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Welcome to phillipharrison.com! By definition fantasy fiction or more accurately, fantastical fiction, is a genre that could best be described as something that contains rudiments that are "not overly realistic", such as magical powers, talking animals, worlds with 9 suns,etc. Fantasy is often characterized by a departure from the accepted rules of nature and physical laws by which individuals perceive the world around them; it is representative of that which is impossible (unexplained) and outside the parameters of our known, reality. Make-believe is what this genre is all about.

Another description of Fantasy Novels might be simply any book that contains unrealistic settings, or magic, often set in a medieval universe, or possibly involving mythical beings or supernatural forms as a primary element of the plot, theme, or setting. Something magical is almost always part of fantasy and magic may be seen in the setting or in the plot. It may even be practiced by the characters.

Fantasy usually describes those stories that could not happen in real life. Though the genre in its modern sense is less than two centuries old, its precedents have a long and distinguished history. Fantasy Fiction has a rich history of inspirations for critics to dissect and apply to the modern genre. It is often examined as the modern counterpart to mythology, and in some cases amalgamates the two quite effectively.

With its roots in myth and legend, fantasy is the most elemental of all the genres. The identifying trait of fantasy is the author's reliance on imagination to create narrative elements that do not have to rely on history or nature to be coherent. It is certainly interesting that many people for many generations believed in myth and legend in a way that dramatically affected their life and their culture.

One thing is certain: there is something timeless about stories that pit motivating heroes who face long odds against dynamic villains. (It could also be argued that this is the elementary basis of most commercial fiction genres.) Good is good and evil is evil. Eventually there is often a happy ending although important secondary characters may have been killed. Myth and legend has been an important part of culture since the beginning. Literature began with these stories. They explained the world that people lived in, provided lessons about behavior and consequences, and entertained as well. Fantasy opens the door to experiencing the magic that is in the world around us and more importantly the magic in ourselves. It can encompass a whirlwind of images and plot twists and is one of the few genres in which the same book can be read by an adult and a 12-year old alike, - comfortably and without any real explaination as to why.

While there are many distinct genres of fantasy fiction most will fit under one or more of the following list,..Some examples of sub-genres are:

  Romance Fantasy
          Fairy Tales
          Alternative History
          Medieval Fantasy
          Comic Fantasy
          Contemporary Fantasy
          Dark Fantasy
          Epic Fantasy
          Gaslamp Fantasy
          Mythological Fantasy
          Heroic Fantasy
          High Fantasy
          Magic Realism
          Modern Fantasy
          Steampunk Fantasy
          Sword and Sorcery

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