flordeliza I was tasked to explore the literary genre of historical fiction and create insights that would perhaps provide some semblance of clarity to this tradition that has once again managed to gain significant traction in the publishing world. However, I realize that most of the rules are now rather vague. I found myself with the imperative to shift my perspective and instead focus on how this specific field of writing has become problematic, at least from a critical point of view. In the simplest possible definition, historical fiction is any narrative that takes place within a specific time…