-is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within this genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common.
Yes, this is exactly my favorite book genre. Even though a lot of people say it’s a childish genre, it won’t change how I feel. I firmly believe that no one is too old to like fantasy books and movies. I know that it’s not good to stay in the land of dreams and make believe, and that we’re supposed to keep in touch with what’s real but I just can’t help myself.
All of these fantastic worlds of magic have been my escape when reality is too much for me to fathom. I like to be lost in some place far different from what’s around me. Harry Potter, Narnia, Neverland, Camp Half-blood, Wonderland, Whoville. All of those imaginary worlds written by brilliantauthors have been my happy place. Whenever I read about them, I feel free and forget my problems even for a little while. I would give anything to actually be a part of those worlds.
But I am not stupid, I know there are limitations. I can imagine and hope all I want for everything to be real but it won’t change the fact that I live in the real world. I have to go back and face my own monsters. And I get the strength and inspiration from all of these books. Truly, I would never get tired of this genre because it has so much more to offer.
Mythology by Edith Hamilton
I first read this book back when I was in my senior year in high school. It was for our mythology topic in English and at first I thought that I would get bored. I hate it when I’m forced to read books that I don’t really like but then after a few chapters, I knew I was wrong. It was the first time I was introduced to Greek and Roman mythology. Of course, I knew some of the stories like Cupid and Psyche, Orpheus and Eurydice, and Midas. But it was that time that I got to learn more about the Trojan War and the greater gods. I do enjoyed the book very much that even when I finished reading the book, I read it again for more than three times during college.
I don’t know why but all these stuff about the gods and magic are very interesting to me. It’s like the classic fantasy stories for me. In this book, I learn how the early Greeks and Romans viewed the world and got a slight taste of their magical history. Aside from that, this book is very comprehensive unlike other versions. The myths are retold in such brilliance and clarity that it may be read for pleasure not as a reference. This a classic treasure truly worth a reread.