Taking a second thought

Hi, Gang! Craig with you once more. I’m hacking this out with a glass of whiskey on my end table, so it might be a little more uninhibited than some …

Taking a second thought

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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5 Responses to Taking a second thought

  1. I’ve found myself wondering more and more about the current preoccupation of many writers and readers with fantasy. I write noir novels, which is writing fantasy of a sort that is grounded entirely in the plausible, but I seldom delve into—or feel the need to—include the fantastical (my only foray is the inclusion of shamanic traditions in a story set primarily in NYC). Not understanding the preoccupation of GenX and younger writers/readers with the fantastical, I searched for and found a concise explanation: if interested, I hope you can copy and paste this url into your browser: https://dalspace.library.dal.ca/bitstream/handle/10222/78589/YAhotline_76_17.pdf?sequence=1

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    • Note: the linked piece is from the database at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia.

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    • I don’t really notice there being more fantasy than before. I think it’s more that people are paying more attention to the genre.

      As far as the heightened interest, I think it’s because there is a shift in fantasy. While you have magic and dragons, you also have started tackling real world issues. I’ve read fantasy that highlights the evils of slavery, corruption of power, depression, grief, loss, and many other relatable situations. I’ve noticed that most people who dislike or are confused by the genre think of it solely as escapism and nothing more. Yet, it’s always had deeper meanings and lessons. For example, Lord of the Rings was about friendship, corruption, and a variety of other themes.

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