Let’s Discuss! Reading Fantasy

Hi everyone! Sorry I haven’t been around for a couple of days, it’s been a really tough time but I’m battling through and I’m very happy about it!

Today’s post is going to be an interesting one with a very specific focus – can you read fantasy when you’re feeling down?

I know this sounds very random, but it did stem from somewhere. I posted a couple of weeks ago about my preference of contemporary over fantasy, and ended up talking to Kourtni in the comments about how fantasy can actually be quite draining to read! It got me thinking – and she’s right.

One of the reasons I prefer contemporary is I find it easy to read whatever mood I’m in…where as I have to really focus on fantasy!

But why is this? In fact, I think there’s a lot of reasons. I’ll discuss them more below.

  • Fantasy tends to be very fast paced
  • Things change a lot!
  • Not only do you have to focus on humans, but there’s other beings too! How can I focus on all of these things?
  • Sometimes they’re harder to get into or understand quickly – especially if some elements aren’t explained well
  • Bad writing doesn’t work…at all. You have to be descriptive.

Okay, I think you get it! Fantasy does tend to be…made up. It’s imaginary, and it’s sometimes hard to relate to our real world! For this reason alone, I find it hard to focus on fantasy when I’m feeling down or have other things on my mind, and it tends to be the reason I read a lot of contemporary.

With contemporary, I’m able to delve right in. With a real life setting and real life people, it’s easy to pick up on other things. But put me in another world, with a mixture of humans and fairies and THEN throw in some romance, complications and everything else…and my brain gets confused.

So, what do you think? Can you still focus on fantasy or do you have to switch to contemporary like me?


May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽















5 thoughts on “Let’s Discuss! Reading Fantasy

  1. I have exactly the same problem re: unpronounceable names and made-up words, although sadly (for the authors) glossaries don’t help me. I don’t really think that you should have to translate while reading. And I don’t like this need for character-lists covering several pages, either.
    Having said that, I do enjoy fantasy. Just…the right fantasy…
    (P.S. – like the blessing! Thanks 🙂 )

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    1. I hate it, because whenever I try to record a video about the book or discuss it with my friends and family – I can’t help feeling disrespectful! Even though they’re just characters, haha. Aw you’re welcome 🙂

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  2. I tend to be a fantasy fiend and usually when I read I can only read one book at a time so I find it easy to just focus on fantasy. However every so often I get a bit burnt out and that’s the optimal time for me to pick up contemporary. Compared to fantasy I find them so easy and quick to get through so it’s good because i don’t feel like I’m away fro fantasy for too long.


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