[Flewelling] Introduction to Fantasy
- July 1972, terribly hot, my best friend had just left town for two weeks at her
grandparents, I decided to bother my brother (hey, it's a valid form of
amusement when you're nine). He was twenty, home from University, sitting on
the porch swing reading and drinking iced tea. I asked him what his book was
about and he answered "Trolls". I said something eloquent like "nuhuh!" and
he stopped and turned back to read me the entire Troll scene from The Hobbit.
Then he went back to the first page and began reading aloud about Bag End,
Hobbits, alarmingly forward Dwarves crashing plates. We spent the rest of the
summer cuddled up for chapters here and there and I was awestruck.
I'd read (and loved) fairy tales, the Brothers Grimm, Lewis and L'Engle and
other fantastic writers but those were all kids' books - the notion that
adults - real grown up people - read fantasy, that it was written for them,
that my very smart favorite brother enjoyed it was entirely new and wonderful
Thanks again Bob!
Sherri in Austin
- --- In Flewelling@egroups.com, Sherri Barras <sbarras@i...> wrote:
> July 1972, terribly hot, my best friend had just left town for twoweeks at hergrandparents
Funny. I'm just 18 but I can't remember my first expierience with
fantasy, but you can.
Greetings from Alzheimer
Might be that I can' remember because my grand-grand mother started
to read me books (mainly fantasy;and fairy tales for that matter)
when I was still a little baby (something around 3 years; is this
still a baby? 'guess no!)