Hi everyone! How are you all doing? I’ve been staying mostly indoors, even though we’re allowed to visit friends or family (in small groups). I just don’t want to take risks… Anyway, today is Tuesday and that means it’s time for another Top Ten Tuesday list! This weekly meme is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and this time, the prompt is “reasons why I love [insert your favorite book title, genre, author, etc. here]”. And it won’t surprise you that I decided to tell you why I love fantasy as a genre! So here we go!
Anything is possible
In fantasy, there are no rules. As long as the author is consistent in their world-building, they can throw out all rules, conventions, or constraints that we have in the real world.
It encourages the imagination
Do you want to be a princess who saves the world with her magic? Or a peasant who becomes a lethal assassin? In fantasy, you can be what-/whoever you want to be!
Mind control, elemental magic, telekinesis,… There are so many kinds of magic in fantasy. And those worlds are definitely less dull than the real one.
It has the most wondrous (or dangerous) creatures
From human-like creatures like Fae, Elves and Hobbits, to dragons or talking shadow cats. Fantasy has it all!
You can get away from reality
I don’t know about you, but I definitely need a break from reality from time to time. What better way to distract us from mundane things like housekeeping chores, grocery shopping, paying taxes, than characters having to save their world?
It’s safe: as soon as you close the book, that world is gone
Not everything in fantasy is a pony camp of course, there will be misery and suffering. But, contrary to the bad things you see on the news, these are not real and as soon as you close the book, it’s gone.
It makes you think about our world
Some of my favourite fantasy (and science-fiction) books are the ones that make you think about our world. For example, the way Scythe examines the impact of our mortality on our lives, or how The Fifth Season deals with discrimination and racism.
Whole new worlds to explore
I love learning new things, so exploring these made-up worlds is an important part of my fascination with fantasy. To see how authors come up with magic systems, societies, conflicts, and so on.
It has maps
You know a book is going to be interesting when it comes with a map (okay, not always, there *are* bad books that have maps). I adore studying these maps before I start reading and then flipping back and forth.
Big books to lose yourself in
I prefer reading one big book over two short ones. And if you want big books, fantasy has you covered. There are of course shorter fantasy books, but I often find them lacking in world-building.
And that’s my list of reasons why I love fantasy. What’s your favourite genre and why? Let me know in the comments below!