Fantasy Friday: How do you like yours served?
On the recommendation of Corey, I read The Magicians this week. We generally like the same books, and so it was no surprise to me that I also found it compelling, brilliant and both the antidote and the perfect companion to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia.
But while I was wondering why Harry had never managed to make a pan-Anarctic trek armed with nothing but a few spells, I found myself vaguely disturbed by the way Lev Grossman had plundered the entire fantasy genre and given it a half-turn. He made giant bunnies creepy again; he robbed Aslan of a little of his magic. And while he did it brilliantly and actually vaguely respectfully, I kind of missed the “fluffy” fantasy I know and love. If there are going to be talking animals, they should be cuddly, in my opinion.
That’s not to say I don’t love dark fantasy — take a look at my Neil Gaiman and China Mieville posts if you want proof, and I could not have gotten through the Sandman series if I couldn’t take a little bit of twist in my fantasy. But there are two distinct types of magical fiction, and this got me wondering: which one do you prefer, readers?
Do you like your talking animals to be cuddly, or don’t you care? Do you prefer the almost horror-like fantasy in Sandman, twisted fantasy a la Grossman, or more along the “everything ends happily” lines of Rowling and Lewis? Tell me all about it below!