Historical is a genre that features a story set in a past time and place. Sometimes historical dramas are based on real life, as a way of exploring what happened and why, but sometimes they are completely fictitious, an imagining of what could have taken place in that certain time and place. Historical drama allows us to explore the lives of people we don’t know anything about or of re-represent people's stories. It can give us a greater insight to what came before us, and why we are the way we are. We like to watch historical fiction so we can see the houses people used to live in, and the clothes they used to wear.
We study history because it allows us to learn about the past, understand the present, and predict the future. We study history to learn why the world is the way it is today. People tend to say that ‘history repeats itself’, but by studying history and seeing how it affected society we can learn from the failures to avoid repeating them in the future.
A period drama also known as a period film, costume drama, or heritage film is a production set in an earlier time period. Historical period dramas may include other genres like historical fiction, romances, and adventure. The time in which a period drama is set in can be as general as the 18th century, Middle Ages, or Roaring Twenties. A period drama can include references to specific events, but is generally focused on fictitious story.
A historical fiction is a genre in which the plot takes place in the past. Historical fictions are also referred to as historical novels. The main elements of historical fictions are that they are set in the past and pay attention to the social manners, social conditions, and other details of the period it is set in. Historical fiction is often criticized for lack of authenticity because of the expectation for accurate period details.