The blood burst from the body, yet the knight never faltered nor fell; but boldly he started forth on stiff shanks and fiercely rushed forward, seized his head, and lifted it up quickly.
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King Arthur and his knights, however, are humans, without supernatural abilities. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a classic example of a medieval fantasy featuring human protagonists and supernatural antagonists. Tolkien changed fantasy literature as the world knew it. The most influential part of his writing is the fact that the stories take place in a fantasy world—a world completely external to our own— now known as high fantasy or epic fantasy.
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In such a setting, elements of fantasy are a standard part of that world. Before Tolkien, the genre of fantasy was composed of stories that took place in our world, but included fantastic elements. Middle Earth is not part of the human earth, and it is home to races, creatures, languages, histories, and folklore that were completely created by Tolkien. In his world, things we see as fantastic are natural parts of the universe he developed.
Tolkien also developed a full geography, history, mythology, ancestry, and fourteen languages of Middle Earth. The Hare was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. I challenge any one here to race with me. So a course was fixed and a start was made. The Hare darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the Tortoise, lay down to have a nap.
The Tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the Hare awoke from his nap, he saw the Tortoise just near the winning-post and could not run up in time to save the race. The fantastic element of this story is, of course, the talking tortoise and hare, and their abilities to reason like humans.
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Fantasy has a particularly large presence in popular culture, much more so than most other genres. Many now-famous books and films have developed massive fan bases seemingly overnight, from fantasy classics like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia , to modern day favorites like the Harry Potter series, the Twilight saga, and Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Literally sold by the billions, the most popular series of books ever written to date is J. In fact, the size of the Harry Potter universe within popular culture is immeasurable.
The fan following of these fantasy books is both historical and remarkable, as is the resulting relationship between the author and her fans. As a result of their popularity, the seven Harry Potter books have been made into eight blockbusters some of the most successful in cinematic history , which led to an expansive merchandise and videogame business, and then further to the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios—to name a few things.
Furthermore, the dedication and enthusiasm of her fan base led Rowling to develop Pottermore , an online interactive world set within the storyline of the Harry Potter series, where fans can become virtual wizards and students at Hogwarts, and is still releasing content years after the publication of the final book. When it comes to fantasy in popular culture, Harry Potter is a powerhouse.
Like J. These stories are unique, however, because the elements of fantasy that are part of the books—dragons, white walkers, giants, etc—are all mentioned, but are thought to have become extinct or ceased to exist years and years before. Thus, the dragons are even more magical and terrible to behold because people believe they are gone from the world.
Watch this video on YouTube. Twilight took over the market for teen fiction and was soon developed into four majorly successful films. It took over magazines, websites, social media, clothing companies, and more. Technically, science fiction could be considered a subgenre of fantasy, as it involves supernatural elements. However, it is always distinguished from fantasy because its focus is scientific and futuristic rather than magical and often medieval.
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Like science fiction, horror could also technically be considered a subgenre of fantasy, but it is likewise always distinguished from fantasy. In conclusion, fantasy is one of the most popular and significant genres in both popular culture and literary history. List of Terms Action. Ad Hominem. Alter Ego. APA Citation. Comic Relief. Deus ex machina. Double Entendre. Dramatic irony. Extended Metaphor. With her every dying breath, she confessed the sad events that had led to the loss of one so young. Will this confession save her soul? Heaven knows, For thus concludes the tale of Crimson Rose.
How would you like the reader to feel as they read the last word of this book? I would like the reader to feel thoroughly entertained, moved, curious to learn more about certain topics and as though they have travelled on a literary journey through various cultures and times. Have you got any other books we should read? Tell us a bit about yourself. I have loved stories and the art of storytelling for as long as I have memory of myself. I can recall making chapbooks when I was in primary school, as well as casting my dolls in various productions where I was script writer and director! Travel has played a great role in the shaping of my imagination and art, by the time I was a teenager, I had lived on four continents.
My love of social anthropology, music, myth, folk and fairytales have all influenced my writing. The world of Art has given me so much, it not only helped to inspire my own artistic creations, but helped me through my academic training in the Sciences which I am also passionate about. I hope that through my literary creations, I am able to give something back.
You mentioned in our pre-interview chat that you have a Nigerian heritage. Africa has a rich history of oral tradition and lyrical poetry; do you think this feeds into your work? Or are we reading a bit too much into your background? I hesitate to associate my style of writing with only one culture because I have had a multi-cultural education and life.
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For me this is most evident when I am giving poetry recitals; I do not rely on visual cues, but commit my work to memory. In addition, I have been told by audiences, that there is a musical quality to the way I narrate. How can we follow you online so we can come to your next recital? The characters cannot wait to jump out of my head and onto the page! Finally, can we have another poem, please? Just because. If in the quiet of your room you hear the sound of your name, do not answer unless you see who calls or else you may answer a spirit and depart this world, forever locked within their prison of unyielding walls.
If in your dream you are presented with food, do not eat it, no matter how tempting and savory it may seem, for your enemy may, through magic, have poisoned the feast in the hope of keeping you in endless sleep. Do not look in the mirror after midnight, lest you see the face of another reflected in the looking glass. These are the rules of the land, and as a child, I adhered to them strictly and never thought to ask. Now I am older, and miles away from the place where these rules apply, and yet, I will never pick a penny off the street for luck.
If I do not see who calls, I will not answer. Food in dreams is still from the enemy. As for the mirror, on returning from a night out, that made-up face I see reflected back is not mine. It is the face of a stranger in a faraway land following new rules she cannot understand. I stare silently at it and leave, but the memory of old rules lingers. I bought Tales of Fantasy and Reality last year and consider it to be fantastic. I hope Chinwe gets those creative juices flowing and soon comes up with a worthy sequel.
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