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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The 'Stealth Philosophy' of Fantasy

“Fantasy allows you bend the world and the situation to more clearly focus on the moral aspects of what's happening. In fantasy you can distill life down to the essence of your story. “ – Terry Goodkind 
Born in Omaha on this date in 1948, Goodkind is known for his epic Fantasy series The Sword of Truth as well as the contemporary suspense novel The Law of Nines, which has ties to his Fantasy series. The Sword of Truth series has sold 25 million copies worldwide and been translated into 20 languages.

Goodkind has dyslexia, which initially dissuaded him from any interest in writing.   He initially worked building cabinets and violins, and was a marine and wildlife artist, before deciding he had a Fantasy story to share and deciding to make the effort to write it down.  The end result, Wizard’s First Rule, was an immediate hit and changed his life’s course.

Since that book’s publication in 1994, he has produced 15 other bestselling novels and one novella.   Goodkind believes using the Fantasy genre allows him to better tell his stories and convey the human themes and emotions he desires to share with readers. 
“I've always said Fantasy is sort of 'stealth philosophy',” he said.       “It allows you to say things that sound very dramatic and get away with it. If you had characters in modern fiction say the same things as they're driving down the street in an Oldsmobile they'd sound ludicrous!”

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