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Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Reasons Fantasy Fiction is The Boss

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

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Ever since I can remember I’ve read fantasy or been told fantasy stories. When I was little, my Grandad kept my imagination stoked with tales about talking hedgehogs, wizards and old castles… Fantasy was branded into me and it’s something that’s stayed ever since.

I’ve read other genres, still do. But I always end up going back to fantasy and enjoying it more than anything else, whether that be sci-fi, action, thriller or mystery.

The fantasy genre is The Boss. Here is your proof if you don’t believe me…

1 – The normal world can be dull and boring and depressing. Fantasy worlds are not…

Unless you’re reading a George RR Martin novel, fantasy worlds are generally great places to escape to. Even Westeros has it’s good side… somewhere. When you want to get away from the real world, Hogwarts, Narnia, (post White Witch eternal winter, unless you like winter) The Shire, Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory (unless you’re a bad kid) are the perfect place to escape to.

2 – There is no impossible…

Most books in other genres are grounded in reality and the realms of possibility. In fantasy, the sky is pretty much the limit in what is possible. Quidditch, everlasting gobstoppers, flying giant peaches, camps for demigods… fantasy has everything you can think of and a billion things you can’t think of.

3 – You can be anything…

It might sound cheesy–nope, it does sound cheesy–but you can be anything you want in a fantasy novel. Reading through the eyes of a son of Poseidon, a kid who wins a golden ticket, a boy who discovers he’s a wizard. You can even be an animal. Fantasy lets us be someone else for a little while as well as letting us go somewhere else for a little while.

4 – Good fuel for writer brains (and non-writer brains–all brains)… (brains looks weird typed so many times)

If you’re a writer, you’re constantly looking for things to inspire your own writing. It can be a word, a character, a world, anything, but the best fuel is to be found in fantasy writing. Most of the time when I’ve finished a fantasy novel (and most of the time when I’m only a chapter into a fantasy novel) inspiration hits and my fingers can’t keep up typing with the stuff burning in my head. But just as fantasy books are good for writer’s imaginations, they’re good for non-writer brains too, keeping our minds sparking and pumping. (Brains definitely looks strange when you’ve typed it this many times)

5 – It offers hope…

Apologies, again with the cheese, but fantasy offers hope. Like the great Albus Dumbledore said “Happiness can be found in the darkest of time, if one just remembers to turn on the light…” The Light in this case is fantasy, where anything is possible, where you can be anyone and where you can escape. I was going through some pretty dark times a couple years back and places like Hogwarts made things seem not quite so dark.

The above will definitely be the last of the cheese (mostly definitely)

6 – Most of the time it’s fast, epic, full of adventure and other cool stuff… Fantasy is where it is happening. 

A lot of genres are fast-paced, action-packed and exciting, but fantasy tends to be the most fast-paced, the most action-packed, the most exciting and full of adventure. In what other genre do characters battle evil overlords who take the form of a giant eye, or play chess where the pieces attack each other, or go on quests for golden fleeces? Only in fantasy. Fantasy is where it’s happening.

7 – There are no rules…

Everyday we are hit in the face with rules. Drive on this side of the road, don’t eat that chocolate bar, buy this useless piece of crap for half price… In fantasy there are no rules… for us the reader at least. Sure characters might have to avoid Mordor or risk death or behave or end up a blueberry, but us readers get to read it all without consequence.

8 – It’s educational…

It may not be as educational as a text book, but fantasy can offer some valuable life lessons. Don’t piss off evil wizards, don’t go into haunted houses, don’t eat strange food… But more seriously, fantasy usually has a moral message running through it that we can learn from. Good triumphing over evil by remaining good and not going to the dark side, friendship and family are important, fight for what you believe in. Fantasy has valuable lessons to offer.

9 – It’s inspirational…

This isn’t a rehash of #4. Fantasy offers inspiration to readers in real life. When a reader sees a hero beating the villain, when we read about a boy finding his parents, a character winning a competition or making friends… it inspires us, the readers, to mirror them in our own lives. Our villain might not be a dark lord bent on our annihilation or an megalomaniac out for our suffering or a bloodthirsty three-headed dog but if someone is being bullied and they read about a character standing up to their bullies they may find inspiration. If they have trouble making friends and see a character they admire making friends, they may build up enough courage to give it a shot themselves. Fantasy offers us inspiration, no doubt.

10 – Erm… ah… let me think… Because it’s fantasy, man. That’s all you need to know.

What other genre has dragons, schools for witchcraft and wizardry, gardens made from candy, worlds at the back of wardrobes, talking animals? Come on, man, what other genre has Quidditch? None I tell you. Which is why fantasy is The Boss.


Do you agree that fantasy is the top genre? Or do you prefer another genre? Feel free to drop a comment below.

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