Thanksgiving inspired fiction: What if?

It’s amazing how historical events shape present-day culture. One example being Thanksgiving. Are writers taking full advantage of historical inspiration for fiction narratives?


The above picture is from the animated movie Free Birds. I felt it was appropriate because it was a humorous take on Thanksgiving. The turkeys hijack a time machine and travel back to the original Thanksgiving. Their goal? To take turkey off the menu!

This simple film had me thinking about the endless possibilities we have with fiction. There is a lot of lost opportunity here. What about fiction based around Christmas and even Easter? I love to ask the question “What if?” With these two words you reveal a universe of possibilities.

What historical narratives would you like to see fictionalized?


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Most obvious thing about me is how much I love reading and writing. This is truly my passion and has been for almost as long as I can remember. I know that sounds cliche, but it is true. Growing up in a conservative Christian home I learned to value God, intelligence, and life. I am always learning. I am a husband and a father of three young children. I love my family and my life. God is good and I attribute my success to His provision.

Great fantasy stories are a lot of fun. I write the stories that I want to read and am fortunate enough to have several published novels under my belt as well as more in the pipeline.

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5 thoughts on “Thanksgiving inspired fiction: What if?

  1. I’m working on a middle grades story (actually 5 related shorts) Hurricane Diane and the Boys on the Quinebaug River based on true events the Putnam flood
    Don’t tell anyone- in case it is never finished I completed a internet course in writing for children

  2. *Sigh* I should really force myself to read some historical fiction, but, ugh.

    I would love to have some Bible stories fictionalized. I just want a good Genesis movie with dinosaurs. Or a Job movie where behemoth and leviathan are portrayed as they are described in the Bible and not as crocodiles and hippos.

    • Kt,
      I fully agree! Personally I would also be very excited to see a major production of King David’s life. There is a lot of depth to the narratives left of the early kings of Israel and Judah.

      • A movie about King David (if done right) would be amazing! The thing is, the Bible (especially the Old Testament) is just chalk full of amazing stories that I think (if done right) would make amazing and thought-filled movies! I just wish Hollywood would take them seriously and respect the source material.