Why I Love Fantasy (And Not Just That Dragons Are Cool)

Hey everyone!!

Today I have a post where I am talking about why I love the fantasy genre so much and I can’t wait to share it with you and hopefully hear all your thoughts on the topic. So without further ado let’s begin….

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I love many books and the more I read, the more I am learning that I can fall in love with any genre (see my sister’s incredible post here about favourite genres changing) but fantasy is an old favourite and as much as I love and have devoured all sorts of books I still deeply believe in my soul that there is something special about fantasy. So today you are going to hear me gushing about fantasy because truly it is FANTASTIC. I put the fan in fantasy.

So when I say fantasy, what immediately jumps to your attention? I am thinking along the lines of dragons, witches, cloaks and bearded men. And the more I think about it and jump free of the stereotypes I see war, royals, magic, conflict and fighting. I see beasts and heroes shouting at the head of an army and dealing with all kinds of hardship. Fantasy can include a lot of different things and here is why I think it is extraordinary….

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REASON ONE: It is the Complete Opposite to Our Society*

*(BASICALLY I LIKE MAGIC)

Our society is well… our society. I don’t think I could capture the complexity and nor I am going to try to today but I can say it contains no magic in the ‘Disney’ way (that I know of but I am open to being proven wrong if you want to reveal Hogwarts to me) so the ability to fall into a world of riveting beauty and experience this level of escapism is something I am very fond of. I like to lie down among my pillows (double chin, neck ache and all) and read about a world that my imagination couldn’t dream of alone. I like to build up this image in my head using the words for bricks until I can see this extraordinary place which feels older and newer. I like to imagine the magic and the people. The landscapes and the buildings. The paths and the sky. It is a joy to fall into and it all started with a writer imaging something that might have seemed insane at the start but brought such life and magic to someone else. It is its own brand of magic and I love being a part of it. Plus we all need that escape from our own live at times.

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REASON TWO: The Heroes of Fantasy Stories

Fantasy books don’t always have the happiest plot. It is based on conflict, trying to solve an issue and politics. It is very often an action packed plot involving a terrible leader that is horrible to everyone *cue the protagonist* until a blazing hero comes to save the day *swoon*. As I said the heroes are one of my favourite parts of fantasies but not for the fact that they hold a sword. But for the fact that they understand the burden of a sword. If you think of epic fantasy you see giant battlefields and it would be fair to jump to the conclusion that fantasy lovers are drawn to action and bloodshed but I am here to tell you I like the dark scenes for the light can shine all the brighter there. I think there is something to be admired that a hero can persevere through so much pain but still hold so much hope within them that I can’t help but fall completely in love with them and the story.

These are some quotes from ‘The Lords of The Rings’ (I don’t know if you’ve ever heard of it, it’s a very small franchise) but I thought they captured what I meant about not loving the war but the overall message the heroes give in these situations…

“I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness, nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for his glory. I love only that which they defend” – The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien
“If more people valued home, above gold, this world would be a merrier place”- The Lord of the Rings, J. R. R. Tolkien

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REASON THREE: The Mix of Characters

I know characters were my previous point but I am a character driven kind of girl and you can’t change that. I will be the first to say that there needs to be more diversity in the fantasy genre because it really does but fantasy allows for many types of personality that normally have no place. You can have the morally grey, the ancient one, the adorable murderous one and they can all be treated with a unique care. Fantasy worlds are built with different norms and values compared to present society and granted fantasy can be worse with all the war and pain but it allows for characters to exist that otherwise would be highly different in say a contemporary book. It’s intriguing to see the characters push the good areas, see how missions can change them, see how magic has changed them and to play with new rules. It is rarely black and white and I find it very interesting as I like different traits from character in fantasy compared to a contemporary as it is an entirely different climate. I’m not saying these characters can’t exist in different genres but there is something about fantasy that allows them to be explored in a unique way.

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REASON FOUR: How it Mirrors Real Life

Fantasy can be far away from current society but it can also mirror society and show patterns with human behaviour and certain situations. It is intriguing to read about and see how the characters react and to put yourselves in their shoes and see how you would act. With a wide cast of character you also get to experience many different sides to a situation which can open you up to new views. I think by being a nonparticipating observer it makes you think about things differently and can make you see things more clearly compared to being in the middle of everything. It is interesting and I think you can learn a lot from fantasy novels and use it to better yourself as a human being which I love and cherish every opportunity to do so. I think it is also clever to reflect society in books as it really adds to the story and gets the audience engaging with it as well.

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Those are just some of the reasons why I love fantasy and why I’m always reaching for them. I love the wonder they can spark in me and the places they can take me. The people in the stories make my heart burst for all they can teach me and how they inspire me. Fantasy will always hold a special place in my heart and I know I can always escape into an extraordinary world and let my problems disappear for a while. I feel very lucky for the opportunity that fantasy books provide and I love them for teaching me I can slay a dragon and I love them all the more for saying I can befriend a dragon. Fantasy contains infinite amounts of magic and I am not even talking about the spells and powers yet.


Do you like fantasy? Why do you love fantasy? What are your favourite fantasy books?

What is your favourite genre? Why is it your favourite?

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52 thoughts on “Why I Love Fantasy (And Not Just That Dragons Are Cool)

  1. Fantasy is my favourite too. Harry Potter is obvs my first love ..for a lot of the same reasons as you. I brought a copy of the Edge chronicles recently..it offers beautiful and dark places to journey through. It just gets me πŸ™‚

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    1. Yay fantasy really is a wonderful genre and I love it so much!! Harry Potter is incredible and everytime I read it I can see why so many love it!! It is so magical!!
      Aw.. The Edge Chronicles, my sister used to always read them! I love that so much and there is no feeling quite like a book understanding you!! πŸ™‚

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  2. I agree with all of your reasons! I love how you can escape from this world, but it still represents part of real life!

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    1. Yay I’m glad you agree with my reasons!! πŸ™‚ There is no escape quite like getting absorbed in a fantasy book but it can still mirror problems you face so you can relate to the story so it is just perfect! πŸ™‚

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  3. Oh my gosh, this is SUCH an incredible post!!πŸ’œ There are so many aspects to why I love fantasy but somehow you put them perfectly into words. And obviously, I need to read Locke Lamora and The Poppy War soon, because the other three books are on my favorites list too XD

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    1. Aw.. thank you so much Kaya ❀ !! I agree there are a lot of reasons why I love fantasy but I tried to sum it up to four main reasons. (Thank you again, that means a lot and I'm so happy you liked this post) ❀
      Yes you should definitely read Locke Lamora and The Poppy War, they are both amazing and complex. But The Poppy War definitely has some trigger warnings so be sure to check them before reading it πŸ™‚ I'm glad we have some shared favourites though *high five*

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  4. Your reasons for loving fantasy are all fantastic and so well thought out. I think I like the chance to explore a completely different world with all of its own rules, beliefs and different groups of people which can give you such a vast range of characters. I love that you can get magic in fantasy, all kinds of wonderful creatures and also in some royals too which always adds to the intrigue. Plus I love that within a fantasy world you don’t just get to explore the world as it is – you also quite often learn bits of its history and mythology. Plus dragons and fairies – I love both of them πŸ˜…

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    1. Aw.. thank you so much Charlotte, I really enjoyed thinking about my reasons and writing them so it means a lot that you thought they sounded well thought out ❀
      I agree, with fantasy you can get so immersed in these new worlds and systems, there is nothing quite like it!! And so many different characters can be explored in these settings!
      Fantasy is probably one of the most imaginative genres so seeing the magic and creatures is wonderful!! I do love royals too!
      Yes there is a whole set up in fantasy worlds with a lot of intricate detail so you can really sink into it!!
      YES DRAGONS AND FAIRIES ALL THE WAY!!

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      1. They really did 😊 and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
        Yes that’s so true. And it’s just wonderful that you get to visit so many vastly different worlds when it comes to fantasy.
        Hopefully people will continue creating new and immersive worlds 😊
        Totally (:

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  5. I love fantasy too!! All your points are very valid. HP first got me into fantasy, and from there it just multiplied!! XD And hmm, who’s ever heard of LotR? Must be a VERY small franchise πŸ˜‚

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    1. Yay *fantasy high-five* !! Aw.. I’m glad you liked my points!! Yes HP is amazing and I can see how that got you into fantasy because you just want more of that gloriousness!! I think I started with Urban Fantasy then went into fantasy!! πŸ™‚
      I know LoTR has just flown under the radar underappreciated, it is a shame that not many people have heard of it as I feel like loads would love it!! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  6. Great post, Sophie! It was so so relatable πŸ’• Fantasy is my favorite genre too, though I haven’t read enough adult!
    I totally agree with what you’re saying about the characters! Through fantasy, we get more interesting characters, who we’re less likely to meet in real life. Also, the plot events that happen in fantasy are wayyy more interesting because they involve magic, wars and other stuff like that that wouldn’t really happen in real life! I read books for escapism, and that’s why I love fantasy so much ❀
    I love Six of Crows haha. Probably gonna be my favorite fantasy YA forever. Though I recent fave of mine was Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson! Also, I LOVED The Fever King by Victoria Lee, though that's a fanta-sci

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    1. Thank you so much Caitlin!! ❀ Fantasy is wonderful and I want to read more adult fantasy as well!!
      Yes I love character led books especially characters who are complex and interesting, I feel like there is so much room to explore these characters in fantasy and in completely different ways.
      I definitely agree about the plot being so interesting because of the history, the magic, the action and the governing bodies often. So much can happen and you are right fantasy novels provide the best level of escapism!!
      Yes Six of Crows is one that I love so much!! It is a strong favourite!! (especially Wylan) !! Oh yes, I've just read that one and I did enjoy it!!
      I really want to read The Fever King so badly!! I can't wait to get to it, I'm so glad you loved it!! ❀

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  7. Ahhh this post captures what I love about fantasy so perfectly! The escapism, the array of characters, the reflection on our own world. There’s basically endless possibility, which makes it all the more exciting when picking up a new fantasy book. You never know exactly what you’re going to get!
    And I love those quotes from Lord of the Rings (wow, exciting to find another fan of this super tiny and niche series! πŸ˜‰ ) Tolkien really just gets it, huh?

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    1. Yay I’m glad you love fantasy too *high five* πŸ˜‚
      The escapism is the best in fantasy but the characters and reflection mean we can still really connect to these stories!!
      So true, every fantasy has something different and new so it is always exciting to pick them up!! 😍
      Yes those quotes are amazing!! (I know the LotR books are really under appreciated πŸ˜‰) Tolkien really does get it, he’s amazing!! πŸ˜‚

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  8. ok, HANDS DOWN YES TO FANTASY. and yesss, the neck ache 😿 however, tis a small price to pay for reading those 500-page fantasy novels all comfy in bed (tell me this isn’t near perfect). okay, point number one is awesome. i don’t think i can ever tell you enough how aMAZING your writing is. i totally agree with the magic of creating those worlds!! i think that’s where the appeal of being a writer lies in (wait does this make me magical??) AND I LOVE THAT SARCASM FOR LOTR 😹 one of the reasons fantasy is my favorite genre is because i think it’s the genre that connects the most with characters (cassie clare πŸ˜‰ it’s the bloodshed and battle, but it’s also the smaller moments and THEY GO TOGETHER SO WELL OMG. i’m low-key fangirling about percy jackson right now cuz the characters are just… amazing. but i loved reading your opinions so much! ❀

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    1. YES!!! FANTASY IS THE BEST!! 😍 haha true the neck ache is worth it!!
      (It is very close to perfect)!!
      Aww… Thank you so, so much!! 😭❀😭 that means so much to me!! πŸ’•πŸ’•yes it is sure a incredible thing to create a world so different and so reliant on magic!! I definitely love the appeal of this as a writer too 😍 yes that does make you magical, this is 100% fact!! πŸ˜‚
      Haha yay for sarcasm πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      YES I TOTALLY SEE THAT!! Because in fantasy you get these high stake moments all the time and it brings out a lot in the characters and relationships that I can’t help but fall in love!!
      Ahh.. I’m still haven’t read Percy Jackson but I’ve heard how amazing the characters are 😍😍
      Thank you so much ❀ and thank you for this WONDERFUL comment!!

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  9. Oh, I love this post! It was so wholesome, because I, too, adore Fantasy as a genre. Sometimes I am not as much in the mood for the worldbuilding and then I can still have magical realism or some sub-genre of the likes with all the escapism there is. I love how it totally takes you away from this world, but simultaneously mirrors ours.

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    1. Aww.. thank you so much!! πŸ’• I’m glad you love fantasy too 😊
      Yes so true there is a lot of variety in the fantasy genre that you can always find something that you will fancy!! I love that it does both escapism and mirrors our society, it is the best of both worlds!! 🌟

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  10. oh, sophie, this was such a good post to read! i think you captured the feel of fantasy really well. i’m not the biggest fan of the genre, but i could feel your love for all things fantastical.
    i think the one reason i agree with you the most on is the hero. i always think it’s so awesome when you get to see someone thrive, despise how hard and merciless the world they live has been on them. like, harry potter, who had his parents murdered, lived with abusive parents and lost pretty much all the parental figures in this life: still turned out to be the one of the best wizards ever and didn’t have to kill anyone in the process! i think they’re always really hopeful examples. while i do feel like morally grey protagonists are interesting, i can never resist a good-hearted, true brave and perfect hero. they’re definitely my favorite part of any fantasy book or movie!
    as soon as you mentioned β€œthe way it mirrors society”, i immediately thought of six of crows, so i was not surprised at all to see it in your favorites’ list. i find so interesting the way the author was able to explore really hard-hitting themes, such as sex trafficking and trauma, while still building such a fantastical and fascinating world.

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    1. Aw.. thank you so much Lais!! πŸ’• That is so kind of you to say and I’m glad you could feel my love for this genre!!
      Yes I think they are so inspiring and you can get a lot from them as a reader. As much as I like morally grey characters, I love how heroes are a constant and highlight the strength of hope and good through it all!! Harry Potter is a great example of that as he remained kind and good despite everything!!
      Yes Six of Crows was really good at nativigating very real problems and looking at the depths but still remaining an imaginative fantasy.
      Thank you so much for your amazing comment!! πŸ’•

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