Comic Fantasy is a genre that made an appearance in the nineteenth century. It features imaginary worlds and creatures and is rich in comedy and/or satire.

Early books feature magic disrupting the everyday order of life, with humorous outcomes. In The Phoenix and the Carpet, a ‘vain and ancient bird accompanies the children on a series of adventures through time and space which, magic being what it is, rarely turn out as they were meant . . .’

Modern day authors of Comic fantasy includes Terry Pratchett (Discworld), Tom Holt (YouSpace), and Diana Wynne Jones (Howl’s Moving Castle).

According to thoughtsonfantasy, elements of this genre include:

  • Quirky settings
  • Pathetic characters
  • Absurd magic rules
  • Subverted cliches
  • Witty writing

Another key element to place a book in this genre appears to be a comedic-looking cover: