Fantasy and Science Fiction... why are they grouped together?
December 15, 2009 3:00pm CST
I know it probably won't bother people who aren't avid readers of the genres, but it's always bothered me that they're always grouped together. In bookstores, they're in the same section under Science Fiction/Fantasy or something. My library actually has no Fantasy section, and all the Fantasy books are put under the Science Fiction section. It bothers because not only are they VERY different, they are actually arch enemies sometimes. Think about it. Science Fiction is based in what could be possible, and Fantasy is based is what isn't possible. Science Fiction is about technology, and Fantasy is about magic, myth, and legend. I know there are a few authors like Anne McCaffery and Terry Brooks who actually bring them together, but for the most part they stay separate. So why are they always grouped together?
15 Dec 09
Well I guess it's because Science Fiction IS a kind of fantasy since it hasn't happened yet.Readers of this genre get adsorbed into this make believe not yet happened world, so it a way they are reading about the authors fantasy of what may happen to the world in the future!