History or Historical Fiction? Booking Through Thursday

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This week’s question at  Booking Through Thursday is

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.)

I’m a dedicated fiction reader, so it’s almost impossible for me to get past my belief that non-fiction is dry and boring.  So, in all reality, I’m going to go for the historical fiction every time.

But if I had two books on the same topic in front of me, and someone I trusted swore to me that they were both equally readable, I would actually go for the real history.  I have a feeling I’ve picked up a lot of incorrect history over the years from reading historical fiction because it’s never easy to know which parts are “historical” and which parts are “fiction.”  I’d rather have the facts straight in my head.

Which one would you pick up?  You can share your answers here and at Booking Through Thursday.

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  1. I think I've finished a few real history books, but not many. And I always enjoy my historical fiction more.

  2. I am also a dedicated fiction reader 🙂

    I like to get my fact on real history from movie or documentary…I couldn't even finish the one book on real history that I really wanted to read let along another history

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