February is Fantasy Month

If you’re like me, February is kind of a “skip-over” month. It’s the middle of winter, and most people are starting to get itchy for Spring. There’s no Christmas to look forward to. No big school breaks in the near future. Nothing to celebrate, really. The only thing anyone ever cares about in February seems to be Valentine’s Day… but I’ve never been that big of a fan. Not that I bear the holiday any animosity, it’s just not that big of a deal to me. Maybe it has to do with my ambivalence toward the color pink. Or the fact that while I love chocolate, the idea of a box of chocolates filled with random things that one may or may not enjoy has never thrilled me in the slightest, because I’m picky. Also, since we got married, Derek and I have discovered that Valentine’s Day is just an excuse for 4-hour waiting times at restaurants, and really, who needs that in their lives?

So, no offense to the holiday, but does it really need to consume the entire month? I think not.

Which is why I propose we focus on something new and different in the month of February this year!

Besides, I just realized something kind of fun. King’s Warrior was released on February 29, 2012. Which means that while it has been out for 4 years, this is the year of its very first birthday… which means we need to celebrate!

February Fantasy Month Banner

This month, here on the blog, all the posts will be about Fantasy-related themes and stories. I have a list of posts I am excited to share with you about why Fantasy is my favorite genre. Maybe you’re not sold on fantasy. Maybe you think it’s not applicable to everyday life. Perhaps you get bogged down trying to pronounce all those crazy names in your head. Maybe you prefer less-happy endings. Maybe you don’t like magic. Well, my friends, this is the month where I explain why the Fantasy Genre is awesome!

Also, I plan to share some reviews of fantasy books and movies that I love and have been wanting to review and haven’t gotten around to writing yet.

But that’s not all! If you already love fantasy (or you don’t, but there is that ONE fantasy book or movie you just want to hug to pieces) and you would like to participate, you are more than welcome to! No commitment, no pressure, but if you happen to want to write a review of a fantasy book or movie or write a post about why you love the genre… please leave me a comment on this post with the link to your post, because I’d love to read it! If you want to participate even more, feel free to grab the banner and incorporate it into your post and link your own post back here so that we can spread the fantasy cheer far and wide

(And feel free to link multiple times/posts if you so desire!)

~ jenelle

25 Comments

Chris Morcom

To be fair… Not all fantasy does happy endings. High fantasy, for sure… But the Witcher series and several Dragonlance books I’ve read do not end in sunshine and rainbows…

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jenelle

Of course, that is very true. Most of the fantasy I read tends to end on the happier side… not always for everyone, but for most of the characters or for the world at large. Not all fantasy books have long, complicated names, either, but I’m talking in broad strokes here “majority” as opposed to “all.” :)

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Jack

I share you feelings about this month. I try not to hate any month, but if I had to pick one it would be this one. It is always the coldest, at least where I live. There’s no nice snowstorms, just bitter cold and I’m stuck inside for most of it – and I’m not an indoor person.
And the chocolate box issue, yes I get that. Because sometimes I don’t like the fillings, and it is disappointing to get a lovely looking chocolate and it has something nasty inside.

This sounds fun!!!! I am going to join in if I get a chance. and I can’t wait to read your posts.

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jenelle

Where we live now there are nice snowstorms in February, apparently :) so February isn’t quite so blah this year… but still. :) Love to have you join me if you have time!

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Deborah O'Carroll

Okay, so I absolutely ADORE this idea. I’m very much looking forward to your fantasy-ish posts, and may join in a time or two… we’ll see. :D (I’ve also never been very into Valentine’s Day myself… except for the fact that I tend to get chocolate for my birthday which is conveniently located a few weeks after the post-Valentine’s-Day sales… ;))

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Abbey

February is a kind of blah month. Your post reminds me of that one Arthur episode where Arthur and his friends are trying to come up with a new holiday, but can’t decide on one because everyone has different ideas.
Anyway, I can’t wait to read your fantasy posts!

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jenelle

I don’t think I’ve seen that episode. :) I don’t really know if this will catch on… but it’ll be fun over here in my little corner of the blog-o-sphere either way!

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Rawls E. Fantasy

I’m longing for Spring right now, it’s so cold, ughhh! Making it a fun fantasy event though sounds great! If I get a chance, I’ll add something. :)

Yeah, I never bother to go out anywhere on Valentine’s Day, it gets so crowded, lol. I’m happy reading and eating good chocolate. :P

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jenelle

“Good” being the operative word there, of course. :) Hahah. I love cold weather, and we just got a pile of fresh snow, so sledding is happening, which makes me happy. I actually do enjoy Spring… just where I’ve lived the past 9 years hasn’t really gotten true Winter… which makes it hard for me to get excited about Spring… which I feel is supposed to be like this breath of fresh, warm, YAY exciting! Winter is over! sort of feeling… but it kind of loses that if there is no Winter to speak of to be over. Yes. I have no idea how to make that sentence make more sense. LOL

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Rawls E. Fantasy

I hadn’t thought of it that way before, but I get what you’re saying. Where I am it’s almost the opposite of that, where it’s cold/coolish most of the year, and I wish there would be more hot days so it would feel like summer during summer. :)

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Diane Tibert

This sounds like a wonderful idea! Perhaps we could make this into a yearly tradition. Let fantasy claim February. I’ll see if I can make a post or two by the end of the month. In the mean time, I’ll share it on Twitter.

I’m not a fan of Valentines either. I let it pass without notice. It’s just another way stores can take money from our pockets. I don’t buy into it.

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jenelle

I love your pun there at the end. :) Hee hee! I would LOVE for this to become a yearly tradition! I’m so happy everyone seems to like the idea!

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