The Violet Fairy book (1906)
The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to fantasy:
Fantasy – genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary plot element, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from the genre of science fiction by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific themes and efforts to make depictions scientifically plausible, though there is a great deal of overlap between the two genres.
What type of thing is fantasy?
Fantasy can be described as all of the following:
- Genre – any category of literature or other forms of art or entertainment, e.g. music, whether written or spoken, audial or visual, based on some set of stylistic criteria. For example, jazz is a genre of music. Fantasy is a genre of fiction, and more specifically, a genre of speculative fiction.
- Genre of fiction – fiction is a form of narrative which deals, in part or in whole, with events that are not factual, but rather, imaginary and invented by its author(s). Although fiction often describes a major branch of literary work, it is also applied to theatrical, cinematic, and musical work.
- Genre of speculative fiction – one of the more fantastical fiction genres. Others include science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history.
- Genre fiction – fictional works (novels, short stories, etc.) written with the intent of fitting into a specific literary genre in order to appeal to readers and fans already familiar with that genre. Also known as popular fiction.
Works of fantasy
Fantasy computer games
Fantasy role-playing games
Fantasy short stories
Venues for science fiction short stories
See the List of fantasy worlds. Some examples of fantasy worlds include:
Persons influential in fantasy
Authors of fantasy
See the List of fantasy authors. Some influential fantasy writers include:
- C.S. Lewis – wrote the Chronicles of Narnia series of novels.
- David Eddings – American fantasy writer, who, with his wife Leigh, he authored several best-selling epic fantasy novel series, including The Belgariad (1982–84), The Malloreon (1987–91), The Elenium (1989–91), The Tamuli (1992–94) and The Dreamers (2003–06).
- George R. R. Martin – American screenwriter and author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction. He is best known for A Song of Ice and Fire, his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels that HBO adapted for their dramatic series Game of Thrones.
- J. K. Rowling – author of the Harry Potter series
- J.R.R. Tolkien – famous for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
- Michael Moorcock
- Ursula K. Le Guin
- Katherine Kurtz –
- Lewis Carroll – English writer, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, as well as the poems "The Hunting of the Snark" and "Jabberwocky", all examples of the genre of literary nonsense.
- L. Frank Baum – American author of children's books, best known for writing The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
- Stephenie Meyer – American young adult author and producer, best known for her vampire romance series Twilight.
- R.A. Salvatore –