Fantasy Friday!

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For the record, there are little to no circumstances in which a Dragon loses.  So if you are writing a novel incorporating Dragons, give them the respect they deserve.

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I LOVE fantasy.  That’s why I write it.  Maybe someday I’ll branch out of the genre but not anytime soon.  I have the entire Tarthurian Chronicles to write first.  Little known fact, Sci-Fi was once the classification for Fantasy novels.  Several older people still refer to Fantasy novels and movies as Sci-Fi.  Weird right?  I’m sure that while watching The Lord of the Rings you were just waiting for a spaceship to appear.

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Now that’s not to say that it can’t be done.  In fact there are several incarnations of Fantasy meets Sci-Fi that work very well.  I’m sure that none of you have ever heard about it before so let me introduce you to an excellent Sci-Fi Fantasy Series.

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Some may argue that I am incorrect because it’s SO Sci-Fi-esque.  Ask yourself, are Star Trek and Star Wars the same genre?  If you said yes…

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Seeing as those are two dearly beloved franchises I will leave my opinion there, I have no intention of starting a Star Wars vs Star Trek flame war.  (By the way, they’re both good series).

Back to Fantasy.  There are two types of Fantasy classifications in the world of novels that are generally accepted.  There are several more, but they like to break it down to-

  1. High Fantasy (also known as Epic Fantasy)
    1. A world of the author’s own creation, usually with it’s own set of rules, laws, and physics.
      1. See Lord of the Rings
    2. Incorporating several different types of races that either live cohesively or in animosity toward one another.
      1. See Lord of the Rings (it’s one of the most popular fantasy settings of all time, it deserves two spots on an example list.)
    3. Gratuitous use of magic
      1. See The Discworld Series
    4. Thematically it focuses on the world as a whole as opposed to a small section
      1. See Game of Thrones
  2. Low Fantasy (also known as Contemporary Fantasy)
    1. Have a more realistic setting, if not being simply placed on Earth in a different time period
      1. See The Dark Tower Series
    2. Focus on a core group of characters doing small things
      1. See The Hobbit (But Dylan…wait…I’ll explain more later.)
    3. Magic is limited to but a few characters if it exists at all
      1. See King Arthur
    4. Focus on human’s, maybe no other races even exist.
      1. See King Arthur (Please reference Lord of the Rings in High Fantasy if you’re upset with two of the same examples)

What many people don’t know is that Fantasy sub-genre’s were created by Role Playing Games.  Huh.  I think that great authors start small and get bigger.  The Hobbit is an example of a Low Fantasy and the Lord of the Rings is a High Fantasy.  As characters grow so do worlds.  As worlds grow so do conflicts.  There is nothing wrong with having a little bit of both to lean on.

Generally speaking though I think that all Fantasy should be classified as itself and respected.  If you’re not willing to give High a chance because you don’t like reading about magic that just means you haven’t found an author that convey’s magic to you in an excellent way.  If you don’t like Low because it’s too similar to our world, that just means you haven’t found an author yet that makes our world more complex.

There is a lot to talk about with Fantasy but we have years to do it.  Tell me in the Comments what some of your favorite Fantasy novels or movies are.  Unknown or Well known, each to their own, there is no judgment here.

Here is a brief fantasy story for you –

The Majestic Sky King’s knew they were in for a battle, a dragon was nothing to mess around with.  This particular one, an uncommon shade of black with silver tipped scales was fierce.  In just a few brief days is brought the Wromelon Kingdom to it’s knees.  The Sky King’s were the Kingdom’s last hope.  Being the toughest bunch of mercenaries around they were paid well to do the job.  They were also the only mercenaries in the land with an airship invented by their Captain and leader Mohem Skyking.

It was time to tackle the beast face to face.  They floated before it, armed to the teeth with ballista’s, crossbow’s, and javelins.  What they forgot was that Dragon’s were king of the sky.  It swooped at them and ejected fire from it’s glistening throat.  The airship burned, since it was made of wood and cloth, and fell to the ground a fiery wreck.  The Sky King’s were no more.  Because Dragon’s don’t lose.

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