Types of Fantasy
I have recovered, at least mostly, from the gluttony of Thanksgiving. There is still enough turkey for leftover sammiches and enough whipping cream to do something interesting with…maybe chocolate centers.
Anyway, as K brought up this is Fantasy December, which lead me to the thought we should likely define just what kind of fantasy we’re referring to. The problem is that fantasy is a large umbrella with a lot of different children underneath it. Urban Fantasy, which we featured in October, is a type of fantasy. So are many historical fiction books. So just to give us some limits most of what we’ll deal with this month will be classic epic fantasy, sword and sorcery fantasy and a lot of what’s in between. Fairytales we’ll save for another month and historical fantasy we’ll touch on, but prolly give that a more full treatment later.
So in brief: For epic fantasy think Lord of the Rings, or Eye of the World. Sword and sorcery refers to things such as the Thieves world books or Conan and the in between…well, we’ll explore that ground as we come to it.
As was the case before we want to encourage discussion so those who comment will be eligible to win various prizes through the month. I have no idea exactly which prizes yet, but the month is young.