Ok, so I know that even attempting to write a top 5 list of fantasy novels is going to spark a lot of controversy, but I thought I’d go ahead and weigh in anyway with my two cents. So here it is: My top 5 fantasy books of all time.
The Hobbit is an obvious choice to make it onto the list. The infamous prequel by master author JRR Tolkien and prequel to the Lord of the Rings series, Tolkien pretty much “wrote the book” on what it takes to succeed as a fantasy author.
I’m only including The Hobbit on this list and not The Lord of the Rings, as a tribute to Tolkien, but really they both deserve to be on here (except then it’d be a top 8 list, not a top 5!).
Dune, by author Frank Herbert, is an incredibly work of science fiction and fantasy. Set on a distant planet that is composed entirely of sand, it’s a great commentary on what future space exploration is going to look like.
Alice in Wonderland
A timeless classic by Lewis Carroll, many people don’t think that Alice in Wonderland counts as Fantasy. I disagree strongly. I think that Carroll did an incredible job of bridging the worlds of high literature and children’s stories in a fanciful comedy that has poignant critiques of British society.
If this isn’t great fantasy, I don’t know what is. Read more about Alice in Wonderland on literature.org.
A Song of Fire and Ice
Ok, I know that technically this is more than one book, but if I had to pick one of them I’d go with A Game of Thrones, the first in the series and the book that propelled author George RR Martin to Fame.
A Game of Thrones was nearly an instant bestseller, and has since been made into a hit tv show via HBO, read and watched by millions worldwide. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Last but certainly not least is the Harry Potter series, by JK Rowling. This series shows once again just how marvelous it is when an author is able to write a children’s book that is perfectly suitable for adults as well!
I truly think that Harry Potter is going to have a longstanding place in the literary canon, and though it has a Fantasy genre associated with it now, we might soon elevate it to a classic!
See http://pottermore.com for anything Harry Potter.