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Quest Fiction

June 5th, 2020

An anonymous critic recently claimed that all stories are “quest stories”. The critic  did not enlarge on the claim and my immediate reaction was to doubt this and like most people I could think of one of two novels which don’t involve a search or quest.

On the other hand, I would have to agree that the quest is a central issue in a great many stories and novels.

There has been a tendency to think of the quest story as just a genre for children’s fiction. The classic, well-known example is “Treasure Island” by R L Stevenson. The whole story is based around the quest or search for treasure by a number of parties. In “The Wizard of Oz”, Dorothy is literally blown away and she can only find her way home by searching for the Emerald City at the end of the yellow brick road. Read the rest of this entry »




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