Fantasy

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Fantasy

Some people believe that fantasy is dangerous for children to read, and some people have a completely different opinion.
According to Ursula Le Guin, fantasy is not just for children, but for adults too, “Tales of talking animals and fantastical adventure aren’t just for children, argues Ursula Le Guin – we can and should return to them throughout our lives” (Quote page 1 line 1-3).
Right from the beginning you know that ULG is a fan of fantasy being a part of everyone’s lives.
You can always use your child or grandchild as an excuse to read fantasy, if you don’t have the courage to do it by yourself.
Fantasy has always been perceived as being for children only, and fantasy has been conflated with immaturity, which according to ULG is a rather sizeable error.
Many of the texts are poetry and it contains different elements from different genres.
Many fantasies which actually were published as for children, is often read by adults, “It begins with, say, George MacDonald’s At the Back of the North Wind and runs on through Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, The Wind in the Willows, the Just So Stories and The Jungle Book, the Pooh books, Dr Dolittle, The Hobbit, The Once and Future King, Charlotte’s Web, to my first three Earthsea books and all the serious imaginative fiction that continues to be published “for children” but is often read by adults” (Quote page 2 line 48-52).
Realistic fiction does not affect everyone, but only people in a specific age group depending on the theme. Fiction genres as horror, mystery, romance and science fiction are only being read by adults and teenagers, so it seems like the only fiction genre that can be read in all ages, is fantasy. All the different kinds of fantasies make it easier to reach a much bigger age group.
ULG thinks that the reason why many adults don’t read fantasy is that they…...

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