An Exercise Bicycle For the Mind?
January 18, 2011
"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:
- Creating an internally consistent secondary world
- Using magic and enchantment
Here are some fantasy writers to try; based on the types of books you normally like to read.
|Adventure||Robert Jordan||The Wheel of Time series|
|Arthurian||Marion Zimmer Bradley||The Mists of Avalon|
|Historical||Harry Harrison||The Hammer and the Cross series|
|Mystery||Emma Bull||Finder: A Novel of the Borderlands|
|Romance||Diana Gabaldon||Outlander series|
|Thriller||Geroge R.R. Martin||Song of Ice and Fire series|
We are just barely brushing the surface of this rich and entertaining genre. There are many sub-genres you might enjoy as well. Our staff will be happy to help you find something you'd like.
For more information about this genre, Genreflecting by Diana Tixier Herald is an excellent source.