American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Indulging in or characterized by escapism.
- adj. Intended for or tending toward escape; especially, used to avoid, deny, or forget about reality, as through fantasy.
- n. Someone who wants to escape; especially from reality
- n. a person who escapes into a world of fantasy
“I use the term escapist advisedly, since it doesn't do justice to the past, any more than it hints at what present-day moviegoers might come to embrace.”
“I have heard it suggested that in "escapist" or "speculative" fiction that history doesn't matter -- you're writing wacky crap anyway.”
“What makes the Jack Flash sequences arguably escapist is not just their gaucheness but the vicarious thrill of his anti-establishment rebellion.”
“The dismissal of fairy tales, myths and fantastic fiction as "sentimental" or "merely escapist" is nothing new.”
“Sometimes, it's just plain escapist fiction, fun for the writer to write and the reader to read.”
“Don't mention the escapists visiting Warcry code, as you will have to say the word escapist and thus break rule number 1. 3.”
“If science fiction and fantasy can do that for people, I see nothing wrong with it being called escapist if it can give peace of mind for even a moment.”
“The music can best be described as escapist blue collar Hip Hop with Funk and Jazz influences, with a unique urban flavour.”
“Others (generally defenders of the genre approach) would argue that * all* reading is a suspense of engagement with reality and thereby "escapist".”
“In my somewhat jaded opinion, most readers still want "escapist" literature -- to the extent they want literature at all -- that nevertheless doesn't stray too far from ordinary experience.”
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