March 28th, 2016

Hughes - Night

Because magic: why I write fantasy

I wrote a guest post! Go see:

Because magic: why I write fantasy and paranormal


...the rules, restrictions, price, and effects of magic get to be completely zany. That’s the fun of it. Yes, this character can turn into a wolf, but never a bat or anything else; that’s just the rule. Yes, you can reverse this evil spell, but only if you accomplish these three bizarre tasks before sunrise. Sorry, but those are the conditions. Yes, you can enter and leave the supernatural realm safely, as long as you don’t eat or drink anything while you’re there, because then you’d be bound to it. Them’s the rules!

You’ve read fairy tales; you know this is how it always goes. The magic is dreamlike in its nonsense logic, but that’s kind of why we love it. Maybe it works for us because real life doesn’t actually make very good sense either, if we’re honest, so why not turn fully surreal and flex some imagination while we’re at it?

Many thanks to the lovely, funny, and talented Australian author Dean Mayes for hosting me there. Go look up his books too--he's got an intriguing variety of styles and I always enjoy diving into his stories.