In psychological terms, a fantasy is something that hasn’t happened yet. We might say to a client, “What is your fantasy about this situation?” In other words, “How do you see this event coming about in the future?” or “What do you think is going to happen?”
In literary terms, we might think of fantasy in several different aspects. We may create entirely new worlds, with new financial terms, new ways of preparing and eating food, new vocabulary, new creatures that are not human the way we know humanity. The plants and geography may be totally new creations.
Our fantasy might occur in an imaginary world of Little People, talking animals, magic and witchcraft, dragons and unicorns, vampires and werewolves. These fantasies take on whatever form our thoughts make of them, and often they are ruined when put on the movie screen.
Time can be suspended; we can be taken on the “way back” machine, or placed on fast forward to a time that hasn’t been revealed to us. We can take humans and project them into another millennium in our imaginations.
I like to think of “fantasy” as whatever I can dream up to write in a novel, whether it is in a world I know and live in today or the past, or in one that exists nowhere except in my imagination.
TIP: Go back to your favorite fantasy fiction and list everything in it that is new or different from your ordinary world here on Earth.
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