Discussion: Fantasy Themes

The previous post on my blog was Discussion: Science Fiction Themes, and I asked if you would like to see me do a discussion on fantasy themes as well. Seems like you’re up for it, so here you go! 😀

In this post, I’ll be doing bullet point breakdowns of the following fantasy themes.

Good vs Evil | Royal Heritage | Magic | Prophecies | Pursuit of Objects

Now let’s get into it!

Good vs Evil

  • What makes it appealing: a clear conflict between ideals established and a usually triumphant win on good’s side to remind us that light prevails over darkness
  • What makes it tricky: good for no other reason than being good, or evil for no other reason than being evil, are too unrealistic – antiheroes and morally grey characters are more realistic
  • One book that does it well (in my opinion): Any of the Narnia books

Royal Heritage

  • What makes it appealing: the stakes are upped because failure results in a more devastating widespread consequence
  • What makes it tricky: accurately depicting the politics and court while driving the plot forward
  • One book that does it well (in my opinion): Woven in Moonlight


  • What makes it appealing: in a world where magic (apparently) is nonexistent, magic is a form of lush, wondrous escapism
  • What makes it tricky: finding a unique, never before done take
  • One book featuring it (that I can’t wait to read): The Bone Shard Daughter


  • What makes it appealing: it further cements the main character’s importance in the story, even upping the stakes because of societal pressure
  • What makes it tricky: it could become a form of deus ex machina or an unrealistic way to make the character a Chosen One (I could probably do a whole post on Chosen One pros and cons LOL)
  • One book featuring it (that I haven’t read yet): Black Sun
  • (Fun fact, I was in a group writing workshop with the author of Black Sun for a month or so. It was AWESOME!)

Pursuit of Objects

  • What makes it appealing: it is an easier, more concrete goal for the readers and characters to visualize, and it’s usually a very powerful thing that can solve the world’s problem(s) (now wouldn’t that be nice)
  • What makes it tricky: it is likely that the characters have to hop from location to location within the world to find the object, especially if it is elusive, and the plot could wander easily and become uninteresting (and while the world would be interesting, it is probably too much information and can end up reading like a textbook)
  • One book that does it well (in my opinion): The Hobbit

Take a breath, you made it to the end! I hope you enjoyed reading my quick bullet points on these common fantasy themes. 

In the comments below, let me know your thoughts on any of these themes! As science fiction and fantasy are my specialties, we’ll see if I do any similar discussions in future. Perhaps I’ll try contemporary! But be on the lookout for another post coming in a few days – I’m very excited to share it with you, and I hope you’ll like it!

Stay tuned, and have a wonderful day!!


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