What is fantasy?
What Does fantasy Mean
From the Latin phantasia (which, in turn, comes from a Greek word), fantasy is the human faculty that allows us to reproduce, through mental images, past things or to represent events that do not belong to the realm of reality. These events can be possible (for example, fantasizing about going to the beach next summer) or unrealizable (walking among dinosaurs or talking with a dog).
Fantasy can also be understood as the highest degree of imagination or ingenious thinking . These thoughts can be captured in artistic works, such as stories , novels, or movies .
The concept of fantasy can be associated with that of sexual play . A sexual fantasy is what a person would like to specify when having sex.
Fantasy , finally, is an animated film directed by James Algar and Samuel Armstrong that was released in 1940 . The film transcended thanks to its music , performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Leopold Stokowski .
Fantastic Literary Genre
In literature the texts are classified by genre , where each one includes those works with similar characteristics. This allows a clear ordering of the stories that enables them to be easily found by readers, according to their own interests.
Within the various classifications that fiction literature receives , there is a genre known as fantasy and in which are contained those works that tell stories that cannot occur in a real context , that ignore the laws of nature and that seeks to take the reader to imaginary worlds to make them reflect, many times, on their own but from abstract elements.
The fantastic genre is one that presents imaginary and supernatural elements in its plot . It is about one that violates the rules of reality, with talking animals, monsters, immortal people and beings that travel in time.
Within this classification, novels such as "The Hobbit" or "The endless story" could be located; but it is necessary to clarify that it is even a very complete genre because inside we can also find more warlike novels and others oriented to the mere flight of the imagination.
In this way, science fiction , also known as anticipation literature, is a genre that arises from the combination of fantasy (that which does not exist in reality) and science . It raises situations that have not yet happened (therefore, they are unreal), but that could happen thanks to the advancement of scientific knowledge.
On the other hand, those works that combine elements of the chivalric books or the pastoral novel with fantastic elements are considered to be Epic Fantasy , among which we can mention "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey"; even, for many scholars, Don Quixote could be included in this classification, although in my opinion it is a much more complex work that cannot be pigeonholed into any genre because it has a little bit of all of them.
The creation of a work of this style is extremely difficult because the writer has to be credible at all times, he must analyze every vague corner of the world and understand how it affects the story; that is to say, it has to make the reader draw that world in his head and feel identified with what happens in it.
To achieve this, it is necessary for the author to first create the story and understand what the objective of telling it is and, from there, to capture all that Fantastic Universe in the clearest possible way , so that all readers can enter in the same world and reading is satisfactory for all.