Blogging from A-Z challenge from the tossingitout blog. The basic idea is that, from today (April 1st) and every day until the end of the month (excluding Sundays) a blog post must be made according to a different letter of the alphabet. So, today is day A, tomorrow is day B and so on.
Today's post is about a sub-genre that I am interested in but have never given a try, and that is the alternative history genre. It first came to my attention with novels like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and really piqued my interest with Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. A lot of fiction in this genre usually include elements of the horror genre such as vampires and zombies, or are combined with elements of steampunk. I love the idea that we're dealing with time periods that we are familiar with, but some fundamental part of it has changed which gives it its excitement. Because it's also in part historical, many of the facts need to be correct in order to make that side of the story correct.
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sounds brilliant for this reason. Many see Abe Lincoln as one of the greatest leaders that Western civilization has ever seen, and so this extra addition of his career as a vampire hunter is filled with 'evidence' that coincides with historical fact to provide different (and hopefully entertaining) profile of Abraham Lincoln.
Most of the alternate history genre focuses on the 19th to 20th centuries, but there isn't much that deals with the ancient world (which would be of particular interest to me). What historical time period/event would you like to see recreated in a 'What if?' scenario?