Why People Love The Fantasy Genre And Why You Should Too

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The fantasy genre has been gaining a lot of traction in recent years.

With the increased popularity of fantasy shows and movies, it is no surprise why. To properly understand the appeal, it is best to understand the genre first.

What Is Fantasy?

Fantasy is a genre of fiction which usually takes place in an imaginary universe. The universe usually does not include places, events from the real world or real people.

However, there is a sub-trope that can take place in the modern world. The key elements in noting fantasy is the use of magic or supernatural elements that take place within the genre.

These supernatural elements play key roles affecting the storyline, the setting, the themes and the like. Magical creatures or beings are also a common occurrence in the genre.

Creatures common in fantasy includes vampires, werewolves, zombies, gremlins, elves, dwarves, ogres, witches, succubi and shapeshifters. fantasy girl

Why People Love Fantasy

Escape

Fantasy appeals to very many for very many different reasons. However, one of the key reasons it is so popular is because – like most literature – it provides an escape. By delving into the fantastic worlds of the genre, you are provided a unique escape from reality and from rationality. You are offered an opportunity to get lost in the quest of the hero of the story. Sometimes, getting lost in a fictional reality is the relief people need from their stressful real life days.

Unpredictability

Because the genre is not governed by any particular laws except that which is the writer’s mind, the fans are kept on the edge of their seats because they have no idea how the story will unfold. This is one of the key reasons why the genre has so many fans and so many subcategories – because it provides the unique opportunity of exploring uncharted territories.

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The Possibilities

Because there are no steadfast laws governing the genre, writers are allowed to take their characters and plots to whichever heights they choose. As such, the possibilities of how a story unfolds is seemingly unlimited. This key reason, coupled with the ‘unpredictability’ above is why people can’t get enough of it.

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Imagination

This is perhaps one the most powerful ingredients in the genre, without imagination the genre just cannot succeed. Getting to witness the extent of the writer’s imagination and how far he takes the story and what he/she does with the characters and storytelling is enough to get readers excited and in turn, hooked.

Being able to explore the levels of a writer’s imagination makes the readers feel more connected to the author and the characters in the story.

Difference Between Fantasy And Science Fiction

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A lot of people who are unfamiliar with the genres completely confuse science fiction and fantasy for one another. Truth is, while they share many similarities and are close to each other, the fact is that they couldn’t be more different. For starters, science fiction revolves around technology while fantasy revolves around magic – this is their distinctive difference.

Another difference is the fact that because science fiction revolves around the possibilities of technology, it is possible to actualize the themes in the genre. Take flying cars for example, this is currently a key trope in science fiction, however, Uber is currently working on developing a flying car model for 2020. On the flip side, there’s no aspect of fantasy that is possible, at all. Fantasy deals with magical elements and since there are no such things as dragons, elves, spells, wands (that actually work), or alternate realities – there can be no actualization of the key elements in fantasy.

Herein lies the major distinction between the both genres that are usually confused for one another. It is important to note that not all aspects of science fiction can be brought to fruition…well, maybe not until the next century or so.

Types of Fantasy Genre

The genre is quite broad, as is the case with most genres of fiction. So if one genre does not work for you, try another; there’s a little bit of something for everyone. One of the major reason fantasy does so well is because it appeals to everyone regardless of interest, age, sex, race, or religion.

If you don’t believe us, pick up a movie or book from one of the sub-genres that appeal to you the most and see if you won’t become an avid fan. Below is a list of the most common sub-genres in fantasy:

  • Contemporary Fantasy
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Epic Fantasy
  • Fairytales
  • Quest Fantasy
  • Historical Fantasy
  • Comic Fantasy
  • Urban fantasy
  • Wuxia
  • Science fantasy (which is a combination of the science fiction and fantasy genre)

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Popular Fantasy Shows

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  • Game Of Thrones
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Grimm
  • Supernatural
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • The Originals
  • True Blood
  • The Legend Of The Seeker
  • The Shannara chronicles
  • Teen Wolf
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  • The Magicians
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • America Gods
  • Lost Girl
  • Charmed
  • Being Human

Popular Fantasy Movies

  • Lord Of The Rings Series
  • The Hobbit Series
  • The Harry Potter Series
  • King Arthur: Legends Of The Sword
  • Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
  • Thor
  • Jumanji
  • Pirates Of The Carribean
  • Alice In Wonderland
  • Enchanted
  • Warcraft
  • Doctor Strange
  • Oz: The Great And Powerful

Popular Fantasy Books

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  • American Gods
  • The Game Of Thrones Series
  • The Harry Potter Series
  • The Hobbit Series
  • The Lord Of Rings Series
  • Chronicles Of Narnia
  • Mistborn Series
  • Eragon
  • Red Queen
  • The Mortal Instruments
  • The Clockwork Angel
  • Seraphina
  • Vampire Academy
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
  • The Dark Tower: The GunSlinger
  • The Blade Itself
  • The Witch, The Lion and The Wardrobe
  • Good Omens
  • The Magicians
  • The Color Of Magic
  • The Silmarillon

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