Quests: The Idea That Changed The Fantasy Writing In Modern Era

Whether you are a book reader or a movie watcher, you might have come up with the movies The Lord Of The Rings and Harry Potter. In the former, the Hobbit, Frodo Baggins embarks on a journey to find out the one ring that possesses the power to destroy the world. When it comes to Harry Potter’s final installment, Harry and his friends set on their journey to find out the Horcruxes in order to destroy evil. Other than the magical setting that is common in these two stories, something else kept the readers under their edge – the journey. It is the journey they take in order to complete the missions that were entrusted or bound to be completed by them. This idea of making a travel to complete a particular mission had started in fiction long back and the idea of quest has taken fantasy writing into some important heights.

From The Olden Days

Most of the earlier fictions and fantasies took inspirations from ancient mythologies and beliefs. They usually comprise a different world or a different type of people trying to defeat another set which would be considered evil. These went on for many years until some of the writers decided to change it once and for all. The earliest proof of adventure fiction could be traced back to ancient Greek in Homer’s poem, Odyssey, which was composed around the 8th century B.C. The story is about the return journey of the Greek Hero Odysseus back to his home land after the Trojan war. One of the Indian Epic, Ramayana, has been considered as an important work in adventure fiction in Indian literary writing. The journey of the Ayodhya king Rama, along with his brother and an army to Lanka in search of his kidnapped wife could be attributed to one of it’s very kind. 

The Change In The World Of Fantasy Fictions

During the start of the 20th century, An american publishing company, George M. Hill Company, published a work by L. Frank Baum named The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It was about the journey of a little girl Dorothy and her Dog to a magical world and subsequently adhering to the quest of defeating the Wicked Witch of the West. This story provided the fantasy genre a new and profound start and a new way of storytelling. Later, during the years 1937 to 1949, the English author J.R.R.Tolkien wrote two big high fantasy fictions The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Both described epic journeys and the quests to defeat the evils. In 1950, fellow friend of Tolkien, C.S.Lewis published another fantasy adventure fiction named The Chronicles Of Narnia which followed a similar pattern as its counterpart. These high fantasy novels started a revolution in fiction writing and soon became the reference for the next generation magical genre novels. This also included the ever famous fantasy novel of the 21st century, Harry Potter.

Human’s Love Towards Adventures And Mysteries

The main reason for the adventure genre in fiction to get these kinds of reception would be because of human’s love towards adventures. Humans always get excited when told about journeys, trips and so on. Hence, these adventures inside the book pull them towards it. Also, allowing some mysteries, even if it is a work of fantasy, would be enough for the people to get attracted towards the story. Hence, we could say that the origin of quests in stories, even if it is in a movie or a book, would be the result of human manifestation of adventures and their love towards unknown mysteries. Otherwise, how come the fantasy genre came in the first place? We must think about it seriously.

(Blog 17/26) This is part of the #BlogchatterA2Z Challenge


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