Fall and Fantasy

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October is Fall’s grand entrance, even though it technically starts in September. The shopping aisles turn oranger, the air becomes crisper, the sleeves longer, and the turkeys sparser.

However Fall’s biggest bash is Halloween where many of us dress up as our favorite book and movie characters, famous people, or monsters. It’s been long thought of as a day you can be anyone, or at least that’s what I’ve seen from countless Halloween movies. My favorite part of the 31st, besides the chocolate, is how the unusual becomes fun, ordinary, and accepted. If everyday looked like Halloween it would be like a fantasy novel.

Fantasy novels rest on the bridge of reality as we know it and a different world that is born from an author's mind. What makes a book fantasy is when there is make-believe and there are no constraints to what is possible. This is my favorite genre because people have the power to make imaginary worlds real in the form of novels, movies, and amusement parks.

After I compared the countless fantasy books I’ve read, I realized why I love them so much. They all share something in common; the main characters are regular people or magical beings with human issues like love and family, but at the same time they are fighting nose-less evil wizards or werewolves. An example of this would be, Harry Potter arguably the most famous young adult book ever written. I wouldn’t say it’s the “deepest” -or most beautifully written - book I’ve ever read, but it transports you to another universe that feels so real. Everyone can relate to one of Harry’s multitude of problems and enjoy the amazing world that reflects many of the themes in our own reality. Most people, including myself say that their favorite part of fantasy is the escapism, where real life doesn’t matter. However I think what makes fantasy special is that while it is drastically different, it draws from ordinary life and creates something amazing.

So, this Halloween when you're at a loss of what to dress up as, think of your favorite fantasy novel, bringing your own fantasy to the magical night.

P.S. To all students: Don’t forget to do your homework as unfortunately in this reality Halloween is on a Tuesday. :)