Let me introduce you to a mad project. It’s something a professor I had in undergrad told me about. No one else seems to have heard of it, and I haven’t been able to find any websites about it. (Maybe one of you will have heard of it, or have a handy web source to point me to.) Anyway, it’s this: re-read The Lord of the Rings, and each day, read the events in the books that happen on that day. It’s straightforward, even if it isn’t always easy. The Shire calendar, which is purportedly what the narration uses for dates, is our calendar, but with an equal number of days in each month. So when someone does something on the 26th of September, you read that on the 26th of September. Simple.
OK, so we did Bram Stoker a while back. We talked about Dracula. That should have been that. We should have been finished. Good God, how we could have been finished. But no. I had to walk by my bookshelves. No, I had to read their spines. And so. Yes. We’re gonna talk about The Lair of the White Worm.
So OK, I have a question for you. I’ll weigh in myself beyond the cut, because, y’know, I need to say something, or I’ll explode. But I want to hear what you think. So think hard about the answer before you click through, right? Good. OK. Here’s the question: what do you get out of fantasy?
This’ll be a challenge this week, to keep everything straight. So if I mess something up, just let me know, but don’t scream, man. It’s not easy, kicking back of an afternoon and writing about books, man. Anyway, this week let’s talk about George MacDonald and Phantastes.