Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Chuckles Chat #64 Scenarios We Love And Hate About Fantasy

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Over the coming weeks I'm looking at our book buying life. By this what I mean is, what are the scenarios in a book blurb that make us really want to pick up that book and start reading? What do we love about the genre and what puts us off?

This week I'm turning my attention to traditional and epic fantasy. I admit that it is a genre that I don't read much in. After being introduced to Lord of the Rings as a kid and enjoying it, I am a bit surprised that I never went and read more of it. Instead I turned to horror and pretty much stayed with it.

I wasn't sure about watching Game of Thrones when I first saw it was coming to the TV but I'm a big fan of Sean Bean so figured I might look at it. Trouble was, not being a UK Sky Subscriber I did not have free access to Sky Atlantic and was not going to pay extra for a channel just to see one show, so I just kind of forgot about it. Just before the dvd of season six came out, I decided to take the plunge and buy the other boxsets, figuring at worst my dad would like it. Finally after grabbing season 6, I sat down and binge watched it all-and loved it! Since then I have read almost all the published books and greatly enjoyed them, which leaves mewishing I'd read them sooner! I did actually buy the first book before I bought the series as Sean Bean was on the cover but never got round to reading it.

The problem is, I don't have the time to wade through a ton of stuff I don't like to get to the handful I will like! That is what puts me off the fantasy genre, that and the huge books that some of the authors write.What I love about A Song of Ice and Fire are the strong and varied characters, women who are not just a love interest, humour, fast moving plot, war and battles that are well described,the paranormal element with the White Walkers and the Wall. I like supporting people on all sides and feeling conflicted when they fight each other. I like the intrigue and backstabbing. If anyone has a recommendation for something similar, I'd love to hear it!

I haven't branched much into fantasy over the years. I tried reading things like Stephen Lawhead's 'Taliesin', David Eddings 'The Diamond Throne', Jean M Auel, something by Robin Hobb that I can't remember and found them too slow. I didn't like the MC in Mark Lawrence's 'Prince of Thorns'. I tried a few YA series-Kristin Cashore, Leigh Bardugo, Laini Taylor, Holly Black, CJ Redwine etc but never liked them because of the YA tropes. I did like the apocalypse parts of Terry Brooks 'Armageddon's Children' but not the side story about the elves so it was suggested to me to read his 'Running With The Demon'. I have it on my bookshelves. I might watch the Shannara series on tv and then consider trying the books if I like it. I plan to try Nicholas Eames 'Kings of the Wyld' and Angus Watson. I'm not sure whether to try Sarah J Maas or not but I do have them on ereader. Any recommendations I can investigate?


What do you love about fantasy? Is there something that puts you off reading fantasy?

10 comments:

  1. I don’t usually like fantasy, so I was very surprised when I loved GoT. I love the worldbuilding and the danger. Usually you know that the main characters in a book will be safe, but not with George RR Martin. He’ll kill anybody. Most fantasy books are too similar for me. I don’t love medieval Europe settings or chosen-one-saves-the-world plots.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I wasn't keen to watch Game of Thrones either and it took half of the first season before I really got addicted to it. Fantasy like that I could read and enjoy but not the epic fantasy.

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  2. I read some fantasy and think that what really puts me off is when the word "epic" is in front of it. I've liked what I've read and have no reason not to give more of it a chance. There are a few fantasy books I'm interested in reading before the year is out - The Witcher series, Red Sister and Grey Sister, and Kings of the Wyld. We'll see how it goes after that.

    So on the lighter side, if people put Sean Bean on the cover of more fantasy novels, they'd sell more (it would work for me too).

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    1. Kings of the Wyld is right up there on my list but I probably won't get to it until next year. It does sound good though. Fantasy is a genre that I'm never going to love unless I find more series like Game of Thrones!

      I can never resist Sean Bean!!!

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  3. I usually say I don't read fantasy, but then have loved some books in the genre so never say never I guess! Uprooted by Naomi Novik was a recent one I loved and, for classics, Narnia is still wonderful and does Gormenghast count? I'm scared of Big Books so am unlikely to ever read GoT or LotR. I did watch the tv/film versions of each though. Sean Bean dies too soon in both ;-)

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    1. Big books can be pretty intimidating and fantasy seems to have a ton of them! I was worried about reading GRRM but having binge watched GoT I went into the books knowing who most characters were which was a huge advantage! Sean Bean seems to die in too many films for my liking!

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  4. I am hit and miss with fantasy because I find some can be slow. I need fast moving plots. what I love about fantasy is many of them have kick ass heroines. that is a must for me.

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    1. Slow books are certainly not my friend! I always worry that big books will have too much padding and be slow so I don't read as many of them. I have a handful of fantasy books on my ereader but not many!

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  5. I think the Shannara show (which I thought was bad) and the books are pretty different, but I have to admit too I'm no loner a expert on Brooks since I haven't read in a while. I loved sword of shannara as a kid but it hasn't aged well for me as an adult, sadly.

    I had trouble getting into Taliesin as well. To be honest Martin has ruined me for a lot of fantasy I guess, after Game of tHrones there isn't a lot that appeals, even though I consider myself a fantasy reader!

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    1. GoT is the kind of fantasy I want to read but finding books similar is going to be a bit of a challenge I think! Imagine the joy when the next book comes out! I'm saving the second part of ADWD until closer to release date...

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