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The imaginary, world building, mythology and language play a big role in fantasy. Author Richard Mathew’s perception of fantasy as the liberation of imagination is vivid in the works of Tolkien, Rowling, Le Guin and Martin in the fascinating worlds they have created, the creatures, languages, races and laws, in the history, backstory and languages they have shaped. Rowling’s language of spells in the Harry Potter series borrows from classical myth and rhetoric and her study of Latin (patronus and expelliarmus spells) in university. A common theme of good versus evil prevails in all these works where the hero/ine narrative involves a journey or transformation curve. Fantasy, and the imaginary world it often explores, lends itself to creative play in its writing.
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Martin, P. (2001) ‘The Art of the Storyteller and the Writing of Tamsin’, viewed 25 February 2017. http://www.fantasylit.com/peter-beagle-interview
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