eBooks – Taking the Plunge

I love books.  I love the way that they feel in my hands.  I love how they smell.  To me, every book is a treasure. Hence, when the eBook craze began I was a doubter.  In fact, I was a fairly vocal critic of the movement.  I couldn’t imagine why anyone would choose to download … Read more

6 Disappointing Fantasy Movies

We’ve previously discussed some of the best fantasy movies of all time.  Now we’re going to look at the opposite side of the spectrum. The following films are not necessarily the “worst” of their kind, but they are major disappointments.  In other words, these are fantasy films that had the potential to be great, but … Read more

Fusion Fantasy – Reaching Beyond Genre

This article is by Bets Davies. I always felt straight jacketed by fantasy’s strict genre expectations. Got a little too much romance or sex in your fantasy novel? Sacrilege. That is Romance. Wait. What if I am talking about two guys? Gay and Lesbian, then. All the way. Got frat boy zombies who want to … Read more

Is YA the Death of Epic Fantasy?

This article is by Frank LaVoie. For those of you not familiar with the YA moniker, it refers to the genre of Young Adult literature. In the realm of publishing, it is most often coupled with the word ‘fantasy’, thus denoting a fairly specific breed that has proven its popularity in the form of the Harry … Read more

Is Imitation Integral to Fantasy?

As a twelve year old boy I resolved to write my first fantasy epic.  Through months of toil I hammered out a draft and set it aside. When I returned to it, I was surprised to discover just how unoriginal it was. The plot borrowed heavily from The Lord of the Rings, with strong shades … Read more

Who’s Killing Fantasy? You Are!

I recently took my daughter to buy some books in a rather large UK book chain and was dismayed to discover that the Fantasy section had all but disappeared. Whereas a decade or more ago it took up an entire wall, it’s now reduced to shelf space maybe eight feet long, if that. What’s worse, … Read more

Harry Potter and the Cauldron of Expectations

When the first Harry Potter books were published I didn’t bother to read them.  I saw the films, but they didn’t strike me as especially significant.  Yes, they were full of magic and wonder.  But I failed to perceive anything of lasting substance. I dismissed Harry Potter as a fad. Yet as the series progressed, … Read more

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