What I want to quote is about two paragraphs of Bob Salvatore’s Introduction “Why Fantasy?” to the book The Guide to Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction by Philip Athans. Instead, I’ll use the ellipsis to indicate the chunks missing from the quote. If you’re interested in Fantasy and Science Fiction, or are a fan of Mr. Salvatore, I’d highly recommend reading the entire Intro.
“The trappings of a fantasy setting allow me to walk the hero’s journey, physically and spiritually…to play with themes of our own world, like racism and sexism…and look at the issues honestly.
Because in fantasy perhaps more than in any other genre, the character is rewarded for making the right choices and punished for making the bad.