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Fantasy Literature: Websites and Blogs

This guide is meant as brief pointer to the best in Fantasy Literature for scholarly research purposes.

Blogs

FantasyLiterature.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boasting 1189 authors featured, FantasyLiterature.com's tagline is "Life's too short to read bad books". This site is home to hundreds upon hundreds of authoritative reviews on classic and canonical fantasy as well as brand spankin' new fantasy literature and everything in between. The reviewers, a list of about 13 people, are mostly made up of university professors, academics, and published authors, who are considered to be avid contributors to, if not experts of, fantasy literature. "FanLit" also has pages of their website dedicated to favorite fantasy of the reviews for each year, a children's fantasy section, and a section for fantasy literature for young adults. A specifically just-for-fun function of the site is its Fantasy Title Generator. 

Citation: Capossere, B., Hersom, G., Hulet, J., Blazier, J., Hooper, K., Lasiter, K., . . . Weyna, T. (2011). Retrieved from www.fantasyliterature.com. 

Available At: FantasyLiterature.com

 

 

Neil Gaiman's Journal

Neil Gaiman is one of contemporary fantasy literature's most versatile authors. Among his works are Stardust, Neverwhere and American Gods. He posts to his blog on a regular basis and is a very active author, giving book talks, lectures, doing signings, and other events. His blog features news and sentiment from his personal life, as well as his life as an author, and his books and stories as well as those of other authors in the genre. 

On the right hand side of the page, you will see the above image of the "magic ball" and text about Neil's Oracular Journal. Clicking this image takes you to a search engine, which allows you to look for any word or phrase within the blog.

Citation: Gaiman, Neil. (2011). Retrieved fromhttp://journal.neilgaiman.com/.

Available At: Neil Gaiman's Journal

Web Resources

Web resources for fantasy literature are abundant. An important thing to keep in mind when searching the web for any information is that not all information is accurate or authoritative. A good way to distinguish immediately if a site is going to be a valid resource is the URL: if the address ends with .org, .gov, or .edu, you know you've good a legitimate website. For all others, just use simple techniques like making sure the site is kept up or contributed to by people who are experts in the field, and verifying that the information on the site is from a trusted, accurate source.

The websites and blogs listed in this guide are excellent examples of good web resources.

Websites

Speculative Literature Foundation

The Speculative Literature Foundation is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote literary quality in speculative fiction. It encourages promising writers, supports established readers, and encourages readership in speculative literature at all levels of education. Their website offers a brilliant array of authoritative resources on speculative fiction, which envelopes fantasy literature. Especially of interest are the resources for K-12 and Research Materials. 

Citation: Speculative literature foundation. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.speculativeliterature.org/index.php.

Available At: Speculative Literature Foundation

 

 

Worlds Without End

This is a website dedicated to bringing users the best of fantasy literature and science fiction. Using the top ten awards in the field such as the Nebula, Hugo and Locus Awards, this site brings together what has been officially judged as the absolute best in fantasy and sci-fi. They also look to some of the top "best of" genre lists. This is a good resource for finding books and authors based on the awards they have won. 

Citation: Worlds without end. (2011). Retrieved on April 24, 2011 from http://www.worldswithoutend.com/index.asp

Available At: Online at the Worlds Without End website.

Online Archive

The Journal of the Mythic Arts

Although this used to be the title of a published literary journal, it is now only the archive of all articles, artwork, and writing that appeared in its issues. Hence, I am listing it in the online page, because I want to be clear that you can only find this archive and its issues online, and further publication of this journal has ceased as of the summer of 2008. It is extremely unfortunate that it has ceased, because its issues are rich with stories, poetry and art of the fantastical and mystical. Here, you can read and become acquainted with many well-respected fantasy authors and poets. Below is an article to get you started off in the right direction.

Citation: Bartel, Julie. (Summer 2007). Mythic fiction for young adults. The Journal of the Mythic Arts. Tuscon, AZ: Endicott Studio. Retrieved from http://www.endicott-studio.com/wtrm
/wrMythYoung.html.

Available At: Online only, at JoMA's website.

Image: Bother the Gnat, by Duncan Carse, retrieved from https://www.endicott-studio.com/jMA06Summer/index.html

 

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