I came across the real power of fantasy very recently in my life. And only a few days back I have started finding out from where all of it started? It is really ingenious of a person to think and write about something that they never saw. Creating worlds and characters, their struggles and ambitions is really a daunting and equally exciting quality one can have. To captivate millions of minds and bound them together with imagination, that’s a God like quality!!
For my generation, born in the 90s, had the chance to witness J.K Rowling’s amazing world of Harry Potter while growing up. Harry Potter was famous among children and their parents as well. I haven’t watched all of the movies or haven’t read the books yet (although I have plans of buying them) but what I know is that Harry Potter was everywhere.
Lately, I have been wondering why some of us are completely crazy for fantasy and some have a clear disgust for it?
Let’s keep the reasons simple.
So for those who dislike fantasy, the most common reason I have heard is, it’s illogical. Because there’s nothing like magic in this world.
I say you never know!
You never know if dragons would one day arise from depths of the frozen polar ice! Or ancient Egyptians would one day return back from their secret intergalactic voyage!! Declaring themselves Gods and humans as their slaves!!
I did a little bit of research on the evolution of fantasy as a genre in pop culture and came across this blog.
Of all the books mentioned in this blog, I am planning to read Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin.
But only after I’m done with…
Fantasy and it’s subgenres
Fantasy itself has so many sub genres. There’s a room for everyone. Science fiction, dystopian or utopian futures, magic and sorcery, intergalactic travels or invasion, see there are endless possibilities for everyone.
Children’s fantasy which not only includes fairy tales but also works like Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and Chocolate factory, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (I remember watching the film Wizard of the Oz) lay the basis for our love of fantasy. In India we have Panchtantra and Jataka tales being translated into children’s animated series or puppet shows! Yeah I remember there used to be a show telecasted on one of the regional TV channels showing tales from Panchtantra in the form of a puppet show. And how can one forget The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Apart from these we always had some elderly person in our family reciting to us stories from Ramayana, Mahabharata or Ganesha’s stories.
The kind of fantasy I love to read the most is mythological fiction and when it’s combined with historical fiction, that would be a cherry on the cake. I think the first mythological fiction that I read was The Immortals of Meluha by Indian writer Amish Tripathi. It was way back somewhere around the year 2013. This book is the first part of a three part series called The Shiva Trilogy. Honestly I hardly understood the book and only flipped through the pages as quickly as I could because my motto behind reading the book was to join the dots between the image of Lord Shiva I had in my mind versus the story of the author’s mind. And that was my mistake. Maybe because I wasn’t mature enough as a reader at the time.
Coming back to A song of ice and fire…
Right now I’m on page 36 of the first book. I have my whole lifetime to read the entire series. Fantasy has enchanted my mind just like an infant is enchanted by it’s first toy!! I would love to share my journey with the books in my coming blogs!!
For now have a happy weekend everyone!!