603-102-MQ, Fantasy Fiction
This course will examine the various elements present in Fantasy Fiction novels. Many of these novels take place in imaginary worlds where magic and unexplainable events take place. Fantasy fiction is distinguishable from other literary genres because it calls on the authors to invent and recreate the world they are familiar with. It is important to remember that “a fantasy [novel] has to work harder to make a reader believe; accepting a world of dragons and magic, orcs and ogres is more difficult because the mind rebels against the possibility instead of embracing it. Each flaw, each unexplainable happenstance makes it harder to immerse in the story, and immersion is necessary to truly enjoy a book” . By reading essays, short stories and novels, students will familiarize themselves with the various components that are present in fantasy fiction, and whether the authors are successful in the creation of their world or not.