Why I Love Fantasy Books

I was having my usual conversation with my good friend Noriko and I was telling her how my reading black hole slump has been demolished by my current read. I’ve read 70% of the book in two days and it’s really hard to stop. It’s so crazy because I had no interest in reading for weeks for one reason or another but my husband grew concerned that I wasn’t reading and I finally decided it was time to climb out of the hole.

Man, I am not disappointed not in the least! My current read is called A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet and this was her debut novel last year. The amount of magic and mythology and everything else she has dumped in this book is literally giving me the best dreams ever, haha. Anyway, so I was gushing to Noriko (my muse) about it and describing the general premise of the story when I thought it would make a good post to tell you all why I love reading fantasy books more than any other genre especially when it’s sprinkled with a little romance (which is my second favorite genre). So here we go:

  • Uniqueness: Fantasy novels are completely unique in that you are conjuring a world in your head that literally doesn’t exist anywhere in this world. Sure it might have a little bit of resemblances to certain cities perhaps or particular landscapes but it’s largely a world the author has created in their head and passed onto you. Not only that, the people, creatures, spirits, gods that live in the world are just as unique as the world itself.
  • Character names and their powers: We all wish we could have a certain power whether its a light one or dark one. Maybe we want to be a God, witch, mermaid, etc. We get to do that in a book. Not only have you transported yourself into the unique, fantastical world, you’ve also transported yourself into the characters. The writing makes you feel everything they’re feeling while your imagination is running wild. You’re flying on a dragon’s back or running through the forest on the back of a minotaur. I mean the possibilities become so endless. You feel as invincible as your character.
  • Conflict: This sort of piggybacks off of the uniqueness but the conflict that occurs in the story is something you never really could imagine. For example, in my current read, the main character was tortured for many years as a young child and when she finally escaped she stayed in hiding until a warlord found her. She lives by a very specific lifestyle that keeps her alive because her particular powers are very much wanted by many in the realm. She’s literally almost invincible but she struggles to figure out how to really live when she’s so used to people using and abusing her. Like, I know that sounds like something you could read in any book but you have to remember there are beings thrown into the mix that are conjured in this world that amplifies this conflict tenfold.
  • Research: I know every author who writes a novel does research. They want their books to be as accurate as possible. I just feel like when it comes to fantasy there’s deeper research involved to make sure it’s right. When stories involve Greek Gods such as Zeus and Poseidon or mythical creatures such as Cerberus, you need to know what you’re talking about. The feeling of Googling the mythical name to see if what the author wrote in the story is true or a spin on the regular myth is such a good feeling because not only did the author teach me something new I may not have known before but it also encourages me to continue learning long after I’ve finished the book.

So those are the four main reasons I wanted to share with you all. I could go on forever but as this post is already almost 700 words, I don’t want to lose your interest especially if you’ve made it this far. Do you read fantasy books? Do you like the genre or have a favorite genre of your own you want to share with me why you love so much? Let me know in the comments below!


17 thoughts on “Why I Love Fantasy Books

    1. You’ll be seeing my review on Goodreads today I’m sure. I’m so close to finishing it and I don’t even know what to think about what the sequel will bring, haha but I can’t wait!


  1. Great post, Nel! I love fantasy too, but I don’t read it enough as I want too! I really want to finish all the Charley Davidson books this month, but I (stupidly) asked for too many ARCs from Netgalley and Edelweiss for when I was on break. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but now I don’t want to read them LOL! I need to check out the book you are reading; it sounds so good!! 🙂


    1. Thanks Steph!! Aaah the struggle! That’s one of the reasons why I don’t have a NetGalley account cause I already know I would never be able to keep up. I can’t wait for you to continue with Charley and if you ever want to discuss what’s happening in them feel free to message me anytime!! Yes! Add this to your TBR! It’s pretty great!


      1. Yeah, I almost wish I didn’t have one right now. My percentage is at 96%, so I’m not worried about it being below the 80% that it needs to be, but I have 5 books that I need to read before school starts back up and write the reviews for. Sure, I can probably read them, but I didn’t think about how much I would want to spend the last month of December reading the books that I wanted to read and trying to clear books off my TBR before things get crazy with classes again. Or that the kids will be out of school and I want to spend 2 weeks with them and not writing reviews prepping for Jan just to get ahead. I clearly did not plan things out, LOL! I’m dying to finish with Charley!! I want to know if they are going to get married or not!! And thanks!! 🙂 I will! It sounds great!


  2. Great, detailed post as usual, Nel! Haha, thanks for the credit! But seriously, this is all your own doing, I was just listening to your gushing though!
    That book does sound so good and intriguing… emotional conflict is my thing, you know?


  3. LOVE THIS POST! Oh gosh I just adore how unique fantasy books are!! And how crazy imaginative they are!! (also your current read sounds awesome!) And yes I love how the fantasy element can be used to add to the conflict 😀 And the level of detail in fantasy is brilliant!!
    And as you know I absolutely love the genre- definitely one of my favourites 😀 And since you;re asking for favourites, if you haven’t read it I really recommend Daughter of Smoke and bone cos I really think you’ll like it! 😉 😀


    1. OMG! Okay I promise that is the next series I read because I keep forgetting I NEED to read it! Oh yes, I know how much you love this genre and I love that you love it as much as I do! It’s absolutely brilliant and who doesn’t love a good escape right?? Regular human Earth is so boring without our wild imaginations!


  4. Yes! This!!

    I was sat crying earlier and hubs said to me what wrong and I answered between sobs “one of my favourite characters just spent two pages getting mauled to death by a dragon.” I mean who else but fantasy readers ever get to come out with lines like that? 😉


  5. Ah! Fantasy! Yes! 🙂 Yes to all you said…
    I also had th epleasure of having some pretty crazy dreams due to reading… it’s wonderful when that happens… the knowing that a book, a story, has grabbed you so much it influences the subconscious… great stuff! 🙂


    1. Oh that’s such a good point! And it seems you always remember the fantasy dreams more than the regular mundane ones which just makes reading fantasy even more awesome.


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