As nouns the difference between escaper and escapist
is that escaper
is person]] who [[escape#verb|escapes while escapist
is someone who wants to escape; especially from reality.
As an adjective escapist is
intended for or tending toward escape; especially, used to avoid, deny, or forget about reality, as through fantasy.
Person]] who [[escape#Verb, escapes.
* 2012 , July 15. Richard Williams in Guardian Unlimited,
Tour de France 2012: Carpet tacks cannot force Bradley Wiggins off track
- The timing of the incident raised the question, almost certainly destined to remain unanswered, of whether, having allowed the escapers to pass by unhindered, the culprit had waited specifically for the yellow jersey group before sowing his mischief.
Intended for or tending toward escape; especially, used to avoid, deny, or forget about reality, as through fantasy.
- He enjoys reading escapist fiction in his free time.
Someone who wants to escape; especially from reality
(someone wanting to escape reality