The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel

by Diana Wynne Jones
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The Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel by Diana Wynne Jones

The definitive edition of a cult classic by the legendary Diana Wynne Jones.

Imagine that all fantasy novels—the ones featuring dragons, knights, wizards, and magic—are set in the same place. That place is called Fantasyland. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland is your travel guide, a handbook to everything you might find: Evil, the Dark Lord, Stew, Boots (but not Socks), and what passes for Economics and Ecology. Both a hilarious send-up of the cliches of the genre and an indispensable guide for writers, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland has been nearly impossible to find for years. Now this cult classic is back, and readers can experience Diana Wynne Jones at her very best: incisive, funny, and wildly imaginative. This is the definitive edition of The Tough Guide, featuring a new map, an entirely new design, and additional material written for it by Diana Wynne Jones.

World Fantasy Award Finalist

A Hugo Award Finalist (Nonfiction)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142407226
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/05/2006
Edition description: Revised and Updated Edition
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 161,675
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.62(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Diana Wynne Jones was the multiple award-winning author of many fantasy novels for children, teenagers, and adults. Her book Howl's Moving Castle was made into an Academy Award-nominated major animated feature by Hayao Miyazaki. She received the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Married to the medievalist J. A. Burrow, with whom she had three sons, she lived for many years in Bristol, the setting for many of her books. Diana Wynne Jones passed away in March 2011, after a long illness.

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Tough Guide to Fantasyland: The Essential Guide to Fantasy Travel 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
ranger_maiden More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge fantasy fan who also loves to write fantasy. I do my best to avoid using cliches, and this book is helpful for that. Even better, the author has a really great and sarcastic sense of humor, so reading all the cliches was even more fun! Anyone who reads or writes fantasy should own a copy of this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you love fantasy, this book is for you. Everything, I mean everything, is covered, from coloring (you can tell how good or bad someone is just by the color of their eyes and hair) to quest, eternal (see: eternal quest). Add to it completely random gnomic utterences at the beginning of each section, and you have the perfect guide for visiting fantasy land.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My friend recently showed me this book and we were cracking up as I read some of it. We are both writing fantasy stories, and it was fun to see exactly how many fantasy stereotypes we followed. I did want to slap myself in the end. It's truly amazing how many constants there are in the world of writing. Even so, this book is too fun not to read. Any fan of fantasy will love it, and I absolutely can't wait to get my own copy. From swords to mentors to horses, The Tough Guide has everything you wanted to know about Fantasyland. Or maybe you already knew.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have to say I adored this book. Its hilarity came from how familiar so many of its entries were, especially the ones like 'HORSES' and 'BATH' and 'STEW'. I highly recommend this book for anyone who reads fantasy -- a lot of the jokes are a little 'inside' if you don't read fantasy, but then again, if you don't read fantasy this isn't the sort of book you'd probably be reading. I keep this book on the end table beside my bed.
HollowellTheForgottenRoom More than 1 year ago
The Tough Guide to Fantasyland is full of wit and wisdom. Diana Wynne Jones has identified common patterns in science fiction / fantasy books and created a sturdy framework. Most sci-fi / fantasy book will fit quite comfortably into this frame; that's how good it is. Still, there are some surprises left. The Tough Guide lists key terms in alphabetical order. For example,"dwarves" and "elves" usually make good allies, although dwarves may be rather surly and the magical lands of elves are initially hard to find. Wynn Jones also advises leaving all rings alone, especially ones inscribed with runes (shades of J.R.R. Tolkien, here). Bands of brothers & sisters embark on quests, also known as "tours," and they typically include heroes & heroines, a bard, and an elusive stranger. They generally fight the dark lord and his armies of minions until they save the world. This guidebook is even applicable to our modern-day situations. Drones and satellites are a ready-substitute for archetypal "leathery winged avians." Mercenary contractors are running amok, and "weather modification" is indeed possible with cloud seeding and aerosol geoengineering. Finally, readers must be aware that there is omnipotent behind-the-scenes leadership. Wynne Jones refers to this simply as "The Management." She has kindly provided us with an uproariously funny, supremely useful, and timeless guidebook.
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Firannion More than 1 year ago
If you're enough of a fan of fantasy to have a sense of the usual tropes and cliches of the genre, this book is an absolute must-read. The first time I read it, my teenage son, who also devours fantasy fiction, kept running into the room to ask me what was so funny because I kept bursting out into fits of giggling. Wynne-Jones's observations are spot-on, lacerating and absolutely hysterical. Once you've read it, I guarantee that you will not be able to see 'stew' on the menu anywhere without laughing.
Rosalind39 More than 1 year ago
I spent years searching for this while it was out of print, and was practically dancing for joy when I found out it was being re-printed. It was worth all of the searching and waiting to get my hands on a copy. The book is funny to read straight through for fun, but also incredibly useful to anyone who loves writing, especially in the fantasy genre because of its attention to details ranging from character tropes to settings, and various cliches that can be found in fantasy. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, and any aspiring fantasy author.
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Sora_Kuraiika More than 1 year ago
This book was hilarious. I honestlsy love this book;I love it so much you don't even know. It brought to light trends and cliches in Fantasy novels that I didn't even know existed. For anyone who's trying to write fiction, or just wants a good laugh, this is an excelent choice.
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