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. Fantasy is not at all straightforward.
This week I chat to Dr Gerard Hynes to try to get the core of fantasy literature. 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.
Dr Gerard Hynes is an expert in fantasy literature who has researched and published widely on the subject. You can find out about his publications here
You can follow him on twitter here
Works & Authors Mentioned (Fantasy Literature)
Megan Lindholm: The Wizard of the Pigeons
Aliette de Bodard : The House of Shattered Wings
Nnedi Okorafor: Who Fears Death
JRR Tolkien: Lord of the Rings
George RR Martin: Game of Thrones
Lewis Carroll: Alice in Wonderland
Frank Baum: The Wizard of Oz
Stephen R. Donaldson: Lord Foul’s Bane
Terry Brooks: The Sword of Shannara
Robert Jordan: The Wheel of Time
Scott Lynch: The Lies of Locke Lamora
Mary Robinette Kowal: Glamourist Histories
Rebecca Roanhorse: The Trail of Lightning
Ken Liu: “The Paper Menagerie”; The Grace of Kings; The Wall of Storms
Music this week was by Paddy Mulcahy
Rifo’s Dance ( The Words She Said)
001 (Nowhere To Be)
lil woodbloc (Nowhere To Be)
If you like imaginary worlds, try this episode on imaginary places
This one is on HP Lovecraft and weird fiction
And there’s lots of fantasy and science fiction pulp fiction in this episode
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2 thoughts on “Ep 33: The Noun of Nouns (The Rise of Modern Fantasy Literature)”
Not easy to decide, but I think so far this has been my favourite episode as I have added almost all the books to my reading list immediately. 🙂
Great to hear! Yeah, there really were a lot of recommendations in this episode. Where to start…