Saturday, November 12, 2011

Monday Musings - When does a contemporary novel become historical?


A friend of mine, Sans, posed an interesting question to me and asked, "When does a contemporary novel become something other that contemporary?" Well, after thinking about it for a while I decided it partly has to do with the age of the person reading the book and partly with what world wide events were taking place at the time the book allegedly took place. The roaring 20's, the 60's, and the 70's would probably all be classified as historical novels now. I probably wouldn't consider the 80's historical, but I'm hesitant to call them contemporary either. Yet, if I was a younger individual, perhaps I might consider the 80's with their tight leather pants of various colors, headbands, "big hair", etc to be from 'another time'.  Perhaps there is some state of limbo for these 'in between' books. I'm not really certain. One thing is for sure, I'm glad I'm not the one who has to figure it out.


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