Earlier last month Time magazine released their 100 best fantasy books of all time and it definitely makes for interesting reading. I thought we should go through some of the books today as well as talk about the list itself.
So how did they pick the books on the list? Time magazine asked for a little help from some familiar faces – Tomi Adeyemi, Cassandra Clare, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaiman, Marlon James, N.K. Jemisin, George R.R. Martin and Sabaa Tahir – as well as some Time staff. They were of course not allowed to pick their own books and all the books that were picked were judged on a scale resulting in this list. Another really important thing to mention is that the list is really diverse, including books from around the world and different age groups. I think that’s interesting, proof that fantasy is such a huge genre that interests all.
There’s a couple of obvious ones that you would expect to see up on the list, books like Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol and Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis and Fellowship of the Rings by J.R.R.Tolkien. Some more contemporary novels are books such as Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by Unknown, City of Glass by Cassandra Clare and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
There’s also books you would expect to see on a list like this like the ones I’ve mentioned above but there are quite a few I really didn’t expect. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl and Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers.
But of course there are a couple of things I don’t really agree with. One of them being that there were a couple of different books from the same series, an example of that being His Dark Materials. All 3 of the books are in the list, I just feel like that’s the waist of a space. Put the first book on the list and we can all assume you mean the whole series thought I do understand different books from the same author.
So yeah, I definitely think this list is interesting reading. If you want to check out the list you can find it here and I really recommend you do but remember this is just someone’s opinion, you’re allowed your own!
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