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Why We Love Fantasy

Posted by A.E. Marling in Fantasy Art Show | Quotes | Why Fantasy

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
–Dr. Seuss

“You need to believe in things that aren’t true. How else can they become?”
–Sir Terry Pratchett

“Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli….
–George RR Martin

“Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.”
― Sir Terry Pratchett

“A story without fantasy is a holiday without fireworks.”
– Me

Don’t hoard your favorite quote. Share why you love fantasy in a comment. If you wish, include the title and artist of your favorite fantasy art (not url), and I’ll delve for it.

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17 Responses

  • Motzie says:

    Fantasy turns survival into life and actions into achievements.

    Fantasy, above all else, makes us human beings while in reality, we are only just animals.

    And I can try to think of other quotes, but then I’d have to write a book :)

    From sakimichan on devianart.

  • hinz666 says:

    “Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could be wrong.”

    Terry Pratchett

  • A.E. Marling says:

    Touch the sky of human imagination. Read fantasy.

  • Bell says:

    Kafka made me want to become a writer when I was 15 and had finished The Trial; Gene Wolfe made me want to become a fantasy writer when I read The Book of the New Sun. Many other stories have shown me that fantasy is my calling.

    For the record, I see fantasy and science fiction as a continuum, rather than separate categories. With the best books you can’t tell where the one ends and the other begins. They both test the limits of human imagination.

    There’s terrific neo-fabulist, lowbrow and pop surrealist art out there. I like Heiko Muller, Allison Sommers, Mark Ryden, Siegfried Zademack, Zdzislaw Beksinski, Wayne Barlowe, Judson Huss — and I’ll stop there, because the list is as long as my arm.

  • A.E. Marling says:

    “Leave us some unreality. Do not make us offensively sane.”
    – Oscar Wilde

    In truth, I am not sure Oscar Wilde said that, but it sounds very much like him. It was attributed to the red-cape-wearing playwright by Gyles Brandreth in the novel Oscar Wilde and a Game Called Murder.

  • Edmund Wright says:

    Good comedy needs the straight man or an equivalent. Likewise a dynamic and creative tension between the mundane and the fantastic creates the most believable and powerful fantasy and I see a key skill as the effective and timely weaving together of these two components in a story.

  • A.E. Marling says:

    Fantasy is an adventure, a vacation to another land. No waiting in security lines required. The ticket: imagination.

  • Lexy McCalmont says:

    Fantasy quite simply allows us to leave this planet for a while.

  • RDikhil says:

    I have seen enough reality to last me a life time. Fantasy helps me escape my day and I’m happy for my mind to be taken care of in the fantasy world rather than me doing the caring! In other words, it keeps me sain!

  • Fantasy is to literature as love is to life. It makes people see the best and the worst, gives them wings and urges them to fly, to fight and to dream. It is entirely possible to live without it but why would one want to is beyond me. :]

  • A.E. Marling says:

    “I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of imagination.” — John Keats

  • Pip says:

    Fantasy is the thought that will and must become reality to someone, somewhere ,sometime.

  • Libby Lanser says:

    What I enjoy most about reading fantasy… Would be the escape. Into all the possibilities we limit from ourselves. I love being transported into a different world, one someone loved enough to take the time to write about, and see what is to be seen. Nothing is off limits to the imagination in fantasy.

  • Emma Stockburn says:

    “I do not care what comes after; I have seen the dragons on the wind of morning.”
    ― Ursula K. Le Guin, The Farthest Shore

    This is what fantasy means to me. To touch the fantastic.

  • A.E. Marling says:

    “Humans need fantasy to be human. To be the place where the falling angel meets the rising ape.”
    –Sir Terry Pratchett

  • Reality is a collection of discreet experiences.
    Fantasy is the result we get when we put those experiences into narrative form.



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