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From Narnia to Ankh-Morpork to Hogwarts, our exposure to the fantastical is soaring to new heights. Is fantasy simply an escape from a hostile world or a triumphant way of dealing with the realities of every day?
In association with the British Humanist Association.
Award-winning novelists Gwyneth Jones and Philip Pullman and sociologist and philosopher Frank Furedi join Andrew Copson for a journey beyond reality.
TheGoldenMonkey on 20/12/2012 1:52pm
To suggest that fantasy is merely escapism is equivalent to accusing all fictions - literary or otherwise - of being nothing more than a distraction. Fantasy is obviously more concerned with plot and world-building than other genres, but it has the same quality to reflect our lives and experiences back at us in incredible ways.
Philip Pullman's work is incredible. I read Northern Lights again recently and it was just as enlightening as the first time I encountered it as a child.
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