Am I Actually A Fantasy Fan? I'm having an identity crisis. I feel as if I'm 'coming out of the fantasy closet' and turning into a filthy fantasy hater. I've read the following fantasy novels through out my life: Redemption of Althalus - even when I was 13 I could tell that this was a badly and immaturely written story. Magician, Silverthorn, The Darkness at Sethanon (Raymond E Feist) - thought it was good at the time, but looking back I was really forcing myself to like it. The Lion, Witch, Wardrobe- C.S Lewis can go stick a pineapple where the sun don't shine for this christian propaganda crap fest. The Wheel of Time (Jordan)- I put this down about 50 pages into the first book due to incredibly crap characters and even crapper bad guys. Some other 'girl dressed as a boy who trains to be a knight under disguise and shags three blokes' story that I don't know the name of. The View from the Mirror quartet - Ian Irvine - I actually didn't mind these, but I had to force myself through some parts. Wit'ch Fire series - James Clemens - Something that looking back, only entertained me because I was 14. After reading some true classics (The Once and Future King, 1984, American Psycho and Lady Chatterley's Lover) I've come to realise that the majority of these books were pretty crap, and that I mostly forced myself to finish them just so that I knew what happened in the end (you know when you get to the point of no return. You're not that interested, but you can't just cut your losses either). They were basically a waste of time, and as I'm mortal, there is only limited book reading time left. These however, were good or great: Harry Potter Deltora Quest (I was 11 when I read it) LOTR Daughter/Servant/Mistress of the Empire (wasn't too bad) The Vampire LeStat The Well of Echoes - Ian Irvine Yet I know that I love the idea of the fantasy genre. I love the imagination, the limitless possibilities. Am I just missing the 'good books'? Is there a wing of fantasy that would appeal to me better? I don't want to turn my back on this genre, I want it to be better. I'm appealing to people who may have been exposed to far more of the genre and direct me to the good areas based on their broad taste. (I was thinking about reading Songs of Ice and Fire, should I attempt this?) Does anyone else have this problem?