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!
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
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:
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)
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!
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.
2.Six of Crows
Good for: getting into darker themes and multiple POVs
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
3.The Name of the Wind
Good for: getting into adult fantasy and ginormous books
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!
4.Strange the dreamer
Good for: getting into heavy and complicated fantasy worlds
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.
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??
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
- Complex characters
- it’s pretty much everywhere
- turn around and
- yup there it is
- it’s going to be with you forever now