Make sure to SAVE this for later on Pinterest! What is Dark Fantasy as a genre? Dark fantasy is a sub-genre of fantasy fiction and is becoming increasingly popular within the reader and bookish communities. It is characterized by borderline horror aspects that are dark, gritty, and create a gloomy world and aesthetic. However, itContinue reading “What is Dark Fantasy?”
Tolkien preferred to be called a creator rather than an author—and it’s clear as to why. The languages, geography, maps, people, and calendars in his story made the readers feel as if they were a part of this mythological environment. He is called the “Father of Modern Fantasy” for a reason. If you enjoy high epic fantasy such as LOTR, then make sure to check out Raven Queen, Arise. It’s my first dark high fantasy book in the Temple of Vengeance series, a quadrilogy of epic releases featuring the assertive anti-heroine Illyria and containing more swords, sorcery, and sex than the law allows.
The tragedy. The cautionary tale. The prescriptive tale. They’re all synonyms to me. They describe the importance of bad things happening in fiction. Sometimes to good people. Sometimes to bad people. Sometimes karmically due. Sometimes unfortunately raw and undeserved. So it is with everything that happens in Jemisin’s The Fifth Season. I loved this bookContinue reading “Needful Misfortune”
Heroic agency in literature and in life is often discussed as a dual nature: light and shadow. The tension is typically drawn between a creative force and a destructive force. In this construction, a hero is a two-sided coin with a light side and a dark side. There’s even a pop culture meme about aContinue reading “Light + Shadow = Hero”
I don’t know why Revenge plots are my jam. But Revenge plots are my absolute fav, hands down. I don’t even care what the setting is most of the time. Whether it’s a case of generalized vigilantism a la The Punisher or a woman-in-jeopardy thriller when she flips the metaphorical table and goes hunting forContinue reading “Revenge Is Not A Side Dish”
Even monsters have issues from time to time.