Crossed Wires: The Fantasy Epic

by Erika M. Carreon I’ve talked before and written about in a Plural blog about the contributions and frustrations Tolkien and his Middle Earth have given me in relation to how I’ve come to define fantasy, but for the moment I’d like to talk a bit about fairy tales, particularly the misconception that they were stories “naturally” 1) geared towards children, and that they 2) exist to primarily teach children black-and-white concepts of morality. To a certain extent, I suppose, these arguments are still being thrown at fantasy itself. Right now, people are probably aware of how messed-up the “real” versions…