Fantasy is only for the young?


June 1, 2012 by Vicki

If you are enjoying this blog please click on the following link Fantasy is only for the young?. A discussion on the merits of the Fantasy genre as well as a schedule for future posts. It is on my other blog Dreammirrors.

4 thoughts on “Fantasy is only for the young?

  1. RM Luffman says:

    Without going off on a research tirade, let me just say this: Some of my favourite fantasy author’s are not exactly spring chickens, and my Dad and my Grandmother were actually the ones to get me really into the Belgariad, and the Dragon Riders of Pern, and Mists of Avalon, and even the Dragon Lance books. So there! (Yes, I am infact decended of a long line of nerds 😉 )

    • Vicki says:

      Yes, however, the stereotype suggests that Fantasy is for those who choose not to think, but rather escape. It could be argued that the older Fantasy authors are simply writing what gets them paid. I do not subscribe to that belief, obviously, I also descend from a long line of nerds. My grandfather first introduced me to both Star Trek and The Dragons of Pern, for which he has my everlasting gratitude.

  2. RM Luffman says:

    And here’s where I decide that a tirade is necesary…

    I put alot of thought into this. I started it in the bath last night, then hashed it over with Monica, and then polished it off this morning.

    *takes a deep breath*

    Fiction is always as escape from reality. From OUR OWN reality. Good writers write good stories. Great writers create great characters. And truly inspired writers write inspired stories with inspired characters in inspired universes. An author’s chosen genre should not predict the intelligence nor age of their target audience any more than their favourite colour should dictate how much they are paid per book. Books are for everyone. Of every age. Of every nationality. Of every IQ percentile. Of every ethnicity, spirituality and sexual orientation. You don’t even have to be literate; that’s what audio books are for…

    It was a combination of Christopher Pike’s ‘Remember Me’ series and Marion Zimmer Bradley’s ‘Avalon’ series that got me thinking about my faith and spirituality. But they are also some of my favourite escapism reading.

    I recently met a young girl who isn’t a fan of Fantasy. She preffers what she calls depression fiction. The kind of stuff that involves the capture and torture and deprivation of innocents. I was shocked. I asked her, cautiously, why? “Because you have hope. You know something good is coming” Her responce floored me. But I could relate.

    Often times I find myself relating to a particular character or situation and begin to think about the events and challenges in my life in a different light. I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve had an Ah ha! moment whilst reading a book or poem or listening to the lyrics of a song. But when and IF I do any thinking whilst reading has much more to do with my mood than the genre of fiction I’m consuming at the time.

    Case and point; I loved the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I devoured them during my 20th year. Later, when I brought up the series with a group of my litterary minded friends, I was met with a chorus of groans. They are apparently strife with all sorts of political nonsense, so many of my friends had set aside the series part way through, preferring to avoid such thoughts while devouring their own meal of Fiction. Well that’s just silly. Sure, I could see that there was something more serious than weaving a simple tale going on, but I simply chose to ignore it and turn off that part of my brain. I don’t reall doing a whole lot of thinking while reading those books. In fact, I was making an attempt to do NOT think. There was a whole lot going on in my life and I required a certain amount of escapism. Having said that, added to my escapism list were Dan Brown’s books.

    I find that fiction of all sorts gets my creative juices flowing, but fantasy most of all. I will admit, here, that part of the reason I enjoy writing fantasy so much is that I don’t have to do research. I can create the rules and laws of my particular society/universe and not have to defend my writing with facts and references.

    In conclusion, let’s assume that I don’t agree with stereotypes of any sort, particularly proclomations that genres of fictions dictate who thinks what, when and why. You want to think without feeling, read non-fiction. You want to feel something without the fetters of having to think about it, read bad fiction. You want to really think about life, the universe and everything, and feel something stirring your soul while you’re at it, read good fiction.

    • Vicki says:

      I agree with most of the points of your tirade. I think we choose how much thinking we put into any book that we read. Even non-fiction, I have known some people who take on faith anything that they read in a non-fiction book. Times change and you need to put the effort into making sure you know the full truth. I would argue that you can have an emotional response to a non-fiction book. Reading the biography of political leaders, for example, can either inspire or outrage you.
      I don’t like stereotypes either, but they can be fun to push at and examine. Thank you for your impassioned response.

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