Fantasy is a form of Fiction. I like to described the
differences in various Fiction as, 'Historical Fiction is what might have
been, Science Fiction is what might be, and Fantasy Fiction is Scientific
Theory; since they both are just as hard to prove, and if proved they are
no longer what they once were.'
People are always trying to prove Fantasy, with
sightings of Big Foot, Loch Ness Monster, the Yeti, as well as more
mythic creatures such as Werewolves, Vampires, Ghosts, and many other beings from what we call
Mythology or Legends. No one can prove any of these things do not exist or
did not exist. this is what makes Fantasy.
In Fantasy Fiction powers are derived naturally. A
person, creature, place or thing has exceptional powers bestowed that
explain the actions and events in the story. In Science Fiction these
exceptional capabilities come from machinery. Often these two forms of
Fiction overlap, as in the Star Wars series. These types of Fiction are
sometimes called Science Fantasy.
I find Fantasy somewhat more disturbing than most
Science Fiction. The reason is if Science Fiction was to come true then
everyone would have the opportunity to perform the actions depicted in the
story since it would be possible to obtain the machinery. Fantasy;
however, the powers are less tangible.
Those that enjoy a good book or fans of Fantasy Fiction will find some recommendations for
their Reading List in this section. I hope you make one or two new