A Problem, Not a Fantasy
by Antavius S. Flagg
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Prehaps the greatest problem that is being omitted, or is not being
thoroughly discussed, is the future of fantasy fiction. It seems that whenever
pick up a fantasy novel, by an author I am unfamiliar with, I almost always
that nearly 10% of those books I pick up to read their summaries, I find it to
not be real fantasy. And what I mean bby that is that they contain no
traditional qualities. Newer fantasy series out today can be readily
confused sometimes with science-fiction. Fantasy has lost it roots. I love to
read about characters with human-like abilites(with an aspect of magic of
course), who are put up to achieve and insurmontable task, which they are able
to solve by their own means. And I certainly love the setting and plot that the
fantasy takes place (prefably medival times), but now it seems that every book
pick up I find a tragic surprise. Its either that the fantasy takes place too
far in the future( I once read a fantasy that took place in the year 3000), or
the land that the setting is set is not really from the authors own
but some alternate land or conintent such as Europe or Asia.
And then some fantasies actually wanT to take away the one true atribute
makes a fantasy a fantasy. The magic. I can not name all the books that I've
read where magic has been omitted, and the characters are just plain
-ordinary-you-and-I -kind -of -folks. That really angers me, and places a bad
rep. on the many other beautifully written fantasies. Then there is the case
with the over-expouser to politics, but hey, don't get me wrong, I love it, and
think its a wonderful atribute. But if its done to a hideous extreme( as L.E.
Modesitt, J.r. does) then it really loses anyone's intrest. It destroys the
story, and literally makes the reader throw the book down in digust and
fustration. The old-fashioned, but polished theme, of the protaganist saving
kingdom or the world from distrest. while in the mean time falling in love with
the most beautiful princess, has been lost and nearly forgotten by now
main-stream and science-fiction-fantasy mingled generes that are on the
I truly believe that if this problems is not brought to a quick remedy in the
near future, then it'll certainly be a problem for traditional fantasy readers.
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