International Geek Girl Pen Pal Club‘s May theme is Woodland Fantasy! Every month Inside the Theme allows IGGPPC members to explore the theme and have fun and interesting discussions about it. Here are the questions from May.

What is your favorite fantasy story, and what’s so great about it?

Oh lawd, I don’t know if I can even answer this question. I am a huge fan of fantasy, it’s honestly probably 70% of what I read and watch. I have many, many favorite fantasy stories and picking just one is nigh impossible. Do I go with ones I’ve been a fan of for most of my life, like Lord of the Rings or Wheel of Time? One that defined my teen and college years like Harry Potter? What about all of those other tiny universes that are home to characters I have come to know and love and often hate? Worlds full of magic and adventure and beasts and men. People struggling and thriving and overcoming and achieving. Selecting a single fantasy story as my favorite is like trying to pluck a single sliver from the night sky to show why I love to look up at the stars.

What was your first experience with fantasy?

My mother was a voracious reader. Most of my childhood memories are tinged by her presence on a chaise with her nose in a book. She often read to my siblings and I before bed. I think the first fantasy books she ever read to us were Lord of the Rings, but it may have been Wheel of Time.

My first self-led exploration of a fantasy world was when I had moved to San Diego from northern Virginia. My first day of fifth grade I wore a pair of khaki overall shorts with my Mary Janes and crisp white socks. Next to the other kids wearing tank tops and board shorts I could not have been more dorky. Needless to say it took me some time to adjust and in that adjustment period the school librarian – and librarians are basically angels – introduced me to a new book about a boy that had to adjust to a whole new world as well, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Modern technology allows fantasy stories to be told in a variety of different mediums now; do you prefer diving into a good old fashioned book, reading a colorful comic, yelling at your video games while bathing in the blood of your virtual enemies, or snacking on all the popcorns in front of your TV or at the movies?

PC gaming definitely. I’ve loved games like The Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, Baldur’s Gate and Avernum since middle school and even before. There’s something wonderfully immersive about PC gaming, and just I can’t wait until virtual reality gaming really takes off.

Pets are a very popular choice in fantasy. Because pets are awesome. Which magical pet would you most like to adopt?

Ancient Psychic Tandem War Elephant from Adventure Time. All day, erry day.

Your RPG play style: alignment, faction, race, and class. Do you play tabletop style or in a digital medium?

Alignment: Chaotic neutral. The right thing done the wrong way.
Faction: I tend to like to play on the “bad” side. Horde, Sith, Rebels.
Race: I don’t have a single preference for race. I tend to play a human or humanoid character on the first play through, then later will play with something more interesting.
Class: Warrior with a massive two-handed weapon. I like to be all up in the fray delivering some hardcore melee damage.

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  • I’ve never actually read Wheel of Time. I probably should :-)

    • It is so good! It’s ridiculously long though. The author, Jordan, actually passed before finishing the last book :( But he left meticulous notes so it could be completed. Sanderson, another fantasy author (I think Mistborn might be his best known series, but he has many and they’re very good) ended up completing the book for him but it was split into three. They’re all very good and it really is like a whole nother universe.