“Fantasy is fiction that takes place in a magical or unseen world”
Fantasy Motifs in Modern and Traditional Fantasy Stories.
motif (noun) – a repeated design or theme, it is something that usually shows up in a particular kind of story
Modern fantasy and traditional fantasy share many similar motifs. In groups, List five or more examples from stories (books, film, anything) for each of the following motifs. Be as specific as possible. Use your blue notebooks for this.
Modern fantasy like traditional fantasy is loaded with magic–that is the fantasy element they share. Magic appears in varying degrees often as part of the setting or as a trigger for events. In fantasy stories, magic is normal.
2. Other Worlds:
This motif is the most endearing in modern fantasy. We readers are transported to others worlds and removed from the stresses of our real lives for the space of a chapter or two. We have grown to love and to immediately recognize other worlds in stories. Fantasy takes place in another world, or in a hidden world.
3. Good vs Evil:
This timeless battle of forces is essential to modern fantasy. There is no drama unless good and evil battle each other. Good and evil are especially clear in fantasy
As in real life, the modern fantasy will require a journey or quest in which growth and heroism must be exhibited. This maturation process is essential to real life as well as to the modern fantasy. The hero will be called to an adventure, to enter a dangerous world, to be tested and to prevail, and be assisted by a protective figure. The hero will mature and s/he will return home. If you look at the best beloved modern fantasies, or even Harry Potter, you will note how this exists. Fantasy stories have clear heroes.
5. Special Character Type:
Modern Fantasies will include a fantastical character, the product of the author’s most amazing imaginings. Most of these character types are not human but so well-described that they have assumed a special “almost real” place in our lives. Unusual creatures exist in a fantasy story.
6. Fantastic Objects:
Fantasy worlds have magical things in them. Sometimes the things are obviously magical and sometimes they are things that seem, normal but have magical qualities. A magical world contains magical objects, vehicles, tools, structures.