Thursday, April 23, 2009

Twilight - Fantasy or Horror?

The big word for 2009? Twilight.

While vampire stories used to be strictly considered horror, lines between genres seem to be blurring. But Stephenie Meyer's Twilight still didn't make the top 25 with fantasy readers. (It came in at #31.)

According to this list of the Top 100 Fantasy books, the real favorite was -
Ta-da! The Lord of the Rings, which ranked at #1.

I admit, I didn't read many from the list either. How many did you read? (Well, seeing the movie counts for something, right?)

And what is Twilight - horror or fantasy?

Here's the top 10 Fantasies with older and some new authors:

1 Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkein
2 Harry Potter series, JK Rowling
3 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkein
4 Wheel of Time series - Robert Jordan
5 A Song of Ice and Fire - George RR Martin
6 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
7 The Belgariad Series - David Eddings
8 Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind
9 Magician - Raymond E. Feist
10 His Dark Materials Trilogy - Philip Pullman

** Your turn: What's your favorite fantasy book? (Or movie?)


Mary Cunningham said...

I've read (or seen the movie) 5 of the top 10. Love the first 3!

I'd have to put Twilight in the horror category, more than fantasy. Must admit, I haven't read the books yet, but they're on my to-do list.


Alyssa Montgomery said...

I've only read one of the top ten, and I've seen the movie for three of the top ten.

As for Twilight, I'd have to say it's both. While there is a horror aspect to it, I do see a huge portion of the novels as being of a fantasy nature.


Nick Valentino said...

Harry Potter is my #1 for sure.

Twilight? Hmmm... I have to say that falls in more of a Romance category for me rather than Horror. Ok maybe "Dark Romance".

Norm Cowie said...

My own lil' ol 'pinion? Twilight is Chick-Lit.

Forbidden love and all that.


come to the fang side if you want vampires that bite.

Ophelia Julien said...

I don't think of Twilight as fantasy, either. I mean, isn't this stuff really happening??
Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, hands down. Just my thoughts.

leechienut97 said...

Twilight is a horror in movie form, but in book form it is a fantasy.

I also like the Pendragon Series. One of the best I have ever read. Definitely worth reading.