Why can’t the BBC grow up about fantasy?

Grit your teeth. Now pull your lips back into the widest grin you can manage, tense your entire body and, starting in your chest and moving through your throat up into your nasal cavity, generate a high-pitched “squeeeeeeeeeee” while waving you hands frantically on either side of your face, Broadway-style. There, you’ve just had a fangasm.

Read the full article on Guardian Unlimited 

Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

6 thoughts on “Why can’t the BBC grow up about fantasy?

  1. Really agreed with this. I thought children’s fantasy was an abysmal place to start, something they should have done near the end. And definitely some more recognisable names on board…


  2. Some of the people who have left comments on the Guardian page are just so … angry! Why are they like that? It can’t be the post itself that has provoked such a response, surely?


  3. Thats actually fairly tame for the GU. People tend to just scan the article then leap to an angry conclusion as a way of venting whatever frustrations they went through that day. Phurge probably spent the morning stuck in a traffic jam.


  4. Thanks Damien for this. I think you’ve hit on a number of my concerns with the programme. The second programme was better, I thought, though still far from perfect.

    However, is some publicity better than no publicity?


  5. Not the way I see it. Its not so much that interesting stuff in fantasy needs publicising, and if it does it certainly isn’t the Beebs job to do it. What I wanted was to feel that the programme was giving voice to the creativity thats bursting out of the fantasy genre at the moment. The programme makers just didn’t seem to know anything about fantasy, thats what I found most frustrating. Any way I’m repeating myself now so I’ll stop.



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