Hello to all on this fine Tuesday! I hope you all are doing great and have an amazing book to read currently! Today I’m doing a tag that I TECHNICALLY wasn’t tagged for, but am going to do it anyway. 😉
So let’s get into it!
- …there aren’t any rules….but…
- Make sure you give credit to the original creators of this tag
- If you so please, pingback to the post you first saw this tag
- Have fun!
What is your fantasy origin story? (The first fantasy novel you read)
So, technically I’ve listened to the Narnia, Kingdom’s Dawn, and The Knights of Arrethtrae audio dramas since I can even remember. Now the first fantasy novel I read was The Doll People by Ann M. Martin, but I consider either the first few I listed or The Wingfeather Saga to be my “fantasy origin novel”. 😉
If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?
In dreamland, I’d choose J.R.R. Tolkien…but in more centered dreamland, I’d choose Andrew Peterson and Lindsay A. Franklin to write the book (image how EPIC that would be) and I would like the underdog trope to be included in my story.
What is a fantasy series you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?
Lindsay A. Franklin’s debut series, The Weaver Trilogy, Shannon Hale’s series called The Books of Bayern, and The DragonKeeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul. Granted, the first two I read in 2020…but, who cares!
What is your favourite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?
Probably magical realism. I love being able to (almost) believe that what you’re reading COULD be real. Like how everyone tried to use the force when they were little or thought they saw their toys coming to live. It just adds so much more to the book if it is believable to some extent.
Superhero-y stuff….other than that, I’ve pretty much read them all at one point and time.
Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?
How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..)
None of the ones listed actually! I usually get the best recommendations from my bookworm viewers and bloggers! Thank you all so much!! You guys are awesome!! (And have pretty good taste. 😉 )
Any others usually are suggestions from siblings and friends, or I just find good books on the library shelves.
What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?
Wingfeather Tales: Six Thrilling Stories from the World of Aerwiar by (primarily) Andrew Peterson.
What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?
That it is all dumb other-worldly stuff that is so unbelievable, that it is IQ lowering, and of no value. While some of it is “other-wordly”, (AND IS FREAKING AWESOME!) much of it is imaginative, yet pretty realistic storytelling that is SO believable.
It is NOT IQ lowering for two (but many more than that) reasons:
- No matter how dumb the book is, if you are reading, you are technically raising your IQ.
- Fantasy usually has so much thought put into it that whatever happens makes sense, to where you are always trying to figure out what is going to happen which is stimulating for the brain. You are also learning new things such as the physics in swordplay, archery, time-travel, and so on. Even learning things about the characters is IQ stimulating, for learning in and of itself is what the brain lives for! Sorry if this is a bad explanation.
Furthermore, though there are fantasy books (and other non-fantasy books) that are of little to no value, many of the best fantasy books I’ve read have moral lessons woven within them. Lessons on self-control, happiness, being a good friend, and so many other valuable lessons are some key elements in most of my favorite fantasy novels. This is why I LOVE Biblical allegorical fantasy books for it has so many good lessons in them that are Biblically centered.
If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, and The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson. So, technically I might have just set them up for a years worth of reading right there. 😉
Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?
LINDSAY A. FRANKLIN, BOIZZZZ!!!!!!!
Seriously, y’all, this book tag was SO fun!! I tag any fantasy lovers that would love to do it!!
What are some of the most annoying and untrue things you guys have heard about fantasy? Feel free to share in the comments down below.
Also, I’ll be having a blog party soon in honor of hitting 100 followers (WOOT, WOOT!!! Thanks everyone!) I wish to do a Q & A kinda thing…so I’d love it if y’all could ask me some questions…and then I answer them during the blog party. Also, make sure to bring party hats. 😉
Thanks for reading. God bless!