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Today’s post comes to us from Christina. She had a revelation at one of our recent lunch meetings to discuss upcoming posts and scheduling and the fantasy genre.
Am I a Fantasy Fiction Junkie?
Let’s all get one thing straight. I never wanted to be known as the girl who’s into fantasy fiction. I wanted to be known as the girl who’s into British literature and the occasional (okay, monthly) Glamour Magazine. So from here on out, I need you to think of me as that girl (and give me better eyebrows too, would ya?). Now, please ignore the rest of what I’m about to say…
I ate lunch at The Hobbit Café here in Houston the other day. When I casually mentioned to Heather (the gal who graciously introduces me in these rambling posts) in efforts to seem well-read and important that I recently read The Hobbit for the first time, she replied, “Well, that’s fantasy fiction.” Oh, well I guess it is now, isn’t it?
The reason she told me this was because of my recent post on a general distaste for all things fantasy fiction. But if you’ll remember, it was that crazy guy in my college creative writing class that turned me off from it with his kooky alien sex maneuvers. It made me think fantasy fiction means total psyched out scenes with no emotion and a bit of slime. But The Hobbit? Now that’s a good book. Little Bilbo bumbling about his rounded hobbit hole and eating cakes and enjoying nice smokes each evening? Give me some of that stuff any time you like.
Once Heather enlightened me to the fact that I actually enjoy fantasy fiction, I started thinking of other books I’ve read and loved that fall into the genre. The Chronicles of Narnia – who knew? Well, apparently most of you knew. But I didn’t. I was fine thinking of myself as the intelligent, witty chic who steers clear of wizardry.
This is good news for you all, especially you fantasy fiction writers. If you write something well, no matter the genre, I’m going to read it! Now, I might not admit to reading for a few years, but no doubt I’ll read it. Okay, you all have some writing to do, and I’ve got some fantasy fiction indie reads to check out.