Tag Archives: GK Chesterton

Are Fairy Stories Only for the Young?

Sometimes I encounter the perception that fairy tales and fantasy belong to children and teens, and those of a more mature outlook want “realistic” fare. These adults say they want books that delve into real life issues, a perspective that … Continue reading

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Of Fairy Tales, Fear, and Faith

In light of recent discussions I’ve witnessed on the impact of fiction, I’d like to share a little something from GK Chesterton on fairy story: “Fairy tales, then, are not responsible for producing in children fear, or any of the … Continue reading

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Do Happy Endings Present
A False Reality?

“We don’t want to feel less when we have finished a book; we want to feel that new possibilities of being have been opened to us. We don’t want to close a book with a sense that life is totally … Continue reading

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Beauty for the Beast

I have a strong affinity for the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast in its many forms, as I’ve chronicled elsewhere. So I was pleased to read this quote by Chesterton highlighting a significant component of this timeless tale: It … Continue reading

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Three Essays For the Creative Mind

If you enjoy roaming fantastic worlds and exploring the connections between fantasy and faith, I suggest reading these essays, all by brilliant men who influenced the fantasy genre in their own ways. Each offers a unique perspective on fantasy, imagination, … Continue reading

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Holy of Holies

With spring coming and the world wakening anew, this poem by GK Chesterton caught my eye. While short, the poem provides a fitting reminder of the wonder in the smallest and simplest aspects of the world around us. I’m not … Continue reading

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Fairy Tales and Interdiction: A Reflection of the Fall and Redemption

Often fairy tales, myths, and legends carry dim echoes of important truths…truths that are universal across time and culture. One such element, common in fairy tales, is interdiction (the forbiddance or prohibition of a specific act, whether explicit or implicit, … Continue reading

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Obscure Christian Fantasy Novels

Christian fantasy (though not always called by such name) has a fairly long history, and many of the early authors of this genre I’ve mentioned here before–George MacDonald, GK Chesterton, CS Lewis, and JRR Tolkien. Going back a little further, … 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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5 Free Christian Fantasy Novels

Check out these classic Christian fantasy novels, available for free. Phantastes by George MacDonald Book description (from Borders): Described by MacDonald as ‘a faerie romance for men and women,’ Phantastes tells the tale of Anodos, a young man who one … Continue reading

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