Science Fiction and Fantasy Genre Compare and Contrast
The genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy are sometimes confused with each other. Although most people say that these genres are basically the same, Science Fiction and Fantasy are not. The two genres both have distinct differences but aside from that, there are also similarities between Fantasy and Science Fiction, which is a reasonable explanation for why some people confuse these genres. Fantasy and Science Fiction both have similarities and differences because of the different kinds of elements in the genres such as magical creatures and objects, new inventions, and events that could not happen in real life.
An example of a fantasy-based book is Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine. This book is about a girl named Ella that has been given a curse of obedience. She lives in a small town with her step mother and step sisters. Since Ella’s curse controls her, she does anything and everything that someone tells her to do. Although Ella has a curse she wants to find a way to dispel it. She goes on a long journey and is trying to find her godmother who bestowed the curse to reverse it. While Ella is on the quest of finding her fairy godmother she meets a young prince named, Prince Charmont. Prince Charmont and Ella fall in love and she is broken from her curse and lives happily ever after.
First, the genre of Fantasy has several elements, which make up a fantasy movie, fantasy book, or fantasy short story. Most importantly, the Fantasy element, mythical creatures and objects is what this genre is mostly known for. For example, in the novel, Ella Enchanted, the Fantasy element of mythical creatures was displayed with the trolls, fairies, giants, gnomes, and ogres. Also in the novel, Prince Charmont and Ella are in love and the two ensure this by saying, “And so, with laughter and love, we lived happily ever after” (Levine 239). The end of the novel states those words and one would say that Ella and Charmont are happily ever after together. Another example of fantasy appears in the entire movie of Cinderella. In Cinderella there are fairy godmothers, talking animals, and a magic wand. In the film, Beauty and the Beast, the beast in the movie is considered a mythical creature. Also, the rose concealed inside of the glass has a magical curse, representing another element in the Fantasy genre. All in all, Fantasy books and films usually contain some kind of mythical creaturess and objects to express magic.
Next, the Science Fiction genre is one of the most commonly mistaken genre of books and movies, being confused with Fantasy. This genre, is mainly focused on unknown and new inventions and...