As a fan of all things Jane Austen and a new reader of fantasy fiction, including the popular vampire craze, this title stood out while browsing the stacks. Vampire Darcy’s Desire is a Pride and Prejudice adaptation which takes the classic novel’s characters and adds a gothic, vampire inspired twist.
I love books. This is sort of an obvious statement considering my chosen career path is in the library. One thing I love the most about books and libraries is learning enough about books to help other people fall in love with them too. This is a constant learning process, and one of the ways to learn is to discover genres, their subgenres and the authors within them. So, I am going to share my path of discovery through the genres with all of you.
"Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can. Of course, I could be wrong." Terry Pratchett
There is no universally accepted definition of fantasy fiction. Tolkien in his "On Fairy-Stories" (In the Tolkien Reader, Ballantine, 1966) gives us a brief but serviceable definition. Tolkien sees two essential elements of Fantasy fiction:
Times are stressful and a little fantasy is a great way to escape from day to day pressures. Do you want to spice up your romance? Ever wanted to date a vampire and possibly live forever? These are two totally different subjects, but they follow along with my blog theme.
Who doesn’t want to lose themselves in a good novel? No one says that you must follow one path! Come on into your local branch and lose yourself in a fantasy novel or a self-help novel. Everyone could use some improvement. Either way, you win.
"In dreams we enter a world that’s entirely our own." ~Albus Dumbledore
If you are familiar with that line, congratulations, you are a Potterhead. Be proud, be very proud. I remember when I first picked up a Harry Potter novel. It caught my attention from the first page. I was hooked after that; I couldn’t put the books down. Even years after the last book was written and last movie was filmed, Harry Potter has wormed his way into my heart. I can make a Harry Potter reference in any given situation. I’m such a nerd.
I was a teenager when the Lord of the Rings movies were released, and it wasn’t long before they carried me away. My previous excursions into the fantasy genre had mostly consisted of The Chronicles of Narnia, The Wizard of Oz, and animated Disney movies—but the Rings movies were something else entirely.