10 Fun Facts About Fantasy Fiction You Might Not Have Known
Hello and welcome to the Troublemaker Books blog!
For my first post, I thought I'd kick things off with a quick, fun list of trivia about the fantasy book genre, a genre that's near and dear to my heart. You can expect a new post every month or so from myself or one of my fellow authors here, so stay tuned for more... and enjoy!
People have been reading fantastic literature for centuries. Here are some interesting facts about the fantasy genre! See how many of these you already knew, and which ones are a surprise:
1. The first fantasy novel set in a totally invented world has been credited to William Morris, who wrote The Well at the World's End in 1896. Morris was friends with J. R. R. Tolkien, and they shared a passion for language and mythology that inspired their writing.
2. It's estimated that over half of all books sold in America are genre fiction, which includes science fiction and fantasy—and half of all genre books sold are romance novels.
3. Currently, the most popular fantasy series of all time is Harry Potter, with an estimated 500 million copies sold worldwide since the publication of the first book in the series in 1997.
4. One of the greatest authors of fantasy literature is Ursula K. Le Guin, whose book, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968) challenged the notion that women can't write or read about magic without it being viewed as witchcraft. She was also a master at using language to create vivid worlds and bring them to life in her readers' imaginations.
5. Genres like fantasy and romance were once considered the "lowest of all literary forms," but today, these genres are some of the most popular, easily eclipsing classical and literary fiction in sales and readership.
6. One of the first fantasy movies ever made was called A Trip to the Moon, and it was directed by Georges Méliès. A silent film released in 1902, it brought to life the story of explorers who embark on a trip to the moon... and hit it right in the eye with their ship. A short fantastical adventure movie that clocks in at 14 minutes.
7. Dungeons & Dragons fans have a new movie to look forward to—an action-fantasy adventure inspired by the popular tabletop roleplaying game. While the original D&D movie (2000) bombed at the box office, hopes are high that the new Dungeons & Dragons movie will be a crowd-pleaser. It's scheduled for release in 2023.
8. Jim Butcher wrote Codex Alera, an epic fantasy series, in response to an argument about turning any random combination of ideas into a book series. Somebody dared Jim Butcher to write a book about Pokémon and ancient Roman legions, and so, Codex Alera was born.
9. In 2003, archaeologists made an astonishing discovery: the skeletal remains of a short hominid in the Liang Bua cave in Flores, Indonesia. Though its scientific name was H. floresiensis, researchers came to affectionately call the species "Hobbit," because of how small it was and as a nod to J. R. R. Tolkien's book The Hobbit.
10. Science Fantasy, also sometimes called Future Fantasy, is a hybrid genre that combines elements from both fantasy and science fiction. Because why not have your cake and eat it too?
That's all for now, folks! Thanks for reading, and I'll write again soon.
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