Imagination AdaptationPosted by in Why Fantasy
A paradox is when truth does a back flip, and the contortionist fact at issue here is that fantasy stories are memorable and resonate with the human experience, despite containing impossibilities that we have never encountered and never will be on this earth. I asked this week’s panel of experts why that might be.
“Limitless possibilities. Fantasy is not constrained by Wall St, or any of the crap we deal with daily. Also, magic. People want magic.”
“I think people see fantasy elements all around them every day in a glowing sunrise, flying in an airplane, sent on a quest, but fantasy books heighten everything. That appeals to me. Another reason is because we all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves (magic).”
“I don’t think fantasy is any different from any other type of fiction in terms of the human experience. For me, fantasy is about living out something that would likely never happen in real life. It’s like all the stories you were told as a kid now coming to life. Monsters, etc
Fantasy is an escape from what can be the boring day-to-day. Imagining the impossible. Adventure, romance, mystery – fantasy has it all.”
Our Senior Fantasy Experts have hit upon some important points. Fantasy unhinges confining reality, manifesting age-old human dreams and desires. The early Homo sapiens might have paused in crushing each other’s skulls (30% of adults died of homicide back then OUCH!) and seen birds flying and imagined taking wing themselves, and this desire to fantasize, to daydream impossibilities may be written in our DNA. I suggest this tendency to entertain the absurd is our greatest adaptation. Without it, I do not for a moment believe we would have achieved air flight, learned how to restart a stopped heart, or cooked the Oreo pizza. (The last one proves fantasy can be used for evil…delicious, delicious evil.)
Magic, escapism, and true-to-life characters were also cited by the Senior Fantasy Experts. Fear not, savage readers, these topics and more will be covered, like syrup over pancakes, either by you now in the comments section or by me at a later date.
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