Updated: Apr 23, 2021
I believe the world needs more magic, more equality, and more compassion. We need to believe that one person (or a small group of people) CAN make a difference. The hero can win. The villain can be vanquished. The weak can stand up to the strong. And the world can be changed for the better if we just don't give up.
Fantasy stories remind us of that. They remind us anything is possible. They help us tap into the magic inside and they allow us (at least for the length of the book or movie) to re-experience the wonder and imagination of our childhood. That time when we believed we could do and be anything.
Fantasy shows us it's okay to be different. It's okay to be weird. The most interesting characters usually are.
If we're lucky that experience stays with us even after the book or movie is finished. It inspires us to try new things, live old dreams, or fight for what's important. It inspires us to create change.
We can take that experience, that magic, with us to make our own world a more wonderful and magical place. And the world definitely needs more of that.