|Law of Nines - still fantasy.|
I consider the fantasy genre to be a pretty unique one. If you take a look at the other literary genres e.g. action, comedy, romance etc. you can see these elements in the fantasy genre. However, if you slip in an element of fantasy into any other genre, that genre becomes fantasy. It stands alone (I'll also include sci-fi as part of this too) as being its own steadfast genre. But what is it that makes it unique? Here's a few things that I can think of:
- Fantasy stories usually take place in a world which is not our own. If you took any other story at all, and set it on a world that was not Earth, that story would become fantasy.
- In fantasy, anything and everything is possible. There are no real limitations to what can be done. In a fantasy, mountains can be leveled by magic. In sci-fi, some great machine beyond our technological understanding can do it too. The lack of limits marks out these genres as unique.
- Both fantasy and sci-fi include entities that by our own understanding should not exist e.g. dragons, elves, aliens etc. No other genre has this (in the case of horror, the inclusion of monsters and the supernatural marks it out as a fantastic story).
What do you think sets fantasy and sci-fi apart from other genres in literature, movies etc?