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I’m a big lover of the fantasy genre and I’m not alone when it comes to this wonderful imaginative genre, filled with dragons, rich worlds and escapism. Aentee from Read at Midnight and Bec from Readers in Wonderland share their thoughts on why they love fantasy books below!
Aentee @ Read at Midnight says:
While I enjoy contemporary fiction for being able to examine a plethora of current issues, I feel that fantasy is an excellent vehicle for looking at social issues and conflicts through a wider, more holistic lens. The conflict at the core of many fantasy spreads across kingdoms, even dimensions. In a well written fantasy world, many individuals or even group of people are pulled into the mix. Instead of seeing a single individual deal with an issue, fantasy can examine how a group of people can tackle it. For example, Snow Like Ashes allowed the author to examine racism, genocide, and lack of national identity/pride on a very grand scale. I also enjoy seeing protagonists care about things outside of themselves – as the stakes are usually higher in fantasy land, they are able to reach out of their boxes and interact with external forces in more ways in fantasy. I love grand schemes and grand plots, and fantasy provides me these larger than life narrative I don’t get in general fiction.
Personally, I love books for the escapism factor. I don’t want to see the concrete jungle I live in, with people traveling in cars, going to school and work – I do that every day and I am bored of it! I want to see a multitude of universes, ones where there’s Hippogriffs, Lembas bread, gods and kingdoms and more cultures than you can shake a stick at. Yes, I want to see myself and humanity reflected in all of these fantasy settings, but I also require them to have a magic that fundamentally sets them apart from our current world. I love all sorts of settings, whether it’s seeing Hogwarts, where the wizarding world is just hidden out of sight; where Throne of Glass, where we are thrown into a completely different land. What I love the most is being able to see is how humans interact and exist with these worlds. Will magic make us perfect people? Or will its presence turn wielders greedy megalomaniac? Will the presence of faes change the way that humans view themselves and one another – knowing that there are physically and mentally superior races around? I think fantasy allows us to examine questions about people and humanity that we would not be able to ask in a Muggle setting.
Bec @ Readers in Wonderland says:
Epic characters aren’t necessarily limited to fantasy… and yet they kind of are. To me epic characters are your typical heroes who are badass, can fight with great skill, and face crazy challenges and yet somehow manage to overcome them 90% of the time. Not only are they admirable, but they’re just plain fun to read about. I’d take a story with an assassin, pirate, or sorcerer as the main character over a boring high school student any day. One of those lives I have lived, the others I have not (unfortunately).
One of my favourite elements of the fantasy genre has always been magic and the things that come with it. There are so many magic systems out there in the fictional world, each working in different ways. It’s so fascinating and adds some really interesting elements to the characters, the story, and the world. Plus, magic is not something anyone in the real world has ever experienced. It’s shiny and new and not going to lie, I kind of want elemental powers.
And then there’s all the mythical beasts. Some are sweet and cuddly; others are the most terrifying things I’ve ever heard of. And again, they’re so very interesting! Mythical creatures and their associated lore are something I tend to nerd out about. There have been a number of times where I look off into the distance, imagining what life would be like if unicorns were real. But not dragons. Dragons are awesome and wreak such glorious destruction but DO NOT WANT IN THIS WORLD.
About the Bloggers
Read at Midnight is a fantastic up and coming blog with some really beautiful graphics and fantastic in-depth reviews. Aentee has a real talent in creating beautiful content and connecting with her readers! She’s also a co-blogger at The Social Potato.
Readers in Wonderland is one of my favourite blogs filled with great discussion posts, reviews full of personality and really lovely bloggers! Both Alise and Bec are wonderful.
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