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Reasons To Love Fantasy

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As I’m a fantasy fan I thought I’d list my reasons to love fantasy.

1. It’s Escapism And Fun!

You get to visit different worlds filled with various different races, creatures, locations and history/lore. In a fantasy book you never know who or what you are likely to encounter in the story, whether you’re the Hero, Villain or an Anti-hero, its an adventure waiting to happen that could take and lead you both any and everywhere!

Even if you only get the chance to read a couple of pages in a day, a fantasy book allows you to escape.

2. It’s A Different World.

I know, what a shocker! Let’s be honest, we live in reality, we are surrounded by it twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for 365 days of the year, no one can begrudge us a little jaunt into a fantasy land. There’s enough misery in the real world, if we’re going to read about it then it may as well be in a fantastical made up world.

But also, being in a made up world we get to read about all the history and lore that comes with the creation of a different setting, its interesting and when we live in the real world why shouldn’t we lose ourselves and escape into a fantasy world.

3. Monsters/Mythical Creatures!

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No explanation needed, Monsters are just plain cool! Dragons, Demons, Wyverns, Wyrms, Wraiths, Ghouls, Draigs, Cyclops, Chimera, Giants, Jotun, Ice Giants, Trolls, Frost Trolls, Griffins, Giant Spiders, Harpies, Banshees, Gorgons, Ents, Sylphs, Ferals, Cannibals, Kobolds, Vampires, Werewolves, Direwolves, Wolven, Treants, Ursks, Rasks, Boglins, Owlbears, Boggarts, Basilisks, Alghouls, Hags, Harpies, Centaurs, Satyrs, Ettins, Nymphs, Orcs, Dwarves, Golems, Hellhounds, Elves, Witches, Goblins and many, many, manyΒ more!

4. Magic.

Unfortunately magic isn’t real but how awesome would it be if it was?? You would get to wield and use magical powers, abilities and even magically imbued weapons, well, in fantasy books you can and it is! Huzzah!

5. The Journey / Saving The World / The Battle Between Good vs Evil.

A fantasy book, be it singular, a trilogy or a series is a journey thwart with peril, adversities, trials and tribulations to overcome. We follow the characters from the very first pages through to the culmination at the end, finding out if they succeeded or failed. It might be a monumental battle between the forces of good vs evil. It might be a daring raid to retrieve a lost ancient relic or magical artifact. It could be a quest to save the world. No matter the end game, what happens in a fantasy book is an unforgettable journey of epic proportions.

6. You Get To Live Vicariously Through The Characters.

I know this applies to any book genre. For you crime and thriller fans, you get to put yourselves in the shoes of the main protagonist, following the clues and trying to unravel the mystery before finally stopping the killer. For you Y-A fans you get to do whatever fluffy and bright things go on in your books, reliving high-school memories, cuddling puppies, kittens and snuggle bears on a soft pillowy cloud against the backdrop of a rainbow maybe?? πŸ™‚ For you historical fiction fans you get to be the historical figure and relive history. And finally, for you romance fans, you get to be romantic, you get to be the girl getting the guy, falling in love and living happily ever after, no tosser in tinfoil like in reality but a bona fide gallant Knight in shining armour.

But living vicariously through the character is perhaps at its most prevalent within fantasy as you get to do things and be people who you simply can’t in real-life.

You get to be Kings, Queens, Warriors, Mages, Assassins, Clerics, Knights, Mercenaries, Monster Hunters, Tyrants, Villains, Heroes and even the fifty shades of grey type Anti-hero.

Who hasn’t at least once wanted to be the Hero, Bad Guy or Anti-hero in a book??

You get to fight visceral battles, face-off against marauding hordes, armies, undead legions, fight monsters, save the maiden, deflower and take the maidens maidenhood, rescue the Princess, save kingdoms, rule kingdoms, save the world, enact blood-soaked revenge on those who have wronged us and we also get to kill people – yeah, psycho killer alert but before you call the police I’ll explain, let’s face it, for example, Joffrey in GoT and Regal in the Farseer trilogy are both horrendously annoying vile twerps, if we met them in real-life obviously we would have to put up with them, we couldn’t legally do anything (apart from offer sarcastic vitriol and haughty derision to them, Joff, you don’t look much like your Dad, you know, you look an awful lot like your uncle, who looks very similar to your Mum, hhhmm…….seems to me like there’s been a little bit of keeping it in the family going on) but in a fantasy book we can happily imagine a myriad assortment of bountiful ways for them to get what they deserve, that also goes for any other annoying person we know……sorry, characters that we meet, it’s fantasy, anything goes and it’s tantamount to getting away with murder!

7. Anything Can Happen.

Simply put there are limitless possibilities, in a fantasy book there are no rules and no laws, nothing is governed or defined by that dreaded and vile word reality. The only thing limiting what is possible is the authors imagination. No explanations are needed for events, who cares if its implausible, it’s not reality, it’s fantasy and anything can happen!

8. It’s Awesome.

No philosophising, no gladiatorial battles to determine the outcome, no debating! No Ifs, No Buts, No Coconuts! Quite simply put fantasy is pure awesome!


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So there are my reasons to love fantasy, do you agree with them?? Disagree?? Have I missed any??


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61 thoughts on “Reasons To Love Fantasy

  1. You do realize that YA is not technically a genre. It’s an age-range. Marketed to teens but available for all to read. It is more than “reliving high-school memories, cuddling puppies, kittens and snuggle bears on a soft pillowy cloud against the backdrop of a rainbow” It has different genres: contemporary, historical, thriller, horror, romance and FANTASY.

    And you know what? I get to be “Kings, Queens, Warriors, Mages, Assassins, Clerics, Knights, Mercenaries, Monster Hunters, Tyrants, Villains, Heroes and even the fifty shades of grey type Anti-hero.” in YA. Just because it’s not Game of Thrones and does not contain your typical “maiden” or endless pages on taking the “maiden’s maidenhood” it is still awesome and I can live vicariously through the characters, regardless!

    I know this post was to shine light on fantasy and its epicness, but degrading all other genres and a particular age range to their bare minimum was unnecessary.

    Lastly, not every frickin princess in Fantasy needs rescuing or her maidenhood taken. She can be her own hero, her own warrior, save her own kingdom and fight her own battles.

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    1. I do realise that not all maidens need saving and/or are deflowered within fantasy, it happens in fantasy though, in lots of books, be it the serious fantasy books or the more tongue in cheek and humorous style, sort of it’s added just as a parody, I added it just for humour.

      I also know that there are lots of strong female fantasy leads, it’s my favourite genre, I have read lots of books with female main characters. I have Red Sister by Mark Lawrence to read, MC is a female and the book I’m currently reading has a trio of MC’s and two of those are female, I wasn’t being sexist by the remarks about maidens just writing the post in my usual way and no where did I write anything that said women can’t be their own hero and fight there own battles.

      I also know that Y-A isn’t a specific genre, I’m not dumb and I didn’t degrade any other genres, yes, the Y-A bit might have come across that way but it wasn’t meant to, it was just me being me.

      I have banter with quite a few of my blog followers who would find it amusing, some are Y-A fans, I’m not, it was added merely to see what they’d say about it as a joke. No offence was meant by it towards anyone. I’m a firm believer in that people should read whatever they want.

      Most of my posts contain some sort of humour and sarcasm, even remarks that are close to the mark, it’s how I write my posts, anyone that follows this blog and exchanges comments with me knows it’s all fun. But saying that I am sorry you took offence, none was meant by the post or how I worded anything.

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      1. A while ago, I think it was November I actually wrote a post on annoying fantasy tropes, it was a humorous and parody laden post and I included maidens in that as it’s not something I particularly enjoy reading in fantasy and find it to be overused. I perhaps shouldn’t have included it in this post, my attempts at humour can on occasion be misjudged and what I find funny others don’t but as I wrote previously no offence to anyone was meant, it’s just how I write my posts.

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  2. I completely agree with all of these. Living vicariously through the characters is possible with all genres, yes, but it’s sooo much better when you get to wield swords, ride dragons, and vanquish villains with magic.
    I also love the maps– which is part of the escaping to another world. But it’s fun to envision other geographical places. I love looking at the fan created and author created maps.

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    1. Yes! Exactly! That was my point entirely that while you can live vicariously through other genres, there’s just something about fantasy and it not being real that makes it better, who wants to pretend they are a doctor when they could be a monster hunter.πŸ˜‚

      True, I like maps, the book I’m currently reading didn’t have one at the front and I missed it, so used to having one in fantasy books.

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  3. Yes… as a fantasy fan, I also find many of the aspects you mention beguiling. Like you, Drew, I love the fact that fantasy has now very much fractured away from the original high/epic memes into a variety of different sub-genres, which is also the mark of a genre that is thriving.
    I also love the fact that some social/political issues which are FAR too sensitive to be calmly examined within a contemporary ‘real-life’ setting can be explored within a fantasy story.

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  4. Awesome post! It’s funny I am attempting my hand at writing a fantasy story because of some of these reasons. I don’t need to follow any guideline on what can or can’t be. As long as I provide relevant background information to make sure that the world can hold up on it’s own, I am set to go. I love the GOT inclusion btw, Joffrey was so annoying but not as much as Cersei! Have a great week!
    -Luna πŸ™‚

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    1. That is very true, anything goes in fantasy, no guidelines or rules to follow, imagination can run wild. Cool, good luck with your writing.πŸ˜€

      Joffrey was a twerp, Cersai, no comment though as someone took offence to a few things I wrote in the post (the Y-A and maiden bits) it’s perhaps a good thing that I only mentioned Joffrey and didn’t go with a Cersai joke, it would have got me into more trouble.πŸ˜‚

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  5. You got it all man! My top ones are escapism (because this world sucks sometimes), magic (I love possibilities), journey (I love great world building). And part of the journey is discovering the belief system of the fantasy world, which, if well done, can be mind blowing.

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      1. True but no where did I write that women can’t look after themselves and be the heroes, I admit that I could have used hero/heroine in the post but I’m a male and as such would be the hero not a heroine as I don’t have the plumbing to be one of them! πŸ™‚

        The Y-A bit was just fun, you know that, anyone that reads and comments on my blog regularly knows it is how it is, anything goes in the posts and comments. Good job I didn’t refer to Y-A by the term ‘baby books’ as I have done before in a post and in lots of comments – it’s a joke term and no one has ever taken offence but it would have caused uproar in this post. Likewise it’s a good job I removed the bit about diverse books in it before posting, it was really funny and made me smile which means it was rather offensive! πŸ™‚

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      2. Haha.. you really do not have to worry much about offending me or receiving any hand slapping on this end. I quite enjoy a good razz and laugh it off. It made this post even more fun πŸ˜‰

        Life is too short for everyone to spend their time getting “them” in a bunch over silly things eh? πŸ˜‰ Happy Monday!

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      3. Ha, the diverse bit wouldn’t have got them in a bunch, it would have started a war but I found it fun but sometimes things I find funny go a bit to far.πŸ˜‚

        I don’t really care if I offend anyone, I don’t intentionally go out to do it but if it happens it’s just too bad and can’t be helped.πŸ˜‚ and……as everyone else found the post good and didn’t take offence (bloggers I know read Y-A) it can’t be helped.

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  6. Agreed! I definitely enjoy living vicariously through fantasy characters because as you said it’s not something you get to do every day. Sometimes I dream that I have magical abilities and then wake up really disappointed πŸ™‚

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  7. Great post! So much yes to all these reasons. It’s why I love reading and writing it. I love creating fantastical world’s and reading about them. Reality is so harsh at times, it great just to disappear into another world for a time.

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  8. I agree with you that fantasy the best escapism genre. You never know what you’ll find and it contains some of the most wonderful ideas. The feeling of being lost in another world, totally cut off from reality is just fantastic.

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  9. This is an amazing post, Drew!
    I have been playing pencil&paper Role Playing Game (RPG) on fantasy setting for 12 years and it’s still as exciting as my first time.
    At some point I was more interested in my character’s life than my own (creepy!)

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  10. . Thank you and it’s true, you can escape with other genres but with fantasy being set in make believe worlds it’s a completely different world and setting.

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  11. Fantasy is my favourite genre, especially for the reasons you’ve listed above. I love spending a couple of hours in a world where anything’s possible. I’ve tried to branch out occasionally and read some more contemporary and historical fiction but I think I’m always going to be drawn to magic, pirates, dragons, fantastical characters, epic battles, and everything else fantasy promises.

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    1. I occasionally branch out too, crime, historical fiction, a break at times is nice but it’s only ever a short break and then fantasy calls me back.πŸ˜€

      Very true, spending time in a world where anything is possible is great, especially with the state of the real world, a bit of escapism into fantasy is great.

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