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Our Fantastic Week Ahead

We celebrate our official launch today with a guest post from Patrick Rothfuss, best-selling author of The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, in which he shares his memories of the 2007 conference that serves as the inspiration for this website.  Here at Fantasy Matters, we're huge fans of Pat and his work, and we're very honored that he's here to help us kick things off in style!

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Fantasy Matters

Fantasy MattersHere at Fantasy Matters, we are dedicated to one very basic idea—fantasy literature matters.  Why does it matter?  Well, for starters, it matters to us.  We love The Lord of the Rings, Dune, and Sandman comics.  We think Star Wars and Blade Runner are some of the best movies ever made.  We can’t wait to read the next book by Stephen King and Pat Rothfuss, and you can bet that we’re watching whatever Joss Whedon comes up with next.

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Betrayal and Hope: The Chuck Season Finale

From what I’ve read around the Internet, the response to the Chuck season finale has been positive, maybe even overwhelmingly so.  Fans have loved the twist at the ending, and are looking forward to seeing how it plays out in a fifth and final season, now that we know for sure that Chuck has been renewed for another 14 episodes come fall.

But can I respectfully disagree?

I didn’t like it.  And I’m someone who has watched Chuck from the very beginning, who owns it on DVD, and who is thrilled there is going to be a fifth season.  I’m a fan--a huge fan--of the show, and I see the unbelievable elements of the show (I could give examples, but I’d be here all day) as a key part of what makes the show great, rather than a reason to write it off.

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Welcome to Fantasy Matters!

Fantasy MattersA few years ago, three friends got together and organized a conference on fantasy literature in Minneapolis, Minnesota called Fantasy Matters.  Over 100 people showed up to talk about the importance of fantasy literature--in the things they were writing, in the scholarship they were doing, and in the books they were reading--and we started a lot of great conversations.

This website is a way for us to continue those conversations that we started back in 2007, and for us to start new ones about the impact that fantasy (and its related genres) has on us as readers, writers, viewers, gamers, teachers, and human beings.  We think there's a lot to be said, and we hope that this can become a place in which we can say it.

Our official launch date is June 1, and we hope that you come back then and become part of the conversation!

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