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A Guide to the More Common Literary Genres


Fantasy novels feature unreal creatures and settings. The worlds created in fantasy stories obey rules created by the author - they may be magical. Fantasies might contain wizards, dragons, faeries, trolls. Fantasies can be light hearted adventures, or comic stories, or frightening horror stories.

Examples of fantasy novels include:

  • Ursula K. Le Guin - A Wizard of Earthsea
  • J.R.R. Tolkien - The Hobbit
  • J.R.R. Tolkien The Lord of the Rings series
  • J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series
  • C.S. Lewis The Chronicles of Narnia

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Fantasy Questions to get you started

1. Is your fantasy world governed by rules of magic? Explain.

2. Does the fantasy world of the your novel present any unique language? Compile a glossary of terms specific to your story.

3. Fantasy novels take place in very specific “magical-type” places. Draw a map of the setting of a particular scene and include significant places in the legend. Expand the location to include some other landmarks that may add intrigue to the setting. Have fun naming these landmarks.

4. What makes the characters in the novel belong to a fantasy story? What “powers” or unusual characteristics do they possess that make them unique to this fantasy world?

5. Does this fantasy story take place in the past, present or future? Why do you think so? How would the story change if the date were different?

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