Why I Chose Fantasy As My Genre

I’ve experimented with many genres before. I’ve tried sci fi, mystery, espionage and even YA. Sometimes I do write some non-fiction too. Yet I found myself stuck reading and writing fantasy books, regardless of its subgenres.

I guess what makes it appealing to me is the magical aspect of it, whereby its a total escape from reality. I can write about anything I want and almost every time it makes sense in a fantasy world.

I can make a book about dragons that possess the most ancient of knowledge. I can make a book about elves and their conflict with the other treefolks. Magic, war, quests, adventure, action, drama and everything. It’s limitless!

I can even project myself into the story in creative ways, something that’s difficult to do in other genres. When I feel happy, I can write how a character is flying through the clouds. When I feel sad, my characters would be undergoing various trials in underground tunnels. You see? I enjoy the art of expression that comes with fantasy that just unleashes my whole imagination!

“But Lionel, what about sci-fi? That’s also limitless!”

Yes! Indeed that’s true and let me tell you that I am as much a sci fi geek as I am the next guy! However, I have to be honest and say I haven’t read enough sci fi books to let me familiarize with its style of writing. Sci fi had always been a more visual genre than it is a black and white one, in my personal experience that is.

But whatever genre I write, I hope whoever’s reading it will feel how I feel when I was writing it. And especially in my fantasy book series “Hymns of Evermorn”, I hope I could get my messages across to all of you.

With that said, I hope you all have a great day. Cheers!

P/S, Do check out my dark fantasy book, The Ocean Hearth. Available now for only $1.99! Check it out now!


5 thoughts on “Why I Chose Fantasy As My Genre

  1. I love living and creating fantasy worlds – I think it’s where I feel most at home. I also love writing stories that are a mixture of speculative/sci fi/fantasy – hard to classify sometimes. Probably just paranormal romance haha


  2. I don’t think you necessarily have to familiarize yourself with the ‘style’ of scifi writing in order to write scifi. Any kind of writing style will do, as long as it’s science fiction. And let’s keep Arthur C. Clarke’s Third Law in mind, that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

    To me the only real difference between scifi and fantasy is that where the ‘magic’ of scifi has an explanation that sounds like science and is done through technology, fantasy’s magic seems more implausible within our own universe, but may still have a ‘scientific’ explanation within its own universe. Both genres can have exactly the same things comprising them, with Star Wars being the perfect example. You have all the technology of scifi in the common people, yet you have the magical powers of the Force in the wizard-like Jedi and Sith for your fantasy aspect, and both sides give you fantastical places and beings.


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