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Questions tagged [fantasy-genre]

Used for questions on the fantasy genre itself, including its tropes and conventions. Should **not** be used to categorize questions about specific works of Fantasy.

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Dresden Files Circles [on hold]

Bit random but re-listening to Stormfront and the part where Harry traps Toot, he makes a circle in the dirt and then covers it with leaves. While I guess the circle isn't technically broken in that ...
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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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20th century Fantasy story with protagonist at the court of a child empress - NOT Neverending Story [duplicate]

Definitely not The Neverending Story! This story was probably read sometime in the last millennium (possibly in the 1980s) in a science fiction or fantasy magazine that probably had large pages like ...
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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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Young Adult sci-fi fantasy featuring shape-shifting jelly monsters that engulf humans and take their shape

So I've read an adaptation of this book along with a couple more from the same series in a different language, but the writer there didn't reveal the original title. Key points: Four kids are the ...
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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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Characters whose names are feared to spoken or spelled like Voldermort? [closed]

In Harry Potter most of the people are afraid to say Voldermort's name and they use the alias you-know-who. I'm looking for other characters whose names are even feared by the public in fantasy ...
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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 Correct plural for 'Dark elf'

I recently read the Legend of drizzt trilogy and am rather confused with the plural for 'Dark elf', as multiple times in the books they are referred to as Drow, Drow elves or Dark elves. Is There A ...
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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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What known examples of an “ecumenopolis” are there? [closed]

Ecumenopolis is a Greek word that means "world city", and in science fiction represents a planet where urbanization has grown so much to cover its entire surface in an enormous megalopolis. The most ...
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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 ...
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Where did the idea that trolls can regenerate come from?

It's pretty common, when you encounter a troll in a fantasy video game or fantasy table-top RPG the troll is able to regenerate from damage. Typically trolls only have 1 weakness; fire, which somehow ...
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What is the earliest instance of an “Adventurers' Guild” in fiction?

What is the earliest instance of an "Adventurers' Guild" in fiction? It doesn't have to be called an 'Adventurers' Guild', but the basic requirements are: It's a organization that expands and has ...
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What is the first instance where Familiars are called Familiars?

What is the oldest instance of magical familiars being used by witches in fiction, and also called familiars, or a cognate? For example, an English novel having familiars and calling them 'familiars', ...
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Are there any classic fantasy type comic series? (with dwarves, magic, etc) [closed]

I'm starting to get into comics and am reading some of the big ones, marvel, dc and I've seen the fantasy world in Grimm Fairy Tales. But I was expecting to be able to find something like a classic ...
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Are there any sample of elvish-like civilization being in their prime time [closed]

In a lot of SF and Fantasy work, there is a civilization being elven archetype. I mean, civilization being in their fall, once powerful and full of magic or technology or sometimes both, now dying out....
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Is there a place I can go to see the most science fiction and/or fantasy books sold of all time?

From the wikipedia article on Stephen R. Donaldson and his "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever": The Chronicles were originally published as two trilogies of novels between 1977 and ...