Fantasy Quotes

Fantasy Quotes by Cate Blanchett, Jon Scieszka, Ashwin Sanghi, Morinosuke Kawaguchi, Jane Campion, Dan Payne and many others.

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I think there is a long exploration in American drama of women in particular who, by force of circumstances or because they are predisposed to, choose fantasy over reality.
Cate Blanchett
My platform has been to reach reluctant readers. And one of the best ways I found to motivate them is to connect them with reading that interests them, to expand the definition of reading to include humor, science fiction/fantasy, nonfiction, graphic novels, wordless books, audio books and comic books.
Jon Scieszka
I work in a business environment forty hours a week, and writing is what I do to unwind. It allows me to transport myself to a happy place where I can indulge my hopes, beliefs, aspirations and fantasies. It also allows me to live and breathe a topic for eighteen months while I’m researching and writing.
Ashwin Sanghi
At the root of Japanese manufacturing lies a feminine delicacy and shyness as well as a childlike curiosity and fantasy-filled worldview.
Morinosuke Kawaguchi
One of the things we learn in movies directed by men is what the ‘fantasy woman’ is. What we learn in movies directed by women is what real women are about. I don’t think that men see things wrong and women right, just that we do see things differently.
Jane Campion
Real world movies or shows that are about things that actually happen versus having superpowers, there’s a little bit of a fantasy element to it.
Dan Payne
Fantasy remains a human right: we make in our measure and in our derivative mode, because we are made: and not only made, but made in the image and likeness of a Maker.
J. R. R. Tolkien
Richard Nixon had a kind of Walter Mitty fantasy life. He was a man with a grandiose thoughts: dreams of not simply being president but maybe becoming one of the truly great presidents of American history.
Robert Dallek
There’s a strange quality in stop-motion photography, like in King Kong, that adds to the fantasy. If you make things too real, sometimes you bring it down to the mundane.
Ray Harryhausen
My photographs are a celebration of life, fun and the beautiful. They are a world that doesn’t exist. A fantasy. Freedom is real. There are no rules. The life I wish I was living.
Ryan McGinley
Playing with Queen was the biggest moment of my career. It was like living a childhood fantasy.
George Michael
I could go off into the wilderness and write fantasy novels for the rest of my life and probably be happy; but I always want to challenge myself.
Felicia Day
But writers INVITE ghosts, maybe; along with actors and artists, they are the only totally accepted mediums of our society. They make worlds that never were, populate them with people who never existed, and then invite us to join them in their fantasies. And we do it, don’t we? Yes. We PAY to do it.
Stephen King
… fantasy is not practice for what is real—fantasy is the opiate of women.
Shannon Hale
I wonder what Proust would have made of our present-day locus of collective fantasy, the Internet. I’m guessing he would have seized on its wistful aspect, pointing out gently and with wry humor that much of what beguiles us is the act of reaching for what isn’t there.
Jennifer Egan
To call everything that appears illogical, fantasy, fairy tale, or chimera would be practically to admit not understanding nature.
Marc Chagall
Speaking of childhood fantasy, we were doing a Western, but we were also just hanging out. You work, and you ride and ride and ride, and then, for the next two hours, you look for a place to kick out, in this amazing canyon with so much heritage and so much history.
James Badge Dale
Developers need to start moving away from the entitled macho-male power fantasy in their games. They need to recognize that there are wider stories that they can tell.
Anita Sarkeesian
Most of the characters I play are heavily engulfed in some sort of fantasy world.
Katee Sackhoff
Over the years, more than one reviewer has described my fantasy series, ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, as historical fiction about history that never happened, flavoured with a dash of sorcery and spiced with dragons. I take that as a compliment.
George R. R. Martin
In all honesty, we all want our fantasy selves to be the best people. We all think in a time of crisis, we will react heroically and with humanity.
David Morrissey
People don’t alter history any more than birds alter the sky, they just make brief patterns in it.
Terry Pratchett
But basically what I like are the possibilities, and the fantasy element of the show. Not science fantasy so much, but fantasy, the humanistic elements and how people relate when they’re in a dire situation or comedic situation.
Fisher Stevens
I think exciting sexuality is part of the fantasy, part of the entertainment of a love story.
Dawn Steel
The neurotic’s strongest fantasy is that he has no fantasies. The real is very real to him, the unreal even more so.
Mignon McLaughlin
I have a certain avoidance of reality that makes fantasy an ideal choice for me.
Maggie Stiefvater
‘Entourage’ is a great show, but it’s fantasy. I spent my twenties in L.A. in this business, and my life didn’t look anything like that. ‘Big Bang’ reflects a side of men that is rarely shown. We see their flaws – all of them.
Johnny Galecki
Whether ‘Avatar’ is racist is a matter for debate. Regardless of where you come down on that question, it’s undeniable that the film – like alien apartheid flick ‘District 9’, released earlier this year – is emphatically a fantasy about race.
Annalee Newitz
I think I did have fantasies about being an actor. In fact, I know I did.
Peter Shaffer
I hate superheroes. I always hated superheroes. From the time I was a little kid, I could believe in a 50-foot gorilla trashing New York City before I could believe a guy would put on long tights and bat ears and go and fight crime. Like, the fantasy never made sense to me, on a basic level.
Stephen R. Bissette
Psychoanalysts are fond of pointing out that the past is alive in the present. But the future is alive in the present too. The future is not some place we’re going to, but an idea in our mind now. It is something we’re creating, that in turn creates us. The future is a fantasy that shapes our present.
Stephen Grosz
I don’t write science fiction. I’ve only done one science fiction book and that’s Fahrenheit 451, based on reality. Science fiction is a depiction of the real. Fantasy is a depiction of the unreal.
Ray Bradbury
No wonder Americans hate politics when, year in and year out, they hear politicians make promises that won’t come true because they don’t even mean them – campaign fantasies that win elections but don’t get nations moving again
William J. Clinton
‘Doctor Who’ is where my love of science fiction and fantasy started. I was introduced to it when I was 8, and I’m still an avid viewer.
Adam Christopher
I like to maintain a certain sense of fantasy. At home, do I have the full hair and makeup? No. But I might have the nice dress on.
Jennifer Lopez
Escaping into the fantasy of intellectual investigation or narrative story telling makes me feel hopeful. That too is a fiction, but one that makes me feel good sometimes.
Andrew Neel
Fantasy and science fiction stories are very applicable to talking to your children about the world. They tend to talk about the big questions regarding life and the universe.
Stephen H. Segal
I love acting because it’s this space where dreams can be realized, fantasy comes to life, and there are no limitations on what’s possible.
Jessica Alba
I’m a huge sci-fi/fantasy/horror guy. I love anything in the sci-fi or fantasy genre.
Sean Hayes
Televisions and movies have made many Americans into habitual consumers of synthetic experience-audiovisual fantasies that simply pass the time.
Karl Albrecht
It’s better to have the faith to embrace reality with all its pain than to cling to the false comfort of a painless fantasy.
John Ortberg
I am not a science fiction writer. I am a fantasy writer. But the label got put on me and stuck.
Ray Bradbury
I’m hardly digging trenches for a living. I’m getting to tap into my boyhood fantasies of being a larger-than-life character.
Joel Edgerton
I don’t choose something unless I think I have a personal understanding and something I can offer. It’s not always thematic. I wanted to do ‘The Grinch’ because I wanted to direct Jim Carrey creating that kind of comic fantasy character live. I just thought that would be a mind-blowing experience, and it creatively was.
Ron Howard
I have a long love of fantasy and science-fiction.
Greg Mottola
I’m planning, you see, to try to confine myself to the truth. That’s hard for an old, inveterate fantasy martyr and liar who has never hesitated to give truth the form he felt the occasion demanded.
Ingmar Bergman
The three most disastrous inventions of our time have been the birth control pill, the camera and nuclear weaponry. The first offers sex in terms of sterility, the second reality in terms of fantasy, and the third security in terms of destruction.
Malcolm Muggeridge
I could see myself in some sort of pioneer bonnet, it’s my childhood fantasy. But, I think I look too jewish for the prairie.
Rachel Dratch
I define science fiction as the art of the possible. Fantasy is the art of the impossible.
Ray Bradbury
This is the fantasy of every woman – to hold at our feet servile and tame slaves, like in Roman times. And the worse we treat them, the more passionate they become.
Thalia
The idea of a world where all people are alike – in wealth or in anything else – is a fantasy for the stupid.
P. J. O’Rourke
I live in a fantasy world where I think I’m immune to all disease. I don’t get sick and haven’t had anything major go wrong.
Jesse Spencer
Your memories become fantasies if they are not shared, and your life in all its triviality becomes a legend.
Aleksandar Hemon
Whether you’re a history buff or a fantasy fan, Druon’s epic will keep you turning pages. This was the original game of thrones. If you like ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, you will love ‘The Accursed Kings’.
George R. R. Martin
Science fiction is about what could be but isn’t; fantasy is about what couldn’t be.
Orson Scott Card
Publishers often push women in a subtle way to focus on fantasy and paranormal writing.
Annalee Newitz
Being able to create your own work, being able to indulge your own fantasies is so much better than journalism, so much more fulfilling than journalism, to me, that as long as I can continue to write fiction, I shall.
Tom Robbins
I’ve always liked fairy tale and spectacle. I wouldn’t say I was a fantasy fan, but anything beyond reality I’ve always found exciting – the work of David Lynch, the work of Tim Burton. But for me, I also love those things that are absolutely about human relationships.
Gwendoline Christie
I went in and auditioned for one of the main guys for ‘The League’ when it was first casting, and I was so excited because I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is my life!’ I love fantasy football, and I play with my buddies, and my wife is frustrated with it.
Ike Barinholtz
I don’t agree with this romantic fantasy that people who suffer from depression are more likely to be artists. I find that I am more creative when I am happy actually.
Sinead O’Connor
That’s a male pornographic fantasy that we’re buttoned-up all day and let our boobs hang out at night. The truth is, some girls are very girly and feminine, and they love to wear makeup and high heels. Other girls are more tomboyish, and they don’t.
Cara Santa Maria
Rose was sexy. It was my fantasy about her. She accomplished so much and came from so little in terms of a background that would have prepared her for the world, let alone the world of entertainment.
Linda Lavin
I wanted to get back to my style of 20 years ago after a long period of exploring horror and fantasy themes.
Dario Argento
With fantasy, one often has to think of a well-loved series before narrowing the selection to a favourite book. So it is with Zelazny. I’ve read his ‘Princes in Amber’ books so often, I know them almost verbatim, so much so that I am now trying to forget them so I can return to them with renewed pleasure.
Neal Asher
I still recommend reading travel guides as an insight to a traveller’s perspective on fantasy worlds. Nearly all characters end up travelling at some point, and they have many of the same needs and concerns covered in travel guides.
Trudi Canavan
So many people think that if you’re writing fantasy, it means you can just make everything up as you go. Want to add a dragon? Add a dragon! Want some magic? Throw it in. But the thing is, regardless of whether you’re dealing with realism or fantasy, every world has rules. Make sure to establish a natural order.
V. E. Schwab
With all due respect, many in the entertainment industry are deep into mind-altering substance abuse, and when one’s logic and intellectual calculating powers are replaced with dopey feel-good, fantasy-driven denial, the democratic party serves them well.
Ted Nugent
New rule: every fantasy author who doesn’t treat horses like tireless hairy motorcycles automatically gets a Hugo.
Jim C. Hines
Especially in the world of fantasy and superheroes, it’s great to have role models that aren’t in skimpy little outfits, in impossible poses. That’s so important for young women.
Kelley Armstrong
First, inevitably, the idea, the fantasy, the fairy tale. Then, scientific calculation. Ultimately, fulfillment crowns the dream.
Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
The reality of things going on around me is more interesting than the fantasies of the world I work in.
Dennis Hopper
A lot of the films I like are more than fantasies – they’re movies fascinated by the technology of space exploration, and they try to honor the laws of physics. I watched the Gregory Peck movie ‘Marooned’ over and over when I was a kid.
Alfonso Cuaron
Bitterness is the outcome of a wrong mental movement – the attempt to force external events to conform to internal fantasy. The cure is to see fantasy as fantasy, which will reveal it as neither necessary nor rewarding.
Vernon Howard
That’s when we decided to stop in ’66. Everyone thought we toured for years, you know, but we didn’t. I joined in ’62, and we’d finished touring in ’66 to go into the studio where we could hear each other… and create any fantasy that came out of anybody’s brain.
Ringo Starr
You’re in a movie because you’re appealing and because you represent the aspiration, the fantasy, the ideal.
Rachel Ward
It’s hard out here for a fantasy writer, after all; there’s all these ‘rules’ I’m supposed to follow, or the Fantasy Police might come and make me do hard labor in the Cold Iron Mines.
N. K. Jemisin
With epic fantasy, there is a tendency for it to be quintessentially conservative in that its job is to restore what is perceived to be out of whack.
N. K. Jemisin
By itself, just to draw crazy creatures has limited appeal – if I had to give up one thing, it would be the wild imagination. When the work becomes too detached from ordinary life, it starts to fall apart. Fantasy needs to have some connection with reality, or it becomes of its own interest only, insular.
Shaun Tan
I just tried to create a life for myself that’s full of fun and fantasy and things that equal laughter. My life’s been cartoons and comedy and acting, and it’s just been a fun life.
Harland Williams
I loved fantasy, but I particularly loved the stories in which somebody got out of where they were and into somewhere better – as in the ‘Chronicles Of Narnia,’ ‘The Wizard Of Oz,’ ‘The Phantom Tollbooth,’ the ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ cartoon on Saturday morning in the ’80s.
Lev Grossman
I was the big, bossy older sister, full of enthusiasms, mad fantasies, desperate urges to be famous, and anxious to be a saint – a settled sort of saint, not one who might have to suffer or die for her faith.
Maeve Binchy
Love is a cunning weaver of fantasies and fables.
Sappho
What the hell is social justice? What sort of fool can imagine income equality as dictated by bureaucrats and government thugs? I dare anyone to attempt to explain those drug-inspired fantasies in meaningful terms.
Ted Nugent
I have heard Science Fiction and Fantasy referred to as the fiction of ideas, and I like that definition, but it’s the mainstream public that chooses my books for the most part.
Jean M. Auel
And I wanted to do a movie [Moonrise Kingdom] about a childhood romance – a very powerful experience of childhood romance. About what it’s like to just be blindsided, when you’re in fifth grade or sixth grade, by these kinds of feelings. Along the way, I sort of mixed in some interest in “young adult fantasy” writing.
Wes Anderson
Fantasy was something I’d read as a child. And, in fact, my teachers despaired a little bit because I refused to give up Enid Blyton. Then I walked through the wardrobe with C. S. Lewis, and I don’t think I actually have returned fully from the wardrobe. So, fantasy was something that was in my life from quite young.
Fiona McIntosh
I’m living out a childhood fantasy. Our house is in a historic district of a small town that I used to read about in storybooks.
Patty Duke
I’m absolutely as vulnerable as the next person in terms of being swept up in aspirational Instagrams. You just have to know what is fantasy and what is real. It’s always good to have a diverse feed in your life and in your social media.
Rose Byrne
Keeping the facts differentiated from the fantasy is incredibly helpful in gathering your information as you discover if a person is a match for you.
Tracee Ellis Ross
The minute I forget to balance reality with the fantasy, I’m going back to Virginia.
Schuyler Fisk
I’m a firm believer that in-depth subjects can be better handled in a fantasy setting. … Let’s face it, traveling to some far off land is a terrific way to break the mold, to do something different. Isn’t that why we go on vacations?
Jim Starlin
What I write, if you have to label it, is crossover, and I think that much of the stuff that is called children’s or YA is in fact crossover and is equally valid for anyone who likes to read fantasy.
Robin McKinley
If you’re writing fantasy or science fiction, it’s really hard to do if you don’t know a lot, at least in a basic way, about how the real world works.
Tad Williams
Any Arthurian enthusiast who has watched ‘Merlin’ has probably concluded that it’s not accurate whatsoever – but, it’s not meant to be. It’s not meant to be a true telling. It’s in a fantasy setting, it’s really concentrating on the fantasy element.
Colin Morgan
I’m a fan of the Strokes, so my big fantasy was that one day I would get to sing with them.
Sia
Ray Bradbury’s connections to fantasy, space, cinema, to the macabre and the melancholy, were all born of his years spent running, jumping, galloping through the woods, across the fields, and down the brick-paved streets of Waukegan.
Sam Weller
I’ve always thought a good whodunnit needed vampires, monks, and gods. P.G. Holyfield has created an engaging world that both fantasy and mystery fans will enjoy.
Mur Lafferty
I mean, I could go ahead and cut my head off in the guillotine, and it looks great, … Well, now you turn on CNN and guys are really getting their heads cut off. … As insane as our fantasy world gets, it’s nowhere near as scary as reality.
Alice Cooper
I was heavily influenced by my first attempt at a novel. I started a fantasy novel back in high school, and… well… it really sucked. It was a plotless, clichГ©d mess.
Patrick Rothfuss
To me, fantasy has always been the genre of escape, science fiction the genre of ideas. So if you can escape and have a little idea as well, maybe you have some kind of a cross-breed between the two.
Sheri S. Tepper
Everyone likes fantasy to get away from everyday life, but I think ‘Game of Thrones’ is not like fairies and unicorns. It’s very relatable to everyday life. It’s not too fantastic – just a little bit.
Kristian Nairn
You know, I said I have this problem that I need to more carefully read Akron’s text because it’s too much, too much fantasy, and so I am busy with other stuff – it’s funny, it’s nice to hear that someone is studying that carefully and now I know a little bit more about that.
H. R. Giger
I feel like I’ve given up a lot of my fantasies. I just want to do things differently, and to a lot of people that’s annoying. I like weird stuff. I always hoped if we had a big success it would be on our own terms.
Julian Casablancas
Some of my other stories are talked about as fantasy, some as horror, and some aren’t talked about as genre at all. And the same story will be labeled differently depending on country.
Karin Tidbeck
I have always had this secret fantasy of being a Bourne girl or Bond girl, and I’ve never even gotten called in on one of those roles.
Katie Aselton
I had daydreams and fantasies when I was growing up. I always wanted to live in a log cabin at the foot of a mountain. I would ride my horse to town and pick up provisions. Then return to the cabin, with a big open fire, a record player and peace.
Linda McCartney
The essence of art is to recapturel the fantasy and the imagination of a child again, but without the innocence of a child.
Romare Bearden
It was a charming fantasy of romantics that the spies would stop spying, that political conflict would end and politicians would tell the truth. Unfortunately that has not been the case.
John le Carre
If you have enough fantasies, you’re ready, in the event that something happens.
Sheila Ballantyne
My idea of a good fantasy is something that’s absolutely grounded in reality. And there’s a little element that doesn’t belong there – and that’s the fantasy element – that you have to react to and deal with in a completely real way.
Melissa Mathison
I think ‘World of Warcraft’ shows that people today still like a good fantasy hack and slash game. I always thought that a lot of computer fantasy games leapt into complex party-based play somewhat prematurely.
John Carmack
My single-minded aim is to give existence to fantasy.
Claes Oldenburg
The whole ‘R’ rating depends on a strange sort of fantasy land where all adults are responsible people, and children only ever go to the cinema with their parents.
Helen Mirren
The rationalism of the creative minds was tempered by abundant fantasies, and the supreme beauty of the monuments was probably spoiled by the circumambient vanities and ugliness; in a few cases the Greeks came as close to perfection as it was possible to do, yet they were human and imperfect.
George Sarton
Perhaps because technology so dominates our existence, more and more it seems that the young reader is captivated by fantasy.
Anita Nair
Fashion is intoxicating, and it plays a part in all of our everyday lives. A lot of people use it as a form of escape, of realising a fantasy, and in some ways that becomes an unobtainable norm.
Erin O’Connor
I don’t really like politics that much. And I like the order and simplicity of sports. They have an ending. You can argue with your friends about it, but in the end you still like sports. I almost love the fantasy world of sports more than the real world.
Norm MacDonald
I think Direct Cinema’s trying to be insightful by looking at reality in a very close way while, in fact, much more is staged than we like to think. In cinema verite, it’s about trying to make something invisible visible – the role of fantasy and imagination in everyday life.
Joshua Oppenheimer
Oh my God the fantasies are my favorite thing that we do each episode by far. And the great thing now is that instead of one an episode sometimes we do as many as two. We did one in each of the mini-series. And so far – I mean I keep thinking I can’t have another favorite and then they keep topping it.
Debra Messing
It was believed by the purveyors of male fantasies in films that nurses were a popular male fantasy because they were caring, and they were women who could legitimately touch men all over.
Stephanie Rothman
As a science fiction and fantasy writer, I used to love writing bleak, grimdark futures full of bleak, grimdark people. But I’ve found that as the world around me darkens, all I really want to do is grasp for more light.
Kameron Hurley
Men live in a fantasy world. I know this because I am one, and I actually receive my mail there
Scott Adams
Memory depends mainly upon myth. Some even occurs in our minds, in actuality or in fantasy; we form it in memory, molding it like clay day after day – and soon we have made out of that event a myth. We then keep the myth in memory as a guide to future similar situations.
Rollo May
I wanted the feel in these books to be like an epic fantasy, with kings, queens, dukes and court politics, but of course like what I was explaining before, about making the science make sense, you have to make the politics make sense, too.
Kevin J. Anderson
Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.
Hypatia
You’re going to have twenty years as host of the ‘Today Show,’ and eighteen of those years are going to be so unbelievably fantastic that you’re going to think you’re living in a fantasy world. And one or two of those years is going to be incredibly frustrating and challenging.
Matt Lauer
I have a fantasy that might be fun. Why don’t we try it?
Sue Johanson
The psyche is highly flammable material. So we are always wrapping things in asbestos, keeping our images and fantasies at arm’s length because they are so full of love
James Hillman
Slipstream fiction is usually defined as fiction with a contemporary setting in which story elements are mimetic (that is, seem real) – except for one or two eerie strangenesses. Unlike outright fantasy, these are not explained or integrated into an alternate-reality setting.
Nancy Kress
I’ve always read broadly: literary fiction, sci-fi, fantasy, chick lit, historical, dystopian, nonfiction, memoir. I’ve even read Westerns. I prefer female protagonists.
Sandra Cisneros
There’s a saying that all roads lead to Ankh-Morpork. And it’s wrong. All roads lead away from Ankh-Morpork, but sometimes people just walk along them the wrong way.
Terry Pratchett
Blending consensus historical events and personages with imaginary occult forces is a strong recipe for counterfactual storytelling goodness that combines the best of two worlds: resonant history with wild-eyed fantasy.
Paul Di Filippo
I was a very idealistic, very romantic kid in a very typically Midwestern Methodist repressed home. There was no show of affection of any kind, and I escaped to dreams and fantasies produced, by and large, by the music and the movies of the ’30s.
Hugh Hefner
That’s what fantasies are for, to help us imagine that things are better than they are.
Roger Ebert
This is my ultimate fantasy: watching QVC with a credit card while making love and eating at the same time.
Yasmine Bleeth
We used to talk about wanting to get some money, but that’s when hip-hop was based on your dreams and your fantasy. The whole thing now is the dreams and fantasies were achieved, and you don’t want to make it the focal point. You can’t keep beating that dead horse.
Puff Daddy
I honestly think anthropology is one of the most useful fields a fantasy writer can study, more so even than history.
Marie Brennan
When I was either 7 or 8 years old, I did a sketch every day of my teacher and what she wore. At the end of the year, I gave her the sketchbook. For me, the sketching of dresses was about fantasy and dreams.
Alber Elbaz
Men characterize pornography as something mental because their minds, their thoughts, their dreams, their fantasies, are more real to them than women’s bodies or lives; in fact, men have used their social power to characterize a $10-billion-a-year trade in women as fantasy.
Andrea Dworkin
You can’t map a sense of humor. Anyway, what is a fantasy map but a space beyond which There Be Dragons? On the Discworld we know that There Be Dragons Everywhere. They might not all have scales and forked tongues, but they Be Here all right, grinning and jostling and trying to sell you souvenirs.
Terry Pratchett
Painters and sculptors under the Nazis often depicted the nude, but they were forbidden to show any bodily imperfections. Their nudes look like pictures in physique magazines: pinups which are both sanctimoniously asexual and (in a technical sense) pornographic, for they have the perfection of a fantasy.
Susan Sontag
If you’re an only child, you spend a lot of time by yourself, and you develop a strong ability to entertain yourself, to conjure up fantasy.
Peter Jackson
When a writer is already stretching the bounds of reality by writing within a science fiction or fantasy setting, that writer must realize that excessive coincidence makes the fictional reality the writer is creating less ‘real.’
Jane Lindskold
Despite all of our games, all of our success together – ‘Elder Scrolls,’ when we started, it was a very generic fantasy. It had its parts. We pushed it to have more of its own unique identify. We’re proud of the work everyone did there.
Todd Howard
Fantasy football is actually an amazing American pastime, because it takes the ultimate team sport, NFL and football, and turns it into the quest for individual achievement.
Jeff Schaffer
When I was thirteen years old, I didn’t exactly discover epic fantasy on my own. I acquired it as a social defence mechanism.
Tansy Rayner Roberts
When I write a story, I just wanna tell you what’s in my head. It can come from real life and then turn into fantasy, stuff just rhyming. And write about what you know. I just like to tell stories that have not been told or [told] from my perspective.
Nas
Anytime I’m given scripts where I’m sort of the fantasy girl, it’s hard for me because that’s not real and I don’t think it’s a great thing to put out there consistently.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead
When I started in the business, there was a thing called adult fantasy, but nobody quite knew what it was, and most publishers didn’t have an adult fantasy list. They had science fiction lists, which they stuck a little bit of fantasy into.
Terri Windling
Let me get this thing straight, Inigo–we had SCRAPS for dinner? I’M in YOUR fantasy and the best you can come up with is SCRAPS?” She turned toward the door then. “You have no chance of winning my heart.
William Goldman
Fantasies are real. They have effects on your soul, even though, as I was too young to really step forward.
Cornel West
No fiction, no myths, no lies, no tangled webs – this is how Irie imagined her homeland. Because homeland is one of the magical fantasy words like unicorn and soul and infinity that have now passed into language.
Zadie Smith
My mom just recently reminded me that I used to build these little miniature worlds outside at our country house and populate it with little figures.That whole thing [shooting is] about trying to create a world – there’s something very connected to childhood and reverie and daydreaming and fantasy.
Gregory Crewdson
You can’t write about fantasy without being ridiculous.
John Banville
I grew up reading thrillers, science fiction, fantasy – you name it – and one day I asked myself if there was a reason why a fear of spiders was so common. Was there something buried deep in our evolutionary history that made being scared of spiders a survival instinct?
Alexi Zentner
She’d already decided to be with him. If only to wipe him from her mind, get him out of her system and stop the fantasies plaguing her. If only to prove to herself that being with him would not be pleasurable for her.
Gena Showalter
Fraud is fraud. And consumers of any product – whether you want to buy a car, participate in fantasy football – our laws are very strong in New York and other states that you can’t commit fraud.
Eric Schneiderman
I can’t say that fantasy instead of the 3D world is fine or good, but I know in my own life I have certain people I’ve kind of fixated upon to the point of pure fantasy. Then there’s such a dilemma when here they are, and they’re getting ever less and less like the way the fantasy has them.
Jane Alison
47 Ronin is a very special movie for me. Not only a Samurai thing. Not only a Hollywood fantasy. It has a very special mixture between Japanese traditional culture and Western culture for the costume, set, story. Everything. I believe it will be a very special film that no one has ever seen.
Hiroyuki Sanada
Art is based on very clear, mathematical principles like proportion and harmony. At the same time, physicists need to be inventive, to have ideas, to have some fantasy.
Fabiola Gianotti
Life is replete with comedy, drama, horror, suspense, tragedy, romance, mystery, fantasy and a good dose of fiction. While at times the plot may seem to be lacking, the special effects alone are well worth the price of admission.
Derek R. Audette
Great passions, my dear, don’t exist: they’re liars fantasies. What do exist are little loves that may last for a short or a longer while.
Anna Magnani
I had a recurring fantasy in which I took (Rudy Giuliani) out during a press conference (it was nonlethal, just something that put him out of commission for a year or so), saving America from the horror of a President Giuliani. If that sounds like I had some trouble being ‘objective,’ I did.
Michael Hastings
That was the action figure I was playing with. I grew up having this fantasy of being a superhero, being Princess Power.
Milla Jovovich
The idea of death is something that doesn’t make sense to a lot of people. But to bring something back – or vampires who never die – is a logical fantasy for a human being.
Martin Landau
I suppose actors crave attention of some kind or they have suffered some form of arrested development and are still living in a sort of child’s fantasy existence at some level in their psyche.
Hugh Laurie
Some people may look at you almost like a fantasy at times, you know; some people don’t think you’re real. Because people forget that celebrities are humans too, sometimes.
Rita Ora
The SF genre, of course, is really an organically evolved, marketplace-determined, idiosyncratic grab bag of themes and signifiers and characters and icons and gadgets, some of which hew to the realistic parameters and paradigms embraced by science, others of which partake more of fantasy and magic.
Paul Di Filippo
We’re all just big kids. That’s all we are. We are artistes. We grew up wanting to be part of the fantasy of the fairy tales and the stories.
Angelina Jolie
Fantasy is uni-age. You can start it in the creche, and it follows you to death.
Terry Pratchett
It’s the relationships between people that are more important than the sort of far away fantasies of what the good life is, the world of supermodels and Bud ads.
Mira Sorvino
I do have a fantasy piece of technology that would do my food shopping for me, and if you wanted to, you could probably employ a butler or a maid. But I’d like to have a fridge that restocks itself. I don’t know what you’d call that – an automatic restocking pantry?
Rachel Shelley
I feel that’s one of the central questions of fantasy. What did we lose when we entered the 20th and 21st century, and how can we mourn what we lost, and what can we replace it with? We’re still asking those questions in an urgent way.
Lev Grossman
Sci-fi and fantasy used to be a TV staple throughout my childhood. Then it just stopped dead. It was seen as culty, a minority interest.
Mark Gatiss
What is appealing is the idea of attaining the unattainable and learning from it. Once you obtain a fantasy it becomes a reality, and that reality is not as exciting as your fantasy. Through the fantasies you learn to appreciate your own realities.
Ricardo Montalban
We have hopes that we can see rational American presidents; fair, obey the international law, deal with other countries according to mutual respect, parity, etc., but we all know that this is only wishful thinking and fantasy.
Bashar al-Assad
Actually, I met a lot of directors and most of them have that fantasy to make a silent movie because for directors it’s the purest way to tell a story. It’s about creating images that tell a story and you don’t need dialogue for that.
Michel Hazanavicius
I don’t want to see pictures of Hollywood stars in their dressing gowns taking out the rubbish. It ruins the fantasy.
Sarah Brightman
The number of one’s possible fantasies is inversely proportional to the amount of one’s liquid assets. For him who has everything dreams are no longer possible.
Stanislaw Lem
I think that any sort of fantasy or sci fi that is grounded in something that could ostensibly be real – ‘Jurassic Park’ being my favorite example – is that much more prescient because it means that much more. Maybe one day, what if?
Kate McKinnon
My fantasy is that there is a new regulatory body that is in charge of algorithmic auditing.
Cathy O’Neil
When we traded the results of our fantasies, it seemed to us-and rightly-that we had proceeded by unwarranted associations, by shortcuts so extraordinary that, if anyone had accused us of really believing them, we would have been ashamed.
Umberto Eco
I believe fantasy and dreaming can be made a reality. You don’t have to be rich. You don’t have to be a VIP.
Rachel Zoe
Losing a fantasy is much harder than losing a reality.
Timothy Morton
One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we’re in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality. That is the subject that, if you have a brain in your head, is always dealt with in magic. The smarter the tricks you’re doing, the more that’ s an important thing.
Penn Jillette
The idea that things used to be better is fantasy. It’s putting a halo on something that no one can disprove.
Dan Mangan
He has let her in not because he genuinely loved her, but only because she played so well into his preconceived fantasies.
Shulamith Firestone
If you can tune into the fantasy life of an 11-year-old girl, you can make a fortune in this business.
George Lucas
If you go too far in fantasy and break the string of logic, and become nonsensical, someone will surely remind you of your dereliction….Pound for pound, fantasy makes a tougher opponent for the creative person.
Richard Matheson
The best I do, if I’m just playing around and riffing in a fantasy world, and then I’ll write something down. Hopefully I write it down.
Stephen Malkmus
Stories of imagination tend to upset those without one.
Terry Pratchett
In black and white there are more colors than color photography, because you are not blocked by any colors so you can use your experiences, your knowledge, and your fantasy, to put colors into black and white.
Anders Petersen
A lot of my songs are fantasy. I can dream up all kinds of things. That’s the kind of world I live in. It’s very sort of flamboyant, and that’s the kind of way I write. I love it
Freddie Mercury
I found ‘Bordertown’ when I was standing on the border between childhood and my teens, and it carried me past that transition. In the process, it helped to create the next step of its own evolution: the modern urban fantasy owes a lot more to ‘Bordertown’ than many people will ever know.
Seanan McGuire
I know for a fact that this idea of the Jews causing the war and the Jews being so all important is nonsense. But that was Hitler’s idea, and…was pure fantasy. As I say, Hitler is a riddle to me and will always remain so.
Joachim von Ribbentrop
Dr. Seuss provided “ingenious and uniquely witty solutions to the standing problem of the juvenile fantasy writer: how to find, not another Alice, but another rabbit hole.
Clifton Fadiman
As for a fantasy life, working women are more likely to fantasize about finding the perfect child care provider who she can both trust and afford. She might also fantasize that tonight her husband will both shop for and cook dinner.
Madeleine M. Kunin
What I’m working on now – I’m back to fantasy, although considering that it’s me, I’m turning it into a kind of science fantasy. It’s a vampire story – but my vampires are biological vampires. They didn’t become vampires because someone bit them; they were born that way.
Octavia E. Butler
Fantasy allows you to get past defenses.
Elizabeth Moon
I did a ‘Love Boat!’ And based on my trip on the ‘Love Boat,’ I said, ‘I’d just as soon not do ‘Fantasy Island.’
Tom Hanks
Is is true that dictators never dream because they can change their smallest fantasies into realities if they want to?
Alfred de Musset
The difference between science fiction and fantasy … is simply this: science fiction has rivets and fantasy has trees.
Orson Scott Card
So often the monsters that crowd our minds are nothing more than the strange and thoroughly alien progeny of our own fearful fantasies.
Rick Yancey
Our easiest approach to a definition of any aspect of fiction is always by considering the sort of demand it makes on the reader. Curiosity for the story, human feelings and a sense of value for the characters, intelligence and memory for the plot. What does fantasy ask of us? It asks us to pay something extra.
E. M. Forster
I live in Manhattan now, because, in a way, it was my fantasy.
Noah Baumbach
I draw on my memories but blended with a lot of fantasy.
Bryan Adams
Not everybody fantasizes about robbing a bank, but I think most people have that fantasy of being in a high speed chase.
Edgar Wright
You reach a time… when fact and fiction blend seamlessly. If you do it too soon, it’s journalism. If you do it too late, you forget, and it’s fantasy. There’s an optimum time.
Frank D. Gilroy
You know, I wanted to get married, and so I – but I, you know, I realize no matter what you want, it’s kind of a fantasy.
Nellie McKay
The present moment is really all that we have. The only place you can really love another person is in the present. Love in the past is a memory. Love in the future is a fantasy. To be really alive, love – or any other experience – must take place in the present.
Jack Kornfield
Science fiction and fantasy is a kind of literature that embodies the highest aspirations of the human race.
Harlan Ellison
I wanted to make my stories, which are inspired by Asian stories, into something fresh, decontextualized – to give them new life as a new kind of fantasy that isn’t so cloying and exotic and strange.
Ken Liu
It is fantastic to be found in a foreign country.
Ed O’Brien
I like high fantasy as much as the next guy, but I also like a bit of grit and grime with my faux-medieval trappings.
Antony Johnston
We have these impossibly high standards and we’ll probably never live up to our perfect fantasies of our future selves. But I feel like that’s okay.
Marina Keegan
Hopefully we are emerging from an era of fantasy explanations for real phenomena. The authors certainly have to face a community of therapists who are obsessionally committed to explanations for disease and for therapy unsupported by a scrap of evidence except for their claimed therapeutic success.
Patrick David Wall
I feel like I’m moving from a world where I was creating fantasies that weren’t real inside – and very often feeling really dissatisfied – to now living in reality for the first time in my life since I was a kid, and learning to appreciate where I am now while actually sitting with that reality.
Damien Rice
He kissed her as though he were starved for her. Like he’d been held away from her and had finally broken free. It was the kind of kiss that lived only in her fantasies. No one had ever made her feel so..consumed.
Maya Banks
Food-what is chosen from the possibilities available, how it is presented, how it is eaten, with whom and when, and how much time is allotted to cooking and eating it-is one of the means by which a society creates itself and acts out its aims and fantasies.
Margaret Visser
I actually have this fantasy of giving up my cell phone.
Julia Stiles
I’m mostly a novelist these days, but I have written short stories in Fantasy, Science Fiction and horror.
Sarah Zettel
I can’t run around falling in love with fantasies.
Kirsten Miller
I don’t care for horror and fantasy films. I never go to see them in the theater. I know I’ve played in many of them, but I didn’t do them because of their genre – I did them just because I loved their scripts.
Peter Weller
Fantasies are things that can’t happen, and science fiction is about things that can happen.
Ray Bradbury
A diary with no drawings of me in it? Where are the torrid fantasies? The romance covers?
Cassandra Clare
My real life’s not like the fantasy Tom Ford world – with naked girls pouring perfume everywhere. It’s more staying in and watching Friends on television.
Tom Ford
The present moment is changing so fast that we often do not notice its existence at all. Every moment of mind is like a series of pictures passing through a projector. Some of the pictures come from sense impressions. Others come from memories of past experiences or from fantasies of the future.
Henepola Gunaratana
In fantasy, impossible things exist. In science fiction, impossible things exist and can be understood by humans. In supernatural horror, impossible things exist and cannot live in peace with humans.
Will Shetterly
The worst thing about the fantasies of the mentally ill is that they’re so damned consistent. They never let up. They never give you any rest.
Orson Scott Card
The title ‘Spirited Away’ could refer to what Disney has done on a corporate level to the revered Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki’s epic and marvelous new anime fantasy.
Elvis Mitchell
One siupreme fact which I have discovered is that it is not willpower, but fantasy and imagination that ceates. Imagination is the creative force. Imagination creates reality.
Richard Wagner
I started off like everyone else does, slogging but having a compulsion to put words on paper. I didn’t write or read horror or fantasy, other than children’s fantasy, until I was in my teens
Laurell K. Hamilton
The dream police will not let me have sexual fantasies.
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
I’ve had an ongoing fantasy about being interviewed on, like, a ’60 Minutes’-type show about this really inspiring woman that can do anything with a fake leg. And then the camera pans out, and I’m just holding a mannequin leg.
Tig Notaro
India, the new myth–a collective fiction in which anything was possible, a fable rivalled only by the two other mighty fantasies: money and God.
Salman Rushdie
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein
Science fiction is really a rather tiny business compared with its giant cousin, which is fantasy.
Robert Reed
In India we have a readymade world of fantasy available in Indian mythology. And this is why we see such a surfeit of characters drawn from mythology. I don’t think it’s because the present day humanity is soulless.
Anita Nair
Many people with jobs have a fantasy about all the amazing things they would do if they didn’t need to work. In reality, if they had the drive and commitment to do actually do those things, they wouldn’t let a job get in the way.
Paul Buchheit
That’s pretty much why I went into show business because I wanted to have a guitar and sing unaccompanied, that was like my fantasy of the perfect life.
Victoria Jackson
There’s always been this strand of filmmaking in Britain which is like socialist neo-realism. That’s always been there. I’ve never been part of that, really; I’ve been much closer to fantasy.
John Boorman
For me, the distinction between documentaries and feature films is not so clear – my “documentaries” were largely scripted, rehearsed, and repeated, and have a lot of fantasy and concoction in them.
Werner Herzog
I was passionate. I found something that I loved. I could be all alone in a big old skating rink and nobody could get near me and I didn’t have to talk to anybody because of my shyness. It was great. I was in my fantasy world.
Dorothy Hamill
Our life stories are at one and the same time reality, fallacy and fantasy.
Rasheed Ogunlaru
At the time of Woodstock, I was just 13, but I used to see these exotic hippy creatures and I did look on with envy. How could you not? In an ideal world, I would have loved to have been a hippy – but I might have been a bit strait-laced. It was my fantasy.
Imelda Staunton
We go on dates thinking that person is our future husband or wife, without getting to know them, as we live in a fantasy and an illusion of romance.
Patti Stanger
Guys are playing fantasy football; some guys I think even play fantasy baseball. I don’t get involved with it. I have five kids; I just don’t have time. Not that anything’s wrong with the fantasy, but I just don’t have time for it with my lifestyle.
Benjamin Watson
At Harvard, direct cinema was the core of the film department, and most of the students were trying to make socially conscious works, but I was trying to combine fiction and non-fiction to show how our seemingly factual world is constituted through fantasy and stories.
Joshua Oppenheimer
I have this fantasy of my older days, painting or sculpting or making things. I have this fantasy of a bike trip to Chile. I have this fantasy of flying into Morocco. But right now, it’s about getting the work done and getting home to family. I have an adventure every morning, getting up.
Brad Pitt
I always assumed that, like my mother before me, one day I would have children. When I was 5, my fantasy was to have a hundred dogs and a hundred kids.
Kim Cattrall
I have a lot of fantasies about being tied up and spanked. I suppose it isn’t very liberated, is it? What kind of fantasies do feminists have?
J. F. Lawton
Ive got a fantasy-baseball team with my brother. But I have to admit, he does all the work.
David Einhorn
I have to go with what comes naturally to me. Fantasy isn’t my thing. I did enjoy the Oz books when I was growing up and certainly my grandson and I read Harry Potter together. You write what you can as well as you can.
Judy Blume
I’d really like to do a movie, either as a producer or director. My ultimate fantasy would be to direct a movie and produce the entire soundtrack. I don’t really see myself acting.
Dr. Dre
Every character lives in ever actor and if you’re doing your job right, you’re just accessing that part of your fantasy life. I can kill someone just as quickly as I can have sex with someone. You can switch that instinct, no matter what – you can pretend anything.
Matthew Lillard
There is no winning or losing, but rather the value is in the experience of imagining yourself as a character in whatever genre you’re involved in, whether it’s a fantasy game, the Wild West, secret agents or whatever else. You get to sort of vicariously experience those things.
Gary Gygax
The fantasy genre is so in at the moment. Viewers want to escape from their lives and watch something that is so separate from their everyday existence. People have always wanted to escape their lives – that’s why they go to movies and the theatre.
Colin Morgan
In visual futurism, the line between total fantasy and futuristic is a thread of reality.
Syd Mead
Facts are more mundane than fantasies, but a better basis for conclusions.
Amory Lovins
Do the impossible, because almost everyone has told me my ideas are merely fantasies.
Howard Hughes
Nature is my springboard. From her I get my initial impetus. I have tried to relate the visible drama of mountains, trees, and bleached fields with the fantasy of wind blowing and changing colors and forms.
Milton Avery
Fantasy novels, I don’t really gravitate to that part of the bookstore.
Peter Dinklage
I have a recurring fantasy that one more article has been added to the Bill of Rights: the right to free access to imagination.
Azar Nafisi
Artificial Intelligence leaves no doubt that it wants its audiences to enter a realm of pure fantasy when it identifies one of the last remaining islands of civilization as New Jersey.
Godfried Danneels
Sociology and anthropology are not disciplines which take easily to situations where people are able to live out their fantasies, not just in the symbolic action of ritual, but in the concrete theater of society at large.
Jonathan Raban
Love and fantasy, go hand in hand.
Marc Chagall
For the traditional fantasies, a lot more of my research comes from reading rather than doing. I like my worlds to feel real, so I do a lot of world building research.
Patricia Briggs
The baby sits in front of MTV watching violent fantasies, while Dad guzzles beer with his favorite sport only to find his heroes all coked up.
Lou Reed
True balm [of fantasy] takes away the painful irritation of life and simply heals, allowing one to begin anew. And that is what fantasy can do for us.
Vera Nazarian
In my fantasy I was always the savior. I would come to Peanuts land and save everybody. Charlie Brown would fall madly in love with me. Peppermint Patty was so jealous.
Alicia Witt
Perhaps fate isn’t blind after all. Perhaps it’s capable of fantasy, even compassion.
Elie Wiesel
Design is about discipline and reality, not about fantasy beyond reality.
Albert Hadley
I got to live out my 11-year-old fantasies – I got to go on stage with Green Day. Billie Joe called my name from the stage. ‘Dookie’ was the first album I ever bought. I covered the whole of ‘Nimrod’ and he’d heard it. That was like the 11-year-old girl dreamed.
Florence Welch
I have a lot of fantasy.
Jil Sander
Academic Marxism is a fantasy world, and unctuous compassion-sweepstakes, into which real workers or peasants never penetrate.
Camille Paglia
Imagination stimulates your thinking power by giving your mind abundant data with which to work. It opens the gate to dreams and fantasies so that you may become receptive, as a little child, in exploring the Kingdom of Ideas.
Wilferd Peterson
The Seventies were an interesting time to be a reader or writer of fantasy. Tolkien was the great master. Lin Carter was resurrecting wonders of British and American fantasy from the early twentieth century in his Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series.
Judith Tarr
The valley we lived in could easily be the setting for a fantasy novel or a prairie western novel. It could be anything.
Arthur Slade
It wasn’t my childhood fantasy to work with Truffaut or be in obscure films. I like Midnight Run better than I like The Bicycle Thief. It was films like Die Hard and Bladerunner that made me want to be an actor.
Ben Affleck
A revival of ‘Of Mice and Men’ would have seemed out of place in years of Reaganomics, Donald Trump and Michael Milken, a time when Rambo supplied millions of filmgoers with a fantasy that masked what was really going on in their lives.
Jay Parini
It is only by enlarging the scope of one’s tastes and one’s fantasies, by sacrificing everything to pleasure, that the unfortunate individual called Man, thrown despite himself into this sad world, can succeed in gathering a few roses among life’s thorns
Marquis de Sade
I gather together the dreams, fantasies, experiences that preoccupied me as a girl, that stay with me and appear and reappear in different shapes and forms in all my work. Without telling everything that happened, they document all that remains most vivid.
Bell Hooks
I think the more stressful our times get, the more we look for fantasy escapes.
Jeri Ryan
Fantasy films tend to skew towards what Tolkien fantasy was, which is that the humans, the Hobbits, and the cute creatures are the good guys, and everything that’s ugly are the bad guys.
Duncan Jones
I just love the way the ’60s rock stars put themselves together, because they were like dandies and peacocks. They really lived out their fantasies – and dressed their fantasies.
Anna Sui
Long live gravity! Long live
stupidity, error, and greed in the palaces
of fantasy capitalism!
Wendell Berry
People love westerns worldwide. There’s something fantasy-like about an individual fighting the elements. Or even bad guys and the elements. It’s a simpler time. There’s no organized laws and stuff.
Clint Eastwood
I still have a fantasy of being a musician when I grow up.
Maya Rudolph
Fantasy films tend to skew towards what Tolkien fantasy was, which is that the humans, the Hobbits and the cute creatures are the good guys, and everything that’s ugly are the bad guys.
Duncan Jones
It doesn’t matter if dragons are flying overhead or whatever – a lot of Victoriana is still cut in the frame of fantasy.
Terry Pratchett
I was a huge fantasy geek growing up. I was the dungeon master in my D&D game.
David Benioff
I liked a lot of Tyler’s character, the rebelliousness and audaciousness of it, it’s like a fantasy of myself, like yeah, I’m the kind of guy who just randomly gets in fights. Yeah, I do it all the time. But, not really.
Robert Pattinson
Fantasy is my genre and my home in the writing world. I consider it the biggest writing room in all literature, where there are literally no boundaries at all.
Robin Hobb
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.
George R. R. Martin
Theories are just fantasies. And they change.
Michael Crichton
In his fantasy, he kissed his best friend again, pulled back, and… “I love you,” he said into the spray of the shower. “I… love you.” As he closed his eyes against the pain, it was hard to know how much of what ran down his cheeks was water, and how much was something else.
J.R. Ward
I think the barrier for a lot of people to actual, real, lasting love is the fantasy. The problem is that we think in “happily ever after” love, but real love grows over time, and priorities change.
Marti Noxon
I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature; lace always evokes for me those incomparable designs which the branches and leaves of trees embroider across the sky, and I do not think that any invention of the human spirit could have a more graceful or precise origin.
Coco Chanel
Fantasy allows for less rigorous worldbuilding and more vigorous exploration of moral questions. Sci-fi is opp.
Paul S. Kemp
I’ve come across a novel called The Palm-Wine Drinkard, by the Nigerian writer Amos Tutuola, that is really remarkable because it is a kind of fantasy of West African mythology all told in West African English which, of course, is not the same as standard English.
William Golding
The only thing that could hurt me is if my success encouraged me to return to my childhood fantasies of omnipotence – but that is not likely to happen as long as I remain engaged in the financial markets, because they constantly remind me of my limitations.
George Soros
I have abandoned my search for truth and am now looking for a good fantasy
Ashleigh Brilliant
I think you’re attracted to things that are different from yourself in a character because it’s more interesting, and you get to play out a fantasy version of yourself.
Felicity Jones
People project their own dreams, fantasies, and prejudices onto my life. So people are either fans, or jealous, or disagree. Everybody marches to a different drummer.
Hugh Hefner
The evil within the fantasy genre tends to be threatening to the heroes within the story, but not to the reader – or not to the viewer, in the case of cinema – and that’s why I think it’s more palatable and something that is more easily embraced for a lot of people.
Scott Derrickson
Mervyn Peake is a finer poet than Edgar Allan Poe, and he is therefore able to maintain his world of fantasy brilliantly through three novels. It (Gormenghast trilogy) is a very, very great work … a classic of our age.
Mervyn Peake
Fantasy hats give you the possibility to dream.
Philip Treacy
In my fantasies, I was always caught up in heroic struggles, and I saw myself saving lives, sacrificing myself for others. I had far loftier ambitions than mere romance.
Irene Gut Opdyke
I find myself fascinated by a man who admits to enjoying fairy tales and uses the word “impinge”- barely misses a beat while indulging in a brief girl-on-girl fantasy. You’re a man of layers, Ford.” Me and Shrek, we’re onions.
Nora Roberts
It’s better to succeed against daunting odds than settle for a fantasy and get nowhere.
Michael Hyatt
All fiction is autobiographical fantasy.
James Joyce
Fantasy stories have almost always been very white and European-focused, and we wanted to tell a story that would feel both more modern and more global. We wanted to attract a diverse audience.
Aaron Ehasz
I think we’re [men and women] more similar. In that we all deal with our fantasy lives and sometimes are disappointed by reality.
Erica Jong
How dare the embodiment of her worst nightmare come packaged as her hottest fantasy?
Karen Marie Moning
I never wore a stich of make-up until I got to America. I lived in a world of fantasy it was made up of imaginary friends and make believe lovers. I was also teased a lot for being different because I was shy, solitary, distant and melancholic.
Pamela Anderson
I love, love, love fantasy, like ‘Lord of the Rings’ and things like that.
Molly Quinn
Entourage’ is a great show, but it’s fantasy. I spent my twenties in L.A. in this business, and my life didn’t look anything like that. ‘Big Bang’ reflects a side of men that is rarely shown. We see their flaws – all of them.
Johnny Galecki
But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
Iris Murdoch
To me, steampunk and urban fantasy are naturally hinged together. And I think that’s because I love the early gothic Victorian literature, and both things spring from that movement.
Gail Carriger
I always had the fantasy of Hollywood and Los Angeles and the beach, not realizing that Hollywood was so very far from the beach.
Bonnie McKee
What people really want in the theater is fantasy involvement and not reality involvement.
Edward Albee
Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!
J. R. R. Tolkien
Wuxia is a fantasy world exists in everyone’s mind.
Zhang Yimou
I’m pretty far out of the loop. There’s always a lot of speculation and what-have-you. I’m sure it’s fun for people to watch and have fantasies of who might go where. The reality is, guys will change teams.
Andrew Ference
Writing fantasy lets me imagine a great deal more than, say, writing about alligators, and lets me write about places more distant than Florida, but I can tell you things about Florida and alligators, let you make the connection all on your own.
Terry Brooks
My ultimate fantasy is to entice a man to my bedroom, put a gun to his head and say, ‘Make babies or die’.
Ruby Wax
We had fed the heart on fantasies, The heart’s grown brutal from the fare, More substance in our enmities Than in our love
William Butler Yeats
That would really be my fantasy – maybe just do three shows a year and each year in a different city, just singing for the people who really want to see it, and then just write for other people. I do love to sing, but I’m just as happy singing in the bathtub, you know?
Sia
Film buffs who don’t live in Hollywood have a fantasy about what it’s like to be a director. Movies and the people who make movies have such glamour associated with them. But the truth is, it’s not like that. It’s very different. It’s hard work.
John Carpenter
Humans need fantasy in order to be human.
Terry Pratchett
Abandon the search for Truth; settle for a good fantasy
Fran Lebowitz
Right now, I’m hankering for new adventures… Ninety percent of the time I’m having romantic-comedy fantasies in which I’m wearing little pencil skirts and hurrying down to the subway.
Mindy Kaling
Canadians are fond of darker stories, serious stories, so if you’re a Mystery writer or a Romance writer or Fantasy Writer, you will most likely have an American publisher and agent.
Eden Robinson
I love biomedical science, I love astronomy, and you can’t really do much with those in a fantasy setting.
Elizabeth Moon
A lot of people feel like urban fantasy is a shortcut that gets you around world-building, because it’s set “in the real world.” But it doesn’t really work that way, as I found out. You have to come up with just as consistent an internal cosmology and magic system as you would if you were writing high fantasy.
Cassandra Clare
Perhaps it is because Venice is both liquid and solid, both air and stone, that it somehow combines all the elements crucial to make our imaginations ignite and turn fantasies into realities.
Erica Jong
There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.
George R. R. Martin
My fantasy is to have a restaurant where there are no written menus, but where you just ask people, ‘What are you in the mood for? Fish? Meat? White wine?’
Charlie Trotter
I read mostly historical fiction – lots of stuff set in ancient Rome and ancient Greece. I also liked sci-fi and fantasy: David Gemmell, Raymond E. Feist. It’s a nice escape from the world. As much as I do love real-life stories, they can often make you hurt in a way I’d rather not hurt.
Henry Cavill
But when reality was hopeless, fantasy became more and more necessary.
Michael Grant
Why are you messing with the fantasy? We know about the reality. Don’t ruin the fantasy, OK?
Anthony Michael Hall
I got a crash-course education in urban fantasy. I suddenly had to look up all these other writers I was supposed to be in a genre with. I instantly had to become an expert in this genre I knew almost nothing about.
Carrie Vaughn
I have never dreamed of being a princess. I have not longed for Prince Charming. I have and do long for something resembling a happily ever after. I am supposed to be above such flights of fantasy, but I am not. I am enamored of fairy tales.
Roxane Gay
I was a big sci-fi fantasy geek when I was younger… secretly, in my room.
Christina Ricci
The creative writer does the same as the child at play; he creates a world of fantasy which he takes very seriously.
Sigmund Freud
In a period piece, particularly a fantasy, the lighting is your own choice, the lenses are your own choice. It’s really a great thing for a cinematographer to do. Everything is open for you. You can even be more creative and you can use more shadows than usual.
Vilmos Zsigmond
I began plotting novels at about the time I learned to read. The story of my childhood is the usual bleak fantasy, and we can dismiss it with the restrained observation that I certainly would not consider living it again.
James A. Baldwin
The mind can make substance, and people planets of its own with beings brighter than have been, and give a breath to forms which can outlive all flesh.
Lord Byron
So many of the fantasy stories I encountered growing up were set in worlds that were largely modelled on medieval Europe in one way or another. Lots of white folks in feudal societies, castles and kings, that kind of thing.
Chris Roberson
Fantasy enabled me to break the shackles and create a whole new level of ‘the world is in danger’ stakes.
Matthew Reilly
I was a fantastic student until ten, and then my mind began to wander.
Grace Paley
On banks, I make no apology for attacking spivs and gamblers who did more harm to the British economy than Bob Crow could achieve in his wildest Trotskyite fantasies, while paying themselves outrageous bonuses underwritten by the taxpayer. There is much public anger about banks and it is well deserved.
Vince Cable
Fantasies were safe. It was a break from reality. A chance to act on desires for a short period of time.
Maya Banks
I think that I am the luckiest cat on the planet and I’m living out my own dreams and fantasies and have been for a number of years and to remain at this stage of my life, you know, so alive and things have never been better.
Hugh Hefner
I watched ‘Holiday’ in college, and that was when I had my first fantasy of being Katharine Hepburn, standing at the top of the staircase in a huge Hollywood mansion.
Siri Hustvedt
Childish fantasy, like the sheath over the bud, not only protects but curbs the terrible budding spirit, protects not only innocence from the world, but the world from the power of innocence.
Elizabeth Bowen
Stop doing things that waste time. Don’t replace time with your family or things that you need to do. I needed to put together two fantasy teams this weekend because that’s something I enjoy, but I did stop playing Nintendo Wii for hours on end.
Gary Vaynerchuk
Unfortunately in television, for whatever reason, fantasy became thought of as a kids’ genre.
George R. R. Martin
I want to be involved with young people in some way. Teenagers. Because that’s the most vulnerable time. I have a fantasy of becoming a teacher one day.
Elisabeth Shue
I am an author of Christian Fantasy. My first 7 books were Christian Romance, but I came over to the Dark Side when I heard there were cookies.
Donita K. Paul
If you’re the leader, you’ve got to give up your omniscient and omnipotent fantasies – that you know and must do everything. Learn how to abandon your ego to the talents of others.
Warren G. Bennis
As a kid, I lived in a fantasy world. I used to believe ants could talk. Not once did they say thank you.
Willard Wigan
I think for the women of today, because we work and go around a lot, Armani is ideal – simple and elegant at the same time. It’s not eccentric, and everything he does is very subtle. For the evening, I like Gianfranco Ferre. There’s a lot of fantasy and creativity in his clothes.
Sophia Loren
In the past, love for me has always meant forever, and sure, you still nurse some of those fantasies, but I don’t try to force it anymore. I hung on to my fairy-tale ideals for a long time. But where I am now, what I’ve been through, there are no rules. There are lots of ways it can turn out.
Jennifer Lopez
My stories include realistic fiction and fantasy.
Cynthia Leitich Smith
There’s a difference between what I would like to have been and what I would have been. I always fantasized about being a reforming judge or prison governor (I think that the UK penal system is a disgrace) – but it’s fantasy.
Mary Beard
People don’t want to hear the truth, they never do. They wanna live in some kind of fantasy. And then when they get caught up in it, they start being in denial because they don’t want to be wrong.
Paul Mooney
Critics have called alien epic ‘Avatar’ a version of ‘Dances With Wolves’ because it’s about a white guy going native and becoming a great leader. But Avatar is just the latest scifi rehash of an old white guilt fantasy.
Annalee Newitz
It’s really hard to separate fantasy from reality.
Cathy Rigby
I never think about genre when I work. I’ve written fantasy, science fiction, supernatural fiction, and am now working on a suspense novel. Genres are mostly useful as a marketing tool, and to help booksellers known where to shelve a book.
Elizabeth Hand
When you get to my age, and I’m 66 now, you realize that the world is a madhouse and that most people are operating in fantasy anyway. So once you realise that, it doesn’t bother you much.
John Cleese
People fantasize about being a hero and helping someone in trouble. Batman is that fantasy realized-not just for Bruce Wayne, but for the audience. Inwardly, Bruce Wayne is still an adolescent watching his parents being murdered. That will never leave him. And people really relate to that.
Kevin Conroy
See fantasy is what people want, but reality is what they need. And I just retired from the fantasy part.
Lauryn Hill
The mind spends most of the time lost in fantasies and illusions, reliving pleasant or unpleasant experiences and anticipating the future with eagerness or fear. While lost in such cravings or aversions, we are unaware of what is happening now, what we are doing now.
S. N. Goenka
I guess I’m interested in the behind-the-surface feelings of the human condition, in my own way. I was always struck by the gap – at least in the books I was reading – between what people tell stories about and what I actually feel. I started thinking about a gap between fantasy and reality.
Signe Baumane
I like fantasy. I’ve always been the kind of kid who likes to dream about other things I could be and exotic situations I could be in.
Scott Bakula
Honestly, I think there’s a cycle to the popularity of fantasy and fairytales that usually coincides with times of unrest or hardship in our own world. By retelling these legends or immersing ourselves in fantasy realms, we can safely explore the very real, very day-to-day darkness of our own lives.
Sarah J. Maas
The biggest threat to a better life is the desire to keep the future under control – to make the world predictable by reining in creativity and enterprise. Progress as a neat blueprint, with no deviations and no surprise, may work in children’s cartoons or utopian novels. But it’s just a fantasy.
Virginia Postrel
Like, a lot of people I know are wanting to get back to the Earth in some way and not raise their kids in this world of Apps and Internet all the time. I grew up on a river in New Jersey and I was in fantasy land. I could do anything.
Kirsten Dunst
Evil begins when you begin to treat people as things.
Terry Pratchett
And what I like about it is it makes me happy and I think it makes a lot of people happy to go to the movies and to not think about the problems of the day or the problems of tomorrow or the yesterday and just go on for the ride and have the fun of losing oneself in a fantasy.
Nicolas Cage
Romance is finding your fantasy in people who don’t have it.
Andy Warhol
I read a lot of fantasy and grew up on ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Star Trek.’ I loved going to Middle Earth. ‘Dungeons & Dragons’ was a huge influence.
Tony DiTerlizzi
It does seem like if you’re an interesting person and you have endless amounts of money to indulge your fantasies, then those fantasies will be plagued with guilt about that level of indulgence. It really becomes a self-defeating exercise in pursuing hedonistic desires in any sort of normal or guiltless fashion.
Lawrence Douglas
The genre of fantasy is about magic and occult characters.
Shawn Ashmore
I read a lot of the ‘Pern books’ growing up – basically up through ‘All the Weyrs of Pern,’ maybe a couple after that. As far as formative dragon influences are concerned, she’s probably one of the top ones; I know I read other fantasy novels that had them, but none particularly stick in mind.
Marie Brennan
Fiction is lies; we’re writing about people who never existed and events that never happened when we write fiction, whether its science fiction or fantasy or western mystery stories or so-called literary stories. All those things are essentially untrue. But it has to have a truth at the core of it.
George R. R. Martin
All that political stuff Delano was doing. Me, I’ve gone off the top, into total fantasy.
Eddie Campbell
I think people are more apt to believe photographs, especially if it’s something fantastic. They’re willing to be more gullible. Sometimes they want fantasy.
Cindy Sherman
My favorite Kanye album is ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.’
Sasheer Zamata
You slide down in your seat and make yourself comfortable. On the screen in front of you, the movie image appears—enormous and overwhelming. If the movie is a good one, you allow yourself to be absorbed in its fantasy, and its dreams become part of your memories
Roger Ebert
Fantasy is so much hotter than reality most of the time.
Adam Lambert
One of the things that Teller and I are obsessed with, one of the reasons that we’re in magic, is the difference between fantasy and reality.
Penn Jillette
I don’t want to live in a fantasy world.
Jeff Conaway
I like to be prepared enough to be completely unprepared. I don’t know if I make sense, but I have a fantasy of living someone else’s life. And to do that perfectly, I need to prepare myself just as properly.
Nimrat Kaur
The eye and fantasy feel more attracted by nebulous distance than by that which is close and distinct in front of us.
Caspar David Friedrich
Fantasy flows in where fact leaves a vacuum.
Tom Stoppard
Just when you think you should start accepting that you’re becoming an adult, all your childhood fantasies come true.
El-P
Every dude in here has had a fantasy about Jessica Simpson. Here’s mine: Jessica, hold your sister Ashlee so I can kick her in the throat.
Dave Attell
I eat, sleep, and drink my character. It is my fantasy to go to another planet.
Ace Frehley
What I think after reading the script and seeing where the story goes, I go with my instincts on the character. If my instincts are wrong the director and the producers will guide me in the right direction. That’s just kind of how I take on any role, be it a fantasy movie or not.
Josh Hutcherson
Starting on February 1, 2010, and running through until May 30, I will be Toronto Public Library’s Writer in Residence, working out of the Merril Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Speculation at the Lillian H. Smith branch at College and Spadina.
Karl Schroeder
I played lots of games, and I was a fan of gaming, so I was always looking for new games. I was also a science fiction and fantasy fan, growing up, in games and books and movies.
Duncan Jones
I have days when I go to the gym and I can’t push that 315, but then I look at my video of me benching 6 reps at 315, and I know I did do that. That wasn’t a dream. That wasn’t some weird fantasy. So I know that next time I’ll go in and I’ll do that.
Joseph Gatt
Music and art is about ideas, I think. Especially music. You have the freedom to work with your ideas and your dreams and your fantasies, which is quite hard to do in many other places.
Karin Dreijer Andersson
In a global world, nationalism is a fantasy, and it’s poison. It used to be appropriate, but it’s not anymore, and we haven’t learned that lesson yet.
Tim Minchin
After all, history is a type of fantasy. For all the primary source research, in the end, the past world the historian builds is as weird and remote from our own as Middle Earth or Narnia, yet oddly familiar.
Ysabeau S. Wilce
When people ask me to define science fiction and fantasy I say they are the literatures that explore the fact that we are toolmakers and users, and are always changing our environment.
Nalo Hopkinson
The whole idea of doing the Hollywood thing never even occurred to me. When you grow up on the East coast, Hollywood seems like this fantasy land and you don’t think that people can actually make a living there.
David Steinberg
The Golden Compass is one of the best fantasy / adventure stories that I have read. This is a book no one should miss.
Terry Brooks
I fell in love with scent when I was a small boy.
I was intrigued by how each bottle on my mother’s dressing table
gave such a different scent-each like a genie waving its spell,
transporting us away from the mundane to worlds full of fantasy.
Roja Dove
Without conjuring up fantasies of bygone eras with family games and long, leisurely meals, the question arises: isn’t there a better family life available than this dismal, mechanized arrangement of children watching television for however long is allowed them, evening after evening?
Marie Winn
Fantasy fiction is essentially about the concept of power; great fantasy fiction is about people who find it at great cost or lose it tragically; mediocre fantasy fiction is about people who have it and never lose it but simply wield it.
Stephen King
Ive never seen myself as a fantasy writer-ever.
Jonathan Carroll
I never studied writing, but I’d always been a reader and had a secret fantasy about being a writer.
Jon Krakauer
Ambition is not what a man would do, but what a man does, for ambition without action is fantasy.
Bryant H. McGill
Jerel Law has crafted a fantastic story that will leave every reader wanting more. Stop looking for the next great read in fantasy fiction for young readers-you’ve found it!
Robert Liparulo
The problem with fantasy is the greatest benefit of fantasy: it prevents us from living in the present moment.
Geneen Roth
So I think it is common knowledge that Hitchcock had fantasies or whatever you want to call them about his leading ladies.
Tippi Hedren
Venice is not only a city of fantasy and freedom. It is also a city of joy and pleasure.
Peggy Guggenheim
All people who grew up with science fiction and fantasy and horror went through the whole acculturation process of the genre. We were all told to read the golden age writers. We were all told Heinlein and Asimov and all these straight, white males, although some of them were Jewish.
N. K. Jemisin
I loved ‘Pan’s Labyrinth.’ It transported me into another world. I like fantasy worlds; I love ‘Lord of the Rings’ as well, for that reason, because you really get to get out of reality and go somewhere else.
Malin Akerman
My favorite water cooler topic is fantasy football. I used to make fun of friends for doing it and now I’m obsessed.
John Krasinski
Im a massive science fiction and fantasy geek.
Robert Kazinsky
Science teaches you to open your eyes and appreciate the reality around you. Religion teaches you to close your eyes and cling to the fantasy within you.
David Alan Harvey
I come from musical theater, and a lot of musical theater is about accepting fantasy. I think it is more about just being open and accepting.
Amy Adams
Things have to be beautifully made, even if they are full of fun, fantasy and futility
Karl Lagerfeld
Time is a drug. Too much of it kills you.
Terry Pratchett
The goal of all your hard work should be to make your reality everyone else’s fantasy land.
Martyn Rooney
I loved underground comics and psychedelic art. I did like some supernatural horror, but mainly fantasy. I was into escapism.
Arik Roper
It’s fun to perform Bernie Sanders and give his boring percentages and fact-based points to address some ridiculous Trumpisms, because that was always my fantasy for what the general election would look like.
James Adomian
Part of the particular interest and beauty of science fiction and fantasy: writer and reader collaborate in world-making.
Ursula K. Le Guin
Dogs are fantasies that don’t disappoint.
Caroline Knapp
I also had this mistaken dream, fantasy really – perhaps because I’m good at languages – of being able in both Italy and France to become someone else through my fluency in the language.
Harry Mathews
Science Fiction has rivets, fantasy has trees.
Orson Scott Card
I’ve never seen myself as a fantasy writer – ever.
Jonathan Carroll
I imagined my fantasy co-author would look like Miranda Kerr, but have the intellect and comedic timing of Liz Lemon.
Judy Greer
I didn’t want to write a pure fantasy novel, though I love those and grew up on J. R. R. Tolkien and Ursula LeGuin.
Jeff Giles
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.
Dr. Seuss
Didn’t they realize that the only way to change things was to act?
Tamora Pierce
Later, however, I came to recognize the objective nature of these dreams or fantasies … Thus it was that I gradually came to acknowledge that such fantasies or dreams are neither meaningless nor purely arbitrary but rather convey a sort of “second meaning” of the terms applied.
Wolfgang Pauli
I played one year of fantasy football in high school. You really get into it. It makes more fans of the NFL, and people love talking about it. They’ll come up to me and say, ‘Why did you throw an interception? You ruined my fantasy team!’ Or they’re happy because they got you for a bargain.
Andrew Luck
The web is my unconscious but it’s also a wish — a fantasy of what my own creativity might look like if I weren’t constantly impeding its flow.
Alison Bechdel
I consider it useless and tedious to represent what exists, because nothing that exists satisfies me. Nature is ugly, and I prefer the monsters of my fancy to what is positively trivial.
Charles Baudelaire
Religion is doing; a man does not merely think his religion or feel it, he ‘lives’ his religion as much as he is able, otherwise it is not religion but fantasy or philosophy.
G. I. Gurdjieff
I think it’s probably a bad idea for young boys to see how they’re being depicted in men’s fantasies. It could get very dark. You could learn how to do things wrong.
Amanda Seyfried
I keep threatening to write a non-fantasy book, and they keep offering me the kind of money I can’t refuse to write a fantasy. That’s a good thing. I have to pay my mortgage, and I have to pay for my Chargers season tickets.
Raymond E. Feist
There’s a big overlap with the people you meet at the fantasy and science fiction cons.
Fred Saberhagen
All the fantasy writers I know have a way of dwelling on their own fears and phobias. A writer spends his life being his own psychiatrist.
Charles Beaumont
I could see myself in some sort of pioneer bonnet, it’s my childhood fantasy, but I think I look too Jewish for the prairie.
Rachel Dratch
I am after painting reality impressed on the mind so hard that it returns as a dream, but I am not after painting dreams as such, or fantasy.
George Tooker
In the electronic game world, I know I have a reputation for doing the cyberpunk thing, and for doing the serious epic fantasy thing, but if you go back to when I was a kid, I’ve been a Disney fan all my life.
Warren Spector
Much like dystopian and post-apocalyptic books are a way to explore the worst-case scenarios lurking around the corner, fantasy can serve as a wonderful tool for showing kids that they have an inherent power in them to create change, both in themselves and in their community.
Alexandra Bracken
We cannot, of course, disprove God, just as we can’t disprove Thor, fairies, leprechauns, and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But, like those other fantasies that we can’t disprove, we can say that God is very, very improbable.
Richard Dawkins
I need a combination of attitude, sensuality, and vulnerability. I need a new kind of heroine. After Bipasha Basu and Sunny Leone, India now needs an even more unique fantasy figure.
Pooja Bhatt
In fact, if you have a crime committed against you, and you go to have hypnosis, you can’t testify. Because there’s no way to test what is real, what’s fact, what’s fantasy.
Betty Hill
I don’t write fantasy; I write historical novels about an imaginary place.
Raymond E. Feist
Oh, I’m nerdy about science fiction and fantasy and graphic novels and reading, and I’m nerdy about board games. My favorite board game is a board game I’m working on right now. It’s a game of Napoleonic era naval warfare, and it’s going to be fun.
Billy Campbell
I’m half living my life between reality and fantasy at all times.
Lady Gaga
It was a standard fantasy when you fell in love to imagine you could go back in time and find your beloved growing up, appear there, save him or her, get together as adolescents, by magic, and go on together, fighting for one another, into old age, never wavering.
Norman Rush
Would we as a nation be better off dealing with the truth rather than believing fantasies that prop up the Status Quo and the Fed’s dearly beloved measure of the economy, the stock market? How often does accepting illusion help us navigate real life? Short answer: never.
Charles Hugh Smith
When I was young, I couldn’t think about ballet because I had to focus on my own field. But once you secure your own performance area, you can indulge yourself in different territories. Fashion is one. And ballet is absolutely a fantasy, because it deals with the bodies in a different way.
Marina Abramovic
For many years I had heard about an underworld consisting of people who act out a vampire fantasy while I was living in New York. Fortunately for me there are also several books on the phenomena.
James Patterson
I have all these weird fantasies. Going coast-to-coast on my motorcycle and having random barbecues all over America. No show, no nothing.
Dave Chappelle
The final key to the way I promote is bravado. I play to people’s fantasies. People may not always think big themselves, but they can still get very excited by those who do. That’s why a little hyperbole never hurts.
Donald Trump
Electric light is just another instrument. I have no desire to contrive fantasies mediumistically or sociologically over it or beyond it.
Dan Flavin
Your aim as a photographer is to get a picture of that person that means something. Portraits aren’t fantasies; they need to tell a truth.
Tim Walker
All the material is fictional and develops its own eight and a half private, coelesced journeys, where, perhaps not unexpectedly, the females can run faster than the men and trade their freedoms by exhausting the male sexual fantasies and replacing them by some of their own.
Peter Greenaway
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
W. Somerset Maugham
My own fantasies of what life would be like at 24 tended to the more spectacular.
Joan Didion
His laughter echoed through my mind. I have a beautiful woman in my arms, and am taking her back to my home, where she and I will be alone and able to indulge whatever fantasies we choose. What is there not to enjoy?
Katie MacAlister
Creative fantasy, because it is mainly trying to do something else … may open your hoard and let all the locked things fly away like cage-birds.
J. R. R. Tolkien
All the actors I respect, especially old-Hollywood actors, the reason I think so many of them have had long careers is that there is a sort of mystery about them. You don’t know what they do on Friday nights when they go home from work. You have no clue. You have this sort of fantasy about them.
Kate Mara
This is very domestic of you,” he said. “It’s kinda hot, really. Giving me all sorts of fantasies about you in an apron vacuuming my house.
Richelle Mead
I’m not reading any kind of fantasy [for young adults] or Hunger Games or anything like that. It’s more just like geeks with crushes. It’s very sweet, and I’m enjoying how honest they are, and I’m enjoying the humanity in them.
Morgan Parker
Of the two, I would think of my work as closer to Science Fiction than Fantasy.
Jean M. Auel
In sleep, fantasy takes the form of dreams. But in waking life, too, we continue to dream beneath the threshold of consciousness, especially when under the influence of repressed or other unconscious complexes.
Carl Jung
Fantasy is one of the soul’s brighter porcelains.
Pat Conroy
Fantasy allows you bend the world and the situation to more clearly focus on the moral aspects of what’s happening. In fantasy you can distill life down to the essence of your story.
Terry Goodkind
When I write my books, actually, I’m known for very logical rule-based magic systems. I write with one foot in fantasy and one foot in science fiction.
Brandon Sanderson
I cherish the fantasy, even the hope, of adventures in other realms to come. But how can we choke out that most precious of all gifts, life, with the rope of religion around our necks? It chokes out freedom with dogma. It pinions us to the stake of superstition.
Gerry Spence
One’s fantasy goes for a walk and returns with a bride.
Bernard Malamud
A single fantasy can transform a million realities.
Maya Angelou
Any idiot, any stockbroker can get out there and live out a fantasy and pretend like he’s playing music. And I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that.
Mike Patton
True, I talk of dreams, Which are the children of an idle brain, Begot of nothing but vain fantasy.
William Shakespeare
I hope the average woman feels she needs practicality but with a little bit of fantasy. Otherwise, it’s just not fashion.
Francisco Costa
Better the hard truth, I say, than the comforting fantasy. And in the final tolling it often turns out that the facts are more comforting than the fantasy.
Carl Sagan
A great city is the place to escape the true drama of provincial life, and find solace in fantasy.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
It’s a fantasy that we could have a president who could actually make choices based on what’s right, rather than having to weigh the political fallout. But that’s sort of what we’re showing. And you can dream.
Geena Davis
I’ve tried many times to set out the case against the wicked fantasy of ‘ADHD,’ which usually earns me nothing but ignorant rage in return.
Peter Hitchens
I understand that sometimes when you’re young it’s difficult to remember the difference between real life and what is part of fantasy.
Dakota Blue Richards
There is art and beauty and power in the primal images of fantasy.
Guillermo del Toro
I want to see everything. I guess the positive version of not seeing or not knowing would be preservation of fantasy.
Taryn Simon
Beyond that, I seem to be compelled to write science fiction, rather than fantasy or mysteries or some other genre more likely to climb onto bestseller lists even though I enjoy reading a wide variety of literature, both fiction and nonfiction.
Joan D. Vinge
With undead armies, psychotic angels and exploding airships, Scar Night is a gripping, ripping yarn which rattles along at a great pace. Tether all that to the knock-out image at the heart of the novel-Deepgate, a Gothic city built on a network of chains over a great abyss-and you have urban fantasy at its best.
Hal Duncan
I’d love to do a noir. I think Steve McQueen is so cool. But a classic film is a classic film, and perhaps the fantasy of being those characters should be left alone. You’re treading on very thin ice.
Benedict Cumberbatch
Soft fantasy worlds have a much looser cause-and-effect relationship. Alchemists can turn lead into gold and nobody wonders about how it will impact the currency system. Someone waves a wand and turns an elephant into a mouse and nobody worries about conservation of mass.
Patrick Rothfuss
The visual team of ‘Blade Runner’ – one of the last big fantasy movies to be made without much computer graphics finery – worked directly for Scott, who sketched each of his prolific ideas on paper (they were called ‘Ridley-grams’).
Richard Corliss
We need to get environmentalism out of the sphere of religion. We need to stop the mythic fantasies, and we need to stop the doomsday predictions. We need to start doing hard science instead.
Michael Crichton
Playing baseball is not real life. It’s a fantasy world… It’s a dream come true.
Dale Murphy
I mean, I don’t know anything else that I would try to do, but it’s a very frustrating thing to do, because you are trying to take what’s a fantasy in your head and make it live through the minds of 200 people.
Sydney Pollack
When I’m not actually doing my work, I’m planning it or thinking about it or reading things that on some level are transformed into performance fantasies. I have no active interests.
George Carlin
We believed we were safe. That was the big fantasy.
John Marsden
To be able to make furniture has always been a fantasy of mine.
Jonathan Anderson
Fantasy is often better than reality. It’s much more inspiring not to go to places than to go.
Karl Lagerfeld
While growing up, I lived in my own fantasy world. I had kind of a rough childhood, so I created my own reality.
Roger Ross Williams
There’s never been a fantasy movie of the epic battle of good versus evil that ended with evil winning.
David Benioff
You always start with a fantasy. Part of the fantasy technique is to visualize something as perfect. Then with the experiments you work back from the fantasy to reality, hacking away at the components.
Edwin Land
Fantasy is a genre that allows me to create anything I want. That, in turn, allows me to explore any sort of idea I’m curious about. I love it because Fantasy is a genre that asks, “What if…?” That’s my favorite question.
Patrick Rothfuss
I think most of us maintain some sort of fantasy in our minds that we are heroes, if only secretly, that we could really be amazing if only given a chance. That we could all be loved one day. You can always think of yourself as being transcendent or heroic. I think we all are.
Megan Fox
At its best, fiction cultivates fantasy and compassion; at its worst, memoir provokes schadenfreude and prurience. The ugly truth, I fear, is that many people are drawn to sensational memoirs for the same reason they watch ‘The Apprentice’: they like to witness actual suffering, before-your-very-eyes humiliation.
Julia Glass
I don’t say things like “the grace of God.” All that’s white noise to me, not because I’m an intellectual. For many people, it’s gibberish. Likewise, the idea that the Koran was dictated by an archaic illiterate is a fantasy.
Christopher Hitchens
‘Avatar’ was incredible and totally groundbreaking, but it wasn’t about utter realism. It had a great mythic fantasy to it, but the characters don’t seem totally photo-real, as amazing as they are.
Matt Reeves
Fantasy is not the literature of subversion of the status quo but of ‘awakening to’ the status quo.
Vera Nazarian
The game lends itself to fantasies about our abilities.
Peter Alliss
My parents divorced about the same time the movie ‘The Parent Trap’ came out, about two twins at camp who scheme to get their parents back together. I had that same fantasy.
Chuck Palahniuk
Victory is the thought transformation resulting from comprehending that physical immortality…perpetual longevity, sans illness and aging…eternal, healthy, youthful life in your living flesh… is not a fantasy, but a practical and attainable possibility.
Linda Goodman
I don’t know what that weid fantasy is that makes people go, “Oh, you must have had a great childhood.”
Ben Stiller
O power of fantasy that steals our minds from things outside, to leave us unaware, although a thousand trumpets may blow loud–what stirs you if the senses show you nothing? Light stirs you, formed in Heaven, by itself, or by His will Who sends it down to us.
Dante Alighieri
How easy it is for a fantasy to grab hold of your foot like a rope, and dangle your life upside down while brigands go through your pockets. Deal with the life you’ve got. Solve the problems you have, rather than fantasizing about a life without them.
Bill James
The more we see the more we must be able to imagine, and the more we imagine, the more we must think we see.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can.
Terry Pratchett
I think once you have children, you just don’t have the same kind of freedom to pick up and go. But then, I sort of think, how often did I really do it? How spontaneous was I really? Part of what I think I miss is this fantasy of my wild days, but they never existed!
Brooke Shields
Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.
John Keats
The visual palette suggests the creepy pastel paintings of Guy Peellaert (Rock Dreams); the fantasy battles with monsters and samurais echo the muscular landscapes of Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo. The movie is like an arrested adolescent’s Google search run amok.
Richard Corliss
Personally, I think the ‘Christian family’ should be called a Christian fantasy.
Ruth Hurmence Green
I’m, uh, not proud to say it – I play fantasy baseball. It’s, like, the dorkiest thing ever.
Paul Rudd
The dream of reason produces monsters. Imagination deserted by reason creates impossible, useless thoughts. United with reason, imagination is the mother of all art and the source of all its beauty.
Francisco Goya
I’ve found that using historical material and being rooted in historical material is liberating because I always think to myself, ‘Well, this actually happened, and this is fantastic!’ That’s why I don’t like fantasy, in a way. Because it’s sort of in emptiness.
Michael Hirst
I’ve always had a fantasy to write a cookbook, because everyone wants to know what a model eats.
Padma Lakshmi
I love to cook. I’d hoped by now I’d have a big loft. I have this fantasy that between 12 and 4, if you’re in New York, it’s known that I’ll be serving a meal and you can just show up. You can watch TV, hang out, nap. Once a month. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Cara Buono
I’m only involved really right now with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Brass Fantasy.
Lester Bowie
Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?
Caught in a landslide,
No escape from reality.
Open your eyes,
Look up to the skies and see,
I’m just a poor boy, I need no sympathy,
Because I’m easy come, easy go,
Little high, little low,
Any way the wind blows doesn’t really matter to me, to me.
Freddie Mercury
People normally view my work as fantasy, which on some level is true, but I do think that my work is more magical realist than fantasy. I believe in the fantasies within each of our realities, i.e., I portray very relatable human issues in a very realistic tone, yet in a magical setting.
Shahad Ameen
Children are often envied for their supposed imaginations, but the truth is that adults imagine things far more than children do. Most adults wander the world deliberately blind, living only inside their heads, in their fantasies, in their memories and worries, oblivious to the present, only aware of the past or future.
Dara Horn
When you’re 11 or 12 years old, you can get so swept up in a book that you start to believe that the fantasy is reality. I think when you have a giant crush when you’re in fifth grade, it becomes your whole world. It’s like being underwater; everything is different.
Wes Anderson
When people ask me why is ‘Winter’s Tale’ a fantasy, I point out that it is not a fantasy.
Mark Helprin
I was an obsessive fantasy reader from the time I could read at all.
Margaret Stohl
Cliché openings in fantasy can include an opening scene set in a battle (and my peeve is that I don’t know any of the characters yet so why should I care about this battle) or with a pastoral scene where the protagonist is gathering herbs (I didn’t realize how common this is).
Kristin Nelson
The reality, or substance, of professional wrestling is the ability to perpetuate a fantasy. I never distinguished between fantasy and reality. I made my fantasy reality for over 60 years.
Lou Thesz
While every new fantasy author is hailed as unique, new, and different, Brandon Sanderson’s ELANTRIS does indeed provide an absorbing adventure in a unique, different, and well-thought-out fantasy world, with a few nifty twists as well.
L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The greatest profound pain is cased by, and is the result of our own illusions, fantasies and dreams.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
I don’t know how it’s going for my sisters, but as my 40s and Verizon bills and mortgage payments roll on, I seem to have an ever more recurring 1950s housewife fantasy.
Sandra Tsing Loh
Philosophy appears to concern itself only with the truth, but perhaps expresses only fantasies, while literature appears to concern itself only with fantasies, but perhaps it expresses the truth.
Antonio Tabucchi
How can I call security a woman’s primary fantasy if I am saying it is also her primary need? Because while her primary need is the security of a home and a family circle, her primary fantasy is that someone else will earn enough to pay for them. Hence the focus of 2 billion women on the latest royal wedding.
Warren Farrell
I’m very into fantasy films.
Alexandra Daddario
It’s sad when a woman writing fantasy in the United States in the 1970s has less actual feminist cred than Sir Walter Scott.
Judith Tarr
Fantasy is totally wide open; all you really have to do is follow the rules you’ve set. But if you’re writing about science, you have to first learn what you’re writing about.
Octavia E. Butler
When I was getting close to being accepted for pilot training, I was allowed to get in a jet airplane. I sat there looking at all those switches and dials and I got the distinct feeling that I was sitting in the nose of bomb. I realized my fantasies of flying and fighting were just that – fantasies.
Morgan Freeman
My writerly aspirations are pretty simple: to provide as many readers as possible with the same sort of wonderful immersion that I myself get from fantasy novels – and to make enough money to help feed my kids while doing so.
Saladin Ahmed
Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do.
Maurice Sendak
I play out negative fantasies for people. I’m the guy people love to hate. And they always remember the bad guy.
Brion James
There’s this idea that it’s all natural, but everything’s been staged to look natural. It is also an invention. It’s just that my inventions are different. I often get asked about my artifice, but isn’t fashion based on the idea that we can create a fantasy?
Lady Gaga
I know I’m not a woman’s fantasy man; I don’t have to uphold this image of male beauty, so that’s kind of a relief in a way.
Steve Carell
Game of Thrones’ is a fantasy show not dedicated to any specific time, but it seems to exist in sort of a 1400s medieval fantasy world, and in that setting, I wouldn’t have had a six-pack.
Gwendoline Christie
It’s a tougher gig than what people think it is. The proper, real, genuine, worldwide movie stars don’t get a lot of downtime from the world outside. That’s a tougher price, I think, than what people’s fantasy of fame account for.
Ben Mendelsohn
When a fantasy turns you on, you’re obligated to God and nature to start doing it – right away.
Stewart Brand
The more that you travel the more you get the sense of the word as a larger place and the more you get a sense of the variety of history and mythology. And when you know about these things you can incorporate them into what I feel is a more rich and more large tapestry of fantasy.
Cassandra Clare
Despair … is the only cure for illusion. Without despair we cannot transfer our allegiance to reality – it’s a kind of mourning period for our fantasies. Some people do not survive this despair, but no major change within a person can occur without it.
Philip Slater
The standards of judgment must be rooted in the whys and wherefores of life as it is lived, the world as it is, not our wished-for fantasy of the world as it should be.
Saul Alinsky
All people live in a fantasy in which they are the main character.
Keiichi Sigsawa
A dream is always simmering below the conventional surface of speech and reflection.
George Santayana
I love fantasy. I grew up reading fantasy. But, I wanted to put a somewhat different spin on it. The whole trope of absolute good versus absolute evil, which was wonderful in the hands of J.R. Tolkien, became cliche and rote in the hands of the many Tolkien imitators that followed.
George R. R. Martin
Fantasy is seductive and much more wonderful than reality, but you can’t take it to the bank. It’s always an escape. And if used as an escape, as in attending a movie or a show for a circumscribed period of time, it’s fine. When it starts to become undifferentiated from reality, it leads to big trouble.
Woody Allen
I don’t know what its like for most actors, but really clearly for myself acting has always been the fulfillment of personal fantasies. It isn’t just art, its about being a person I’ve always wanted to be, or being in a situation, or being a hero.
Richard Dreyfuss
My fantasy would be to adopt a bulldog from bulldog rescue and a big old mutt from North Shore Animal Shelter.
Beth Ostrosky Stern
Sometimes you can think that ‘I’ve had enough of wizards!’ And sometimes fantasy is not just about wizards.
Terry Pratchett
There are these fantasies among people who watch movies where they’re like, “Oh, there’s a chemistry between them – something going on.” And sometimes there is. But for me, it’s more like, I go to work, I do a job, I play a role, and then I go home. I don’t wear a cape at home. I’m not an invulnerable alien at home.
Henry Cavill
Our fascination with gold is related to the fantasies of early childhood.
Sigmund Freud
The idea of imposing universal peace on the world by force is a barbarian fantasy.
Garet Garrett
For me, part of the fascination with making animation is you go to a place; it’s a complete immersion in someone else’s fantasy.
Chris Wedge
When I was in my early to mid-teens, that was a very heavy diet of science fiction and fantasy, so those were the kinds of books I tended to imagine writing someday, or even began to try to write.
Michael Chabon
I was always fascinated by fairy stories, fantasy, you know, demons, necromancers, gods and goddesses, everything that is out of our kin and out of our everyday world. I was always interested in enchantment and magicians and still am.
Christopher Lee
It’s something I’ve enjoyed since being a kid, the fantasy of it, the imagining I’m someone other than who I am. I’ve always felt claustrophobic in one sense of identity. If anything, I’ve had to work to develop a sense of my own identity. I used to really hate it when people defined me.
Mark Rylance
Fashion is about having a fantasy.
Alber Elbaz
Adolescence is a time of active deconstruction, construction, reconstruction–a period in which past, present, and future are rewoven and strung together on the threads of fantasies and wishes that do not necessarily follow the laws of linear chronology.
Louise J. Kaplan
Fantasy is, of course, booming, and I think it’s beginning to stretch its range as well.
Sarah Zettel
Cultivate night-blooming jasmine near your bedroom window, and dream of men you’ve always longed for.
Gwen Davis
I do not believe we will get to Ray Kurzweil’s proposed “singularity” in which human minds meld with machines to produce, in effect, synthetic human evolution. Our basic problems with maintaining the electric grid argue against that fantasy.
James Howard Kunstler
My whole career has been fulfilling my childhood fantasies, playing characters that are larger than life, getting to play a knight, an elf, a prince, and a soldier.
Orlando Bloom
To her audience, Janis Joplin has remained a symbol, artifact and reminder of late Sixties youth culture. Her popularity never derived from her musical ability, but from her capacity to link her fantasies of freedom and immortality with ours.
Jon Landau
The poet does not fear death, not because he believes in the fantasy of heroes, but because death constantly visits his thoughts and is thus an image of a serene dialogue.
Salvatore Quasimodo
The most common criticism I’ve seen is that I write ‘popcorn fantasy:’ lightweight action-adventure. Some people call it that as they explain why they love it for exactly that reason. I’m cool with that, either way. I just nod and let it go.
R. A. Salvatore
Whenever I work on anything, there’s always the fantasy that what one is doing is the next ‘Citizen Kane’-slash-‘Sopranos.’
Elizabeth McGovern
Actually ninety-nine percent of my acting has nothing to do sci-fi or fantasy, I consider it a good part of my acting, and enjoy the roles I play.
Claudia Christian
Play and transformation were a bit part of my childhood – using whatever materials were at our disposal, my brothers and I would constantly build and create fantasy worlds.
David Rockwell
Don’t accuse anyone with the temerity to question your sad supernatural fantasies of having a ‘closed mind’ or being ‘blind to possibilities’. A closed mind asks no questions, unthinkingly accepting that which it wants to believe. The blindness is all yours.
Charlie Brooker
Horror, for me, has to involve some sort of fantasy. Horror is something that is in your dreams or your nightmares.
Cassandra Peterson
Since fantasy isn’t about technology, the accelleration has no impact at all. But it’s changed the lives of fantasy writers and editors. I get to live in England and work for a New York publisher!
Terri Windling
I don’t want to get pigeonholed just doing just family films and fantasy films… I don’t really want to get pigeonholed just doing anything in particular.
Dave McKean
The dramatic sufferings of adults and all the cruel fantasies of those of my own age, who seemed abandoned to their own impulses in the midst of so many catastrophes, appeared to inscribe themselves on the walls around me.
Antoni Tapies
Here is Heimel’s Law: Anything you fantasize about won’t come true. So just cut it out.
Cynthia Heimel
I always needed that extra fantasy world. I had to have another world I could be in at the same time.
Stephenie Meyer
I’ve done a lot of books with Asian antecedents to them – some of my fantasy novels have been that way, and certainly in the ‘Battletech’ universe, there’s a lot of Asian culture in that.
Michael A. Stackpole
Every day is a brand-new, completely crazy fantasy-adventure, where I’m either kicking ass or kicking balls. It’s all part of the job. All of that is really fun for everyone. It plays like a comic book superhero.
Gabriel Luna
I started out with this ‘La Boheme’ fantasy, but as you get older, the ‘La Boheme’ fantasy becomes less sexy, believe me.
Leslie Odom, Jr.
The music I desire must be supple enough to adapt itself to the lyrical effusions of the soul and the fantasy of dreams.
Claude Debussy
‘The Thing from Another World’ was the first movie that really scared me. But the one that made me want to make movies was ‘The Tales of Hoffman.’ That’s my favorite film of all time. It’s a fantasy film. It’s an opera. I never get tired of it.
George A. Romero
I always felt that sci-fi and fantasy were my thing. Bit of a geek, I’m afraid. But I like creating worlds, and I felt it was a genre that gave me more freedom. It just seemed like I belonged there.
Samantha Shannon
I think authors are just realizing there’s no real reason to feel limited to a narrow set of genre rules in their writing. There’s no reason a mystery novel can’t have fantastic elements in it. Similarly, there’s no reason why your epic fantasy series can’t have elements of a mystery.
Patrick Rothfuss
I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.
J. R. R. Tolkien
When I write I simply follow my heart. And my flights of fantasy. It is not done with a conscious effort. I’m continually inspired and write reflexively.
Kim Elizabeth
There are lots of imposters in this earth, and to very first there always comes a second, to every reality there always come a fantasy, and the fantasy wants to come and live the life of the reality
Peter Tosh
Take it, and turn to facts my fantasies.
Edmond Rostand
I always did what I thought was interesting. I always just did what caught my fantasy. Looking like a woman, that was never the criteria for me. It was always to do drag. And drag is not gender-specific. Drag is just drag. It’s exaggeration.
RuPaul
When I look at ‘Fallen Angels,’ I realize it is not a film that is truly about Hong Kong. It’s more like my Hong Kong fantasy. I want Hong Kong to be quiet, with less people.
Wong Kar-wai
I’m just writing what I know. I’ve never been much of a reader of fantasy, and I think you write what you, personally, enjoy reading.
Sarah Dessen
People often ask me if fantasy is about escapism, and I personally don’t think it is.
Lauren Schmidt Hissrich
I have a dress-up chest at home. I love to create this fantasy kind of thing.
Kate Moss
The animus is symbolized by male figures appearing in a womans dreams and fantasies, as a husband, son, father, lover, Prince Charming.
Esther Williams
The minute that you bring a unicorn into a story, you know that it’s a fairy tale or a fable, because unicorns don’t exist as animals. They exist as fantasy creatures.
Gloria Vanderbilt
Prolonged travel in the alternate world of books can also make a reader more prone to fantasy thinking and estranged from his or her “real” life.
Maureen Corrigan
My favorite fantasy? You come down into my daytime resting place stark naked,” he said, and I could see the gleam of his teeth as he smiled. “Oh, wait,” Bill said. “That’s already happened.
Charlaine Harris
The Cloud Roads has wildly original worldbuilding, diverse and engaging characters, and a thrilling adventure plot. It’s that rarest of fantasies: fresh and surprising, with a story that doesn’t go where ten thousand others have gone before. I can’t wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds!
N.K. Jemisin
Sometimes the fantasy writers set their novels in an ancient Earth, sometimes a parallel Earth, or, quite often, they offered no explanation at all as to the temporal and geographic location.
Adrian McKinty
When we work with history, to a very great degree we are all guessing. But by using motifs of time and history in a fantasy setting, we are acknowledging that this educated guesswork, invention, fantasy underlie our treatment of the past and its peoples – and we are not claiming a right to do with them as we will.
Guy Gavriel Kay
Most of my avant garde fashion is saved for my videos and for the stage. In real life, I tend towards a classy, black Goth look. I love black, a few sparkles, false eyelashes and boots. But when I perform, I love fantasy and props.
Jane Badler
Dear, I can’t write, it’s all a fantasy: a kind of circling obsession.
Philip Larkin
We want flesh, flesh for fantasy.
Billy Idol
I spent many years in grad school in English, so I’ve read a lot in a variety of genres. But adventure fantasy is my bread and butter as a reader, and probably always will be. So it’s only natural that I came to that genre as a writer.
Saladin Ahmed
This is the real magic of fantasy fiction: it can feed souls and change lives.
David Gemmell
I leaned right over to kiss your stoney book A little jealous of the ships with whom you flirt A billion lovers with their cameras Snap to look and in my fantasy I sail beneath your skirt
Andy Partridge
I realized that for fantasy and science fiction, especially from my youth, white was the default. Luke Skywalker was in the lead, or even if you were a hobbit, you’re going to be white. That was an extremely old-fashioned, obviously really narrow-minded way to look at things.
Brian K. Vaughan
I realized that everything I do is fantasy, whether it is an adult movie or a kids movie.
Robert Rodriguez
At Burning Man, the audience is the show: the boundaries between stage and public overlap and melt. Every form of self-expression, every fantasy… everything has a place. It’s kind of a utopia, and everyone who sets foot in it is so impressed that they do their best to respect it and keep it alive.
Margherita Missoni
Bond is fantasy.
Roger Moore
There are so many stories to tell in the worlds of science fiction, the worlds of fantasy and horror that to confine yourself to even doing historical revisionist fiction, whatever you want to call it – mash-ups, gimmick lit, absurdist fiction – I don’t know if I want to do that anymore.
Seth Grahame-Smith
Professional sports, in of itself, is a fantasy, for the majority of the population.
Gabriel Luna
The space program caused so much future-thinking in culture. People who couldn’t go to the Moon were building space-fantasy chairs and corsets and hairdos and anything that they could put their hands on.
Aleksandra Mir
I’ve always just loved drawing and loved cartoons. Growing up, I loved Disney films, I loved The Simpsons, and I was a big fan of the comic strip Calvin & Hobbes and the way that they would have weird fantasy and then down-to-earth funny character comedy.
Alex Hirsch
I believe dreams represent the purest form of fantasy we unleash through our subconscious. They represent the truest freedom we can experience. Totally unrepressed and totally creative.
Miguel
Castle is a guy living in a fantasy world. He’s in his imagination, writing these stories of murder.
Nathan Fillion
Heaven knows, I’ve exposed myself in my novels through the use of fantasy and imagination… now my new book is about what really happened to me… not my heroines.
Judith Krantz
Hope your wildest hopes, dream your maddest dreams, imagine your most fantastic fantasies. Where your hopes and your dreams and your imagination leave off, the love of my Heavenly Father only begins.
Brennan Manning
(Television) rots the senses in the head!
It kills imagination dead!
It clogs and clutters up the mind!
It makes a child so dull and blind
He can no longer understand
A fantasy, a fairyland!
His brain becomes as soft as cheese!
His powers of thinking rust and freeze!
He cannot think -he only sees!
Roald Dahl
Our records, if you have a dark sense of humor, were funny, but our records weren’t about comedy. They were about protests, fantasy, confrontation and all that.
Ice Cube
You experience the films through the actors, so they’re all locked into your imagination in some kind of layer of fantasy or hatred or wherever they settle into your imagination.
Danny Boyle
Children read to learn – even when they are reading fantasy, nonsense, light verse, comics or the copy on cereal packets, they are expanding their minds all the time, enlarging their vocabulary, making discoveries – it is all new to them.
Joan Aiken
The marriage between the fantasy and the Westerns is that thing of, if people think you’re the best gunslinger around, they’re going to come looking for you.
Kieran Bew
Perhaps fantasy offers imaginative escapism more than other genres.
Jasper Fforde
I love those historians that are either very simple or most excellent. Such as are between both (which is the most common fashion), it is they that spoil all; they will needs chew our meat for us and take upon them a law to judge, and by consequence to square and incline the story according to their fantasy.
Michel de Montaigne
At one point I had dreams of being in the school band, but I didn’t play an instrument that qualified me, and that was a problem. I always had fantasies to be part of that, but I did take my piano lessons quite seriously.
Paul Smith
Most fears are not even based on our current reality. They are the product of imagined fears conjured up in our minds – the product of our own fantasies.
Lauren Mackler
Art originates in play – in improvisation, experiment, and fantasy; it remains forever, in its deepest instincts, playful and spontaneous, an exercise of the imagination analogous to the exercising of the physical body to no purpose other than ecstatic release.
Joyce Carol Oates
Fantasy has a better chance of lasting than a lot of other things. The Hobbit and the Narnia books, they seem to get handed down father to son, mother to daughter. Because they’re set in a fantasy world, they can remain relevant.
Stephen King
I always call ‘Billy Elliot’ a fantasy autobiography because I never wanted to be a dancer, but I got a lot of stick from the other kids about wanting to be a writer and being interested in drama.
Lee Hall
I’m half living my life between reality and fantasy at all times. It’s best not to ask questions and just enjoy.
Lady Gaga
How much research I have to do depends on the nature of the story. For fantasy, none at all.
Alan Dean Foster
Fantasy love is much better than reality love. Never doing it is very exciting. The most exciting attractions are between two opposites that never meet.
Andy Warhol
If you trust in yourself. . .and believe in your dreams. . .and follow your star. . . you’ll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren’t so lazy.
Terry Pratchett
Captain Fantastic touches on that [division]. You meet this family that lives off the grid in the woods and you go, “Oh, it’s some kind of liberal utopian fantasy. The enemy is gonna be all these conservative types that they’ll probably run into, and that’s going to be the story.”
Viggo Mortensen
When you’re older, you want to be scared because you understand more where the boundaries between fantasy and reality are, and I suppose they are more blurred the younger you are.
David Tennant
Imagination is like a lofty building reared to meet the sky; whereas fancy is a balloon that soars at the wind’s will.
Gelett Burgess
One fantasy is that I just do a Don Roos movie every year if that’s possible. If he’d have me
Lisa Kudrow
Helen Lowe writes wonderful stories, yes, but her work also speaks with lyricism to deeper questions of how we treat each other. В With lovely prose that brings vivid life to her characters, she creates a universe with people we care about. This is an author with a gift for fantasy.
Catherine Asaro
I wouldn’t know how to write a weak female character. I read so much epic fantasy growing up, where you have these sword-wielding, in-your-face warrior maidens.
Richelle Mead
I read anything I could get my hands on: science fiction, fantasy, horror, thrillers. I even became hooked on the Bantam reprints of the old pulp novels from thirties and forties: Doc Savage, The Shadow, The Avenger.
James Rollins
Documentary is a little like horror movies, putting a face on fear and transforming threat into fantasy, into imagery. One can handle imagery by leaving it behind. (It is them, not us.)
Martha Rosler
It is better to be an outcast, a stranger in one’s own country, than an outcast from one’s self. It is better to see what is about to befall us and to resist than to retreat into the fantasies embraced by a nation of the blind.
Chris Hedges
I love strong women in films that are allowed to play women and not male fantasies.
Kelly Reilly
The idea of a film staying in theaters for a year is something of a fantasy today.
Henry Thomas
Read good books. Read bad books – and figure out why you don’t like them. Then don’t do it when you write. If you are a science fiction or fantasy writer, going to conventions and attending panels is very useful.
Patricia Briggs
The poet is in command of his fantasy, while it is exactly the mark of the neurotic that he is possessed by his fantasy.
Lionel Trilling
The British boys really, really go nuts… to them, an older woman is sexy, and it’s an incredible fantasy… I think the American fantasy is still about men wanting control. Maybe American men don’t feel as in control of their lives.
Jennifer Coolidge
If your sexual fantasies were truly of interest to others, they would no longer be fantasies.
Fran Lebowitz
The sentient beast has long been a staple of fantasy fiction and its antecedents in myth and folktale.
Paul Di Filippo
I consider lace to be one of the prettiest imitations ever made of the fantasy of nature
Coco Chanel
In fantasy, the expression of exploring another world, you get the universal truth of that excitement and fear, but there’s an element of fantasy that you have to not forget so you can take people on that journey.
Dan Payne
Fantasy is like jam. . . . You have to spread it on a solid piece of bread. If not, it remains a shapeless thing . . . out of which you can’t make anything.
Italo Calvino
there is no such thing as fantasy unrelated to reality
Maurice Sendak
The popularity of fantasy surpassing science fiction and the popularity of apocalyptic fiction, particularly for young adults, may indicate a desire to escape a more difficult and confusing reality, even in astrophysics and particle physics.
James Gunn
Readers respond to every genre intensely, if it’s a genre that appeals to them. Again, who can say why anyone enjoys horror and dark fantasy? If I can’t answer the question for myself, I wouldn’t dream of trying to answer it for others.
Laurell K. Hamilton
I love dressing up. I’m from a huge African family and grew up in a really colorful place. The way I dress reflects my environment and wanting to take people into a fantasy world for half an hour.
Shingai Shoniwa
Imagination is usually regarded as a synonym for the unreal. Yet is true imagination healthful and real, no more likely to mislead than the coarse senses. Indeed, the power of imagination makes us infinite.
John Muir
Say there’s a white kid who lives in a nice home, goes to an all-white school, and is pretty much having everything handed to him on a platter – for him to pick up a rap tape is incredible to me, because what that’s saying is that he’s living a fantasy life of rebellion.
Eminem
We like people who look good, we like people who elevate our standards, who have things we do not have, it’s all about our fantasies. Yes, you can make millions of people dream about somebody who’s not good looking, and that’s the beauty of cinema, but people don’t take the chance that often.
Emmanuel Benbihy
It was not the story of design or clothes, it was the fantasy of women that made me want to work in fashion.
Alber Elbaz
Who you are is always enough. If your partner wants something different, it does not reflect upon you, but upon their needs and fantasies.
Brenda Shoshanna
In the book, America had already been weakened by bio terror plagues before waves of selfish violence took down the rest. But the real enemy was the kind of male human being who nurses fantasies of violent glory at the expense of his fellow citizens.
David Brin
I never have goals or dreams. My sister says it’s pathetic and lazy, but I had a goal, to tell jokes to pay bills and not have to live in a trailer. So, I think I’m living my fantasy. I don’t have another.
Kathleen Madigan
My advice to aspiring writers of fantasy trilogies or series is that each book needs two main plots. There’s the ‘big story’, the over-arching grand plot of the entire series, and there is the complete-in-itself, one-book plot.
Juliet Marillier
…Wizard’s Fifth Rule: Mind what people do, not only what they say, for deeds will betray a lie.
Terry Goodkind
[The media’s] fantasy of an America bristling with racists allows them to portray any criticism of our massively incompetent and dangerous president as just another sad episode of oh-so-typical white racism.
Ann Coulter
It didn’t matter what we did or where we did it as long as we were together. We knew we’d found what most people either pursue in years of futile search or dismiss as a fantasy at the outset: the missing half of ourselves. The real thing.
John Perry Barlow
So wie die Verruecktheit in einem hoeheren Sinn, der Anfang aller Weisheit ist, so ist die Schizophrenie der Anfang aller Kunst, aller Phantasie. (As insanity in a higher sense, is the beginning of all wisdom, so is schizophrenia the beginning of all art, all fantasy.)
Hermann Hesse
Sixteen times a year, all thirty-two NFL teams give us what we’re looking for: speed, skill, violence, fantasy league orgasms and a final score. No confusion. No doubt. No indecision. A winner and a loser.
Mike Barnicle
I think ‘House of Night’ blew up the way it did because it offered so many people a fantasy that they can be… vampires are very alluring.
Kristin Cast
It’s a weird kind of disconnect that this whole story [he Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane] grew around a real doll of mine, and here he is, with his “Edward” expression on his face. It’s kind of reality bumping into fantasy.
Kate DiCamillo
The whole organization seemed to be in free fall, indulging in a collective fantasy in which experienced colleagues refused to admit that their every movement, every decision that was made and implemented, only led them one step closer to the abyss.
Steig Larsson
There is magic in my universe, but it’s pretty low magic compared to other fantasies.
George R. R. Martin
I have always been astonished that women were allowed to enter churches. What conversation can they possibly have with God?
The eternal Venus (caprice, hysteria, fantasy) is one of the seductive forms of the Devil.
Charles Baudelaire
I did a ‘Love Boat!’ And based on my trip on the ‘Love Boat,’ I said, ‘I’d just as soon not do ‘Fantasy Island.”
Tom Hanks
To be loved, feelings must be rationed. To love, the doors of hysteria, fantasy, and madness may be flung open.
Anton Szandor LaVey
The Magicians brilliantly explores the hidden underbelly of fantasy and easy magic, taking what’s simple on the surface and turning it over to show us the complicated writhing mess beneath. It’s like seeing the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter through a 3-D magnifying glass.
Naomi Novik
The fantasy genre has so far rather embraced me, and I’m incredibly grateful for that.
Gwendoline Christie
I’m not interested in living in a fantasy world … All my work is still meant to evoke real architectural spaces. But what interests me is what the world would be like if we were free of conventional limits. Maybe I can show what could happen if we lived by a different set of rules.
Lebbeus Woods
When you’re living your life in endurance mode, you don’t expect anything good to happen. I’m not saying that you don’t dream about some miracle that would change everything for the better. But you pretty much know it’s only a fantasy, and that you have no real control over anything.
Nancy Werlin
Fantastic fiction covers fantasy, horror and science fiction – and it doesn’t get the attention it deserves from the literati.
China Mieville
I don’t think there’s any show comparable to ‘Game of Thrones’ in terms of the way it does the fantasy element to such a high standard: everything is created with so much care and detail. You really feel like you are transported into this entirely other fictional place.
Hannah Murray
The idea of it becomes a little freaky if you’re dealing with someone who has trouble differentiating between fantasy and reality, but that’s a concern no matter what kind of movie you’re dealing with.
Adam Arkin
I think that it is expansive for the mind, for the fantasy of children and grownups alike, to understand that the world is huge. There is so much in the world to experience, and the odds are so essential to life.
Jessye Norman
All I ever wanted to do was be on stage, if possible acting in Shakespeare. And to be as good as I could be.
Patrick Stewart
A lot of people have it – that fantasy of being lord or lady of the manor, either in the present or at some time in history.
Penelope Keith
With fantasy and sci-fi, it’s based in a real fandom. You’re presenting to experts, and their source material is really important to them.
Lena Headey
In Poland, my audience is all women between 18 and 30. At U.S. conventions, you have the fantasy and science fiction crowd. At Harvard you have an entirely different audience. It’s so schizophrenic.
Jonathan Carroll
We must not be misled by left-wing incompetent news media that, day after day, feed us a diet of fantasy telling us we are bigots, racists and hate-mongers.
George Wallace
Do you have a little white dress? I’ve had this deep-seated nurse fantasy about you, Murphy.
Jim Butcher
I have an airplane hangar with 17 cars in it. That’s no joke. I have a ‘half pipe’ in there, too – you know, like a big ramp, where I skateboard. It’s awesome. It’s the ultimate fantasy.
Paul Walker
I think about that all of the time and I have this fantasy that I am going to work at a museum someday! I would love to do something like that!
Anna Sui
Readers respond to every genre intensely, if it’s a genre that appeals to them. Again, who can say why anyone enjoys horror and dark fantasy? If I can’t answer the question for myself, I wouldn’t dream of trying to answer it for others
Laurell K. Hamilton
I still like to live in a whimsical world that seems more romantic and fantasy-related because real life seems so hard
Taylor Swift
Corrupt fantasy points us, or forms us, in a consciousness that can lead to thinking that evil is good and good is evil. In the worst case, this may have long range effects, prompting the reader intuitively, subconsciously, to do evil while thinking they’re doing good.
Michael O’Brien
I work in fantasy all day, so when I go home, I want to touch reality.
Johnny Galecki
Karl Marx predicted the eventual withering away of the state and the ‘dictatorship of the proletariat,’ when the people would rule, which was sheer fantasy because it was sheer fantasy because it was based on grossly erroneous assumptions about human nature, as history would repeatedly demonstrate.
David Limbaugh
I don’t really understand why so many fantasy writers choose to focus on worlds that just seem strangely denuded. But to them, I guess it doesn’t seem strange. And I guess that’s their privilege. It isn’t mine.
N. K. Jemisin
There is makeup, there is hair, and there is the perfect light. There is a whole team that gets you to get that perfect picture. It’s a fantasy.
Sara Sampaio
The interesting thing is how one guy, through living out his own fantasies, is living out the fantasies of so many other people.
Hugh Hefner
My fantasy had always been making a music video and performing with music that I had created.
J-Hope
All fantasy should have a solid base in reality.
Max Beerbohm
I’m living every ten-year-old boy’s fantasy. The other day, Chris and I had this big scene where we had to pull out our guns, and I was thinking, ‘Here we are in New York City – a place where every actor wants to be – and we are literally playing cops and robbers. How great is that?’
Mariska Hargitay
You have so many sources to draw on when you’re a fantasy writer.
Terry Pratchett
Like steampunk, silkpunk is a blend of science fiction and fantasy. But while steampunk takes its inspiration from the chrome-brass-glass technology aesthetic of the Victorian era, silkpunk draws inspiration from East Asian antiquity.
Ken Liu
I grew up with Thundercats and She-Ra: Princess Of Power. That was sort of my take on fantasy: the women after-school cartoon world.
Milla Jovovich
An Olympic gold medal is something that almost seems like a fantasy. Yes, of course I want it, since I was a little kid, before I even knew what the World Cup tour was.
Hannah Kearney
I don’t have this fantasy about marriage anymore. Everyone says it takes hard work. Well, it kind of does – and I’m much more pragmatic about romance than I used to be.
Jennifer Garner
The first rule of world-building is available physics, which basically means that if you want it to feel real, it has to follow the same rules as this world, from gravity to how human behaviour works. If you have a fantasy element that doesnt obey the laws of physics, make sure that it has a fantasy explanation.
Trudi Canavan
I grew up watching classic animation, and I have always felt that the roots of animation is in fantasy and taking it in places that you can’t go, any other way.
Chris Wedge
For men, as they get bogged down with responsibilities, commitments, bureaucracy, it is a fantasy just to think of shedding everything literally, walking away with nothing at all, and just hitting the road.
Lee Child
Some of us are interested in directors, but really the vast majority of us are interested in actors. You experience the films through the actors, so they’re all locked into your imagination in some kind of layer of fantasy or hatred or wherever they settle into your imagination.
Danny Boyle
When I write my books, actually I’m known for very logical rule-based magic systems. I write with one foot in fantasy and one foot in science fiction.
Brandon Sanderson
We fall in love when our imagination projects nonexistent perfection upon another person. One day, the fantasy evaporates and with it, love dies.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Lovers and madmen have such seething brains Such shaping fantasies, that apprehend More than cool reason ever comprehends.
William Shakespeare
Set your fantasies in the here and now and then, if challenged, claim to be writing Magical Realism.
Neil Gaiman
I love playing with the conventions of fantasy, and breaking rules, and crossing lines.
Lev Grossman
One of the characteristics of the dream is that nothing surprises us in it. With no regret, we agree to live in it with strangers, completely cut off from our habits and friends.
Jean Cocteau
Inside every sane person there’s a madman struggling to get out.
Terry Pratchett
The fantasy never got beyond that—I didn’t let it—and though the tears rolled down my face, I wasn’t sobbing or out of control. I just waited a bit, then turned back to the car, to drive off to wherever it was I was supposed to be.
Kazuo Ishiguro
I haven’t ever seen a period drama that has a fantasy element to it, that’s set in London, that’s as lavish as it is, and that’s made for American TV.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen
I’m not the world’s greatest expert, but I would have thought that the wizards, witches, trolls, unicorns, … broomsticks and spells would have given her a clue?’ – when J.K. Rowling insisted she wasn’t writing fantasy.
Terry Pratchett
There are times when the mind is dealt such a blow it hides itself in insanity. While this may not seem beneficial, it is. There are times when reality is nothing but pain, and to escape that pain the mind must leave reality behind.
Patrick Rothfuss
My fantasy is that I could wake up looking amazing, that I could be strong and stop the bully, but that everybody would love me, too. I think that’s intrinsic to fantasy – fantasy is fantasy.
Patty Jenkins
It is easy to imagine fantasy as physical and myth as real. We do it almost every moment. We do this as we dream, as we think, and as we cope with the world about us. But these worlds of fantasy that we form into the solid things around us are the source of our discontent. They inspire our search to find ourselves.
Walker Evans
Jeb climbed the ladder Fang had just lowered and I indulged in a moments fantasy about someone slamming the trapdoor on his head.”-max
James Patterson
It was always a fantasy of mine growing up – my favorite program was always ‘Little House on the Prairie’ – so I always wanted to wear those looks. When I was a child, I wouldn’t let my mom put me in anything but calico dresses and now… whaddaya know, every day I’m in a calico dress, basically, so it’s kind of funny.
Chloe Sevigny
I think one of things is that all fantasy it seems to me works the way your brain basically works. This is perhaps a startling concept, but I think it’s true.
Diana Wynne Jones
Surely we all occasionally buy books because of a daydream we’re having – a little fantasy about the people we might turn into one day, when our lives are different, quieter, more introspective, and when all the urgent reading, whatever that might be, has been done. We never arrive at that point, needless to say.
Nick Hornby
For me, I feel like, between ‘Tron’ and ‘Oblivion,’ I’ve gotten to fulfill my ‘Star Wars’ fantasies, in a way.
Joseph Kosinski
There is a fantasy in Redmond that Microsoft products are innovative, but this is based entirely on a peculiar confusion of the words “innovative” and “successful.” Microsoft products are successful – they make a lot of money – but that doesn’t make them innovative, or even particularly good.
Robert X. Cringely
Watching people reach a higher level of consciousness. A fixation. For a few moments in their lives, they transcend and become lost in the fantasy of it all. As a DJ, I’m trying to create the opportunity for this to happen.
Jeff Mills
I like to be a lot of different things at once and dress different ways and I change my hair all the time, so being an actor lets me live out the fantasy of living out 100,000 different lifetimes in one, without all of the repercussions.
Mae Whitman
And I think a lot of us have fantasies of going back to where we’re from, or when we do go back we’re so nostalgic about it.
Rosemarie DeWitt
American musicals are, for the most part, about boys, or boyish pursuits and aspirations – the fantasy of freedom and resolve – and those dreams have little to do with the reality of most black women’s lives.
Hilton Als
The time for invisible boundaries that guard the ‘purity’ of gaming as a niche subculture is over. The violent macho power fantasy will no longer define what gaming is all about.
Anita Sarkeesian
Southeast Asia has a real grip on me. From the very first time I went there, it was a fulfillment of my childhood fantasies of the way travel should be.
Anthony Bourdain
Dreams are not without meaning wherever thay may come from-from fantasy, from the elements, or from other inspiration.
Paracelsus
I watched a lot of American TV, all those repeats of ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Fantasy Island,’ ‘M*A*S*H,’ ‘Lost in Space.’ All that stuff was the fodder of my childhood.
Toby Stephens
I have this fantasy. I’m walking past a bookshop and I click my fingers and all my books go blank. So I can start again and get it right.
John Banville
When we really start searching for the truth in stories, we can find it everywhere, not just in sincere confessions but in the deliberate lies and imagined possibilities, the magic and fantasy, and all the other unreal elements that go into the concoction of identity.
Joanna Scott
Don’t use metaphors in fantasy; your readers will take them literally. Or they may take them figuratively – but if so, they’ll also take your magics and transformations figuratively. Either way, you’re in trouble.
Teresa Nielsen Hayden
You can’t have whatever you want. But to a child who must ask permission for every single thing, adulthood looks like a constant parade of every desire’s satisfaction. It is a heady and terrifying place. It is the Otherworld. It is Fairyland. In fantasy, we make this literal.
Catherynne M. Valente
The greatest challenge facing mankind is the challenge of distinguishing reality from fantasy, truth from propaganda. Perceiving the truth has always been a challenge to mankind, but in the information age (or as I think of it, the disinformation age) it takes on a special urgency and importance.
Michael Crichton
Films can be entertaining without shying away from exploring something. They can be magical and have fantasy, but also can have enough reality that you can be really emotionally invested.
Paul Dano
Tell me your Dreams and I’ll write you a Fantasy. Tell me your Fantasies and I’ll paint you a Dream for the minds eye you can get lost in!
George H. W. Bush
Acting is not about anything romantic, not even fantasy, although you do create fantasy.
James Earl Jones
For us Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp is bigger than the music. It is very much an experience that brings a lot of skills and discoveries about yourself together. In that respect, it also enables you to learn that being in a band is a lot tougher than sitting around and playing guitar in your bedroom.
Rob Halford
With fantasy and sci-fi, it’s based in a real fandom. You’re presenting to experts, and their source material is really important to them. They’ll come up and ask: ‘so when you turned your head slightly in that scene, what were you thinking?’
Lena Headey
Where I grew up, acting wasn’t really accessible. I was just playing sports. But, I did watch a lot of TV. I watched a lot of Clint Eastwood movies on TV and had this fantasy of being like him when I grew up.
Bailey Chase
When you’re 14, anything with a sword and a dragon is pretty cool. But when you’re 21 and you’ve read 2,000 fantasy novels, you start to realize that some of those books, well, they weren’t really good. OK, let’s be honest. A lot of them were crap.
Patrick Rothfuss
Every age has its peculiar folly: Some scheme, project, or fantasy into which it plunges, spurred on by the love of gain, the necessity of excitement, or the force of imitation.
Charles Mackay
My fantasy football team got mixed up in another fantasy and now they’re stuck on a pirate ship with a chick in a Catwoman suit.
Dana Gould
I’ve always felt that ‘X-Men’ was about something serious. It wasn’t just fantasy.
Ian Mckellen
We have witnessed Chernobyl, Bhopal, Challenger, Seveso, Amoco Cadiz, Three Mile Island and have still not wakened from our fantasy that large organizations can carry out complex technologies on a huge scale with total perfection.
Donella Meadows
To imagine that trauma casts out fantasy is a dangerous mistake.
Ellen Willis
I love The West Wing for many reasons. The show has been a fantasy. But we have offered a parallel universe to reality.
Martin Sheen
I enjoy acting when you really hit it right. And I guess I’ve always had too much fantasy to be only a housewife.
Marilyn Monroe
We’ve pitched and even begun development on a number of fantasy worlds that have never seen the light of day. All of those worlds… It’s soul-crushing to see them sputter out, one by one. Lost. Like tears. In rain.
Chris Avellone
The most basic activism we can have in our lives is to live consciously in a nation living in fantasies. Living consciously is living with a core of healthy self-esteem. You will face reality, you will not delude yourself.
Bell Hooks
If there was anything that depressed him more than his own cynicism, it was that quite often it still wasn’t as cynical as real life.
Terry Pratchett
A lot of times you talk about what you know, but since our reality is so difficult, its hard to think about travelling beyond the stars to another dimension – fantasy worlds – when, in reality, you can’t get a job on Earth.
Kevin Grevioux
Even though my songs may sound very personal, to me most of them are fiction. It is a great way for me to be able to live a fantasy life as a writer because I get to be someone else, someplace else for three and a half minutes, just like the listener.
Nanci Griffith
We are pre-disposed for fantasy, there is a natural impulse for human beings to want to get off their heads or out of their heads in something in a substance or a drink or an idea or a religion which will comfort them and make life exciting.
Tom Baker
I’ve been in love with the cinema since childhood and it’s a fantasy of mine to appear in a Hollywood movie.
Bruno Tonioli
I never, as a reader, have been particularly interested in dystopian literature or science fiction or, in fact, fantasy.
Lois Lowry
It’s been a teenage fantasy of mine to play Bodhi.
Edgar Ramirez
What I personally gravitate toward tends to be fantasy, medium dark – not too dark – fairy tales and sci fi. Stop-motion takes something on the page that’s really dark and adds a little sweetness to it, a living toys realm.
Henry Selick
Most of the songs I write are just very directly from my life. I don’t have a big imagination. Whenever I tried to write from fantasy, it comes out sounding really fake.
Rivers Cuomo
Though the details differ across the world, no known culture lacks some version of the time-consuming, wealth consuming, hostility provoking rituals, the anti-factual, counter-productive fantasies of religion.
Richard Dawkins
Teen problem novels? I can go through them like a box of chocolates. And there are fantasy books out now that need a lot more editing. Fantasy got to be so popular that people began to think ‘We don’t need to be as diligent with the razor blade,’ but they do.
Tamora Pierce
Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli.
George R. R. Martin
I’m not saying that ‘Twilight’ is, you know, some brilliant Oscar-winner, it’s not ‘Dr. Zhivago.’ It’s not trying to be. Because it is a female fantasy. I would argue that it’s actually a universal fantasy. Which is, the fantasy being to be loved and cherished for exactly who you are.
Melissa Rosenberg
You can’t have the word ‘fantasy’ or ‘fantastical’ without a contrast. It has to stem from a grounded experience.
Josh Trank
I get excited when fantasy football season’s coming. This guy gets excited when war season’s coming.
Paul Rieckhoff
I lived out my little rock’n’roll fantasy, I just wish I hadn’t gotten into so much trouble for it.
Courtney Love
Young people looking for adventure fiction now generally turn to fantasy, but for those of a certain age, the spy thriller has long been the escape reading of choice.
Michael Dirda
The [palette] fantasy is always to get what you want, what you wear, and to be able to take it with you, so you don’t have to bring all the other stuff. I just started digging through my drawers of my favorites, and I asked myself what is it that I cant live without?
Gwen Stefani
I took classes taught by an elderly woman who wrote children’s stories. She was polite about the science fiction and fantasy that I kept handing in, but she finally asked in exasperation, ‘Can’t you write anything normal?’
Octavia E. Butler
A child who can love the oddities of a fantasy book cannot possibly be xenophobic as an adult. What is a different color, a different culture, a different tongue for a child who has already mastered Elvish, respected Puddleglums, or fallen under the spell of dark-skinned Ged?
Jane Yolen
Pleasure unparalleled, into the ocean of love we fell. Swimming in the timeless currents of pure bliss, fantasies interchanging with every kiss.
LL Cool J
I have a save file in ‘Final Fantasy XII’ that is 125 hours long. I have gotten into legitimate arguments over the rules governing the tapping of mana in ‘Magic: The Gathering.’ I don’t like hugs or parties, high school sucked for me, and Nathan Fillion deemed something I wrote his ‘Favorite ‘Firefly’ fanboy rant to date.’
Kyle Hill
When you read a fantasy novel part of the fun is getting to explore a new world. Everyone knows that. But I believe the same is true about characters. You can explore interesting people in the same way that you explore a town or a culture.
Patrick Rothfuss
I try to live instinctively. And I guess I’ve always enjoyed living in a fantasy world, daydreaming.
James Duval
The imagination disposes of everything. It creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are the whole of the world.
Blaise Pascal
My fantasy of Cuba was that everybody was going to be going around looking like Fidel, with green uniforms – and it was very different from my vision of how Cuba was going to be.
Assata Shakur
I’m more of a fantasy kind of person. I like movies. My favorite movie is ‘Kick Ass.’
Maksim Chmerkovskiy
When I first saw Ellie, I knew it was her– she was my fantasy. I didn’t want it to be true, but every time I met her it was obvious, and the funny thing was that she was better than the fantasy, like I got more stuff than I’d imagined.
Jenny Downham
I think people need fantasy, but I think they also need to know that they’re not being lied to. I think sometimes the fantasy can betray people and become more difficult for people’s lives than just truth. I can’t stand delusion. Delusion makes me sick.
Derek Cianfrance
Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.
Carl Jung
I love acting, especially if it’s a fantasy of some kind, where it’s not just realistic, it’s not naturalism.
Gene Wilder
As for genre, my adult books are usually filed under science fiction / fantasy, although some stores put them into romance, and few have stuck them into horror. I consider all my books a mix of steampunk and urban fantasy.
Gail Carriger
Adult fantasy gets a bad name. You think of Xena – Warrior Princess. If you don’t do it expensively, it becomes tacky and you end up just appealing to 45-year-old single men.
Harry Lloyd
I’ve always loved science fiction, fantasy, manga, comic books; so I guess, to some degree, those things influence my personal idea of what looks nice, which definitely isn’t everyone else’s.
Jane Goldman
I had a friend, and we always used to pretend to be twins. We had this fantasy about going to Hollywood together. We were about four.
Radha Mitchell
Unfortunately, a lot of fantasy is chock full of sexism and racism. A lot of authors don’t even realize they’re doing it, and a lot of readers don’t know they’re reading it. That’s what makes it so scary in some cases.
Patrick Rothfuss
Look at life through the wrong end of the telescope.
Dr. Seuss
I have fantasies of burning down an insurance company just so THEY have to make a claim.
Alonzo Bodden
If I wasn’t a designer I would love to be a doctor. That is my fantasy, my dream. A doctor will give you a tablet if you have a headache and I will give you a dress and we both make you feel good.
Alber Elbaz
Jehovah, Allah, the Trinity, Jesus, Buddha, are names for a great variety of human virtues, human mystical experiences, human remorses, human compensatory fantasies, human terrors, human cruelties. If all men were alike, all the world would worship the same God.
Aldous Huxley
I like to connect with the other actors in a fantasy situation.
Mark Rylance
Things are different in the fantasy world
Towels are different in the fantasy world
Shows are different in the fantasy world
Dancing’s different in the fantasy world
Unicorns No, they’re the same
Everything’s different in the fantasy world
Noel Fielding
We used to talk about wanting to get some money, but that’s when hip-hop was based on your dreams and your fantasy. The whole thing now is the dreams and fantasies were achieved, and you don’t want to make it the focal point. You can’t keep beating that dead horse.
Sean Combs
The only way I’d need a pain reliever to enjoy sex is if all of my fantasies came true at the same time.
Drew Carey
When you turn that fantasy into a fact, you are in a position to build even better fantasies. And that, my friend, is the Creative Process.
Bob Proctor
Scuba Blue offers a feeling of escape as it is reminiscent of a tropical ocean. This stirring and energizing shade takes us off to an exotic paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.
Leatrice Eiseman
The only time I felt like a weird exploiter – even though I knew I wasn’t one – was when I was writing a sex scene between me and my adorable co-star [Adam Driver] in which he had to tell me how much he loved my potbelly. It seemed like a weird wish-fulfillment thing, where I’m directing my own fantasy.
Lena Dunham
‘Temeraire’ is a terrific meld of two genres that I particularly love – fantasy and historical epic.
Peter Jackson
In a stagnant environment the body-mind creates its own adversity – disease and fantasy.
Peter J. Carroll
Scratch a fantasy and you’ll find a nightmare.
Gail Caldwell
I really like Blade. I wish people would make hard R-rated fantasy movies again. It’s completely irrelevant, but people should do that more. I haven’t seen that many vampire things.
Robert Pattinson
‘Kraken’ is set in London and has a lot of London riffs, but I think it’s more like slightly dreamlike, slightly abstract London. It’s London as a kind of fantasy kingdom.
China Mieville
If hope is just a mere wish, if it is just like making friends with fantasy, then consciousness will not respond to it. But if it is something significant, like a vision that is trying to blossom inside the heart of an individual, then consciousness will be elevated.
Sri Chinmoy
Fashion is magical, a fantasy. It’s madness, and it doesn’t last. It’s changing all the time.
Carolina Herrera
If you want something from an audience, you give blood to their fantasies. It’s the ultimate hustle.
Marlon Brando
New York at night, from its bridges, is a miracle. When I first came to the city, it took all my fantasies and set them on fire, turned them into flickering constellations of light.
Melissa Febos
Every religion seems like a fantasy to outsiders, but as holy truth to those of the faith.
Isaac Asimov
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
Maya Angelou
The evil in question reappears in the world after you vanquish it, often within mere minutes, and the world as a whole never changes because of anything you do. So in that way it’s less like being a fantasy adventurer and more like being a social worker.
Lore Sjoberg
We all want to believe this American pastoral, but there’s more to it. We have to be willing to exile ourselves from the fantasies and the mythology that we create around ourselves, or we’re doomed to kind of innocently blunder into every country in the world and murder people.
Bill Ayers
Science-fiction balances you on the cliff. Fantasy shoves you off.
Ray Bradbury
Is that romantic fantasy real? Um, after kids, no. Take the kids away, I don’t know. Depends.
Robin Wright
‘Outlander’ is based on a group of books; there’s a slight fantasy element to it, but ours is authentic – we try to stick to historical accuracy as possible. Ours is about a small group of people and a core relationship rather than big armies.
Sam Heughan
Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.
Lloyd Alexander
Where love exists with self-respect and joy, where a fine environment is provided for the child, where the parents live under conditions that neither stunt the imagination nor let it run to uncontrolled fantasy, there you have the family that modern men are seeking to create.
Walter Lippmann
I like to make all kinds of shows and films, whether it’s fantasy or big-popcorn, big-screen escapism or dramas based on real events.
Ron Howard
When I turned to writing fantasy, and writing for young people, it was joyous. It was like discovering an underground lake of ideas that went on forever.
Laini Taylor
The only way I can lose my mind in bed is to destroy myself in a fantasy.
Patti Smith
I’m not good at fantasy, no. I have been offered stuff, and I can’t get my head around it.
Peter Morgan
I definitely love fantasy and would want to be in a fantasy project.
Lupita Nyong’o
The fantastic advances in the field of electronic communication constitute a greater danger to the privacy of the individual.
Earl Warren
Generally speaking, followers will not commit themselves for very long to a leader who is not also a pragmatist. As most of us have discovered, dreams are only powerful when we believe they can come true. Pipe dreams belong in the realm of fantasy; leaders’ dreams belong in the realm of possibility.
Marlene Caroselli
So often, we believe we are alone in the privacy of our fantasies, but that is a delusion as well – and perhaps the most dangerous kind. For in letting ourselves forget about the common threads of our innermost wishes, we erode our foundations and lose the keystone of our souls.
Tiffany Baker
Beauty is the greatest of human powers. Any power without counterbalance or control becomes autocratic and leads to abuse and to folly. Despotism in a government is insanity; in woman, fantasy.
Honore de Balzac
I think we all want to find the love of our life and live our fantasies. What art student hasn’t used his art to get girls? What journalists or actors haven’t used their craft as well? It’s a very human instinct to pursue.
Max Minghella
My parents are both huge science-fiction and fantasy fans – I was fed it.
Carrie Vaughn
I think over the course of 14 films, I’m returning to a place that I know to tell a story… the same way Spielberg returned to fantasy, Lucas returned to the ‘Star Wars’ saga, or John Ford returned to the western.
Gus Van Sant
I’m a big fan of the ’80s fantasy genre that I grew up watching, movies like “Krull” and “Clash of the Titans” and “Time Bandits” and all that stuff.
Zooey Deschanel
If we remain wedded to the way education is currently provided we cannot imagine other ways. We need some imagination, some fantasy, some new ways of thinking – some magic in fact.
Hedley Beare
I think people are more apt to believe photographs, especially if it’s something fantastic. They’re willing to be more gullible. Sometimes they want fantasy. Even if they know it’s fake they can believe anything. People are accustomed to being told what to believe in.
Cindy Sherman
In nature, a child finds freedom, fantasy, and privacy: a place distant from the adult world, a separate peace.
Richard Louv
What’s interesting to me is how many vampire/urban fantasy authors are writing young adult series as well, often set in the same world as their adult books, but focused on a younger audience.
Carrie Vaughn
Not merely one of the finest fantasy novels of recent years, but one of the finest ever. Should not be missed
Brian Stableford
A thousand fantasies Begin to throng into my memory, Of calling shapes, and beckoning shadows dire, And airy tongues that syllable men’s names On sands and shores and desert wildernesses
John Milton
I’m a GM in fantasy basketball and I’m a GM on PlayStation, so on PlayStation I probably would have got a little more, but this is real life, so I don’t know.
Jalen Rose
I had a wall around me and a lot of fantasy locked inside.
Peggy Lipton
All real fantasy is serious. Only faked fantasy is not serious. That is why it is so wrong to impose faked fantasy on children.
Robertson Davies
Women basically want the same thing – a good passionate story, a great fantasy – and for our partners to do the laundry and the washing up.
E. L. James
Like strange mechanical grotesques,
Making fantastic arabesques,
The shadows raced across the blind.
Oscar Wilde
The thinking person has the strange characteristic to like to create a fantasy in the place of the unsolved problem, a fantasy that stays with the person even when the problem has been solved and truth made its appearance.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
My feeling is that writing Fantasy should be harder – not easier – than writing any other kind of fiction.
Jane Lindskold
I’m a massive daydreamer. I’m constantly lost within my own fantasies and my own thoughts personally, and I think maybe that is sort of represented in what we do for a living, the fact that we make believe everything and we escape into these other characters for a living.
Emily Browning
Real love is the love that sometimes arises after sensual pleasure: if it does, it is immortal; the other kind inevitably goes stale, for it lies in mere fantasy.
Giacomo Casanova
For ‘Twisted Fantasy,’ I probably spent 180 days in the studio.
Mike Dean
Most of the songs I write just very directly from my life. I don’t have a big imagination. Whenever I tried to write from fantasy, it comes out sounding really fake.
Rivers Cuomo
Playing football and being a tight end scoring points, it’s awesome to see so many members throughout the United States join to play fantasy football, to expand the sport, to make the game more interesting while you’re watching.
Rob Gronkowski
There have been many different artists that have been inspirational. I suppose the question is directed to what was the reason why I went into fantasy illustration.
Boris Vallejo
I realize that, to many readers, Hard Fantasy may seem to be a contradiction in terms. Fantasy, according to most generally recognized definitions, differs from both ‘real world’ fiction and ‘science fiction’ in that magic or magical creatures are active elements.
Jane Lindskold
The more we’re governed by idiots and have no control over our destinies, the more we need to tell stories to each other about who we are, why we are, where we come from, and what might be possible. Or, what’s impossible? What’s a fantasy?
Alan Rickman
Outside the street’s on fire in a real death waltz between what’s flesh and what’s fantasy.
Bruce Springsteen
I think it would be nice to have a guilt free possibility to act out all kinds of sexual fantasies… So that I think is appealing. And today the only thing that exists like that is called a whorehouse… Where you still feel like you’re exploiting so I don’t want to do that.
Jason Silva
One of the best things about folklore and fairy tales is that the best fantasy is what you find right around the corner, in this world. That’s where the old stuff came from.
Terri Windling
“Dark Fantasy” was my long, backhanded apology. You know how people give a backhanded compliment? It was a backhanded apology. It was like, all these raps, all these sonic acrobatics. I was like: “Let me show you guys what I can do, and please accept me back. You want to have me on your shelves.”
Kanye West
Old film-noir movies. There’s something comforting about watching black-and-white movies, and hearing this kind of music just puts me in a fantasy world. It’s a really great escape for me.
Petra Haden
From their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things.
Maurice Sendak
We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang.
George R. R. Martin
Development of ‘Bloodborne’ and sinking into the battle of the hunter and the unique horror world was not only an exciting experience but it also allowed me to re-acknowledge the charm of a fantasy world and the intrigue of ‘Dark Souls’ for me.
Hidetaka Miyazaki
Hope is an essential thread in the fabric of all fantasies, an Ariadne’s thread to guide us out of the labyrinth … Human beings have always needed hope, and surely now more than ever.
Lloyd Alexander
Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
I consider science fiction and fantasy my genre. And I’ve noticed over the years that there doesn’t tend to be a lot of lighthearted, comedic stuff.
Gail Carriger
[Sexual] fantasies, like children, are most interesting to the people who have them.
Carol Tavris
A restaurant is a fantasy-a kind of living fantasy in which diners are the most important members of the cast.
Warner LeRoy
I think the tendency to over-explain and over describe is one of the most common failings in fantasy. It’s an unfortunate piece of Tolkien’s legacy. Don’t get me wrong, Tolkien was a great worldbuilder, but he got a little caught up describing his world at times, at the expense of the overall story.
Patrick Rothfuss