No accurate memory I have for what was my age when I start being attracted by fantasy world, but I remember which story made me.
“Never-Ending Story” by Michael Ende.
Not a book but a movie I watched.
Maybe the story is too famous, so I don’t need to give a synopsis?
In one line, it’s a story about the adventure and friendship of two boys in two different world which connects to each other in a strange way. (Not sure it’s correct or not.)
The very first trigger for me to dive into the fantasy world.
All creatures, whole world, story line, characters…
Balloon-flying was real for me, believed TENGU would come someday from the mountain, and I was waiting for Falcon, the luck dragon, when the sky turns pink.