Fantasy and History

Many writers like to combine historical and fantastic events. Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude is a classic example of fiction called magic realism. Although not historically accurate, there is a semblance of events that occurred in South America. Equally, Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, explains the outcome of the Napoleonic wars by way of the interference of magicians.

Task: Read the first chapter (or so) of One Hundred Years of Solitude. Create a list of features that are magical and the mundane features they are contrasted with.

Another recent example is Pans Labyrinth

Use this document to gather some background information on the film.

  1. Choose 1 question.
  2. Copy it to a word document and answer as best you can. Include plenty of details and don’t forget to include the URL of your source. Aim to use several sources.
  3. Once you have finished copy your details into the shared document. You may need to complete this for homework.

Review: Fantasy and Science Fiction

Look at the following elements of fantasy and science fiction writing. Although we are not studying science fiction writing, it is important to understand the differences.

Types of fiction chart

Create a list of science fiction and fantasy films that shows the difference between the two genres. Use a two-column planner to organise your ideas (Headings should be Sci-Fi and Fanstasy).

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