Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Historical Novels

As I've said before, I really love fiction. My library runs heavy to Sci-Fi and Fantasy.

I do have some 'historical' novels. At an early age my mom started me on the "Little House On The Prarie" books.

When I was 7 or so I was given the whole box set, and pretty much devoured them. From then on, I read them over and over again. Never liked the TV show, though.

This love actually came in handy in 5th grade. That year, we had to do a report on some person in history, and then we had to give an oral report, in character, to the class. That meant you had to dress up like the character and everything.

Let me tell you, this was the easiest assignment I had to do yet. All I had to do was hit one encyclopedia (no internet then) and find out when Laura Ingalls Wilder was born and died, and I wrote that essay in no time.

Dressing up was actually kind of fun. My mom sewed Halloween costumes for us for several years, so she found a pattern to make a sun bonnett and a long skirt, and she used a calico fabric. White shirt, mary jane shoes, and presto: Laura Ingalls Wilder lived!

I don't know that the "Little House" books are actually historical novels. They're not exactly gospel for what went on during that time in history. I would almost call them "historical fiction," except that implies a more entertaining type of story - usually some sort of altered history, à la Anita Blake the vampire hunter, and the altered reality there.

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