The Top Ten Best Comedic Fantasy Books/Series Ever!
. . . there is a level at which these works can be taken seriously.
Comedic fantasy (or comic fantasy–however you wish to say it–it doesn’t really matter) is a sub-genre of fantasy that is light and humorous in its intent. Oftentimes, it parodies or satirizes other fantasy works, but it can be completely original. Successful novels in this genre exploit familiar fantasy tropes, environments, and magical systems for comic potential while presenting fresh and interesting humor. Although the tone and intent of the works are light and humorous in nature, there is a level at which they can be taken seriously.
Comedic fantasy is not for everyone since it prioritizes humor above all things. Character development and action sequences may fall by the wayside for a pun or two, though that is not the case with all comedic fantasy novels. In case you are thinking of giving this genre a try, I have provided a list of the top ten best comedic fantasy book/series ever written (in no particular order) to help you get started.
1. Discworld series by Terry Pratchett
2. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
3. The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones
4. The Squire’s Tales by Gerald Morris
5. Practical Demonkeeping by Christopher Moore
6. Xanth series by Piers Anthony
7. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman
8. Barry Trotter by Michael Gerber
9. The Thief of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
10. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher
There are many more, of course, that didn’t make the list. I’m just sharing a list of personal favorites and referring the ones that come highly recommended. If you feel I left any out, please let me know in the comments below. As always, thanks for stopping by!