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What is fantasy?

Fantasy is a genre of imaginative, fictional literature, often involving magic or made-up settings.

Fantasy

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Fantasy is a genre of imaginative, fictional literature, often involving magic or made-up settings. Fantasy differs from other genres of literature in that its stories include elements that place them outside the realm of possibility or reality.

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Fantasy stems from the Greek word phantasia, meaning “imagination, appearance,” from phantazein (“to make visible”), which in turn comes from phaos (“light”).

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Famous works of fantasy include Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea series and C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia series.

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Latest answer posted June 27, 2010, 7:44 am (UTC)

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see: fable, science fiction

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