Words To That Effect #33 | The Noun of Nouns

What is Fantasy Literature?

What do you think of, when you think of the genre of fantasy? Whether it’s fiction, TV, cinema, games, are there certain elements you need to have for something to be considered fantasy?

Well, you might say fantasy is medieval, or at least set in a time of swords and sorcery

Or that fantasy has to be epic in scale, there are always grand and noble characters.

Or maybe fantasy has to be set in an imaginary world.

Or, at the very least, there should be some magic.

But, as I explore on this episode. Some, or all, or none of these might be present in a work of fantasy. The genre is not at all as straightforward as you might think.

This week I chat to Dr Gerard Hynes to try to get the core of fantasy. We explore Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings, and the pop culture behemoth that is fantasy right now. We also look at a hugely diverse array of fantasy that goes far beyond what many people imagine when they think of the genre.

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