“Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It’s a way of understanding it.”
― Lloyd Alexander (January 30, 1924 – May 17, 2007), an American author of more than 40 books, mostly fantasy novels, including The Chronicles of Prydain series. He won the Newbery Medal in 1969.
I’ve never understood this idea some have that novels, particularly Christian ones, are bad because all they provide is an escape from daily life—as if that escape, that retreat from reality, is a bad thing.
It is during the time I spend reading (and writing) that I best come to understand life and my place in it. Some of the best lessons I’ve learned have come from reading novels, Christian or otherwise. This time is not bad, it’s essential.