What genre?. Defining ‘Fantasy’. Fantasy , a term used (in the context of children’s literature) to describe works of fiction, written by a specific author (i.e. not traditional) and usually novel-length, which involve the supernatural or some other unreal element . Good definition???
What really happens is that the story-maker proves a successful “sub-creator”. He makes a SecondaryWorld which your mind can enter. Inside it, what he relates is “true”: it accords with the laws of that world. You therefore believe it, while you are, as it were, inside. The moment disbelief arises, the spell is broken; the magic, or rather art, has failed.
Can someone explain this in his own words?
We will use Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring &
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as case-studies
BUT The Great Hall seems to be having no roof and the Hobbits live in extraordinary looking houses
Both movies/books have
1/ Recurrency Plot: peace-chaos-peace
2/ Romantic Heroes: more abilities than humans but no Gods
3/ Fantastical elements: HP:Quidditch, posions, ministry of wizardry, transfiguration,…
LOTR: hobbits/Nazgul/orcs/eternal life/…
4/ Included Subgenres: seriesbooks, ghost-stories and horror (excerpt smeagol turns into Gollem 3’-6’ 3rd movie)
5/ Fantastic languages: Sindarin, Quenya: elves languages + Entish (tree language)in LOTR / English-Latin magical lang. POTTER (vingardium leviosa)
6/ Foreshadowing of things to come
‘While Good can imagine what it would look like to be Evil, Evil can not imagine what it would look like to be Good.’
!! Many characters are each others opposites:
Consider this: ‘I can’t carry the ring for you, but I can carry you’
Is Harry Potter the only hero in J.K. Rowling’s tales?
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