Mar 12, 2017
As children, fantasy filled our lives. Pretend games, stories of enchantment, blurred boundaries between the real and the imagined. And then we grew up. But did we give up fantasy too soon? What role does fantasy play in our continued development as adults?
In ages past, all stories involved elements of fantasy. Even some of the most well-known writers, from Homer to Shakespeare to Edgar Allen Poe, invoked elements of the fantastical from witches to demons to monsters. It is only recently that 'fantasy' has been considered a separate genre of literature.
And often it is dismissed as 'escapism' or 'stories for children'.
Yet as Kate Forsyth has written, "The very best fantasy enlightens as well as beguiles, passing on the accumulated wisdom of our ancestors, mapping the boundaries of behaviour, and challenging our preconceptions of what is right and true."