What are characteristics of historical fiction books?

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Historical fiction books or novels combine the characteristics of novels based on historic events with the characteristics of fictional novels. This means that the books are fictional - characters in the stories are the creation of the author, conversations are imagined, many of the events described never really took place. However, there are significant elements that are based on actual historic facts included in the story. Some of the characters in the books may be based on actual historic figures; selected events or locations may be based on reality.

The object of historic fiction is to give the reader information about what might have taken place, how people might have thought and acted, without being restricted to only using factual material in the story.

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