T O P

Just give it to us

Just give it to us

LaurentiusOlsenius

I would really recommend “Bobiverse” and “off to be a wizard” Both series are really entertaining and give me that childlike wonder as I read through!


xlbingo10

did you mean to put "Bobiverse"? that's the one with the ai.


f4qyf9waom

the bobiverse book are extra good


justkvh

Fred the Vampire Accountant Series does this well


RedBeans-n-Ricely

The Bobiverse books are so good


NeverackWinteright

Off to be a wizard would have been a billion percent better if the others turned out to be real wizards and had no idea what technology was, I would love to see that universes version of "off to be a wizard" the one we got was kinda meh to be honest.


AeonFlare

I haven’t read either of those but you might be interested in one called Wizards Bane. It’s about a crazy good programmer who gets pulled into a fantasy world where magic basically works on the same fundamentals as programming. Bit more of an adult read and pretty relatable too.


ZengineerHarp

As a programmer, I FREAKING LOVE Wizard’s Bane! I wanna be Wiz!


AeonFlare

I know right! I started reading it when I was younger and almost went into programming because of it.


asienmi

Oh this sounds like Knight's&Magic a japanese light novel series ( there's also a manga and an anime adaptation) about a guy who is a programmer and a big mecha fan. He dies in a car accident and is reborn into a world where magic and giant robots powered by magic exist. He get's to keep his memories of his former life and uses it to develop the magic and robots


Klokinator

This reminds me of the r/HFY story, The Magineer. Identical premise. The dude actually wrote the coding down on the page. Too bad it gets one chapter a year in updates. It's basically dead.


atridir

The audio of ‘Off to be the wizard’ read by Luke Daniels is fooking *amazing*!


ObsidianG

This is why I play D&D. Or more accurately, *played*. With my work schedule so unpredictable at my new job, and of course the Plague ravaging the lands, I doubt that I will play again until early 2022.


IzarkKiaTarj

I kind of want to play online, but I lack the confidence needed to actually be able to, you know, roleplay. Edit: Also, I've found that once I try to commit to an optional thing that happens regularly, it feels like a chore, and I stop wanting to do it, so just going ahead and joining a campaign anyway sounds like it probably frustrate people, including me.


unpunctual_bird

Try AI Dungeon to avoid the issues of letting people down?


toph348

Or NovelAI, which has no filters. Both are fantastic solo roleplaying experiences.


cantaloupelion

> NovelAI thanks for the recommendation :D


ElsaKit

I was super nervous about role playing too. Heck, I still am! I'm a D&D newbie. But let me say, after a couple sessions you'll start to get into it. It's all about getting used to it and getting some practice! And it can be a lot of fun. I still struggle with the confidence, me and my friends do tend to break character quite a lot, but it's getting better... 😁


KamikazeJunkrat

Same here, actually just joined my first campaign at school, though I'm not sure how I really feel about that group though, but it doesn't change the fact that I still want to learn more about the game and shit. Plus I just like the first character I made, a Scourge Aasimar whose an Oath of Vengeance Paladin.


pinkachuh

The next best thing I've found that tastes close to dnd is skyrim! And also, role-playing is optional in dnd too :)


parsifal

I used to play every week. I played remotely during covid until I just didn’t want to keep doing it that way. I miss it every week and am very excited to do it again once kids can get vaccinated (don’t want to risk bringing it home).


TheAJGman

Same here, weekly in person campaigns then transitioned to online. It just doesn't have the same magic.


Probably_not_Jim

May I suggest reading Kings of the Wyld? Felt like reading a d&d session.


Cupy94

I remeber back in my childhood i read some books with dnd trademark. They were more for adults, but with all these things op mensioned. And they looked like written dnd sessions of curse: party startinng at tavern, first encounter is with goblins... But hell i don't remember any titles because they were forgettable like harlequin romance books.


ObsidianG

Dragonlance


Cynicayke

Also, video games. I read this post and immediately think of Legend of Zelda.


ArcaneMcSketch

My group has a player in a similar boat. He moved states over a year ago to get a new promising job, and it was going ok with zoom calls, but recently he got a promotion at said job that made his work schedule wildly unpredictable. It kinda sucks since he’s our backup dm that takes over when our regular dm is preparing campaigns, and he also happens to be the anchor of the group that keeps the rest of our social shenanigans under control so we don’t end up wasting half the session goofing off instead of actually playing.


chickachickabowbow

So basically just more movies like *The Princess Bride*?


Hufflebuggle

But - and I cannot stress this strongly enough - NOT A REBOOT


The_Maqueovelic

Anyone tries to and we're all going on a revenge crusade Inigo would be proud of


konamiko

"My name is not Inigo Montoya, but you killed my childhood. Prepare to die."


OutsiderWalksAmongUs

There's a shortage of perfect movies in this world. It would be a pity to damage this one.


TheMinions

Stardust was really good too.


HargrimZA

There is a way to reboot the Princess Bride without damaging the original. Saw this on tiktok and personally I would not be mad if they did this - In the movie, the Princess Bride is a book that the grandfather reads to his grandson, and the characters we see is the grandson imagining the story as his grandpa reads it. Thus if a new character is hearing the story, they would imagine the characters and what's happening a bit differently So here's how they can set that up and still have the original be unscarred. You start in an office. Fred Savage talks to a coworker - an older lady (the tiktok suggested Queen Latifah). Fred asks if her granddaughter is still feeling ill, which the lady confirms. Fred then hands her a book - The Princess Bride - telling her how his grandfather used to read that to him when he was ill, and to his father years before that. She then goes to visit her granddaughter, and asks if she can read her a story - about passion, adventure, tragedy, truimp, good and evil, true love and miracles


chairfairy

On the flip side, if you want to start a war on reddit - make a gender swapped reboot starring Melissa McCarthy as Wesley


HargrimZA

If they cast Mellisa McCarthy for any role I will riot. Even if she's just a villager on screen for 20 seconds


zuultomyfriends

YES


DanglingDiceBag

Kissing books only.


Chewcocca

Stardust is great.


ThePickleJuice22

Uh...who doesn't want that?


PhoenixKnight777

I would say yes, but I don’t think anything could truly live up to that movie.


InformationMagpie

The Muppets Princess Bride could.


theLanguageSprite

I take it back. *that's* the only acceptable remake


SmokeySamson

Only if Cary Elwes reprises his role as Westley. The rest of the cast can be muppets.


Loretta-West

Ok, so obviously Miss Piggy as Buttercup. Waldorf and Statler as Miracle Max and his wife. They would need to develop the character of one of those giant Muppets for Fezzik. Kermit could work as Inigo now that he and Miss Piggy have broken up. Maybe Fozzie as Vizzini? Humperdink and Count Rugen are difficult because none of the Muppets are actually evil. Those roles might have to stay human.


zuultomyfriends

This would be amazing, but who would Kermit be? Humperdink? Or is he uncle Kermit reading the story to Robin?


Jew_Boi-iguess-

does anyone know how to reanimate a corpse? we need jim henson on this


pursnikitty

I hear miracle max does


Dragonace1000

Have fun stormin' the castle!


Quizzelbuck

That had a ... REALLY tragic ending.


HinaLuvLuvChan

Omg this!!


UtahUKBen

Pratchett is calling..


TheDoorDoesntWork

Second the recommendation for Discworld series


ObsidianG

Right borrowing some Discworld was top of my to-do list once the library is allowed to be open again.


dinosaursheep

Check out Libby or another digital library service!


ParsnipPizza2

Thirded! I started the Night Watch books on Saturday and I've already finished two. I haven't read this fast in years.


MuscleNerdStudios

GNU Terry Pratchett


NilVoluptiSineLvcre

GNU STP


whatsinthereanyways

GNU STP


TurielD

GNU Terry Pratchett


lemmful

The Discworld audiobooks by Stephen Briggs are wonderful.


takethetunnel

I prefer Stephen Briggs but Nigel Planer is also good. I love listening to them so much! So great for a commute or when you're doing something.


So-_-It-_-Goes

I was just gonna say. I am finishing my first pratchett book right now.


b6a6a6l

Oh lucky you, which one?


So-_-It-_-Goes

Guards! Guards! I looked up a bunch of Reddit posts about where to start and that was highly recommended. I am planning on going to Mort next.


Weirdautogenerate

The Night Watch books are my absolute favorite. My first ever Terry Pratchett (aside from Good Omens) was Thud! Started and it’s all been uphill from there.


Eclaireandtea

The downside is that there are only a finite number of his books and there will never be new ones... GNU Terry Pratchett.


rezzacci

The upside is that it's the longest fantasy book serie of all times (IIRC correctly), so if you want to start a finite serie where the author cannot add more, Discworld is the best to try because it will bring you the most enjoyment. More joy because of the sheer number of books, and even more enjoyment per book! It's even better than ASoIaF because it's basically as if GRR Martin was dead (seeing his publication rythm), but he left unfinished stories. Sir pTerry had the decency and the wisdom and the careness of giving us a serie that can be seen as closed. GNU Sir Terry Pratchett


Orisi

I wouldn't go so far as to say closed, but I will say it doesn't leave things unfinished. The stories, with the exception of the first two books, are all.self contained within a persistent developing universe. The Tiffany Aching series was "finished" to a degree, but there's still so much room for Comes and Moist Von Lipwig.


rezzacci

There's room, but there's no cliffhangers. That what I meant. Each character had, at least, some sort of closure more or less.


Drumedor

There were some unfinished books, but luckily the books are largely self contained so it doesn't get obvious.


killagorilla91

Came here to say this.


xxxKillerAssasinxxx

I have great respect for Terry Pratchett and I love all fantasy, but I just can't read Discworld. I've tried starting from different points many times, but the writing style is too whimsical and too focused on the humor so that I can't really get into it. One of my greater shames as I would really much like to like them.


Abidan-Jury

Try Night watch or any of the watch series from Jingo onwards. They're more serious and less whimsical.


ProXJay

My other recommendation would be going postal


JosephStalinGamingYT

i want a nice fantasy that has really nice heartwarming moments and then some of the most heartbreaking shit ever without it being a dnd campaign, is that too much to ask?


nabucosondorhabram

You will like I think Diana Wynne Jones and her Howl's Castle books.


HexenHase

I just bought the Howl trilogy! They are adorable reading. Reallly enjoyed them!


TheRealCT

My suggestion for something like that is the webnovel The Wandering Inn. It's 8 volumes so far, and being uptdated twice weekly most weeks. It's mainly slice of life, and litrpg. Following the young woman Erin Solstice as she is pulled from earth and finds and opens an Inn.


z1wargrider

Stormlight Archive. All the nice, wholesome moments but will also rip your heart out emotionally.


sumforbull

My dad is a huge adult fantasy novel fan, and he recommends that one heavily. My favorite one, and potentially his too, is prince of thorns. It continues with some sequels. It's very dark, and falls into my favorite subgenres of fantasy where nuclear apocalypse changes the way the universe works on a fundamental level and things return to the dark ages, leaving forgotten A.I. as a spirit of the wall or whatever, like adventure time!


MyTinyVenus

Yes came to suggest the Stormlight Archive


Bucknaked6912

The farseer trilogy by robin hobb and the ensuing series after. Excellent word with lots of books to read. Magic, love, flawed characters, loveable dogs. Its good shit


Kartoffelkamm

Two words: Smile Precure. Not aimed at adults, sure, but it's goes from heartwarming to ripping your heart out, all while having teenage girls with control over nature beat the sh\*t out of werewolves, demons, witches, and all sorts of monsters.


JoseminSan

Maybe you'll want to check The Stormlight Archive


-businessskeleton-

Young Adult section has served me well. They could even try Terry Pratchett.... Not as magical but awesome read.


Local-Wrangler8152

Blasphemy calling Sir Terry “not as magical”!


SadieSadieSnakeyLady

I get what they're saying, his use of magic isn't as typical as other series like Eragon or Harry Potter so it doesn't come across as magical as other series. His use of magic is a lot more subtle.


Local-Wrangler8152

It kinda depends on which series are considered - city watch and industrial series are more subtle, yes. But witched and wiz(z)ard series do have a lot of magic in there, not just headology.


SadieSadieSnakeyLady

But even the witch and wizard series aren't as obviously "point and say a magic word" as a lot of magic books. The witch series is my favourite series, and I'm working through the Tiffany books at the moment. I definitely see Discworld as great fantasy, just not necessarily magic fantasy.


Local-Wrangler8152

I’ll agree on tangent that magic there is different than what one’d expect after HP or Dresden Files (or maybe Eragon, haven’t got to that myself yet), but in no way it’s any less magical. Between dragons, and faeries, and Nanny summoning a demon in her loo, and sentient pear trees, and Wizards having actual sticks - it has more magic, albeit more everyday, don’t notice it, kind.


SadieSadieSnakeyLady

I actually really enjoy worlds where the magic just is happening like it's run of the mill, boring even. The issue I've always had with Harry Potter style magic is there's never consequences for how they use their magic other than government laws. Eargon magic is governed by the magic users power, if they attempt magic they don't have the power for it will kill them. Every use of magic takes that amount of energy out of the user. Give Eragon a go, it's not spectacularly well written but he was only a teen when he wrote the first one.


explodingtuna

Is it like LOTR magic? Mystical objects and phenomena, but even the powerful wizards of the story don't really cast any spells.


rezzacci

Not at all. In the Discworld, magic is part of everyday life of pretty much everyone. It's in the very fabric of their world. Like, just their world is a disc on four elephants on a turtle swimming through space. I mean, they say in-universe that without magic this world couldn't exist. But you still have some "classic" magic: wizards and witches can cast spells for example. But they don't do it much, because magic is dangerous. Politically dangerous. But you see quite often wizards using spells to light their cigarettes for example, or to fly, or to cast paintballs during university events. They also do rituals, magic potions, witches fly on brooms, they can summon Death or sometimes demons... Let say that, unlike other universes, Pratchett made a word where magic is omnipresent and quite "easy" to practice, but, of course, they have a political impact. The limits of magic are natural, but they are mainly political. The reason why wizards don't conquer the world is because, long before, they did it, the world was basically shit (just a playground for wizards) so they decided to tame themselves to prevent the world to be destroyed in their Thaumaturgic Wars. So it's definitely not a LotR magic: it's much more present, much more powerful and much more intricated within the framework on the universe.


celabraine

Don't forget about the Dungeon Dimensions, another reason they try not to practice too much magic


NorwegianCollusion

This is what I like about it. There are wars, and they even use magic in the wars. But to make new sourcerers (eight "son" of an eight "son" of an eight "son", because to some peoples bewilderment it didn't even need to be a boy) would be to take it too far, as we would all rather have an intact universe to exist in, thank you very much. So they use magic, but they make sure they do not overuse it, because bad stuff happens when you do. It's both funny and dark, and both fantasy and societal critique at the same time. What seriously is there not to like?


Meta-Squirrel

GNU Terry Pratchett


nolife_notime

GNU Terry Pratchett


SonTyp_OhneNamen

Exactly - why can adults not read teen books? Where’s that law?


glint37

They can but a lot of people find it easier to relate to protagonists around their own age group, as opposed to the much younger protagonists typical in YA novels. YA stories can be great for what the OP is asking about but sometimes you need a balance there you know?


Leon_Thotsky

It's just less relatable as you age


-businessskeleton-

I do... Because I'm a rebel


ekimdad

Stardust by Neil Gaiman fits this category.


TrillianWasTaken

I would say many other Gaiman's works fit as well. They do have a little bit of darkness, but they still have lots of lightness as well, so it's balanced out.


Protoni17

Scrolled too far to find this! Neil himself said Stardust is a fairytale for adults. Neil also reads the audiobook version


ithran_dishon

One of the very few cases where a movie holds up to the book too.


kipobaker

Discworld, it's exactly this. Adult, fun fantasy


oldjudge86

So, stepping out of the fantasy genre here but, I think some of Becky Chambers Sci Fi is good for this too. I felt the same way reading " the long way to a small angry planet" as I did the first time I read the Hobbit.


Vibrinth

Seconded. She's got a few other books out in the same universe; I've only read the two so far, but they're excellent.


StormThestral

If record of a spaceborn few isn't one of the two you've read, you're in for a treat when you get to that one :D


andre5913

From the Sci fi end I'd also like to bring up The Murderbot Diaries While the setting is rather grim, its by all means an extremely humorous series and the focus is put in interpersonal relationships, not in the dark and awful bits that lots of sci fi does. I mean that sort of thing is there but generally just as the antagonists backdrop. The primary setting is actually one of those very hopeful solarpunk kind of futures. The fact that the main character is an android whose main interest is watching soap operas in its head all the time and violently blushes when someone wonders if they are friends tells you enough


EgonOnTheJob

Great recommendation and such an awesome series!


august_skies

Totally!! I would recommend Becky Chambers to OP.


marchocias

1000% wholesome af feel good stories :) Highly recommend her works


ecnegrevnoc

Came here to recommend this as well!


ParsnipPizza2

^ This. I live in a constant state of existential dread. I cannot mentally afford to spend my leisure time on depressing or upsetting things. And it sure seems like happy endings stop sometime in middle grade fiction.


joanie-bamboni

This is why I read Regency romance novels. Light, fluffy, no serious problems, happy endings all around. I do not have the mental energy for actual literature the last year or so


ParsnipPizza2

I wish I could enjoy romance, it seems like the only genre with consistently happy endings!


GuiltyEidolon

The key is to find books that feature a romantic arc prominently, but aren't _all_ about the romance. Give Poison Study by Maria Snyder a try, or the Decoy Princess series by Kim Harrison. Also could give any of Vivian Vande Velde's books a go - my particular favorites are Heir Apparent, Dragon Bait, and Never Trust a Dead Man.


-TempusFrangit-

Ready Becky Chambers! It genuinely warms my heart just thinking about those books. All of her books are a real comfort read. They're more SciFi but sooo good


b6a6a6l

Terry Pratchett, as others have commented


marchocias

Douglas Adams "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" books are super lighthearted and engaging. (and full episodes of the TV show are on YouTube!)


jllena

The House on the Cerulean Sea is this.


marchocias

Yes! Was looking for this title on here! Such a lovely (award winning!) feel good story.


sparrow490a

I came here to recommend this! Such a wonderful book


dimhage

I would suggest trying Brandon Sanderson (in this case specifically the Rithmatist, but most of his books seem to be exactly what you are searching).


kmae1028

Ok and who all is pumped for Skyward #3 next month!!!!?!?!? Answer: me.


Chito17

Me too! I also just found out there's a novella out now and one more before Skyward 3.


anyusernameyouwant

The Rithmatist was so fun. I'm super disappointed that he hasn't picked it back up. :(


Cheddarface

Was gonna say, you want a fantasy series with an adult main character? Dalinar's got your number.


ninth_ant

Stormlight is probably my favourite series, but for a "fun" book recommendation thread are you seriously suggesting a 1000 page epic where every major character is dealing with some form of mental illness or dealing with severe emotional trauma, set in a brutal and unforgiving world filled with violence and cruelty? Stormlight is amazing and wonderful and a lot of other great things, but it's absolutely not what this thread is asking for.


8sid

Don't forget crabs. The world is filled with crabs.


Carolus_Rex_1944

Mistborn is though.


PessimisticOptimist1

Bruh, the Mistborn trilogy is, like, the epitome of grim dark fantasy


OrzhovMarkhov

Era 2 is calling.


phenomenos

Mistborn is a straight up good vs evil story >!where the good guys win in the end!< (Mistborn era 1 spoilers). It is absolutely not grimdark fantasy.


aslatts

There's also largely positive themes of hope, faith, and trust throughout the story. It's certainly on the darker end of things, but it's overall fairly optimistic in the end. Grimdark works are often defined by hopelessness (as well as the general lack of straight up "good" forces in the world, as you alluded to). Victories are temporary, faith is pointless, hope will be crushed, trust will be betrayed, that sort of thing.


Smart_Ass_Pawn

Oh sweet summer child


Polarnoseflush

Dalinar can get it


Fluffigt

Most ”fun” books would probably be Wax and Wayne, but then they do get better if you read Mistborn before, and those are not as ”fun”.


UltimateInferno

Rithmatist is a good introduction though that's still YA, *technically.* A lot of his other works are clearly in the reign of adult, as others have mentioned. Sanderson keeps things fun. There's a certain degree of wonder to worlds. Many of his heroes have quips, and fight bravely in the face of evil, but he does not shy away from dark topics. Mistborn is pretty, dark but it's not very in your face about it (by that I mean it's not apologetic about the state of its world but the characters aren't going to be lamenting constantly about it). Things get lighter in the sequel trilogy definitely as >!the world is no longer completely shit!< Stormlight gets heavy as well. As others have mentioned, a major theme is mental illness as almost every significant character has some form of neurodivergence and many of the stories dig deep into the originating trauma that comes from it. The highs are so high but when characters hit rock bottom it hurts. Warbreaker is a lighter novel, still a lot of adult themes, not nearly as action oriented as Mistborn and Stormlight, but it's a fun ride as well. Emperor's Soul is a hard recommendation from me. It's short. It's a good introduction to Sanderson's magic. Its well done.


The_Puffin_King

Fun as hell, and no fifty page long descriptions of the history and governance of shires


Byne

Any fantasy book is a fantasy book for adults if you're not weird about it


DJVPlayz

The issue is mainly that the books that are "for kids" are shorter and are simpler than "adult books".


Herrenos

That and teenage protagonists are not super relatable for us olds.


Dragongeek

I don't disagree with your message, but it's not *quite* true. Sure, a good book is a good book, but fiction aimed at a teen or YA audience often has themes, that I as an adult reader, just don't find that compelling or interesting after spending my teenage years reading them to death. Most notably, I'm just not interested in reading about teenagers' schoolyard drama and love triangles or whatever and I've read so many "coming of age" or "rebel against authority (aka the adults)" stories (which are a popular theme in the YA space) that I've gotten rather sick of them.


Neveri

On a slightly unrelated note, this is why I’ve started to lose interest in most Anime and some JRPGs I use to love. Persona 5 was great but I really started cringing every time one of the protagonists would blame the “Shitty adults” for everything. Like fuck am I too old for Persona now?


thirteen_tentacles

Just an anime thing in general since a large part of it is geared towards teenagers


DuntadaMan

It is more they would like to see these adventures with fully adult characters I think. People who had established lives being swept up into crazy hijinks. Like The Hobbit.


Happyhotel

I see what you are saying, but I also see what the OP is saying. I’m a fan of all sorts of fiction, even young adult. Hell I read the entire wheel of time series recently, as well as Sabriel with some friends. But there definitely is a difference between those books and say, Robin Hobbs’ books that goes further than simple “they’re darker.” To put it simply, there is a certain simplicity in the former and a certain maturity in the latter. Sometimes I feel like reading something from the second category.


Bananabobj

That’s the attitude we need to adopt. No more yelling about how we want everything to be superficially dark. Just enjoy the media for what it is and try not to let your insecurity about liking something that wasn’t necessarily intended for your age demographic overwhelm you.


Kartoffelkamm

Yeah. I spent the last year watching stuff that was intended for little girls, namely Pretty Cure, and let me tell you, it is amazing. It has some classical magical girl aspects, like frills and stuff, but also goes against many genre conventions, mainly when it comes to combat. Here's a gif of Cure Lovely, the main character of the 10th anniversary season: [https://i.imgur.com/tCJfBuD.gif](https://i.imgur.com/tCJfBuD.gif) And while she's definitively the most violent main character in the series, the others still heavily use physical combat, occasionally mixed with whatever special powers the girls have in that season.


Zombemi

*That* was intended for little girls? That pink haired warrior beating the traffic cone monster with two other people is a character in a children's show? ... glorious. That looks like the kinda fight I wanted to see in Sailor Moon as a kid.


patmax17

I think the Temeraire books qualify for this: dragons in the napoleonico war, it has its cute moments like dragon trainer, but also epic battleship fights, with dragons. And there are emotional parts too.


Kefense

It fits the demand perfectly


MissMaylin

I just got into the first book in this series and I'm having a blast reading it!


Quaytsar

Look for comedic fiction books. Everything Christopher Moore writes is light-hearted, but still aimed at adult readers.


Ramblonius

Fantasy is huge, the answer to every 'why doesn't fantasy X' is they do, it just doesn't sell as well as GoT and Cosmere( which is pretty bright and optimistic by modern standards)


RunawayHobbit

There’s a great book called *Talking to Dragons* by Patricia Wrede which fits this very well. It pokes fun at all the traditional fantasy tropes in a very witty way, and is a great time cover to cover


Vibrinth

I first read this when I was in elementary school, but I still come back to it every so often. The whole *Enchanted Forest Chronicles* is great, but *Dealing with Dragons* is my personal favorite.


klezart

This series was my first thought. Loved it as a kid - haven't really reread it in a long time but I feel like it's just as fun reading as an adult.


travelinghobbit

**A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World** is fucking hilarious. It's odd, very very odd, but lots of fun. **Shades of Grey** by Jasper Fforde is different too. A sorta off dystopia-ish setting where people are ranked and valued on their ability to see colour. Most people only see shades of one colour, but the elite can see a couple. Very very interesting.


LuLo42

So you guys never heard of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, huh..


GuiltyEidolon

Gaiman's stuff can get pretty dark, tbf.


flatgreyrust

Somehow dark and whimsical at the same time, love him


XenosHg

When they write together, maybe? By far not everything by Neil Gaiman is fresh and optimistic. I love my Anansi Boys (regardless of whatever problematic thing people manage to find in a fairy tale), But then he has the mainline american gods, and short stories where someone starves to death because they were chained to a particularly unlucky tree where nobody found them... And then someone murders the murderer, absolutely not the most uplifting thing. Coraline, I think, is just horror...


phasers_to_stun

I reread Neverwhere like I get paid for it


LunarHare82

Good Fairies of New York by Martin Miller Discworld series, Terry Pratchet


renkeurb

The Spellsinger series....I think the author is Alan Dean Foster, but I'm not 100% on the name. Geared toward adults, but kind of silly at times, and features a foul-mouthed otter sidekick with a cockney accent.


Next_Wing_5577

Might i suggest a book? My mom read it to me when i was very young, and it stuck with me through my adolescent years as one of the best hands down fantasy quests that I have ever read. Calling all Dragons, which is a part of a series is very good. Its a good read, with excellent charscters and a wonderfully built story. I highly reccomend it.


FoxMcGlocks

Have you considered: The Owl House


BlessedBigIron

This is kinda why DnD podcasts are so popular


TheReaperAbides

Discworld.


jim10040

Ok, Jim Butcher's Storm Front. Just take a look, see if you like it. First of a LONG series.


0pensecrets

Also Butcher's "The Aeronaut's Windlass," I really enjoyed it.


GGCrono

I used to be a big fan of this series, and let me tell any aspiring readers right now, it veers HARD into the dark side of things as the series progresses.


parsifal

I mean, you can just read the ones ‘for kids.’ What would be different about ones ‘for adults’? More convoluted plots? Overwrought diction?


CarolineJohnson

Basically a story where the characters can have sex and say fuck.


CarnivalFox

I would say some manga go into a more lighthearted fun fantasy.


omega-falcon

Manga and anime can be a mixed bag, but it’s worth opening the bag and looking inside


nanythemummy

Damn straight! If I wanted gritty, I’d watch the news!


Bart_T_Beast

It is a Disney cartoon, but The Owl House is perfectly watchable as an adult and is the best adventure fantasy series I’ve ever seen.


weeooweeoowee

Some other shows you may like: Infinity Train, The Dragon Prince, Shera and the Princesses of Power, Centaurworld.


Liara_Bae

Lord of the Rings, anyone?


IAmNotAWoodenDuck

I'm so tired of dark and gritty being seen as the "smart" option and warm and lighthearted being the "dumb" option too. Nevermind "kid" vs "adult" genres. I want to be able to watch a lighthearted fantasy movie or read a fantasy novel with a happy ending without someone coming along to preen about how THEY only like things that are marketed as "Harry Potter but for SMART ADULTS." "That's not realistic." I know! I know it's not realistic! I already know the real world sucks, I don't need any more examples. Let me read my fluff in peace.


Shanghai-on-the-Sea

> I'm so tired of dark and gritty being seen as the "smart" option and warm and lighthearted being the "dumb" option who says this


Pubics_Cube

“Gosh fuck it” is my new goto phrase


berfder

Maybe try some Piers Anthony? I remember the Xanth series being very light hearted and fun. Most of the jokes probably went over my head though. Maybe I should reread that one.


LadyTanizaki

Unfortunately they are not aging well - what I remember as lighthearted fun with puns as a kid is sadly super cringy.


berfder

That makes me sad. I _really_ enjoyed those books when I was a kid. Now that I’m thinking of it though, David Eddings is really fun at times. It doesn’t really fit the requirements of the post, but it’s at least not dark and edgy.


NZSloth

I reread the Belgariad a few years ago, and apart from horrible fantasy racism, it's a decent series and it holds together well.


ShinyNinja25

Percy Jackson is a good middle ground. It’s filled with fun and wonderful interpretations of Greek Myths, but also still has a degree of cruelty and misery in its world


dendroidarchitecture

It seems like it would translate really well into a film, too! Shame nobody has made one yet.


televisionscreen250k

You mean isekai


Whofs001

I love the genre. If they killed most of the fan service it would be perfect.


CarolineJohnson

Or that weird dark and edgy thing going on. A lot of them are doing that now, piggybacking off Redo of Healer.


StolenPens

Have to search for the lighter-stuff, but I just recently subscribed to J Novel and I'm hooked. No clue on age ranges, but I'm obsessed with *Dahlia in Bloom: Crafting a Fresh Start with Magical Tools*. It's isekai, slice-of-life, and some slow burn romance. Minor drama, but not dark at all. Very refreshing.


gutseren

Log Horizon is the GoaT of isekais for me with very little fan service


Firepandazoo

They meant for adults I say this as an avid anime watcher


Shanghai-on-the-Sea

my man this thread is recommending fucking percy jackson, I don't think people care about the "for adults" part