What is fantasy?

  • (noun): Something many people believe that is false.
    Synonyms: illusion, phantasy, fancy
    See also — Additional definitions below

Fantasy

Fantasy is a genre of fiction that commonly uses magic and other supernatural phenomena as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting. Many works within the genre take place in imaginary worlds where magic is common. Fantasy is generally distinguished from the genre of science fiction by the expectation that it steers clear of scientific themes, though there is a great deal of overlap between the two, both of which are subgenres of speculative fiction.

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Fantasy Tropes And Conventions - Medievalism
... Many creatures seen in fantasy fiction are drawn from the folklore of Europe and the romances of medieval Europe ... Writers from the beginnings of the fantasy genre, such as William Morris in The Well at the World's End and Lord Dunsany in The King of Elfland's Daughter, set their ... set the type even more clearly for high fantasy which is normally based in such a "pseudo-medieval" setting ...
Fantasy Literature
... Fantasy literature is fantasy in written form ... Historically speaking, literature has composed the majority of fantasy works ... the 1960s however, a growing segment of the fantasy genre has taken the form of films, television programs, graphic novels, video games, music, painting, and other ...
Warmaster Ancients Gameplay
... there had been attempts to use the fantasy rules for purely historical armies ... However, they had significant drawbacks – cavalry under the fantasy rules were too powerful, skirmishers too weak and some historical troop types were not catered for at all ... Ancients follows the same basic procedure as Warmaster Fantasy, but differs in the following way Magic, dragons and other such are naturally not present in this rule set (although historical large ...
Characters Of Final Fantasy IV
... Ltd.'s role-playing game Final Fantasy IV features a large number of characters designed by Yoshitaka Amano ... The game's 2008 sequel, Final Fantasy IV The After Years is set seventeen years after Final Fantasy IV and introduces a slew of new characters that accompany returning ones ... An intersequel between Final Fantasy IV and The After Years, Final Fantasy IV Interlude, was also released for the PlayStation Portable in 2011 featuring some of the original former's ...
Fantasy - Subculture
... such as publishers, editors, authors, artists, and scholars within the fantasy genre get together yearly at the World Fantasy Convention ... The World Fantasy Awards are presented at the convention ... many science fiction conventions, such as Florida's FX Show and MegaCon, cater to fantasy and horror fans ...

More definitions of "fantasy":

  • (noun): Imagination unrestricted by reality.
    Example: "A schoolgirl fantasy"
    Synonyms: phantasy
  • (noun): Fiction with a large amount of fantasy in it.
    Synonyms: phantasy

Famous quotes containing the word fantasy:

    The traditional American husband and father had the responsibilities—and the privileges—of playing the role of primary provider. Sharing that role is not easy. To yield exclusive access to the role is to surrender some of the potential for fulfilling the hero fantasy—a fantasy that appeals to us all. The loss is far from trivial.
    Faye J. Crosby (20th century)

    Fantasy is a product of thought, Imagination of sensibility. If the thinking, discursive mind turns to speculation, the result is Fantasy; if, however, the sensitive, intuitive mind turns to speculation, the result is Imagination. Fantasy may be visionary, but it is cold and logical. Imagination is sensuous and instinctive. Both have form, but the form of Fantasy is analogous to Exposition, that of Imagination to Narrative.
    Sir Herbert Read (1893–1968)

    It’s the movies that have really been running things in America ever since they were invented. They show you what to do, how to do it, when to do it, how to feel about it, and how to look how you feel about it. Everybody has their own America, and then they have the pieces of a fantasy America that they think is out there but they can’t see.
    Andy Warhol (1928–1987)