Tag: HISTORICAL FICTION

Setting Type: Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

In the interests of laziness, yet again I’m basing a post topic on my children’s viewing choices.

The very first Setting Type feature used the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for inspiration. With an upcoming family outing to Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, I’m going to recommend historical reading picks for the five title heroes.

If you’re not into superhero movies because they’re too serious, brooding and overblown with action set pieces, then you should definitely check it the Teen Titans, because they are none of those things.


The 5 Best Things About “The Terror”

AMC’s (and Amazon Prime’s) limited-run period drama / supernatural horror hybrid is already a hit, but if you haven’t yet been converted, here’s what you should know about my new favourite show.

I haven’t loved watching something on TV this much since The Wire (yes I know everybody name checks The Wire, but there’s a reason for that. The Terror is a perfect mix of period details, a mysterious monster, beautiful Arctic scenery and survival drama, all things that I happen to love.

But if you don’t share my tastes (quite likely, because who else would blog about Sam Hinkie in a post on self-publishing a YA novel) here’s 5 reasons you should be watching The Terror too.


The Real: Sophie Blanchard

Sophie Blanchard broke many of the first gender barriers in aviation, only for them to go up again after she was gone

Last month, I had the opportunity to write a couple of guest posts for Women’s History Month. I’d originally wanted to highlight pioneering balloonist Sophie Blanchard as an overlooked subject for historical fiction. But her life story begged for a longer piece and she does in fact have a couple of books based on her life. So I saved my post for here instead.

This is also part of a new feature I’d like to try. The Real is where I’ll highlight a real-life historical personality and make book recommendations (particularly fiction based on their lives.)

Sophie Blanchard was one of history’s earliest aviators. In the early 19th century, she became the first woman to pilot her own balloon and also became the first female military aviator, appointed by Napoleon himself!


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