Author Matthew Cody (Supers of Noble’s Green trilogy) says fantasy novels allow readers to explore the world’s problems and practice empathy in a safe context.
While some think the fantasy genre is successful because it allows readers to escape, Cody thinks the messiness of the real world is what fantasy is all about. Especially for young readers, fantasy encourages readers to think about big problems without being overwhelmed.
Fantasy is the safe zone, but not to escape from the problems of the world, rather to explore them in a safer context. (Brightly)