The Fictional History Saga
Authors sometimes use fictional history as a writing strategy. These are meant for people to think that the events written are real.
A fictional history is a portion of a book endearing to readers, becoming popular and timeless in a way that people can’t forget it; and thus, it is somehow thought to be real. There are various stories and books that fall under this category such as the story of Merlin, Mary Magdalene ad The Da Vinci Code among others.
Fictional History Books
Fictional History books are fast becoming popular these days. Good examples are The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon and In America by Susan Sontag. For those related to the bible, who would not forget The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas and Margaret George’s Mary called Magdalene.
In the fantasy genre, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter, JRR Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. C.S. Lewis’ Narnia also had its share of the spotlight. Yet, one of the most talked about story in fictional history would be that of Merlin from the Arthurian legend. He is included in several fictional stories even outside of Europe. All these books were later on made into top grossing films.
Fictional History Authors
With all the books written about fictional history, you will notice that the fictional characters seem to capture the feeling, spirit and real time genre of a specified non-fictional history. They are oftentimes made into movie shows, TV shows or even theater. A good example would be that of Rose and Jack of Titanic as well Romeo and Juliet.
Authors have portrayed their characters with so much depth and feeling that many of the readers and/or viewers are drawn to it, later on confusing this with reality. Some famous such authors include Christopher Hart of Rome and Atilla, Con Iggulden for his Emperor Series, Bernard Cornwell for his Adventures of Richard Sharpe and Patrick O’Brian as well as David Gemell.
Other Fictional History Books and their Authors
There are other fictional history books you will find at the nearest bookstore or even online. This would include the following:
A Fictional History of the United States (with Huge Chunks Missing) – This book by T. Copper and Adam Mansbach was published by Akashi books. They are sold at $ 12.76 to 415.95. Reviews about the book say that it is imaginative, funny and has a “subtle undertone of seriousness” when it comes to people history.
The book is all about a diverse group consisting of the best writers in America who aim to create counter narratives so as to mainstream American history. One of its authors, T. Cooper, lives in New York and has written several novels like Two Angry Blondes, Lipshitz Six and Some of the Parts. The other author, Adam Mansbach, on the other hand, lives in Berekely California. He has also written novels like Shackling Water, Angry Black White Boy and The End of the Jews.
Mary Magdalene, Bride in Exile – This book by Margaret Starbird is sold in paperback for $ 13.60 to $ 20.
The Da Vinci Code – This is a popular mystery-detective fiction novel written that Dan Brown wrote. It was published by Double Day Group and Bantam Books. It is a story about Robert Langdon who investigates a murder in the Louvre Museum in Paris and later on discovers its connection to the battle between Opus Dei and Priory of Sion over the possibility that Jesus Christ was married to and had a child with Mary Magdalene.
This novel opened many questions on the reality of the Holy Grail legend being Mary Magdalene. It also opened issues about the real role of Mary Magdalene in Christianity and if she is truly a prostitute as depicted.
Dan Brown’s work reopened the interest in the Catholic Church’s history. It reignited and inspired other authors to make other fictional history books like Michael Baigent, Henry Lincoln and Richard Leigh’s “The holy Blood and the Holy Grail” as well as “Foulcault’s Pendulum” by Umberto Eco.