3.en.12 History vs. stories

The terms history and story are a bit confusing in English. What is the difference between them?

However, there are cases in which history and stories overlap. It is the case of some of the most famous fantasy fictions, which use important events in history as their sources:

J.R.R. Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings in the aftermath of the First World War. Although he said there are no direct correspondences between men, hobbits, elves and orcs and the different armies fighting during this global conflict, the links are quite straightforward.

Resultado de imagen de game of thronesThe same can be said for the popular TV series Game of Thrones and the books on which it is based, A Song of Ice and Fire. G.R.R. Martin, the author, said the two main families, the Starks and the Lannisters were directly drawn from the War of the Roses in England. The Yorks confronted the Lancasters in a harsh fight for the thone. Do the names ring a bell?

Katniss Everdeen rebels against President Snow in the Capitol, a clear reference to fascist and dictatorial regimes, in The Hunger Games. The games themselves are inspired from gladiator fights back in Roman times.

And I am sure you can think of many more!

Time travel has also explored this overlap between reality and fiction. The potential danger of time travel is that the traveller can interfere with events and turn history upside down. Remember what almost happened to Martin’s family in Back to the Future? Or the special care Harry, Hermione and Ron had to take when using the Time Turner to save Buckbeack, the hypogriff, in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

With all this information, it is now time for you to reflect on:

1. A historical moment you would like to change and the repercussions it would have in history.

2. A fictional moment you would transform and its impact on the storyline.

Do not forget to use 3rd conditional structures. You may check this site if you need to review this grammar aspect or this one in case you need some extra practice.

You can access the full class presentation here.


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