Questions tagged [fantasy-genre]

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What can I do about every non-Tolkien fantasy book feeling “fake” or a “rip-off”? [closed]

Although I remember enjoying the first few books of Wheel of Time, and it had several very interesting concepts such as alternate dimensions and time travel (?), it never really stuck with me the way ...
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Why are the Elves always shown as having thoughts about leaving this world for some utopia rather than reveling in their life on Earth? [closed]

Is this trope there to reinforce the belief that Elves are a superior race, come from somewhere else and they don't have the vigour and childish imagination of the more mundane races to find peace in ...
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First Chinese story with a flying sword

So, in the Chinese high fantasy "xianxia" genre, a common armament used by characters is magical, flying swords. Sometimes they ride around on them like flying surfboards, sometimes they use ...
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Which author first referred to their own work as Grimdark?

This question does not apply to writers who have called their work grimdark in retrospect. Meaning, after the book had already come out. There are books that came out decades ago, before the term '...
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When did an overlap in readership of both Sci-Fi and Fantasy first become recognized by publishers?

In the early 20th century magazines of speculative fiction began to acquire both science fiction and fantasy works. Prior to this fantasy seems to have been mostly romantic sagas or fairy tales, and ...
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What is the earliest instance of “Dark Elves” in modern Fantasy?

In many different modern fantasy settings, Dark Elves as a race share some common traits, and can be considered to be an archetype of sorts from which each setting adapt some features to better fit in ...
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What is the origin of the “clerics can create water” trope?

All Dungeons and Dragons edition I'm familiar with have its Cleric character class. Apparently, D&D Cleric is a trope of its own. Many D&D "clerical" spells were still inspired by popular ...
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Little known late 80s fantasy show, Vytor the Star Fire Champion; any details?

I was 8 or so when this show came out. I was lucky enough to record the first episode, and have held onto it for decades. Vytor: The Star Fire Champion tells the story of a teenage warrior from a ...
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What work contained the first mushroom trees?

Mushroom trees are a familiar component of exotic locales, like Draenor (Warcraft), Morrowind (The Elder Scrolls), and Felucia (Star Wars). The first example I know of is the Mushroom Planet series ...
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What is the earliest example of enmity between dwarfs and elves? [duplicate]

Throughout fantasy literature there exists enmity between dwarfs and elves, depending on the author it can range from distrust, through to outright racial hatred and war. Where have these historic ...
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Sources for The Tough Guide to Fantasyland stemming from judging an amateur fantasy contest?

Sources for The Tough Guide to Fantasyland stemming from judging an amateur fantasy contest? TVTropes's page for the book, in their Dead Unicorn Trope entry, says that it was made after Diana Wynne ...
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What was the first story to feature the plot “the monsters were human all along”?

The plot/trope where some crime so violent or egregious has happened that some alien/monster is automatically suspected to be behind it, only for our human protagonists to investigate, and in the end ...
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Do the makers of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle consider the film to be science fiction or fantasy?

I've been in an argument with one of my teachers. I'd like to know if there has been any definitive statement from the makers of Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle as to whether they consider the film to ...
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Why is decay a common theme in fantasy? [closed]

I'm not the best read, but I have consumed some big fantasy works, chief among them The Lord of the Rings, The Wheel of Time, Theogony/Odyssey/Iliad, and tangentially games like Diablo 1/2/3. The main ...
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Which fantasy work first showed dragons? [closed]

Dragons possibly have an origin in Chinese mythologies, but I am not looking for mythologies. Lots of modern fantasy works have borrowed the concept of fire-breathing flying creatures. e.g. Harry ...
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Spinning Silver: the first Jewish protagonist in fantasy?

Naomi Novik's recent novel Spinning Silver made me wonder: is it the first fantasy novel with a Jewish main character? Or were there others before it? I am not looking for a shopping list here. ...
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What was the first fantasy world/universe without real-world ties?

There seems to be a fairly common world building method now of setting fantasy works in standalone universes, completely separate (at least explicitly) from our own world, e.g. A Song of Ice and Fire, ...
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What is the significance of the Red Lotus?

The theme of a Red Lotus seems to show up in various fantasy works. For instance: In Ice Fantasy, where the Red Lotus seems to a magical flower of great power. In The Legend of Korra, where it is an ...
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What is the genre of fantasy stories that take place in a science fiction universe?

There are some stories that superficially look like they belong squarely in the fantasy genre but contain hints (or even major revelations) that the world was a sci-fi setting all along. The ...
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Why is science fiction and fantasy referred to as “genre fiction”, but other genres are not? [closed]

An oddity I have noticed in mainstream media and criticism is that science fiction and fantasy are referred to as "genre fiction" but other genres (comedy, romance, drama, etc) are not. All the online ...
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Are psychic abilities more akin to fantasy or science fiction? why is this? [closed]

Psychic abilities like telekinesis, telepathy, mind-control, clairvoyance. Basically powers involving the mind. Abilities that let you levitate objects with your thoughts or speak to another person ...
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When, Where and Why did the fashion to depict Fantasy Dark Lords Wearing Spiked Crowns Start?

I am asking when, where, and above all why, did the fashion to depict dark lords in fantasy stories wearing spiked crowns start? Why do some artists think that is a good idea? Most high fantasy ...
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What is the first known work of fantasy to feature a sentient weapon?

Similar to this question asking for magic sword examples, I was curious as to the first depiction of a sentient (independent feelings/thoughts) weapon? It doesn't need to necessarily be able to speak, ...
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First instance of human/centaur romance

Throughout the TV shows Hercules and Xena, humans being romantically involved with centaurs is pretty common, despite it being so controversial. What is the earliest example of this happening in ...
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What's the difference between “high fantasy” and “low fantasy”?

When attempting to classify works in the fantasy genre, you often hear the term "high fantasy" used. Less common, but still present, is the term "low fantasy". As commonly understood, what's the main ...
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Is Narnia high or low fantasy? [closed]

I had a query about what genre of fantasy does Narnia belong to- high or low. Wikipedia says that High fantasy is defined as fantasy set in an alternative, fictional ("secondary") world, rather ...
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When was the fantasy trope of psychological invisibility first used?

In the Enchanters’ End Game, the last book of the Belgariad series, the following exchange between Belgarath the sorcerer and Silk takes place, when they discuss how the Sword has been hidden: “It’...
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When and why did orcs go green?

Tolkien popularized the orc as the generic fantasy bad guy. In his legendarium, orcs were corrupted elves and their limited descriptive text reflects this. They are described as "swart" and "sallow", ...
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Is there special symbolism of evil and undead in the north?

Is there a reason or special symbolism for evil to fester in the northern reaches of a world? Three examples I can remember on the top of my head is Tolkien with Melkors/Morgoths stronghold of ...
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What is the earliest movie/TV show with a sex changing character

With all the excitement surrounding the first(ish?) female Doctor, there's lots of cries of misogyny for taking this long to have a female Doctor. This has me curious now. I can't think of too many ...
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Why is it that some fantasy stories have modern inventions and amenities? [closed]

I have noticed that some stories that are fantasy, set in a period where we still fight with swords, people wore dresses, and there are knights, there is a porcelain throne, and a running faucet. Is ...
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When did orcs being as big or bigger than humans become standard?

In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, which popularized the orc as known today, orcs are described as almost human height, at most, with many being considerably shorter. Despite this, many ...
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Which Sci-Fi or Fantasy work introduced the idea of “Infinite Time Loop”?

I have encountered "Infinite Time Loop" countless times. Some examples: In Doctor Strange (2016) movie, Doctor Strange took the time dimension into the dark dimension to trap Dormammu into an ...
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Old Scifi novel where the earth is covered in jungle miles thick and the planet has become sentient

I read this novel back in the 80s, all I really remember was that it is set in the earth's very very distant future. The earth is covered with jungles and organic ooze many miles thick and it seems ...
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Is there a well-established iconic amphibious fantasy race?

In fantasy, there are several well-established races, nations and factions, that spread across multiple universes. They share identical or very similar characteristics in every universe and are ...
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Who introduced the term “the Northern Thing” for fantasy works inspired by Germanic mythology?

The works particularly of Tolkien and some other writers like Robert Howard and Poul Anderson are sometimes described as being influenced by "that Northern Thing", meaning mythology and medieval tales ...
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Purpose or historical precedent for Link's tunic laces?

In the Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess rendition, Link's tunic appears to have laces on most, if not all, of its side seams below the sleeves, but only partially atop the sleeves, and not at all ...
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What is the first appearance of a dark alternate world in fiction?

In many works of fiction we have seen the presence of a dark, alternate, usually near mirrored version of a world. Examples of this would be in Zelda: A Link to the Past, and more recently My ...
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Earliest example of a wizard protagonist named Harry?

A person known to me only as Unscrewed once noticed that the following description: A young wizard named Harry finds himself an orphan because of the machinations of a would-be evil overlord. His ...
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Have there ever been a work of fiction in which a Unicorn is portrayed as Evil/bad etc.? [closed]

Unicorns are typically treated as pure, virtuous and innocent creatures... So, are there any instances of a Unicorn behaving in a manner that is the complete opposite of that expected of it? I.e, if ...
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Did C.S. Lewis create the lamp-post in response to a comment by J.R.R. Tolkien?

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis had a pretty legendary rivalry/friendship. In particular, it's fairly well known that Tolkien aimed for "higher" fantasy, compared to Lewis. I've heard some people ...
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Has the name Althus been used before in a Fantasy series? [closed]

Not sure if this question is ok here or not but... I am writing a fantasy novel and I have named my main character Althus and I am just wanting to make sure that it has not been used before... ...
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What is the first known work of fantasy or legend to feature a magic sword?

Where in known fiction entailing magic—including written and oral forms predating the novel—did the concept of a magical sword first appear? Answers should clearly distinguish between any magic of the ...
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In the Incarnations of Immortality Series, who really created the Universe?

In "With a Tangled Skein" we learn that Clotho, the youngest aspect of Fate, is responsible for gathering raw void and spinning it into souls, which contain a mix of good and evil. When Niobe is ...
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What was the first parasite to appear in speculative fiction?

Parasites are a mainstay of modern science fiction and fantasy. From the Yeerks to the Vord to xenormorphs to The Host to GM tapeworms, speculative organisms that feed on other organisms will make an ...
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What is a na-baron?

In The Promise of Blood there are a couple mentions (I'm not too far in yet) of "na-baron"s. From context I can figure that it's some kind of nobility, but what specifically is a na-baron? For ...
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Are Marwick and Sam a gay couple?

Sam live alone with Marwick isolated on an island. Suddenly they disappear and are traveling together. The book series is for younger kids, and I don't think Angie Sage would write a direct gay scene ...
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Sci-Fi and Fantasy holidays [closed]

Star Wars Day is probably the most famous sci-fi/fantasy holiday. What others are there? Please only include examples that are celebrated by a significant amount of people.
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Where does the accepted image of fantasy clothing come from?

When I picture characters in a "medieval" fantasy setting like Lord of the Rings or D&D, I tend to think of them looking kind of badass - lots of hooded cloaks, leather armour, and improbable ...
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What the earliest instance of an average human being magically summoned to another world, while being ignorant about the actual summons?

What the earliest instance of an average human being magically summoned to another world, while being ignorant about the actual summons? Basically, it's Summon Everyman Hero trope, but restricted to ...