Reasons why fantasy is one of the best genres ever | Top Ten Tuesday #33

Hola mi amigos! Don’t ask what that was, I have no idea. (My long-ago Dora days are kicking in.) Anyway, it’s been a LONG TIME since I’ve participated in a Top Ten Tuesday, and it’s about time, don’t you think? Making lists is one of my favourite things to do, so I’ve been quite sad that I have been depriving myself and the world of said lists. Ahem. ANYWAY. Rambling a bit there.

This week’s theme from The Broke and the Bookish is “Ten Reasons I Love Xcould be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre. Honestly anything you want to gush about.” As you know, I went with reasons why I love the fantasy genre! Let’s do this.

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1. It lets us escape into a different world.

Some people can argue that this applies to other genres as well (pretty much anything that’s fiction when you think about it) but I feel like it applies most strongly to fantasy? It generally tends to actually create a whole new world which is what makes it so magical and intriguing to read about. Sometimes reality just doesn’t cut it, you know? Whenever an escape from reality is required, fantasy is always such a good choice. What better way to escape than into a world completely different from yours?

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I can’t be the only one who loves Harry Potter because of the world, right?

2.Β It takes us on an adventure.

It’s not even necessarily a physical adventure, though that’s what it is most of the time. It might be an emotional adventure too, where the events lead to an emotional roller coaster (that happened so many times… my feels were overwhelmed). We love to read books because of all the feelings we go through and going on an adventure alongside the characters definitely brings out all sorts of emotions, am I right? *cough* Percy Jackson *cough* Harry Potter *pretty much all my favourite fantasy books*

3. We get to use our imaginations.

One of the best parts of the fantasy genre is the amount of freedom authors have to spin their story. No boundaries of real life, nothing but their own creativity and it’s SO GREAT to read. There’s just such a thrill inΒ being carried into a story of someone else’s imagination, in a completely new (and fictitious) world. So many new ideas, and tons of creativity. How can you not fall in love withΒ all that?

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DRAGONS. (Unfortunately they don’t exist in real life, soooo.)

4. Childhood memories

This seems like an odd reason with no correlation whatsoever, but remember those times back when you were a child, and you believed in everything, from fairytales to unicorns to dragons to fairies? Now, grown up we no longer believe in such things, but fantasy is now allowing us to go back to those times when we thought they existed, and read about them. Maybe this isn’t such a huge reason but for me at least, whenever *I* hear of a book about fairies, I can’t help but remember those days… πŸ˜‰ There’s just something that feels so… I don’t know. Child-like, when it comes to fantasy despite it being the opposite of such. (Please tell me I’m not alone here?? I feel crazy right now. o.O)

5. There is a strong emotional message/theme.

You know how people enjoy contemporary a lot of the time because they’re able to relate and sympathize to the characters and their situation? How there’s a strong emotional theme (to the good books, at least)? Well, that’s not only for the contemporary folks. In books of the fantasy genre, there are tons that despite their out-of-worldness and fantastical elements, actually have an emotional theme that we’re able to relate to. That attachment, paired alongside the intriguing idea of a different world, is what makes fantasy such a gem for me. It’s like such a great mix between relatable and unrelatable? If that makes sense.

6. It puts things into perspective.

I mean, I suppose a lot of books across a variety of genres does so (considering how the characters’ lives always seem to be so much more worse and dramatic than ours in real life..) but especially in the fantasy genre. I mean, no matter how bad your life might be, when you compare to the lives of all the suffering characters in books, I’m sure it won’t seem as bad. Am I right? Like, you try comparing your life with Celaena Sardothien in the first book… um yeah. I doubt your life’s that bad. Just saying. πŸ˜› (You should be glad, tbh.)

7. Options are endless.

The fact is, there are an infinite amount of ideas in fantasy. The options are actually endless. As such, it actually kind of makes me disappointed when I see that some fantasy novels are so similar because there are SO MANY things that fantasy can touch on. As long as you have imagination, fantasy can never die out of lack of ideas. And there’s just something so wonderful about that. ❀ There’s just something so comforting knowing that no matter what, fantasy is there and ready for us to delve into. Does that sound crazy? Probably but humour me.

8. Gives usΒ something to root for.

When it seems like there’s nothing left in real life that seems worth rooting for and you’re just dead and lost all motivation for anything, pick up a fantasy novel! More often than not you’ll find something you root for, whether it’s the characters, their cause, a romance, and who knows what else. Sometimes it’s just that hope and rooting for something (even if it’s fictional) that helps us feel good.

9. (Usually) crushes our emotions and kills us.

Only partially joking about the ‘kills us’ part. Usually I find that fantasy always has me so drained after reading because me emotions always go through such a roller-coaster. And is it just me, or does it seem like fantasy is the genre where cliffhangers are used most often?? And let me tell you, those are absolute deathhhh. Agh. And then I typically fall into this state of shock and hangover where I cannot do anything but just sit in awe of the book. So. I still love these books even though they turn me into such a mess? #logic

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Me, pretty much? <.<

10. It’s fun!

So I may or may not be just out of steam for now and grasping at straws for the last one, but I do feel like this counts. Fantasy is fun. It’s enjoyable. One of the main reasons we read at all is for fun, and fantasy provides exactly that. Fun! And who doesn’t like that? It’s entertainment, guys. No matter what emotional havoc it caused and all the turmoil and tension we go through while reading it, it all shows just how easy it is to get hooked into a fantasy novel (well, any genre of novel really, but for the sake of this post I’m making it more specific). I’d be lying if I said that I don’t pick up fantasy novels for entertainment. πŸ˜‰


Alright, so I think that’s it! I think I covered most of the important reasons why I love fantasy, for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! I have been considering making a similar list like this for contemporary, feel free to let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in. What are your thoughts on this? Are you a fan of fantasy? Did I miss any other reasons? Or is fantasy not your thing? I’d love to know your thoughts! Feel free to leave a link to your own Top Ten Tuesday as well if you want. I’d love to stop by!

Enjoy your Tuesday, guys! Sending you lots of cake and chocolate. You’re welcome. ✌️ I know I need it! (Who doesn’t is the question.)

Analee 5

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48 thoughts on “Reasons why fantasy is one of the best genres ever | Top Ten Tuesday #33

  1. Once again YAY and welcome back! πŸ˜€
    God I love fantasy books, it’s literally my favourite genre and for pretty much all the reasons you just posted! I love all the different worlds and will spend more time than I should probably admit imagining actually being able to visit them (except a few obvious ones *Westeros* because I would make it ten minutes!)
    The whole reason I read is to be taken on an adventure and I guess escape from my everyday life and fantasy is a perfect way to do that! Plus I love how there’s always something new no matter how many other books within the genre you’ve read before. No two authors can create the same world or the same story!
    Great post for this weeks TTT! πŸ˜€

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    • Eeee THANK YOU!! ❀ You're so nice Beth omg. ❀
      *High fives* Fantasy really is such a gem! Haha I know right, I mean, I'd be lying if I said that I don't still imagine being at Hogwarts… (I'm still waiting on my acceptance letter, shhh)
      Yes! Fantasy is the perfect way to escape into another world.. pretty much literally. πŸ˜‰ The variety in the genre and stories is endless and I love that about it too. Thanks, Beth! ❀

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      • That’s all right πŸ˜€ ❀️
        And yes, fantasy for the win right?! Hogwarts would be my dream travel destination if it actually existed (I’m the same, still gutted I didn’t get my acceptance letter when I turned 11!)
        It’s what I love about fantasy; the escapism, the world building, just everything about it. And some of my favourite fantasy books are so unique in terms of world building that I don’t know how the authors have come up with it! πŸ˜€

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  2. Welcome back, Analee! I can’t agree more with your reasons. Fantasy is probably my go-to, default genre to pick up when I’m in a reading slump. It’s jus to entertaining. I know there are a lot of formulaic themes and tropes, but I generally love rich world building so if that’s done well nothing can go wrong for me.

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    • Eee thank you!! ❀️ It feels so great to be back. Aha YESS I agree completely! Fantasy is such a great genre to go to during a reading slump because it’s such a good way to get out of one. There’s so much going on! Haha yes world building done well is such a gem.

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  3. What an awesome post! I love fantasy…I never really used to read any fantasy, but now that I’ve started reading it, I find myself always looking for awesome new ones…the last fantasy novel that I read and absolutely loved was Ruined by Amy Tintera!

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    • Thank you! ❀️❀️ Haha I totally get you. Once you’ve started, you can’t stop! Omg YAYYY I absolutely adored that one too!! Coincidentally that happens to be my most recent fantasy read as well lol. I loved it so much. 😍

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  4. SO BASICALLY I 100% CONCUR. *hi fives for same topic* WE KNOW WHAT’S UP WHEN IT COMES TO THE GLORY OF FANTASY. XD Honestly I would just pick fantasy books over any other kind always. *nods* And I love that there’s no limits! And the world building! AND THE DRAGONS. And also my childhood was definitely built on fantastical fantasy worlds and I 100% blame that for my overactive imagination now. YAY NO REGRETS. hehe.

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

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    • YES WE DO. FANTASY IS FABULOUS. XD Haha yes!! There’s so much that can be done within the genre. WORLD BUILDING IS SO GREAT. ❀ LOLL I totally get you. No regrets for me either (even if people think I'm totally deranged now oops).

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