Heeeeeey guys, I love fantasy books. I mean, who doesn’t? Probably a million other people but this isn’t about them, this about me and my fellow fantasy loving readers. It was only last year that I got introduced to the genre ~properly~ (kudos to Mister for that) and since then I’ve binged read every fantasy book I came across. My inbox is a mess of newsletters from fantasy book blogs to indie authors to bookbub and all the goodness which leaves my TBR screaming for mercy. And my goodness, do I love the sweet sound of it.
So before my TBR decides to smite me, let me share the thoughts I have while reading fantasy books.
1. This is cover is so pretty, but why aren’t the characters on it?
Enough with weapons, and creatures, and fancy text on the cover. I want to see the characters I love gracing the book covers. I know the hero is described with amethyst eyes but what shade? And maybe the girl is described as tall, but how tall are we talking here?! Then they introduce creatures like elves or ogiers, and I’m just like, there are a lot of art on them out there but I want to see exactly how the author sees their characters, you know?
2. Did someone say food?
I swear I’m like a cat baited with catnip when a character enters a tavern or sits at the table for a meal. And then I get disappointed because half of the books have the characters eat bread with stew. Not that I have anything against bread. (I’m Filipino & we love our pastries.)
Either that or they’re roasting rabbits or deer but, but, but…a fantasy culture isn’t complete without its own special flavor. Even just one hint would be very nice. Perhaps said culture likes to have lotus roots in their stew. Or maybe rats are considered a delicacy. Or maybe they don’t even know what coffee is! So many possibilities to get us readers peckish.
3. MAPS! MAPS! MAPS!
Oh, I just love books that come with maps. Especially colored ones. I love tracing the journey, seeing the different terrains, and wondering how these characters don’t ever invent something more than horse-drawn carts. That aside, if I see a map in a book, I just know I’m going to be taken across various fantasy lands to be introduced to diverse cultures!
If I were a fantasy character, I’d start my own dragon taxi business. If people don’t pay, they get eaten. Simple.
4. How do I pronounce this name?
This is how I greet every single character I come across in the book. Can you imagine the embarrassment when you meet the author and mispronounce their character’s name, all the while gushing about how much your love said character? Oh sweet earth, take me already.
P.S. Don’t take the glossary for granted.
5. Soooo how was this world created?
Don’t get cocky with me by saying the author wrote it. What are the people’s beliefs in their world? What stories do they tell their children? It’s interesting to know the sub-culture that is created within fantasy worlds.
6. Curse Words
Because you can’t have a sailor’s mouth until you’re well versed in fantasy swear words as well.
7. Is this character based on a historical person?
I have no reason other than I just love history. Are certain events from the book inspired by real ones? I love knowing about the research that goes into a book, especially when these books have created their own languages!
8. Why don’t fantasy books have pictures?
How will I know the architecture? What about their fashion? How do I copy their hairstyles? I think, fantasy books without a few pictures is a disservice to us readers.
9. Hmmm…perhaps this time the hero will embrace the darkness.
Yes, I do actually think that. Wouldn’t that just be the greatest plot twist. All those emotions invested in rooting for a character suddenly ground to dust when we read about them joining the “evil side”. Someone ought to write that already.
10. Found a favorite character! …Oh my gosh, they’re going to die, aren’t they?
There is no safety when it comes to fantasy books. Everyone is a target. So save your heart; lock it in a safe before you pick up a fantasy book.
Guess who’s going to Comic Con?!
This is me. Every year. Every time I finish a fantasy book.
But I’ve never been to Comic Con. I have so many characters in my head that I was to dress up as but, alas! Bookworm Bucket List #1: Go to comic con.
While I do feel this list is a little incomplete and I probably haven’t listed all the things I love and need in fantasy books, I’m going to stop at ten and leave the rest of it to you!
What are your thoughts when you read a fantasy book?
What’s the one thing about a fantasy land that you feel you MUST know about?
Also, if you were to dress up as a character from a fantasy book, who would it be?