The stories that folks tell are often unbelievable. They are fun to listen to even if you wonder if the story teller is actually believes what they are saying. But if they did it would make for a better story anyway. They give you that passion and energy that makes story telling a wonderful experience. What is lacking in the modern world is the knowledge of folktales. I do not know any of the folktales that belong to my family and it is a struggle to find out the various ones. Folktales speak to the collective conscious of a particular group. The knowledge that is hidden within the story will often help the listener navigate their everyday life. You can see the pattern of thinking within the stories and the consequences of the particular actions. This is why they are important that the older generation are venerated and given positions where they can serve the next generation. They are the keepers of the story and can help to shape the young generations character into something strong and responsible. Functioning as such keeps them healthy, purposeful and alive. But that is not the world we live in anymore as you can see from the number of senior citizens who are generally cast out of their families or stricken with illness. But you can create that in one’s own family. When everyone is engage in the business of family, then you can start to see where each individual genius lies and the unit functions as a whole. Generally the grandparents will pass on their knowledge of history, lessons they learned from life, and tall tales they tell to their wide eyed listening audience. I didn't grow up with such grandparents and I know some are way to surly to be that charming but it is where they function best and when I’m old and grey and I've got my little grand progeny around me, I hope I to scare them with my cackle.
I have a thing for fantasy fiction. Life is usually simpler but has much more meaning to it. The chance to discover hidden and latent talents are available and perhaps delving into a deep darkness can also beckon. But really I’m just a nerd that loves an interesting story.
To me, a black unicorn is the epitome of fantasy fiction. Only in the minds of a creative individual could something so wonderful exist. Fantasy fiction is about the ultimate escape into a different world all generated in the mind.
With fantasy fiction one could document their astral with vivid detail to the delight of the reader. New technologies, strange languages, a higher moral code, a cosmic evil, witches, dragons, fairies and grass all exists in the world of fantasy. It is about engaging a different reality. You can bend and morph it in to something spectacular and intriguing.
Fantasy fiction is just a delight to the senses and the interplay between human being remains the same no matter what the culture is. “There are plans within in plans” a quote from the famous series Dune and uncovering them and understanding them is the delight and awe of the fantasy reader.
In truth fantasy is such a broad genre. So many other genres bleed into it but what marks it as fantasy is its complete deviation from what we know as reality. It’s an expansion of perception and that it useful in real life.
But I think what really makes fantasy fiction so popular is that each character is actually living and doing and being and that’s intoxicating. They live outside of four walls and dedicate themselves to a cause worth dying for.
No one ever writes an entire book about going to work, coming home to watch TV or consume the Internet and falling asleep to do it all again the next day..seriously though, never.
N. K Jemsin
David Anthony Durha, _ Acacia Trilogy