What traditional fairy tales share with modern fantasy novels, if anything, is usually the scenario of placing a normal person in a strange environment, forcing him or her to make choices that will lead to either a good outcome, or (more rarely) not. This normal person doesn’t have to be a human from our own modern world. She or he can be a cobbler or a fishwife or an inn-keeper that belongs to a kind of imaginary society (of the writer’s invention)—or a hobbit, for that matter—pulled into a place where the normal rules don’t apply, where the magic of legend and lore is fully alive, or where wits are needed to escape an unusual dilemma.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Fairy Tales and Fantasy Novels
John writes mythic fantasy and science fiction for adults and children. His latest story, "Son of Mist," appeared in the April edition of Bards & Sages Quarterly. Check out his webpage for some free stories.