When one reads a fictional story, one can still learn about non-fiction things. I do not necessarily mean in "creative non-fiction", but this is nearly found in any realistic fiction. For example, by reading one of Fyodor Dostoyevsky's fiction novels, one can discover what society was like in his place and time.

  • The nearest word I can find to describe this is "subject matter", but I do not know if this accurately fits.

Is there a term used to describe this "non-fiction information" that can be taken from a story?

  • I don't have a word for it, but many people will say things like: 'a well researched and historically accurate depiction of life in ..."
    – Jim
    Feb 3, 2014 at 3:46
  • Perhaps transportive or realistic, I would second (historically) accurate. Feb 3, 2014 at 4:04
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    I would call it the setting or the backdrop. Feb 3, 2014 at 5:31
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    While reading the story, pay close attention to the way he's woven historically accurate details throughout.
    – Jim
    Feb 3, 2014 at 14:59
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    Perhaps authenticity or trivia? Feb 5, 2014 at 7:16

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...pay close attention to the non-fictive elements.

  • You might want to find a better link, that one just calls non-fictive the adverb form of fictive.
    – IQAndreas
    May 13, 2014 at 19:28

How about "real-life facts"? or "historically accurate facts"?


How about factual information?

factual: of the nature of fact; real; actual; based on facts

The film, "Stigmata," is based on factual elements such as an ancient document called the Gospel of St. Thomas; real life phenomena known as the stigmata; and the experiences of Padre Pio, a priest who possessed the stigmata, the wounds inflicted upon Christ during the crucifixion.

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