February 18, 2007

From a Fantasy Fanatic

Ok. If you know me well you know that I am a huge fantasy fan, and if you didn't then the Harry Potter post should have tipped you off. What does this have to do with good ol' Bedford you may ask? Well apparently the glossary found fantasy fiction so important it devoted 5 full pages to the genre. In the description, the glossary goes into great detail about how CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien changed the direction of fantasy from children's and young adult literature into an adult genre that has a very large following in today's society. The description also mentions the difficulty in pinning down whether a piece of literature is fantasy because of the many crossovers between science fiction and horror that some authors take advantage of.

As a reader of fantasy novels, I find that when an author merges science fiction/fantasy they often lose track of the main story line, although some authors I have read were able to get it right. I could go on for pages about fantasy fiction, but will bore you no longer. I only leave you with one regret of mine. That regret would be that when I wrote my paper on "Magic in Tolkien's Middle Earth" for my senior exit paper in high school, I did not have this book to help me out.

Murfin and Ray, Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

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