I watched something this evening; a documentary about the life of people who are heavily involved in Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). I couldn’t really say that I was well versed in the lifestyle of D&D. It seemed more like some strange way for geeks to escape reality. So as a lark, I decided to watch it.
It only took 25 minutes until I began to feel sorry for the main characters who were followed in the documentary. But I soon become conscious that I too escape my reality for fantasy. I mean just the other night I enjoyed, for the umpteenth time, Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. Last year, I devoured the first book of the Twilight series in a couple of days. And my longstanding love for Boris Vallejo’s fantasy art is not only erotic, but dangerously close to the D&D scene.
Fantasy worlds isn’t just a place for small children and freaks. It’s part of human condition–a force that is the backbone of art, today’s modern commodities, and technological gadgets. There’s certainly different spectrums of fantasy escapism. And we all fall on various location of that spectrum, some healthier than others. But I think it’s something we all share–worth taking a closer look at.