Exploring the Fantasy Realm: Magic in Stories for Children and Young Adults
Exploring the Fantasy Realm: Magic in Stories for Children and Young Adults examines the many elements that appear in tales set in the fantasy realm and the use of magic in stories for children and young adults.
- Fairy tales
- Magical objects
- Mystical powers
- Secret languages
- Mysterious books
- Time travel
- Mythological creatures
- Themes in magical tales
- The roots of magic
These details are also included in The Children’s Writer’s Guide, which examines working as an author for children and young adults. Topics include how you can get started as a writer, create time and space to pursue your craft and deal with lack of motivation and writer’s block. Topics covered include where ideas come from and how writers turn them into stories, choosing appropriate names for characters, the importance of historical research if your novel is set in a different era, writing science fiction and fantasy, the use of magic in stories for children, the role of editing and revision, how to deal with rejection, and marketing and promotion.
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“Exploring the Fantasy Realm: Magic in Stories for Children and Young Adults is small in size, but packs in a lot of information about writing in the fantasy genre. Included in the book are examples from fantasy books, including fairy tales, children’s stories, and YA novels. Author Simon Rose highlights topics such as common themes in fantasy, some tools of the trade in the fantasy novel, the role of the child or hero, and the unique universes created by fantasy novelists. The reader will also find information on the antagonist or evil characters in fantasy novels, the role of the wizard or witch, and will learn about specific languages used in the genre to make a new and different world come to life in readers’ minds. Many favorite books are discussed and used as examples and reference, including Harry Potter.
There were quite a few subjects discussed in Exploring the Fantasy Realm, and while I enjoyed all of the explored elements, a few stood out as interesting. In particular, I enjoyed the topic Tools of the Trade, as author Simon Rose pointed out elements such as magic wands, time travel devices (magic versus machine), and spell books. Also of note was the topic of symbolism and themes, with a focus on why these are important for the reader and writer in fantasy genres. This is not a writing guide, but more of an overview of the elements of fantasy writing. I would recommend it to those interested in learning more about writing in the fantasy genre, however, as it does provide information that is useful in the writing process.”
Carla Trueheart for Readers’ Favorite