There are many famous authors–living and dead–who have published wonderful fiction in the fantasy genre. This list, of course, includes J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, George R.R. Martin, and even Pat Rothfuss. But what makes writers like this tick? Why do they write fantasy and genres similar to it? Well, the honest truth is I can’t speak for any of them; however, I can speak for myself as to why I write fantasy.
To me, fantasy represents a melting pot of ideas. You can literally write about anything outside the norms of reality and call it fantasy. For example, Star Wars is fantasy from my point of view. You have a princess, a hero, a wise mentor, and a Dark Lord. The limitless possibilities is just one aspect of fantasy that I love. Star Wars, of course, is just one example of how fantasy can be mixed with another genre to create something new. My novel Kingslayer has a lot of thriller elements to it (since the main plot involves a heist for a magic sword), which is why I tell people it’s a “religious political fantasy thriller.”
Of course, you can also let your imagination run wild by combining everyday aspects of life with the unique style of fantasy. What kinds of food do the characters eat? Do the recipes include dragon meat? How does the technology in the fantasy world interact with the magic of said fantasy?
I think you get the point. There are a lot of things that can be done in fantasy, which is exactly what makes the genre so appealing to me. There are zero limitations to what you can do, and with the advent of self-publishing, the limitations that once existed no longer do. You can write the fantasy you want, and you can find the readers who want to read that kind of tale. These are just a few things that make fantasy my favorite genre, which is why I only write fantasy to begin with.
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