Today i want to trace back to a time when I was afraid of fantasy as a genre. I think it was up till five years ago that i had no regard for it. I only read chick-lit or romance or a bit of non-fiction.
So what is fantasy ? Acc to wiki : Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often without any locations, events, or people referencing the real world. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then became literature and drama. From the twentieth century it has expanded further into various media, including film, television, graphic novels and video games.
what is fantasy to me? Dragons! It all began with the good old “The hobbit”, once i warmed up to it, i read Terry Goodkind’s Wizards First rule. And that was the beginning of an attraction , now i always consider anything fantasy.
Strange to consider this but Hunger games was also fantasy however, for me, the rule is simple..it must have animals. The way they human and animals have interchangeable roles and that to me is the sweetest thing. Percy Jackson series is Fantasy but a centaur? Umm nope.
Talking about interchangeable roles and relationships , I’m currently reading Assassin’s Quest. Main character : Fitz and his companion “nighteyes”
Fitz and Nighteyes , can communicate .They call it wit, i think it could be telepathy , mind reading etc etc . Fitz could use the wolf’s senses to explore and the wolf fought alongside him inside his mind!
And it keeps reminding me of Haku and Chihiro , remember Spirited Away? Hayao Miyazaki’s astounding Japanese fantasy animated film.
Haku , the dragon was a river spirit, who helped Chihiro (Sen) escape the spirit world.
A beautiful interpretation , boundless imagination and thought provoking aspect of human and animal world.
That is how my interest in fantasy as a genre is going strong and what a way to escape the madness of the mundane life in 2019 then to indulge in beautiful fantasy novels !
And if u want to see the characters come to life, check out Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli creations.
Leaving you with Haku , the dragon with a kindest river spirit . I wish someone would write a novel on these two.
a fantasy reader ??