I saw a post on Amazon’s fantasy discussion that I didn’t really think about till later on. The question was “Why do you read fantasy?” So I thought to myself…why do I enjoy reading fantasy books and playing role playing games?
I’m an oddity I suppose. I spent a lot of my youth reading Dragonlance Novels and playing pen and paper or card games, yet now I hardly ever read any fantasy novel. Although I still am a nerd and play role-playing games, the last book I just finished was I Am America, And So Can You! From Stephen Colbert from the Colbert Report (the spinoff of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart)
As far as my draw to fantasy I’d have to agree with the escape clause. My real life consists of working in a dead corporate environment where repetition reigns supreme and my dog pees on the carpet still. Life would be much more beneficial if my work was actually meaningful or my dog could go grocery shopping. That aside, I’ve just always found the idea of magic as well as advanced technology fascinating and enjoyable.
I suppose that is why I enjoy playing games and writing for the Steampunk genre, since I can get my fix from almost any setting and then add in magical and/or technological components as much as I desire.
So what about you?”