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What got you interested in the fantasy and science fiction genres? What other genres do you like?

Personally, I'm a huge fan of horror, as well. I'm really looking forward to rereading Frankenstein for this class - it's one of my favorites. Did you know that Mary Shelley was only 16 when she started writing it? She grew up around fascinating intellectuals and read voraciously. She's one of my role models.

Quoted from discussion forums

"If you've watched the introductory videos, you'll probably have realized you can pick your own topic. Choose a topic that interested you - like gender or sex or food or the number 3 that shows up often in fairy tales or marriage or fathers or virtue or secrets or aristocracy, just to name a few. Then read the Grimm stories (or some of them) with that topic in mind. Formalize a statement/argument. Find the evidence for that statement in the stories you read. Make sure to pay attention to the stories to see if anything in them contradicts your argument - if it does, you might want to change your argument or refine it so there is no counter-evidence anymore. Write your essay.

For example, say you want to focus on the number 3. If you don't have the time to read all stories, focus on those you know for sure have 3 'somethings' in them or might have, just based on the titles. "The Three Little Men in the Wood," "The Three Spinsters," "The Straw, the Coal and the Bean," "The Mouse, the Bird and the Sausage," "The Table, the Ass and the Stick," and "The Knapsack, the Hat and the Horn."

After you've read them, formulate an argument. For instance: "the number three reflects the body, soul and spirit of human nature" (Now don't take my word for it, I'm just saying something). Then gice examples on how the three little men embody body, soul and spirit. But wait, the three spinsters don't embody body, soul and spirt. So, adjust your argument: "the number three reflects past, present and future" Now, all the stories fit your argument. Write down your argument and evidence for it in your essay.

Someone reading this essay will be enriched, because they might not have noticed that the three somethings in a story are reflecting past, present and future. Or someone might think the number 3 reflects something else. They could be right - you could both be. Either way, your essay will have enriched the reader and hopefully yourself too."   

 -Joyce Mulder

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Children's and Household Tales

Enjoy reading Fantasy stories

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So what is it this community will provide that is different (or better if you prefer) than others?
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