On Fantasy

Though I’m not much of a Game of Thrones fan — I bogged down in the first book at page 25, and I don’t get HBO — I do enjoy some parts of it. (My favorites are Daenerys and Tyrion.) And I can appreciate the work and artistry in the goodies available at the Ice and Fire event, going on for one more week.

The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.

The best detail of this gown: the back, which has this fold of satin suspended from the chain-link straps. A lovely little bit of busyness that adds a touch of luxury.

Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?


We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

The ring is an old GoT gacha, but it’s still available (see below); the remaining jewelry is from a single suite. (There’s two parts of the tikka hidden under my hair.)

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to Middle-Earth.

George R. R. Martin — originally published in The Faces of Fantasy: Photographs by Pati Perret, copyright © 1996 by Pati Perret

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The details:

  • Head: Akeruka Viola 2.6 Bento
  • Body and feet: Maitreya Lara 4.1
  • Hands: Vista ProHands 2
  • Eyes: IKON Sovereign (Leonine)
  • Hair: rezology Noir
  • Gown: Sweet Kajira Handmaiden (grey) (available at Ice and Fire event through April 13)
  • Shoes: Zaara Kolhapuri sandals (gold)
  • Jewelry: Slavia – Shoulder Bracelet Amita suite (necklace, armlets (“bracelets”), earrings, 3-piece diadem/tikka); The Forge and EZ Weaponry Sigil ring (House Martell) (gacha, L$65/play)
  • Eyeshadow: SlackGirl Ramona (Akeruka, slot 3)
  • Lipstick: Astrae Elemental glossy (Omega, slot 2)

Photographed in the Noldorin Isles

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