How to make sure the language in you historical fantasy novel is period-accurate
By: Lauren Davis
We love seeing the grand technological anachronisms in science fiction novels set in the past, such as Victorian or Edwardian-era steampunk or exaggerated Renaissance automata. But what if you want to keep the language in your historical novel accurate for the period? Here’s a simple trick historical fantasy novelist Mary Robinette Kowal concocted to make sure the words that tumbled from her characters’ lips were appropriate for the early 19th century.
Fans of Harry Potter “I want to go to Hogwarts!” Fans of Percy Jackson “I want to go to Camp Half-Blood!” Fans of Narnia “I want to go to Narnia!” Fans of the Hunger Games “I’m okay.”
“Call him Voldemort, Harry. Always use the proper name for things. Fear of a name increases fear of the thing itself.” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
It’s that time of year to make new year resolutions. So here’s mine with the hopes that I will keep up with them:
- I will read more books and post my reviews about them.
- I will try not to go more than a week or two without posting anything.
Happy New Year!