Fantasy Favorites Tag!

G’day, my Roadlings!

It’s the LAST day of February (say what? How did this happen?) so I’m squeezing in at the last second of February Fantasy Month to do this lovely tag that the hostess of this awesome event, Jenelle Schmidt, put together.

No, I’m not late—what gave you that idea?

Ahem. On with the tag, shall we? All of these questions are so hard! O_O

What is your favorite fantasy book?

(I lied. This question is super easy.)

The Lord of the Rings/The Silmarillion and Howl’s Moving Castle. I KNOW. SUCH A SHOCK. XD

(Okay, I know that’s not one. But. You know.)

Also, I’m looking forward to reading Howl’s Moving Castle for the sixth time (I think?) next month for March Magics since there’s going to be a readalong for it! 😀

What is your favorite fantasy movie or TV show (or both!)?

At first I couldn’t think of any fantasy TV shows, which shows a definite problem somewhere . . . But I’m going to go with Ren: The Girl with the Mark, which I mentioned before, and if you haven’t checked it out, I totally recommend doing so!

I’m going to be posting about that soon, regarding a possible season 2 (!!) so stay tuned!

For movies:

(I need to see the new How to Train Your Dragon movie! Aaahh!)

  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • Prince of Persia

And if you haven’t seen Prince of Persia yet — what are you even doing with your life?

Prince Dastan can’t believe you haven’t watched it, either

Who is your favorite fantasy hero/heroine?

I have SO MANY FAVORITE HEROES, I’m not even going to try listing anybody. My mind overwhelmed itself and short-circuited with the sheer amount and left me suddenly unable to recall anybody. I’ll regret it later but I’m going to skip that.

Instead, I’ll just do heroines, since that’s a much shorter list. 😉 Here are some:

  • Mina Klug (The Bright Empires series by Stephen R. Lawhead)
  • Eowyn (The Lord of the Rings) and Luthien Tinuviel (The Silmarillion), both by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Eilonwy (The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander)
  • Ginny (Paper Crowns by Mirriam Neal)
  • Cordelia Beaumont (The Beast of Talesend by Kyle Robert Shultz)
  • Echo (Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer)

It takes a LOT to write a heroine I really love and admire. I’m not sure exactly what quality these heroines share but they’re all fabulous! (You can read a post I wrote which in part concerned those first few heroines, if you like.)

Who is your favorite fantasy side-kick?

Uuuurgh. Do you realize how difficult this question is? Do you realize how many amazing fantasy side-kicks there are? This is threatening to short-circuit my brain again.

*panics* *scrambles around* *grabs one name from the swirling mass and tosses it out*



*thrusts The Beast of Talesend haphazardly in your face*

*hurries on*

Who is your favorite fantasy villain? (the one you most love to hate?)

For some reason all I can think of right now is the Gentleman with the Thistledown Hair from Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell. He’s just . . . really creepy. O_O

(I was tempted to list Carhartan from Orphan’s Song or Rupert de la Mare from Plenilune or the Keeper from Entwined but “most love to hate” might not apply; it’s more like I HAVE FEELINGS WHICH MAY BE HATE I DUNNO. I talk about villains here.)

I . . . don’t want to linger on this question; there’s a sort of chill in the air over here. I’ll just . . . Yeah, I’ll move on.

*sprints hastily to next question and locks door behind self*

What is your favorite fantasy sub-genre?

*breathes sigh of relief* Much safer, cozier, warmer question. 🙂

Fairytale retellings, and steampunk-fantasy or Regency-fantasy! Those are ones I’ve been really into lately, anyway.

I love a good classic epic fantasy, too!

What is your favorite thing about fantasy?

The limitless possibilities and imagination and wonder. There’s just so MUCH that can happen! It also has great potential for my favorite sorts of character types, and of course fantastical creatures and settings! And . . . well . . . everything.

Fantasy is my home, and while I enjoy other genres from time to time (non-speculative fiction, and non-fiction occaaasionally), they just often seem . . . dry. They don’t have the wonder. I enjoy visiting them sometimes but Fantasy is where I live.

It has so much potential. I find I learn truths about life more deeply when I encounter them in fantasy.

Lloyd Alexander said it best.

What is your favorite fantasy realm?

Tolkien’s world, absolutely. I have recently been re-immersing myself in Middle-earth and particularly Beleriand and the other lands of The Silmarillion, reading Tolkien’s Book of Lost Tales and The Fall of Gondolin.

I “grew up” there, living and breathing the richness of his world and the far-reaching wonder of the ages of Middle-earth. I had no idea how much I missed it until I went back again and realized it was so natural to slip back into this world. I do need to give The Lord of the Rings a good re-read one of these days soon, but at the moment I’m enjoying going through the older drafts of what later became The Silmarillion and having a blast.

If you need me, I’ll be walking the shores of Valinor or visiting the hidden valley of the city of Gondolin between the mountains; treading under the trees of Doriath with Luthien and Beren or staring at the wide sea from the cliffs of Beleriand; visiting the Shire or the Lonely Mountain or Lothlorien or Minas Tirith; spending a couple of weeks by the fire in Rivendell with the music and the books, the food and the Elves; galloping the vast plains with the Rohirrim; or walking the woods of Ithilien with Faramir. Watch out; I may never come back. 😉

What is your favorite fantasy magic system?

I’m not sure! I don’t always pay that much attention to how the fantasticalness works in the fantasy I read? But I will say that I know I liked Spellsmith and Carver (where it was half like computer coding) and Beggar Magic (the “strains” sort of like music), both by H.L. Burke. And the Song from the Songkeeper Chronicles by Gillian Bronte Adams, and the aether gifts in the Sentinel Trilogy by Jamie Foley, are all coming to mind. So I guess I’ll go with some of those. XD In Echo North by Joanna Ruth Meyer, I ADORED the book-mirrors where you can step into a story, so if that counts . . .

Sell me a fantasy book! Have you written a fantasy book? Give me your best pitch for it! Have you read an exceptionally great fantasy book recently? Convince me to make it my next read!

Wellll. I have written a fantasy book, or several. But they’re not exactly available yet. XD *cough*

My latest is basically a Steampunk-Fantasy Little Mermaid. Except that the Little Mermaid is neither little nor Mer nor a maid — being a cloud-siren prince on a quest to find his father’s killer — and he gets mixed up with Princess Tasmania who is the captain of a skyship. Cloud cities, assassins, tea, love, and clockwork dragons ensue.

So yeah, that’s The Siren and the Skyship, currently in needs-to-be-edited limbo. I’m working on trying to figure out the plot for the sequel right now and it’s giving me headaches.

Maybe I’ll do an update post about how my writing is coming, since I haven’t talked about that or anything on here in awhile . . .

Actual book

In the meantime, how about a book that is actually finished! and published! and awesome!

I wanted to screech about Echo North or The Electrical Menagerie, but since y’all prooobably know by now how much I love those (given all the shrieking I’ve done. XD) and things like Howl’s Moving Castle, I think I’ll give a quick shout-out for a book I haven’t talked as much about for a little while! (But seriously, go check those out if you haven’t!! They make me happy!)

Blood Ties! By Hazel West!

Alternate modern Ireland! Warriors with swords and fast cars! Brothers by blood and by bond with great messy relationships I love! SNARK. Fighting. Epic characters! (I love them ALL! AWK!) Loyalty and goblins and castles and cell phones! (Those are good because they’re all together in one book, not because goblins or cell phones are necessarily inherently good in themselves.)

Did I mention Ireland? Because it’s almost Saint Patrick’s Day so you OBVIOUSLY need something to read for that.

I love it so much and I’ve been missing this series (the sequels are just as good if not better) and wanting book four BADLY. So go read this one if you haven’t. 😀

And look, I’m part of Ciran’s Company! And I have a real BPAFF (Bureau of Protection Against Fair Folk) shamrock necklace I won from the author, so if any of you reading this are actually malevolent fae or goblins trying to convince people not to read this book, I KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHAT YOU’RE DOING. Ciran and I are comin’ for you. And the rock band Swords and Shamrocks are going to write a ballad about it. So watch out.

So there you are! I hope you enjoyed this fantasy tag and my answers — do feel free to steal the tag to use on your own blog, even if Fantasy Month is over. Because the time for fantasy is always!

What are some of YOUR fantasy favorites? Let me know in the comments!

13 thoughts on “Fantasy Favorites Tag!

  1. You did the tag!!! 😀 I was nodding along to like ALL of your answers! ALWAYS yes to LotR and HMC. I mean DUH. And HTTYD and Prince of Persia! I NEED to rewatch Prince of Persia. It’s been way too long! Also…it’s just embarrassing that I haven’t watched Ren yet. o.o I keep forgetting. ACK!

    The favorite heroes question was true agony. Just…all of them??? But yesss to Ginny and Eilonwy and Eowyn and Cordelia! I neeeeed to meet Mina and Echo. NEED.

    Your answer to the favorite side-kick though. XD The struggle is REAL. BUT CRISPIN MAH BOY. Perfect answer!

    I almost put the Keeper with the villain question too but then I was like, “Wait…I don’t HATE him? IT’S COMPLICATED.” So yeah, you’re not alone there. There are many different categories to liking a villain. Lol.

    YAY FOR FAIRY TALES AND STEAMPUNK AND EPIC FANTASY AND…all the fantasy of ever basically.

    I ADORE your answer to the favorite thing about fantasy one. I relate so hard. Fantasy is my home too, and the few times I veer out of it, I MISS it. Other genres just aren’t the same. Fantasy is endless and beautiful and deep and AGH. I love it so much!

    And then all your thoughts on Tolkien world just… *clutches heart* That was so beautiful and SO TRUE. Like you said, it is rich and alive and breathtaking. Tolkien was truly the worldbuilding master. I could visit Middle-earth forever.

    Oh my goodness, I keep forgetting about the Blood Ties book. :O It’s on my Kindle I think. I NEED TO READ IT. I’m so bad about forgetting books on my Kindle…

    I LOVED ALL YOUR ANSWERS SO MUCH!!!! Fantasy is just the best thing of ever, and I love fangirling over it with you! ^_^

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    • YESSS. I love our similar taste. XD I SO NEED TO REWATCH PRINCE OF PERSIA TOO. Ren is great fun and I think you’d enjoy it! 😀

      I mean, at least you answered the heroes question? You must meet Mina and Echo someday!!


      SAME about Keeper! It’s just… so complicated?

      Thank you!! Yes, I agree I miss it when I step outside of fantasy. ^_^

      Aww, thanks! I just… yep, Middle-earth is home!

      BLOOD TIES IS WONDERFUL. I totally forget books on my Kindle app too, so you’re not alone. XD

      Thank you! I love all the fangirling with you toooo! ❤


  2. YAASSSS MINA. Excellent heroine choice. She’s the main bright spot in that series.

    I love how you’re sprinting from one question to another. That made me giggle.

    Recency fantasy recs, please? I love non-medieval fantasy with a passion, as you know.

    Your words on Tolkien were also beautiful. I’d love to join you in your wanderings. . . but college. College is a thing.

    I still need to read the last Modern Tales book. But I also need to slow down on buying books. 😛

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    • I love Mina so much. You haven’t finished the series, right? I think the fourth one is my fave…

      Ahaha, so glad I could make you giggle, thank you! XD

      Ummm. I suddenly can’t think of much Regency fantasy recs that I’ve actually READ? Have you read Patricia C. Wrede’s? Non-medieval fantasy is awesome!

      Thank you! And yes, college. *sighs*

      I loved the last Modern Tales book! But yes, I hear you. 😛

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  3. Oo, Blood Ties sounds so interesting! Also, fantasy is the best, always. It’s like home. Howl’s Moving Castle is a fav of mine too. I finally got one of my friends to read Howl’s Moving Castle, and she loves it. 😀

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  4. I love Prince of Persia! It’s such a good movie!

    When I was in NYC last month, I got to see this Tolkien exhibition at a museum where they had a ton of Tolkien’s original art! I had no idea he did so much art! Did you know that? It just made me love Tolkien’s worlds even more!

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    • *high-five* Hurrah for loving Prince of Persia! 😀

      Aaahh, that is the coolest you got to see the Tolkien art exhibit! I had heard of it, yes, and I’m sooo sad it’s so far away from me! It sounds AMAZING! I have a book about his art and it’s fantastic how creative he was! ❤

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