I’ve taken a bit of flack as an adult who reads YA, but over the years I’ve actually taken more heat for my indulgences in my absolute favorite genre: fantasy.
These days, the animosity for fantasy is not as strong among the layfolk. Thanks very much to the popularity of the DC and Marvel films, a fancy for the supernatural is considered more normal than it was fifteen years ago. Personally, I’ve never been able to understand why people don’t love fantasy.
Fantasy ignites my soul.
I would like to present a casual defense of my favorite genre and why more people should be utterly taken with the possibilities of a fantasy world. Yes, it’s not real. The not-realness of it seems to be the main thing that people begrudge of the fantasy genre. Why read about dragons when dragons aren’t real.
There’s a simple answer to that.
Dragons are freaking amazing.
Fantasy worlds push us to the edges of our imaginations, force us to shed our sensible skin and reach into something deeper within ourselves. Perhaps it is a childish delight in the things that cannot be, perhaps an adult need to separate ourselves from the hum-drudgery of the modern world.
For myself, fantasy allures me with its possibilities.
I understand that not everyone has the capacity or the desire for that sort of suspension of disbelief. And that’s okay! For those people there are non-fiction, romance, thrillers and general fiction.
Science-fiction and fantasy are for the people who see the world as it is, and then imagine that despite all the impossibilities, see what it could be.
If humans had the ability to alter matter with their minds and hearts, we would have magic.
If animals have evolved differently, we would have dragons and mermaids and perhaps even lycans.
And if humans were a bit more advanced, perhaps we too could touch the distant stars.
Thinking of those things, is it so silly to want to experience those impossibilities? To wrap ourselves in the worlds of the what-ifs?
This week’s Book Blogger Hop asked:
Do you prefer to blog about (a) specific book genre(s), or do you have an eclectic blog?
Short answer: I read whatever interests me, but a lot of that is fantasy. I can’t help but to dreams in a world of mages and pirates and impossible things.
What is your favorite genre?
Do you read fantasy?
What genre(s) (if any) does your blog focus on?