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Discovering Your “Brand” of Fantasy

fantasyHave you ever picked up a fantasy book and loved it, then tried to follow-up with another, only to find that it’s just not working for you? Have your friends ever complained that they just couldn’t get into fantasy, but when you ask, they’ve only tried one or two books before giving up on the whole genre? If you answered yes to either question, you or someone you know may need to discover their “brand” of fantasy!

Fantasy is a huge genre, divided into many distinct and varied sub-genres. While some readers may love to delve into any type of fantasy, others may find themselves loving one book, then being utterly bored or bewildered by the next. Some readers may even be amazed to discover that they are reading a fantasy because the fantastic elements might be so subtle within the novel.

For example, one reader could love Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones but be unable to finish Christopher Paolini’s Eragon. Another could love Eragon but immediately dislike Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. Yet another could love Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, but be put off by Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus.

So how would a reader discover what fantasies they do like?

Spotlight on the 19th Century

photo (6)Entertainment Weekly recently had a timeline labeled “The 19th Century is Having a Moment.” The 19th Century time period has been heating up in teen books as well. It’s a century of big moments: Jane Austen, the Industrial Revolution, women’s rights, the Civil War, Western exploration, the Napoleonic Wars, the War of 1812, Queen Victoria’s reign, the Trail of Tears, the potato famine, the Second Opium War, the Franco-Prussian War, the assassination of Czar Nicholas II, Jack the Ripper, and Athens holding the first modern Olympic Games.

Some of my favorites

Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
Persephone and Penelope are set to make their debut into London society when their governess goes missing. As the two 17 year olds dig into her disappearance, they don’t just uncover a kidnapping, but also a magical plot that could foil Princess Victoria’s reign.