“Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one” – Terry Pratchett.
I truly believe that by reading and writing fantasy – and sometimes scifi – I get to explore more than if I didn’t write any genre fiction. Fantasy delves into so many fields; linguistics, archaeology, history, etc. that I learn a lot more about the world than I otherwise probably would have!
That said, I do think that this quote by Pratchett is perfectly true. So many times I’ve been told that fantasy is worthless/for children/not ‘real’ enough. I think those that believe this haven’t read fantasy (or at least any good fantasy that really makes you think).
But I’m not going to allow them to keep me from writing what I want to write! Even if some people dislike stories that can be classified as Noblebright, which The Ruon Chronicles are. There’s so much hurt and hate in the world that I think we need more hopeful stories and less Grimdark ones.
That doesn’t mean that characters are without flaws and live in Happy World, though. For me it means getting inspired to face reality and make the choice that would leave the world a better place than before.
What about you? Do you like Noblebright stories or Grimdark? Or somewhere in-between?