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Categories Fantasy and Science Fiction

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Categories of Fantasy and Science Fiction (Speculative Fiction, SF) A classification system from Fluent in Fantasy: A Guide to Reading Interests, (examples added by the instructor) Swords and Sorcery : Contain elements from the quest tradition, epic, heroic tales; feature wizards, sorcerers, and enchantresses. (The Wizard of Earthsea) Saga, Myth & Legend: Stories from English & Celtic legends, especially King Arthur and Robin Hood; Stories about ancient civilizations in general (The Crystal Cave, The Mists of Avalon) Fairy Tales: Folk and fairy tales such as those collected by the brothers Grimm, often retold in contemporary and adult versions. (Hans Christian Andersen’s stories, Gregory Maguire’s “Wicked”) World of Faerie : Stories of a more magic people, more stern, adult, and powerful than those in fairy tales. Sometimes the Faerie folk or elves live among humans; sometimes they visit from a parallel world with a different time structure. Usually a Celtic setting.
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