Fantasy. My one true love.
If you have followed my blog for a while, or just scrolled through it, you should know that I love fantasy. It is the genre that I always go for. Sometimes I branch out, but I’m soon to return. I think a lot of people have that relationship with one (or a few) genres. But how come I love fantasy so much?
The short answer
It is basically the best genre there is.
The long answer
As with many other’s I fell in love with reading through the Harry Potter books. They started it all for me. I loved the concept of going to another world where anything could be possible. So when I wasn’t reading Harry Potter (or rereading them) I found other books from the library. Tamora Pierce and David Eddings became some of my favourites.
What drew me to these books were the magical and mystical. And the awesome covers. I wanted dragons, adventure, battle between good and evil. They became an escape from reality.
In fantasy, where everything is possible and the struggles are great, I found characters that never give up. If they fall down they rise up again. The fight through the impossible. Many of these characters became role models and heroes to me, and still to this day they mean a lot to me. Even if I don’t go out fighting chaos, I think that subconsciously they have made me a stronger person.
The magic in fantasy is a wonderful thing. It gives you the belief that anything is possible. Even when you know it isn’t real (if you shout Expelliarmus! nothing will happen) it makes you believe. It also makes you appreciate our world, since we at least don’t have the soul of an old dark lord trying to take over the world and the only thing to stop him is throwing a ring into a volcano. With the fantastical elements of fantasy you learn to appreciate the “magic” in our own world.
With fantasy, and especially high fantasy, the journey is the whole story. To go on that journey, to see other places, other cultures (which thankfully is getting more diverse all the time) opens your mind and teaches you to accept others. You get to see distrust between elves and dwarves (again and again) and the consequences of it. You also get to see how everything changes when trust is finally established. If fantasy doesn’t give you a more open mind, I don’t know what does.
Still to this day I love the books with dragons and magic. The ones where I can leave this world behind. As I said, I do branch out from time to time, but fantasy is where my heart lies.
What genre is your love? Why do you love that genre so much?