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Title: historical fiction vs narrative non-fiction - The MATCHBOX DIARY
Post by: darshana on September 01, 2013, 12:37 PM
I just finished reading THE MATCHBOX DIARY and absolutely loved the story, text, and art for it. Perfect package. What I am wondering is the difference between historical fiction vs narrative non-fiction.
Which would you consider this book to be?

Thanks,
Darshana
Title: Re: historical fiction vs narrative non-fiction - The MATCHBOX DIARY
Post by: Susan99 on September 01, 2013, 04:42 PM
I haven't read the book yet, Darshana, but I came across this on Amazon:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
#9 in Books > Children's Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Europe
#16 in Books > Children's Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Multigenerational
Title: Re: historical fiction vs narrative non-fiction - The MATCHBOX DIARY
Post by: JulieM on September 01, 2013, 10:54 PM
I'm expecting others more knowledgeable than me to weigh in here but, as a starting point, I perceive historical fiction to be a genre (the topic is historical and the story is made up although it contains real life elements pertaining to life in a bygone time), while narrative non fiction is a style (telling a story while staying true to real-life facts. It may be on a historical topic or not.). I'm looking forward to reading others' points of view.
I haven't read the book you mention either. Which category it falls into depends on whether the story actually happened (IMHO).
Title: Re: historical fiction vs narrative non-fiction - The MATCHBOX DIARY
Post by: tzippy on September 02, 2013, 09:09 AM
I understand historical fiction to be fiction with a basis in historical events.  The author is free to make stuff up, essentially.  In narrative non-fiction (also called literary or creative non-fiction), everything must be true, but the writing style is more literary, using literary techniques (simile, alliteration, etc) to convey the story.
Title: Re: historical fiction vs narrative non-fiction - The MATCHBOX DIARY
Post by: darshana on September 02, 2013, 11:59 AM
Thanks everyone. Sounds like this is historical fiction. Though I think if the emphasis had been more on the migration aspect than it could have been creative non-fiction.