You might not have missed that fantasy is my favorite genre. Fantasy has a lot of sub genres though. From Paranormal Romance to Urban Fantasy. But I hold a special place in my heart for High Fantasy. So when The Broke and the Bookish had the prompt ten reasons I love x I had to do high fantasy. But that was easier said than done. Because how do you express your love for something in words and reasons?
- World building from scratch
A high fantasy series isn’t set in our world. Authors create their own world though often slightly based on our world with a spin. There are cultures, their own languages, and beautiful scenaries. But one can also construct a dark and gritty world that is only rock.
- Anything goes
Moving from the first point, anything goes really, mostly. You want to combine modern technology with a medieval era, have fun, as long as you can explain and join things together really well. You want a 13 year old kid sit on the throne, go ahead. Humans be enslaved to another fantasy race, nothing is stopping you. Want to have a dragon have the ability to look like a human? Have a go.
- Dragons and other mythical creatures
One of the things that has always drawn me in various fantasy series and shows were mythical creatures. While they certainly aren’t exclusive to high fantasy they can be incorperated into the world more easily than in our own world where they often have to be hidden.
- Being immersed in a world that is not our own
It’s easy to forget about your own worries when you leave our own world and jump into a world that is nothing like our own.
- It’s epic
High fantasies always feel epic, grander than life. Their whole world is on the line. While other fantasy genres can give you this as well, it never feels quite as epic because it still takes place in our world. In High Fantasy the stakes feel higher.
- Different races
Next to mythical creatures there are different type of fantasy races like elves and dwarves. And even hybrids like half dragons and half humans as Seraphina has.
Do you love high fantasy? What draws you to this subgenre? And if not, what is your favorite fantasy subgenre?