Fantasy is a literary genre whose plot is set in an imaginary universe; however, sometimes it also presents locations, events and people from the real world. Fantasy is characterized mainly by three features: the magic, supernatural and magical creatures.
Fantasy belongs to speculative fiction and differs from genres such as science fiction and horror due to the absence of scientific or macabre themes.
Over the years, this genre has influenced many industries, including film, television, video game, music and art.
Stories including fantasy elements existed before the advent of printed literature. Indeed, classical mythologies, such as Homer and Virgil works, already presented both fantasy stories and characters, as well as Plato's and Empedocles’ productions.
Fantasy literature owns its own aspects in the selection of characters, settings, plot themes, and styles. Firstly characters have special powers. Secondly, the places of these stories are usually imaginary and timeless. Thirdly, the plot is usually varied, involving situations which are impossible in the real world. Fourthly, themes usually concern a war between the good and the evil. Finally, every action is fantastic and it can’t be proved by the science.
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