For our first Fantasy Tuesdays, I will talk about Fantasy as a genre. Later posts will go more in-depth.
So what is Fantasy?
According to Wikipedia, "Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from science fiction and horror by the expectation that it steers clear of (pseudo-)scientific and macabre themes, respectively, though there is a great deal of overlap between the three, all of which are subgenres of speculative fiction." As mentioned in the quote, sometimes the lines between fantasy and science fiction and horror are blurred, of course, but that's for another day's topic. Mythology and folklore are often found interspersed within fantasy as well.
I believe fantasy brings us closer to our childhoods. From a very early age, we grow up believing in magic, from Santa to the Tooth Fairy to the fae and dragons to mythologies from our own culture and others. Fantasy makes us open our eyes a bit wider. We sit up and pay attention. It helps us organize our every day life into something spectacular. This is why I enjoy writing fantasy.
The three series that shaped myself as a fantasy author are J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, and Mercedes Lackey.
What fantasy books do you enjoy reading?