Given the choice, which do you prefer? Real history? Or historical fiction? (Assume, for the purposes of this discussion that they are equally well-written and engaging.)
though if I really thought about it I would have to pick Historical Fiction because it gives more leeway. While I love true history the historical fiction gives you a look into the what ifs, and maybes of things. And I have always liked to wonder what some people were thinking in historical moments. Part of the fun is that creative liscence that is allowed to be taken.