My debut novel, Elise’s Choice, falls into several genres. Some people classify it as young adult literature, while others feel it is new adult. A few have even called it historical fiction simply because it has a medieval-like setting. However, there is one genre that all readers have agreed upon; Elise’s Choice is definitely fantasy.
I enjoy reading fantasy, and I wanted to write what I enjoy reading. But fantasy isn’t the only genre I enjoy. So, why choose to write fantasy over any other genre? I can narrow it to five reasons.
#1: A Whole New World: Writing fantasy gives authors the opportunity to become the creators of their own worlds. This was one of the most enjoyable parts of writing Elise’s Choice.
#2: Unique Names: The ability to create unique names holds true for any genre; but with fantasy, it gives the story a feel of authenticity. I actually used a mixture of common and unique names in Elise’s Choice, but I enjoyed the freedom of creating names that are entirely my own.
#3: Historical Liberties: Fantasy allows authors to take liberties with history. Creating a fantastical world means writing a history for that world. Even if an author chooses to use the “real world” as a setting, the fantasy genre gives the author a certain leeway in writing about events.
#4: Fantastical Characters: Authors of fantasy have the ability to create a varied cast of characters that is not limited to human beings or animals found in nature. Although I stuck with human characters in Elise’s Choice, I appreciate the fact that, had I chosen to create a race of not-quite-human characters, I could have taken that liberty.
#5: Timelessness: Fantasy stories are not limited to a certain period of time. They can take place in the past, present, future, or quite possibly all three in one story. This gives the story a sense of timelessness.
These are five, simple reasons I chose to write fantasy. Will I only write fantasy stories? With reasons such as these to inspire me, why would I not?