Category Archives: Quotes

The Realism of Fantasy

In an essay on the writing of fiction, author Flannery O’Connor made a statement I thought worth sharing. She said: “Fiction is an art that calls for the strictest attention to the real–whether the writer is writing a naturalistic story … Continue reading

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Day of Remembrance

“I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales. We’re in one, of course; but I mean: put into words, you know, told by the fireside, or read of in a great big book with red  and … Continue reading

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Storytelling and the Journey Homeward

In Walking on Water, Madeline L’Engle had this to say about the purpose of art and artistry: The journey homewards. Coming home. That’s what it’s all about. The journey to the coming of the Kingdom. That’s probably the chief difference … Continue reading

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The Relationship of Beauty and Truth

“Beauty is the only stuff in which Truth can be clothed; and you may, if you will, call Imagination the tailor that cuts her garments to fit her, and Fancy his journeyman that puts the pieces of them together, or … Continue reading

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Of Fantasy, History, and the Greatest Eucatastrophe

I’ve been re-reading Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy-Stories” and letting the concepts rattle around in my brain. I was going to post on sub-creation, but I find my thoughts haven’t coalesced enough yet. So instead, I want to share with you … Continue reading

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Dreams and the Life of a Writer

While reading one of CS Lewis’s nonfiction books, Of Other Worlds, I came across this quote regarding his writing process: “One thing I am sure of. All my seven Narnian books, and my three science fiction books, began with seeing … Continue reading

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Quotes on Fantasy

I’d like to share a small collection of quotes on the value and impact of fantasy (sometimes also referred to as fairy-story or fairy tales). If you’re a lover of the genre, you’ll appreciate what these great minds have to … Continue reading

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For Want of Wonder

“The world will never starve for want of wonders, but for want of wonder.” ~ GK Chesterton Wonder. It’s that feeling you get when your breath stops and your body tingles, as everything else fades into the background and all … Continue reading

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