Fantasy has to be my favorite genre. There are so many things to like about it. It’s pure fiction, so my mind can paint the scene any way I want. The characters don’t have to fit any mold and can be black, white, red, yellow, or pink polka dotted. If someone can teleport, read minds, perform magic, or never grow old, so what? Reality disappears as the tale unfolds.
That’s the beauty of fantasy – there are no limits!
Since the first fantasy novels came out in the 1800s, the genre has blossomed into categories and sub-categories to satisfy even the pickiest reader. It’s hard to believe that my middle-grade fantasy/adventure/coming of age series, The Wee People, can be classified under the same heading as Stephen King’s dark, horror-filled novel, The Gunslinger, but they are both fantasies, even though the books are as different as night and day.
Again, there’s something for everyone. I enjoy the plain and simple fantasy adventure without the detailed histories and sub-plots found in epic fantasy. Then again, that’s just me. Readers are unique and not restricted to just one or two categories. You’re free to choose from any of the following:
- Dark/grimdark fantasy
- Superhero fantasy
- Fairy tales, folk stories, legends, and myths
- Low fantasy as opposed to high fantasy
- Science-based fantasy
- Urban, contemporary, medieval, paranormal, historic
- Or any combination thereof
And the list goes on and on with sub-headings and age groups further dissecting each type. It gets too complicated for my poor brain to determine where my preferences lie. Frankly, I never pay much attention to categories. It doesn’t matter to me. I believe that judging a book by its classification is unfair to the story and the author.
What kind of mood am I in? I’m not that particular. I’ll try whatever catches my eye from the whole range of fantasy sagas, except the dark and scary ones. Sorry, Mr. King, I draw my line there!
Do you draw the line on any of the fantasy sub-genres or categories?
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