I recently discovered this terrific and insightful essay by Stephen R. Donaldson (author of the THOMAS CONVENANT TRILOGY):

http://www.stephenrdonaldson.com/EpicFantasy.pdf

Reading Donaldson's essay gives me a new understanding of why Thomas Covenant had to be such a miserable "schmuck." It also makes some brilliant observations about the nature of fantasy itself...

The essay was written in 1986, but it remains as relevant as ever to readers and writers of fantasy. In it, Donaldson talks about what Epic Fantasy is and explores his own big question of WHY his series became a huge best-seller when he never expected any commercial success.

Utterly fascinating…

Peace!

John