This book explores the many elements of the fantasy realm and examines the use of magic in stories for children and young adults. Topics include fairy tales, magical objects, secret languages, mysterious books, time travel, mythological creatures, and the roots of magic.
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About the Author
Simon Rose is the author of The Alchemist's Portrait, The Sorcerer's Letterbox, The Clone Conspiracy, The Emerald Curse, The Heretic's Tomb, The Doomsday Mask, The Time Camera, The Sphere of Septimus, Flashback, Future Imperfect, Twisted Fate, and the Shadowzone series. He is also the author of The Children's Writer's Guide, The Time Traveler's Guide, The Working Writer's Guide, The Social Media Writer's Guide, a contributor to The Complete Guide to Writing Science Fiction and has written many non-fiction books with Weigl Publishers and Capstone. Simon offers a wide variety of presentations, workshops and author in residence programs for schools, along with virtual author visits by video using Skype. He is an instructor for adults with the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University and offers a variety of in-person and online workshops for both children and adults. Simon offers a number of services for writers, including manuscript evaluation, editing, writing workshops, and coaching. He also offers copywriting services for business, including website and social media content. Full details can be found at his website simon-rose.com. You may also visit his channel on YouTube, follow him on Twitter, or connect on Facebook.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Carla Trueheart for Readers' Favorite Exploring the Fantasy Realm: Magic in Stories for Children and Young Adults is small in size, but packs in a lot of information about writing in the fantasy genre. Included in the book are examples from fantasy books, including fairy tales, children’s stories, and YA novels. Author Simon Rose highlights topics such as common themes in fantasy, some tools of the trade in the fantasy novel, the role of the child or hero, and the unique universes created by fantasy novelists. The reader will also find information on the antagonist or evil characters in fantasy novels, the role of the wizard or witch, and will learn about specific languages used in the genre to make a new and different world come to life in readers’ minds. Many favorite books are discussed and used as examples and reference, including Harry Potter. There were quite a few subjects discussed in Exploring the Fantasy Realm, and while I enjoyed all of the explored elements, a few stood out as interesting. In particular, I enjoyed the topic Tools of the Trade, as author Simon Rose pointed out elements such as magic wands, time travel devices (magic versus machine), and spell books. Also of note was the topic of symbolism and themes, with a focus on why these are important for the reader and writer in fantasy genres. This is not a writing guide, but more of an overview of the elements of fantasy writing. I would recommend it to those interested in learning more about writing in the fantasy genre, however, as it does provide information that is useful in the writing process.