Discussion in 'General Fantasy' started by S.J. Faerlind, Aug 27, 2012.
So what is it about the fantasy genre that draws you to it?
Such a big question. I've always loved it, as long as i can remember. And when i was little i had no clue why. And i guess i dont, nowadays either. But if i were to try; the way nothing is impossible. Its always big and epic, drama and adventure. All the things you cant have in your everyday life. You get to forget about the real world and dream! Aahh, its so hard. I just love everything about fantasy. everything.
Its easier to say what i dont like about other genres. they are just so utterly boring to me. I don't want to read about normal life, i want the fantastic.
Candy without limit for the imagination.
So true... nice mental image I got from that post
yeah... I'm also mental
I started reading fantasy with Lord of the Rings and David Eddings books.
Both had a group of adventurers and I enjoyed the comradery a lot (still do), that got me hooked (and still does).
Some books aren't that uplifting on the surface, but usually things end more or less well, one way or another.
So I guess I could answer with: combination of escapism and the uplifting heroism.
*laughs* Aren't we all?
You can't beat heroism and escapism!
For me it's the fact that fantasy is a matter of pure creation... anything goes and anything is possible... unlike most other fiction genres.
I honestly don't have any idea. Maybe its that anything goes and doesn't require a page and a half of explanation like sci-fi sometimes does, but really I think I just like a good story, regardless of genre.
Ecapism, absolutely. It's hard for a non-fantasy book to hold my attention.
I have tried a few scifi...just too technical I think.
The sheer freedom of it. The ability to take something that might seem plausible and decide whether or not that 'thing' should be skewed to the side of reality or dropped straight into the unknown. This from a creation aspect, of course.
All the cool creatures!
It's hard to really put that into words. I grew up reading fantasy, so part of my love for it does stem from a sense of nostalgia. I love being transported somewhere else. Somewhere so far withdrawn from the modern city life that I live in. I love escaping into my own head and thinking I am there.
The evil villains in fantasy are SO FREAKIN' AWESOME!! They don't have to obey the rules, have great power(s) and they have the coolest costumes.
And yes, especially when i read a fantasy book, it's a way of escaping for me. You can create a whole new world in your head, just by reading those words...
I'll echo what some of you have already touched upon in that it's the sense of freedom and wonderment that attracts me to this genre. There's not a lot else that comes close to capturing that feeling.
so true.... though I think the natural world comes pretty close since it has so many weird, wild and wonderful things in it.
That's a good point. I think one of my favourite natural settings would have to be rainforests. They have a real otherworldly vibe to them that gets under my skin in a good way.
The swords, the magic, the elves, the adventure, the setting... Everything! I can't even describe how freaking AWESOME fantasy is to me.
And you can have pet dragons!
Characters you can create which can have so much larger variety than in any other genre. And when you give them depth in fantasy is what makes them so rich. As others said it is the freedom in fantasy based on periods of time, which you can often blend together to create a unique environment. If you paste it all together you have something new, something fresh which you can delve in and can so easily pique you into reading more (or write more for that matter). To be drawn into it and escape from the dreaded world we live in. It's like an escape pod that ejects you to new worlds with endless possibilities. Everything can just be a product of the mind depending on your imagination and for a reader to put their own interpretation on it, gives you even such a larger variety that it is really so large for us to comprehend how large these worlds can be. Of course I like the mythological journey of the hero or the heroine, cause I love the steps they undergo from the call to adventure to the return. And just to see that transformation is what always interested me. I think it interests us all to a point, even if we do not realize.
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