Confronting the notion that the fairy tale genre encouraged unhealthy amounts of escapism in children, C.S. Lewis wrote in a prominent essay that a child "does not despise real woods because he has read of enchanted woods: the reading makes all woods a little more enchanted".
Those of us who've come to love the fantasy genre have faced the same questions regarding its usefulness in our lives. Surely the temptation exists for each reader to mistake the inner, imaginative realm as more beautiful than the real. But an essential task of any reader of fantasy- or of any genre for that matter- is to find their way back home at the end of the story. And, in the case of the fairy tale, to perhaps return, if the reader is lucky, with a new-found sense of inspiration, wonder and even a bit of heroism.Read More