TBT 07: Evolution of Fantasy

How do you define fantasy literature? At what point was there a shift from mythology and fairy tales to what we consider to be fantasy today? Some of our more well-read Whisperers discuss these questions and more in this episode of The Book Table.

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In this episode you heard from:
Akhi | akhipill
Dorothy | bwp_dorothy
Madeleine | madnbooks | youtube.com/madnbooks
Rebecca | rumy91989

Be sure to check out Mad’s post “In the Shadow of the Ring” on Wagner and Tolkien, a well as Akhi’s post on what he considers the “Brief History of Modern Fantasy.”


Le Morte d’Arthur, Thomas Malory
Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Aeneid, Vergil
The Castle of Ontronto, Horace Walpole
The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, E.T.A. Hoffmann
The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
The Hero With A Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell
The Epic of Gilgamesh
The Iliad, Homer
The Odyssey, Homer
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes
Der Ring des Niebelunges, Richard Wagner
The Princess and the Goblin, George MacDonald
Phantastes, George MacDonald
Barsoom Saga, Edgar Rice Burroughs
A Song of Ice and Fire, George R.R. Martin
An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir
The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
The Princess Bride, William Goldman
The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
Tithe Trilogy, Holly Black
Chronicles of Prydain, Lloyd Alexander
Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare
The Infernal Devices, Cassandra Clare
D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths
Daughter of the Forest, Juliet Marillier
The First Law Trilogy, Joe Abercrombie
Shadowshaper, Daniel Jose Older
The Wrath & The Dawn, Renee Ahdieh
Stormdancer, Jay Kristoff
Star Wars
Aubrey and Maturin series, Patrick O’Brian
Shannara Chronicles, Terry Brooks
The Wheel of Time series, Robert Jordan

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