I may not read Fantasy exclusively but it is still the genre that I majorly gravitate towards, so when I saw this tag done by Jess @ Jessticulates, I was so excited to do it myself. Also, what’s more perfect timing than during Wyrd and Wonder. Bree Hill originally created this tag as the Get to Know the Romance Reader Tag, and The Book Pusher adapted it for fantasy readers. Make sure you check out all their blogs for more amazing bookish content.
And now let’s get started…!!!!
1. What is your fantasy origin story? (The first fantasy novel you read)
I can’t really recollect the exact book but I’m pretty sure it was the Panchatantra stories as well as Enid Blyton’s fairytale stories.
2. If you could be the hero/heroine in a fantasy novel, who would be the author and what’s one trope you’d insist be in the story?
Because Sandhya Menon hasn’t written a fantasy yet, I would go for Swati Teerdhala. And I will definitely need the best friends to lovers trope as well as some dragons.
3. What is a fantasy you’ve read this year, that you want more people to read?
I know the Tensorate series has it’s fans, but it’s so brilliant that I want so many more fantasy lovers to experience it.
4. What is your favourite fantasy subgenre? What subgenre have you not read much from?
There are frankly too many fantasy subgenres to choose from, but I would probably go for one of the most common… Sword and Sorcery. And I’ve not read much from the Grimdark subgenre, and I don’t have much intention to either.
5. Who is one of your auto-buy fantasy authors?
There are so many… but a few would be Leigh Bardugo, Robert Jackson Bennett, Rin Chupeco, N. K. Jemisin.
6. How do you typically find fantasy recommendations? (Goodreads, Youtube, Podcasts, Instagram..)
These days, it’s all thanks to bloggers and booktube. I do browse Goodreads and Twitter frequently, and they are a good source of recs too, especially upcoming releases.
7. What is an upcoming fantasy release you’re excited for?
There are many more I’m dying to read, but this one releases next Tuesday and I’m so excited for it.
8. What is one misconception about fantasy you would like to lay to rest?
I’ve seen some pretty bad takes on twitter in the past week – with some having the misconception that only YA fantasy has diverse voices, and others believing that adult SFF is depressing or has too much sex – all these takes are complete bullshit, and it just depends on how invested a reader is in looking for diverse books in the age group they like.
9. If someone had never read a fantasy before and asked you to recommend the first 3 books that come to mind as places to start, what would those recommendations be?
This is probably the toughest question ever and I’ve been breaking my head for a while to figure out my answers. But if I have to choose, it’ll be Aru Shah and the End of Time in MG, Grisha trilogy in YA, and The Invisible Library series in Adult.
10. Who is the most recent fantasy reading content creator you came across that you’d like to shoutout?
I’ve only started following Fanna closely this year and I have to say, her dedication to promote South Asian literature is amazing and her blog is most beautiful one I’ve ever seen. Do check it out for wonderful posts.
I’m not tagging anyone, but please feel free to do the tag if you find it interesting and love fantasy just like me 🙂