After some scrutiny, “The Beginner’s Guide to Faery” post has been found wanting. Here are some questions I’ve been mulling over:
1. If this is a guide on “how to read fiction,” specifically fantasy, then why did I write a book review? Shouldn’t one just, oh here’s an idea, recommend the book and then hope a few wise individuals go and read it?
2. Why should one read fiction anyway?
3. What’s all this talk about fairy tales, and why do I place them before novels? (I didn’t explicitly say that in the post, but that’s what I was thinking).
Answer to the first: no idea. The best I can come up with is that I’ve treasured “Smith of Wooton Major” for many years and I think I was having too much fun writing about it…I lost my original focus. Questions 2 and 3 deserve their own posts.