In Defense of Fantasy

R. Michael

Fantasy is a genre that has long and deep roots but is mostly attributed to Tolkien.  There is a good reason for that, he modernized the genre and largely became the father of High Fantasy.

All subsequent books in the genre have been compared to Tolkien’s works.  Most authors who write Fantasy can attribute Tolkien to be their main source of inspiration too.  However, a common critique is that all or most Fantasy since Tolkien is just a copying him.  I would be ignorant to say that isn’t the case some times.  That is one of my main criticisms of “The Sword of Shannarah” which is all too similar to both Lord of the Rings and Star Wars.  However, that isn’t the case with the rest of the book series, which does a fine job finding its own voice.

In my experience LOTR knock-offs tend to start that way, but…

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