What is your fantasy origin story? (How you came to read your first fantasy novel)
Ooooh this is hard. I was defintely into things like Alice in Wonderland, James in the Giant Peach, and the Witches. They were definitely the thing that got me into strange, wild, stories. I also got really into anything about witches and vampires when I was in middle school so that developed further as I got older.
If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?
This is hard! I want to say William Joyce because his books are just so whimsical and comforting and just make me so happy. I would love to be in one of his books filled with whimsy and joy. I think the trope I’d want is learned magic, because I’m a sucker for people needing to learn and grow and change to really come into their own and use their magic.
What is a fantasy you’ve read this year that you want more people to read?
Havemercy is a book I really enjoyed and I would love for others to read. I know that it’s definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but I absolutely loved it.
What is your favorite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?
Dragon Fantasy/Assassin Fantasy
I have loved dragons pretty much for as long as I can remember so dragon fantasy has got to be my favourite. I absolutely have not read enough dragon fantasy but I always love it. I recently read The Perfect Assassin and I adored it. Cons, thieves, and assassins seems to be something that I am really enjoying in fantasy. I absolutely need to read more.
Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?
I have been waiting for the fourth book in this series for ages! So, as soon as it’s got a date I’m picking it up!
How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..)
I think mostly Youtube. I watch a handful of booktubers that talk a lot about fantasy books.
What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?
I don’t really have a specific release that I’m excited for at the moment. I don’t always get to new releases very quickly and I haven’t stayed up to date with them.
What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?
That its too complicated or difficult to get into. Of course there are some hard to get into fantasy books out there, but there are also some that are very accessible and easy to read. I think that when it comes to fantasy you definitely need to find what works for you and explore that. Some authors are more accessible and easy to read than others.
If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?
I’m starting with Lumberjanes because it has very subtle fantasy elements. It’s also a graphic novel so it’s incredibly accessible and easy to read. Lumberjanes is a series that follows a group of very diverse campers and their adventures in a magical forest. Moving to The Lies of Locke Lamora because it is fantasy but the characters and action are more important that the world and history. It’s a fast-paced, fun story. Finally, The Hobbit is a classic, but it is also an easy read and very fun. It is funny at times and is a great start to fantasy.
Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?
StarlahReads is someone who I’ve discovered not-so-recently, but I absolutely love her videos. She reads so many fantasy books and her reviews and thoughts are incredible! I highly recommend checking her out.