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As you can probably tell, alliteration isn’t my thing. Thankfully that’s not what today’s post is about, and hopefully I’ll never have to write a post on it. Today’s post, however, is on fantasy! I’ve written a bit about my thoughts on fantasy before, but I think they’ve mostly been in passing and I haven’t done anything in depth.
My favourite genre is fantasy. I don’t care if it’s just fantasy or if it’s paired with something, even if I don’t necessarily like that sub genre; I don’t judge fantasy based off of the author it’s written by (an example of this would be The Dark Tower series, I’m not a fan of Stephen King but I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about those books, and since it’s fantasy I picked it up; I want to talk about this series but not today), but rather by the work itself. Unfortunately I have a bad habit of being picky and choosy for every other genre, but fantasy is not one of them.
What do I love about fantasy? Well, lots of things, actually. I love how easily I become disconnected from the world around me and can throw myself into the book, feeling what the characters feel and walking in their shoes. While this isn’t impossible to do with other genres, I find that most simple in fantasy because generally speaking, it takes place in a world completely different from our own.
I also love how you can completely rewrite the rules of the universe. You don’t know where the book is taking place unless the author tells you, and how likely is it that the author will tell you the exact coordinates of their world in the universe? Unlikely. Each book has rules and laws that differentiate the stories from one another. On Earth you’d be insane to throw a brick up in the air and hope it flies away, but maybe in the world you’re reading about that’s not an impossible wish.
How versatile the world can be is incredible. You can create new races because it suits your story, you can shape the land how you need it, and the reader can picture these things however they want to. The possibilities that come with a world of magic and (sometimes) instability are endless, and everything you create must weave in with the rest of the story in order to hold its right place.
What do you guys like about fantasy? Is there anything you don’t like about the genre itself?