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Fantasy – More Than One Genre

As a Fantasy author, I have witnessed people stick their nose up at the genre many a time. They wave their hands and say, “I don’t read Fantasy.” But why? The answer to that may lie in what people think of when they envision fantasy books.

Truth be told, this genre is misinterpreted by many a reader. The first thing that pops to mind is the high fantasy realms of medieval wizards, swords, and dragons. The second might be low fantasy works such as Harry Potter. While these might not be a reader’s cup of tea, there are many other options to explore.

There are also:

Dark Fantasy, which could double in the horror genre. These tales are sure to frighten, especially if read around a campfire.

Historical Fantasy, which adds a magical presence to the past.

Portal Fantasy, which opens doorways to new worlds.

Urban Fantasy, which takes place in the reader’s backyard, or probably a major city close by.

War Fantasy:  The end of the world as we know it.

Dystopian: The world ended and has been reborn.

Sci/Fan (Science-Fantasy): This mash-up has everything the future could imagine including technological advancements and/or space travel melted together with fantasy elements.

Romantic Fantasy: Love is for everyone after all.

Readers can even find erotic fantasy stories to enjoy.

There is a little magic, some unusual individuals with unheard of talents, perhaps a god or two throwing around curses, dragons of all sizes, elves, dwarves, fairies, humans, robots, vampires. shape-shifters, heroes, vigilantes, villains, talking cats and yes, there may even be a sword fight or two. It is, however, still what readers love about all the other genres in fiction as well. If you haven’t given a good fantasy a try lately, take another look – I think you’ll be surprised what the genre actually has to offer.

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