This week I thought I would write about my favourite genre seen as the book I’m currently reading puts me to sleep before I finish 7 pages. I don’t think that’s a good sign somehow, but it’s for school so I’m struggling through. I just hope I manage to finish it before the end of my exams in June…
Now, onto my love for all things fantasy. Whilst I know that fantasy has its flaws, so does pretty much every other genre so I hate it when people use that excuse to slag it off. Fantasy is such a wonderful thing. It is literally the imagination creating something out of this world. Something that doesn’t exist or is different enough that only they could have created it. It is truly fantastical. And so I present to you my top 5 reasons why fantasy is a gift to the world and we should all appreciate it so very much:
- Fantasy is inclusive. I don’t care what anyone says otherwise. Yes there are many books out there which are so incredibly white and straight that it’s sickening to read. But so many aren’t. There are so many which are inclusive and diverse and are lovely to read. A series like that is the Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix. The Clayr are all dark skinned and there’s even a few lesbians in there if I remember rightly. So to those people who say that fantasy isn’t diverse and inclusive, to them I say, you just haven’t found the right book. But if you continue reading in it then you will. Also, Sarah J. Mass. Whilst she can’t really be said to be the poster child for writing diverse books, it can at least be said that she is trying and that’s really what matters.
- It removes you from reality and surely there is nothing better than that, especially in this current political climate? Authors create worlds out of their imaginations and place you in them. Even if they are using somewhere that already exists, they are changing it in some way to suit their needs and creating an alternate reality and honestly nothing is more exciting than that. The way that authors can immerse us in somewhere completely new and take us far away from where we actually are is definitely magic. At the very least it is a gift few have. Urban fantasy is such a wonderful experience and it gives me so much joy to both read and write. The way authors overlap the fantastical onto the mundane is such an experience. Authors who do this well are Cassandra Clare with her Shadowhunter Chronicles, Richelle Mead with Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, Charlene Harris with the Sookie Stackhouse series and Melissa De La Cruz with Blue Bloods. All of which are excellent reads and I actually plan on re-reading Blue Bloods as soon as I finish my current read.
- Magic. Magic is my most favourite thing on the entire planet. It brings me such joy. I love how so many different people interpret it in different ways and how it can be changed for each individuals own needs. I wish I had the words to express how incredibly much I adore magic and all of its versions. If a book has magic, even in only the smallest amount I will be there. Try and keep me away. Books with really wonderful and beautiful magic in them are: The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling, Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass, and A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. They all have such individual versions of magic but each of them are so wonderful and lovely.
- Mythical Creatures is the next category. I love mythical creatures maybe more than I love magic. My love for them is at least equal to my love for magic. The whole ideal of the supernatural just really excites me. I have no idea why and honestly if I was a witch then my whole life would be made. I honestly do not think anything would make me happier than if I was a legit witch. I wish I knew why and I wish I could pin a single book down that gave me this dream cause you can bet your ass I will be reading it over and over. I also wouldn’t mind being a vampire. Like damn. Looking fine for eternity? Don’t mind if I do. I could do so much if I lived forever. I would have so many chances at doing what I want and for following my dreams. It would just be incredible. Especially if I was a vampire witch. Omg that would just be complete goals. I would be the best lawyer to ever lawyer. I think that The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith is probably what kicked off my vampire obsession. I’d say Twilight but we all know that those aren’t proper vampires. Another one would be The Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine and once again Vampire Academy. Honestly Dimitri and Rose’s love is complete goals and I hope everyone finds that.
- Fantasy books tackle real life issues in hella subtle ways. Like damn, I don’t think it would be possible in any other situation except maybe dystopian or sci-fi. But pretty much only in books where the world is different to our own. Many fantasy books deal with racism and sexism and homophobia, but in ways that don’t make it obvious. I would love to give examples but I only see them after others have pointed them out and I don’t want to take credit for something I didn’t see myself. But trust me, they’re there. I’m just hella oblivious. I do know that the Throne of Glass series deals with a whole buncha issues and might be the first book I read that deals with periods realistically, cause let be honest, in Breaking Dawn, Stephanie Meyer just threw in Bella’s period not occuring cause it was convenient. Not for any real feministy reason. (and yes, feministy is a word, never mind what my autocorrect tells me)
And there you have it. My top 5 reasons why fantasy is and has been my all time favourite genre and always will be. It is just the most wonderful thing and I am sure that there is a type of fantasy out there which will please even the most hard to please reader. You can quote me on that and if you don’t believe me I shall make it my personal mission to find some fantasy that you will love. When I have the spare time. I’m quite busy at the moment.