Tag: Lloyd Alexander

The Little Prince, cover

Fantasy is not Escapist Literature

A recent study on children’s reading habits noted the dominance of fantasy: “capturing 56 percent of the market share.” Other categories didn’t come close, scoring under 10% each. But what I found unfortunate (if predictable) was social-media commentary that there was a “strong correlation to children’s reading preferences for fantasy and magic . . . as a means of escape from the news headlines of today.” But there’s far more to fantasy if you look deeper. To quote Lloyd Alexander: “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It is a way to understand it.”