Why the Magicians Trilogy Will Never Be a Fantasy Classic

by Rachel Baker on October 16, 2014

This is a review of The Magicians Trilogy, found at Wired.com. The review is written by Jason Kehe and has a very interesting point really great fantasy lives in and grows in weird cracks – and because there’s nothing really inventive in the trilogy, it falls short as a classic.

I haven’t read the trilogy, or even one book. However, several of the statements in this review tells me maybe I shouldn’t really waste my time. I am on a quest for the “wow, I haven’t seen that before” element of a story; and this trilogy seems like it may have a whole ton of “that’s been done” before.

I do, however, get that Grossman may be making a statement about the state of the genre with this trilogy; and that the books are supposed to be very well written. So, eventually, I will probably read through them. But for now, I’m going to let my thoughts rest with this review.

Why the Magicians Trilogy Will Never Be a Fantasy Classic.

You should read these books. Really. They’re very good. But are they significant? Do we want future generations to consider this series a masterpiece of ours?

The answer, at least to me, is no. Fantasy is ultimately about invention—pushing the imagination so far it threatens to snap. And those littler fissures, those breaks with reality, is where magic is born. Not enough of the Magicians trilogy lives and grows in those weird cracks; too little of it is truly inventive. In the end, it basically amounts to a redrawing of Narnia in crazy colors.

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