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Subject: TAG-ging Historical Fiction
Date Posted: 9/27/2007 9:55 PM ET
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Since we currently lack a good way of identifying historical and alternate history fiction, I'd like to propose that we, as fans of such, make an effort to tag titles we are aware of, and to tag them consistently, using the same tag(s).

For example, I tagged this title Alternate History.

And this one Historical Fiction.

If we do this consistently, we'll all have a much easier time picking out books we love.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to use these tags and suggest new ones.

Ok, unofficial list of tags users of this genre have suggested; please help the effort by being consistent and using the same tags:

Africa

Alternate History

American Revolution

Antarctica

Anne Boleyn

Arctic (was Arctic Adventure, but Arctic has been far more widely used)

Arthurian Fiction

Australia

Biblical Fiction (i.e. "The Red Tent"; this is different than "Christian fiction")

Burma

China

Civil War

Denmark

Egypt

Eleanor of Aquitaine

England

Family Saga

France

French Revolution

Gabaldon's "Methadone" List (for fans of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series)

Germany

Gold Rush

Hawaii

Historical Fiction -- please try to avoid the misspelled "Historial (no "C") Fiction" tag, which pops up first

Historical Fiction - Canada

Historical Fiction - Newfoundland

Historical Mystery

Historical Mystery: Ancient  (up to approx. 500 AD)

Historical Mystery: Medieval (from 500 to about 1450)

Historical Mystery: 16th c (basically the Renaissance period; starts about 1450 in Italy)

Historical Mystery: 17th c

Historical Mystery: 18th c

Historical Mystery: 19th c

Historical Mystery: 20th c (up to 1970s or so)

Historical Mystery: Sherlock Holmes  (for pastiches)

Holland

Inspirational Historical Fiction

India

Indonesia

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Knights Templar

Medieval

Middle East

Morocco

Napoleonic Wars

New Zealand

Norway

Pioneers

Pirates

Plague

Poland

Prehistoric

Prostitution

Renaissance

Romania

Rome

Royalty

Russia

Scandinavian Fiction

Scotland

Sea Adventure

Shogunate

Slavery

South Africa

Spain

The Holocaust

Time Travel

Tudors

Victorian

Vietnam War

Vikings

Wales

World War I

World War II



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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 10:14 PM ET
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Great idea, Beth!

Date Posted: 9/27/2007 10:20 PM ET
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How would you classify Guenevere/Arthur related books?  Historical fiction?  I'm wanting to tag Rosalind Miles' books and hers don't really have that much magic in them.  Any suggestions?

Date Posted: 9/27/2007 11:19 PM ET
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I will try to assign tags as I'm browsing the site.

For what it's worth, I think Arthurian fiction should have its own tag. There's so much of it: some more fantasy oriented and some grittily realistic.

Edited to add: I just created two more tags: Royalty and Middle Ages. Here's an example: http://www.paperbackswap.com/book/details/9780385516709-Charlemagne



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Date Posted: 9/27/2007 11:28 PM ET
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Will tag that stuff as "Arthurian fiction" Felicia, great suggestion!

Date Posted: 9/28/2007 9:12 AM ET
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I am going through all my lists, TBR, BIR, WL, and tagging all the HF I can find. This should work out really well if we keep it up!

Date Posted: 9/28/2007 12:40 PM ET
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Hooray!  I like the Arthurian Fiction one too!  If no one minds, I'll keep a "standardized" list in the first post of headings folks have decided on, so they'll be easy to find.

 

--Catt

Date Posted: 9/28/2007 1:14 PM ET
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Any suggestions on how to tag "bodice rippers" so I don't get one by mistake

Date Posted: 9/28/2007 1:22 PM ET
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Kathy sez:

<Any suggestions on how to tag "bodice rippers" so I don't get one by mistake>>

Well, there IS an official subject heading for romance in various forms, including Romance, Historical, so you should be able to tell from that.

We're not trying to overthrow the existing subject heading system here; just augment it for those genres which are not included.



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Date Posted: 9/29/2007 12:26 PM ET
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Elizabeth, I've also been tagging books "historical mystery" if you want to add that to your list.

Date Posted: 10/3/2007 12:24 PM ET
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"Historical Mystery" added.  Anyone know how we can get this thread stickied?

 

Cheers,

Catt

Date Posted: 10/6/2007 7:01 PM ET
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Bumping so we can get more tags on the list -- anyone?

Date Posted: 10/10/2007 4:17 PM ET
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Adding Prehistoric to the list

Date Posted: 10/24/2007 9:43 AM ET
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Added "The Holocaust"

Date Posted: 11/26/2007 4:10 PM ET
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Added "Knights Templar" ... still seeking a sticky ...

Date Posted: 1/8/2008 11:35 AM ET
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Bumping with a link to the other tagging discussion going on here http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=98108

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Date Posted: 1/8/2008 12:35 PM ET
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What about books about the Civil War and books such as the First North American Series by Kathleen O'Neal Gear?  Would those just be tagged Historical Fiction or tagged as Civil War or American West History?  Thoughts anyone?

Date Posted: 1/13/2008 8:54 PM ET
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Debbie--

I would tag them as both "Historical Fiction" as well as "American Civil War" (because other countries have their own civil wars) or whatever is appropriate.  For the First North American Series, I'd tag them as "Historical Fiction" and "Prehistoric". 

I'll add Civil War to our subject list.

Cheers,

Catt



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Date Posted: 1/27/2008 6:53 PM ET
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Added Victorian based on this thread: http://www.paperbackswap.com/forum/topic.php?t=102437

Date Posted: 1/29/2008 9:00 PM ET
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Ok, this thread is now stickied for easier finding and using -- thanks Robert :-)

Date Posted: 1/30/2008 4:36 PM ET
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Added "American Revolution" and "Vietnam War"



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Date Posted: 2/20/2008 9:44 AM ET
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I'm adding H/F books to Sea Adventure, Arctic Adventure, and Pirates. I don't know if anyone reads these other than me, but I love them so I'm tagging! I'm also going to be tagging H/F books set in NewFoundland and Canada, but I don't know how I'm going to word the tag yet. If there is already one made, I'll use it.

Date Posted: 2/20/2008 9:59 AM ET
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I've added Historical Fiction - Newfoundland, Historical Fiction - Canada, and Historical Fiction - Vikings.

Do you think the Vikings Sagas should be included with Historical Fiction - Vikings? I can't think of how else they'd be tagged...

Also, I'm tagging books like The Red Tent and Marek Halter's books with Biblical Fiction.



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Date Posted: 2/20/2008 8:19 PM ET
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Wouldn't viking sagas (I assume you mean the Eddas, etc?) be tagged with Ancient Literature, or ... I dunno, something to show it was written before (insert date here)?

Date Posted: 2/21/2008 5:43 PM ET
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Added:

Arctic Adventure

Biblical Fiction

Pirates

Sea Adventure

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I've seen some books already labeled with the tag "Vikings".  While I have nothing against Valli's excellent suggestions, I am somewhat hesitant to start a crop of "Historical Fiction - Adjective" headings, as I could see where they could get out of control (although I realize library subject headings do use this heirarchy).

Is this a direction in which we want to go?  Or do we want to use individual tag headings, and use more than one when needed, such as "Historical Fiction" and "Newfoundland" or whatever is appropriate?  I'm truly seeking discussion here, not looking to be the tag-police :-)  Though my personal (and thus highly biased) preferences are for short, non-heirarchical tags, I may be the only one with that opinion, and will edit the list to whatever the majority wish to use.

I do agree that there are likely enough Viking fans (not the Minnesota kind) that they merit their own tag, whatever we decide for tag format.  Putting "prehistoric" and "some-viking-tag" on it would still be appropriate.

Cheers,

Catt

 



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