Fantasy as Belief and Its Happenings in Terry Pratchett’s Hogfather
Reflecting on the existential crisis of fantasy and belief in our contemporary world, in Hogfather (1996) Terry Pratchett addresses a philosophical conception regarding the essential existence of fantasy and belief to define our being human. Probing into their shared ‘unreal’ immaterial nature, he illustrates their potential actualisations into fantastic characters in the textual reality of the Discworld. Employing Text World Theory, this chapter will investigate fantasy as belief through analysing three ‘happenings’ of fantasy that explain the formation and nature of belief. This analysis can help to re-evaluate the meaning of fantasy and belief as well as the role of fantasy as a literary genre.
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