If you loved The Bronze Horseman trilogy by Paullina Simons than you might have done one of the following after completing it. 1. Read the trilogy several more times. 2. Read only the parts you loved several times. 3. Looked for books similar to The Bronze Horseman. Or 4. Did all of the above. Hahaha! Regardless, the fact is, you are hooked on historical fiction. In this article we will discuss what is historical fiction. What makes The Bronze Horseman so addictive? Plus discuss a couple of author’s similar to Paullina Simons.
WHAT IS HISTORICAL FICTION?
“Historical fiction presents a story that takes place during a notable period in history, and often during a significant event in that period. Setting usually takes priority in a work of historical fiction, and the author should be making some sort of statement or observation about the period where and/or when the work is taking place. Historical fiction often presents events from the point of view of fictional characters of that time period. Events portrayed in historical fiction must adhere to the laws of nature.
In some historical fiction, famous events appear from points of view. Historical figures are also often shown dealing with these events while depicting them in a way that has not been previously recorded. Other times, a historical event is used to complement a story’s narrative, occurring in the background while characters deal with situations (personal or otherwise) wholly unrelated to that historical event. Sometimes, the names of people and places have been in some way altered.”
WHAT MAKES THE BRONZE HORSEMAN SO ADDICTIVE?
The main draw to this trilogy for me was the realism in the narrative. Meaning the historical fiction used to establish the characters personalities, ideology and circumstances give weight and complexity to this love story that’s difficult to dismiss and therefore setting it apart from the traditional romance genre built on fantasy and melodrama.
Below are some blogsites that discuss why this epic story is so addictive.
AUTHOR’S SIMILAR TO PAULLINA SIMONS
Kate Furnivall- Does something quite amazing in her novels and that is she spares none of her characters from the harsh realities of life. Taking her characters and readers on a ride that’s unforgettable makes this love story (set in 1910 Communist Russia and 1920 China) believable. Yet, for all the harsh realities the characters endure she rewards them with passionate and poetic love scenes to help soothe the reader during the bumpy ride. By the end of the ordeal you have fallen in love with the characters and their struggles. The only downfall to Furnivall writing is the pacing. The level of detail often feels overwhelming and unnecessary and slows down the reader which can be frustrating. Yet, by the middle the pacing picks up and you find yourself revisiting earlier parts of the narrative for clarity. Let me make it clear. Every detail Furnivall gives the reader has a purpose and is well crafted to support the story. I would love to see this trilogy made into a film.
Jennifer Donnelly- I enjoyed The Tea Rose trilogy simply because Donnelly makes the reader feel they’ve been transported back to 1888 East London the time of Jack the Ripper almost effortlessly. The pacing is very good, the characters are funny and likable, I mean everything seemed to work out well for these characters (a little too well) making this trilogy too melodramatic and unreal at times. The love story that threads throughout is very compelling but again too melodramatic because the triangle most love stories are built on was too unbalanced. For example the obstacle that comes between the two main characters in The Tea Rose is plausible but the situation that results from the obstacle drags on way too long making the final reunion a bit ridiculous. After awhile it begins to work against the narrative and likable characters that were so well crafted in the beginning. None, the less it’s still a nice read and I could definitely see this as a HBO miniseries.