Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomenon as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic and magical creatures are common. Generally distinguished from the genres of science fiction and horror by the requirement that it steers clear of scientific themes.


Characteristics of fantasy literature will include the use of gods or goddesses from a variety of cultures present and past, religion anything from shamans, to druids and mystical healers, war, an array of animals- talking or otherwise, and the presence of mythical and mystical beasts.


The setting for fantasy usually self-coherent (same) setting where inspiration from mythology and folklore remains a consistent theme. Within such a structure, any location of the fantastical element is possible: it may be hidden in, or leak into the apparently real world setting, it may draw the characters into a world with such elements, or it may occur entirely in a fantasy world setting, where such elements are part of the world. Essentially, fantasy follows rules of its own making, allowing magic and other fantastic devices to be used and still be internally cohesive.




-Fantasy has been distinguished from other forms of literature by its style and its freedom of expression wherein an author has the ability to use any story-telling element to strengthen the narrative; whether it be dragons, magic and castles or the lack thereof. Authors often engage in world building, constructing a framework or entire world against which the narrative plays out.

-Symbolism often plays a significant role in fantasy literature, often through the use of archetypal figures inspired by earlier texts or folklore. Some argue that fantasy literature and its archetypes fulfill a function for individuals and society and the messages are continually updated for current societies

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Fantastic art is a broad and loosely-defined art genre. It is not restricted to a specific school of artists, geographical location or historical period. It can be characterized by subject matter - which portrays non-realistic, mystical, mythical or folkloric subjects or events - and style, which is representational and naturalistic, rather than abstract

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- Most of these fantasy worlds have a language that is legible to the reader.

-In fantasy literature one should always expect the unexpected, imagine the unimaginable, and truly believe that magic is the blood coursing through the novel's veins.