They say that a piece of furniture, ornaments, jewellery etc only truly become an antique when they are 100 years old. My question is when does a work of 'modern' fiction become a work of 'historical' fiction - is it when the story is set 'x' number of years ago?
As an example, take three books that I have read and reviewed lately - Guernica by Dave Boling, The Return by Victoria Hislop and Hamers War by Francis Cottam, the first two set during the Spanish Civil War and the third during the Second World War. I would have classed all three of these books as historical fiction and yet all are classified as modern fiction. Why?