Fantasy is on the rise
Fantasy has always been prevalent in both movies and literature, but at one point it diminished. During the early and mid nineties there was an influx of crime thrillers and fantasy seemed to be pushed aside. The movie Willow is a prime example, dreamed up by George Lucas, it never really took off (though has since garnered a cult status). Then J K Rowling unleashed Potter on the world and fantasy started to make a comeback. The Lord of the Rings movies were released and made billions at the box office, swiftly following were the Potter movies that, too, made billions. Since then fantasy has been on the rise and the crime/thriller/horror movies that cluttered the cinemas and shelves have declined somewhat.
With Potter and Rings there came Twilight (admittedly i’m not a fan) and Percy Jackson (huge fan). Now more recently fantasy seems to be sweeping the cinema and bookshelves like a voracious tide. In the last couple of years alone we’ve had dozens of fantasy movies and book series. At the forefront of this is the fairy tale phenomenon, headed by ABC’s Once Upon a Time that has spawned countless re-workings of Grimm and Anderson’s famous tales.
At the cinema we’ve had Jack the Giant Slayer, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Oz the Great and Powerful, Beautiful Creatures, Snow White and The Huntsman… the list is endless. And now with Peter Jackson taking us back to Middle Earth with the Hobbit Trilogy it seems fantasy is going to be around for the foreseeable future.
So what is it about fantasy that appeals to so many, whether it be by screen or page? Maybe its the opportunity for us to escape to another world (Hogwarts, Middle Earth, Camp Half Blood) or maybe its the appeal of the fantastical in times when the world seems sometimes bleak and lost? One thing can be said without a mote of uncertainty, fantasy offers us, as readers and cinema audiences, the chance to experience something wholly different from day to day life – to escape from something, even if it’s only for the couple of hours of a movie or the snatched few chapters of a book in a spare hour. Fantasy offers something we can all relate to: the hope of something better.
Personally, i’m psyched for the remaining two installments in the Hobbit trilogy (and the chance to see Evangeline Lilly as an elf: thanks Peter Jackson) and the epic looking Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. In books, there are simply too many to list, but let’s just say i won’t be short of worlds to explore for the next few months.
I’ve always loved fantasy- ever since i could remember i’ve had some book or other that offered me the chance to explore a world populated by creatures, beasts and weird characters. In my own writing, fantasy is always the genre i feel most comfortable in and with Prophecy of Three Quartet i wanted to explore that.