Justifying Fantasy


I didn’t realize that fantasy writers in the general market also came up against critics, but apparently so. Even with all it’s huge popularity, or maybe because of it, writers are still asking the question, What makes fantasy so appealing? In essence, why does it sell? And sell and sell and sell? Why do millions rush out to buy Harry Potter, many in the dead of night, waiting for hours in line? Why do youth raised on computer games and MTV read a 600+ novel?

One author, Mark Chadbourn, gives his thoughts in the article “The Fantastic Appeal of Fantasy,” published in the UK newspaper, the Telegraph:

I don’t write fantasy fiction simply to provide a trap-door from reality. For me, the genre is as much about the world around us as EastEnders [a British TV program].

But instead of coming slap-bang up against it, fantasy charts the unconscious hopes and aspirations of our modern society through symbolism and allegory in story-forms as old as humanity.

It’s about turning off the mobile phone and the computer and remembering who we are in the deepest, darkest parts of ourselves.

Ah, yes, the darkest parts of ourselves. But if we stop there?

This is why I think it is so important that Christians write fantasy—so that the whole truth comes out, not just the part about our dark selves.

Want to read such a fantasy, of the supernatural suspense variety? Try CSFF’s April feature, The Begotten by Lisa T. Bergren.

If in doubt, check out what the tour participants are saying about the book:
Brandon Barr/ Justin Boyer/ Jackie Castle/ Karri Compton/ CSFF Blog Tour/ Gene Curtis/ D. G. D. Davidson/ Jeff Draper/ April Erwin/ Karina Fabian/ Beth Goddard / Marcus Goodyear/ Todd Michael Greene/ Michael Heald/ Christopher Hopper/ Joleen Howell/ Jason Joyner/ Kait/ Carol Keen/ Mike Lynch/ Terri Main/ Margaret/ Melissa Meeks/ Pamela Morrisson/ John W. Otte/ Rachelle/ Steve Rice/ Ashley Rutherford/ Chawna Schroeder/ Rachelle Sperling/ Stuart Stockton – welcome back, Stuart! 😉 / Steve Trower/ Speculative Faith/ Robert Treskillard/ Laura Williams/ Timothy Wise

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