A Guide to Fantasy Literature – Thoughts on Stories of Wonder and Enchantment

A Guide to Fantasy Literature is a wide-ranging, thoughtful look at the magic of fantasy storytelling and why it delights and enchants readers of all ages. The book discusses the nature of the best writing, from tales of Middle-earth and Narnia to many other examples of high fantasy, dark fantasy, fairy-tale fiction, magic realism, and adventure-fantasy tales.

The book also examines the major building blocks of fantasy fiction, and discusses the purpose and popularity of fantasy literature today. Includes material from original interviews and many brief samples of outstanding passages from the writings of the best fantasists, from J.R.R. Tolkien to J.K. Rowling, from C.S. Lewis to Stephen King, drawing an inclusive picture of a vibrant literary community across the ages.

This is a substantially revised version of an earlier work, The Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature (2002), now oriented to a general audience of readers, while offering many tips and techniques for writers.

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  1. A must for literary collections or those fascinated with the fantasy genre as a whole Fantasy is perhaps one of the oldest genres of literature. “A Guide to Fantasy Literature: Thoughts on Stories of Wonder & Enchantment” is a scholarly analysis of the fantasy genre as a whole. Outlining the various sub-genres within the genre, discussing the similarities between more modern fantasies such as Harry Potter and more epic fantasies such as Lord of the Rings. The characters, settings, and such are under scrutiny in this intriguing and fascinating discussion of modern fantasy. “A…

  2. Guiding The Imagination Did your parents read you Grimm’s Fairy Tales when you were a child? Or perhaps they read you A. A. Milne’s Winnie-The-Pooh? Or did you yourself read Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland, or J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, or some other imaginative adventure? If so then you have a start in the ever expanding world of fantasy literature. Philip Martin’s A Guide To Fantasy Literature will appeal to anyone who has an imagination, who can put aside their “disbelief” (as William Wordsworth wrote in his…

  3. A great introduction to Fantasy Literature. With “A Guide to Fantasy Literature”, author, editor, and folklorist Philip Martin has gently restructured his earlier book on the subject, “The Writer’s Guide to Fantasy Literature.” The earlier treatment is still valuable and worth looking for. This revised edition centers the study of fantasy literature in broader scope for both the long-time dedicated fantasy literature reader, and as well as for the wise reader of non-fantasy who maybe interested in a smart, but not scholarly introduction…

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