Why fantasy is my favorite genre…

I got this from Shannon Hale’s blog

“We all like astonishing tales because they touch the nerve of the ancient instinct of astonishment. This is proved by the fact that when we are very young children we do not need fairy tales: we only need tales. Mere life is interesting enough. A child of seven is excited by being told that Tommy opened a door and saw a dragon. But a child of three is excited by being told that Tommy opened a door. Boys like romantic tales; but babies like realistic tales – because they find them romantic. In fact, a baby is about the only person, I should think, to whom a modern realistic novel could be read without boring him.

This proves that even nursery tales only echo an almost pre-natal leap of interest and amazement. These tales say that apples were golden only to refresh the forgotten moment when we found that they were green. They make rivers run with wine only to make us remember, for one wild moment, that they run with water.”

– The Ethics of Elfland, Orthodoxy, G. K. Chesterton

2 thoughts on “Why fantasy is my favorite genre…

  1. may nakita akong book by tolkien sa powerbooks nakalimutan ko na tuloy yung title, pero parang about dragon ata. anyway, nasa sale rack siya pero walang sale price, apparently nagkamali lang ng lagay. sayang 😦 haha. mahal e hardbound kasi pero pretty niya 😑 haha pag sale siguro bilhin ko na yun. πŸ™‚

  2. Haha marami namang books si Tolkien eh. Susundan ko yung plan ko na hindi muna bibili ng books until matapos ko basahin yung mga meron ako. =) Hanggang December pa yun I think.
    Hope you’re having fun in Singapore.

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