Category: fantasy and a sense of wonder

Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers

Cut the Disney Sugar and Read the Mary Poppins Books

With sweets, it’s best to avoid the addictive, fat-producing, highly processed substance in your diet. The same is true for literary works. Why get sucked into the intellectual tooth-decay of adapted movies when you can read the stuff that’s really good? – the original work.

Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel

Magic Realism and Fantasy Literature

Magical Realism is a form of fantasy literature that produces stories in which fantastic things happen, often unexpectedly, in the midst of realistic everyday settings and events. These marvelous occurrences may be quite mysterious and capricious. In these stories, magic is more likely to act as an independent force rather than a tool used by the story’s characters.

The Feast of Fools – On Festivity and Fantasy

In a fascinating, slim volume, The Feast of Fools: A Theological Essay on Festivity and Fantasy, Harvey Cox, a Professor of Divinity teaching at Harvard fr0m the mid-1960s…

The Magic in Fantasy that Pervades Everything

Magic in fantasy occurs as a central nervous system of the fiction. And though is it the systematic underpinning of all that happens, it is frequently mysterious, capricious,…

Neverlands and Our Eternal Childhoods

Neverland. It is the home of our eternal childhoods, with all those wonderful dreams and adventures. In J.M. Barrie’s play and novel, Peter Pan, it is plural. There…

The Logic of Fantasy – Chesterton, Part 2

“The Ethics of Elfland” is a chapter from Orthodoxy, (1908) by G.K. Chesterton. As I mentioned in the first part of this two-part post, he describes two core…

The Logic of Fantasy – Chesterton, Part 1

“The Ethics of Elfland” is a chapter from Orthodoxy, (1908) by G.K. Chesterton. As Amazon.com notes in a review: If G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy: The Romance of Faith is,…