Now, you may have paused mid scream to ask, “Lin. Why are we screaming about Fantasy Books??”
And, the answer to that one my friends is WHEN DID WE EVER STOP HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAA-
But, if you’re looking for an answer regarding the existence of this post, then I have two!
IT’S TOP TEN TUESDAY!!!! Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, we get a new prompt every Tuesday, and book bloggers and readers from all around gather to do a SCREAAAAM! And today’s prompt is “Reasons I Love [blank]”
Naturally, my brain filled that blank in a nanosecond, “FANTASY BOOKSSSSS!” it screams. There’s a lot of screaming in this post already… we’ve only just started.
Reason Number Two.
Back in the early days on my blog, and by early I mean literally a few months after its birth, I wrote THIS! I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for 2 years already?? I still feel like a newbie.
AND SO MY GOOD FRIENDS!
I WAS CLEARLY A FOOL BACK IN MY EARLY DAYS OF BLOGGING!
ONLY THREE REASONS AS TO WHY I LOVE FANTASY BOOKS????
But now. I. Am. Stronk.
I seem to love fantasy books waaaay more now than I did back then!
So, without further ado, I give you THE LIST OF SCREAMS.
Any book covers and book titles/series names will take you to the books Goodreads pages, unless I’ve put that it is my review!
Royalty – and General Frolicking Around Castles/Palaces
Simply put. I like books where the story takes place in a Palace/Castle. Partially because I’ve never been in one (I’ve been in castle ruins but not a “building” so to speak) so I’m living through the characters!
Double points if there’s been a murder. And the MC either is royalty or has to work with royalty to help solve the murder. We love a good mystery.
Any kind of magic is A-okay with me. Do they need wands? GREAT! Do they need certain amulets or pieces of jewellery?? WONDERFUL! Can they wield their magic without additional items, they just shoot it out of their flesh??? AMAZING!!
Setting and Atmosphere
I LOVE that some fantasy books start off all “What a beautiful day! Today I might paint a little, hahaha! All is right in the world!” and then fall into, “I have fallen into a void of despair and the only way out is to do the thing but I was never trained for this and I can’t trust anyone.”
And then other fantasy books start with running because, “Oh, I’m only being chased by some DEMON HOUNDS!!!!! All I did was steal… a precious artefact… THEY WEREN’T USING IT ANYWAY!” to “I was once a common thief just trying to make enough money to eat. But now look at me. Sitting on the edge of the world trying to save it because all I wanted was to live in peace!” *sobbing*
It’s all about ATMOSPHERE! Like, you can tell when you’re reading a contemporary book. It has a certain feel to it. But Fantasy books… they can take many forms. Be they spooky or soft.
An Enchantment of Ravens (My Review) is what I would call a soft Fantasy, because of the ambience – there was a large focus on art and the Love Interest, Prince Rook, was soft. He could be considered spooky ’cause he’s fae, but he’s soft. You can’t convince me otherwise.
But something like Throne of Glass is not. It’s hardcore. You can’t go 5 pages without crying about something.
That is all.
Just give us at least one dragon in a book and we’re pretty much happy.
TROPES GLORIOUS TROPES
There are so many tropes out there in the big, wide world and the Universe has shown us great mercy and made almost every trope you can think of usable in a fantasy setting.
The Chosen One.
Enemies to Lovers (and all the romance tropes tbh).
Female Character Having To Disguise Herself As A Boy And Blend In To Achieve A Goal And Ends Up Beating Everyone At Everything.
The list goes onnnnnnnn!
The Witty Characters That Deliver One Liners That Leave You Howling
So, I want every book with a character like this in it please and thank you. I find that these characters are a lot more common in YA in general, but BOY DO I LOVE THEM IN THE FANTASY SETTING!!
Characters that come to mind are; Cardan Greenbriar (The Cruel Prince Trilogy), Aelin Galathynius (Throne of Glass Series), and in a Sci-Fi setting; Carswell Throne (The Lunar Chronicles), Kady Grant (The Illuminae Files).
The Ever Impending Doom That The Characters Are Inevitably Going To Face That We Scoff At Because “Can’t Be Worse Than Sauron!”
BUT OH HO HO!!!!!!!!!!!
They can be worse than Sauron.
STOP GIVING THE AUTHORS IDEAS! DO YOU WANT ALL THE CHARACTERS TO DIE???
I have to admit, even though I really feel for our characters and I want them to defeat The Evil, I’m also always super curious. Who are they? What have they done to deserve this evil status?? What are the doing?? What are the GOING to do??
Are they cute?? What power do they possess?? Do they have an army or a gang of thugs?? But seriously, are they cute?? Are they ruling a Kingdom or destroying one??
And most importantly of all, are they funny?
If a villain cracks jokes I am 120% more likely to love them.
The Book Covers
Do I need to post more?? I could. I could do this all day and no one could stop me.
Not only are they pretty to look at, but if on the off chance the Universe accidentally mixes up some stuff and you get sucked into an alternate reality that also happens to be a fictional world (of your choosing, let’s pretend the Universe is nice for a sec) from a book, then you’ll know exactly where to go! And if you take that book with you then double points for you, bet you now have the most beautiful map in all the lands!
What do you love most about books in general?? What do you love about your favourite genre?? Do you love fantasy books too?? What do you love most about them??