Avatar: the Last Airbender
I loved growing up watching Avatar (no, not the blue people, although they’re awesome, too). I have watched every episode a plethora of times, and I can still watch them to this day and be laughing and crying and enjoying the characters. The series is filled with fantasy, unique worlds and visions, unique lifestyles, a lovely plot, character development and awesome characters that you relate to and root for the whole way.
The Harry Potter Series
I purposely tried not to put Harry Potter first, but who are we kidding? Harry Potter is everything to any fantasy writer! If you write or read fantasy, but you haven’t read the Harry Potter books – I ask you, what are you playing at? The series should go without explanation by now, but with growing teens, witchcraft, a school for gifted wizards and a rising Dark Lord (all an oversimplification, of course) – what’s not to love?
The Percy Jackson Series
Not many people that I talk to have actually read all of the Percy Jackson series and loved it, but perhaps I’ve been speaking to the wrong people. Because it is amazing! I’m close to finishing Rick Riordan’s later series, The Heroes of Olympus, and that too was brilliant. I think it’s safe to say that Riordan knows how to blend fantasy, mythology, realistic characters, and humour perfectly.
Game of Thrones
I was watching GoT before the hype began – just saying. I have loved it from the beginning because there was something special about it. It’s real and raw. It doesn’t shy away from the medieval fantasy that it needed to be. The world is just amazing. It may not be a “fantasy world” in that it doesn’t have floating cities or anything, but their world is excellent. The people are excellent. The outfits, the hierarchy, the fights, the history, and the characters are all just perfection.
Lord of the Rings Series
Now, I won’t lie, I’m not as geeky about the LotR series as I am about the others. I can watch LotR or The Hobbit series and enjoy them, but I have yet to read them. Plus, they are a bit long for my liking. However, the worlds are undeniably grand. Any fantasy writer should appreciate the worlds crafted by Tolkien, as he did a brilliant job. Although much darker than the others on this list, LotR is full of fantasy and has 100% inspired my world creation since watching them when I was younger, as well as now.
As a teenager, I got into anime. It was hard because, at the time, none of my friends watched anime, so I felt I had to keep my geekery a secret. Thankfully, I found awesome people later on who watched them. I’ve watched and loved: Bleach, Naruto, One Piece, Full Metal Alchemist, Code Geass, Hunter x Hunter, Dragon Ball Z, Attack on Titan, and a few more that I can’t think of on the spot. These animes were different in part but I feel like they all encompassed a few key things that made me love them: action-packed fight scenes, wacky but loveable characters, wonderful worlds and unique settings, Japanese language and culture, weaponry and powers beyond comparison, and imaginative plots that again are unparalleled in anything else I’ve watched. Fantasy lovers should definitely take a look at some anime.
The Marvel Universe
The Marvel films have become ever so big lately, meaning no one can ignore them any longer – thank god, because the heroes are great! Even before the films became huge, I loved watching Marvel cartoons or perusing the comics in Nostalgia. For wicked uses of powers and machinery and tech and worlds and costume – the Marvel universe is the place to go. Don’t ask me who my favourite hero is, though, I can’t decide!
- The Legend of Korra
- Stranger Things
- The Vampire Diaries
- Gravity Falls
These all influenced who I am as well as what I write when it comes to fantasy. I love exploring new worlds or seeing how all things magical and fantastical can exist in our world. Doesn’t it just make everything more interesting, when there’s a bit of magic involved?
If you are a budding fantasy writer, you need to acquaint yourself with some awesome fantasy series like the aforementioned, and definitely read fantasy books.
Here is my fantasy series, the Eternity Series, starting with Ash Born.