A question for you all…

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What do you think constitutes fantasy?

If, like most of today’s younger generation, you blindly accept without question what the film and television industries insist is the case, then you need look no further than the US series Game of Thrones or the UK series Merlin.

I’m sorry to disillusion everyone, but television and films did not invent fantasy. It was books that first made it popular. There is so much more to the genre than either of the above, dare I say it, boring examples. While undeniably they look spectacular on our television screens, wouldn’t you far rather conjure up your own visions in your mind? In other words, use your imagination. Give it a try. You never know, you may find that picturing each scene from a book is far more satisfying than merely vegging out in front of your television sets to look at pretty pictures.

Back before television and film killed off the urge to read among the young, destroying their attention span, books like Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland, written in 1865, first brought the genre to the attention of the public. In the twentieth century writers like C.S Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien, to name but two, gave us wonderful escapist fantasy tales like The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion and many more.

These days you are hard put to find any pure fantasy books like the above titles. But don’t despair, all is not lost. I know of at least one. I give you Globular Van der Graff’s Goblin Tales, an anthology of thirty related short stories. Click on the highlighted title above to purchase your copy. Then prepare yourselves to be magically transported into a true fantasy world.

Goblin Tales by [Eason, Jack]

If you don’t live in the US, you can find it at the Amazon outlet near you. It’s also available in paperback.

Happy reading…

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34 thoughts on “A question for you all…

  1. Good post, I would recommend something slightly older however. The Hrolf Kraki Saga, Frithiof’s Saga, and the Elder Edda poems are really where most of modern fantasy going back to Norse Mythology comes from.
    In fact, most of the good fantasy tales you listed owe a lot of inspiration to the old works I listed.

    I should note one other point that I usually get flak for. Honestly, I’ve read The Lord of the Rings many times over and I’ve had to come to one inescapable conclusion… While timeless and a collection that I will love forever… they are not the best source and definitely not the best written ones out there.

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  2. I would agree with you. I grew up on the likes of Tolkien, CS Lewis, David Eddings etc but you know, many of these writers were influenced by mythology, particularly Irish mythology. Even Tolkien… gasp!

    And GOT was first a book series, and although I came to the conclusion at the end of the first seven books ( unfortunately, the books came to no conclusion) that to read more was to allow myself to be ripped off by an author clearly trying to get as much dosh as he can rather than tell a story, he is exceptional at world building, even if 99% of his many, many, MANY characters are completely one dimensional. No, I didnt buy the next seven…

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  3. Amen to that! I have recently found I love writing this genre, although it was never my intention, it just seemed to be what came out of my fingers. Always being fascinated from a child with fairy tales and other worlds, it seems fitting. The confusing part for me is I am a christian. Yeah, weird huh lol. How can a christian even entertain the idea of a different world? I guess there is a little fantasy and curiosity in us all. I have actually just started my first other world story on my blog. I’m still a little confused how I even came to begin with this, but I am falling in love with it. I wont advertise my blog on yours, but you know how to get to it, and though it is just a beginning I would truely love to hear your thoughts on my story. Though I just found your page I am a fan (-:

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    • Thank you Heather. I don’t see any problem with you being a Christian, and loving the fantasy genre. So many of the best fantasy writers of the past were religious. I’m about to click on your webpage link and take a look at your WIP. πŸ™‚

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  6. I’ve always gravitated towards fantasy both in terms of reading and writing Jack. This is an imaginative way to promote your writing! Shows the fantastical workings of your brain. And you’re right to suggest time away from the TV. It can suck you in until your brain is mush.

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