Fantasy worlds are some of my favoritest things in the whole world. And yep, I know there’s something grammatically incorrect about that last sentence.
But ignore my grammar, because I’m chatting about FANTASY WORLDS. I love writing Fantasy, reading fantasy, dreaming about fantasy.
There are lots of cool things in fantasy. Wars, and dragons, and magic rings. Whether or not your love Tolkien, the guy really set the stage for fantasy. So thank you, JRR.
Anyway, back to my point. Today, I’m chatting about my favorite things in fantasy. Fantasy stuff that makes me scream! Happy screaming, btw.
^Ignore the Spongebob, because this little girl screaming is just goals^
I love religion in books. I know can really affect your life, whether it’s a good thing or bad. I mean, Joan of Arc drove the English out of France because she was 100% sure God wanted her to do that. Awesome faith. (Except if you’re English, sorry)
But there are weird cults out there. And religious bigots. So, religion can be good or bad.
Anyway, I love reading about epic religious systems in books. Whether they’re completely made up, or based on actual faiths. I want to know ALL about how the fantasy religion works. Religion can be such a cool role in character’s lives. Except if you’re Cersei Lannister. #sorrynotsorry
If you didn’t get anything else from this point, fantasy religion is epic except for the English and Lannisters.
Ok, is fantasy really fantasy without magic? Why are we even asking this?
Now, not all magic systems are equal. I haven’t even figured out how all they all work? Like Lord of the Rings. I read the books. But the magic still doesn’t make sense to me. How does Sauron make that ring? Why is there a fire in Mount Doom? And can someone explain how the Orcs actually come alive?
I know I could devote another decade to reading all of Tolkien’s books & maybe I would understand the magic. But do I have time for that level of reading? Nope. But I will watch hours of Stephen Colbert fangirling.
So maybe, the best magic systems are the ones that NEVER make sense. Because you can’t really find plot holes or anything because there’s no way you can understand how it’s supposed to work. I don’t know, seems like a pretty cool plan to me.
I love fantasy languages in books! I think it makes the story so much deeper. The culture and world feels so real when there are different languages and people have to learn new words. Also the best languages have different scripts.
So when I have a 100 extra hours, I may try to learn some elvish calligraphy. Also, send me your extra time so I can learn how to write these cool characters.
Though I’ll need someone to tell me what these words mean, please?
There is nothing more tangible about fantasy worlds than maps. I love exploring pages of maps, pouring my eyes for hours over countries, and borders, and beautifully illustrated maps.
I love pausing in the middle of a book to go back over the maps. To follow along with my heroes as they take on dragons and fight magic and trek across the world. Ok, don’t take my hobbit references too seriously. There are other books with dragons and magic and world wide fights. Really, I’m sure there are.
If not, go write a dragon magic book with epic maps, ok?
LOTS OF FANTASY POLITICS.
I love politics. And actually I don’t think this point has any ties to Tolkien? So I’m doing realll well right now, wow!
Ok, so politics is like my favorite thing in the whole world. I sleep politics. And talk about them way too much. Really, guys, you’re so lucky this is a BOOK blog. And not just a long rant about American politics.
Ok, back to fantasy politics. Which are so cool and edgy. Some of my favoirte fantasy political worlds are —
- Harry Potter and the Ministry of Magic
- The Shadowhunter’s Clave
- Olympian’s Council of the Gods thing in Percy Jackson
- Cruel Prince and the whole Fae Court
- The Empire in An Ember in the Ashes
I’m currently reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and the backstory game is so STRONG. Of course, the whole story is based in Greek mythology, so backstory better play a major role.
Anyway, backstory keeps me reading. Because I am so incredibly curious how everything ties together. It makes the fantasy mysterious and so interesting!
Now it can be hard not to overwhelm the story with backstory. But if you introduce it slowly, it’s just perfect. Backstory is just dropped in small doses but still playing major roles in Percy Jackson and I LOVE it.
Also, I don’t want to have to read pages and pages of backstory to understand what in the world is happening. Um, looking at you, JRR Tolkien.
There is something so cool about fantasy worlds that are happening ALL around US. I’m calling this modern but I’m not sure if this is the word I’m looking for?
Anyway, you know how the wizarding world is exists right along side our world. But we never see it? And how the Olympians use the mist to blind all the mortals to what’s happening with the Greek Gods and heroes? The shadowhunters chasing demons and fighting wars while we just casually stroll around NYC?
Ok, that’s a lots of examples. But I just love this so much! Please let me join one of these cool fantasy worlds??? Please?
Give me another hour and I might come up with seven more favorite fantasy world building things. But I’m writing this at nearly midnight, so I’m going to take that extra hour to sleep. What would you do with an extra hour?
Also, I totally did not intend this to become a long post about the Lord of the Rings. I just didn’t realize how much of my thoughts on fantasy come from that trilogy? And it’s pretty easy to write a 1,000 words about Lord of the Rings in a few minutes.
What’s your favorite part of fantasy worlds? Do you have a favorite fantasy trilogy or series? Which book could you easily write a 1,000 word blog post about in a few minutes?
And a quick, serious thought – This world is pretty terrible right now. I spent the last three days crying over events in Florida and grieving for the families that lost loved ones. Tell your friends you love them and cherish every moment. Stand strong.