Occasional FAQ ~ What Got You Into Reading Fantasy?

Slice of Sci Fi has been having a long-running and rather interesting conversation on their voicemail show about what got them into sci-fi television or movies. This got me curious about you, Gentle Reader (many things do).

I’d love to know, what got you into reading fantasy? Did you start out reading fantasy at a young age? Did you get into reading via a cartoon or movie or video game? Or did you come at it via steampunk or some aesthetic movement? Were you born into fandom, did you find fandom, or did you have fandom thrust upon you? Or do you not consider yourself part of the SF/F culture at all?

I read Tolkein way back when, but I consider my gateway drug to sci-fi and fantasy actually to be Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series. I didn’t find fandom until relatively late in life, I believe I was about 18.

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  1. Jen the bibliophile said:

    I was sitting here trying to think what brought me into the world of scifi/paranormal and I think I can attribute it to Harry Potter and The Sorcerer's Stone. I started that series WAY back in the day when the 2nd book had just been released. It brought be into an entire world of possibilities. Before that I mostly read romance, but now, there are so many possibilities and things to read that I thank heaven for my Goodreads TBR to keep them strait. And, thank goodness for my discovery of paranormal, because it really tickles me in ways I never dreamed of!

    In the Closet With a Bibliophile

  2. GentlewomanThief said:

    To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what got me into fantasy, I just know it must have been at a very young age. I remember writing a story at school around the age of 5 or 6 about a unicorn and a prince (but aren't all little girl's stories about those things?), which I illustrated and the teacher helped me to make into a book, complete with a sticky-back-plastic cover! I have a feeling I basically never grew out of fairly tales and instead fluidly graduated, as it were, into fantasy, which may have happened when my Dad gave me a DragonLance graphic novel (I was aged about 8 or 9, I suspect?) and then lent me his fantasy books (DragonLance, Sword of Shannara, David Eddings, that sort of thing – I always read quite a bit above my age). So, I suppose I never was not into fantasy of some form or another.

  3. Ryoryo said:

    I've been into fantasy since a young age. My older brother (4.5 years older) was into reading fantasy, and I was always borrowing his books. Some of the earliest stuff I read in the genre (I think) was Tolkien and The Chronicles of Narnia (probably not in that order), excluding fairy tales and the like which I am sure I had read and was influenced by prior to that.

    I was trying just now to think about what draws me to that kind of fiction… I also read some sci-fi, some mystery as well (your books feel like a wonderful combination of all three). And I think what I like is reading about a different cultural/social set-up (I don't USUALLY like stuff with a more contemporary setting — I get enough of that in my life), and usually one that has more rules (or perhaps it just seems that way since I'm so familiar with the rules currently in existence). One of my favorite settings is Victorian England. 🙂

    Of course, I am also inordinately fond of dragons and vampires and the like, depending on their portrayal.

    And, as a nod to your gateway drug, I didn't get into reading Tamora Pierce until I was already in high school! But then, I've never been afraid of reading outside of my age group.

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