Sunday, December 4, 2011

Epic Fantasy…Steady As She Goes

It lingers and lurks around every corner, waiting to dig its claws into the next unsuspecting victim. Hanging back in the shadows, it waits for an unsuspecting and wide-eyed person to wander into its midst…. What is it?


The genre, along with its blurry-edged step-sibling, Sci-Fi, have been captivating imaginations worldwide for decades. It is a staple genre and one that I feel will survive anything.

As a follow up to the fairly popular topic I posted recently, Is YA Fantasy Taking Over, I add these thoughts about plain ‘ol fantasy!

Will the genre ever decrease in popularity? I don’t think so. Just like the super hero and zombie genres, they will remain constant. Why, you may ask? In my humble opinion, the fans of these genres are ‘lifers’. They remain unwavering in their commitment to the genre and will never lose interest, no matter their age, workload, responsibilities or income.

One thing we have going for us is that simple fact: fantasy literature is steady. There seems to be no swells or drops; it simply is. I take that with me when I write, knowing that the audience if faithful, intelligent, imaginative and passionate! Fantasy I filled with action, mythical creatures and even some good romance, as well as the manipulation of the supernatural to propel your story. Fantasy has taken a fantastic bump in popularity ever since Tolkien breathed life into it that fateful day in September of 1937! With The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings that followed, fantasy has never been the same. And I love him for it! And ever since 2001, when Peter Jackson breathed cinematic life into Tolkien’s words, the genre has never been more popular.

What do you think?

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  1. I have always been a fan of fantasy. Whether that is sword and sorcery or dragons and such it has always been entertaining to me.

    I think a lot of it for me has to do with the Medeival era with Knights and Chivalry stories. Though I throw myself into today's technologies I have always seen myself as a bit of an old fashion throwback and try to keep some of the similar old school ideals. There are fewer people all the time that would do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. Even more simple how many people even hold the door open or offer to help carry or pick something up for a total stranger? No many. To me that is my connection with fantasy.

    As for the Tolkien topic. I was lucky enough to read the books prior to the movies coming out. As with many people I felt there were some great parts of the books left out on the screen but I also think the movies were fantastic! I just think the books were better. LOL

    I mentioned reading the books prior because the movies definitely helped to grow the fantasy fan community but my friends that have seen the movies without reading the books just don't know what they are really missing. ;)

  2. Hey, Chad! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Chivalry is not dead, my friend. It may be hiding? I also agree with you that the movies kind of do ruin the books for you, for sure. I watched the game of thrones HBO special, which was in-cred-i-ble, then read the book. It took some of the fun out of it.