If you’re still thinking I mean a dirty fantasy, that’s not what I’m talking about here today. Maybe another day…but probably not.
Today, I’d like to talk a little about my relationship with the fantasy genre. For many years I’ve been an outsider to it. Always peaking over the castle wall, wanting to walk in, but my foot slips on a mossy stone and I fall back down into the moat a little discouraged. The genre is very appealing to me, but it’s the writing that keeps me bogged down all too often.
This isn’t the fault of the genre, the writers, or even me. It’s just a hurdle I have to work passed. And I’ve made some leaps in my fantasy reading. Just not as many as I’d like to have by now.
My gateway into fantasy was definitely when I discovered S.M. Boyce and her debut novel, Lichgates. While it’s a fantasy novel, it’s not too high fantasy and not too low fantasy either. I felt like it was in a middle ground and easy to digest, and even easier to fall in love with. As the second, third, then final books were released, I was only drawn into the world even more. I still don’t think I’ve left Ourea. I think this picture will illustrate how this is my favorite book series, ever.
But not all of my ventures with fantasy have been successes. Last summer, I started the first book of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, The Eye of the World. I’ve only gotten twenty pages into it. It’s not even a full two chapters of the book, but it took me a few days to get that far. Honestly, I don’t know why. It’s not a boring book. It’s not too wordy. It’s just a very slow build, I guess.
As you can see, I’ve gotten most of the series despite my difficulty with the books. I really want to see what it has in store. It sounds really good. It can’t be one of the most well-known fantasy series for nothing.
So, where do I stand on fantasy at present? Well, I know I need more patience. That will be key. Also, I probably should not do a close read of the text. That’s how I normally read. I read each and every word and take it all in. It often leads to me stumbling or zoning out on a sentence. Not too much of an issue unless you have 800 more pages to read. I’m sure it’s ok to lighten up a big. I’m sure I won’t actually miss anything that’s going on.
Maybe that wasn’t enough of a discussion on the fantasy genre. It turned into more of a confession and resolution than anything else. I’m ok with that. I hope you are too. And if you’re not, I have some more goodies for you. It took most of the morning, but I pulled out almost all of my fantasy books from the shelves and photographed them. This way all of us can get an idea of my goals for reading the genre, even if I’m not making any headway. Goals are good, right? It’s the first step in accomplishing something.
So, here it goes:
And that concluded my Fantasy Book Tour. I hope you enjoyed it. Please mind the gap when exiting onto the platfo…what? I don’t know. It’s turning into one of those days.
I’m sure many readers share my experience with fantasy. Maybe you’ve walked away completely from it. Maybe you’ve pushed ahead and become a fantasy lover. Maybe you already were. I’d love to hear your thoughts about the genre. And again, I’d highly recommend the Grimorie Saga to those looking to get into fantasy. I talk about the series all the time, but for good reason. I look forward to hearing from you all.