Wednesday, November 24, 2010



Today we are going to talk about the broad genre of fantasy. It is one of the reasons that I am writing today and defiantly the reason that I became a reader. So, bare with me as I attempt to be as impartial as possible, here we go.

Fantasy and science fiction are often grouped together, but are not the same by a long shot. Fantasy revolves around the imaginative world of well, fantasy. Things that would and could never happen in the real world such as goblins, elves, and other fantastic creatures that your mind can produce. Where science fiction follows a more science based theme of the, could be possible, but we will get to that another day.

These stories often take you to a place that happened a long time ago or in a parallel dimension, but there are key elements that are often there too that make us know we are working with a fantasy.

Key Elements

 There is often a quest for our protagonist to perform,

 There is often a clear line between the forces of good vs. evil,

 Some use of magic/the supernatural/swords and knights/fantasy creatures, be as creative as your little heart desires.

 The sky is the limit in fantasy and if you have covered that then maybe you should go underwater and underground.

Examples of Fantasy

JRR Tolkien - The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings Series
J.R.R. Tolkien Boxed Set (The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings)

JK Rowlings – The Harry Potter Series
Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)
Robert Jordan – The Wheel of Time Series
The Wheel of Time (Boxed Set #1)

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