In the fantasy genre, the reader gets the chance to enter an ancient and forgotten world that no longer exists. In this genre you will automatically go back to a time where everything was made of wood and steel. All this puts the reader in a comfort zone where you don't have to be afraid of possible evil technology and nuclear weapons. Furthermore, there you can drop your fears from potentials evil scientist with distasteful behaviors. Today we mainly call that 'the social medias'. They are posting all danger, miserable tragedies, etc.
In addition to all this, how is it possible for the fantasy genre to be so popular when we are living in the century? Why isn't high-tech and flying cars the most beloved subject, and why do we still want to listen those old stories from the past century? This is what I want to illuminate. First, in the short text 'Feeding on Fantasy' by Lev Grossman, he describes the vision on the medieval age as nostalgic and sentimental. The future isn't what it used to be – the past is gaining on us. In a quarter-of-a-century we have watched and enjoyed movies such as Star Wars, Star Trek, the Matrix and Independence Day. Now, the whole population of fans all over the world have had enough, they want something old. As a result of that, we got the epic saga Lord of the Rings made into a screen version. New books about mystical times were written by the likes of George R. R. Martin with his remarkable book series 'A Song of Ice and Fire' (1996). It all comes down to the one man, who began this wonderful fantasy land: J. R. R. Tolkien, who is the true king of the fantasy genre. Around the millennium the fans were in ecstasy when the movies about their heroes were released in the cinemas. Consequently, this is some kind of a third epoch. We first had the fantasy world, then the future, and at last (today) the medieval world as high-priority from the fans.