1. imagination, especially when extravagant and unrestrained.
2. Literature . an imaginative or fanciful work, especially one dealing with supernatural or unnatural events or characters
What constitutes “fantasy” has changed a lot over the years. It means a great many things to many people. Once upon a time, there were stories about wolves in women’s clothing, horse’s heads that could warn their former masters against danger and spells that kept princesses asleep for hundreds of years. Soon enough came Alice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz, and then the master of epic fantasy, J R R Tolkien, bringing with him elves and orcs and trolls from mythology into the mix. But that was only the start…before long authors were throwing off the limitations of dragons and unicorns and medieval-ish landscapes and inserting magical elements into the concrete and steel of modern cities. Depending on how we use our imaginations, we can find fantastic elements wherever we look.
We here at Magical Words are considering a site redesign, with the intent to make it clear that while the writing advice we offer is pretty much suited to all genres, the focus is on the fantastic. So we’re coming to you, our readers. What says ‘fantasy’ to you? Is it vampires that sparkle? Or don’t? Dragons soaring overhead? Singing swords and dancing fountains? Or maybe magicians that use concrete dust and Krazy Glue to work their will? And where do you think fantasy is headed?
Talk to us.