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…

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.

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.

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

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?

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

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

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.

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).


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.


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.


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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