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Fantasy Genre Presentation

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World Fantasy Convention Definition of Fantasy Elements of Fantasy within other traditions
Greek Myth, Medieval Arthurian Tradition, Fairy and Folk Tales
Fantasy is a twentieth-century phenomenon
19th & 20th century change the face of the genre Origins of Fantasy Spectrum of
Sub-Genres High Fantasy Conventions 2013 conference: http://www.wfc2013.org/ A presentation on the Fantasy Genre
By: Anthony, Eliza and Olivia Fantasy Island Canonical Texts Aligheri, Dante. The Divine Comedy. N.p., 1321. Print.
Bennett, Gertrude Barrows. The Citadel of Fear. New York: Paperback Library, 1970. Print.
Burroughs, Edgar Rice. A Princess of Mars. London: Heinemann, 1911. Print.
Carroll, Lewis. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. London: MacMillan, 1865. Print.
Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Lost World. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1912. Print.
Hiton, James. Lost Horizon. London: Macmillan, 1933. Print.
Mathers, Powys, trans. Arabian Nights. Arabia, 1450. Print.
Plunkett, Edward. The King of Elfland's Daughter. London: Putnams, 1924. Print.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. N.p.: Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, and Jones, 1818. Print.
Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver's Travels. Motte: Benjamin, 1726. Print. Modern Canon Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl. New York: Viking, 2001. Print.
Gaiman, Neil. American Gods. N.p.: William Morrow, 2001. Print.
Hobb, Robin. Soldier Son Trilogy. New York: Voyager, 2005. Print.
Lewis, Clive Staples. The Chronicles of Narnia. London: HarperCollins, 1956. Print.
Pratchett, Terry. Discworld. London: Doubleday, 1983. Print.
Rigney, James Oliver, Jr. The Wheel of Time. New York: Tor, 1990. Print.
Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. London: Bloomsbury, 1997. Print. Harry Potter 1.
Rothfuss, Patrick. The Kingkiller Chronicle. New York: Penguin, 2007. Print.
Saunders, Charles R. Imaro. New York: Daw, 1981. Print. Imaro 1.
Tolkien, J. R. R. The Lord of the Rings. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1954. Print. A fictional world where events considered impossible in the world of mundane experience can and do occur

fictions "evoke wonder and contain a substantial and irreducible element of the supernatural with which the mortal characters in the sorty or readers become on at least partly familiar terms"

A hero on a quest who changes along his or her journey, magic and magical creatures, a clear presence of good and evil and a setting in a world different from our own or with some connection to another world Thematic Conventions Heroic Fantasy Historical Fantasy Good vs. Evil
Internal struggle -- identity, transformation
Sense of wonder
Exaggeration of stereotypical character traits
Themed overtones Stylistic Conventions Magic
Myths, legends and fairy tales
Connection to fantasy creature
Old, wise mentor
A quest/journey
Fantasy world
Vivid descriptions
POV -- can start omniscient to set up the world or scene, but then moves to limited -- from prospective of main character From Chapter 7: The Sorting Hat -- 3rd person Limited

"Harry gripped the edges of the stool and thought, Not Slytherin, notSlytherin."Not Slytherin, eh?" said the small voice. "Are you sure? You could begreat, you know, it's all here in your head, and Slytherin will help youon the way to greatness, no doubt about that -- no? Well, if you're sure-- better be GRYFFINDOR!"

Harry heard the hat shout the last word to the whole hall. He took offthe hat and walked shakily toward the Gryffindor table. He was so relieved to have been chosen and not put in Slytherin, he hardly noticed that he was getting the loudest cheer yet." From Chapter 1: The boy who lived -- 3rd person omniscient

Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you'd expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious,
because they just didn't hold with such nonsense.

Mr. Dursley was the director of a firm called Grunnings, which made
drills. He was a big, beefy man with hardly any neck, although he did
have a very large mustache. Mrs. Dursley was thin and blonde and had
nearly twice the usual amount of neck, which came in very useful as she
spent so much of her time craning over garden fences, spying on the
neighbors. The Dursleys had a small son called Dudley and in their
opinion there was no finer boy anywhere. Writing Assignment Take 10-15 minutes to rewrite your science fiction writing exercise so that it would fit as a fantasy piece. Remember the stylistic and thematic conventions and to think critically as a writer. Works Cited Balfe, Myles. "Incredible Geographies? Orientalism and Genre Fantasy." Social & Cultural Geography 5.1 (2004): 75-90. Print.
Burcher, Charlotte, et al. "Core Collections in Genre Studies: Fantasy Fiction 101." Reference and User Services Quarterly 48.3 (2009): 226-31. Print.
Cawthorn, James, and Michael Moorcock. Fantasy the 100 Best Books. New York: Carroll and Graf Publishers, 1988. Print.
Cruz, Maria Colleen, and Kate B. Pollock. "Stepping into the Wardrobe: A Fantasy Genre Study." Language Arts 81.3 (2004): 184-95. Print.
Fantasy Literature: A Reader's Guide. Ed. Neil Barron. New York: Garland, 1990. Print.
Jean, Currie. "Characteristics of Fantasy Literature." Helium. Helium, 27 Feb. 2008. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. <http://www.helium.com/items/893839-characteristics-of-fantasy-literature>.
Nikolajeva, Maria. "Fairy Tale and Fantasy: From Archaic to Postmodern." Marvels and Tales: Journal of Fairy-Tale Studies 17.1 (2003): 138-56. Print.
Qadamyri, Karam-Ali. "Fantasy, Literary Genre." American Journal of Scientific Research 62 (2012): 109-18. Print.
Victor, William. "How to Write Fantasy." How to Write Fantasy. Creative Writing Now, 2010. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. <http://www.creative-writing-now.com/how-to-write-fantasy.html>.
Smith, Fiona Veitch. "Writing Fantasy Fiction." Writing Fantasy Fiction. The Crafty Writer, 1 Aug. 2008. Web. 18 Feb. 2013. <http://www.thecraftywriter.com/2008/08/01/
writing-fantasy-fiction/>. Low Fantasy Literary Fantasy Primary World: Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, Songs of Ice and Fire Parallel/Secondary World entered through portal: The Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz World within a World: Percy Jackson Series, Harry Potter Series, The Mortal Instruments Series Imaginary Lands
Sword & Sorcery
Imaro by Charles R. Saunders 1981 Crossover with Historical Fiction
Research heavy
Diction/Dialect/Tone of time
Temeraire by Naomi Novik Irrational in Rational/Real world
The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbit Audience distinction
Fantastical elements
The Magicians
by Lev Grossman There was once a young man who wished to gain his Heart's Desire.
And while that is, as beginnings go, not entirely novel (for every tale about every young man there ever was or will be could start in a similar manner) there was much about this young man and what happened to him that was unusual, although even he never knew the whole of it.

The tale started, as many tales have started, in Wall.

The town of Wall stands today as it has stood for six hundred years, on a high jut of granite amidst a small forest woodland. The houses of Wall are square and old, built of grey stone, with dark slate roofs and high chimneys; taking advantage of every inch of space on the rock, the houses lean into each other, are built one upon the next, with here and there a bush or tree growing out of the side of a building. Excerpt from Stardust Excerpt from Fellowship of the Ring When Mr. Bilbo Baggins of Bag End announced that he would shortly be celebrating his eleventy-first birthday with a party of special magnificence, there was much talk and excitement in Hobbiton. Bilbo was very rich and very peculiar, and had been the wonder of the Shire for sixty years, ever since his remarkable disappearance and unexpected return. The riches he had brought back from his travels had now become a local legend, and it was popularly believed, whatever the old folk might say, that the Hill at Bag End was full of tunnels stuffed with treasure. And if that was not enough for fame, there was also his prolonged vigour to marvel at. Time wore on, but it seemed to have little effect on Mr. Baggins. At ninety he was much the same as at fifty. At ninety-nine they began to call him well-preserved ; but unchanged would have been nearer the mark. There were some that shook their heads and thought this was too much of a good thing; it seemed unfair that anyone should possess (apparently) perpetual youth as well as (reputedly) inexhaustible wealth. ‘It will have to be paid for,’ they said. ‘It isn’t natural, and trouble will come of it
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