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(December 31, 2008 by JeZz Send DollMail )
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A few years ago I would have laughed if you told me I would become a huge fan of fantasy. I was quite content with realistic fiction and loved to think about myself as the various characters in my books. But somehow or another, I got turned onto fantasy and itís a ride Iíve never left.

Love It or Hate It

A lot of people, girls especially, love fantasy. Boys like fantasy, but seem to prefer science fiction just a wee bit better in my experience. But for every person who loves it, there seems to be someone out there who hates it. And then for each of the haters, there seems to a person who ďcanít really get into it.Ē I can understand those people pretty well since I was the same way for years, and there are still some kinds of fantasy that Iím over before the first page is up (talking animals come to mind.)

The Fantasy Explosion

Once upon a time, the primary fantasy series were the Legends of Narnia and the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books. There were others, but these were the ones people were familiar with in the majority of cases. (A Wrinkle in Time and James and Giant Peach were two other fantasy classics, by the way.) But then a book came along that changed everything.

A little boy with wizard powers was sent to Hogwarts and suddenly the world couldnít get enough fantasy. Funnily enough, I didnít read the first Harry Potter until way after the initial Harry Potter mania, and I actually didnít like it. Harry was too young to catch my interest and I ďcouldnít really get into it.Ē That changed of course as each new book came out. I usually read every book in a series once I start because I like to see a story continuing, so Harry Potter grew on me over time.

Fantasy Today

In todayís libraries and bookstores, youíre more likely to see fantasy on the displays and tables than any other kind of book. I like fantasy, but sometimes I get a bit frustrated looking for a bit of realistic fiction among the spin-offs and copy-cat vampire series.

Itís okay though. I might get frustrated looking for something deep and meaningful to read, but fantasy has done something that no other kind of book seems to have done. Those who heard about an awesome book or series like Twilight, A Great and Terrible Beauty, Eragon or even Harry Potter were likely to be caught up in the mania surrounding it.

In fact, looking around my school at the moment, I see giant copies of Twilight and other books from the series in the arms of people you would never expect to read for an assignment, much less pleasure. Every Harry Potter movie causes a huge rash of sales of the book in the movie both before and after. It seems that people get intrigued by what they see or anticipate seeing of a series and they want to read it Ė even if theyíve never done much reading for fun before.

Those of us who read all the time know how powerful a good book can be, and itís fun to watch my peers and friends learn this for the first time. Iím convinced fantasy is making people want to read.


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rikoaimi

23/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: January 28, 2009
:icon562 I luv fantasy and have just finished twillight. I have written a few stories and have loved hp to.
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Cinetari

26/Male
Canada
Posted On: January 18, 2009
I never used to read but after Harry Potter which I didn't start reading till the fourth book was nearly out! well it made me an enormus fan of fantasy books, I then devuldged myself in the Anita Blake series written by Laurall K. Hamilton. following that Twilight of course as many fantasy fans do. And I have currently firnished the second in the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks Highly recomended!!!!!!!

I'm glad an aritcle came out about fantasy books, they are my escape from reality and I love them.
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Xx_Pixie_Dust_

19/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 4, 2009
I remember Frindle! ^^I read it like, 3 years ago at least. Never head of BFg, or I have but I don't know what it stands for, like LancasterPrincess said.
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: January 3, 2009
I've never heard of "Frindle" or "The BFG", okay I might have heard about BFG but I couldn't be positive cause I don't know what it stands for.

BUT I have heard of James and the Giant Peach, heard of the book, but never read it. I did have the pleasure of watching the movie though.
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: January 3, 2009
I liked James and the Giant Peach too. It's a total classic!

It's like saying you've never read "Frindle" or "The BFG" or something when you say you haven't heard of James and the Giant Peach.
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xXxStarryChanx

20/Female
Posted On: January 2, 2009
You mentioned James and the Giant Peach.

That made my heart smile because I love that book.

I've met few people who even heard of the movie, and even fewer that new it was a book beforehand.

I'm a big fantasy fan. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Shut up. I like the ORIGINAL title better. ♥ was my first chapter book. It was in the 1st grade and I've been hooked ever since.

I'm pretty much obsessed The Inheritance Cycle. I finally got the third book, Brisngr, Monday and I'd finished it by the middle of Tuesday.
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Xx_Pixie_Dust_

19/Female
Canada
Posted On: January 1, 2009
Silent Wolf, I believe this is the sequel:

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/b ooks/Lady-of-Light-and-Shadows-Cl-Wilson /9780843959789-item.html?ref=Books%3a+CW BAB+Hero
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hypa_happi_rea

19/Female
United Kingdom
Posted On: January 1, 2009
Fantasy is ok too me, but I find it unrealistic and sometimes tacky. Twilight and Harry Potter are the only things I can get into because I like magic and vampires (though werewolves I find hard to like). But I can't write it. And I hate that about myself.

(:

Miss TW
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Silent_Wolf

22/Female
Weirton, WV
Posted On: January 1, 2009
I started reading Harry Potter when I was eleven, five years ago, before it got super popular. I was addicted to the story, and today I have the whole series. ^_^; I remember way back when, when people would try to convince me they already had the whole series; I asked them what the names of them were and they just froze up.

A book I absolutely love, Lord of the Fading Lands by C.S. Wilson, is a beautiful work of fantasy and romance, but it's definitely not for anyone under the age of sixteen for various reasons. Despite this, I absolutely adore this book and I wish I could find its sequel! 8.8
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Rocketship_

105/Female
Japan
Posted On: January 1, 2009
I have never read the Harry Potter series, nor do I have any desire to read it.

BUT, you mentioned James And The Giant Peach.... and I LOVE that book. xD It was so great. I read it at... nine? Yes, I think that's how old I was. ANYWAYS, I don't read much fantasy past that, though. It doesn't mean I dislike it, but it simply means that I like historical fiction a tad more. xD

Or alot more, but you know- potato, tomato, potato, whatever. They are all books to me, and isn't that all that really matters?
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Xx_Pixie_Dust_

19/Female
Canada
Posted On: December 31, 2008
I love any books, pretty much. I get really absorbed and sometimes it feels like I'm there. I love that feeling. ^^
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never_more

22/Female
Arvada, CO
Posted On: December 31, 2008
I love fantasy, I'm even writing my own fantasy novel. But one of my all time favorites is the Inkheart trilogy. The last book just came out, and the first one is being made into a movie.

That author, Cornelia Funke, is so brilliant.
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LancasterPrinc

26/Female
Nashville, TN
Posted On: December 31, 2008
I've always loved reading!

But I must admit, I didn't like Harry at first either. I started to get "into it" when my life changed and all of a sudden I was living at my evil aunts house, then I just sort of emersed myself into the series, and never came back out. Harry's helped me through a lot, it's good to have a "world" that no one can bother you in. I'm glad more and more people are giving it a chance and seeing what they're missing out on.

GREAT Article!!!
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