The Fantasy Film
April 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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"A lively, informative, and much needed work on contemporary cinema’s most lucrative genre. Fowkes’s discussion of fantasy films and their constitutive elements—from rabbits to reincarnation and homes to Hogwarts—is a thought-provoking and invigorating read." Harry Benshoff, University of North Texas
"This is a terrific, well-written survey of the fantasy film genre. Theoretically sophisticated and well-grounded historically, it provides illuminating readings of the most popular recent examples of a genre that’s never been more robust." Peter Brunette, Reynolds Professor of Film Studies, Wake Forest University, and Film Critic, The Hollywood Reporter.
"The Fantasy Film is an exciting and readable adventure into the formulas and pleasures of films unjustly neglected in favor of their genre kin. This book will help remedy that." Janet Staiger, University of Texas
"Fowkes’s book provides a lively, informed and accessible introduction to the important area of Fantasy Film. The author’s enthusiasm for her subject is unmistakeable as she moves from classics such as The Wizard of Oz to contemporary fantasy blockbusters such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Harry Potter movies." Peter Hutchings, Northumbria University
“An illuminating analysis of key American fantasy films, from The Wizard of Oz to The Lord of the Rings. This study has a keen eye for the literary antecedents and the many guises of fantasy, including comics and animation film." Ernest Mathijs, University of British Columbia
"Meticulously researched, elegantly written, and filled with insight, this is a graceful tribute to an important but elusive genre that is often overlooked. Katherine Fowkes has a deep and wise appreciation for these films that will enlighten those who know them well and inspire those who have not seen them to fire up their Netflix queue and start watching." Nell Minow, Beliefnet Movie Critic