What is Fantasy, but a word neglected

Fantasy – (fan-tuh-zee) noun

1. Imagination especially when extravagant and unrestrained.

2. The forming of mental images, especially wondrous or strange fancies; imaginative conceptualizing.

3. A mental image, especially when unreal or fantastic; vision: a nightmare fantasy.

4. Psychol. An imagined or conjured up sequence fulfilling a psychological need; daydream.

5. A hallucination.

6. A supposition based on no solid foundation; visionary idea; illusion: dreams of Utopias and similar fantasies.

7. Caprice; whim.

8. An ingenious or fanciful thought, design or invention.

Fantasy is often a topic that is frowned upon in real life, yet in books it is totally acceptable to portray characters with elements such as paranormal/ supernatural powers, divination, and so on. This in particular is what hooked me after I had a peripheral vision of my characters ‘disappearing.’

Fantasy is unlimited to a certain extent. There has been some absurd thoughts come to my mind about having flying animals dropping from thin air or mermaids lying on dry land eating fish out of the water. These things could be possible but they have to fit in with the whole plot and to make sense.

Over to you. What do you think about fantasy? How do you percept it and is it something you would love to write about at some point?


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