What is Fantasy?
One author’s take on what seems like a simple question, but is really very complex.
I sat on my first author panel last Saturday, and it was a really pleasant, enjoyable experience.
But an interesting and embarrassing thing happened before it started, and this is actually the second time the question has popped up. I am the only one in my writer’s group that writes fantasy, and I was also the only author at the fair and in the panels that wrote fantasy. I was asked ‘But what is fantasy? What is your book? It’s science fiction,’ and I was very quick to exclaim “No! Not science fiction!’. But blanked on what, then, fantasy is.
I completely understand what fantasy is. And because it’s something I have always gravitated towards, have always written and usually read, it never occurred to me that other people wouldn’t have the same innate understanding, whether they have any interaction with fantasy or not.
So, what is fantasy?
Well, crap. Innate does…
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