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Encyclopedia > Comic fantasy

Comic fantasy is a subgenre of Fantasy that is primarily humorous in intent and tone. Usually set in imaginary worlds, comic fantasy often includes puns on and parodies of other works of fantasy. It is sometimes known as Low Fantasy in contrast to High Fantasy which is primarily serious in intent and tone.


The subgenre rose in the latter half of the twentieth century, with L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt's Complete Enchanter stories being early exemplars. In more modern times, Piers Anthony's Xanth books, Robert Asprin's "Myth Adventures" of Skeeve and Aahz books, and Terry Pratchett's Discworld provide good examples. A rare example on radio is the BBC's Hordes of the Things.


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Fantasy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (999 words)
Fantasy is a genre of art that uses magic and other supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, or setting.
In this sense, the history of fantasy and the history of literature are inextricably intertwined.
The history of modern fantasy literature begins with George MacDonald, the Scottish author of such novels as The Princess and the Goblin and Phantastes, the latter of which is widely considered to be the first fantasy novel ever written for adults.
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