Right, this is me catching up with Blogging 101. On Wednesday the task was to follow five new blogs and five new topics. I did this, and in the process learned that you could follow a topic/tag, and how. So that was a victory. 🙂
The second part of the post is Thursday’s assignment, a post for my dream reader:
Why I Love Fantasy Fiction.
I don’t remember where my love of fantasy started. Probably in my childhood, reading books like Enid Blyton, books where toys come to life, and animals talk and have lives like people. Not to mention watching films like Alice in Wonderland.
I then migrated onto books like Sabriel by Garth Nix. I think that was the first true fantasy genre book I read, and I loved it. I still love it now, and its sequels (I’m excited for the new one coming out soon). I’ve devoured fantasy books by the barrel load ever since.
Even the games me and my siblings played as children always involved magic and fantasy elements. Me and my sister built a wonderful little world while playing with our Barbie dolls when we were children. My first foray into worldbuilding. 🙂
This lead into writing down the stories as I grew up. By the time I was 18 I had several first drafts of a series complete. (They were awful, they will never see the light of day.) The series isn’t finished, and it still bugs me sometimes even now, but I’ve moved on past it. It was an expression of my teen years, and no matter how much I may want to, I can’t recapture that mindset.
Which leads me to today. I write and read fantasy, primarily. (I do read other genres, but fantasy is my favourite – sci-fi a close second.)
I love the fact that anything is possible in a fantasy world, be it based on earth or made up from scratch. I love dreaming up things that could never be possible in our world, giving my characters abilities and powers that are totally impossible to have, and yet making them human at the same time. Showing that you can have as much power as the world can offer, but you still have the same vulnerabilities, the same needs, fears, drives, passions, wants…
It’s an escape from what is a very hard world to live in at times. I need that escape, and I think a lot of other people do too. I’ve been inspired by things I’ve read, I’ve been saved by things I’ve read. And I want to do that for others. I want someone to read one of my books and feel part of something, feel not alone, if only for that moment. That’s my dream. To give back what I’ve been given.
And I enjoy it of course. 🙂
Ahem, anyway. That’s it. My love for fantasy. (And reading and writing in general.) Its past and its future.
Writing is my passion, and this sums up how I feel about it perfectly:
And as for Friday’s challenge…that involves trying out different themes for my blog, which I think is going to take a while. So, I’m going to go now and do that. You will see the results one way or another. 🙂