Monday, April 7, 2014

A to Z April - F: Fantasy





For the letter F I'm going to choose a genre of fiction that is not actually one that I read a ton of.  There are some of my very favorite series that fit into it though, so it is worth mentioning.  The more I'm around authors and bloggers, I've learned that the type of fantasy I really don't get into is called "high fantasy".  Like Game of Thrones or The Lord of the Rings for example.  While I can enjoy a movie or tv series with it, I just have trouble actually sitting down and reading it.


1.  My all time favorite fantasy series is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe series by C.S. Lewis.  I used to read those books over and over when I was a kid.  My copies of them are dog-eared and tattered, and to me look well-loved.  The pictures below match the covers of the books that I own, and I've posted them in the story's chronological order, as opposed to order of publication.






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2.  My 2nd all time favorite fantasy series is by Madeleine L'Engle, the A Wrinkle in Time series.  What is funny to me today is that I keep hearing about the "tesseract" in the Marvel Comic movies, and this book is where I first remember seeing that word.  So now whenever they mention it in those movies, the book is what I think of first.  This is another dog-eared series of books that I read over and over.  But I didn't own all of them, used to check them out from the library.

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3.  My 3rd and final favorite fantasy series is a newer one.  It didn't come out till I was a grown-up.  I was teaching at my 3rd teaching job, and working part time at a B. Dalton bookstore.  I resisted at first, but when I picked up a copy of the first one at the suggestion of a fellow bookseller, I was hooked.  That series is the Harry Potter series.






So, are you a big fantasy reader?  Have you read all of these?  What are your favorite fantasy series? 

18 comments:

  1. Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia are my favourite fantasy series as well! I haven't read the Wrinkle in Time series though. I know what you mean about high fantasy. I've read the first Game of Thrones book and it was really good but quite wordy and not easy bedtime reading. I have to be in the right mood to read that sort of thing.

    ~Tizzy @Creative Therapy

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    1. Yeah, there is just so much out there that I want to read that I have trouble digging into books like that. Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Game of Thrones is better if you get ahead of where the tv series is, and I've been told multiple people feel the first book was the hardest to get through. First ones are usually tricky, just because you're introducing the world and everyone in it.

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    1. Yeah, but I've just never been a fantasy person, and there are so many other books I want to read, so it'll probably not ever get read.

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  3. Awesome post! I love the fantasy genre, and I just can't put it down lately. I just added you on Goodreads, by the way. My name's Michelle. :)

    Please visit my blog, http://thatgirlybookworm.blogspot.ca/ my theme is on books and every A-Z day, I choose a book with a title that starts with that letter. :) Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and I'll be sure to check out your post as well!

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  4. I read the first Narnia and first Harry Potter but didn't really like them enough to read more. Thanks for visiting Indie Writers Monthly!

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    1. Nothing wrong with that! Everyone seems to like their own books, and that's why there are so many out there. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I love fantasy, especially series fantasy. My all-time favorites are The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and The Belgariad series by David Eddings. I've read them so much I had to buy two copies. The first fell apart on me. I have to confess.... I've never read Harry Potter. I love the movies so much, I just know they will be ruined when I dive into the books, so I'm holding off.

    Ayden from A to Z

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    1. I think you're okay to read the books after you see the movies, you'll still love the movies and think of all the things differently after you read it. Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. I write the stuff. :-) But I think we share an attitude in common — far too much of it is rehashing the same old rutted road. I like to throw a few wrinkles in my own stories, to give them at least a little distinction. (And indulge my love for detailed world-building!)

    I also loved Narnia, and bought the books for my kids when they said they wanted to read it. I read the first Harry Potter, mostly because my wife had been spooked by a bunch of church ladies. After I told her "it was about being a friend, and doing the right thing regardless of personal cost," she let the kids read them.

    Thanks for visiting FAR Manor, and I hope you'll continue to swing by!

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    1. Wow, anyone who has the imagination to write all that world building is very awesome in my book! I just don't know how anyone does it! I try to write, but my writing is just not that good. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  7. I'm not into fantasy literature (or TV series or movies) at all. I read the first book of the Harry Potter series with my youngest son, and thought it was incredibly boring. But that's just my personal taste. My son enjoyed it >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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    1. I think it's perfectly ok to not like a type of book. That's why there are so many different types of books out there! And that is great in my opinion. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. I haven't read the Wrinkle in Time series, but I'll have to try them out! I love fantasy and your other two choices! :)

    I'm following you now for more book recommendations ;)

    Michelle @ In Media Res

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    1. Love that series. Especially the first one and the Many Waters one. Hope you enjoy them too! Thanks for following!

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  9. Alas, I am not a high fantasy reader at all, don't really read much fantasy at all...though I did buy the first Game of Thrones book to read...someday. Many moons ago, I read the Hobbit and I think a couple of other Tolkiens (sp??) as well a few Mary Stewart Merlin books that I did enjoy. But, a good book is a good book and I don't automatically say no to any book due solely to its genre.

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    1. Looks like you've chosen some high fantasy to read, Game of Thrones and The Hobbit! I'm the same, I don't say no automatically, it just may not spark my interest. Thanks for the visit!

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