Why is fantasy so appealing?

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  1. SanctusUmbra

    SanctusUmbra New Member

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    I'm writing my dissertation on heroic fantasy and the effective components which make up the framework of the genre.

    I would like to see why people think it appeals to them or if the genre influences them in everyday life.

    I am also addressing issues like Age, Gender and race of the characters and the audience.

    I'd be interested to hear your views and thoughts if you have any experience or opinions in the areas.
     
  2. Warlock Lord

    Warlock Lord I am a Fashion Statement

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    I think humans in general are fascinated by imagination. Many of us long for something different and fantasy is a way of living it. I mean, i could become so engrossed in a book, but whenever i become aware of my surroundings (even for that split second) it can be very depressing. So in a sense reading fantasy is a form of escapism, for me anyway (Not because Im some kind of manic depressive, but its just nice to get away once in a while)

    Not very elaborate, but i hope it helps.

    And welcome to the forum :)
     
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    Kally Driving my own destiny.

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    Its interesting, imaginative, and completely out of the ordinary. WL Hit all the key points there ^^

    Welcome to TFF <3 ~
     
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    Kally Driving my own destiny.

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    Double post fail. -.-'
     
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    Thanks Warlock Lord it does help.

    I Agree with you as well it can be pretty hard coming back to reality after be so immerced in a story.
     
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    Black Tattoo The Corruptor

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    Hello! *waves* Welcome to TFF! :devilbat:
     
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    I have also wondered how people think how Fantasy has evolved relating to gender, long gone are that days of the damsel in distress but do you guys think that female characters are realisticly represented in fantasy?

    And can anyone think of any material/novels which features issues like race, age and gender?
     
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    Skyanide The Big Meanie Staff Member

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    Of course not. Women in works of fantasy nag nowhere near as much as in real life.

    That's why they call it "fantasy".

    :duh:
     
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    AlphaAlex Official Forum Nuisance

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    ^ haha nice :D

    Fantasy chicks wear a lot less too, but that isnt a bad thing either.

    welcome to the Abyss SanctusUmbra.
     
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    Window Bar "We Read for Light"

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    My experience is this: One is wise, when toying with the opposite gender, to ascertain that the elected recipient of one's affections is indeed of the age of consent.
     
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    SanctusUmbra New Member

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    I was also wondering how old eveyone was when they first began reading it, did you just pick up a specific book one day and start reading reading or were you introduced into the genre by other people or even other authors?
     
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    I was about 14 ish and i was going to london on the train.

    I also picked a David Gemmell Book, Hero in the Shadows.
    I saw it on the shelf in WH Smiths and thought the pic on the front looked awesome.
     
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