Have you ever thought to yourself “hmm I really want to start reading HIGH FANTASY but it’s one daunting piece of cake can’t I just nibble a bit and see if I like it?” No, I hear you say?

 NONSENSE OF COURSE YOU DID! And lucky you, IOANA IS HERE to help your poor confused self with an indisputable list on HOW TO GET INTO READING HIGH FANTASY!

1506584832650

 Based on the Top 5 Wednesday Topic : Gateway Books to Your Favorite Genre! That I liked..so I’m stealing it. Muahahah.

(Also it may be referring to gateway books as in books featuring an actual gateway…but sorry to all literal gateways and doors that I am offending right now but interpretations. Interpretations are important kids.)

The link to the Goodread’s grup is HERE

294

DO YOU EVER FIND YOURSELF sighing heavily at unexpected moments? being so done with people that you hide inside all day? reading the news is having the most unfortunate side effect of making you loose your hope in humanity?

WELL FEAR NOT MY DEAR FRIEND I HAVE JUST THE GENRE FOR ALL YOUR ESCAPIST TENDENCIE’S NEEDS:

HIGH FANTASY

Without further ado, gentleman and female gentleman I PRESENT TO YOU:

A noob’s guide to my favorite genre!

(the noob being me I am a noob yes hello)

 (I couldn’t put noob in the title because that would sound like I am insulting you, you precious flowers and we can’t have that now can we)

cc506816-e76b-4591-aa76-6899a3286271

1. Harry Potter

Good for: transitioning between urban fantasy and high fantasy

…WAIT BEFORE YOU LEAVE AND LOOK AT CUTE AT VIDEOS OR SOMETHING (which…I would totally get why you would do that…I mean cats ARE adorable…BUT I still DO NOT forgive you John) BECAUSE HELLO OVERUSED BASIC RECOMMENDATIONS MUCH ahem. Let me explain.

Harry Potter isn’t even high fantasy!

giphy (48).gif

Yeah I know. It’s a weird in between. And that’s why I find it a perfect gateway book.

It has a very magical world that it’s developed enough with it’s own currency, politics and food (food is important ok I want weird crazy magical chocolate frogs and bubble gum that makes you float and magical apple pie that just magically has more cinnamon once you ate all of it off…just saying that wold be an extremely useful thing in day to day life) while also taking place in the real life god old England. Or is it Great Britain?

Please don’t throw crumpets at me. I’m begging you.

It was also my introduction to reading in general because little gremlin me for some reason just wouldn’t read. She found it “boring”…pft…what a muggle.

2942.Six of Crows

Good for: getting into darker themes and multiple POVs

23437156Ha! getting into the deeper ones here.

 Six of Crows is a perfect example of a high fantasy with multiple POVs that is done extremely well!! And since most high fantasy books have an insane amount of POVs I though you should at least get a pleasant first encounter you know, get to know each other, tame it, give it cookies before it becomes a wild wild thing that destroys all of the stories ever. BECAUSE IT DOES!!! Mostly!! There are always exceptions!! This book being one!!

List of things that get POVs in fanatsy books:

  • The hero
  • The comic relief (!! BUT ONLY if they die!! otherwise?? No?? What’s the tragedy in character development?? If no one dies??)
  • Another hero (Who’s staler than a dry cracker but has glowing rainbow sparkle eyes that also glow in the dark…because that’s a trait right? does it replace a personality??)
  • YET ANOTHER HERO (WAIT WHAT JOHN HOW DID HE GET HERE WAIT)
  • A rock
  • That one lady we see for 2 chapters
  • People that conveniently get killed off
  • YET ANOTHER HERO BUT THIS TIME A GIRL because we’re inclusive like that (but don’t worry she still acts 90% like a dude only that she’s a love interest now too)
  • The villain’s goldfish
giphy-tumblr (1)
@me when the books switches to YET ANOTHER POV

2943.The Name of the Wind

Good for: getting into adult fantasy and ginormous books

186074

Look at me being a big girl and recommending something that’s not YA!! Yay! Next adult thing I’ll do is eat dessert for breakfast. I demand brownies all day everyday. With sprinkles. Because I’m an ADULT!

(said the obviously sarcastic teenager…pls I’m like…12…)

I think this is the perfect book in case you want to just dip your foot into the strange waters of adult high fantasy! And I should know since I was scared of reading anything by V. E. Schwab ever because I though it would be too mature or something. AH how smol and gullible I was..a mere 9 months ago…now look at me as obsessed with the Shades of Magic series as ever…

POINT IS: YOU’RE MISSING OUT if you don’t try adult fantasy!

And since this is the adult version of Harry Potter I think it works well as an introduction!

2944.Strange the dreamer

Good for: getting into heavy and complicated fantasy worlds

29748925

Oh Laini Taylor, how you write about the most tragic of beast fascinates me greatly.

 Seriously it’s the best thing ever. Her books are just so full of imagination and creativity that I’m left speechless every single chapter. The worlds are rich with folklore, mythologies, creatures, languages and the wildest of things AND SO SO MUCH MORE that you just cannot not include one of the series on a high fantasy list.

Go read Strange the Dreamer for the most mind blowing of fantasy reads, leave your reality check at the door (because we can’t be having you denying the existence of dragons for the 500th time John) and step into the many whimsical fantastical worlds.

giphy (49)

2945.Nimona

Good for: getting into fantasy comics

Do you know what I love a lot? comics. Do you know what I don’t talk about enough?…comics.

 And this would be the perfect time seeing as there are TONS and tons of comics that take place in a high fantasy setting (we need them elves and potions and magic people we are nerds let’s not forget that).

 I get that that can be a bit confusing for a first time reader – not that an…11th time reader does any better cough me cough- but I though I’ll help ya out a little you little munchkin and recommend my very first graphic novel: NIMONA!

  Since you don’t have to worry about stupid multiverses that make you cry just imagining them (damn you Marvel) you can start here and get a complete satisfying story. The art is also gorgeous and in my favorite style ever since Noelle Stevenson is one of my absolute favorite illustrators.

AND IT HAS DRAGONS!

If that doesn’t catch your attention 1. Who hurt you in this way? 2. There’s nothing more I can do for you, you’ll never know love or friendship and I feel sorry for you and 3. WHat? whY? It’s fricken dragons mate what is there NOT to love??

giphy-downsized (13)

cc506816-e76b-4591-aa76-6899a3286271

But MAYBE you’re not even sure you want to read high fantasy. Why can’t just simple good old urban fantasy be enough?

Well my small innocent munchkin here’s a list of reasons why you should give high fantasy a try:

  • A whole new woooooorld
  • MAGIC!
  • DRAGONS!
  • Complex characters
  • ROYALTY!
  • Mythology
  • it’s pretty much everywhere
  • turn around and
  • yup there it is
  • it’s going to be with you forever now
  • help

BOOKSTAGRAM #2

 

151156124550115721425.jpg

WHAT ABOUT YOU? Do you like reading fantasy (of course you do why wouldn’t you??)? What are some of your favourites? Best type of magical beast?

LET ME KNOW!

Advertisements

21 thoughts on “A guide on how to get into HIGH FANTASY!

  1. Of course I love fantasy. What kind of question is this?
    I’m a culprit writer who use many povs in her fantasy book… *start to act vaguely, like everything is fine*.
    I like ya fantasy as much as adult one, mostly because some adult fantasy are more… fantasy? I don’t know, these kind of books focus more on the world and everything feels much heavier, and so real. Ya fantasy are creative but sometime superficial in some parts.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. All the yes for adult fantasy!! I love YA but yes it is sometimes superficial about the world building…it focuses on ahem “important” things such as love triangles and drama instead *shudders*. I can also always count on aduld fantasy to be stabtastic because YA is pretty sunshine and rainbows -and I sometimes need a good bloody dark side book ya know.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. I wasn’t really into high fantasy until this year, and I still have to be in the right mood for it, but I do like it! And there are def some books that are less overwhelming/confusing when you’re new to it. I never even thought of HP as a gateway book, but you’re right, it is one of those kind of in-between books!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Haha I see Harry Potter as a gateway series because the characters take a literal train from the real world to the fantasy one. AND THEY GET SNACKS!! That’s my dream right there 😂.
      And I still get overwhelmed by 600+ fantasy mammoth books. These books definitely helped me get used to some aspects way quicker!!

      Like

  3. I LOVE high fantasy so much, but I haven’t read any of these books besides Harry Potter and Nimona. They are absolutely on my TBR tough, especially- all of them.Yes, all of them are in m TBR because I’m PUMPED for all of them.
    Dragons, magic, monarchies, and mythology is definitely my thing, and this is also my favorite genre. It’s a shame that I haven’t read most of the books on this list considering, but I’m glad to know that they also belong to the genre. I’m even more excited now!

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Of those on your list I’ve only read Harry Potter and Six of Crows but the others sound amazing too. I am 100% here for dragons and anyone who isn’t needs to leave okay? There should be dragons in all books whether they be high fantasy or not.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Get dragons into contemporary and I’m a happy camper!! Also space dragons sound amazing and I would definitely read a book that has them!! AGHH now I have so many ideas for dragon books!! Why are there so fewww??
      Wait people that don’t like dragons exist?? …that must be sad…

      Like

  5. UGHHH!!! FANTASY IS MY LIFE. I WOULD DIE WITHOUT IT. THIS REAL WORLD IS JUST TOO MUNDANE. 😂😂😂😂😂 SOOO DEVOID OF nay magic and imagination – I DO BELIEVE THAT I I’D BE DEAD IF HIGH FANTASY DID NOT EXIST. I am soooo NOT KIDDING about it. I MEAN, DRAGONS!!! SERIOUSLY DUDE!! FUCKING AMAZING, MAJESTIC? D-R-A-G-O-N-S. Anyone who doesn’t like this genre repels me. SERIOUSLY. I CAN’T STAND PEOPLE TELLING ME ALL THE TIME – “You know, all this fantasy stuff isn’t good for you.” YEAH, RIGHT! Like all that EROTICA YOU READ IS REAL GOOD FOR YOUR MIND AND LITERARY SKILLS. 😂😂😂😂😂

    I got into this genre not due to Harry Potter though. But Lord of the Rings. I FUCKING LOVED THAT SERIES. AND IT FLAMED MY DESIRE FOR MORE EPIC AWESOMENESS. And I have heard a lot about The Name of the Wind series too.

    ANYWAY, GREAT POST, Iona. And the fact that you are as crazy for Fantasy as I am……we should be book-besties. I am serious. 😂😂😂

    Like

    1. The real world sucks – have some dragons is my bestest advice to anyone ever.
      DRAGONS ARE MAGESTIC AND SHOULD ABSOLUTLEY DEFINITELY BE PRAISED TO THE HEAVENS.
      What peasant dares tell me fantasy insn’t good for me is officially canceled. I WILL send dragons to eat them. If you don’t like fantasy stay away from me. Preferably a whole continet or galaxy away. Move to another planet. Kthx.
      THE NAME OF THE WIND IS EPIC AMAZING AWESOMENESS TO THE MAX!! YOU NEED TO READ IT LIKE YESTERDAY.
      Book besties sounds AMZING but I rather prefer book queens rules of the galaxies. It fits us waayyyy more 😂!

      Like

      1. HAHAHAHHAHAHA!!!! YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! SO TRUE, Iona! So WE ARE THE RULER OF THE GALAXIES!! HELL YEAH. ANYONE WHO DARES TO QUESTION US OR TRIES TO GET IN OUR WAY WILL BE………..*INCINERATED* ;p ;p ;p

        Liked by 1 person

  6. (Okay I posted a similar comment just now but idk if it uploaded because WordPress logged me out and I have to log in again) DID YOU SAY THAT THE NAME OF THE WIND = THE ADULT VERSION OF HARRY POTTER? I saw a lot of people saying how good it is, but I didn’t know if I should read it because I’m a scared bean and I don’t want to step out of my comfort zone (AKA YA). But if it’s Harry Potter good, then HECK YEAH I’M GONNA READ IT.
    My favorite type of magical beast = unicorn!!! I love dragons too, but unicorns are better in my opinion. Lol ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. (WordPress is a flop so thank you for this mighty comment ❤)
      THE NAME OF THE WIND IS SO GOOD. It’s the BEST!! I’m not even mad that the next book is 900 pages because it’s SO GOOD AND I NEED MORE!! Magical school and snarky dude with awesome powers?? HECK YES!!
      *gasps in betrayal* OMG how dare you diminish the power of the mighty dragon!! Jk unicorns are fabulous beans too but I will just stick to my big deadly fire breathing cute lizards 😂.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Awesome guide! I struggled with this when I first started reading fantasy and it’s always nice to have other people help out on what to read next and why. One can feel a bit lost, especially when it comes to this genre, which is so vast and complex and so full of intricacies.
    Very, very well done! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Oh this is such a fantastic guide, THANK YOU for the lovely recommendations 🙂 I have only been getting into fantasy more and more lately, and I still haven’t read Six of Crows, despite ALL the hype ahah – I really need to someday 🙂 Nimona sounds SO cool. I don’t usually read a lot of comics, but I heard great things about that one, I really want to try it out!
    Thank you for this lovely post! xx

    Like

  9. I really want to read Six of Crows! I loved the Grisha trilogy, and I know it is set in the same world, so I’m super keen to read it!

    I was wondering, would you consider ACOTAR epic fantasy? And what kind of things do you think distinguish epic fantasy from just regular fantasy, because I’m never sure?

    I loved this post – and I will definitely check out your recommendations ❤❤

    Liked by 2 people

    1. I absolutley love the Grisha world but ahh my TBR is crushing me and if I added another trilogy on it I’m sure it would just eat me alive.
      ACOTAR is definitely epic fantasy!! I define them as epic fantasy = dragons, urban fantasy = probably no dragons and fantasy is just the all encompassing, wonderful genre. (Epic fantasy is when the world is invented. Like a whole new realm. Harry Potter still takes place in our England ergo not epic.)
      Thank you so much for commenting ❤!! I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about the books!

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Fantasy is my favorite genre, and I think it all started with The Magic Treehouse series haha. From them on I moved up. Haven’t read HP yet…But this is an excellent guide. 100% agree with you on Six of Crows and Strange the Dreamer! Fantastic world-building and character development are key elements to an engrossing fantasy. I really need to get my hands on The Name of the Wind. SO many people have been talking about it/recommending it recently!

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s