Fantasy - Stories that take place in an imaginary world created by the author. The author creates the rules by which said world operates and must be consistent to them. The author must also make the world believable enough that readers will be able to suspend belief when they enter it. (From Cover to Cover p. 142)
Fantasy is a literary genre that is an imaginative or fanciful work, especially one dealing with supernatural or unnatural events or characters.
I decided that it would be helpful if as I read each book, it was put into a category or type of fantasy. I chose five that seem to be popular and prolific right now: Urban Fantasy, Epic or "High" Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical Fantasy, and Fairy Tale Retellings.
So, every day this week, I'll be taking a look at a different subgenre (or type) of fantasy. Of course many books can be in more than one subgenre and for the most part it's very subjective; what one person thinks belongs in paranormal, someone else thinks is urban fantasy. I look forward to hearing everyone's thoughts on the lists I've come up with. Mixed in will be reviews, a look at what's being published in 2011, and some guest posts.
This is what's coming up:
Monday: Epic or "High" Fantasy
Wednesday: Urban Fantasy
Thursday: Historical Fantasy
Friday: Fairy Tale Retellings
How would you describe fantasy? And what are some of your favorite fantasy books?
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