The Importance of the Impossible
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Beautiful Word Cloud of the Fantasy Genre

First, think of your favorite fantasy book or series. Now, pick a single word that describes what made you love that story. Have the word yet? If so, skip down to the comments and enter it. Do not let the words of others influence you. In Worldcon in Reno, I pounced on many an unsuspecting … Read more

Why We Love 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 … Read more

David Farland on Fantasy. Amen!

I invited David Farland to share his thoughts on the themes of morality and good and evil in the fantasy genre, and he graciously accepted. David Farland is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author who has penned nearly fifty science fiction and fantasy novels for both adults and children. Along the way, he has … Read more

“We read fantasy to find the colors again”

I share this quote by George R.R. Martin because it speaks to the greatness and inner vastness of the fantasy genre. The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we … Read more

The most playful genre

To spot certified Senior Fantasy Experts, pay close attention to persons garbed in refinement. They wear top hats to capture and hold their lofty ideas. Their monocles of x-ray vision allow for quick identification of secret passages in haunted mansions. And their walking sticks are in fact wizard staves sized for strutting. I asked this … Read more

Stranger than Myth

Superficially, fantasy and myth seem like kissing cousins (winged, snake-headed, fire-breathing cousins), but how close are they really? First or twice removed? When Homer was known for his verse rather than his donut eating, people may have believed Cyclops did exist, that Hercules was a real person who did smother his family because Hera possessed … Read more

The Great Escape

Reading fantasy is a vacation on five dollars a day. For the price of a sandwich, words transport you on an all-expenses-paid adventure into dark cities, enchanted forests, jewel-glinting caves, and snow-covered mountain ruins. True, you could visit Paris, but in the urban fantasy version, the catacombs would include red mood lighting cast by the … Read more

Imagination Adaptation

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 … Read more

“The Epic Side of Myth”

Asking Erin Hoffman “if fantasy was a form of modern myth” is like throwing a match in a wizard’s wagon of fireworks. She is the Gryphoness and the author of the Sword of Fire and Sea (Pyr), and I should have known her answer would be no less epic. So, fantasy and myth. They basically … Read more

Jennie Ivins and Mark of the Essence

Please join me in welcoming Jennie Ivins, a fantasy writer and an Assistant-Editor/Reviewer for Fantasy-Faction.com, the definitive authority for all things that sparkle and or breathe fire. Jennie Ivins is a stay-at-home mom of three boys (one set of twins and one singleton). By her own admission, she’s a pretty good photographer and a major … Read more

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