Fantasy

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Fantasy is one of those umbrella genres that has about as many subcategories as you can imagine. Typically, when I tell people that I enjoy reading fantasy novels the best, the immediate response is, “Like, Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter?”

No.

Not at all.

As a kid, I burned through the Chronicles of Narnia and the Redwall series as fast as I could get my hands on them. As an adult, I tend toward books that are more esoteric in nature. I also, for whatever reason, have a weak spot for punk urban fantasy, as long as there are fairies involved.

I feel that I should mention that Lovecraft is a god in my eyes, and while he is categorized as horror, I adore anything that can be described as ‘Lovecraftian’ (*cough*Stranger Things*cough*).

My foray into epic medieval fantasy actually put me off reading all together for awhile. I’m just not a swords ‘n sorcery sort of girl.

Maybe, to people who never read fantasy novels, pointing out the variations in the genre seems geeky and arbitrary, but those differences make … well, all the difference. Harry Potter fans aren’t the same as Game of Thrones fans.

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  1. I feel the same way! Fantasy is beautiful with all the variety, but most people are just blind to it. Though I’m sick of people throwing Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Twilight, and anything with dragons and royalty at me, as if that’s all fantasy is about!

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  2. I couldn’t agree more with you both. When it comes to fantasy, one of my favorites is Neil Gaiman. And yes, I watched Good Owens on Prime this weekend. It was great! Who are some your favorites ladies?

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    1. I need to see that one. I *love* everything about angels and demons, and any collaboration between Pratchett and Gaiman is bound to be an adventure.

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