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1January 25, 2018The Complete NovelWhich is the best type of narrative—one that entertains, educates, or exhorts? Withhistorical fiction, a person need not choose. One definition of historical fiction states that itsauthor must write at least fifty years after the setting of his or her story. Writing based onresearch, the author also must not have any first-hand experience in the time period of the tale(Johnson). This differentiates narratives written during their own time period and narrativeswritten after the setting of the story. Historical fiction, however, exceeds the quality of bothnovels from the past and contemporary novels. Combining enjoyment, knowledge, andperspective, historical fiction ranks as the most beneficial type of novel.Historical fiction provides unrivaled fascination. Because each era sports a different set ofdangers, each furnishes unique conflicts, exciting greater interest in the reader than do presentconflicts. The excellent plot inThe Scarlet Pimpernelfeatures past perils such as the guillotinethroughout the story. Set during the French Revolution, this narrative provides the reader withmore interest than a contemporary novel can furnish, due to its radically different situations fromthose of today. In addition, historical fiction treats the reader to the knowledge of an alternate setof pastimes. Revealing several aspects of everyday life in a different time period, any work ofhistorical fiction may divert a reader with the fascinating methods of entertainment that today’ssociety no longer uses. Unlike regular novels, which provide no window into the past, historicalfiction draws the reader in with its detailing of life before cars, computers, or cell phones.Moreover, historical fiction contains syntax superior to that of contemporary novels. Onepassage inThe Scarlet Pimpernelreads, “Chauvelin had sworn to bring the Scarlet Pimpernel to