Today I am very honoured, for I have fantasy author, M. Pax, writing a post for me on my blog. M. Pax is author of the popular sci-fi series, The Backworlds, and the new adult urban fantasy Hetty Locklear series. She knows her stuff, as you will read below. If you are not already a fan, then follow the links at the bottom of the post to her exciting worlds!
Why is Fantasy so Popular? By M. Pax
Ghosts, werewolves, and vampires lurk under our desks, in our cars, and in the house next store. Dragons, swords, angels, and elves are everywhere. So much so, the niche of fantasy borders on mainstream. We see it in books, on TV, in the movies, and in games.
Could part of the answer have to do with us living our lives in a virtual sense? We interact in binary code with people we never see in worlds that don’t exist which are created on machines. Games like Second Life and The Sims showed us the way to leading a pretend life that for many became as real as the non-virtual world. Many prefer their virtual selves and spend as much time there as possible. Is that it?
Or perhaps as reality becomes more complicated, the news more dire, our stress levels go through the roof, and life becomes more of a struggle, it’s natural for many to turn to any form of escapism.
“Hey,” a citizen might think, “my life is simple compared to this vampire hunting or falling in love with a demon.”
Or perhaps it’s just more interesting. As our world opens up and much mystery is stripped away, fantasy may be one of the last refuges of the unknowable. It just may be more fun to think of the neighbor you never see as a werewolf.
The reasons for fantasy’s surge in popularity could be myriad and probably are. I think it boils down to the need to escape, though. What provides a better one than fantasy and science fiction?
Best of all, the explosion of the genre proves imagination isn’t dead. What a wonderful thing!
Why do you think fantasy has become so popular?
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In the far future, humanity settles the stars, bioengineering its descendents to survive in a harsh universe.
After the war with the Foreworlders, Backworlders scatter across the planets left. Competition is fierce and pickings are scant. Scant enough that Craze’s father decides to improve his fortunes by destroying his son.
Cut off from family and friends with little money and even less knowledge of the worlds beyond his own, Craze heads into an uncertain future. Boarding the transport to Elstwhere, he vows to make his father regret this day.
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M. Pax is author of the sci-fi series, The Backworlds, and the new adult urban fantasy Hetty Locklear series. A Browncoat and SG fan, she’s also slightly obsessed with Jane Austen. In the summers she docents as a star guide at Pine Mountain Observatory where the other astronomers now believe she has the most extensive collection of moon photos in existence. No fear, there will be more next summer. She lives in stunning Central Oregon with the Husband Unit and two lovely, spoiled cats.