Fluent in Fantasy: A Guide to Reading Interests

Fluent in Fantasy: A Guide to Reading Interests

by ABC-CLIO

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Overview

The rich and complex genre of fantasy fiction appeals to readers of all ages. Designed for readers' advisors and collection development specialists in public, school, and college libraries, this in-depth guide expands upon the material on fantasy fiction offered in Genreflecting. Herald offers a historical and structural overview of the genre, describes 15 subgenres and a score of variations within them, and lists the best and most current reads available in the fantasy arena. Descriptive entries contain information about pertinent review resources, bibliographies, criticism, awards, and organizations. An author/title and subject index help provide easy access to specific titles and authors and an appendix lists recommended fantasy titles for young adults. A must for readers' advisors and collection development specialists, this book will also be valuable to writers, researchers, bookstore owners, and dedicated fans of fantasy fiction.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781563086557
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/15/1999
Series: Genreflecting Advisory Series
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Diana Tixier Herald, a former readers' advisory librarian, is program and outreach manager at Delta County Libraries, Delta, CO, and an author, readers' advisory consultant, workshop presenter, and speaker.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
Chapter 1Introduction1
What Is Fantasy?2
Importance of Fantasy4
Where Is Fantasy Going?5
Scope and Purpose5
Selection of Titles6
Organization of the Book6
Reviews and Resources for Librarians7
The Nature of Fantasy Readers8
Chapter 2Overview of the Genre9
Fantasy Conventions9
History of the Fantasy Genre9
Early Fantasy Authors11
Chapter 3Sword and Sorcery15
Quest26
Tolkien28
Epic30
Heroic37
Wizards, Sorcerers, and Enchantresses42
D's Picks47
Chapter 4Saga, Myth, and Legend49
Arthurian Legend49
Robin Hood and Sherwood Forest55
Ancient Civilizations55
Celtic Fantasy56
The Americas60
Asia60
Europe61
Africa and the Middle East63
Byzantium63
D's Picks63
Chapter 5Fairy Tales65
The Familiar66
Originals69
Fairy Tale Short Stories71
D's Picks72
Chapter 6Humor73
D's Picks78
Chapter 7A Bestiary79
Anthologies79
Unicorns80
Dragons81
Uncommon Common Animals85
D's Picks87
Chapter 8World of Faerie89
D's Picks92
Chapter 9Contemporary Fantasy93
Urban Fantasy93
The Human Condition96
Magic Realism98
D's Picks100
Chapter 10Alternate and Parallel Worlds101
Alternate History101
Parallel Worlds106
Alternate Worlds114
D's Picks120
Chapter 11Time Travel121
D's Picks123
Chapter 12Paranormal Powers125
Psionic Powers125
Shapeshifters133
Immortality134
Supernatural Beings135
D's Picks136
Chapter 13Graphic Novels137
D's Picks140
Chapter 14Celebrity Characters141
D's Picks143
Chapter 15Shared Worlds145
Shared World Series146
Dungeons and Dragons and Other Role-Playing Game Worlds154
Novels Based on Role-Playing Games155
D's Picks155
Chapter 16Dark Fantasy157
Weird Tales161
D's Picks162
Chapter 17Fantasy Featuring Detection163
D's Picks168
Chapter 18Romantic Fantasy169
D's Picks171
Chapter 19Short Stories173
Anthologies173
Anthology Series177
Collections178
Chapter 20Resources181
Bibliographies and Biographies181
Encyclopedia183
Guides and Atlases183
History and Criticism186
Journals188
Online Resources188
Publishers190
Organizations and Conventions192
Awards193
Fantasy Awards193
SF and Fantasy Awards199
Appendix AThe Vocabulary of Fantasy or Common Conventions201
Appendix BThe YALSA-BK Best Fantasy for YA List205
Appendix CRecommended Core Collection209
References217
Author/Title Index219
Subject Index253

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