Fantasy Fiction Quotes

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C.S. Lewis
“One day, you will be old enough to start reading fairytales again.”
C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

China Miéville
“When people dis fantasy—mainstream readers and SF readers alike—they are almost always talking about one sub-genre of fantastic literature. They are talking about Tolkien, and Tolkien's innumerable heirs. Call it 'epic', or 'high', or 'genre' fantasy, this is what fantasy has come to mean. Which is misleading as well as unfortunate.

Tolkien is the wen on the arse of fantasy literature. His oeuvre is massive and contagious—you can't ignore it, so don't even try. The best you can do is consciously try to lance the boil. And there's a lot to dislike—his cod-Wagnerian pomposity, his boys-own-adventure glorying in war, his small-minded and reactionary love for hierarchical status-quos, his belief in absolute morality that blurs moral and political complexity. Tolkien's clichés—elves 'n' dwarfs 'n' magic rings—have spread like viruses. He wrote that the function of fantasy was 'consolation', thereby making it an article of policy that a fantasy writer should mollycoddle the reader.

That is a revolting idea, and one, thankfully, that plenty of fantasists have ignored. From the Surrealists through the pulps—via Mervyn Peake and Mikhael Bulgakov and Stefan Grabiński and Bruno Schulz and Michael Moorcock and M. John Harrison and I could go on—the best writers have used the fantastic aesthetic precisely to challenge, to alienate, to subvert and undermine expectations.

Of course I'm not saying that any fan of Tolkien is no friend of mine—that would cut my social circle considerably. Nor would I claim that it's impossible to write a good fantasy book with elves and dwarfs in it—Michael Swanwick's superb Iron Dragon's Daughter gives the lie to that. But given that the pleasure of fantasy is supposed to be in its limitless creativity, why not try to come up with some different themes, as well as unconventional monsters? Why not use fantasy to challenge social and aesthetic lies?

Thankfully, the alternative tradition of fantasy has never died. And it's getting stronger. Chris Wooding, Michael Swanwick, Mary Gentle, Paul di Filippo, Jeff VanderMeer, and many others, are all producing works based on fantasy's radicalism. Where traditional fantasy has been rural and bucolic, this is often urban, and frequently brutal. Characters are more than cardboard cutouts, and they're not defined by race or sex. Things are gritty and tricky, just as in real life. This is fantasy not as comfort-food, but as challenge.

The critic Gabe Chouinard has said that we're entering a new period, a renaissance in the creative radicalism of fantasy that hasn't been seen since the New Wave of the sixties and seventies, and in echo of which he has christened the Next Wave. I don't know if he's right, but I'm excited. This is a radical literature. It's the literature we most deserve.”
China Miéville

Michael Scott
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
Michael Scott, The Warlock

Peter S. Beagle
“I think love is stronger than habits or circumstances. I think it is possible to keep yourself for someone for a long time and still remember why you were waiting when she comes at last.”
Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

Tomi Adeyemi
“Courage does not always roar. Valor does not always shine.”
Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone

Cinda Williams Chima
“Just remember who you are... The world will try to change you into someone else. Don't let them. That's the best advice anyone can give you.”
Cinda Williams Chima, The Warrior Heir

Al   Stone
“Mortals cannot perceive me with the physical eye whilst in my pure form unless it is of my choosing, for it would result in fatality, which begs the question of why you are an exception.”
Alecia Stone, Talisman Of El

Bill Willingham
“I'm about to start reading it again, because what good is a story you only want to read once?”
Bill Willingham

George R.R. Martin
“Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end.”
George R.R. Martin

“The sun does not abandon the moon to darkness.”
Brian A. McBride, Dominion

Charles de Lint
“There's more to life than just surviving . . . but . . . sometimes just surviving is all you get”
Charles de Lint, The Onion Girl

Robert Jordan
“Death is lighter than a feather. Duty, heavier than a mountain.”
Robert Jordan, The Eye of the World

Terry Goodkind
“But this was no ordinary chicken. This chicken was evil manifest.”
Terry Goodkind, Soul of the Fire

“The pendulum swings between Light and Darkness”
Brandon Mull

Katherine Arden
“Every time you take one path, you must live with the memory of the other: of a life left unchosen.”
Katherine Arden, The Girl in the Tower

Greg Hamerton
“If you see the dragon fly,
best you drink the flagon dry.”
Greg Hamerton, Second Sight

Alexandra Adornetto
“But I was wrong. I should have known it wasn't owver, couldn't be over quite easily. No sooner was Xavier out of sight than a little cylinder of paper fell from the top of my locker. As I unrolled it, I knew I'd see black calligraphy crawling across it like a spider. Dread settled around me like a fog as the words burned into my brain:

The Lake of Fire awaits my lady”
alexandra adornetto, Halo

Glen Cook
“If one chooses sides on emotion then the rebel is the guy to go with. He is fighting for everything men claim to honour, freedom, independance, truth, the right.......all the subjective illusions. All the eternal trigger words. We are minions of the villan of the piece. We confess the illusion and deny the substance.”
Glen Cook, The Black Company

Ursula K. Le Guin
“The best I can say, it's like this. A man's in his skin, see, like a nut in its shell ... It's hard and strong, that shell, and it's all full of him. Full of grand man-meat, man-self. And that's all. That's all there is.

A woman's a different thing entirely. Who knows where a woman begins and ends? Listen mistress, I have roots, I have roots deeper than this island. Deeper than the sea, older than the raising of the lands. I go back into the dark ... I go back into the dark! Before the moon I am, what a woman is, a woman of power, a woman's power, deeper than the roots of trees, deeper than the roots of islands, older than the Making, older than the moon. Who dares ask questions of the dark? Who'll ask the dark its name?”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Tehanu

Greg Hamerton
“Those who try to juggle wisdom, power and greed, drop one of the balls, every time.”
Greg Hamerton, The Riddler's Gift

Daniel McHugh
“You are blessed with a knack for sucking the wonder out of the extraordinary.”
Daniel McHugh, The Merchant and the Menace

Carlyle Labuschagne
“With him I couldn’t be anything but myself and that scared the crap out of me, because I had never existed like that before.”
Carlyle Labuschagne, The Broken Destiny

Robert Jordan
“Does it make you brave to stick your hand in a bear's mouth? Would you do it again just because you didn't die?”
Robert Jordan, The Dragon Reborn

J.R.R. Tolkien
“All stories are ultimately about the fall.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

Jim Butcher
“You're dead, son. Cheer is contraindicated.”
Jim Butcher, Ghost Story

“We share a bond. We do everything together. We have a piece of strong, invisible thread connecting us. It’s indestructible – it can never be broken. The thread is the key item that links us together. We understand each other.”
Erica Sehyun Song

Neil Gaiman
“The quickest way is sometimes the longest.”
Neil Gaiman

Larry Itejere
“Dreams are glimpses into life’s truths.”
Larry Itejere, The Silver Arrow

Carolyn Turgeon
“Souls were webs of light that contained the essence of a human's life. Memories and loves, children and families. Every moment of life, pressing in”
Carolyn Turgeon, Mermaid

Daniel Arenson
“Gray, the colour of forgetting.”
Daniel Arenson, The Gods of Dream

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