As a novelist and a madwoman, I’ve often felt that reality is overrated. Why slog through the mundanity of the everyday when you could be nose-deep in a book instead? Perhaps naturally, fantasy is my favorite genre, with all those new and fascinating made-up worlds mined and forged from the material in their creator’s heads. And within fantasy, there is something particularly delicious to me about discovering a crazy character. Someone a bit like me.
Let’s face it. Many of us see the world a little differently from most other people, and we often find that our choices, actions, and personal stories are influenced by our own mental illnesses. So I am always fascinated by how an unconventional mind works within and upon an unconventional world. It’s like insanity inception!
These five books are great examples of the way mentally ill characters fit and function in the fantastical. And while I know they say the definition of madness is doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results, I’ve definitely read all of these books more than once, and I find something new to enjoy every time.