For the summer program theme of “Imagine We’re Not in Berryville Anymore,” we’ve been celebrating all manner of speculative fiction, including myths and fantasy. Of course, one of the most appealing things about fantasy is the means of escape it provides to another world–and the sheer amount of imagination that fantasy writers use in creating their worlds.
I am not the world’s most avid reader of fantasy, though I have read and enjoyed several fantasy series. And I prefer fantasy to science fiction, as a general rule.
This summer, I’ve actually been working my way through a reread of one of the more iconic fantasy series of the past couple of decades, George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. I first read the series a few years ago in a mad binge that took place over 4 weeks. (Note to self: Don’t read over 5,000 pages in a month. It’s a recipe for insanity.) I’ve been following a more leisurely pace this time around–finishing off a book every couple of weeks or so–and that’s worked out much better for the sake of my poor brain. Along the way, I’m enjoying the vivid worldbuilding, marvelously complex characters, and subtle plot puzzles to entangle. (P.S. I also finally finished watching the TV adaptation, Game of Thrones. Don’t hurt me, but I didn’t hate the final season like the rest of the internet did.)
In the course of chatting about what I was reading with my coworkers, it dawned on me that it has been nearly twenty years since I last read J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings series. That makes me feel old and might be something I remedy after I am finished with Westeros, if I’m not too burnt out with high fantasy. I actually enjoyed The Hobbit a bit more than Lord of the Rings when I last read them as a preteen, so maybe that will be the Tolkien book I revisit. Or maybe not. I’m a woman of mystery.
I’ve also read and enjoyed J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, and Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series, among others. I’m actually curious about the upcoming The Wheel of Time TV show that Amazon Prime is producing, but I don’t know that I actually want to read the books by Robert Jordan (and Brandon Sanderson).
In any event, all this has made me wonder about what other people’s favorite fantasy series are. What fantasy series do you find yourself rereading? Who’s your favorite fantasy author? What fantasy book would you like to see reviewed on the blog? What fantasy series would you like to see adapted into a TV show? Tell us in the comments!