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What is your fantasy origin story? (The first fantasy you read)
I would say ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ but I listened to the dramatisations long before I actually read the full books so I’m not sure they count. The first fantasy book proper that I read is probably The Worst Witch. Mostly because I loved the original (and superior) TV show that came out when I was kid.
If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?
I would love to have Alix. E. Harrow write the story. She can do brilliant things with the old tropes and do it in style. The one trope I would insist on being in the story would be ‘evil plot gets ruined by secret recording’ (not sure if there’s a better name for it). The villains’ reaction when they realise what they’ve done is always priceless!
What is a fantasy series you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?
I re-read the first book of the Abhorsen trilogy this year. Does that count? It’s certainly a book series I want more people to read. I can’t wait to re-read Lirael and Abhorsen.
What is your favourite fantasy subgenre?
Say it with me: which fantasy? Witch fantasy!
But, if it’s a subgenre from an official list you’re after, I’d say it’s a tie between Portal Fantasy and Gothic Fantasy.
What subgenre have you not read much from?
I think I’d have to say Sword and Sorcery. Mostly because it seems to still be stuck in the past and there aren’t many good ones with great female characters (or any female characters that aren’t objectified or fridged). Then again, I might not be looking hard enough. If you know of any good female-driven ones (or any with a good diversity level), please let me know!
Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?
Neil Gaiman. I am slowly but surely getting through his whole bibliography so you can bet that, if I see a Gaiman book I haven’t read, then it’s coming home with me!
How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..)
Mostly through blogging. It’s led me to what have become some of my all-time favourites like Winternight and Wayward Children and my reading life would be much the worse without it.
What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?
Speaking of Wayward Children, I can’t wait for Where the Drowned Girls Go. I am so excited to find out what happened to Cora next.
What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?
Fantasy books are not just for children. It’s not something people grow out of. I’m now at the age when I’m starting to get uncomfortable with saying how old I am but what I am comfortable with saying is that I still love fantasy books as much as I did when I was a child.
If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?
You all know which book I would usually recommend but I still haven’t quite forgiven J. K. Rowling yet so, for my three entry level fantasies, I’m going to go with Northern Lights, Shadow and Bone and Good Omens. All of them are great reads and have great TV adaptations to match!
Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?
Like ChonkyBooks said, it’s too hard to pick out a single one. Just follow a collection of fantasy bloggers and you’ll get a great variety of recommendations and content!
I tag any fantasy readers who would like to share their wisdom!
I hope to see you again very soon.