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Why read fantasy? posted 06 Aug 2004, 01:08 by steve, Peralogue

Just wondering is/was there any author or book that really brought you to this genre? Personally Martin's ASOIAF brought me to fantasy. view post


posted 06 Aug 2004, 04:08 by Kingslayer, Candidate

R.A. Salvatore's Dark Elf Trilogy is what started it all for me when i was 14, 11 years ago....been fun! view post


posted 06 Aug 2004, 17:08 by Alric, Auditor

Well, I don't think any one book is reponsible for my enjoyment of Fantasy, scifi, speculative fiction. But, I do account that my parents reading to me from The Chronicles of Narnia when I was very young played a part in my interest. The first fantasy book that I really read on my own was The Hobbit for a 7th grade reading class. Yes, it was the assigned text. So that was what, 15-16 years ago. One of the real reasons why I keep reading speculative fiction is that I enjoy the wider pallate it affords authors. Expectations, known quantities, mores, histories, facts, all become fluid in the hands of a gifted spec. writer. I think it causes the reader to follow closely, and work to create from their imagination a world crafted from only words. view post


posted 08 Aug 2004, 10:08 by DarkMatter, Peralogue

Well my first contact with fantasy was a Swedish authour called Astrid Lindgren she wrote childrens books but I guess they could be called fantasy. I hadn't heard about fantasy as a genre when I read those. A few years later I read Narnia and after that Tolkien after that I found the fantasy section on the local library and I was hooked. :) view post


posted 09 Aug 2004, 00:08 by Grantaire, Moderator

I can't recall my first speculative fiction book...early ones I read included the Redwall series, and a lot of Star Wars though, but I can't remember a first one. view post


posted 09 Aug 2004, 01:08 by Aldarion, Sorcerer-of-Rank

Why read fantasy? Such a difficult question, believe it or not. There are a multitude of reasons and I'm discovering this as I'm working on a paper that will place Fantasy within a cultural historical frame. But there weren't any particular authors, come to think of it, that decisively influenced me one way or the other. Part of the reason might be because I consider certain works to be exactly the same as fantasies in scope, terminology, and impact, yet aren't labelled as much by most. view post


posted 09 Aug 2004, 19:08 by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

I have to blame my Dad to be honest, he introduced me to Gemmell just under 20 years ago, and from there I went through his collection of books which had everything from Lieber to Tolkien onwards. Its all his fault, then when I started getting books he started nicking them off me. Now my collection is getting ridiculous and he cant keep up, still will keep him amused and when he gets bored he just asks for a list of what I have or goes into a book shop, looks at what he likes then asks me if I have it, every so often I take a bag full of novels for him which he then reads and I get them back a few months later and then lend him another bag full, the rate Im going he can be reading for the next 40 years and still have a loads left to go through :) view post


posted 11 Aug 2004, 00:08 by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

That sounds fun. I am the only fantasy reader in my family. Brian Jacques started it for me in 3rd grade. I had always loved the 'grown up' looking covers in the school library, and in third grade I decided to be brave and try one. That did it, and now I'm admin-ing fantasy forums! view post


posted 12 Aug 2004, 04:08 by JustifiedHeretic, Peralogue

my first fantasy book was "Men at Arms" part of the discworld seriers, at first it sparked my interest in fantasy because it was hilarity at its best. But soon i began avoiding the fantasy with scantilly clad warrior elf women, and turned to Tolkien. (my main genre is socio/political writings..with all G.W. Bush is doing i've been swamped with reading.) But ive found alot of fantays books that arent scantilly clad women, but are very thought provoking like PoN. view post


posted 12 Aug 2004, 06:08 by Taliesin, Peralogue

Hmm.... hard to remember what all got me into reading fantasy. My mom used to read the Narnia books to me and my brothers at night, and I was given [i:1hfe8wb4]The Hobbit[/i:1hfe8wb4] as a gift a long time ago. Basically, the combination of what my mom read to us, and other books that she had and I in turn read, plus various books that were given to me by family. And then in junior high, I discovered the Star Wars books in the school library, and really got into reading those, before eventually branching out into a lot more, partly due to a certain friend who loaned me a good many books, such as [i:1hfe8wb4]Ender's Game[/i:1hfe8wb4] and [i:1hfe8wb4]The Eye of the World[/i:1hfe8wb4]. In other words, I don't really know where to say my interest started, but there were many diverse influenced upon it. view post


posted 12 Aug 2004, 18:08 by Alric, Auditor

Come to think of it, I think a lot of what I watched on TV as a kid played a role as well. Cartoons: Voltron, Transformers, Thunder Cats, Silver Hawks, Robo Tech, He-Man, GI Joe V the TV Series Star Wars Star Trek Buck Rogers Galactica Quantum Leap Movies: Star Wars Trilogy Star Trek The Last Starfighter Alien Predator Logan's Run Blade Runner etc. I guess a lot of exposure, both in book and visual media did me in. view post


posted 12 Aug 2004, 23:08 by steve, Peralogue

Yeah Thundercats were my favorites when I was little, they were cool. view post


posted 14 Aug 2004, 15:08 by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Rewatched Flight of Dragons the other day when it was on one of the kids channels. Not as good as I remember but still worth watching. view post


posted 20 Aug 2004, 06:08 by Orion_metalhead, Auditor

Robert Jordan's Wheel Of Time series Blind Guardian Tolkien - i read the hobbit about 4 years ago on a suggestion from my dad. i like being able to be put in a world where that which is not possible in our world is possible. its a refreshing feeling to read a book that describes that which you normally wouldnt be able to feel or see or experiance in the world we live in. view post


posted 10 Sep 2004, 20:09 by eowyn1983, Peralogue

Definitely [b:3qrrsgwg]The Hobbit [/b:3qrrsgwg]which was followed by a marathon reading session of LOTR which brooked no delays for sleeping or chores or schoolwork. [/b] view post


posted 24 Sep 2004, 03:09 by Da-krul, Auditor

I started off hating books, then one day I was in the libraby and I saw Sword of Shannara, it had a picture of a Dwarg on the cover and I used it too make fun of a friend is is verticly challenged :) , anyway I checked it out, read the whole thing and have been hooked on Fantasy since...its more addicting then drugs.......in a good sort of way. view post


posted 25 Sep 2004, 22:09 by drosdelnoch, Subdidact

Book are always a good thing in my opinnion, although if you listen to my better half I spend too much time with my nose in a book. I tend to prefer reading to watching tv as theres generally not much on. But thats just my opinnion. Then again theres times when I dont pick up a book for about a week, rarely though, still I have a massive collection that in all honesty needs to be culled at some point shortly. view post


posted 17 Mar 2006, 02:03 by Zarathinius, Auditor

Ugh I feel so...common, saying this, but it's undeniably true: Harry Potter got me into not just fantasy, but fiction in general. Shortly after I read [i:17yq0wkw]The Hobbit[/i:17yq0wkw] in the course of a single Saturday (I was, like, 12 when that happened, so I was proud of that). Somewhere along the line I discovered [i:17yq0wkw]Mythago Wood[/i:17yq0wkw], which introduced me to the realm of more adult-oriented fantasy. I've been hooked like a fish ever since. view post


posted 17 Mar 2006, 03:03 by Edge of Certainty, Subdidact

usually, I'm more into samurai fiction (not a very popular genre), but one day I found this book called "Across the Nightengale floor." It was more fantasy than samurai fiction and from there I started to experiment with more fantasy. I guess at that time, I became bi-genre-curious, and then, after a while, I gave up samurai fiction alltogether (I'd read most of the samurai fiction books, anyway). But really, I'd read some of Tolkien's works , and so the idea of the fantasy genre has always appealed to me. view post


Eh.. posted 17 Mar 2006, 09:03 by Kidruhil Lancer, Auditor

I got the Lord of the Rings trilogy for my 15th birthday... and it was all downhill from there. Song of Ice and Fire was my first adult experience with this genre though. view post


posted 01 Apr 2006, 22:04 by glaz, Peralogue

relatively new as a hardcore fantasy reader. WoT was the first i read and loved the first couple of books. that got me hooked. as to why read fantasy, i have to say that it's the world-building that got me in. also, it's trying to picture yourself into their world, thinking of what you'll be in the situations they're in. i have to admit though, before being a fantasy fan, i was kinda turned off by the covers in fantasy books. that's why i appreciate the Penguin covers of teh Priunce of Nothing. simple, yet interesting. view post


posted 03 Apr 2006, 00:04 by Xray the Enforcer, Auditor

I really enjoy the social marginalization. LOL (especially because I work in NYC publishing where everyone tries to outcool each other in their reading tastes...nothing like an "I love epic fantasy" to shoot down the conversation airliner...) view post


posted 03 Apr 2006, 20:04 by Entropic_existence, Moderator

I was always a big reader, and I think I always leaned a little towards the fantastic but it was definitly The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings that got me hooked. I read pretty much everything I can get my hands on thought ( not so much these days, not as much time) but I've continued my love of fantasy. World building is something I really find interesting and I love exploring these fantastic worlds. view post


posted 05 Apr 2006, 17:04 by gierra, Sorcerer-of-Rank

ever since i was a little kid, i always liked stories about dragons and elves and faeries and epic battles and all that. then my aunt gave me a laundry basket full of dragonlance books. hooked. view post


posted 05 Apr 2006, 20:04 by xhaldur, Candidate

The Wheel of Time and the Belgriad sucked me into Fantasy, never looked back. view post


posted 05 Apr 2006, 21:04 by AjDeath, Didact

Meh, because I enjoy escaping for a while. view post


posted 05 Aug 2006, 15:08 by TheBrucolac, Commoner

The Xanth books got me hooked, when I was 12. I went on to the Belgariad/Mallorean and Spellsinger books after those. view post


posted 07 Aug 2006, 22:08 by noodles0585, Peralogue

i started reading fantasy with the lord of the rings trilogy by jrr tolkien obviously and absolutely fell in love with the genre. i have been playing rpgs since i was like 9 or 10 years old and it just all fell into place after i read that series then i read the hobbit and after that the wheel of time and then some forgotten realms a song of ice and fire as well as memory sorrow and thorn now i am like 70 pages away from finishing the thousand fold thought. my favorite though is the dark tower series by stephen king don't know if you would consider that a fantasy considering the author but i do and it was fantastic. i love fantasy for the orginality. almost forgot thye belgariad and the mallorean by david & leigh eddings was also great those series are my reasons for loving this genre and the prince of nothing only reinforces that within me. view post


posted 08 Aug 2006, 00:08 by gladius, Commoner

Why? because reading about the present is boring :oops: i started with the lord of the rings many years ago, then i stopped reading fantasy (no books at the local library and i was to young to understand books writen in english), until i bought a game of thrones 3 or 4 years ago. view post


posted 08 Aug 2006, 05:08 by alhana, Auditor

I have always loved books and magical things captivated my interest at a young age--when I wasn't playing cowboys and indians! I read The Chronicles of Narnia in 5th and 6th grade...a long long time ago!!! Then it was onto Tolkien in High School and on and on and on. I continue to read fantasy today, because as one of my favorite bumper stickers says, "Reality is for those who have no imagination!" view post


... posted 20 May 2007, 11:05 by Anglobotomy, Commoner

My intro to fantasy lit was through those Fighting Fatasy choose your own adventure style books about 25 yrs ago when I was a kid. Deathtrap Dungeon was the first I think. Those books were awesome at the time. Shortly after that I got annoyed at other fantasy books that just had stories in them. That changed though. I think David Eddings cemented my addiction to fantasy. Prince of Nothing is probably the most enjoyment I've gotten from fantasy in years. Even Martin is getting boring. I haven't tried Erickson so I guess I should based on what I hear on here. view post


posted 21 May 2007, 19:05 by Harrol, Moderator

Martin does have a boring way at times. In AFFC he gives us a lot of details but they are in an almost dry manner. Over the whole I love Martin and would say he is my second favorite author right behid Bakker. view post


posted 26 Jun 2007, 01:06 by IcarusXIII, Candidate

I've been really into fantasy since I was young. I used to spend time with a bunch of kids who were 4 years older than me, one of them was a massive Warhammer/Tolkein fan and it started there. I did kinda go off fantasy for a while because I hadn't found anything decent to read and I was so unfamiliar with the genre to even know were to start so I went right off it. I only got back into fantasy when my mums fiance bought me Eriksons Gardens of the Moon two years ago and that was me hooked. Then this Christmas he gave me TDTCB and WP, which after reading another string of awful fantasy books while waiting for Reapers Gale was a breath of fresh air. view post


posted 26 Jun 2007, 22:06 by Jamara, Auditor

The first series I ever read was C.S. Lewis's "Chronicles of Narnia". After that is was "The Hobbit" and then the "Dragonlance Chronicles" by Weis and Hickman. That pretty much cemented it for me. However I was raised on Sci-Fi movies and D&D. view post


posted 29 Jun 2007, 07:06 by shiva, Commoner

I'd always been a voracious reader through grade school, reading mostly biographys and WW2 pilot fiction. I forget the name of the first fantasy series but the author was Lloyd Alexander (there's a disney toon based on the 3rd book). Read em all in the 6th grade them moved on the the various styles of chose your own adventure books. After that I learned of DnD and fantasy books were natural reading fodder. I'd actually not read a fantasy book in years except some Brust. I got TDTCB for xmas last year and got hooked. I'll have to check out Martin and Erikson. I'd heard good things about Martin but from a guy who like SciFi channel "original" movies. view post


posted 29 Jun 2007, 20:06 by Moebius, Commoner

I actually started reading fantasy because as a child I was heavily into mythology -- Greek, Egyptian, Chinese, and Japanese mostly, with stories about the Trojan War being my personal favorite. I loved heros with swords being sent on quests for one thing or another while slaying or out-witting monsters left and right. From that point on it was a natural transition. view post


posted 01 Jul 2007, 23:07 by Chyndonax, Commoner

The first fantasy novel, or full novel of any sort, I read was where evil dwells by Clifford D. Simak. It was so-so at best. But who really got me hooked were Eddings and Feist. I loved the characters of Edding's Belgariad and the magic and storytelling of Feist. As why read fantasy instead of other genres? I read fiction for entertainment and escapism. Can't get farther away than another reality and the differences as well as the situations they lead to are pretty entertaining. view post


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