Author Aaron Gansky writes:
It’s silly, really, isn’t it? All those pointy-eared elves and stout dwarves. All the mystical weaponry and epic quests. And really, aren’t they all the same—a hero rises from the provinces to save the larger world.
At first glance, yes, in the same way that some would argue comic books are silly and unsophisticated. But, when one looks deeper, the reader can find the greater themes of the human condition. Sure, the skin may be different, but the heart of fantasy can be as powerful as any Shakespearean literature, especially when done right.
As an educated writer and a student and teacher of literature, I gravitated toward fantasy, originally, as an escape—something to do for fun, something I didn’t have to think deeply about or analyze. Pure escapism. What I found, instead, was the heart of humanity, no matter how strange the body in which it beat may have appeared.
Fantasy novels, the good ones, do not shy away from greater themes like love, loss, grief, sorrow, courage, strength, perseverance. In fact, more than some literature (some may argue), fantasy champions these. There is no sorrow too powerful to overcome. They champion courage and perseverance. They teach virtue, honor, honesty.
And, they harken me back to the days of yore, when I would rise early and stay up late playing role playing games with my friends. I loved the Final Fantasy series, the deep structures and strategies involved, the character development, the epic scope.
So now, I bring that same joy to my readers: I champion courage and honesty and perseverance, even (and especially) when the odds are stacked against my heroes.
About Aaron Gansky:
Aaron Gansky is an award-winning novelist, teacher, father, and husband. At heart, he’s still a nerd and spends his free time (all six minutes of it each day) on things like Magic: the Gathering, playing board games with his children, and occasionally kicking his kids off the video game console to play a game or two. His literary influences range from Flannery O’Connor, Raymond Carver, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and poets like Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Robert Frost, and Amy Nez to more “commercial” writers as Tom King and Brian Michael Bendis. He keeps up with the contemporary literary Marvel cannon on Marvel unlimited and hosts podcasts on how to write fiction, Marvel’s impact on society, and how to play Magic: the Gathering.
Find out more about him and his nerd pursuits at aarongansky.com
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The Book of Things to Come: A Hand of Adonai Novel
Escape is only a deadly journey away. Be careful what you create. It could kill you. At first, seventeen-year-old Lauren Knowles is thrilled to wake up in Alrujah—a digital fantasy world she created with her best friend, Oliver Shaw—but the exhilaration of serving as a magical princess in her own video game fades as she senses a demonic force lurking in the shadows. Though they designed a world of wondrous beauty—blue-leaf forests, shimmering silver rivers, and expansive medieval castles—Lauren and Oliver soon find their secret realm to be an ever-changing land of dark oppression and deadly sorcery. With the help of Aiden Price and Erica Hall, fellow gamers from their high school in North Chester, the four teens must find a way out—a way that can only be discerned from the dusty pages of the ancient leather-bound tome, the Book of Thing to Come. Faced with questionable allies, invisible enemies, and increasingly dangerous levels of difficulty, the four must learn to forge alliances, battle side by side, or stay forever lost.
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