Saturday, February 6, 2021

Five top intrusive fantasy books

Gita Trelease is the author of All That Glitters (UK Enchantée,) a YA fantasy set on the eve of the French Revolution, and the sequel Everything That Burns. Born in Sweden to Indian and Swedish parents, Trelease has lived in New York, Paris, and a tiny town in Italy. She attended Yale College and New York University, where she earned a Ph.D. in British literature. Before writing novels, she taught classes on monsters and fairy tales. With her family, Trelease divides her time between a village in Massachusetts and the coast of Maine, where she searches for a secret portal to take her back to Versailles.

At Trelease tagged five favorite books featuring intrusive fantasy (the opposite of portal fantasy), including:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“The circus arrives without warning,” begins The Night Circus. “No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.” I love the opening of this book, in part because it captures for me an essential quality of intrusive, fairy tale magic: one day everything is as it was, and the next day something unexpected has happened to change it forever. There are several magicians in this book and Morgenstern moves between their stories and those of complete outsiders to the circus. This separation lets us experience the story’s magic, both beautiful and cruel, from the inside and at the same time to long for it when we stand outside the circus gates. It’s apt that the circus aficionados call themselves “rêveurs” or dreamers, as dreaming itself is an intrusive magic.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue