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BookChat: Reading Fantasy

Hi everyone! I’m Beth, and I own The Books Are Everywhere.

Today’s post is going to be an interesting one with a very specific focus – can you read fantasy when you’re feeling down?

I know this sounds very random, but it did stem from somewhere. I posted a couple of weeks ago about my preference of contemporary over fantasy, and ended up talking to Kourtni in the comments about how fantasy can actually be quite draining to read! It got me thinking – and she’s right.

One of the reasons I prefer contemporary is I find it easy to read whatever mood I’m in…where as I have to really focus on fantasy!

But why is this? In fact, I think there’s a lot of reasons. I’ll discuss them more below.

  • Fantasy tends to be very fast paced
  • Things change a lot!
  • Not only do you have to focus on humans, but there’s other beings too! How can I focus on all of these things?
  • Sometimes they’re harder to get into or understand quickly – especially if some elements aren’t explained well
  • Bad writing doesn’t work…at all. You have to be descriptive.

Okay, I think you get it! Fantasy does tend to be…made up. It’s imaginary, and it’s sometimes hard to relate to our real world! For this reason alone, I find it hard to focus on fantasy when I’m feeling down or have other things on my mind, and it tends to be the reason I read a lot of contemporary.

With contemporary, I’m able to delve right in. With a real life setting and real life people, it’s easy to pick up on other things. But put me in another world, with a mixture of humans and fairies and THEN throw in some romance, complications and everything else…and my brain gets confused.

So, what do you think? Can you still focus on fantasy or do you have to switch to contemporary like me?


May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽


I'm a 20 year old bibliophile, bookseller and publishing student who reads mostly YA! I review and blog about books here at The Books Are Everywhere.

3 thoughts on “BookChat: Reading Fantasy

  1. I love fantasy so I can still manage it normally. But there have been a few occasions where my mental status just couldn’t keep up πŸ˜‰ You are completely right. There is a lot happening in fantasy novels and it can be hard if you are not in a headspace to remain focused. Try reading Tolkien or Martin like that.. not happening haha. You find yourself having to pull the dreaded reread. Sometimes a switch or change of pace can definitely help 😊

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  2. I’m not great with fantasy especially high fantasies, I find them so hard to understand at time especially when they get all political. I’m not really a huge fan of contemporaries either though (especially the romance/summer-y ones) and do find myself reaching for fantasy more. I mostly read fantasies because I want an escape from the real world. I do need to read something lighter in between though so I’ll reach for thrillers/horrors πŸ˜‚


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