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Characteristics of Fantasy Literature

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Characteristics of Fantasy Literature
Works Cited
Fantasy Sub-genres
AU/AW- Alternate Universe/World
Ex.-
Chronicles of Narnia
, C. S. Lewis
Arthurian- Based off of Arthurian Legends
Ex.
The Mists of Avalon
, Marion Zimmer Bradley
Contemporary- Creatures/magicians live among us.
Ex. Most teen romance books.
Court Intrigue- Concerns court life/ royalty
Ex.
A Song of Ice and Fire
,
Dark- Overlaps with Horror
Ex.-
Prince of Thorns
, Mark Lawrence
Erotic/Romantic
Ex.-
Spellbound
, Marcus Atley
Heroic- Overlaps with most sub-genres
Ex.-
The Lord of the Rings
, J.R.R. Tolkein

Setting-Primary vs. Secondary World
Culture
Race
Theme
Society
Government
Morals
Fantasy Sub-genres (cont.)
Historical- Sub-genre of AU
Ex.
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter
, Seth Grahame Smith
Medieval- Any fantasy set in the medieval era
Ex.
Rangers Apprentice
, John Flanagan
Mythic- Encorporates established myths
Ex.-
American Gods
, Neil Gaiman
Science Fantasy (Not Sci-fy)- Examples of high technology, but with fantasy elements
Ex.-
Havemercy
, Jaida Jones
Sword and Sorcery
Ex.-
Kirith Kirin
, Jim Grimsley
Urban Fantasy- Set in modern, urban environment
Ex.- M
istborn
, Brandon Sanderson
Wuxia- Set in imperial China.
Ex.-
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
, Andy Seto and Wang Du Lu


High/Epic Fantasy
Characteristics:
Fictional World
Elaborate, original setting
Very long
Magic/Creatures

Ex.
The Kingkiller Chronicles
, Patrick Rothfuss
Fantasy Cliches
Villain is totally evil and wants nothing more than to destroy the world. Which he forgets he lives in.
Wise old wizard living in a hut in the woods
Love at first sight
Hero is pure and innocent and wants to save the world through noble actions.
Quests for an artifact
Hero becomes a master swordsman after a week of training.
Apostrophes without linquistic reason.
Crazy but wise character.
Inherently evil or inherently good races
Hero starts off as a farm boy
World Building
Pulver, Kathy, and Jeff Burke."Grand List of Fantasy

Cliches|Silver Blade Magazine."
Silver Blade

Magazine RSS.
Silver Blade Magazine,1998.Web.20

May 2015.

"Fantasy Subgenres."
Write to Publish
. N.P,

2014.Web.20 May 2015.

Russel, David L. "Fantasy, The World of Make Believe."

In
Literature for Children: A Short Introduction.

Boston: Pearson, 2012
The Fantasy Genre
Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Fairy Tales?

Science Fiction: Operating outside of modern scientific boundaries. Set in the future.
Fairy Tales: Short. Few or no places names or distinguishable settings. Non-specific characters;for the sake of narration.
Fantasy: Few boundaries. Defined characters. Elaborate settings.
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