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The small regard for Fantasy

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Mrz. 8, 2012, 4:07pm

My biggest complaint about the list is its poor dealing with the fantasy genre. Granted it's not the only genre not to have its own section (there's nothing specific to horror, romance, westerns, etc.), but the odd way it was scattered about among the other categories is pretty atrocious.

I can't imagine why Terry Pratchet would be identified as a children's author. Or Tolkien's Lord of the Rings! The Hobbit, yes, of course - but LOTR? The Last Unicorn, I'll accept. Meanwhile The Neverending Story and Gormenghast are considered good enough to be accepted as Modern Fiction ... I don't entirely follow the logic.

Bearbeitet: Mrz. 9, 2012, 8:14am

Another fantasy work in the list I forgot to mention is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, justifiably under Children's Fiction. Of course there's also The Wizard of Oz, etc. ... which is where I discover my own prejudice because I've always thought of the other examples in this category first and foremost as books for kids rather than "true" fantasy.

The number of fantasy titles on the list expands if you include magical realism. Then you capture One Hundred Years of Solitude, The Master and Margarita, Pedro Paramo, etc.

Aug. 18, 2016, 2:24pm

If I had to choose, I'd substitute The Princess Bride for The Neverending Story. Yeah, there is a lot of prime writing not mentioned in this category.

And The Colour of Magic is possibly the worst book in the Discworld series. I had to force my way through it.

Did I see T. H. White somewhere on the list?

Bearbeitet: Aug. 18, 2016, 2:43pm

Having The Colour of Magic as the Discworld selection, and tossed under Children's Fiction, smacks of the maker of this list knowing of it by reputation, deciding it had to be added, picking the first in the series and throwing it to the kids based on fantasy elements.

Still haven't gotten to the bottom of who made the list. The intro says it was "a bibliophile and writer with a peerless reputation", and I've long suspected based on the selections in general that we're talking about a white British male in their fifties or older. Googling several times has never turned up anybody confessing to it.

The Sword in the Stone is here (rather than the whole The Once and Future King, similar to Tolkien.)