Published on February 24, 2014
MODERN FANTASY A PowerPoint presentation for CIED 4023
Have You Seen This Movie? Here are a few fantasies that have been turned into movies. The Chronicles of Narnia Harry Potter Series Charlotte’s Web Where the Wild Things Are Winnie the Pooh The Golden Compass Mr. Popper’s Penguins Ella Enchanted Tuck Everlasting The Wizard of Oz Pippi Longstocking Coraline Inkheart A Series of Unfortunate Events Wind in the Willows Stuart Little Eragon Matilda The Percy Jackson Series Alice in Wonderland Charlie and the Chocolate Factory James and the Giant Peach
Literary Fairy Tales Similar in form to traditional fairy tales, but have an identifiable author
Animal Fantasy Characterized by talking animals, but differs from Beast Tales because the author is identifiable.
The World of Toys and Dolls These stories bring inanimate objects to life.
Eccentric Characters and Preposterous Situations These are situations and characters that are “over the top”! They may occur in realistic settings, making them more believable.
Extraordinary Worlds These tales may start out in our world, but quickly move into an extraordinary, yet believable world.
Magical Powers Children in these stories possess a magical object, know a magical saying, or have magical powers themselves.
Suspense and the Supernatural Spooky, scary stories, full of suspense and often touching on the occult.
Time-Shift Fantasy Based on characters who seem to move easily from their own time to a long-lost point in time. Time-travel is typically linked to a tangible object or place common to both eras.
Imaginary Realms These stories are set in imaginary societies which resemble the Middle Ages. They may contain a quest, the struggle between good and evil, or a human character’s search for identity. They are less complex and lighter in tone than High Fantasy.
High Fantasy These consist of complex narratives, often connected to sequels, which contain recurring themes and motifs. They may be set in a created world, and characters may call on ancient or fundamental powers, good or evil. The focus of the story may be a quest, or the struggle between good and evil, light and darkness. High Fantasy is serious in nature, and deals with cosmic questions and ultimate values.
Characteristics of Modern Fantasy • Themes in fantasy usually deal with real world issues, such as good vs. evil, what it means to be human, and the meaning of life and death. • Many characters, places, and motifs in fantasy are often taken from older folktales. • The author makes the story believable in many ways: – The story is often grounded in reality before moving into fantasy. – The setting is very detailed, especially the fantasy worlds. – The story must be consistent for it to be believable.
Quality Fantasy Endures! • A contemporary realistic novel may be outdated in five or ten years, but well-written fantasy endures the test of time. • Fantasy is often timeless because of the universal questions it asks and the make-believe worlds on which the stories are based.
Modern Fantasy Sub-genres Animal Fantasy Fantasy for today's child: The Opposed Some educators and parents question the value of fantasy for today's child.
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