The Caffeinated BEA Takeover continues and today I welcome Daniela from Daniela Ark’s Blog for Readers, Writers and Bloggers. Daniela has a passion for fantasy and she will be discussing how fantasy much is too much fantasy? Whether you read fantasy or bask in historical romance I think you will find her dilemma quite interesting. Grab a cup of joe and make Daniela feel welcome.
The urban fantasy reader’s dilemma:
First, I want to thank my girl Kim for opening the doors of her fabulous blog for me.
Now close your eyes and imagine the cozier place you have ever seen. It is tastefully decorate in latte and red, smells like delicious freshly brewed coffee, there are floor-to-ceiling piles of books everywhere, an endless supply of awesome reviews, features, and events to help you decide which one to read, and everything is caffeinated so you can stay up for hours reading and chatting with all the supportive book bloggers that stop by regularly to share their bookish pearls of wisdom.
Sounds LIKE BOOK BLOGGER HEAVEN right?
WELL IT IS! I want to live here FOREVER!
That’s the fantastic world Kimberly created. She should write fantasy!
So talking about fantasy…
And I hope you let me know if I’m a lunatic or if there are some other strange creatures like me because…
Does it make sense?
I see a book with a dragon on the cover and I cringe. Not so much because of the adorable dragon, but because of the entourage of otherworldly creatures that usually accompany them [elves, fairies, trolls, etc.] and the fantastic worlds where they usually live.
Or if I read a blurb where “Xeonette and Ador are the leaders of the Brahem and Candrexens armies, engaged in a millenary war for the dominion of the prosper Asphiedians lands in the Hertes planetary system”
Then… THAT’S IT. That’s when I shake my head, put the book back in the shelf and say “No thank you I don’t read THAT MUCH fantasy”
And sometimes people look at me like I have two heads and say…
“Huh??? Here we go again Daniela! Would you look up the word ‘consistency’ in the dictionary! You DO read fantasy! You loved Harry Potter right? I can see the books in your Goodreads account! You have read them all MANY times and gave them 5 stars!”
[and I also binge on the movies every Christmas!]
Or people may say “for god sake Daniela, your “About me” page has A CASTLE! And there you say you love fairytales”
Yup that’s why I think I’m strange [my polite way to call myself a weirdo]
For me it goes like this… there is fantasy and then there is fantasy right? There is urban fantasy, dark fantasy, high fantasy and all kind of subgenres and I think I can read most of them but NOT high fantasy.
I want to get lost in the pages of a book but not completely disappear into oblivion in a totally alien world. I loved watching Lord of the Rings and Games of Thrones. But reading them was exhausting for me. They were both DNFs for me. [“well that’s doesn’t mean much in your case Daniela!” yes… I know I know! :)]
If I had read the book I invented above, I’d have had to engage all my limited neurons in remembering names as Xeonette, Ador, Brahem, Candrexens, Asphiedians and Hertes. Were Brahem and Hertes the MCs? Or were they planets? Of was “Hertes” a biological weapon that triggered a nasty pandemic? [hehe Sorry I HAD to say it].
Then when, IF!, I manage to remember that Xeonette and Ador are the MCs I still have to imagine how they look like unless the author was kind enough to explain they are humans that colonized distant planets. I also have to either read through many pages of world building and descriptions or just imagine the fantastic settings. Are the clouds purple? Do they have three suns? How many moons then? [Does that even MATTER Daniela?? you may say. To me it does 🙂 ]
And then… I JUST DON’T ENJOY THE BOOK. 🙁
No offense to the very talented writers of high fantasy. You are awesomely creative and that’s why you have tons of readers. But not me. I’m not one of those. Little Daniela needs something familiar to hold on. I need something known to ground me.
Or I need a movie. One shot of the camera, one scene, 10 seconds of dialogue and PUFF! I know everything. I know name the of the characters, how they look like, how many suns are diving in the purple ocean, and how many moons will rise to govern their yellow 48-hours nights.
I don’t have to imagine it all or read about it for pages. It was shown to me and then I can fully enjoy it the story arc.
And it is the same for Science Fiction! If I’m going to let Pierce drag me around the solar system and throw me in the Red Rising‘s ultra-hierarchical society [and Pierce can do with me pretty much whatever he wants with me] then the dwellers need to be humans, I need to already know the names of the planets [like since elementary school!] and the society rules have to ring a bell, which they do because unfortunately our world does work like Red Rising‘s.
And if you are going to throw fantastic creatures at me then they have to be creepers I already know like wonderfully sexy but some how predictable bloodsuckers, even sexier werewolves, powerful witches and wizards, etc. and they need to be in walking a small town of Louisiana or the streets of London. 🙂
So my dear readers, writers and bloggers friends. What do you think?
I want the brutal truth! Am I really such an inconsistent weirdo as I feel sometimes?
Or do you relate to some of this? Is there a limit to how fantastic your books can be?
Or do you love to be sucked deep into a bottomless rabbit hole? The stranger the world the better?
Leave a comment! Kim, has tons of visitors, and I would love to hear from you!
Thank you Daniela. Daniela is the blogger/writer @ Daniela Ark’s Blog for Readers, Writers and Bloggers. Over on Daniel’s blog you will find reviews in many different genres, but she favors fantasy. (who would have guessed). She also offers great discussion posts for readers, writers and bloggers. Daniela is very active in the blogging community and can be seen comments on a plethora of blogs. She actively joins in the discussions and enjoys changing her blog theme on the daily. Be sure and check out her blogger interview feature. I have found some fabulous blogs and books thanks to this feature.
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