How useful is fantasy?
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Fantasy to me is my world. I read many genre’s but I would have to say that fantasy is definitely my favourite. But, this begs a question. How useful is fantasy?
In 2014, the most read books for children were almost entirely made up of fantasy books. But why is this the case? And what does fantasy offer to young readers?
Fantasy gives children a way out. A way to escape the problems presented to them. All of the current problems, kids don’t want to be a part of them. Problems are something kids simply don’t want to struggle with. No kid wants to grow up, and facing the problems that are slowly taking over this world, for example, global warming, wars, etc., is virtually ‘growing up’ to them. Fantasy is mostly targeted at children, for the reasons above.
Kids don’t read reality because they don’t want to see how the world will look in the future. For example, 2100. The world’s current population is 7 billion plus and it will soar to 11 billion by the start of 2100. Kids don’t want to know that! They want to know that everyone will prosper and the world will live happily ever after. The end.
People who are not periodically buried in fantasy books, and who read possibly futuristic books know that this is not true and will not happen in our/ their lifetime. But fantasy is still a popular genre and still will be in generations to come.
Fantasy is also used to see the world through a different perspective. Fantasy, you can name hundreds of popular children’s books relating to fantasy. Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Twilight, Mortal Instruments, Skulduggery Pleasant, et cetera, et cetera. Realist/ futuristic, not so many. There is maybe one or two really famous ones. Hunger Games, Wonder, all of the John Green books, you know, all the sad ones that make you want to cry. (Even Hunger Games!)
Just to reiterate, fantasy is useful to children wanting to escape reality and who want to experience something other than the boring and/ or troubling confinements of real life.
Fantasy is an extremely important part of life, one that I am sure that I and many other people could not live without, hence why most of our books on our blog are fantasy/ dystopian.