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I Know This is Fantasy-Faction, but Science-fiction Matters Too

I Know This is Fantasy-Faction, but Science-fiction Matters Too 

I don’t think I have a strange reading history. I’m pretty sure it is the same as many other people. At a young age I started reading books, because that’s what you do once you’ve exhausted the excitement of cereal packet ingredients. I had a library card because it was much cheaper than buying lots […]

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In The Mix: Fantasy and Other Genres

In The Mix: Fantasy and Other Genres 

Fantasy is a genre that assimilates elements of other genres, whilst still remaining, for the most part, a genre not often thought of as having a great number of “crossovers” and hybrids. Strictly speaking, this is changing with the natural evolution of the genre. SFF as a whole is growing more diverse and this results […]

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A Genre for the Ages

A Genre for the Ages 

Think back to the first time you picked up a fantasy book. What was it? How old were you? For most of us, the answer is probably pretty young. I remember Sherwood Smith’s Wren To The Rescue and Madeleine L’Engle’s Wrinkle In Time series were some of my earliest favorites. Some of the other middle […]

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The Genre Divide

The Genre Divide 

As long as there have been books there have been categories for them, Fantasy-Faction itself is a site dedicated to a particular form of literature. But in recent years more and more novels are scraping at the borders of their neat genre boxes, they’re breaking out and twisting into new shapes, new stories. This brand […]

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Tie-In Fiction: Fantasy’s Gateway Drug

Tie-In Fiction: Fantasy’s Gateway Drug 

Tie-in fiction—specifically the Dragonlance universe—was my first introduction to wonderful world of epic, serial fantasy. Before Eddings, before Jordan and Feist, there were Weis and Hickman. The Dragonlance Chronicles are a touchstone for me and countless others. Just take a look at the forum here on Fantasy-Faction, or at the r/fantasy or r/Dragonlance subreddits. The […]

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Class Warfare: Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Literary Fiction

Class Warfare: Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Literary Fiction 

The line drawn between so-called literary fiction and genre fiction has always irked me. As I embarked upon a re-read of the first two volumes of Lev Grossman’s frustrating Magicians trilogy, this issue resurfaced. Grossman’s books have, for reasons that boggle my mind, sparked a debate about just what constitutes literature. As the final book […]

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What Makes a Great Bookstore?

What Makes a Great Bookstore? 

Everyone has a favorite bookstore—whether it’s a big chain or the corner independent. It’s the place where we discover new books, maybe even wait in line for hours for the latest in our favorite series. I don’t know about you, but walking into a bookstore always brightens my day. So, how do you know if […]

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Fandom and Creativity

Fandom and Creativity 

Fandom is a funny thing. It’s also a complex thing with practically a life of its own; an organic organism that has taken on a different meaning besides stereotypical lines of nerdy thirty-year-old men queuing up outside comic and bookstores for the latest release or, dressing up like favourite—yet fairly “mainstream”—characters on Halloween. In fact, […]

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Why Reading “Terrible” Novels Isn’t A Bad Idea

Why Reading “Terrible” Novels Isn’t A Bad Idea 

As the holidays roll around and we start interacting with family members who we don’t see on a regular basis, there is always that one person who asks you what you’ve been reading lately and they don’t like the answer they get. “Oh, you read [insert favorite genre here]? Haven’t you grown out of those […]

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Mom Doesn’t Get Dragons

Mom Doesn’t Get Dragons 

My mom doesn’t understand my reading habits. I believe the exact quote was, “I would think science fiction would be the last thing you’d be interested in.” The fact that I read mostly fantasy is a distinction I didn’t even bother to bring up. She wouldn’t understand. Let me back up. Provide context. My mother […]

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Fantasy As Escapism: Avoiding Boredom or Uncertainty?

Fantasy As Escapism: Avoiding Boredom or Uncertainty? 

In my last Fantasy-Faction article, I quoted a recent article in The New Yorker by Arthur Krystal in which he denigrated genre fiction, suggesting that readers rely on it as a form of escapism to avoid their otherwise “humdrum” lives. Apparently, Mr. Krystal believes that fans need tales of wizards and elves to spice up […]

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Genre Blending

Genre Blending 

It should surprise no one, given where I’m writing this from, that I am a fan of fantasy. But while it’s my favorite genre, it’s not my only love. I’m fascinated by the very concept of genres. Every genre, whether it’s fantasy, science fiction, horror, western, romance, mystery, or others, has some level of pre-determined […]

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