Category: fantasy and imagination
Fantasy is like an exercise bike, said Terry Pratchett, British fantasy author, interviewed in the 2005 fan-documentary, Ringers: Lord of the Fans. It doesn’t actually take you anywhere, he said, but it develops the muscles [of belief] that will.
Why is Alice in Wonderland so popular? There are several good reasons. First, the main character, Alice, is an ordinary girl who falls down a rabbit hole, or passes through a mirror, into peculiar places filled with odd characters. Alice represents “Everyman” (Everykid?), the sane child amongst crazy adults. It is Alice’s ordinary nature that causes us to identify with her.
In a foreshadowing of Tolkien’s impressive elves (and C.S. Lewis’s terms for humans as sons of Adam and daughters of Eve), G.K. Chesterton described fairies as beings that…