Heart in Literature

Why love fantasy stories?

I have heard many times from people I know that they just don't read fantasy and sometimes I wonder why not. Perhaps they want to concentrate on matters at hand, the political arena, or science, or some form of 'reality'. Perhaps they're afraid that stepping into their imagination might take them on some insane journey when their time is best utilized for matters at hand.

Being an author of fantasy, I contest that argument.

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”

― Michael Scott, The Warlock

I appreciate the dedication to the gaining of knowledge. History, science, and other academics are certainly subjects we all should pursue.

But in the defense of science fiction and fantasy, I have to stand for the reality that seeps its way into to fictional stories. Those golden nuggets that seal themselves into our soul and shape us into the people we are.

“Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end.” ― George R.R. Martin

Often there are truths hidden in a good piece of fictional literature that just cannot be told any other way. Ancient culture used spiritual truths in parables or fables which were meant to impart wisdom. It wasn't just about the story, but more about what the story told.

A fantasy tale, such as Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, or Jordan's Wheel of time, leave heartfelt truths the reader can chew on and digest long after the book is set back on the shelf. I think that is why true science fiction and fantasy enthusiasts love the genre.

So much wealth to ponder!

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