Fantasy is a strange cosmos indeed: made of pale shadows and dreams, it appears to our minds of avid readers absolutely concrete and true. We can talk with animals, fly with birds, fight against the dangerous dragoon… as we are vivid characters living inside the story. Normally some particular tools are required to become part of this world: we can mention a sincere heart, an innocent mind, a true faith in tales, and the strong will to belong to that magic Kingdom of Fantasia. As we see, no money, no envy, no wickedness are needed: just going and reading. So we are perfectly convinced each of us could change himself/herself in a pure citizen of this magic land where peace, friendship, honesty flourish. And we would like it quite a lot! Unfortunately, the danger stands at the borders of Fantasia and it is waiting to destroy everything: it is the lack of creativeness, the darkness killing moral values, the loss of hope in the future. And in the real world is absolutely easy to leave all the good things behind to follow cruel prophets of death. So, in these painful days, we need to restore and keep safe our fantasy, not only for us but for the next generations to which we commit our Earth: we clearly perceive it is the only wall of defense against savagery, barbarity and bloody cruelty. The essays presented in this volume aim at deeply exploring the fascinating Kingdom we love so much, starting from picture books for little children and ending with literature for young adults.
How to cite this book
Cagnolati, A. (Ed.). (2015). The borders of Fantasia. Salamanca: FahrenHouse.