Books, Films

History of Fantasy Fiction – TV and beyond

Fantasy became popular to some extent in around 1945, and has now become quite popular in the 21st century.

Fantasy Television

Fantasy television has become a hugely popular part of the genre today, incorporating content such as supernatural forces, magic and the exotic world of fantasies. Fantasy television has mostly been based on tales from folklore and mythology. Given the limitations of the genre, classifying a film or show as fantasy can become problematic. Some of the fantasy television shows of the current time include Avatar, Beauty and the Beast, Dungeons and Dragons, Fantasy Island, Game of Thrones, Hotel Transylvania and more.

Origins of the Modern Fantasy Literature

For a thousand years, we’ve been surrounded by ancient fables and tales that include swords, adventures and a lot of magic. The genre began early in the Victorian Era in 1872. The very first work of fantasy was “The Princess and the Goblin”, which was published in 1872 by George MacDonald.

Evolution of the Genre

After the initiation, many other authors started looking to explore this genre and came up with new work that was targeted towards a new audience. This was the time when the genre started to split into many other sub-genres and the evolution started to occur. A big part of the target audience of the fantasy genre has been children, which lent themselves well to their imagination. Some of the amazing fantasy books of children and young adults include The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Spiderwick Chronicles, and of course Harry Potter.

Around the 1920s, many other authors added flavour to the fantasy genre. Swords and Sorcery became one of the most popular sub-genre of fantasy, and included writers such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. One of the most famous modern day fantasy series is by George R.R. Martin – ‘A song of Ice and Fire’. Adapted for television, ‘Game of Thrones’ has become one of the biggest TV shows of all time.

A quick look in the bestseller charts shows we are surrounded by some amazing fantasy content such as The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, and Twilight, as well as many more.

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