So there was an article on the main page a few days ago (damned if I can remember which one, thanks brain) that had a throw-away comment in it about a childhood spent watching Mr. Rogers was a gateway for a lifelong love of portal fantasy. I think it may be true.
I love portal fantasy. I can not get enough of it. It's a shame it's fallen out of fashion in sci-fi and fantasy novels because it's just so damned cool. I grew up being obsessed with Alice in Wonderland so I've always been hopefully that I'll walk into the right (or wrong!) door and find myself in some magical, bizarre world. I don't know why it appeals to me so much. Maybe because I think the world is so boring that there must be magic someplace. I mean, come on, am I right?
But I got to thinking. I also watched the hell out of Mr. Rogers as a tiny wee Eldritch. His seamless transition from his living room to the magical land with the puppets totally held my attention. Maybe that's what started my love of portal fantasy and my sustained thoughts that someday I'll walk into a room and it won't be the room I intended to go into.
There really need to be more portal fantasies out there. If you know of any (examples being Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, the Labyrinth, etc ) please let me know...
This whole idea has been ricocheting around my brain the past day or two. I had to get it out of there before it caused some real damage.