So you want to write Adult Fantasy? It’s time to read some! But what stories are considered Fantasy? According to StoryGrid, Fantasy should have the reader suspend disbelief when encountering an imaginative world has a protagonist negotiating a core event or controlling idea, particularly with combining fantasy with other genres like thriller or horror. Check StoryGrid for more information
examples of Adult Fantasy are A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin, The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang, and American Gods by Neil Gaiman. Check out a list of more Adult Fantasy titles here, here, here, and here. I have personally read Martin, Morgenstern, and Gaiman, with Jemisin and Kuang on my reserve list at the library.
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This blog post is part of a series called Q: What Are You Reading? by Suzanna Anderson on Operation Awesome. Please note that this book list is not comprehensive. This list is a starting point, an introduction to Adult Fantasy titles. Suzanna reads a book and usually finds at least ten more books to read. Use this list as inspiration to check out titles at your local library, support your local bookstores with purchases, or wherever you get your books. Please do read, share, and write reviews (if you want to). Comment below what you’ve read and what you’re excited to read next!
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