The Creepiness of Fantasy Pictures Explained
See how creepy 75% of the pictures are? And I swear 90% of them would use up a substantial amount of your printer's black ink. Some of the cooler ones:
|Nature is huge in these pictures. I like wolves.|
|Roar. This thing was cursed by Zeus, I tell you. The pentacle must mean that it was summoned by a magician/evil druid/sorcerer/mage-type person.|
|A major theme among the pictures: sexy female warriors. Or just sexy females in general. I suppose their prevalence may have to do with the large number of teenage boys reading the stuff.|
|One has to really look to find something with a warm color scheme.|
|Except for this one, which is death-oriented and wicked funny.|
Along with this magnification comes exaggerations of everything, stretched far into human imagination. One of the most prominent themes is the nature of "good" versus "evil".
About 99% of fantasy stories are about an epic battle between Good and Evil. Everything from Greek mythology to The Lord of the Rings to Eragon to His Dark Materials involves a sort of moral conflict on a grand scale. In a way such distinctions between two halves of a coin satisfies the human need for a black-and-white representation of the world, separated into those we root for and those we condemn.
Of course, in fantasy, like any other mode of storytelling, there are nuances with respect to who is "good" and "evil". Or at least doubts within the characters of their own moral value and so forth. But there are usually at least two camps of people who are clearly antagonists and protagonists, respectively. If there were no distinct camps, It wouldn't be half as fun to watch Harry Expelliarmus Tom Riddle's Avada Kedavra back at him. I always thought that was a clever, but kind of cheap, way to dispose of Voldy. It ensures that Harry didn't technically kill him, thus preserving a shred of his "goodness". Especially after Harry's portion of the Horcrux was removed during that weird Kings Cross/creepy wailing-baby-under-the-chair-scene and Dumbledore was all like, "You can stay here forever, basically naked, or go back to the living world and help your dying friends. GEE I WONDER WHAT YOU'LL CHOOSE, MR. GOODY-TWO-SHOES".
But I digress.
So, when the representations of good and evil are drawn, they tend to be... exaggerated. Doing so brings out the larger-than-life quality of fantasy:
|I shall leave you with a happy picture of purple angel dust, and go play RuneScape.|