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Why Fantasy???

On the other day, as I chatted with my friend while going to the library in my neighbourhood; I casually told her about the book which I am going to issue. I stopped short as she turned towards me with an expression of mild annoyance and said “Again!?” And I knew what she was thinking at that very moment. It was the same question which most of my friends had asked me throughout my life. It was the same question which my sister and cousins keep asking me. WHY AGAIN?? WHY FANTASY????

From a Reader's Life

WHY FANTASY???

Reading and wondering about this question, I looked back to the point in my life, when I started falling in love with this genre. The inclination would have been gradual as I loved reading Fairy Tales from my childhood. But why do I love this genre so much???

Here are the five reasons why Fantasy will always be on the top of my favourite genres:

Limitless Creativity:

I enjoy the unbounded creativity in these books. It helps me to understand the author’s extent of the imagination. A long time ago, when I was a teenager, I had read somewhere that ‘There is nothing beyond Universe. One cannot imagine beyond the Universe. The thoughts, the imaginations in one’s mind are all part of the Universe.’ I don’t know but somehow these lines got embedded within me deeply.

The Pillars of the Kings over river Anduin in Lord of Rings
How wonderful will it be to see this view in real life?

So, when I read books of this genre and find something unique; my subconscious voice tells me in hushed tones that, there is quite a possibility of such things existing for real in some distant part of this cosmos. Isn’t that a heady feeling?!

Magic:

I love the magical part – the part which doesn’t have logic as such but is present all around in the book. Characters are either powered by elements or have the ability to control them.

Magic is all around, you just have to believe
Believe in it!

Apparition in-between places, objects moving without anyone touching them, weapons appearing from thin air… and many more. The weirder the magic, the more edge to the story. And I love reading fantasy books which have an edge to them.

Creatures:

Ah! The creatures- Elves, Fae, Fairies, Nymphs, Sirens, Merpeople (taking a breath); Dwarves, Goblins, Giants, Dragons, Phoenix, Griffons (deep breathing); Unicorns, Centaurs, Vampires, Hippogriff, Pegasus, Orcs, Satyrs, Werewolves, Angels, Banshee, Gremlins, Hag, Basilisks (huff puff… I give up). The point is that with so many around still there is a complete feasibility of many new fantasy creatures getting added to this list. On top of that, these creatures are so enchanting and mesmerising.

A Beautiful Dragon
My Favourite Beast

I remember when I was a child of 10 years or so I had received a storybook as a Christmas gift. It was a Children’s Fantasy Book of ‘SunBeam Bunnies’ and ‘MoonBeam Bunnies’. I was so taken into these creatures that I used to close my room, drawing the curtains shut with just a small hole in them, to allow the sunray to pass through it. The whole room used to turn dark except the place where the sun’s beam used to fall from that hole in the curtain. And there I used to sit for hours with a basket, ready to catch any sunbeam bunny possible.

Although it was a childish act and I swear that I haven’t repeated such acts ever but nevertheless my love for the Fantasy creatures has been undeterred till date.

The WorldBuilding:

I love the different styles of World-Building found in these books. Sometimes the worlds in these books are similar to ours and sometimes way apart.

All the Fantasy Worlds in one map
What a Wonderful World!

Ranging from the astounding and incomparable ‘Middle-Earth’ world in ‘Lord of the Rings’ to the stupendous ‘Wizarding’ world of ‘Harry Potter’. From the extraordinary world of ‘Narnia’ to the astonishing world of ‘Alagaesia’ in ‘Eragon’ are few among the many fantastic worlds hiding in between the pages of several Fantasy books. Reading such books instantly transports me to these worlds which are far from reality yet so real.

The magic flowing within them, the creatures of that world, the stories, the incidents, the adventures, the terrain, the kingdoms… they all together weave a bubble around me, which I am happy to be encased within. These worlds act as reviving tools for me after a long day struggling around in the real world. Not only this, sometimes I get inspired by the way certain incidents happen and try that approach in the real world. Although I don’t guarantee that works quite so well here due to the lack of magic but nevertheless…

Hope:

The last but the most important of all. Dwelling within the books of this genre gives me Hope. As Martin Luther King Jr. once said,

We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope.

                                                                                                   Martin Luther King, Jr.

Almost all the storylines I have read so far in this Fantasy genre, have always brought ‘Elpis’ home. The infinite struggles, the heavy losses… the innumerable fights, the uncountable traps… the weirdest of creatures, the scariest of antagonists… all together cannot destroy the hope that prevails within these storylines.

Goddess Elpis
Bring Elpis Home

As a reader, I always begin these books with a hope that everything will be alright at the end. It inspires me to look at the various phases of life also with the same mindset – everything will turn just fine at the end. Does life not become much easier with this perspective? Reading the books in Fantasy genre give me positivity towards leading my life as well. And that makes this genre more close to my heart 🙂

 

These are my five reasons why I like Fantasy. Let me know about your favourite genre and why you like it so much. Do converse with me in the comments section below…

Until then,

Love your favourite genres because they make you feel alive…

Written by Preeti

 

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