What are your opinions on the medieval fantasy setting? Lord of the Rings and Dungeons & Dragons are archetypal examples—basically a fantasy setting with a medieval European aesthetic, usually featuring things like knights, dragons, dwarves, elves, wizards, witches, etc.
Personally, I’ve never really been that attracted to this type of fantasy setting. I think partly it’s just because it’s pretty cliche and overdone at this point. However I also wonder if this is a common Jewish sensibility. Jews don’t really romanticize the Middle Ages the way that Christians do, since we obviously had very different experiences during those times. I’ve also heard that some medieval fantasy “races” include antisemitic caricatures, so there’s also that.
So I’m curious how other Jews feel about medieval fantasy. Do you find it appealing, or do you have reservations? Do you think your opinions about it relate to your Jewishness? Does medieval fantasy strike you as “goyish”?
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