VIDEO: Why Fantasy Matters

What if oranges were dreams? In this interesting Tedx talk, Elizabeth Chapin explores why the fantasy genre is relevant to our lives beyond mere entertainment.

Fantasy isn’t just for movies, TV shows, or books about dragons. In this TEDx talk, Elizabeth Chapin explores why fantasy should be at the core of what we do as human beings.

After graduating from Claremont McKenna College in 2015 with a Literature degree, Elizabeth has returned to her hometown of Ventura, California to pursue a career with the National Park Service. She currently works as an interpretive park guide at Channel Islands National Park. Her degree reflects her deep love of books and reading. Her senior thesis, which was awarded the Best Thesis in Literature for that year, explored the subject of women and the feminine in subgenres of fantasy literature.

When she’s not teaching local students about the islands and their surrounding marine environment, she can be found devouring the latest fantasy novel or rereading Harry Potter. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at