Today I want to talk about why I think that you should read fantasy books. Fantasy’s a really popular genre, and I’m going to give you some reasons why it has managed to attract such a vast quantity of readers. Here are five reasons, in no particular order of importance.
- The Worlds- The first and foremost reason that you should read fantasy is for the places that it can take you. Sometimes we all need a little break from the “real world,” and fantasy novels provide the perfect way out. Garth Nix and Laini Taylor are some of the most skilled world-builders that I’ve read.
- The Adventures- Epic quests across fantastical landscapes, hero journeys riddled with danger, and odysseys spent travelling with interesting companions are something that most other genres don’t provide. There are all sorts of different adventures for the protagonist(s) to go on, and some of them can evolve into sagas that last for years, like Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series.
- The Characters-Most fantasies include a cast of strange and unique characters that will keep the reader devouring pages for more. The protagonist(s) and the antagonist(s) are entertaining and relatable on some level, and there are often times a number of various fantastical species that populate the novel’s world, adding a chance for authors to show off a unique set of races for their protagonists to meet. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman are both masters are getting a reader attached to a set of characters (Seriously. Read Good Omens and you’ll see what I mean).
- The Emotional Investment- A reader, more often than not, can become invested in any genre. With fantasy, however, the reader becomes not just emotionally attached to the characters and the outcomes, but in the entire fantastical package. The word, the means to the end, the journey itself, everything. Fantasy offers a private world that a person can imagine however they want inside their heads, and once the novel or series ends, and one must return to the “real world” once again, then there is a hole where the magic and the intrigue once satisfied them, and that hole can only be filled by more fantasy.
- The Sheer Number of Fantasy Books Out There- There are so many different kinds of fantasy books out there! The beauty of fantasy is that no one world is like any other, and that even if you hate one book, there is probably a completely different out there, just waiting for you to pick it up and love it.