War novels that still need to be written.
War. It's a topic that has been explored extensively in literature, from the epic tales of ancient battles to the harrowing accounts of modern warfare. Likewise, there are libraries full of history books and biographies. By using a novel as the vehicle, the author/researcher has a much broader canvas upon which to paint their narrative. Amidst the vast array of war novels that have been written, there are still untold stories, unexplored perspectives, and hidden narratives waiting to be brought to life on the pages of a book.
P.S. There may already be examples of all of these in the world of literature. But none have come to mind so are not considered here.
1. The story of a war photographer
We've all seen the powerful images captured by these brave individuals, but what about the stories behind the lens? The sacrifices they make, the horrors they witness, and the toll it takes on their own mental and emotional well-being. A war photographer's perspective would provide a unique and compelling insight into the human side of conflict.
2. The civilian experience during wartime
There are some compelling biographies in this arena, but a novelization could be so much more.
3. The aftermath of conflict
What happens after the marching boots recede and the din of artillery has ceased?
4. Marginalized groups in war
This is most often thought of as the "other refugees" or "new arrivals" that precipitate the onset of armed conflict. And it continues throughout the entire duration of conflict.
5. The moral and ethical dilemmas faced by soldiers
This would be a valuable addition to the genre and perhaps the area most likely to become a large seller. Exploring the complexities of war, the internal struggles of soldiers, and the difficult decisions they are forced to make would offer readers a deeper understanding of the human experience in times of conflict.
6. The Stories are out there.
War novels have the power to educate, inspire, and provoke thought. By delving into these untold stories and unexplored perspectives, authors can contribute to a more nuanced and comprehensive understanding of war. It is through these narratives that we can truly grasp the impact of war on individuals and society as a whole.