What is Faction?


S.K. Nicholls

What is Faction?

No, I did not misspell the word fiction.

Faction:  Webster

1: a party or group (as within a government) that is often contentious or self-seeking: clique

2: party spirit especially when marked by dissension.

I know, in literary terms, that tells the reader nothing.

Wikipedia, while not always the most reliable dictionary, often explains the definition of contemporary word usages that might not have become acceptable standards.

Faction: Wikipedia

  1:  Faction (literature), a type of historical novel rooted in fact.

A faction is a non-fiction novel.

The non-fiction novel is a literary genre which, broadly speaking, depicts real historical figures and actual events woven together with fictitious allegations and using the storytelling techniques of fiction. The non-fiction novel is an otherwise loosely defined and flexible genre. The genre is sometimes referred to as or faction, a portmanteau of “fact”…

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