Does anybody read fantasy books OTHER THAN Harry Potter or Twilight?

@thyst07 (2091)
United States
July 16, 2009 3:01am CST
These days if you ask people if they like fantasy literature, they're like "Oh yeah, Harry Potter was great!" or "OMG, I love Twilight!" Don't get me wrong, I really like Harry Potter. Haven't bothered to read Twilight because I'm not that into vampires. But does anyone around here read any other fantasy books? I've read so many I've lost count. I'm currently reading some of Terry Brooks' new Shannara books and I'm not sure where I'll go after that. Maybe I'll finish the Wheel of Time series.
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@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
19 Jul 09
oh, I read some romances and mysteries, but science fiction and fantasy are my thing. I love Anne McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey, Andre Norton, Orson Scott Card (his are more SF than F), Robert J. Sawyer (again, SF). AND, I have been lucky enough to meet all but Norton.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
19 Jul 09
That's awesome that you've met so many authors! I've never met any of the authors that I'm a fan of, but maybe someday. I am distantly related to a famous author, but not a fantasy author.
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@ElicBxn (61143)
• United States
19 Jul 09
meeting the writers is part of the joy of going to science fiction conventions... I too am DISTANTLY related to a famous writer, but not of fantasy Rex Stout http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_Stout
@mcat19 (1357)
• United States
17 Jul 09
I love science fantasy books. That's all I read. I'm now reading The Long Price Quartet, 4 books by Daniel Abraham. They are very involved. I love the worlds that these authors create and I love the magic. I have a terrible memory, so I can't remember any other really good books that I've read. Before this, I read a series by Brandon Sanderson that was also excellent.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Jul 09
I'm not familiar with Daniel Abraham. I used to read science fiction when I was younger, but haven't read any in the past several years.
@mcat19 (1357)
• United States
17 Jul 09
He's relatively new on the fantasy scene.
• United States
16 Jul 09
I'm currently reading "The Chronicle of Narnia" books. Never read them before because my parents thought they were too "demonic" for the religion i was in at the time. I must say I'm really enjoying them. Ive also read the first to Eragon books and a number of star trek books. After i complete the Narnia books I'm going to read the Golden Compass books and the Harry Potter books...just because Ive never read them. then I'm going to start on some classic books...perhaps with some fantasy books that arnt necessarily on that list just for some breaks.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Jul 09
The Golden Compass is way good. Don't tell your parents though...if they thought the Chronicles of Narnia was demonic, they'd hate The Golden Compass.
• United States
17 Jul 09
it was written by an athiest...the would have a heart attack
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16 Jul 09
I haven't read fantasy novels since I was a teenager... But I used to be fond of the "Swords" cycle by Fritz Leiber or the novels by Tanith Lee. The OZ serie by Frank L. Baum and the Narnia cycle by C.S. Lewis were another favourite when I was even younger. I wasn't aware that "Harry Potter" was considered as fantasy literature.
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
16 Jul 09
Narnia is one of my favorites. I've never read anything by Fritz Leiber, so maybe I'll look for that next time I go to the library.
16 Jul 09
Funnily enough, since I got involved in this discussion, I feel the need to get back into reading fantasy. "Conan the Barbarian" by Robert E. Howard is a serie of books I found particularly entertaining to read, when I was a teenager. Have you tried the Edgar Rice Burroughs series of "Mars" and Pellucidar"? Those may be considered more sci fi than fantasy but sometimes the frontier between the two genres are somewhat blurry.
@FFFrocks (306)
• Canada
17 Jul 09
I love fantasy literature! I've read Terry Brooks' Shannara books. Good stuff. The wheel of time series is good, but I'm getting impatient with it. It's taking too long to tell the story, to wordy, to many threads..... Reading a good fantasy story is how i 'escape' at the end of the day. I'll read anything really, but fantasy is definitely my favorite. One look at my bookshelf and you can tell.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Jul 09
Me too! My bookshelves are full of fantasy novels.
@bigott (619)
• India
17 Jul 09
Never read Twilight but I am a big fan of Harry potter series. Apart from it I read few good books. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by Tolkien Eragon by Christopher Paolini The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. I started reading these books after I had seen the movie based on them . Happy mylotting !!!
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Jul 09
I still haven't read the third book of the Eragon trilogy, but I thought the first two were pretty good.
• United States
16 Jul 09
I read the Lord of the Rings books and also The Hobbit, I really enjoyed those, the Lord of the Rings was a little tedious in some parts, but still they are timeless "fantasy" classics. I am a big Harry Potter fan, but have never read Twilight, I like vampires, I read several Anne Rice novels, but Twilight just seems too teeny bopper to me.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
17 Jul 09
Lord of the Rings is what got me started on fantasy. I had been into science fiction previously, but once I read LOTR I couldn't get my hands on enough fantasy.
• India
16 Jul 09
i read some science fiction books.i do not know whether they can be called fantacy books or not.arther c clarke writes good children books.i read Eric Van Lustbader's three books, these stories resemble harry potter series.i read some thing else recently.i am unable to recall the name of the book. the name of the writer is Jonathan Shroud.three or four books were in the market i read all of them.they are again similer to harry potter.LORD OF THE RINGS AS A BOOK IS VERY INTERESTING BUT NOT MANY CAN READ IT.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
16 Jul 09
I'm not sure why you say that not many people can read Lord of the Rings. I know that some people find it difficult to read, but millions of people have read it.
@jlamela (4905)
• Philippines
16 Jul 09
None, at all. The books I am reading right now is more on spiritual journey and self-developmental books, they are more useful than fantasy books.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
16 Jul 09
I find fantasy books to be very useful for helping me to relax and stimulating my imagination.
@NonaSaile (924)
• Philippines
16 Jul 09
Hi! Please count me in among those who do enjoy reading fantasy books, regardless of whether it's been raved about by others or not. I haven't read Harry Potter or Twilight because of financial constraints. And like you, I'm not really into vampires, and actually have not felt any interest in the Twilight series - from watching the movie, I feel the book is slanted towards the younger generation. Happy mylotting!
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
16 Jul 09
Yeah, I think that Twilight the movie is aimed at teenage girls who prefer hot guys over good stories. Even though the main guy is really not that attractive.
@inedible (768)
• Singapore
16 Jul 09
Hahahahaha. I wasn't even aware that Harry Potter and Twilight were considered fantasy. I thought they were considered teenage novels or something. I used to like fantasy, but these days I've moved on to science fiction. Well, I've read a few books in the Wheel of Time series. Not the first few, but a few non-sequential books in the series. I've also read Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, but I don't think I've read any books by Terry Brooks.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
16 Jul 09
I think that Harry Potter can be a good introduction to fantasy for people who were never really into the fantasy genre before, but I would only loosely classify it as fantasy.
• United States
16 Jul 09
the specials the uglies its a series its like futurisic
• India
16 Jul 09
i thn yess