Illustration by A. Agastya

One of the most successful fiction genre across the world is Fantasy. It attracts the most ardent followers, which can be told by the success of fantasy authors like J. R. R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, Brandon Sanderson and J. K. Rowling.

Fantasy is timeless fiction, loved by people of all ages. It gives you a reason to escape from the harsh realities of the world. Fantasy is the core of humanity, from child to adult we all live in our own fantasy worlds, without fantasy life would be meaningless.

Why we should read fantasy books:

Fantastical world:

Fantasy fiction has the ability to transport you to a different world. It’s relatable but not similar.

The rules of this world differ from our own. It is so much more exciting, the stakes are higher and so are the rewards.

It’s a world we wish we could live in.

Fantasy is about hope:

Fantasy can be dark but it conventionally ends on a happy note. In fantasy, the obstacles are ginormous as compared to our minuscule real-world problems. When such great hurdles are overcome by the protagonist of the story, the reader too feels a sense of satisfaction, vicariously.

We find an escape from the complication of reality, through fantasy. The reader feels himself in the role of the protagonist and experiences the thrills and the risks of the character.

Fantasy also help in improving the imagination and the problem-solving capability of the reader.

A world full of magic:

Fantasy requires suspension of disbelief and once you suspend your disbelief a world of magic opens to be discovered by you.

Magic is in the plants, animals, people, arms, dragons, and whatnot. Magic makes everything so much more riveting.

Fantasy sensitizes to emotions unknown:

A reader has to imagine the situation and scenarios that are far removed from the banal tasks of daily life. It increases the horizons of the human mind, gives you the capability to think beyond the real world.

Fantasy is for everybody, the experience you lack in real life is filled with fantasy. Emotions of love, hate, jealousy, betrayal, failure unfold in the course of life, but such emotions are simply conveyed by metaphor in fantasy fiction.

Fantasy is vital for the human mind:

We all have a craving for creativity, even those who refuse to embark on the endeavor of taking up fantasy need it. There are very few places where we can find an outlet to our creativity and fantasy is one such outlet.

Fantasy is happiness:

Most adults lose their ability to actively imagine, which they had as a child. Children see monsters in a lone cabin in woods or they see a giant whale in the clouds, they imagine fantastical creature and scenes all around them, they fill the inexperience of not knowing with there imagination. The gap filled by imagination gives happiness, a fulfillment that the real world can never provide.

Fantasy leads to happiness.

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.

-Albert Einstein

Read fantasy.

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