A world I grew up loving...Oz!

Great fantasy worlds, and what makes them great

There are some good ideas here for fantasy authors (though many other fiction authors create worlds of sorts).

Gwen Bristol

A world I grew up loving...Oz!A world I grew up loving…Oz!

I fell in love with fantasy worlds in fifth grade. That year, one very influential teacher held a reading contest, and I won by immersing myself in Frank L. Baum’s Oz books, the chronicles of Narnia, Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain, all of the Mary Poppins books, and just about everything else I could get my hands on from the tiny elementary school library.

My prize: a boxed set of Tolkien’s works–The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings–which, I am sure, stamped, sealed and certified my enduring love of fantasy.

Decades later, I still think it’s all about the worlds. Even then, I knew the revitalizing power of escaping. I understood there was a real chance of finding my lost self when I delved into a good book.

Who doesn’t love immersing themselves in someplace new? Taking a break from reality? Isn’t that…

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2 comments on “Great fantasy worlds, and what makes them great

  1. Thanks for this, Chris. I think you’re right – it’s not just fantasy & sci-fi writers who create worlds. Many of us more ‘real world’ writers make-up locations, institutions etc and they all have to be believable.

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