What do you think of when you hear the words fantasy fiction?
Fantasy fiction is a genre of writing. The plot often involves magic and witchcraft and is frequently set in another mysterious planet, in another dimension.
Fantasy Fiction gives readers and writer’s freedom to express themselves, and a well thought-out, original fantasy setting has aesthetic value in itself. Extraordinary narrative in folklore, mythology or urban myth has played a fundamental role in our culture.
Fantasy in History
Fantasy genre has an extensive and prosperous literary history and can be traced back to ancient mythology. Fantasy is the believed to be the originator of all the genre fictions. The idea of introducing fantasy elements to our everyday lives, and the ability to create characters of divergence, which magical abilities has captured readers and writers since the first recorded literary works of the fantasy genre the Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer’s Odyssey, The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night which introduced Sinbad and Aladdin to the world. It records the adventures of a fiction hero returning to Ithaca after the capture of Troy. Beowulf (ca 700AD), the first existing epic poem written in English, is another early work comprising fantasy elements – such as witches, dragons and monsters, William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream (1595-96), with depictions of fairies, Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726) and not to forget the numerous children’s fairy tales, especially the fairytales published by The Brothers Grimm from1812-1815. The Brothers Grimm travelled from village to village for an astonishing thirteen years collecting fairy tales such as ‘Cinderella’, ‘Snow White’ and ‘Rumpelstiltskin.’
Not to mention a myriad of other fantasy works and classics upon which modern literature was shaped.
Famous fantasy fiction:
- The Chronicles of Narnia
- The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
- The Harry Potter series