Fantasy Coming of Age Stories

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Fantasy films can often be a ‘forbidden realm’ for many film buffs; a dirty word for consumers of an array of fiction. At its worst, Fantasy is about unpronouncable character names, over-complicated criss-crossing, four-hour story arcs and special effects at the expense of everything else. At its best, fantasy is about addressing reality in the friendliest possible terms.

So I’m going to focus on my preferred sub-genre of fantasy today; the coming of age allegory. The what? Let me explain…

On a basic level, all of the films which I have in mind are imaginative, tell a good story and are good fun for the kids. What’s even better, though, is when you revisit these films as a comparative grown up and realise that they can be read on a slightly deeper level… however heavy-handed that deeper level may…

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