11 YA Fantasy Fandoms That Existed Before Fandoms Were Fandoms

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away before Twihards and Potterheads, Factions and Tributes, Tumblr and Facebook, Twitter and deviantArt, geeks roamed the Earth and they loved to read and watch fantasy…

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The Old Kingdom Series by Garth Nix. With the long-awaited prequel coming this month, fans can’t wait to revisit this (newly) classic series. Sabriel paved the way for strong female heroines such as Katniss and Tris.

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The Tortall universe by Tamora Pierce. No one can build a fantasy realm quite like Tamora Pierce with her series including Tortall, Song of the Lioness, The Immortals and many more.

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The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander. Originally published in the 1960s, this series is The Granddaddy of children’s high fantasy.

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The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede. A badass princess leaves home to go and work for dragons. DRAGONS. Dragons. Dragons! Did we mention DRAGONS?

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Chrestomanci Series by Diana Wynne Jones. Much like Beetlejuice, if you call out “Chrestomanci” three times, you can summon him to any world.

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The Earthsea Series by Ursula K. Le Guin. Earthsea is made of a vast archipelago of hundreds of islands surrounded by mostly uncharted ocean.

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His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman. This is a classic case of never judge a book by its movie. Faithful readers should band together to bring this masterpiece back into the fold.

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A Wrinkle In Time Series by Madeleine L’Engle. Back in its day his book won all the awards including Newbery Medal, Sequoyah Book Award, and Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and runner-up for the Hans Christian Andersen Award).

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was previously a film in 1992 starring Kristy Swanson as Buffy was later made into a TV series that lasted from 1997 – 2003 with a new cast and story line following on from it’s earlier film. Not enough people have been dragged into Buffyverse and experienced the glory of the Slayer.

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Who you gonna call?? GHOSTBUSTERS! Classic 80s films starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Ernie Hudson and not forgetting our favourite ball of slime, Slimer.

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Xena The Warrior Princess. Meet Xena, a Warrior Princess with a dark past joined by small town bard, Gabrielle. Together they journey the ancient world and fight for the greater good against ruthless Warlords and Gods. Girl power at its best!

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